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
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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:
Beer added by: IronDjinn on 07-06-2003

Formerly called Arctic Red
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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 38
Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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 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 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 aforbes10
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a single bottle shared with a friend....

Poured slightly reddish with a white head. Smelled fresh, with some pleasant crisp hops on the nose, along with some nice mellow malt. Taste was crisp and clear also with the maltiness coming through nicely along with subduded hop flavor. Very smooth and easy to drink. a nice surprize, i thought overall.

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 BigBry
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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 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 elricorico
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

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 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 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 EvilKeith
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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 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 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 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 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 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?

Photo of vanrassel
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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 feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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.

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