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Silverback Pale Ale - Wynkoop Brewing Company

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 95
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wynkoop Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 06-29-2010

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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 95
Photo of dcscientist
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%

Silverback is a slightly bolder and higher-alcohol (though still low in the scheme of things) version of Light Rail Pale. It's a little bit hoppier and more flavorful, so if you want something in that realm, give this one a go.

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Photo of weller1js
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a yellow-orange, with good carbonation and light white foam, yielding a slight lacing.

S: sweet and floral hop notes, with a mild yet notable spiciness

T: Oddly departures from the scent, begins with peppery and bitter hoppiness, malt notes are mild and clean, finishes with a distinct, crisp bitterness.

O: Hops are the stand-out on this one with a duality in scent vs. taste.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with no apparent canned on date present. Ordered four cans of this beer, along with some others, from LetsPour.com recently, and my package arrived yesterday so I'm dipping into the stash. Expectations are average based on this beer's ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a coppery orange-red body with about a finger of doughy bubbly off-white head.

S - Smell is of mild citrus, earthy spice / grains from the grains of paradise, tropical fruit notes, some skunkiness, and some bready malt backbone. Something about the nose reminds me of Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA a bit. I think it smells rather nice.

T - Taste follows the nose: earthy graininess from the grains of paradise, some hop bitterness, tropical fruit juice, and bready malts holding it all together. Nothing complex or extraordinary, but hits it's mark, I'd say.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, and clean. Just a hint of lingering sticky fruit sweetness, and biscuit malts.

Overall, I think it's a rather nice beer. Nothing too complex going on here, but I'm digging it's simplicity. I'm also impressed by the additional flavors that the grains of paradise adds. I was expecting more of an overwhelmingly minty clove-like spice rather than dirty earthiness. Definitely a beer I would drink again. Underrated, for sure. And who doesn't love to drink and save mountain gorillas at the same time?

Wynkoop Silverback Pale Ale ---4/5.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Nice copper color. Soapy cream colored head that's slow to recede. Chunks of foamy lacing.

Aroma: Piny hops, earthy malts, and apricot fruit.

Taste: Nice sweet malt beginning, solid hop body with woody, piny notes. Sweet tropical fruit finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Overall: Really great balance, refreshing pale ale.

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Photo of Bradthoc
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a can. Poured into a DFH 2011 IPA Glass.

Appearance - Deep golden color with a soft amber tint. Slightly hazy with mot as much clarity you'd expect. Head is a pale white that receded rather quickly. Light lacing.

Smell - Citrus hop burst, with a slight earthy and wet grass hint. No noticeable malt.

Taste - More citrus hops than I expected for the style. A slight malt finish but the dryness and hops take over the overall finish. Grassy notes make a quick appearance and fade rather fast.

Mouthfeel - More of a medium feel with a little dryness.

Overall - Not a bad beer. This is my second taste of Wynkoop's line and I'm not disappointed. I feel I could have enjoyed this PA a little more if the hops (and I love hops) were cut back a little bit and the malt was a bit more noticeable.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a orange color with amber hues throughout. Good clarity and a soft white head with ok retention.

The nose is hop forward with more of an IPA appeal. Noticeable grassy and citrus notes. Some minor floral and herbal notes as well. No real malt aroma for backing. Some minor yeast issues. I picked up a touch of butter but not over the top.

The taste is more on par for style. Although hops really come out more than the malt with a citrus lemon and orange flavor and fresh cut grassy note. The bitterness is a bit much and lingers into the finish. The malt backs well but a big biscuit, nutty note is a bit of a distraction. A touch vegi as well that I get with lower caramel malt notes. Butter on the back end that is distracting as well.

The body is moderate and a touch sweet for style. The bitterness from the hops is a bit much. Carbonation is good. Overall nice hoppy notes but would like a touch less bittering and clean up the diacetyl.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.57/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz can served in a goblet, reviewed live:

A - Pours a translucent copper orange color with a finger of cream colored, bubbly head. Retention is OK. Muted and dull.

S - Heavy caramel and a faint sweet candy note. Smells almost metallic. Faint, distant grassy, floral hops notes. They're buried and you have to search for them. I wasn't expecting a hop bomb, but it's definitely missing the fresh hoppy notes you'd look for in an APA.

T - Follows the nose very closely. A bland and messy body opens over indistinct hops notes. The bittering hops don't quite keep up with the sweet body. Did the brewers totally miss the aromatic hops addition? I'm missing the grains of paradise (or any other spice, for that matter). Sloppy brewing.

M - Thick and smooth. Almost buttery.

D - Just a poor example of the style. Not very good. I know the brewery is capable of more.

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Photo of Dmart1223
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's okay. It's meh. But it's for a good cause, so who cares?

It pours a true amber with a lumpy, quick-fading head and some sticky lacings.

The smell isn't strong, but it's pleasant. You get the slight citrusy sweetness from Western hops tied to some heartier grain.

The taste follows the smell: It's light with a slight hop bitterness and flavor mid-palate to the end. There's some malt body, as well. It's, by all accounts, a pale ale.

Overall, it's not anything special but it's definitely thirst-quenching. If the alcohol were a slight bit lower, it would be a great session. And if anything else, drink it for the gorillas.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Also had on tap at the brewery. Strangely, the can had more hop character than what was on tap. Anyways, here, we, go. . .

Pours out a mostly yellow liquid, 1" white head forms over the top. Retention is average at best. Lacing, spotty. For the claims of this being dry hopped, my nose could not tell, upon multiple servings. Really just smells like a non dry hopped 90s pale ale. Some grain to it, and that's about it.

Taste, some residual sweetness, the hops pop up finally, but they're far from big and bold, this pale ale is stuck somewhere between old school British style and run of the mill American (not west coast). A little bit of breadiness prolly gives that sweetness a boost, its enjoyable for that aspect, which is a little better than the average pale, but the hopping is subpar. The biscuity like malt cracker snap is cool. Damn, why couldn't they make a double dry hop version of this? It might turn out like they think the single dry hop was supposed to.

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Photo of beer2day
4.09/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold with just a hint of orange haze in the pour. 1/2 finger tan head, fades fast. Not getting much in the way of lace.

Nose is grapefruit and passion fruit. Lots of it. Big, bold, aggressive - especially for a pale. I like it.

Lots of hop flavor here. Big on the grapefruit, but maybe even bigger on apricot and passion fruit. Dry finish with just a touch of sweetness.

Feel is about right for the style for my tastes. Others in my group thought it was too heavy.

Good solid hop-heavy pale.

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Photo of Twal
2.26/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving; A can and honestly did not feel the need to dirty a glass once opened.

Appearance; I have no idea as to the appearance because I can't see through the can.

smell; none/can

Taste; I could barley detect the "spices" this is brewed w/ and nothing else.

Mouthfeel: felt wet and that may be the best feature of this beer.

Overall; After recently getting on board w/ Wynkoops B3K I thought this may be good ....EPIC FAIL!
Bottom line, If you're not a beer person this is the beer for you !
In fact if you can't taste and enjoy drinking beer this is the one for you...

I honestly get more flavor from a pabst.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a well made but not particularly unique pale ale. pours a copper red color with a pillowy white head less than an inch high. smells quite hoppy, more like an ipa. flavor comes in stages. first is a slightly bitter effervescent wash, followed by a malty circus that feels english in nature to me. finally is a really exquisite hop flavor comes in that is akin to really dank marijuana, skunky and sweet at the same time. feel is nice, fuller bodied for the style and very brightly carbonated. this is one of my most frequently consumed wynkoop brews, goes good with almost anything on their menu.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a hard one to review. It's a pale ale, but has some lager qualities and spices. A nice pour; clean, clear and foamy. Light golden, white foam.

Spicy aroma backed with a subtle cracker or biscuit maltiness. Zesty is a good word.

The hops on this are nice, probably cascade but I don't know. The spice is a bit odd though. They sort of drown out the hops, or maybe I'm just totally getting this wrong. There's something 'filmy' about this beer. The malt comes off as a bit thick or stale-sweet.

Crisp finish, nothing much after

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Photo of Flounder57
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a minimal head. A nice hazy orange yellow. Slow and tiny bubbles coming up the side of the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Light citrus/tangerine aroma. Followed by sweet and bready malts.

Taste: A nice blend of the above aromas. Blended well which makes this a very tasty and delicious PA. There is also a slight spicininess and piney flavor too.

Mouthfeel: Smototh, low to medium carbonation, medium bodies, crisp and refreshing.

Overall: This is a refreshing and crisp PA that I could always go for if in the mood for one. Only problem is that they don't distribute here to MA. I would like to give props out to the bartender who hooked us up with this can for the trip back here to Boston. Thank you bartender for making our trip that much better.

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Photo of dirtyskunk
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very light clear straw gold, nice fluffy white head with good sticking power from a can.

Smells a little spicy and generally hoppy with no real highlights.

Tastes like a nice light APA. Not as citrusy from the hops as some, but that might go against the spicy grains of paradise. Good spice from them, not over the top. Mild floral hoppiness.

Decent mouthfeel, good carbonation. Nothing spectacular.

Overall a good PA in a can. I don't know if it stands up to a Dale's, or even an old standard in a bottle like Sierra Nevada, but they're going in an interesting direction with the spice. Also slight bonus points for the charity donation, and because Wynkoop was founded by the Governor of Colorado.

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Photo of iSip
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wyncoop Silverback Pale Ale: This is a live review, as I just popped the can, and the brew in glass sits before me as I type. Deep amber color is topped by an ample off-white head. Aroma is vigorous with piney hops, very nice. The Silverback is smooth, with a soft malt sweetness, hops coming through and a bit of bitter on the finish. I have been on a stout tasting cycle, so a pale ale is a refreshing change. Worthy of having again in my opinion.

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

Picked this up at Harvest Wine & Spirits in Boulder, CO.

Pours a mostly cloudy light copper with a thin, well-retaining off white foam.

Ruby red grapefruit nose with mango and a lower intensity floral hint.

Crisp, fresh grapefruit hops backed up by a snappy malt backbone that alludes at saltine crackers and medium toast. Herbal/spicy quality introduces itself once the hops make their presence known. Long, dry finish with a lingering mix of citrus rind and pepper spice.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Slight astringency.

While this beer offers a solid malt backbone and plenty of grapefruity hops, the bitterness is a touch harsh, detracting from the experience.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: clear and amber. Lots of lace and single finger head.

S: spicey and a little zesty. Nice hop aroma for a pale ale.

T: nice hop character. Peppery and a touch of both pine and earthy notes.

M: very smooth. medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: one of the best pale ales I have had. The hop flavor is complex and the right amount of earthy notes that make this a hoppy APA encroaching on an IPA level.

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Photo of afksports
4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Silverback Pale Ale is a standard west coast style pale ale with a solid hoppy presence that's done in a can without apology. And none is needed; it's totally enjoyable.

Silverback pours unfiltered, copper, with a white head that sits on top of the body and dots the pint glass with spots. It smells of citrus hops and caramel malt with biscuits and bread. It's crisp, finishes clean, and drinks easy at 5.5% alcohol.

The Rams are playing the Giants while I drink this beer, but it's really too bad that I don't have more of it, because the Giants are going to win it.

Thanks go out to Dan in Colorado for hooking this one up, Cheers!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a slightly hazy golden brown, with a small white head. Grainy, bready aroma, caramel malts, and a good balance of hops. Basic maltiness in the taste, grains, caramel and sugar, moderately hopped for some herbal notes, and light, peppery spice. Medium body, crisp, dry finish, and quite easily drinkable.

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Photo of u2carew
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can part of the my road trip booty!
A) Poured with a two finger head then settles to a thin lacing on top. Thin, sticky lacing on the drink down. Nearly transparent bronze body.
S) Pink grapefruit. Subtle pine aroma. A pleasant aroma overall.
T) Flavor profile is a bit weak up front. Subtle caramel malt sweetness. Hints of spruce. Residual earthy bitterness lingers in the finish.
M) Fizzy. Creamy. Lighter side of medium bodied.
O) A drinkable pale ale, but was hoping to have a little more "umph".

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Photo of emmasdad
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a couple cans of this one in a mixed six pack last week, and cracked one open the other day. Pours a slightly hazy amber color, with a little white head. Somewhat citrusy on the nose, with a little malt. On the palate, light to medium bodied, a little hops, some caramel and a light breadiness.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can into pint glass
A - Somewhat muddy but vivid caramel brown/orange, 1+ finger off white head
S - Malty over-ripe citrus
T - Slightly medicinal, to a citrus/spice bread, moderately bitter finish
M - Low carbonation, squarely in the middle
D - Average but odd
Will have another, but don't think I'd pick it up at the store again.

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Photo of alli4051
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a standard pint.

Pours a bright, slightly hazy, copperish, orange with a slightly off-white head. Head is about a finger high and leaves a bit of lacing as it recedes. Nose is faint citrus hops. Taste is a hoppy bite up front followed by tropical fruits and a buttery finish with a slight grainy tone and a faint spiciness to it. Mouthfeel is about what you would expect. I always try to pick out new beers and local breweries with a good rep are always a draw for me and I love it when they live up to expectations as this one did. I won't lie I was a bit concerned when I saw some of the lukewarm reviews on here but am pleasantly surprised with what I think is the best pale I have had in a bit.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour - glowing orange in color with a nice fluffy, frothy white head on top. This has to be one of the brightest colored pale ales I've seen. So much yellow and bright orange standing out.

Aroma - a bit of malt, some hay or grass notes, definitely some lemon and orange zest and some relaxed hop aromas. Not a huge hop nose but it smells inviting nonetheless.

Taste - first sensation is sweetness on the tip of the tongue with a bit of spiciness and hoppiness on the back. Some bitter citrus flavors are present but in no way are they dominating. This is actually a very easy-drinking beer with enough hoppiness to hold your attention and balanced enough for even the biggest hop-ophobe.

Overall - I quite enjoyed this brew. Nice flavors and mellow enough for a quiet beer on a Sunday evening. I could enjoy quite a few more of these to be honest.
Would I buy more of it? - perhaps. I am a hop-lover at heart so I might be swayed at the last second by a bigger IPA but who knows. I'm an impulse shopper at heart.

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Silverback Pale Ale from Wynkoop Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.