Rail Yard Ale | Wynkoop Brewing Company

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Rail Yard AleRail Yard Ale

Brewed by:
Wynkoop Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 08-14-2003

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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 54
Reviews by GarrettB:
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3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of elamericano
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +22.3%

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2/5  rDev -38.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.3%

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4/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.56/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Rail Yard Ale from Wynkoop Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 144 ratings