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Yukon Gold English Pale Ale - Yukon Brewing Company

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: IronDjinn on 07-28-2003

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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 30
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4.01/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Bunman3
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
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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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Meh. Average.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jsprain1
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Reswald
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.47/5  rDev 0%
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 LampertLand
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of leaddog
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
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 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.

Photo of hoplover82
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
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 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.

Photo of IllNate
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Yukon Gold English Pale Ale from Yukon Brewing Company
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