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Ice Fog IPA - Yukon Brewing Company

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Ice Fog IPAIce Fog IPA

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 9.04%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yukon Brewing Company visit their website
Yukon, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: biegaman on 05-25-2009

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. I very much like the label, very reminiscent of winter, here in the middle of summer, of course.

This beer pours a fairly clear, medium golden yellow hue, with a few skinny fingers of wanly puffy, loosely foamy, and yet still creamy dirty white head, which leaves some decent saggy webbed lacing around the glass as it readily falls away.

It smells of bready, crackery, and grainy pale malt, hard water flinty notes, and fruity citrus and floral, piney hops. The taste is more biscuity, bready malt, with some decent orange and tame white grapefruit citrus rind hop notes, but they're muted, or mixed with some indeterminate sweet floral essence, which differentiates this quite clearly from its American cousins - everything is very even, nothing standing out.

The carbonation is moderate, just a mildly sassy frothiness apparent throughout, the body a nicely balanced medium weight, and plainly smooth. It finishes off-dry, barely, with more of that citrus/floral duo hanging on to a weakly lingering grainy malt sweetness - the extra tick of alcohol not noticeable in the least.

A very balanced IPA, in the Canadian sense, meaning no one component stands out over another, versus the American version, where the 2 typical flavour behemoths maintain 'equilibrium' via threats of mutually assured destruction. Indeed a sessionable English India Pale Ale, with a subtle Canuck twist, ABV notwithstanding.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - hazy golden, thumb of white head with decent lacing left
S - hop spicy, tinny, and grainy
T - resiny and citrus hop profile is there but subtle, tinny metallic tinge, toasty grainy malt
M - light feel moving to dry and bitter with a slight spicy linger
D - nice hop mix but just a little too subtle for an IPA, but is easy drinking

Photo of 1stOffender
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Hendrick24
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of evlu1441
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed the Yukon Amber Ale, so I decided to give this one a try.

It pours a medium straw kind of colour with tons of fine carbonation streaming to the top. There isn't much of a head to speak of.

the aroma is hoppy and roasty. A little unusual and slightly grainy for an IPA, but still pretty pleasant.

Medium body with some malty notes to start, followed by slight hop bitterness. There is a smooth finish without much bitterness. This isn't hoppy enough for my taste, but it is still very drinkable. I'm not sure if I'd get it again, considering there are better IPAs out there at the same pricepoint.

Photo of Mlkluther
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Average IPA.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the Yukon rep Dave for the sample bottle! I'm to understand this stuff is almost the same as the Snow Blind done for Sherbrooke, but not dry-hopped.

Pours out a slightly hazed apricot/amber hue, a finger's width of creamy slightly off-white head that recedes to a thin frothy cap.

Floral and fruity nose, a bit of citrus and pine, faint toasted biscuity malt deep into the background.

Somewhat balanced in the flavour dep't, although the malt isn't as apparent, except by keeping the hops in check. Speaking of hops, they're herbal, with some grapefruit rind and mild pine, grassy and leafy as well.

Smoothness in the mouthfeel with the exception of the carbonated kick on the finish, which lends a more refreshing aspect.

This would make a decent starter IPA for those looking to check out the style, who haven't worked their way up to appreciating a high ceiling of IBU's. Also fits the bill for a good session ale too.

Photo of haley
3.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a thin head, retains the sudsy look indefinitely. Average gold colour and carbonation.

Aroma: Interesting maltiness that calls to mind hamster wood chips. This is pleasant, a delicate kind of smell, not a sour maltiness. A bit rubbery. Biscuity, I guess. General effect seems somehow similar to acidity in coffee or crisp white wine in that it gives, if not crispness, lightness. The hops are behind the malt.

Taste: Balanced. Some sweetness, then bitterness and malty flavour, and some residual bitterness on the tongue. Some toasty flavours at the front. Also subtly peachy.

Mouthfeel: Not lacking in body. Perception of body gives way to hop bitterness.

Overall. I find this beer frustratingly quiet on the hops. Turn up the hops! But I recognize it's a fine creation and perhaps the problem is in the limitation of the categories. "IPA" doesn't suit it well. In Scotland I imagine no category would be necessary.

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Average golden, yellow color, thin white head, a few carbonation streams. Head shrinks but never totally disappears, limited lacing.
Aroma is more malty than hoppy. Grainy and biscuity to start. Some hop freshness, but not nearly as much citrus or leafy/earthy hops as I was expecting from an Eglish Pale Ale.
Taste is well balanced, but not overly strong or flavorfilled. Some malt sweetness, then some hoppy bitterness.
Mouthfeel and body are average and unremarkable.
A good beer for sure, but nothing pushes it to be anything more. Maybe I was expecting more IPA-ness (is that even a word??).
I must give it another try to be sure.

Photo of LampertLand
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Trancesexual
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Idrankthat
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Derek
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy/foggy orange, off-white head, very little retention, hint of lace.

S: Floral, citrus, rind, toffee & biscuit.

T: Floral, citrus rind, grainy biscuit, toffee, peachy fruity esters, light bitterness, hint of cardboard-like oxidation.

M: Moderate body has a modest carbonation and a light acidity.

D: Approachable, but not overly enticing.

Photo of jsprain1
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Perfectly clear light brown. Head is two fingers but falls flat fast. Minimal lacing.
S- Smell is floral and just a touch of citrus. There is a touch of pale malt and sweetness. But it more muted than it should be, even for an English style.
T- Good floral flavors.There is just a hint of orange juice that slips in there. Malt lightness balances it out, a bit too much.
M- Light-medium body, crisp carbonation.
O- It's a fine English IPA, but I would like a bit more hops. The whole thing stays too muted. Easy drinking though.

Photo of andrenaline
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've passed this up on several occasions and finally decided to pick up a 6-er to see what it was like.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour with a thin finger of head, some mild retention leaving some sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is slightly metallic with some sour lemon hops coming through and finishing with some bready malts.

T - I was hoping for something a little hoppier. This one has a mild citrus hop, slightly bitter and finishes with some grassy malts. The metallic flavour is also coming through a bit, but isn't overwhelming enough to be a total turn off.

M - A bit on the watery side, and could use a bit more carbonation to beef it up a bit.

D - Overall, I'm glad I tried it, but I wouldn't rush out to buy another 6-pack. The flavours are a bit bland, the mouthfeel a bit watery, and there are several other Canadian IPA's which surpass this one.

Photo of Kmat10
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of rogerdandy
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of leaddog
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Bubbles are present. Golden in colour with thin white head. Nice clarity to this beer.

Smell- Citrus fruits slightly lemony. Slight hint of fig.

Taste- Pine flavour comes in with slight hoppiness. Bitterness left is quite mild for this one. Slight lemon peel flavour in relation to the smell.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied ale with light carbonation. Goes down quite smooth.

Overall- A nice IPA from Yukon. It is nicely balanced and mild on the hops. The only thing I would change would be to add a touch more hop flavour. Other than that a good offering from Yukon and I would go buy this again.

Photo of sprucetip
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks alright, clear, active, and light amber with little head and no lacing. More of a very pale straw color when backlit. Strikes me as thin looking.

Mostly pretty grainy, but some fruity and floral hop presence is identifiable. The grainy smell is not very pleasant, and reminds me of adjunct lagers. Dare I say ick? But it is sort of salvaged by the subdued hop profile.

Unfortunately the taste follows the nose. Grainy mostly, but this is joined by some light malty sweetness and an even fainter hop contribution than in the nose. The graininess leads, gives way somewhat in the middle, and then reemerges and lingers, along with a very mild hint of bitterness.

It's carbonated well, but is otherwise thin and fairly benign.

If you can't tell, I'm not impressed by the Ice Fog. I've had it before, so my dissatisfaction is not unexpected. English style or not, I don't think this should be called an IPA. I understand that it is made in the wild northlands of the Yukon (well an industrial park in Whitehorse, but close enough), but there are plenty of regional examples of good IPA's, even if they are made on the other side of the border. I'd like Yukon Brewing to make an IPA that contemporary north American beer drinkers (not just beer geeks) can recognize as an IPA. If this weren't labeled as an IPA, I certainly would not think to call it one.

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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Ice Fog IPA from Yukon Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.