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RATINGS: 454   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!”

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
chickenflea (351) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Panzuriel (1962) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2016
Appearance: Hazy dark copper. Thin head of tiny white bubbles. Nose: Medium roasted malt. Some caramel and roasted nuts. A touch of hop bitters Taste: medium roasted malt forward. Caramel leading into deeper roasted and earthy tones offset by some herbal hops that don’t mesh well. Body: Lighter for the style. Aggressively carbonated. Parting thoughts: Decent, if slightly below average. Not terribly distinct.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PanMarek (267) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Roasted malts in the nose with mild hoppiness. Dark amber with tan foam. Medium body with active fizz. Taste is malty with a little dryness, finish picks up a little with some spice. Sampled at the Wurst Party Ever 7 November 2015.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nejhleader (1460) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2016
Not the worst. Has a faint malt aroma. Taste is a bit of a caramel malt. Bit thin. Nothing that good comes out of Erie

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Pours a dark brown. Aromas of light chocolate, with hints of nut and coffee. Flavor is a nice creamy chocolate with a bittersweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dacrza (863) - 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 (745) - 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 (10248) - 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 (1832) - 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 (2542) - 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 (386) - - 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.

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