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RATINGS: 439   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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°

Beer Stories
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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vexorgtr (29) - Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Nice and flavorful, but the finish is a bit too bitter for my tastes. On tap, it’s a winner... for some reason it doesn’t work out as well from the bottle. It may not be world class, but it’s a treat when it shows up on tap in this region.


2.7
closey22 (2031) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2017
ORange Amber with no head Aroma is raw malt Flava is malt grain Feels medium silky with lively bubbly fizz Finishes tangy slightly bready

3.2
ryanscourt (1518) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2017
First beach vacation to Erie with baby pj! Showing him how to enjoy some beer along the way! Just ok. Not anything particularly memorable

3.4
radagast83 (8301) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2017
Bottle at home. From one of those beers of the month things that my company signed me up for. Poured a dark, almost ruby brown color. Aroma was dark, sweet malts. Flavor was about the same - a touch dryer than many Scottish ales, which made it more palatable than most in the same style.

2.7
Panzuriel (2333) - 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.

2.9
PanMarek (462) - 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.

2.7
Nejhleader (1574) - 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

3
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.

3.4
Dacrza (1023) - 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...

2.8
odinstyr (818) - Hamilton, 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.

2.7
slowrunner77 (12581) - 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.


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