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RATINGS: 450   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Scottish Style Ale: Erie Brewing Company flagship beer features a deep malt flavor, caramel sweetness lingering in a soft hop flavor. Dark Amber. 16.5°

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Erie, Pennsylvania, the site where three sets of railroad track gauges met, was an important transportation hub in the mid-nineteenth century. Railbender Ale is named after the laborers who laid the railroad tracks. It is brewed with pride, strength and purity; symbolic of Erie’s historic railroads and their workers. Railbender is a strong Scottish Style Ale with astonishing drinkability. One try and you’ll want to “Bend the rules and ride the rails!”

knickskicks' rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
knickskicks (1083) - - OCT 7, 2012
Tap. Dark gold/amber, white head. Biscuits, bread, straw in the nose. Taste is very malty, bready, buttered biscuits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dacrza (777) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2016 DATE: May 5, 2016... OCCASION: a cold night is the right night for a Scottish ale... GLASSWARE: Celebrator Doppelbock pokal... APPEARANCE: pours a bright copper color with sparse effervescence... the off-white head fizzles to a pencil-thin ring... AROMA: peat to start, with sweet bread and toffee-sweet richness... PALATE: medium-bodied and more lively than expected... sweet at the the lips and staying power at the finish... sneaky strong at 6.8%... TASTE: rich caramel and toffee strike a powerful 1-2 punch... toasted malts overtake any hop suggestions... the fruity esters are pear, maybe, and faint citrus... peat late... not enough impact to be considered a strength OVERALL: a solid offering that maintains the genre’s integrity... highly drinkable... hearty and warming, to boot--not a bad introduction to the Erie mix case, and a flagship that might not be worth revisiting in a sixer...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
odinstyr (689) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2016
Pours a light red-brown with a small head. Smells of bread, caramel. Taste is sweet, mildly bitter - it hits the right notes, but lacks depth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (9012) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Looks like an amber ale. Taste and aroma are a little confused. Malty but not very deep, no peat. Mostly caramel and fruit. Not bad, but not a good Scottish ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Foxbush (1706) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2016
12 oz bottle from the AOPD Monthly beers The ale poured a clear amber color with an off white head that quickly dissipated. No lacing. Sweet malt aroma greets you. Could use more hops. The taste is malty sweet. The ale has a medium body with soft carbonation. The finish was clean with lingering sweet notes on the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheJester (2379) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2016
At a AA ball game in Erie. Uninteresting scotch ale. It’s not a terrible beer; it’s just not a good Scotch Ale. Malt profile is too one dimensional.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Larry_Duffman (298) - - DEC 18, 2015
I poured it from the bottle into a pint glass. It pours a light amber color with a decent beige head and little lacing. The aroma was faint caramel malt and nutty. The taste was caramel, bread, nutty, and a slightly metallic aftertaste. The palate is oily with some carbonation. It hides the alcohol well. It drinks lighter than it is. The taste was off though. It’s not a good interpretation of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hayduke (4444) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Sampled at GAfB 2015. In the tasting glass amber gold. White head. Nose of caramel malts. Medium body. Flavor of fruit on a malt base, Bitter in the finish. Not to style but drinks decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubbleflubber (2134) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Pours a deep reddish-amber into the glass with a fully diminishing wispy head that leaves trace to no lacing. The nose is of caramel and yeasty esters. Flavors follow suit, drier caramel malts, berries, light toast and finishing with a light ester note. The mouthfeel is a tad hollow with active carbonation, a medium-light body and easy quaff. Not the most substantive or complex Scottish Ale out there, but a decent brew nonetheless.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
klk343 (162) - - JUN 10, 2015
Caramel color. White head. Low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Off flavor. Sweet malt, citrus hop.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ceason (30) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2015
Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of grain, fruit and hops. Taste follows. A decent bitter finish. Medium bodied.

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