Lead Dog Ale (JD Wetherspoon Cask Festival Edition) | Yukon Brewing Company

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Lead Dog Ale (JD Wetherspoon Cask Festival Edition)Lead Dog Ale (JD Wetherspoon Cask Festival Edition)

Brewed by:
Yukon Brewing Company
Yukon, Canada

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our first brewer from Canada has visited Banks’s Brewery, Wolverhampton, to re-create one of its most popular brews for us. This ruby-coloured ale has a creamy head and an easy, smooth-drinking character for its strength. The careful blend of six varieties of malt provides an intricate malt character, predominant in the flavour, a medium mouthfeel and a moderate bitterness – giving a perfect balance. Hops used: East Kent Goldings, Sovereign

This beer is a one-off lower ABV version of Yukon's Chilkoot Lead Dog Ale brewed for the JD Wetherspoon Cask Festival in the UK. Reviews of the regular bottled Lead Dog should be done at http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/4701/18683

Added by JohnW on 04-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was brewed by Alan Hansen, the brewer/owner of Yukon Brewing Company for the UK Pub Chain Wetherspoons Beer Festival in April 2009. Alan came over to UK and used facilities at Banks Brewery Wolverhampton to produce the beer for the Festival.

According to the publicity leaflet, a variety of six malts were used and East Kent Goldings and Sovereign Hops.

The beer (from hand pull) poured very dark chocolate brown/ruby - dense, almost black, more like a stout. The aroma of well roasted malts, chocolate, hints of coffee and a slight fruity sweetness. Dense off white head, though this did not last more than half way down the glass.

Rich full texture, initially slightly sweet, roasted grain, dark chocolate, licorice flavours, but all in good balance, with the sweetness just lingering, preventing it becoming "burnt bitter" just a hint of hoppy bitterness in the finish. Have to say I thought this was a marvellous beer, though would have classed it more as a "stout" or "porter" style rather than a strong bitter - but no matter, I enjoyed it a lot, only sorry I am unlikely to see it again as a one off beer for the Festival!

B'ham UK April 2009

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Lead Dog Ale (JD Wetherspoon Cask Festival Edition) from Yukon Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings.
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