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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

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yukon Brewing Company visit their website
Yukon, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly called Arctic Red

(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 07-06-2003)
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Reviews by Shadman:
Photo of Shadman
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I liked their expresso stout so thought I'd give this a go.

Nice reddish brown beer that had a big 3 fingered head that settled down fairly quick. Really, really clear beer. The lacing is still sticking to the top of the glass even though I'm halfway done drinking it. Very nice!

Toasted malt and a combo of pine/citrus are the aromas I found.

Taste matched the sites discription of a red ale should taste like..other than the fruitiness. Great balance between the toasted malts and citrus/pine hops.

k..I'm gushing here..but this is one smooth beer. Carbonation level is perfect for the flavors.

Yukom is two for three so far in my books. This would make a great session brew even with the 5.5APV. Next up Yukon Gold.

Shadman, Apr 11, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

chickenm, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of LDuke
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

LDuke, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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?

biboergosum, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy malt, and some spice flavour. And yes, some hops for bit of bitter aftertaste.Bit of lace, aggressively carbonated on-tap version is not as good. Almost Yukon scenery colour of orange and red clouds. Like a session ale. Second best to their coffee porter.

Sammy, May 28, 2004
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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

joemcgrath27, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of vanrassel
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've said in other reviews that this is a style I just don't "get." This beer could change things.

It poured dark red with a rocky, one-finger head that remained as I continued to drink. The first sniff delivered floral, pine-y hops that reminded me most of an IPA, but it yielded to a malty aroma that reminded me of fresh-baked bread.

The malt was more assertive in the taste, however, the hops made themselves known. A well-balanced brew, though I wondered if I like this beer because it came close (to me) to tasting like an American Pale Ale.

This beer went down smooth on the palate with a nice medium body. There's no doubt I liked it, but I do question whether it conforms to the style.

vanrassel, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of elricorico
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruddy brown with a finger of creamy tan head. The head fades into a thin cap and ring after a few minutes.

The dominant smell is hops. In fact it reminds me of an APA's smell. The smell isn't too strong, and it is fairly nice. Just a little one dimensional.

On the taste side of things I'd say it is a bit one dimensional again. I like the hoppy bitter finish, there is plenty of it, but I don't find a malt balance up front. There doesn't seem to be anything sweet about the beer, only a tart citrus and bitter finish. Good, but just feels like something is missing.

Mouthfeel is quite good, carbonation is notable but not rough, and the beer has a touch of body to it, but is not oily. As far as drinkability, this beer keeps you coming back for your next sip, and this bottle has not lasted long.

All in all this really is a good beer, despite the fact that I felt something was missing. I think I may have been craving something a bit sweeter, but the quality of this beer has shone through, and I've enjoyed it even though it wasn't what I was craving.

elricorico, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of IronDjinn
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Managed to sample some of this on tap at the St.Jame's Gate Pub in Banff. Served with a nice thick off-white head capping off a deep burnished garnet body, a sensuous mahogany in the absence of direct light. The caramel malt is more prominent on draught, with the hops playing a bit more akin to second fiddle. The flavour is more balanced though, rich robust sweet caramel malt accompanied by flowery and herbal hops on the finish, ideal for a red ale. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy, great body to it. This could easily make a fantastic session ale for any night out at the pub. Glad I finally managed to try it on draught.

IronDjinn, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of papat444
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

papat444, May 09, 2012
Photo of manchester81
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

manchester81, May 12, 2009
Photo of BigBry
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of 4 selections in the Yukon "Thirst Aid Kit" mixed 12 pack, and it came with a free Yukon pint glass.
Pours a dark reddish brown color, short slightly tan head. The thick foam fades into a thin floating cap and ring after a few minutes. There is a strong smell of hops. A clean, bitter aroma, but not much other smells to balance. Lots of hoppy flavor, especially in the finish. Just my opinion, but not quite enough malty sweetness to balance. Good carbonation and solid body to it. Drinkability? very good, pairs nicely with most any food. Pass me another.

BigBry, May 28, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

LampertLand, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Voonder
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Voonder, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

woodychandler, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -22.1%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

bumchilly25, May 17, 2012
Photo of microwavabledish
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

microwavabledish, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Long813
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Long813, May 20, 2010
Photo of Douglas88
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Douglas88, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Derek, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of jrenihan
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

jrenihan, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Garenburg
1.5/5  rDev -61%

Garenburg, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +3.9%

fizzyted, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of JMochizuki
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

JMochizuki, Dec 08, 2012
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Yukon Red Amber Ale (Arctic Red) from Yukon Brewing Company
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