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Yukon Gold English Pale Ale - Yukon Brewing Company

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 65
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 15.38%
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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Photo of headlessparrot
3.07/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of Molson2000
2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bready, toffee malt aroma. Fairly thin, sweet malt with bready notes is all this has and not much of it. Sure it is an English Pale Ale, but even they have some flavour.

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Photo of Tilly
2.99/5  rDev -11.5%
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!

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
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


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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.87/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another solid selection. This is certainly not the best beer Yukon makes, but it has its place in a mixer pack. Yukon's interpretations of all styles make me happy and long for another trip to Whitehorse.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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Photo of leaddog
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
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!

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Photo of EnemyWithin
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of IllNate
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of bearhugger
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of nickd717
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
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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Photo of woodychandler
3.19/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.48/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
2.91/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of CrazyMike
4.06/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Yukon Gold English Pale Ale from Yukon Brewing Company
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