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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88/5   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cherry Inspired Cream Ale: Sweet, tart cherry essence. creamy smooth finish. Cherry Blush.12.5į

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Brewery folklore tells a story about a train engineer with a passion for the taste of Railbender Ale. With every stop he made in Erie came an equal number of stops at our brewery. One extended visit to our fermenter left the engineer in a rather befuddled state of mind. On his fateful trip out of Erie that evening, his train mysteriously derailed. The engineer swears that a huge black cherry tree had fallen across the tracks as the culprit. No such tree was ever found, but the front of the locomotive was spattered with hundreds of red sports. In tribute to this folklore our expert brewers introduce Derailed Black Cherry Ale Ė brewed with fresh sweet black cherries and the finest malted barley to create a truly cherrylicious ale. Please enjoy responsibly, as we would never want you to get derailed!

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Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 14, 2017
Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a semi-clear amber color with some carbonation seen rising. No head and no lace. The aroma had some faint cherry sweetness with some butterscotch and old grassy hops. The flavor was sweet cherry but not the "skin tartness" I normally associate in true cherry beers that use authentic cherries. Some chemical sort of aftertaste and finish. The feel was light bodied with not much sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Nothing really distracting in this section. Overall, well, in my opinion, I donít think that was real cherry and in turn wouldnít give this another chance.

Quake1028 (638) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Pours a clear amber with some carbonation bubbles, no real head to speak of after a few seconds. The nose is really, really weak. Like, I donít really get anything, at all. Some aggressive swirling maybe brings up a very faint cherry aroma, but that could be my imagination and wishful thinking at this point. Mouthfeel is really weak as well, nothing substantial. I donít taste much of anything, either. This is really odd. Sort of a chemical aftertaste. Bleh, I really had much higher hopes for this beer. Drainpour, cannot finish.

b3shine (8795) - Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle to taster (thanks DrSilverworm). Looks solid; a transparent orange with foamy off-white head. Smells and tastes of yeast, biscuit, cherry, and a bit of a green vegetal presence (especially on the tongue). Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Not good.

bb (9241) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 25, 2015
Bottle. Amber beer with a whitish head. Cherry and light malt aroma. Big cherry and light malt flavor. Medium bodied. Cherry and light malts linger.

Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2015
Light amber pour with barely there head. The black cherry is more pronounced in the flavor than the aroma. Sweet malts along with the pleasant tartness of the cherry goes well together. Not at all cloying and much better balanced than other fruit flavored beers of the same ilk.

demannu (451) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Itís ok. Nothing really stands out as being spectacular. I appreciate the things that this beer isnít. Not overly sweet or syrupy. Doesnít taste artificial. It just didnít deliver any wow factors. Underwhelming.

Larry_Duffman (527) - - JUL 3, 2015
It pours copper with some head. The aroma is cherries. The taste is sweet cherries and wheat. I wouldíve preferred it to be more tart. The palate is smooth and creamy. Itís an average fruit beer. Itís not particularly refreshing.

joecon (37) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2015
A light, tasty ale for a warm summer day! Strong, but not overpowering taste of cherry. Best served very cold. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

ganache (5852) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Bottle. Nose is cherry powder and juice, but with lightly dusty-grain notes; it does seem more productive to think of this as a Cream Ale with some cherry added than a more generic fruit beer, as the base still holds weight. Pours is lightly hazy orange thatís darkened a bit and started to drift over toward pink, head is fizzy and soapy beige. Taste is cloyingly sweet with basically no bitterness or tartness to balance, sugary with less cherry than expected, more malt and some corn character/thinness, lightly floral. Smooth, refreshing light body. Itís OK if the going is slow, reminds of the scores of raspberry wheat ales served by brewpubs over the past decades.

superspak (5504) - Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2015
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of black cherry, lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of of black cherry, pale malt, and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of black cherry, lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of black cherry, lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of black cherry, pale malt, and fruity yeast flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very authentic on cherry flavor as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very good fruited cream ale. All around good robustness and balance of black cherry, pale malt, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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