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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cherry Inspired Cream Ale: Sweet, tart cherry essence. creamy smooth finish. Cherry Blush.12.5°

Beer Stories
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 – 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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2.7
ganache (6089) - 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 that’s 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. It’s OK if the going is slow, reminds of the scores of raspberry wheat ales served by brewpubs over the past decades.

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Bulk_Carrier (6064) - 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 don’t think that was real cherry and in turn wouldn’t give this another chance.

2.1
nearbeer (5667) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 21, 2013
12 oz. Clear amber-golden with a lasting half inch of creamy foam. Nose is overly microwaved popcorn. Taste is cherry cola, corn, and earthy wood. Light body is very carbonated and pretty well balanced for a soda.

2.1
BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2009
12oz Bottle – Gravity Beer Market – Olympia, WA
Aroma: Light with fruit aroma and light malt and hops.
Appearance: Golden yellow in color, clear with a light head.
Flavor: Light flavor with very little fruit flavor. Just a little would have been nice.
Palate: Dry Finish, with a not much Mouthfeel.
Overall: This was a weak beer and the fruit flavor was missing. Opps.

3.1
Aurelius (5659) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Doughy, straw lager aroma with slight sourness. Meh label, standard 12 oz longneck; slightly rusty gold beer, clear; lacing white head. Sweet, tangy, a little under-carbonated, a lot under-bittered. The black cherries are subtle - this doesn’t taste like a kriek or anything that aggressive in its fruitiness. A bit chewy, a little cherry slurpee in the frontend of the finish. Drinkable, not great. ABC, Bull Run.

3.2
burg326 (5630) - Florida, USA - APR 29, 2013
12 ounce bottle, poured a light amberish red color with aromas of light tart cherries, candy, and some sugar. Flavors are artificial tart cherries, light grain, and some hard candies, meh....

2.2
Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Bottle. Pours a amber peach body with a light white pink hued head. Aroma is a bit dank like staled mildewed malt and musky black cherries. Mildly sweet upfront then a more grainy dull malt bill to back up the short lived sweetness. Thin and very short lived in terms of flavor and aroma. I would pass on another one.

3.1
chinchill (5377) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Poured from an undated 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance: slightly hazy pale copper with a faint reddish tint. The small white head dissipates rather rapidly leaving just a ring and decent lacing. Smell: light, sweet malt aroma with a subtle cherry character that seems more natural than artificial. Taste: light malt flavor with a fair bit of sweetness. The cherry is less subtle, and more tart (thankfully) than anticipated from the nose. Mouthfeel: medium-light body; medium carbonation; smooth Overall: a decent cherry ale; just don’t expect a lambic or kriek.

2.9
DialSquare (5187) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2014 Bottle ABC. Copper pour, slight tan head. Aroma of black cherry, grain. Taste is moderately sweet cherry, coriander, wheat. Little watered down. Ok. 6.2 Original Rate 5/22/13: 12oz bottle from ABC on Betton. Orange pour with a good sized bright white head and frothy retention. Aroma is a little of the cherry with sweet caramel malts. Tastes are watered down cherry juice. Sweet, syrupy, thin. Little carbonation. Not awful tasting - but definitely not good.

2.4
Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Thanks to Tedwarhc for this bottle. Served in a tulip. Pours a bright light pinkish-orange color with a large fizzy, soda-like head that falls quickly into a very thin collar. Nose brings forward some fake cherry character and not much else. The flavor is strange with some artificial cherry and almost tastes like a cherry Tootsie Roll without the chocolate. Light body and plenty of carbonation. Interesting, but not something I’d drink very much of. Serving type: bottle


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