Yukon Plaid Anorak

Reviewed by on February 16, 2018 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Yukon Brewing Company

  • Origin: Whitehorse, YT, CA

  • Rated On: February 16, 2018

  • Best Before: Springtime

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Plaid Anorak is one of the new releases as part of Yukon Brewing’s 25th anniversary series that ended a few months ago. A ‘spiced winter ale’, with no listing of said spices on the label, FWIW.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with three pudgy fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly tan head, which leaves some chunky northern ice shelf lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of gritty and grainy caramel malt, some spice that reminds me of pine needles, menthol ‘candies’, further ginger and all-spice notes, and some very weak earthy, musty, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, muddled seasonal spice (nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon, maybe), a bit of earthy yeastiness, faint generic fruity notes, and more well understated earthy, leafy, and dead floral noble hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite low-key in its plain-Jane frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and rather smooth, with a minor airy creaminess essentially there from the get-go.  It finishes off-dry, the complex malt, and genial spices the order of the lingering day.

Overall – this is a pleasant and engaging enough version of the general style, a simply-rendered ale that possesses a bit of typical holiday spice, but not so much that it becomes overbearing.  Tasty, and easy to drink, even if I actually own no clothing of the titular sort – seriously, I am a bad Canadian.

Brady White

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