Yukon Red Amber Ale (Arctic Red) - Yukon Brewing Company

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Yukon Red Amber Ale (Arctic Red)Yukon Red Amber Ale (Arctic Red)

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86
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Yukon Brewing Company visit their website
Yukon, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IronDjinn on 07-06-2003

Formerly called Arctic Red
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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 38
Photo of Bunman3
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A rock-solid Red from a rock-solid brewery. Yukon has been consistently making great beer for over twenty years and I was fortunate enough to tour the brewery when it was just getting started. If you want a nicely-flavored, malt forward red ale, Arctic Red is an excellent choice.

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I think this beer is intended to be a common-ground between macro- and micro- styles of beer in that it has some flavour and body, but isn't overwhelming to the average Joe. There is a lot of toasted malt up front and some hop bitterness on the backend. Not much carbonation. I think this is a solid example of a mass-appeal amber that still can please the odd beer snob who finds his way into the Yukon.

Photo of ericj551
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yukon Red pours a deep, bright red amber with a thin head that fades quickly. The aroma is malty, with some nutty toffee and caramel and just a hint of earthy hops. The nutty malt dominates the flavor with a nice sweetness that isn't cloying. The bitterness is mild and there is a bit of fruitiness in the finish.

Photo of jrenihan
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is reddish brown with a small off-white head that leaves quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell consists of slightly toasted caramel malt, along with some grassy hops. A nice scent.

Taste is similar to the nose. Caramel malt, grassy hops. A slightly toasted taste. Balanced with a slight bitterness. Simple but good.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Bready.

Overall, quite good. Not exciting or unusual, but very solid.

Photo of papat444
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wordemupg for this.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A nice amber/red/brown body, murky in a good way with a sizable head (not too big) and average lacing.

Smell: Spicy malt, caramel, small dose of hops and a touch of candy sweetness.

Taste: Strong nuttiness at first and some candy cane in the finish. Malt is all over this one and hops stay in the shadow, but that's fine. The finish has a small herb spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Real smooth, comfy and medium-low carbonation.

Overall: A real good ale and a pleasure to drink. Try this!

Photo of Converge
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Nice frothy head of light tan foam off the pour. The color is a deep ruby-red with a touch of rusty amber to it.Not really any head retention or lacing.

S - Mostly malt upfront, with lots of caramel malt and toffee leading the way and some bready malt and nuttiness in there too. Light roasty character rounds it out. Sweet with a touch of spice, overall; although I do detect an undeniable trace of skunkiness in here.

T - Really malt forward flavor profile, with caramel malt, nuts, toffee and barley are all prominent. Finishes with a subtle roastiness that adds just a hint of bitterness to the finish. Some earthy hops also help in that regard. Finishes with some cinnamon and nutmeg, giving it a gentle kick of spice to go along with the sweet malt flavors. After it warms I also begin to get some cocoa powder and vanilla. While this is all around pretty solid for an amber ale, I still taste a sort of peculiar skunked flavor in here, which I'm rather disappointed about. According to FreshBeerOnly, I believe the production date reads as January 9th, so it's not exactly fresh at three and a half months old, but Yukon claim an 8 month shelf life on their products, so...

M - Fits the flavor profile very nicely. Medium bodied with the carbonation on the lower side of things. Light spiciness adds as well. No complaints here.

D - All around solid amber ale, and sort of reminds me of GIB's Lions Winter Ale. While it was good, it didn't quite live up to the hype for me, but I can certainly see myself revisiting this one. Enjoyable introduction to Yukon's brews for sure.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes a few months ago...
A - Clear bubbly cedar, short head didn't last
S - Nutty and toffee aromas up front, light earthiness with some citrus
T - roasted nuts and toffee malt, peppery and earthy hops with subtle hints of cedar on the finish
M - Medium to light body and carbonation, full finish with a hint of bitter, very smooth
O - all around a very solid sessionable brew, I can see why this was 2009 Canadian beer of the year as the label proclaims

Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- It pours with a thick white head which quickly dissipates. It had a dark red colour, and is opaque.

Smell- Slight sweetness and piney smell. Can get the malt aromas on the nose as well.

Taste- Get the piney notes, and malt flavours. Slight bitterness but quickly goes away.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied ale that is creamy and easy to drink. There is a touch of prickly bubbles and Slight bitterness on the tongue but the bitterness doesn't linger.

Overall- A nice amber ale offering from Yukon Brewing. A great intro ale for those looking to get into this style of beer. Can drink this anytime of the year.

Photo of IllNate
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poors a clear and very attractive red; great color. A good helping of off white head and good retention.

S - Aroma is a pleasing. Caramel and biscuit malt is up front as well as a light fruitiness.

T - Taste follows with a strong caramel presence and a less pronounced breadiness. Bitterness is there, but I would like to see some more depth with more hop character. Light fruitiness is still there.

M - Mouthfeel is good, a well bodied and balance beer.

D - High.

Photo of HighGravityHG
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A beautiful ruby red color, good dissolved carbonation, but almost no head, just a ring around the glass from first pour. I thought I had the glass cleaned well enough. Very clear and inviting.

Smell - Malty sweet, a little caramel, very very much reminds me of LME-Liquid Malt Extract. I homebrew and this is basically a barley malt syrup that is used instead of all grain brewing. As far as I know its made with all grain though. No hop aroma. The initial malt smell is more than I remember on most ales I've had. I keep coming back to it but it seems more after drinking one bottle.

Taste - Seems like a well built beer, malt is forward but can still taste a little of the hops. I've tried so many red ales and this one is a little more malty which is nice.

Mouthfeel - chewy and smooth. But does not linger after swallowing.

Drinkability - Quite a nice red ale, I can see why it has a rep and has won some awards. Easily can be a session beer for me and my friends.

The label has changed, its quite cool so hopefully this company will get some more market share and thrive. Not really anymore of an eco footprint compared to buying beer from Eastern US or Europe. As a homebrewer I wanted to try this out as I noticed a few recipes online to brew a clone of it.

Photo of andrenaline
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice ruby red colour with a thin layer of head and a noticeable amount of lacing.

S - Scents of woody malt off the top and a slight citrus hop on the finish.

T - Sweet chocolate malts come through on this one, a bit of smoky wood lingers. Mild hop flavour on the finish, which is nicely balanced, making for a delicious blend.

M - Light foamy mouthfeel and goes down extremely smooth.

D - Very drinkable, non-offensive, red amber ale with a nice balance of hops and malts. Nothing mind blowing, but overall a very tasty and flavourful beer.

Photo of Long813
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dated: N/A
From: Chris (wordemupg) via trade

A: Dark ruby red body with one finger of off white head. Retention is poor, but leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S: Nice mellow front of caramel and dark fruits. Noticeable hoppy aroma and some spices.

T: Caramel malts dominate the flavour and finishes with a mixture of dark fruits (figs?) and spices. Pleasant taste with just a touch of hops.

M: Light bodied and medium-low carbonation. Very watery texture and leaves a slight malty aftertaste.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, nothing was outstanding, but it's a great drinker. Thanks again to Chris for the beer.

Photo of beerbum05
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Please note that this beer is now called "Yukon Red Amber Ale".

Appearance - Beautiful red colour, clear, light carbonation, a medium head which disappeared quickly.

Smell - Not much to smell, bit of maltiness

Taste - Slightly strong, malty, some bitterness

Overall - A nice tasting beer. A good "Red/Amber style".

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a tan head that doesn't last but leaves some lacing. Sweet aroma of malt, sugar, and dark fruits. Malty taste with some light hops and spices, fairly complex. There's just enough hops in this to balance the malty sweetness, making it quite drinkable. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. This is one of the better amber ales I've tried.

Photo of wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass dec29 2009

A red/maroon with two fingers of tan had that hangs around for a while leaving some nice lace pretty far down the glass

S lots of caramel with some hops and a little nutty

T again quite good even nuttier then the smell and some very faint coffee and chocolate to go along with everything else

M medium bodied with just a little bite and decent carbonation

D very well rounded beer and I will be drinking this again with out doubt

this is a great beer and well worth trying, this is one of the best beers from a great brewery. I've said this before and I may say it again this is quite possibly the most underrated (or unrated) brewers in Canada. I see no reason why Yukon won't become a member of the Canadian top 25 once some of their top brews get some more ratings. keep up the good work Yukon and I will keep spreading the good word

Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My pour created a finger's worth of light tan head with decent retention. Color was a deep, reddish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a strong malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a solid malty presence on the tongue. Finish was sweet, but not cloying.

Photo of prosper
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear reddish-gold. I'd guess about 12 or 13 SRM; less than 15. Off-white to tan head.

Smell is subdued - mostly malts there anyway. Slightly sweet, lots fo biscuit. Some light english-style esters; apple-pear-banana, but very mild.

Taste - Not all that sweet, to my palate. Malty, certainly, but I don't understand where all the comments of 'sweet' are coming from. There's a faint level of caramel, and lots and lots of bready-biscuity melanoidins, with a distinct bitter roastiness in the finish. Bitterness is firm and assertive, but only insamuch as it supports all that malt character. I'd guesstimate that it's in the 30 to 40 IBU range. Not really any sort of hop flavours or aroma, though - just bitterness.

Body - despite all that malt, this isn't a particularly chewy beer, body is only 'medium' or even on the light side of medium. It's smooth and creamy - perfect level of carbonation to hold things together.

Drinkability? Sure I'd certainly have more than one at a sitting.

Photo of Viggo
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at the CBA's.

Pours a clear amber, light reddish highlights, thin slightly off white head forms, settles down to a thin ring, few lace spots stick. Smell is alright, very malty, quite sweet, caramel and some sugar, bready, quite fruity, a hint of sweet raisins, honey malt, pretty interesting. Taste is okay, very malty too, caramel and bread, fruit, bread, honey, quite rich but unbalanced and not too exciting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, pretty drinkable. Solid beer but not sure how this is beer of the year.

Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Canadian Brewing Awards beer of the year.

A: Amber-bronze with an off-white head, slight retention & lacing.

S: Light aroma of sweet malts (toffee, caramel) and a hint of fruitiness.

T: Plenty of sweet, malty goodness (caramel, toffee, cotton candy) is complemented by the light fruity esters and a hint of spicing. Mild bitterness in the background.

M: Good body, smooth.

D: Extremely approachable & should have mass appeal, though it migh tbe a little on the sweet side for me to session.

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An entanglement of tawny and copper hues that result in a russet toned caramel; it's a charming colour to say the least. Its complexion is shimmering and becomes stunningly ablaze when up against the light. Its clarity is pristine and although its head is nowhere near the level of an arctic snowfall it does manage to imprint the glass with spatters of lace.

This aroma is certainly a pleasant surprise! It has a boatload of pungent, piny Northwest hops with a dabble of acidic citrus pith. It smells both bitter and fruity. The grapefruit and pine resin blend seamlessly into a malty base of toasted grains and sweet, scorched caramel. When I smell this I think west coast but a little further south than the Yukon.

That herbal, pungent, green hop character seeps through into the taste as well. With each sip the palate is treated to an earthy dose of pine bark and spruce resin. Hints of grapefruit pith and lemon zest stand out here and there. By and large, however, it's the sweet and gooey malty flavour of scorched caramel that is noted foremost.

There's more than enough of both hops and malt to make up a satisfying mouthfeel. The malts are sticky and sweet with a thick, hearty filling sensation. The hops are so chalk-full of resins and alpha acids that their oily bitterness leaves flavours of pineapple and grapefruit lingering long after. I'd pine for this to be locally available (pun intended.)

I suppose there's not a huge market in the Yukon for artisan beers. Besides, having a brewer able to make clean, flavourful beers gives no reason for Yukon Brewing not to tap into the larger mainstream market. But while I like their more conventional offerings, Yukon Red shows that these guys know how to make something special when they choose to.

Photo of lumikuuro
4.95/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now bottled as Yukon Red but is the same beer.

Appearance: Stunning clear amber with reddish hues. Biege half-finger head receding to bubbly ring with modest lacing when poured into shapely, tall 16oz glass.

Aroma: Assertive hops, citrusy and slightly floral, along with a strong malt aroma. Very inviting: already it is clear that this is not just another hopped-as-much-as-possible pacific northwest microbrew.

Taste: A quite unique blend of coffeeish malt, a little nut, very distant chocolate, and spicy, tart hops. Gentle dry dark berries. Finish lingers, with all the nuances of flavour being rediscovered even after the beer has been swallowed.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, slightly dry.

Drinkability: Very good. This is a quite exceptional tasting beer with a lot of complexity, quite unlike any other. Although the head retention and lacing isn't that great, it isn't really needed as the rich amber colour is divine. Inviting aroma, so potent that it can be smelled from some distance away.

Photo of manchester81
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Since moving west three years ago, Yukon Red has become one of my favourite session beers. It is a well balanced beer that is perhaps a bit more hop heavy than the typical Canadian red. This hop character keeps the beer interesting. I have sampled five other Yukon Brews, and in my opinion, this one is their best. Nothing mind blowing here, but sometimes all you are looking for is a good balanced beer. Yukon Red fits this description wonderfully.

Photo of Voonder
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess they changed design and name as it called Yukon Red now and it has blue label.
Pours very deep red-amber-brown-ish color with thin light tan head. Smell - quite nice - malts, hint of chocolate, nutmeg, caramel, some spices. Nice complex smell. Taste - great hoppy kick off, followed up with some caramel and chocolate malts, pretty spicy finish. Very solid brew from Yukon, very deep and smooth, pretty thick. Very well balanced. Very drinkable, great sessional beer.
I'm glad I have a 6-pack of these.

Photo of Douglas88
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Presario, my first beer from the Yukon. Pours a clear and bright red color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet caramel malts, some light hops and a hint of fruitiness. The taste is pretty nice, some sweet caramel, lots of malt, some light bitterness in the finish. Lots of carbonation, a very lively body. Very quaffable. A really cool label design.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. Only ever had this on tap before - nice stark northern landscape artwork on the label.

This offering from our friends to the north pours a clear, dark cola-hued amber colour, with two fingers of loosely foamy, kind of bubbly beige head, which settles at a lazy, unrushed pace, leaving some crashing wavecrest lace around the glass.

It smells of bold caramel/toffee malt, some buttered toasty graininess, peppy orange and grapefruit pith, a small bit of wet ash, and further piny, leafy hops - all rather inviting. The taste is roasted bready, biscuity caramel malt, a nice round, blended citrus hoppiness, mildly astringent woody pine notes, and a pleasant flinty mineral character.

The carbonation is fairly soft and restrained, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, but not overly so, with the biscuity nature of the malt and some lingering pine and citrus hop notes keeping things well within the sane.

I could see having at least a few of these. This may be a little big in the hops department for an amber ale, but I'm not complaining one bit - it takes it clear and above the vast majority of plain, boring Canadian-made amber or red ales - I don't think I have to name names, do I?

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Yukon Red Amber Ale (Arctic Red) from Yukon Brewing Company
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