Yukon Longest Day White IPA

Reviewed by on June 20, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Yukon Brewing Company

  • Origin: Whitehorse, YT, CA

  • Rated On: June 20, 2016

  • Best Before: June 20, 2016, or whenever

  • ABV: 6.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American White IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Yukon Brewing may have the best vantage point for Canadian brewers to observe the excess daylight inherent in the longest day of the year, which is commemorated in this offering, and occurs tonight, to my surprise, as I always thought that the summer solstice fell on the 21st of June.  Anyways, this is an IPA made with Belgian yeast, and Eldorado and Mosaic hops.

This 1L howler pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, chunky, and somewhat bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some chockablock webbed lace around the glass as it evenly blows off.

It smells of grainy pale and wheat malt, estery yeast, muddled domestic and tropical fruit (citrus the conjoining metric), white and black peppercorn spice (which override the purported coriander adjunct), and a bit of earthy, leafy, and herbal green hop bitterness. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a more laid-back edgy yeastiness, orange and white grapefruit zest, somewhat sugary coriander that turns the tables on the waning table-top pepper mill dust, and more leafy, dank (sorry!) weedy, and gently perfumed floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly tame in its dialed-back frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, the yeast and hops alike taking a page from their ‘how to win friends and influence people’ manual, apparently. It finishes well off-dry, the malt kicking it up a notch, while the fruitiness of the hops keeps on a’ ticking.

Overall, one of the more pleasantly rendered versions of this so far unrecognized style (at least on the major beer geek sites) that I’ve yet to come across. The yeast shows up, collects its appearance fee, and generally blends into the background, to the benefit of all concerned, IMHO, which then leaves the fruity hops to frolic with the base malt – never a bad thing.  Sure hope that I can procure some more of this before the titular day – wait, it’s happening right now? Oh, never mind, then, eh? [photos courtesy of the Yukon Brewing Co.]

Brady White

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