Railroad Street Ale - Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)

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83
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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub) visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: codewarrior on 12-27-2010

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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by codewarrior:
Photo of codewarrior
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is basically the same recipe as "Stock Ale" but boasts a higher ABV, and is brewed in a different facility via a different mechanism.

The last review of Stock Ale is a review of this beer, but I feel that since the ABV has changed and that the brewery has seen fit to change the name of the beer, it's pretty much a different beer, although very similar to Stock Ale. Anyway ... got this growler from the source.

L: Anemic apricot with soapy 1-finger head. Looks ok, not great but not bad.

S: Slightest touch of hops with lots of sweetness behind. Pretty well balanced with a lot going on. Hints of fruit at the back, again pretty good here, but something is off and I can't put my finger on it. I'm not looking forward to drinking this, but also not dreading it.

T: Less hops than in the nose, ultimately an IPA, but sweet up front and hops in the back. Somehow the hops is a bit too strong to my liking, even though the sweetness is ultimately stronger in the nose, and in the front of the taste as well.

F: Good carbonation and good consistency ... but again it's kind of blah. Not offensive in any way.

D: Meh. A bit off putting after-taste-wise but not bad in any category. Forgettable beer here, but I'd order it at a bar, barring better options.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap today at the brewpub.Came to the table in a standard pint glass a dull copper color with almost no head to speak of,pretty lackluster appearence.Light citric hops and caramel malt in the nose,flavors are a little more hop assertivewith a decent shot of citric hops over top of a caramel/biscuit malt base.All in all a pretty average IPA.

Photo of generallee
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from my growler into a tulip glass. The growler was filled at the brewery.

Appearance: The body has a golden or light amber color with a cloudy tan haze. A one inch collar of off white foam builds up from the pour and quickly fades to a small ring. A few spots of lace cling to the edge of the glass.

Smell: In the nose I pick up lots of citrus zesty hops over pale grain and lightly roasted malt.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue there is a big bite of hop bitterness with big citrus (grapefruit/lime/touch of lemon) and herbal leafy notes. In the middle there is a dank mix of bitterness and sweetness that moves in with some light toasted notes and light brown sugary notes. Overall hop bitterness dominates and slowly fades long into the finish. The palate has a firm full feel with light carbonation.

Notes: This is a big heavy hitting IPA. Over all I would say that it has a sort of middle of the country vibe. (Not quite West Coast and not quite East Coast)

Photo of Gavilan
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad malt forward IPA? There is nothing bad about it, it just doesn't have a unique profile. Run of the mill IPA

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My beer of choice when eating Mexican food at Salena's in Rochester, NY. Poured on tap.

Pours a dark amber, with a one inch head, and streaks of lacing down the glass.

Smells lightly citrusy and piney, with a bigger malt presence than in typical IPAs.

The taste is similar. Slightly bitter and resinous, but with a sweet malty finish. Lots of pine and grapefruit. A more balanced IPA than most, unfortunately the malt character is too sweet and not interesting enough to make this a good IPA. The bitterness does pair well with spicy Mexican food, though.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Not bad, but not great.

EDIT:

I need to update my ratings, as this beer has majorly improved as of late. The Railroad Street in cans is juicy, full, and sticky, with much less of a cloying malt flavor. It's still quite bitter, but this is off-set by juicy sweet hop goodness. Get it.

Photo of fx20736
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pak from Southtown Beverages on 9/6/14. Served in a large glass, served at fridge temp.

appearance: cloudy honeycomb amber with a thick natural/ offwhite head. Respectable lacing.

smell: Mango, grapefruit, pineapple/ peach syrup with some eucalyptus/ menthol.

taste: broad, pale malt with a stabbing grapefruit bitterness, which lingers throughout the otherwise clean finish.

mouthfeel: full

overall: decent, tasty, well constructed.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium copper amber color with a minimal head and light carbonation.

A - Caramel, pine, and grapefruit citrus. Nose could be more substantial, is quite delicate and mild for an IPA.

T - Nicely balanced with a solid caramel malt base and nice lingering pine and grapefruit bitterness which leaves the mouth with an almost puckering bitterness that really lingers, very nice! Railroad has some nice balance with a nod going a little towards the bitter side of the balance.

M - Medium body with slight pricklies on the tongue and a little bit slick feeling.

O - A really nice IPA, although I really prefer their Nate's IPA which is absolutely fabulous, was hoping it was going to be on tap.

Photo of curasowa
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy amber color with 1 finger of head that fades to a cap with a curtain of lace.

Aroma: Toasted malt, floral hops with some hints of lemon and a muted veggie smell in the background that kind of reminds me of potatoes.

Taste: Very assertive malt up front, with a nice, nutty quality to it, which is overpowered on the back end by bitterness, which is earthy and slightly harsh.

The Rest: Medium bodied and with a lingering, fairly harsh and piney bitter finish. This is definitely an assault on your taste buds, first from malt then some pretty aggressive hopping. Pretty good, and with a little more balance it would be very good.

Photo of StrangerTides
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first Rochester area IPA I tried; liked it a lot, and have since found it to be available on tap at a number of local restaurants. It's a superior IPA, perfect on draft with a deep golden color, nice sharp taste with good carbonation and a smooth feel. One of my top ten faves.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a tasty ipa, well made, but on the generic side in that it lacks a hop profile that is original to itself. it is quite good though, very well carbonated and with a hint of richer crystal malt for depth and balance. hops are fresh in here, but the varietals are old news. well dosed though, only moderately bitter, and finish long and leafy. the yeast is pretty nondescript, maybe mildly englsih, there is a bready backbone to this, and even though the beer is a little watery in its feel, that yeast thing goes nicely with the residual hop oils that build up. cool to have some newer beers from these guys, i had only ever had their scotch ale. also cool to see them canning, the more beer out there the better as far as i am concerned, and while this ipa isnt the most compelling one on the market, its nice to have it as an option.

Photo of Stunmai
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this in a sampler at Rohrbach's today, and this was a really good IPA. Strong on the hops, it was full of flavor, and I have to say, the flavor was good.

While I don't think this is quite on the same level as something like the Goose Island IPA, Dogfish IPA or especially the Heady Topper, this is a near great IPA. Well worth a try.

Railroad Street Ale from Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)
83 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.