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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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yukon Brewing Company
Yukon, Canada | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly called Arctic Red

Added by IronDjinn on 07-06-2003

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.95/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cool new bottle from BigBry with a artistically drawn caribou (?) against an Arctic background. Nice mahogany body, with an abundant creamy head that laced sheets. Nutty, caramel aroma. I found the taste to have a really pleasant sweet malt character, with nut, caramel and fruit all coming out...all balanced by some floral hopping. Medium bodied with light carbonation. This is a really good beer, which I could session all night long. It has just the right balance of malt and hops to really hit my spot. If it was for sale in Ontario it would definitely be a regular purchase.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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

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Photo of prosper
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first beer I have tried from the Yukon, and I am truly impressed. From the Yukon Brewing Company in Whitehorse, I am sure this pleasantly warms many a stomach of those cold arctic regions.

A rich rosewood colour greets the eye, along with a smooth, cream couloured head. Red, light orange and amber colouration makes this a very pleasing beer in appearance. The head leaves good sticky lacing, and retains a nice filmy layer on top right down till the beer is finished. The head is supremely creamy, and very consistent, like a good Belgian. I did not expect such a complex and appetising aroma, to be honest. Cream, sweet malt lightly roasted, dark fruits, some light wood smells, nectar honey, and an expertly balanced flowery hop presence combine to form an exceptional aroma, reminding me of some of good Irish reds. The taste begins with sweet malt, fruits, but quickly goes to a bitter, dry, roasted taste. Excellent hop taste. Mouthfeel is dry but thirst quenching and full, lingering on the palate. Other than the dryness, this is highly drinkable. Who would have thought that the Yukon's only microbrewery would produce such a fantastic, tasteful ale? (Well, according to the website the Yukon has the highest per capita alcohol consumption in Canada...) This was a surprisingly pleasant find, and I think Arctic Red will be a fairly regular purchase of mine now.

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Photo of Shadman
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of papat444
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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!

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of manchester81
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is turning into one my favourite local (ie. Canadian) session beers. The beer looks great as it is a beautiful reddish copper colour with a decent white head. What grabs my attention is the decent hop profile which makes this beer seem like it is made in Seattle or Portland rather than Whitehorse. The balance with the malt makes me want to drink more than a couple. Check out their website www.yukonbeer.com.

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Photo of Voonder
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle inspection: No date, 5.5% abv, and a picture of Jean Luc Picard gone all Arctic (just kidding).
Aroma: Wonderful floral hop nose supported with sweet malt nectar. There are some mild spices, perhaps coriander, perhaps just some peppery hop notes, and bread yeast aromas as well.
Appearance: Well, red. More of an amber with neutral light, but clear grapefruit red at first glance. What a head! Tiny bubbles of mocha colored froth that clung to the sides of my glass like frost. A great looking beer!
Flavor: Fabulous balance between an amber malt and floral hop. Both flavors assert themselves, but compliment each other. The malt is a bit heavier as the beer warmed and had the slightest bit of cloying, but not unpleasant.
Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body, nice carbonation level, sparkles but doesn’t fizz, and really makes me want to just chug this baby.
Overall Impression: Drinkability? I’m done! It is taking effort just to make the beer last through the reviewing process. I could easily see another after this as well, a smashing session beer. My sister brought this back from Alaska for me, and I owe her thanks!

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Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of IllNate
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of vanrassel
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky dark amber hue, nearly brown, with a short, soon-dead head.
Aroma is rich, malty, caramely, bold & brash, so far, so good for a nice red/amber.
Sweet taste at the onset, & smooth, tasty, tasty, tasty.
Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, comfortable texture. Seems to hit all the right notes for an Irish-style Red Ale. Really good amber from way up in the Yukon! Nice stuff!

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Photo of jrenihan
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 'Thirst Aid Kit", a twelve pack of four different Yukon brews.

Poured into the tumbler a clear dark amber. The head was a short-lived finger of mid-sized biege bubbles. Lacing was heavy.

The smell was sweet toasty malts, floral piney hops, and a subtle tropical citric fruitiness. Grapefruit.

The taste was anchored by a solid sweet malty backbone. Nicely balanced with the generous spicy floral hops. Lovely sweet malt/ bitter hopped finish. Crisp.

Medium to light bodied. Mild carbonation.

Very nice! Drinkability is quite high, sessionable. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Yukon Red Amber Ale (Arctic Red) from Yukon Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.