vexorgtr (23) - Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice and flavorful, but the finish is a bit too bitter for my tastes. On tap, it’s a winner... for some reason it doesn’t work out as well from the bottle.
It may not be world class, but it’s a treat when it shows up on tap in this region.
hfmejias (527) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark amber color, very small head. Sweet aroma, notes of caramel. Malty/Wheat taste definitively sweet with a nice bitter aftertaste. very drinkable beer.
redpooba (393) - New York, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange golden ale with white head. Rye flavored with a nice aftertaste. A solid medium sized body.
ontbeermaker (2149) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours a dark amber, aroma is yearth and flavour is earthy, its a bit bitter, overall, its quite drinkable and tasty
Chad9976 (1016) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I actually had no idea what style Erie Brewing Railbender Ale fell under until about halfway through the glass when I Googled it. I was surprised to find this is considered a Scottish Ale as it seems more like a strong British-style pale ale since there isn’t much in the way of smoke or peat flavors you tend to find in the Scottish brews.
I received a 12oz bottle as a gift from friends (thanks, Alex & Marissa!). I poured it into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Rusty amber/light orange hue. Slightly cloudy but transparent. Forms a small, off white, soapy head which fizzles away quickly and leaves virtually no lacing.
Smell: Light toffee or caramel or other such hard candy scents.
Taste: Much like the nose the taste to Railbender Ale is akin to hard candy suckers - butterscotch, toffee and caramel - yet it is not nearly as sweet or tasty as those types of candies. The palate is noticeably mild, even watery (not only in texture, but taste). The initial sweetness is nice, which then gives way to more maltiness and tastes often found in amber ales and gold lollipops. There’s a touch of bitterness in the mild before the beer finishes with the same flavors it opens with. There’s nothing particularly impressive about the palate here, but it at least tastes pretty decent and satisfying. Some smoke or wood flavors would help as well as just being a more robust beer in general.
Drinkability: I would definitely recommend Railbender Ale to less experienced drinkers considering how mild the palate is as well as the actual delivery. The mouthfeel is on the thinner side with a flat, wet, watery texture. It’s slightly crisp, but it goes down extremely smooth and it’s even refreshing for a moment or two. It does not take advantage of its 6.8% ABV though, as this drinks and feels like something much lighter. Though the deceptively light body would be another reason newbies might appreciate it more.
rougeau13 (1760) - Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy orange-amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of biscuit, citrus, and caramel. Taste is malty and a little sweet. Medium body. Not bad.
BVery (5121) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Orange pour with a minimal head. Caramel sweetness, very malty, and a little grassy. Just okay.
Sikash (207) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2012
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a copper color with an off white head that doesn’t last too long. Aroma is of sweet matl, caramel, maybe fruity?. Flavor initially doesn’t have too much but ends in a sweet bitterness with undertones of yeast and fruit. Body is mild overall. Not sure if I would buy this again.
chinchill (1011) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2012
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a very mild Scottish ale. I found the aroma rather musty and unappealing and the flavor much better but too tame for style.
Rotbart (155) - - OCT 16, 2012
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
There was but a hint of grassy, banana aroma. It was amber in color with virtually no head. It had a light sweet taste but had a nice malty punch on the palate.