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Silverback Pale Ale - Wynkoop Brewing Company

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78
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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 06-29-2010)
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Reviews by iSip:
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iSip

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

12-23-2011 00:38:02 | More by iSip
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -11.8%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Brewed with Grains of Paradise, a spice native to western Africa and one that's eaten by wild gorillas in the region (50 percent of the proceeds go toward saveagorilla.org). Pours a hazy amber with a tight, creamy white lacing. A bit buttery in the nose with caramel and bread. Crisp up front. Smooth underneath. Big, buttery, caramel profile (diace- tyl-like) that's both overpowering and out of place. Bready. Hoppy with some herbal flavors, peppery notes from the grains, and a husky grain, tannic edge that follows through into the dry finish. Lingering chalky, aspirin-like flavors, and dryness too. Things are simply not syncing-up on this one. Great cause and intentions; mediocre beer.

01-21-2011 23:28:11 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

08-01-2013 13:42:31 | More by Cynic-ale
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.3/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

12-24-2012 18:39:51 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

10-30-2013 13:24:01 | More by williamjbauer
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

10-09-2013 18:35:39 | More by acurtis
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En29356

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

08-25-2013 22:27:30 | More by En29356
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

08-07-2013 23:18:43 | More by Larrydoherty
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jduprey007

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

08-04-2013 00:37:47 | More by jduprey007
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stampfler07

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +25%

01-13-2013 22:27:22 | More by stampfler07
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jwmarcum

Missouri

3/5  rDev -11.8%

02-15-2012 19:08:22 | More by jwmarcum
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rsdaugherty

Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -19.7%

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.

02-24-2011 02:43:47 | More by rsdaugherty
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +1.5%

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".

08-16-2011 00:43:58 | More by u2carew
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eclaycamp

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

The can beer revolution is coming, so I thought I may as well try to get ahead of the curve. This particular can, named Silverback, is from Wynkoop out in Colorado. Poured into a generic tumbler. Color is lighter than I expected for a Pale Ale, primarily straw. Quick forming head that fizzes away just as quickly. Some hints of decent head retention. Pretty hefty aroma in this guy, with hops kind of dominating the conversation. Notes after my first taste: "Oh, this is going to be a good one." And it is. I'm starting to believe that the Pale Ale style has been overlooked in recent years. Not just by me, but by the general beer public. After all, black, double and triple IPAs seem to be all the rage these days. Beers like this help jolt me back to the style, and remind me of why I got into craft beer in the first place. This beer impresses. Pretty good levels of carbonation with some nice lacing. Hops hit the palate first, lemony grapefruit, maybe pineapple if you're so inclined. They're massaging, not overpowering. And there's something awesome towards the middle. I think it's hops, but it's completely unique to this beer, and not something I've noticed previously. It's floral, like roses. Rounding things out, light toffee malt sweetness implodes the whole thing. It's actually very well done. Decent stuff, I'd go back to it if I could get it where I live.

09-26-2010 02:05:18 | More by eclaycamp
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keenanite21

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

05-28-2012 08:02:59 | More by keenanite21
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

09-01-2013 03:31:34 | More by mfnmbvp
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minterro

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

04-18-2014 23:53:15 | More by minterro
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

11-15-2013 00:36:08 | More by HattedClassic
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blakelive784

Colorado

2.55/5  rDev -25%

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.

03-12-2013 22:54:17 | More by blakelive784
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

08-24-2013 16:23:54 | More by MinorThreat
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

11-10-2012 17:46:32 | More by BigBry
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cbcrunch

Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

12-02-2013 01:59:14 | More by cbcrunch
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Karibourgeois

Texas

3/5  rDev -11.8%

03-09-2014 15:43:38 | More by Karibourgeois
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crobinso

Colorado

3/5  rDev -11.8%

06-30-2012 22:45:05 | More by crobinso
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TheBigJW

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

07-26-2013 16:59:13 | More by TheBigJW
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Silverback Pale Ale from Wynkoop Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.