Beer #12 – Erie Railbender Ale
I buy about 95% of the beer I consume at home from a great place called Oliver’s Beverage in Albany. They have a great selection and allow you to mix and match 6 packs, and give you $3 off when you do that, which basically gives you 6 beers for the price of 5. It’s a great deal that allows you to try a bunch of different things and not be pot committed to things that don’t strike your fancy. I’m almost done with a recent mix and match pack that I created. One of those is the Railbender Ale from Erie Brewing Company. I picked it up because it had a cool name and Erie is fairly local, more so than San Diego. So here it is, the Railbender Ale.
Aroma: Citrusy hops and some other resiny notes, reminds me of a pilsner in aroma.
Appearance: Poured light amber and then settles as copper, small head which dissipates quickly.
Flavor: Some nice malt sweetness, followed by hops on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium feel, very mild carbonation.
Overall: For an ale, this beer doesn’t quite make it up to par. I was looking for a more robust nose and flavor but it reminds me more of a light beer, just not as watery. I didn’t pick up that much rich malt flavor and there was nothing more complex about it. Honestly, nothing about it seemed screamed “Scottish Ale!” which is surprising considering it’s won awards at the Great American Beer Festival. It’s okay, but I probably wouldn’t drink it again.