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Rail Yard Ale - Wynkoop Brewing Company

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102 Ratings

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 14.5%

Brewed by:
Wynkoop Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-14-2003)
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2.13/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Rail Yard Ale – American Ale (5.2%) - Wynkoop Brewing Co. (Colorado)

App: Pours a heavy copper/amber color with a tan one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly with lackluster retention.

Smell: Subtle nose of toasted malt without a strong bouquet. Slight organic graininess with almost no recognizable hops presence.

Taste: Malty and sweet, tastes much like an Oktoberfest. Can states the beer is Oktoberfest malt and hops with English ale yeast. None of the esters I was hoping for, and none of the crispness I associate with German lager. Lot's of raw worth tastes left over. Hops almost totally absent, leaving this beer sweet and unbalanced overall. Aftertaste is a lingering sweetness with no hops. Too grainy for me.

Mouth: A little thin on the body side, but overall decent. Light carbonation fits well with the style.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Pint Glass. 12/15/13

Serving type: can

12-16-2013 02:28:44 | More by ZoomanCru
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New York

3.19/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A slightly hazy light copper colored ale with a persistent ivory colored head.

S: A moderate citrus hop aroma with a low malt aroma that has a light caramel character to it.

T: The the medium hops bitterness is in the forefront backed by a light citrus hops flavor with a moderate caramel flavor. There is a moderate malt sweetness making for a balance that is moderately bitter. The yeast seems like a clean Chico style bring just a light fruit note. The finish is of dry with an quick aftertaste of caramel and citrus hops.

M: A creamy, medium bodied beer with a moderately-strong level of carbonation.

O: A middle of the road ale with a fair amount of hops bitterness and some malt with a pleasant creamy body.

Serving type: can

12-12-2013 01:21:16 | More by MadScientist
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, with no apparent freshness date present. My first beer from Wynkoop Brewing Company, I ordered this beer and two others from LetsPour.com recently and I finally received my package yesterday, so I figured why wait any longer?

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a coppery red / burnt orange colored body with one finger of doughy creamy off-white foam for a head. Head thins out quickly.

S - Amber / Oktoberfest malts are most apparent upon the initial sniff. Some copper, breadiness, peaches, apricots. Not pulling out any hop content from the nose, but otherwise smells pretty on point.

T - Taste reminds me perhaps of a more well-built version of Magic Hat #9. Some sweet tangy apricot / peach fruitiness & copper / caramel malts. Maybe a hint of grassy earthiness & some vague spices, but I'm not really getting much in the way of hops.

M - Smooth, quick, and clean feel. Bit of a coppery, fruity finish, but hardly any flavors lingering around for very long.

Overall, probably not the best effort from Wynkoop Brewing Company, not packing a ton of flavor, but a drinkable, sessionable beer. I will have no trouble finishing off the four cans of this stuff I have, and I look forward to the rest from Wynkoop.

Wynkoop Rail Yard Ale ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 17:54:56 | More by mfnmbvp
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West Virginia

3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a cloudy, reddish-brown amber, light effervescing carbonation, no foam to speak of.

S: sweet floral hops, light yeastiness, and notable Oktoberfest-style malts

T: begins very mild and light, with sweetness in the malts again like an Oktoberfest, complemented with the floral notes of hops, yielding to light yeasty dryness in the finish.

O: unique combination style, mild and very drinkable, nothing spectacular, would make for a good session beer.

Serving type: can

08-06-2013 00:54:05 | More by weller1js
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2.91/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Medium to large head. Sweet, full-bodied taste reminiscent of Dr. Pepper. At times, noticeable essence of Cherry Coke. Mild Sprite aftertaste. Very smooth overall. Almost doesn't even taste like beer. I would recommend this to newbies to get them started on beer.

Serving type: can

08-01-2013 00:52:22 | More by elamericano
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2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served on-draught into a 5oz taster glass at Wynkoop. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a beige floater; no real head here. Body colour is a clear copper-amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Tame fruit character, with clean malts and subservient vague floral hops. Mild in strength but pleasant.

T: Amber malts, clean malts, light cherry/berry fruit esters, and almost a vague light honey note. Hopping is generic floral and adds little. Not horribly complex or subtle, but nicely layered. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Nicely balanced and built. Somewhat full bodied.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Adequate carbonation. Light on the palate. Suits the flavours in a general sense.

Dr: A drinkable beer, but not a fantastic example of the style. Why is this their flagship? A decent offering from Wynkoop, but far from their best regular offering. Meh.

High C

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 20:36:13 | More by kojevergas
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3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a good beer. It's just not outstanding.

Rail Yard is a dark, hazy amber with a tan head that fades fast into a dusting.

I smelled sweet malts and something biscuity. Not too overwhelming, but pleasant.

The taste is meal-like -- with good flavor and body. It's very light (no bitterness), with malt sweetness in the middle and dry biscuit and cereal grain taste and dryness near the end.

This, like other Wynkoop brews, is very sessionable. It's not too heavy. It won't ruin your breath or palate. But it's not going to blow any minds, either. Was that the point of this brew? Probably not. Just shut up and drink it, enjoy it for what it is, and you'll be fine.

Serving type: can

01-14-2013 04:53:33 | More by Dmart1223
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest cap; just a few dots of lacing are left behind

Smell: Very malty, with caramel and toast; a whiff of diacetyl, too

Taste: Toasty caramel, up front, with a buttery and fruity character that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors dry out nicely, making the beer very drinkable

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not surprised at all that this is a crowd pleaser; I'm not a fan of this style but I had no trouble putting this one down

Serving type: can

08-08-2012 02:31:26 | More by brentk56
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4.58/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a pure amber/red color. A light cream colored head ebbs away into a thin film. Really good lacing clings to the glass.

The smell is spot-on for an amber: caramel sweetness and toasted malts.

The taste is delicious, and how I prefer my ambers - loads of sweet caramel. Toasted bread, a nice nutty aftertaste. This is just very good.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a clingy sweetness. A dry carbonation is present in the finish.

Overall, just a solid example of a craft amber ale. All of the right components are there, Well done Wynkoop.

Serving type: can

08-05-2012 19:22:45 | More by JuicesFlowing
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3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured from can into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a thick orange-reddish colored body; mild amount of carbonation; creme colored head formed, about one finger in size; held rather well; little lacing formed around the glass

S - Yeasty; smell of mold, ricotta cheese; last bit of the scent finishes with a heavy caramel, brown sugar; I got some of this stuff on my hands and now they smell like cotton-candy; moscato grapes; sour

T - Thin malt flavor; roasted malt and a touch of candy-caramel at the end; not really heavy on any other types of flavoring; slight sour yeast taste; figs; not much of a hop profile here either; white grapes

M - Very effervescent; leaves a nice tingly feel on your tongue and as it washes along your cheeks; not much body to this one, and rather bubbly for a beer this thin; heavy sugar aftertaste

D - Not sure where to categorize this beer, at first I was impressed with its sour cheese nose, but was immediately set back by its lack of flavor and body; I'd kindly recommend it to someone who's interested in trying something unique

Serving type: can

05-20-2012 02:52:02 | More by ferrari29
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3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to xraided for this extra. 12 oz. can poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy ruby amber color. Very little head and almost no lacing.

S - Plum, bready malt, brown sugar. I'm not getting any hops here.

T - Starts sticky sweet with the flavors from the nose. I then get a very unexpected sour apple and berry flavor. Finishes with a caramel sweetness. Again, no hops. The striking sour an fruity malt flavors are very surprising, but pretty enjoyable nonetheless.

M - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - I suspect this beer may be pretty old, but no canning date so no way to tell. The flavors I got were sweet and sour with no hop presence whatsoever. Even still, it wasn't bad, just didn't really fit the style for me. Tasted more like a fruit beer than an Amber Ale at this point. I would like to try one fresh to compare.

Serving type: can

04-24-2012 04:24:20 | More by NoLeafClover44
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3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While living on Wynkoop street in Denver for a few years, the Wynkoop Brewery became a common place for me, and the Rail Yard Ale usually filled my growler. It's a solid beer with a bold taste and a hoppy bite and can be paired very well with red meat. Having said that, I also fully understand arguments that claim it is unbalanced, but to each their own. I also believe that it tastes much better on tap than it does out of the can.

Serving type: growler

03-27-2012 08:31:06 | More by CuBuffsaNut88
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3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i dont know if its because i was high as a kite at the phil & friends show last night in broomfield, but i liked this beer a lot, it really hit the sport for a dry mouth with plenty of carbonation, a nice balanced malty crisp brew with some good hopping in the aftertaste. 5 bucks a can too, for a concert, is a great price on a craft brew. in another setting i might enjoy this less, but the mouthfeel and the crispness despite some flavor complexity made this one a very enjoyable experience for me. i will look forward to drinking this at phil nights 2 and 3 wooo

Serving type: can

02-17-2012 19:52:37 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewery

A: clear and nice amber color with a single finger head.

S: pungent hops and malt aroma.

T: toasted and caramel malts and some hop notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: very drinkable but nothing memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 01:33:16 | More by kylehay2004
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3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What’s a beer drinker to order when he or she finds themselves all fancied up for a night at the wine bar? Beer, of course. I don’t know the first thing about wine, and can contentedly sip Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon without the slightest idea that it’s anything but swill. When I had an evening out at a wine bar in Denver I opted for a beer off of the very abbreviated beer menu - a brew from the next door Wynkoop Brewery. Their Railyard Red seemed like a satisfactory substitute for a glass of wine of unknown quality (though eye-poppingly priced). I didn’t think about it much; ambers, red’s and beers of that malty ilk never impressed me. However, on a recent trip to Dry Dock Brewery in Aurora, CO I had the chance to munch on some malted barley, and finally learned what real malt tastes like. This caramel rich malt flavor is the taste of the Railyard Red. It’s hazy red-orange body conceals a light scent of malt in the aroma, but the flavor is dripping with rich malt flavors, almost like malt extract straight from the homebrew store. The aftertaste lingers, as unctuous flavors of caramel and roasted malts settle on the tongue. Caramel is the forward and singular flavor here, but it is intense, and wonderful. I never held much esteem for beers in this flavor profile, but my trip to Dry Dock has made me renounce my ways.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 20:51:42 | More by GarrettB
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured an orange-honey color with a small white head. Sweet, malty aroma, with floral hops and toasted grains. Basically the same in the taste, pretty well-balanced, though not exceptionally flavorful. Medium body with a dry finish, and pretty drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 16:06:34 | More by Rifugium
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3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from can to an imperial pint. No freshness date on can.

A: Semi-clear and chestnut in color. Thin off-white head dissipates quickly but hangs around and leaves decent lacing.

S: Bready yeast and caramel roasted malt. Apple and plum.

T: Caramel and malt up front with a very dry finish of nuts and peat. Very dichotomous in taste.

M: Somewhat creamy up front, but transitions to an overly dry finish and a somewhat unpleasantly earthy hops finish. Not necessarily pleasant.

O: A very 'meh' amber ale to me. A decent malt base but unbalanced and not very pleasant on the palate.

Serving type: can

08-05-2011 03:03:59 | More by tito42
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3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a single 12oz can at Superior Liquor in Louisville, CO. Really nice store with some mix-a-six deals. Check 'em out.

Looks nice - medium amber, clear, topped off with a frothy white head that fades to a thin ring in a few minutes. Lace is scant, but there.

Smells sticky-sweet, super malty, and really buttery.

Wynkoop claims this beer is half Oktoberfest and half English Ale which means "maltbomb" to me. Every once in a while I like a good old hop-negative, buttery, caramel-sweet, doughy, gooey maltbomb. That's what this is.

Feel is medium bodied, low carb, and slightly sticky. Highly drinkable.

Overall, enjoyable when in the mood for a maltbomb. It's like a mellow Marzen. I would buy this again.

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 01:27:07 | More by DelMontiac
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3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yes, I had this in a bottle. Purple, with a trainenginecar on the front. Old school.

Light brown appearance, thin head to it, kind of a nutty aroma, not much going on there.

Malt forward, hops ever slight, still pushes the nuttiness as a flavor component. Not too heavy, although the appearance might dissuade some from tasing it because it might be a 'dark' beer.

Easy enough to drink, pretty straightforward and unremarkable, though doing nothing bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 20:21:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at the Rackhouse in Denver, CO.

Pours a clear dark copper/amber color with golden orange hues and a 1.5 finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Bland aroma with sweet malt notes and faint floral hops.  Hints of caramel, slightly toasty and not much else.

Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a good balance of sweet malt and earthy hops.  Surprisingly hop forward giving slight dry bitterness that counter the sweeter malt notes.  Still a bit too sweet for my liking with caramel, rye, hazelnut and biscuit.  Not bad but a bit too sweet. Maybe some light fruit apricot and orange.  

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2011 06:03:14 | More by corby112
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New Mexico

3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a small ecru head that fades fast to a fine gauze and ring; no lace. Aroma of orange and lemon, some sweet malt, and a little floral/grasssy note. Taste is grassy, maybe even a little waxy; some browned apple note followed by lemony/sour hops. Mouthfeel is full but slightly on the watery side; slight carbonation; somewhat dry.

However ends up being moderately drinkable. Could have a few.

Serving type: can

02-20-2011 23:59:07 | More by atomicbeer
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3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):

Describe as having the maltiness of an Oktoberfest lager and joys of a classic English Ale.

Pours a hazy (unfiltered, perhaps), rich, dark amber with a very creamy foam head. Musty, metallic and bready in the nose with a touch of apple and hop leaf. Well-rounded body that's just shy of medium. Quite smooth. Very toasty and bready up front with a mild apple fruit note and subtle raisins in the background. Watery, grassy, hoppy finish. Then every- thing drops and goes dry.

A bit lackluster in our opinion, with no one element deciding to be the backbone that holds the rest together.

Serving type: can

11-12-2010 19:55:40 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to JMBSH for this can!

I've heard good things about Wynkoop, so I'm glad to finally be able to this guy (especially considering how long I've been sitting on it). It pours a clear straight amber topped by nearly a finger of white foam. The nose is a blast of buttery biscuits with a single buoy of hoppy florality bobbing around in the squall. The taste switches things up a bit, emphasizing the florals instead of the biscuits, though the latter holds up better here than the florals did in the 'strils. The body is a very light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda dry-ish finish. Overall, a decent brew, nothing special, but drinkable enough to enjoy on a fairly regular basis without complaints.

Serving type: can

09-26-2010 05:25:15 | More by TMoney2591
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4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - ruby-ish amber in appearance with some nice bubbles streaming upwards into a dense mat of off-white foam. It looks malty and sweet just from the appearance. Hold this one up to the light and you've got something to sit back and enjoy with your eyes...but who really wants to do that for very long?

Aroma - sticking my nose into this I get a big whiff of delicious warm maltiness, toasted bread, fresh pressed cider, brown sugar and perhaps a slight tinge of citrus. This smells great!

Taste - toasty, malty and yet very light on the palate. I was expecting something much richer and sweeter. Baked apples meets toasted brown bread. Crisp in the finish with a touch of sweetness left on the tongue. I am impressed by this rather straight forward brew.

Overall - light, refreshing and yet full-flavored. Great malt profile but not overly sweet. This is actually close to perfect when it comes to a solid American session ale. I really think Wynkoop nailed it with Rail Yard. Fantastic stuff for any occasion.
Would I buy more of it? - if I could, I would. I actually think I could turn some non-craft beer drinkers around by giving them a glass of this. Actually, I am pretty sure I could turn around some folks that think canned beer is bad beer by giving them a glass of this as well. Good stuff.

Serving type: can

08-25-2010 00:57:24 | More by indiapaleale
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3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Nonic.

A: Orange amber with a soapy cream cap that comes and goes quickly. Leaves no lace.

S: Toffee, lemon and pepper make up the mild nose.

T: Tastes pretty much like I remember from the first time I had it in the 90s. Bittersweet toffee starts things out. Bitterness is mild and brings a citrus and pepper bite. Finishes with lingering pepper and citrus flavors.

M: The light body is somewhat dry. The carbonation felt low to me.

D: This beer has been around for ages and hasn't changed over the years. It's a simple amber ale that goes well with a game of pool on a warm summer evening.

Serving type: can

08-21-2010 03:18:05 | More by Rayek
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Rail Yard Ale from Wynkoop Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.