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RATINGS: 440   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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°

Beer Stories
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!”


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Pours an amberish color. Smell is sweet and malty. Taste is big on malts, some sweetness, very refreshing. Overall a fine quality beer.


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
keanex (1606) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2015
No bottling date.
Glass: Forgotten Boardwalk tulip.
Appearance: Clear amber with a tall light tan head. Never seen a Scottish ale of this ABV this light in color.
Aroma: Light malts light caramel, nuttiness and toasty malts, artificial smelling.
Taste: Caramel sweetness overwhelming. Artificial.
Palate: Medium bodied moderately carbonated.
Overall: This brewery sucks dick. Artificial flavors aplenty, accompanied by a lighter than normal SRM due to cheap malts. This brewery sucks. Stop brewing beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (3167) - Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2015
12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of raisin, plum, apple, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, nuttiness, light smoke, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and solid balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. A bit too fruity in the nose. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, plum, apple, light nuttiness, light smoke, light herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Minimal earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, plum, apple, light nuttiness/smoke, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Scottish ale style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3738) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 7, 2015
Quite nice. Nothing special. Drinkable and enjoyable on a reunion with some snacks too.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
burg326 (4337) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Poured a caramel amber color with aromas of caramel, malt, light cherry. Flavors match the aromas a little of sour notes and acidic. Not to sure about this one meh.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Underdogs88 (245) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Notes of chocolate and toast on the nose. Appearance is a dark copper with a very small off white head. Flavor doesn't have much malt character. The beer tastes oxidized and it lacks complexity. Mouthfeel is light and has very little carbonation. Overall, it's very poorly made and handled. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (14775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Bottle. Clear bright deep golden amber color, white head. Aroma of lightly toasted biscuit dipped in caramel. Taste is toasted, lightly fruity caramel. Decent.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
beersammich (64) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Pours clear copper, with almost no head. Smells malty and a tad sour. Taste is mildly roasty malts, and just sweet. Considering the other beers I’ve had from here, this wasn’t that bad. Had from a bottle.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
raymow (962) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2014
bottled - cool label. The beer was ok but not great. Had a bit of an odd flavor that I couldn’t place - possibly just the beer style (I’m not a big fan) or maybe just an old bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5466) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle - courtesy of Braudog. Thanks Matt! Coppery amber pour with a short tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, fruit notes and soft brown sugar. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, dark bread, fruit notes and soft brown sugar. Body is medium with a moderate, lively carbonation. Lots of stickiness to this as well. Ends with more caramel, toffee notes, sweet malt, dark bread, ripe fruits and hints of brown sugar.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1940) - - AUG 7, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-1-12- Poured from bottle into pint glass Appearance – Pours a lightly hazed amber copper color with a one finger off white head. The head faded relatively fast to leave a good level of lacing. Smell – The aroma was heavy of malt and sweet caramel and butterscotch. Mixed with these were lighter aromas of a nuttiness as well as some faint fruit aromas. Taste – The taste begins very malty with some lighter butterscotch sweetness. As the flavor advances some sweeter tastes of caramel, citrus and a light dark fruit flavor enter the taste. While more sweetness comes to the tongue, it is still on the tamer side in comparison to many Scottish ales. More toward the end some alcohol comes to the tongue as well as a bitter earthy flavor. These flavors when mixed with the alcohol create a malty, slightly bitter, and warming flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly more chewy side with a carbonation level that is on the medium to high side. The chewiness is nice for the style and the flavors, but the carbonation level is a little too high and takes away from the overall feel by keeping all the malty flavors from really soaking into the tongue. Overall – Not too over the top (too sweet or too boozy) like some Scottish ales, but yet has a very nice flavor. The only thing taking it down some was a poor feel due to the high carbonation. Worth a try though if you get a chance.


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