Snow Blind
Yukon Brewing Company

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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
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3.54 | pDev: 11.86%
Yukon Brewing Company
Yukon, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with average carbonation and no lacing. Aroma of medium bitter hoops with some astringency. Taste is a mix between some dry caramel malt body with some medium bitter hosp with some astringency in the aftertaste. Body is average with some average carbonation as well. Overall, this is probably a substandard IPA and not something I would wish to try again.

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Photo of Viggo
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Voonder in a trade.

Pours a hazy copper/orange, almost golden, very thin white head forms on a hard pour, some big bubbles float around the edges, no real lacing, settles to almost nothing right quick. Smell is neat, very buttery, some caramel and toast, pretty sweet, light floral, apricot, orange peel, pretty fruity, slightly grass and herbal, not too bad. Taste is similar, malty, some caramel, toast, butter, apricots, fruit, orange/tangerine, light on flavour but pretty interesting, some light herbal in the finish, very dry. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with very low carbonation, drinks like cask which is not a bad thing. Think they went most of the way in the right direction, some more flavour and this could be real nice. Thanks Alex!

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Photo of prosper
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light yellow with a thin white head. Very clear

Smells malty-sweet with some hay, and grassy hops aromas. Some fruity candy/bubblegum character. It tastes the way my house smells when I'm brewing - sweet malt, herbal hops, all around yummy

Taste is unique, and unlike any IPA I can recall. Inital sweetness and grassy dry-hop character, lots of candy-like fruit and a decent IBU but unobtrusive backbone. Neutral finish. I can't quite put my finger on the hop character, there's a lot of complexity there. Definitely a lot of citrus, some earthy/woodsy zing, and plenty of assorted other fruit character. It's also got a pungency to it that compliments the malt very nicely. Some hop vegetalness, sort of celery-like. Big, complex flavours bely the relatively low ABV.

Mouthfeel is kinda sticky, with low carbonation.

Drinkeable? Yeah! I'm buying more of this stuff!

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Photo of bobsy
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden pour with a finger of white head that left some nice lace. Pleasant grassy aroma, with some citrus and pine. Sweet malts are apparent underneath this blanket. Light grapefruit and grassy flavour provided by the hops, and some bready, honey aspects supplied by the malts. It doesn't feel as hoppy as an IPA should be, and seems to drift more into pale ale territory. Body is medium-light and the carbonation is pretty restrained, and I feel the flavours could be punched up with a little more zippiness.

Not a bad IPA, but quite restrained and gentle. It has the nice subtle balance of an english ale, which I like, so those expecting a hop bomb should stay well clear.

Thanks Alex!

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Photo of elricorico
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly orange gold with a thin white head after an aggressive pour. Bit of lacing.

Honey sweet malt aroma paired with flowery hop scents. Leans slightly towards the hops but still gives a slightly sweet impression.

Honey sweetness to taste as well, and comes up almost empty in the finish. I know there are hops in this beer, I can smell them, but the taste is lacking. As it warms it gets much better, and flowery hops start to balance out the finish. Still not up to expectations.

Nothing wrong with the mouthfeel, as there is a bit of body and average carbonation. Overall this isn't a bad beer, but the first whiff of hops is a bit of false advertising.

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Photo of Voonder
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked it up at Willow Park here in Calgary even though it says that it brewed for Sherbrook in Edmonton. Single bottle 0.33 ml about 1.95$.
Pours clear amber colour with literally no head. Smell is pretty sweet but still nice, hoppiness is coming thru as well. Taste is interesting, not too hoppy, actually pretty malty with bready notes. It is balanced, a bit flat, but still pretty refreshing and extremely drinkable. Really interesting brew, definately has it's own character. I have to get couple more af those, before it's all gone. It really worth a try.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A new IPA, made in Canada? Ok, twist my arm...

Pours an absolutely clear pale golden colour, with a few fingers of thick foamy white head, which leaves consistent lacing around the glass. The aroma is of cereal grain, the malt being the only thing coming through, until it warmed a bit, and then a bit of floral hoppiness was detectable. The flavour also starts with that cereal graininess, but gains a moderate kick when the resinous hops appear. At first, they seem very tame, but after a few swigs, they become more intense. The carbonation is low, the body quite full, and the finish quick and dry. The slightly elevated alcohol isn't noticeable. This is a reasonably tasty beer, and easy to drink, however, the $4.00 per single cost would limit its appeal for a session. I know that's the price for a small-batch limited release, but I'm just sayin'.

Having just indulged myself in American IPAs during a trip south of the border last week, this offering from the (very) Great White North seems a bit lacking in comparison. But as it's listed as an English-style IPA, it then would seem to be a bit hoppier than it should be. Perhaps there should be a new style - Canadian India Pale Ale - one that befits the dual influences of England and America on our own culture (and, apparently, beer).

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As far as I understand, this is a brief limited edition with the Sherbrooke Liquor Store in Edmonton with one label design (a polar bear shredding on a snowboard), and is slated to go into regular production by Yukon Brewing with their own label. I am also apparently the first person to buy it and try it in these parts, yay me!

Pours out a vibrant clear copper hue, thick creamy off-white head on the pour with good retention, settling slowly to a thick cap. Coral reef-like lacing down the glass.

Aroma is mild and shy for an IPA. Discernable Crystal malt and some floral citrusy hops.

Nice balance in the flavour, crisp slightly bready malt embraced by floral, grassy, piney hops, orange at first but finishing with a mild white grapefruit rind character. This is a tame IPA by all standards, or perhaps regular PNW standards and the extremes that some others like push as well. The balance is there for sure, just not any degree of intensity. Much more like an English IPA, the grassy herbally hop character comes out more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied closer to full, velvety smooth and creamy, only faintly oily on the finish from the hops.

It doesn't pack a hop whollap, but it's enjoyable nonetheless, it gets points for its balance. Hoppy but not too intense. A good stepping stone into the style, not intimidating, with a soapy citrusy aftertaste that doesn't scrape the palate, but still leaves a trace of a calling card. Am a fan of Yukon's stuff and would love to try this on tap.

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Snow Blind from Yukon Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 8 ratings