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Yukon Gold English Pale Ale - Yukon Brewing Company

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yukon Brewing Company visit their website
Yukon, Canada

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 07-28-2003)
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Photo of Sammy
2.35/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

Sammy, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of EnemyWithin
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: 3
Clear golden color with 1/2 inch white head that fades quickly

Smell: 2.5
Hints of sweet, grassy malt and faint hops. But aroma tends to dissipate quickly.

Taste: 2.5
Somewhat bland. Mild grain and caramel male and very mild bitterness present from hops. Overall, slightly better than typical macro.

Mouthfeel: 3
Average at best. Thin body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: 3
A better version of beer than the typical macro offering. But not something I'd seek out again. Not recommend, unless for your macro-drinking friends.

EnemyWithin, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of bobsy
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of BigBry - thanks for sending my my first beer from the Yukon! Dark gold body and a fairly tight white head that lasted quite well. Grainy smell, with the slightest hint of caramel. Dry grainy flavour, almost wheat-like - not much sweetness from the malts apart from the shadow of caramel that had turned up in the aroma. This beer seems to have more flavour traits in common with a mass-produced lager than with an APA. Very little hopping apparent and more back-loaded to accompany the dry finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light with standard carbonation for a beer of this type. Drinkability is actually pretty good, and the flavours seem to improve a little as the temperature rises. It would probably make a good lawnmower beer on a hot summer's day. I have higher hopes for the Yukon Red.

bobsy, May 23, 2008
Photo of vanrassel
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

vanrassel, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of nickd717
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

nickd717, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of elricorico
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

elricorico, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of woodychandler
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

woodychandler, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of Reswald
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Reswald, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

bumchilly25, May 17, 2012
Photo of Kmat10
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Kmat10, May 29, 2013
Photo of bman266643
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

bman266643, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of IllNate
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

IllNate, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Orrshow
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Orrshow, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought back by a friend traveling straight from the Yukon and Alaska region. Thanks J! - Color is a chill hazed honey orangish gold, a thin whitish cap makes a brief appearance after the pour but doesn't stick around. Keeps a thin skim and skinny collar, some minimal patchy lacing adheres to the glass. Aroma is clean and soft with touches of lighter caramel malts, brown sugar, and buttered bread, no hop presense was to be found. Flavor is much like what the smell leads on to be, clean, well rounded yet short with lighter sweet malt bringing caramel, brown sugar, and buttered bread, hops are decorated lightly within with a bit of grassy dryness. Which emerges delicately across the malt profile and finishes with a smooth small surge of dry hop citrus and floralness. Its very light but does present itself. As it warms up, bits of whole grain bread creates a boost in character in booth smell and taste which was nice. Nothing to exciting going on with this one though.. Simple, delicate, clean, and subtle. Feel is smooth and clean, lighter bodied, but not overly watery or weak. Drinkable but boring in a sense of hop lovin' delight. Actually comes across more like a Dortmunder, Helles, or Bavarian lager then a Pale.

tavernjef, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of DoubleJ
3.4/5  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.

DoubleJ, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
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

joemcgrath27, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of BigBry
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

BigBry, May 28, 2006
Photo of LDuke
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

LDuke, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Griffith, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of LampertLand
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

LampertLand, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of EvilKeith
3.5/5  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.

EvilKeith, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of rogerdandy
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

rogerdandy, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  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.

biegaman, May 24, 2009
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

dmorgan310, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of liamt07
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

liamt07, Nov 13, 2011
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Yukon Gold English Pale Ale from Yukon Brewing Company
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