Yukon You Only Live Once
Reviewed by Brady White on January 27, 2015 in Winter Guide
- 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 !
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?