Yukon You Only Live Once

Reviewed by on January 27, 2015 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Yukon Brewing Company

  • Origin: Whitehorse, YT, CA

  • Rated On: January 27, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Imperial Red Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Yukon Brewing has had an imperial red ale available on draft in years past, now they seem to have tweaked the recipe, and found a new marketing angle, too, given the historically pastoral labels from this brewery – apparently sex still sells, even in the wintery expanses way up north of 60.  Oh, and I shall endeavor to not use the acronym for this offering’s name throughout this review.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium red-brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some layered sudsy catwalk lace around the glass as things quickly subside.

It smells of peppy Texas red grapefruit and blood orange citrus rind, gritty, grainy caramel malt, dry crackery toffee, more edgy leafy and piney hop notes, and a bristling metallic booziness. The taste is bready, kind of doughy caramel malt, muddled citrus grove flesh, a mild watery flintiness, an earthy, leafy, and piney bitterness, and some tame warming alcohol that generally keeps its head down. The carbonation is fairly light and fanciful, manifesting in a cutesy frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and generally smooth, with a slight airy creaminess sidling its way in. It all finishes off-dry, the caramel malt holding tight, amongst the waning citrus and green forest floor bitters.

Overall, an engaging and tasty hopped-up amber ale, both camps bring their A(-) game. Perhaps a tad thin towards the end, but that’s an easily remediable problem – back to the wellspring we go. Anyways, returning to the marketing imagery – I’m beginning to wonder if the supposedly lucky dude on the label is meant to refer to or resemble an actual person, or is it just an ode to the James Bond trope?

Brady White



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