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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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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 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 feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

feloniousmonk, May 08, 2004
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 biegaman
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

biegaman, May 25, 2009
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

dmorgan310, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Viggo
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

Viggo, Sep 28, 2009
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 wordemupg
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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

wordemupg, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of canucklehead
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

canucklehead, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of andrenaline
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

andrenaline, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of bobsy
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

bobsy, Jun 05, 2008
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 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 schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

schopenhauerale, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

bumchilly25, May 17, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -22.1%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of HardTarget
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

HardTarget, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

schnarr84, Jan 09, 2012
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
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 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 Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Kmat10, May 29, 2013
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 Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Jul 30, 2013
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Yukon Red Amber Ale (Arctic Red) from Yukon Brewing Company
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