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RATINGS: 427   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°

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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!”


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2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
chickenflea (313) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2012
12-oz bottle. Poured an almost clear ice tea color with a small fizzy off-white head. Fruity malt aroma with a touch apple vinegar and spice. Not at all what I expected from a Scottish ale. The taste is equally conflicted. Big sour front end moderating into a malty midlife and finishing off fruity sour apple peel bitterness. Light-medium body with a lively mouthfeel. Tangy. I liked it, but it was unusual and not at all what I expected for a Scottish ale. I downgraded it for missing the mark for its style. I upgraded the overall score because I liked the beer even though it tasted more like a bier de mars or a farmhouse.


2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nathan30533 (546) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2014
Just too malty and sweet for my liking. I didn’t really enjoy this one. Take the good with the bad.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (9081) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle at Mellow Mushroom Oxford. Pours clear dark gold with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast and nutty malt, dates, light peat notes and cooked apples. Flavor is malt dominant with dark fruits, light hops and faint bitterness with a sweet finish. Medium to light body and medium carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
conway (1128) - - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a thin light tan head. A little light for the style but pretty. Aroma is very generic oat-like malt and some vague sweetness. Taste is fruity sweetness with a roasted malt backbone. Light caramel notes throughout. Smooth palate with very little carb. Pleasant enough but fairly generic.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bkurtz (725) - PERU - JAN 12, 2014
Pours a clear amber with a smallish head.Tastes a bit like a Scotish Ale, but I found this aqueous and a little astringent with rotten fruit notes. Disappointing.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
N3lson1 (118) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2014
A good dark beer. For a Scottish Style Ale it doesn’t have a heavy scotch taste (not for me). Dark beer with a brown head and good caramel notes.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westmeister (1528) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Pours somewhat murky caramel orange with white head. Taste is caramel with a bit of mineral notes some of that scotch type malt. Palate is a bit thin with lingering metallic sting. Eh.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chudwick (1787) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2013
For some reason, I’ve been seeking this specific beer out for months. 12oz bottle. Nose is metal and caramel. Uh oh. Pine note in the finish. Body is like a poorly made bock. Same goes for taste and aroma. Burns a little. Expected way more.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kco (50) - USA - DEC 17, 2013
Very light color for a Scottish ale. Color is amber with a head that dissipated quickly. Good caramel flavor, though a little floral. Taste is pleasant but not what I expected for a scotch ale.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SPDickerman (881) - Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Pours orange with a small white head. Smells mildly hoppy with some malt backbone. Taste is mild bitter with some caramel sweetness. Medium-bodied with a slick texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Erie Brewing Railbender Ale finishes with a short lived bitterness.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
crazyvin (1859) - New York, USA - DEC 4, 2013
A clear amber color a thin white head that faded almost as quickly as it formed. A slight generically sweet malt base initially. There was an off putting fruit and floral quality to it. Flavor was dominated by that off putting floral note I got from the aroma. It was almost like rose water. Overall body was smooth and easy to drink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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