Ice Fog IPA | Yukon Brewing Company

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Ice Fog IPAIce Fog IPA

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Yukon Brewing Company
Yukon, Canada | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 49
Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Twist off cap of the bottle and I poured this into a pint glass.
The appearance was a semi-burnt amber to orange color with a slim finger's worth of foamy to fizzy white head. It immediately dissipates and leaves no lacing.
The smell had some burnt cake-like malts, a light grassy hop, and a light earthy hop. Some caramel malts show themselves as well.
The taste was mainly malty with a decent earthy to grassiness running underneath. Lingering malty aftertaste resides and leads into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a stickiness hard to let go - cloying - yes.
Overall, yeah, about this one, not really. I don't mind good English IPA's but this isn't one of them.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Overall, this is fairly unremarkable. It's easy to drink, no doubt, but it lacks any distinctive qualities to set it aside from other IPA's. The hop profile is very subtle and it lacks the citrus notes I have come to associate with quality IPAD. There is nothing wrong here, but I would not go out of my way to pick up a sixer of this.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of haley
3.99/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of leaddog
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of sprucetip
2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of MAB
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'd say this is a pretty average IPA. Which is a shame, since most of Yukon's other brews are better than average.

I find it a touch watery and lacking that extra hoppy oomph. The hops that are there are tasty enough but it lacks the nice hop aroma. Perhaps I'm just spoiled by "Hop Head", "Full Moon Pale Ale", and "Paddywhack" (Tree Brewing, Alley Kat Brewers, and Nelson Brewing, respectively) which are all superb IPAs.

A great pale ale, but not enough hops (for my liking) to be a great IPA.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
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

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Photo of kjyost
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Undated bottle, poured into a sleeve

A: Too pale a yellow, great head and cap and an amazing amount of lacing...
S: Initially a moment of fruit that mellowed to an earthy hop with no malt character
T/M: A little bit watery. Light bread and malt flavours. Surprisingly little bitterness or hop flavours.
D: An OK IPA, but I would rather have many others.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into Unibroue glass jan2 2010

A clear golden orange with a thumbs worth of fast falling head that leaves a ring of lace

S a little fruity with with some toffee, biscuit and mild hops

T a little more citrus then the smell and a little sweeter but other then that not far from the nose

M thin and a little flat

D a decent English style IPA but on the shelf beside some of Yukon's other great brews I doubt I will be drinking this again soon

I wouldn't say this is a bad beer, but I was expecting more from Yukon. I would like to see a West Coast style hop bomb from these guys, I think it would do quite well for them

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Photo of Derek
3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Shadman
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another M Hat beerfest selection from oct 2/09

Not gonna call it crytal clear, but certainly not foggy it a slight hazy aprocot in color, weak off white head that is redeemed by the amount of lace.

Quite malty in it's sweet aroma with just a hint of hop spice of all things...

Interesting. Lot's of flavour play for an IPA. Hoppy, but the grapefruit is mixed with a tea-like bitterness that mixes well with the sweet caramel malt. Malty sweetness returns with a slight toffee like sugarness tords the end before the citrus rind finish.

Decent medium body mouthfeel, maybe a touch watery...

As my Beer Buddy Iron Jeff put it...a nice intro to the style for newbies...( always ask them if they like grapefruit first...;) )
Easy to drink and would pair nicely with spicy Thai food for sure.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ice Fog is not at all foggy but, in actuality, crystal clear. In fact, it in no small way even resembles winter, its toasty and tanned golden-brown body conjures thoughts of summer sun rays, not winter icicles. What do pass for looking kind of vaporous, however, are the filmy residues of head and lace that result from the visibly animated bubbles that flutter about and then thicken once hitting the surface.

Besides, things look clear in my mind - this is shaping up to be a nice beer. An extremely floral and fruity bouquet greets the nose with hints of roses, passion fruit, honeysuckle and above all, grapefruit. This has a good amount of tang, a dash of something herbal and plenty of citrus. I'm not sure what's been added to the hop bill but I'm inclined to believe it comes from those American states situated south of the border.

But I'd hesitate to consider it an American style IPA simply for its disposition. The beer is not quite as forward and in no way anywhere close to as aggressive with its hopping. (It is hoppy but not decidedly so.) The malts make equal (or probably more) contribution to flavour and mouthfeel. Notes of biscuits, bread rolls and the subtle hint of toffee are more assertive than any element of hoppiness.

And although a trace of grapefruit and that floral component do carry over into the taste, the beer is far from being decidedly bitter like most American-style examples. Yukon's restrained use of the pungent green pellets has led to a balanced beer which for most is a beneficial thing (not for me however, I like my IPA's oozing with resiny, citrusy hop juice!)

But assertive hoping is a personal preference; it repulses most mainstream drinkers and has a Pavlov's dogs type effect for micro aficionados. An English IPA like this makes a good bridge between the two, it is something that can draw macro drinkers over to the other side and is still quaffable to connoisseurs. Here's hoping this new release will turn more of both crowds onto Yukon Brewing.

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Ice Fog IPA from Yukon Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.
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