Rail Yard Ale - Wynkoop Brewing Company

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 08-14-2003

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Ratings: 131 | Reviews: 53
Reviews by GarrettB:
Photo of GarrettB
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of elamericano
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.62/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub...

Clear darker amber appearance, head rises to 1/2 of an inch, then falls in 30 seconds. Vertical string laces. Aroma is biscuity, but has a hop tilt that's unusual for a Marzen, but not the Ale that this is -- black pepper and slight pine cone. Lightish body, sprightly carbonation. Flavor is nicely balanced if unremarkable, honeyish maltiness, some white bread and a subtle bit of of floral hops to the end. A bit of off celery flavor picked up as the pint ended, however. A little minimal in set-up, a more hearty finish. I drank a number of bottles of this beer (under the "Broadway Brewing" label) in Denver a few years ago, this matched my impression at the time, maybe a bit less than I remembered.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can from JMBH extra.Pours a brown to amber colour, Yeast head. Aroma reminicient of an old ale, yeast in secondary.Mouthfeel medium, with drinkable taste of malts, grains, a touch of smoke, and a not unpleasant slight sour finish.Decent for the style.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Photo of atomicbeer
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of ZoomanCru
2.14/5  rDev -34.2%
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

Photo of samie85
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed 3/5/10.

A-Pours a slightly hazy, orange/amber color with a white head.

S-Fruity hops and bready, caramel malt.

T-Toasty and caramel with more of that fruity hop flavor.

M-When I opened this I thought it was flat at first. It's not, but it has to be one of the most under-carbonated beers I've had. It's medium bodied.

D-Easy drinking, but this would be a much better beer with some more carbonation.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.53/5  rDev +39.4%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.62/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

How exciting that Wynkoop has gotten into CANned beer and even more so that I was able to score a CAN in support of the CANQuest (TM)! CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "Engineered to Perfection; Pack It In, Pack It Out; The malty goodness of an Oktoberfest meets the joys of a classic English-style ale. Hearty and refreshing. All aboard!"

This was another CANned craft beer which was filled up to the brim, resulting in a light spray when the CAN was cracked open. Are the macros cheating us or are the micros overfilling their CANs? I'm not complaining, just asking. It also resulted in some drip action, of which I am not a fan. The pour created two foamy fingers' worth of ecru head that acted like a cap atop the beer, displaying excellent retention in the face of the crushing heat and humidity today. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was very fruity, berry-like. I kind of agree with the previous reviewer about strawberry, but maybe raspberry, also. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with breadiness, fruitiness, nuttiness and caramel in the mouth. Hops were not evident in this one! Finish seemed a bit bland after all of the initial flavors. I CANnot say that I am a big fan of this one. Oh well, not every micro-CAN is going to have "Cooler" status.

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of weller1js
3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.31/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on tap in Denver:

This is an unusual Oktoberfest because it is fermented as an ale rather than as a lager.

Thin head; clear with a honey/chestnut color. The aroma is malty and rich. The hop is present as pleasant counter note.

The flavor is mainly malt (as style would indicate), but there is nice hop on the swallow. The aftertaste lasts with the harmony of malt/hop present--excellent.

This is a very drinkable Oktoberfest. The body is full and rich.

Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Railroad Ale sported a nice dark copper & orange color with a foamy head. The head quickly broke apart and remained on the edge of the glass.The malt / hop balance was nice during the taste, but the malt lingered on the tongue well after the swallow. Definitely drinkable as I had two in a row, but my tongue's interest waned as I finished the second glass. This was the ale several people around me were also ordering, so it seemed to be a crowd pleaser.

Photo of champ103
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light amber/reddish color. A one finger beige head forms, but sticks throughout as a ring. Very light lace.
S: Light citrus hops. Grassy and floral. Light pale malts with some caramel sweetness.
T: Follows the nose. Light hops up front. Light citrus, but mostly grassy and floral. A caramel sweetness lingers.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Dry, crisp, and refreshing. Easy to drink. I could easily quaff several in a sitting.

This is an enjoyable beer. Very simple, but works. A good beer to quaff at the brewpub, and at several other places around the city. Try it if you get the chance.

Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | 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

12.16.14: Truncated impressions from a 12 oz can purchased today and served cold into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

HEAD: 4 fingers wide. Pale khaki colour. Good foaminess and frothiness, with decent creaminess. No lacing.

BODY: Clear caramel-copper. Translucent and transparent. Clean with no visible sediment. Average vibrance.

Looks decent for an amber. Far from unique or special.

AROMA: Caramel. Amber malt sweetness.

Lacks anything of interest. Where's the hop profile? This seems like an imbalanced boring malt bomb. Unappealing.

Average aromatic intensity.

TASTE: Dreadfully boring. Caramel and amber malts. That's it. Painfully simple, overt, and plain. Insipid. On the sweeter side, with no hop profile at all to balance the malty sugars.

TEXTURE: Undercarbonated, smooth, wet, stale, unrefreshing, and slightly syrupy. Medium-bodied but not too thick or viscous.

OVERALL: Downable and forgettable. Perhaps Wynkoop's most pedestrian offering. It confounds me why this is their flagship. I wouldn't get it again, but it's fine as part of the Wynkoop variety box. Meh.


Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I asked for this beer during the GABF '08 weekend, the bartender explained that this beer was an ale, somewhat of a Pale Ale. As a Marzen, the beer begins to make much more sense. Rich malts with caramels, toast, and light melanoidins. Although the hopping rates are high for the style and may be Americanized, the beer reads more like a strong Marzen or a sweet Pale. A bit heavy in the body because of the sweetness and low-lying carbonation, it just doesn't lift off of the toung. Finishes sweet with a hint of citrus bitterness. I think of this as a lighter version of Dead Guy Ale.

Photo of ndekke39
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered on-tap from the Wynkoop Brewery in downtown Denver. This turned out to be my favorite of their offerings. Poured a rich red/amber color. Very light, white head on it. Smell and taste was a very good balance of malt and hops, with little aftertaste. Smooth texture, which made for excellent sipping. Overall, a very good example of an ale.

Photo of emmasdad
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I was a little kid, I started collecting beer cans. I used to go to the grocery store with my dad and convince him to by this crazy variety of cans for my collection. I remember him purchasing all kinds of quality beers such as Lowenbrau, Hamms, Olympia and even the white can with "Beer" in black letters. Fast forward and my son is doing the same. This purchase is the result of one of our shopping trips. Pours a slighty hazy, dark copper color with a fairly decent white head. Pretty malty nose on this one; pretty similar on the palate, with caramel and just a hint of hops. A pretty decent beer, and an even better memory.

Photo of SamN
2.79/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Slightly hazy (chill?) rusty orangish hue, lots of active carbonation visible. Head is loose and bubbly, slightly rocky and pitted after a few minutes. Smell is a bit metallic, fruity, sweet and crisp. Not bad, not great. Taste is a a slightly sweet malt upfront, followed by a generic apple fruit taste and ending on a flattened hops bitterness. The flavor profile is somewhat crisp, like in the smell, but somehow the flavors don't really "pop" for me, they remain sort of stagnent and unimpressive. There's also an odd flavor somewhere in there I can't put my finger on; a sort of brief flash of smokey/soapiness? Odd. Mouthfeel is crisp and bit-overcarbonated for my liking.

Eh, not too impressed. I liked their shwarzbier and Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout much better.

Photo of Dmart1223
3.38/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Rail Yard Ale from Wynkoop Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.