Yukon Gold English Pale Ale - Yukon Brewing Company

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 62
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by wordemupg:
Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (554 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of LDuke
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Tilly
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
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! (193 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (1,271 characters)

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Sammy
2.35/5  rDev -30.7%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of jcubz
3.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nickd717
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (893 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
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 (373 characters)

Photo of Orrshow
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of vanrassel
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of elricorico
3.22/5  rDev -5%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
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 (432 characters)

Photo of shanny_koenig
3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.87/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (178 characters)

Photo of bearhugger
3.64/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of Mlkluther
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Meh. Average. (13 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of NorthernSails
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of headlessparrot
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a single can as part of a mix-six pack; there's no date on the can that I can find (either bottling or BB), so who knows how long this has sat on the shelf. With that caveat . . .

Pours a kind of gold/orange/copper colour, faintly hazy and visibly effervescent. A super-aggressive pour still only nets about two fingers of foam, which recedes quickly to some islands and some lacing on the glass.

Smell is toffee and caramel malt, accented by some fruity esters, faint milkiness, and a light dusting of herbal, grassy hops. Roots? A bit of almost vanilla,maybe? Hint of a slight sour twang? Most certainly a developing presence of nuttiness.

The taste feels almost immediately slightly "off." An initial sour twinge, then a blast of sweet toasted malt--caramel, toffee, with a bit of a bitter, earthy hop backbone. More nuttiness, a touch of herbal hops as well. Slightly acidic? Carbonation is fairly high and the body is on the low side of average.

I really wanted to like this, because I generally think Yukon Brewing is a solid, reliable company that deserves some credit. But there's just something ever so slightly off here, and thus it qualifies as merely "okay" to my taste-buds. Wouldn't seek it out again, but I suppose I wouldn't object to its presence in, say, a sampler case from Yukon Brewing. (1,322 characters)

Photo of Reswald
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of spinrsx
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RedAleMan
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of liamt07
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (575 characters)

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Yukon Gold English Pale Ale from Yukon Brewing Company
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