Yukon I’m Leaving Today

Reviewed by on February 5, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Yukon Brewing Company

  • Origin: Whitehorse, YT, CA

  • Rated On: February 5, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

I’m Leaving Today is Yukon Brewing’s take on a hoppy, American-style IPA. The name appears to be a reference to Frank Sinatra’s ‘New York, New York’ – got it, and so let me start spreadin’ the news!

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent broken and scattered webbed lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, a hint of indistinct dark berry and melon fruitiness, and further leafy, floral, and grassy hops. The taste is biscuity, crackery caramel malt, a sort of pleasantly acerbic mixed fruit character (blackberries and overripe oranges, mostly), mild estery yeast, and some further earthy, weedy, and floral hop bitters. The bubbles are decently active in their testy and sometimes playful frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee fruity edginess looking around, sniffing, and finally bailing out. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity caramel malt lingering well, alongside a few examples of that melon-forward exotic hoppiness.

Overall, a nice re-invention of their pale ale into a sort of hybrid old-new school version. Yep, the biscuity malt predominates, but more than enough of those sexy newfangled American and Oceanic hops do well to make this a tasty pan-global affair. I gotta say, I’m a huge fan of that ESB malt character, and I shouldn’t have to re-up my fanboy cred for new and exciting hop varietals, so, yup, this one is another winner from Whitehorse, whose little town blues should be duly melting away!

Brady White

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