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Yukon Gold English Pale Ale - Yukon Brewing Company

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of hoplover82
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all, let me just say that this is an English Pale Ale, not American. And for the style, I think this is a pretty darn good interpretation of the style.
A-Pours a clear copper color with a good 2 finger off white head that has very good retention and strong lacing.
S-The aroma is on the faint side, as most authentic EPA seem to be. Mainly faint sweet caramel and mild, yet somewhat bright earthy hops and mild fruity esthers. After a swirl of the glass, a bit a floral hops comes through as well. Quite nice.
T-The flavor is much like the aroma, with faintly sweet caramel in the front and a mild hop bitterness and floral/ earthy hop flavor, very mild along with some sweet summertime melon like fruits. I don't know how fresh this bottle is though. I'm sure on tap in Canada, the hops come through more and is better, but this is nice.
M-At first, the beer seems a bit watery, but after my palate got used to the beer, it was a very balanced medium body, slightly sweet at the beginning and slightly dry in the end, also slightly creamy in the middle. Very nice.
O-Overall, it's a solid interpretation of the style imo, and deserves a better overall score. I'm happy I have a friend who went to Canada and thought of me and brought me back some of this great beer. Thanks Bill!

Photo of CrazyMike
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
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 Cwrw
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the Yukon comes another great beer with a great name, Yukon Gold. Aptly, the label shows a burly, wild looking gold prospector.

This poured with a very healthy and fresh looking bone-white head, slighly brown, ultra creamy and meringue, 3 or 4 fingers of it. As the head recedes it tends to leave circles of lacing at different levels on my glass. It is gold coloured, amber too. Copper, honey, and red. Extremely clear. In the aroma I smell ginger, burnt buttery malt, along with a superb, pungent, dried fruitiness, and blackberries, floral hops. Some sourness, with sweet, almost sugary smell. There is nothing dull in the aroma: full of subtle notes, some quite hard to place. The taste is roast malt up front, leaving a buttery feel, but in the finish I can sense the grassiness of the hops, adding a nice balance. The taste is not quite as sweet as the aroma, but it is fairly sugary tasting, syrupy almost. Bready malt is definitely the most noticeable quality though, and malt-heads should love this. Herbs, caramel, butter, sourbread, and honey. They really let the malt shine through in this beer. The mouthfeel is just right, with enough carbonation and a smoothness perfect for a light ale. The sweetness might make it difficult to consume these consistently, but it is still very drinkable. This beer is definitely gold from the Yukon.

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With nice new packaging and a hopefully a better distro this is a gem of a session beer. Balanced, hoppy but english in profile this beer rewards the drinker who likes flavour with supreme drinkability. Along with Phillips Blue Truck and Lighthouse IPA this may be one of BC's best session ales.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bearhugger
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Dawkfan
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
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 leaddog
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
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 biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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 jsprain1
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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 liamt07
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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 LDuke
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of LampertLand
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of rogerdandy
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of northof60hops
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of EvilKeith
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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 biegaman
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is indeed golden, with a lovely tarnished copper hue and a lustrous, shiny complexion. It would have been only appropriate for Yukon Gold to be buried beneath the heaping mound of arctic white snow that appeared to fall from the pour... except it would seem southern Ontario is too warm a place, it all melted away quite quickly.

The brewery claims the beer to be "clean across the palate" - well, it is completely void in the nose. The glass could be right under my nose and without a set of eyes I'd probably fail to notice it. Going on aroma I'm guessing the intention was simply to brew a clean and agreeable beer and it's probable the aroma was intentionally left undistinguished.

That hunch is concluded by reading the brewery itself describe the beer as being designed to be a "non-ale". Whatever that is - I presume it's an ale intended to resemble a pale lager? - it is at least those things listed above, clean and agreeable. The maltiness is far from profound but delicate notes of sweet caramel and fresh-baked bread provide a good element of flavour.

It's a curious thing: the brewery claims to use malted wheat and Saaz hops but I can't for the life of me pick up even a suggestion of either. For one, the bitterness is on par with those of mass-market beers (which is to say essentially non-existent.) The texture is also featureless. The finish is lightly dry with a pleasant bready sweetness lingering for some time after. The beer is sure disappearing fast.

If the goal was to tap into the mainstream market and offer a clean and more flavourful alternative, then Yukon's 'Gold' earns its medal. There's good reason this is so popular with Yukoners. Unlike the territory, however, it certainly isn't any 'larger than life' and for those who prefer a little more character in their beer should check out some of this brewery's other, less conventional offerings.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
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 BigBry
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
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 DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer from the Klondike. I played "The Yukon Trail" a number of times in my elementary years, so a beer from that region of then world was nice to see on the menu at Fogg n' Suds. On to the beer:

This golden ale has a honey orange color to it, topped with a good thick head with some retention and lacing. There's a little bit of diacetyl in the nose, and a dab of honey. Not a very intense aroma. Tasting it, it's a sweeter beer, that's for sure. It tastes like Vienna was the prefered malt in this beer with the honey and graham cracker flavor. There's also some butterscotch to remind me that the yeast is working. It's light bodied, and pleasant enoguh to drink once you get used to this being a sweeter tasting beer.

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Yukon Gold English Pale Ale from Yukon Brewing Company
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