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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 08-14-2003

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Reviews by atomicbeer:
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3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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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3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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 -12.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
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 -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
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 +19%

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2/5  rDev -40.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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4/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +19%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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Rail Yard Ale from Wynkoop Brewing Company
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