Yukon Gold English Pale Ale | Yukon Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Yukon Brewing Company
Yukon, Canada
yukonbeer.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by IronDjinn on 07-28-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
72
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
11.54%
 
 
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1
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of Sammy
2.35/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

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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 dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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 krome
4/5  rDev +18.3%

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 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 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 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 spinrsx
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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 Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tavernjef
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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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 Kmat10
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of canucklehead
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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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 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 BigBry
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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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 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 IronDjinn
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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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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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Yukon Gold English Pale Ale from Yukon Brewing Company
3.38 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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