RATINGS: 455   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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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.

Larry_Duffman (535) - - 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.

hayduke (5203) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Sampled at GAfB 2015. In the tasting glass amber gold. White head. Nose of caramel malts. Medium body. Flavor of fruit on a malt base, Bitter in the finish. Not to style but drinks decent.

bubbleflubber (2226) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Pours a deep reddish-amber into the glass with a fully diminishing wispy head that leaves trace to no lacing. The nose is of caramel and yeasty esters. Flavors follow suit, drier caramel malts, berries, light toast and finishing with a light ester note. The mouthfeel is a tad hollow with active carbonation, a medium-light body and easy quaff. Not the most substantive or complex Scottish Ale out there, but a decent brew nonetheless.

klk343 (162) - - JUN 10, 2015
Caramel color. White head. Low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Off flavor. Sweet malt, citrus hop.

ceason (30) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2015
Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of grain, fruit and hops. Taste follows. A decent bitter finish. Medium bodied.

keanex (1799) - 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.

superspak (5581) - 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.

Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 7, 2015
Quite nice. Nothing special. Drinkable and enjoyable on a reunion with some snacks too.

burg326 (5482) - 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.

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