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Yukon Gold English Pale Ale - Yukon Brewing Company

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yukon Brewing Company visit their website
Yukon, Canada

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: IronDjinn on 07-28-2003

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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 34
Reviews by IllNate:
Photo of IllNate
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a fairly clear yellow/copper. Small amount of frothy white head. Poor retention.

S - Biscuit malt. Light hop aroma. Not much depth

T - Light biscuit malt. Little to no hop taste. Malt character is pretty light for an English Pale.

M - Light, not a ton of body.

O - It's ok, nothing great, but better than most of the big brews.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Tilly
2.99/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden amber pour. Fast dissipating white head. Looks great. Ends there. Malty, yeasty aroma. Commercial aroma. Commercial taste. Nothing exciting here. As a Canadian, I think we can do better!

Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, a starter brew, in advance of some surely unappetizing, subsequent bro-bar beers, yet in the presence of verily appreciable company, so, well, there.

Into yer standard American pint glass, this beer pours a clear medium bronzed amber colour, with one flabby finger of lazy, tightly foamy dirty white head, which leaves some sturdy, chunky instances of atoll arch lace around the glass as things slowly recede.

It smells of semi-sweet biscuity, grainy pale malt, orange and lemon fleshy fruitiness, and a touch of floral, perfumed alcohol astringency. The taste is more sweet, lightly sourdough-esque caramel malt, grassy, earthy, and leafy hops, some mild hard water flintiness, and a strangely heady, yet expectedly underwhelming metallic booziness.

The carbonation is moderate, and just a tad frothy, the body a decent medium weight, and agreeably smooth. It finishes on the sweet and malty side, but not overly so, the biscuity character not quite ready to give up the ghost, and the cheeky noble hops hard to ignore.

A pleasant enough pale ale, in the English sense, with a small Canadian twist. Tasty, enjoyable, and quite drinkable, a nice offering that I might endeavor to seek out on draft, in quieter environs that I am currently contemplating.

Photo of Sammy
2.35/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lots of carmel, malt, a bit of European hops, nice lace. Malt aroma. Not up to Pale ale standards, and really a British style, not American, as nowhere hoppy enough. Flavour is Grassy and carbonation, watery. Did I say it needs some significant hops? Nothing special.

Photo of nickd717
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a friend from Whitehorse (the city, not the awful Taylor Swift song), I was able to fulfill a longtime dream of mine: trying a beer from the Yukon. Crazy, I know. I had just consumed an Indian Wells Mojave Gold and needed something to get that awful taste out of my mouth. Considering how terrible that was, I should have opened a Westy 12. But this beer, although average at best, did the trick.

Pours dark golden with a nicely formed white head and very good lacing.

Aroma is pale malt and grain, along with a little earthy hop bitterness.

Flavor is all right, nothing special. Pale malt and grain, a hint of wheat, and earthy and floral hops on the finish.

Very clean and crisp on the palate with medium-light body.

Drinkability is good. Nothing exciting overall, but not bad for a golden ale. Good to finally try a Yukon beer. Need to get up and visit that place eventually.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes
A - Clear dark golden, thin white head receded to a thin ring
S - Earthy and leafy with a bready aroma finish
T - Dominant flavours are bready malt and leafy hops, light metallic note and a hint of sweetness
M - Light body with big carbonation, a little bready, finishes dry
O - Nothing outstanding but flavourful and easy drinking enough to be an easy sessioner

Photo of Orrshow
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Pours golden yellow with a decent amount of which bubbly head due to an aggressive pours. It disappears very quickly leaving small amounts of lacing.

Smell – Smells almost a touch yeasty. Caramel malts there as well? I also detect some citrus and hops. The smell is weak and this makes it very difficult to pick things out.

Taste – Taste is sweet with a definitive but low key bitterness from the hops. There is a malty caramel flavor present with what seems to be yeast. It seems as there is also a touch of skunkiness to is as well.

Mouthfeel – I found the mouthfeel to be average. Carbonation is right for the style…which is a touch high for me. It felt coarse. A nice consistency to it all in all though.

Drinkability – The beer went down relatively nicely. Decent tasting and relatively smooth despite the prickliness.

Yukon Gold isn’t bad. I was expecting more as I heard amazing things about it from my roommates. I believe there are far more impressive APA’s out there though.

Photo of vanrassel
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yukon Gold is a decent beer, but there are plenty of better APAs out there.

It pours a cloudy, dark gold into my pint glass. There's a slight hint of orange through the chill haze. A foamy white head to start, which diminished to little more than a ring as I went.

The smell is an understated saw-off between grassy hops and buscuity malts. There are tiny whiffs of fruity esters — pear, maybe?

The taste is a balancing act between the hops and a malty backbone, making this much more of a British-style brew. Subtle bitterness comes at the end and aids in a dry, crisp finish. The carbonation is a bit on the weak side.

I got this beer as part of Yukon Brewing's "Thirst Aid" 12-pack and definitely enjoyed trying their different brands. I'd probably go back to Arctic Red and Chilkoot Lager, but I could take or leave this one.

Photo of elricorico
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber colour with a thin fizzy white head, that faded away to nothingness. Nothing too impressive here.

Smell is a mix of bready malt and flowery hop. The smell is good, but on the light side.

The taste begins with more of the grainy bread flavour and ends up with a fairly dry and grainy finish. Not much in the bitterness end of things. Lacking in excitement factor.

Mouthfeel is good until the finish, which I find a bit coarse. Drinkability is a little above par, but this beer isn't one that I'll rave about.

Not a bad beer, but perhaps it has been overshadowed by the Arctic Red I had just before it.

Photo of DaveBar
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $5.00 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" white head that is gone in seconds. Very dark gold color and filtered clear

S- Good hops and malt. Nothing special

T- Ok but nothing special. Has a decent malt backbone but light on the hops.

M- Creaminess is there

O- Ok at best.

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with..... Fish and chips

Enjoy

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.87/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer drinks more like a pale lager than an EPA. There is a slight bitterness present and a touch of sweet caramel. But overall, this doesn't drink much like an EPA at all.

Photo of bearhugger
3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very drinkable goes down smooth. Very light and clean in flavour. But with some caramel and yeast flavours, keeping you interested and going for another drink. Appearance is very nice with a golden hue and crystal clear. Aroma is sweet and with some fruity yeast characteristics.

Photo of Mlkluther
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Meh. Average.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight from the Klondike, poured from a brown 341 ml bottle. Appears a very rich, deep gold/amber, nice big off-white head that recedes to a thin layer. Bready sweet malt on the nose, hints of caramel and toasted malt, light floral hops. Flavour is biscuity at first, then toasted, mild hop finish. There appears to be a bit more going on with the flavour that I'm having trouble pinning down, but it is all favorable, doesn't detract overall. Nice balanced mouthfeel, and no hop bite to stop it going down smooth. A decent offering.

Photo of liamt07
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Steve, something to break up the slew of quads we faced in the QuadShowdown. Bottle describes this as an English Pale Ale.

Pours a pale golden orange, white head and some light lace and thin film of retention. Nose has some pale malts, some bread and grain notes, a bit of sweetness (maybe a hint of maple?). A bit of woodiness. Taste is grassy, with some grainy and bready notes. Faint citrus notes, a bit of orange. Light caramel. Mouthfeel is light, medium low carbonation. A servicable pale, but could be a bit nicer if fresher I'd gather.

Photo of BigBry
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the selections in the Yukon "Thirst Aid Kit" mixed 12 pack, came with a free logoed pint glass.
Pours a nice golden color, nice looking head to start, but then shrinks away, with minimal lacing. Smells of caramel and malt, but not really strong. There is some citrus hops, but not what you expect from an APA. Again the taste is malty and sweeter, rather than the hop presence expected. I got a bit of metallic aftertaste. Average mouthfeel, good carbonation. Nice tasting, smooth, easy to drink. Accept it for what it is - don't expect a lot of Pale Ale bitterness.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; no freshness info given. This is the first time that I recall seeing any Yukon-made beers available in Ontario, but it's certainly a welcome addition to the shelves. Served barely chilled.

Pours a crystal-clear, highly effervescent golden-amber colour, capped off with one centimetre of dense, creamy, white-coloured head. Decent retention; the head is small, but is constantly reinforced by the deluge of bubbles rushing to the surface. It takes a good long while for the foam to wilt completely, eventually leaving behind a modest, soapy cap and collar. Looks good, but the nose is quite muted - grain husk sweetness is mostly what I'm getting out of it, with touches of caramel, wet hay and biscuits. I realize this isn't typically one of the more 'aromatic' styles of beer, but even by EPA standards I would not call it an enticing bouquet. It's clean, sure, but that's the best I've got.

A clean, crowd-pleasing sort of flavour - but by craft beer geek standards, this beer borders on bland. The flavour has some grainy, bready notes and a touch of caramel sweetness, with light suggestions of red apple and pear. It finishes with touches of grassy hops and some leafiness, with a mild caramelized sugar sweetness that lingers on into the aftertaste, before fading from the palate a few seconds afterwards. Medium-light in body, with moderate carbonation levels that contribute to this beer's smooth, crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. In fact, drinkability is probably this beer's main strength - it's boring, for sure, but it's inoffensive enough that I could theoretically session it all night, if I had the inclination to do so.

Final Grade: 3.3, a passable B-. Serviceable, but very forgettable. It might seem like I'm just criticizing this beer for being an everyman's sort of ale, but the lowish grade has more to do with the fact that I don't think it's a particularly good English Pale Ale. Other than being clean-tasting and very easy to knock back, Yukon Gold has very little going for it - especially at its Ontario price point, which lands well above that of many superior, UK-imported examples of the style. This is a definite one-and-done for me at this point, but I'd be willing to try a fresher sample if I ever find myself out west, because let's be honest - given how the LCBO seems to handle new SKUs, this sample is probably not in tip-top shape.

Photo of CrazyMike
4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown appearance with thick, fluffy head. Light caramel smell with a hint of grass.

Taste has a strong, caramel flavor with a hint of malt and grain. Medium body and Moderately carbonated with a smooth, dry aftertaste.

Overall, a decently flavorful, seemingly thick, beer that goes down smooth. Worth a try.

Photo of woodychandler
3.19/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The head was soapy, off-white with low retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was slightly sweet. Mouthfeel was medium with a slight sweetness on the tongue. Finish lingered with a mild sweetness that provided a beautiful juxtaposition to the curry heat of the meal.

Photo of Dawkfan
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden color with a very small head, no lace even when swirled around in the glass.

S- Biscuity/caramel malts mainly in the nose. Grassy hops are in the background as well as some mild fruit aromas of apple and pear.

T- The hops are hardly noticeable until the end. It does have a nice sweet malt quality of toffee and caramel. The finish is slightly dry.

M- Medium body, carbonation feels right.

D- This is a fairly clean beer like the brewery states. I enjoyed most of Yukon's other offerings better, but there's nothing off-putting here.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased this for just under $7 CDN for a bomber. First beer I'm trying from the Yukon, so combined with the fact that I'm virtually completed recovered from my cold, I'm pretty stoked to try this. Best before September 2015.

Appearance - Crystal clear, bronze and copper colored beer with a thin layer of foam that is poured on top. Lots of visible carbonation, but not much in the way of head retention or lacing.

Smell - Some floral notes followed up by a big grain bill. More of a big lager like smell with so much of a bready and grain based nose, but it smells enticing. A bit metallic after a couple of whiffs.

Taste - Quite mild, the grain aroma doesn't translate into anything bold. A bit thin tasting too. Graininess seems to become a nutty flavor as the beer warms a bit which is kind of interesting. Nothing off, but not terribly impressed.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, light bodied and well carbonated, but a bit gassy.moderately dry finish.

Overall - Not a bad English pale ale from this brewer, but not that stellar either as it's a bit on the bland side and too gassy for my liking. Some interesting things going on with this. Still worth a shot for tickers especially, cause it's from the Yukon and all which is pretty neat and the price isn't too bad either.

Photo of jsprain1
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden with a one finger white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Some retention and a wisp of lacing.
S- Smell is clean with a bit of grain and a touch of sweetness and grass.
T- The taste is a bit sweet with caramel, butterscotch, and some mellow hops. Good flavors all around, although there is a bit too much diacytal type flavor.
M- Light body, smooth carb. Good mouthfeel.
O- It's an ok beer. Very drinkable. A bit too much diacytal and the aroma lacks punch. But otherwise not a bad beer.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a "Thirst-Aid" kit picked up for me in the Yukon. Thanks, Mom!

341ml Brown bottle- No bottled on or best before date found.

Poured into the pint glass with a brief cascade. Chill hazed, honey-amber in color with a finger of ivory colored fine foamy head. Patchy, but sticky lace.
Smell was big caramel malts, herbal tea notes, grassiness, and faint florals from the hops.
Taste had a firm malt base, a bit of astringency, finishes clean and dry with light hop bitterness.
Light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Well balanced.
I would say this one is sessionable, good drinkability.

Photo of leaddog
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden straw/ochre colour with a very thin (almost non-existent) head. Slight bubbles are present with medium clarity.

Smell - Orange peel/citrus, floral notes, slight bitter aroma (perhaps from the hops).

Taste - Pine flavours and citrus is first detected. Not too bitter, despite the initial aromas. There's a freshness and pureness to the flavour, like water (but not watery tasting).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with good carbonation (nice tickling of bubbles on tongue). Very smooth ale with pleasant aftertaste (no lingering bitterness).

Overall - Easy to drink pale ale from Yukon. Didn't initially know what to expect from this style, as the flavours and appearances can vary. The floral and citrus aromas really lure you in to this one. Not one of my favourite offerings from Yukon, but certainly worth a try.

Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass dec29 2009

A clear golden like the name with a thumbs width of head that leaves a couple of rings where the foam existed for its short life

S biscuit with some toffee and some mild grass

T not far off the smell but a little sweeter, decent beer gets better as it warms

M medium bodied with just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling flat

D well rounded beer and well worth trying, went down pretty quick

one of the most underrated brewers in Canada IMO, I've had several from these guys and all good so far.

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Yukon Gold English Pale Ale from Yukon Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.