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Sunday, January 30th 2011

Silverback Pale Ale
(Wynkoop Brewing Company)

Silverback Pale Ale was released in cans for the first time this past summer. The beer itself was produced in an effort to raise money for the Denver-based Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund. A full 50% of the profits from the sales of this beer went to the organization. 


From the Wynkoop Brewing site:

"Hand crafted in 20-barrel batches, Silverback Pale Ale has a comfortable 5.5% ABV and a balanced hop finale of approximately 40 International Bittering Units. It is made with American two-row malt, crystal malt, specialty malts and four US hops. The beer’s rich aroma comes from a trip through Wynkoop head brewer Andy Brown’s “Hopinator” hopback device, filled with 10 pounds of whole-leaf Centennial hops."

Here we go...


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.

Note - Wynkoop also sponsors a 5K run in which all participants wear gorilla costumes. All proceeds from this event also go to help mountain gorillas in Africa. Good on ya' Wynkoop!



Silverback Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Wynkoop Brewing Company
Denver, Colorado  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: American two-row malt, crystal malt, specialty malts
Hops: Centennial
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 40
Date: January 30th, 2011

Posted by Russ

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Labels: Pale Ales