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Yukon Gold English Pale Ale - Yukon Brewing Company

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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:
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(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 07-28-2003)
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Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +15%
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 woodychandler
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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 biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +4%
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 bobsy
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of CrazyMike
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
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 canucklehead
3.98/5  rDev +15%
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 vanrassel
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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 BigBry
3.48/5  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 Orrshow
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Sammy
2.35/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

Photo of elricorico
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Cwrw
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
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 IronDjinn
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Yukon Gold English Pale Ale from Yukon Brewing Company
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