Yukon Radical Summer Breeze

Reviewed by on August 7, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Yukon Brewing Company

  • Origin: Whitehorse, YT, CA

  • Rated On: August 7, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 3.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Radler

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Yukon’s Radical Summer Breeze is a ‘Lemon Lavender Radler’, presumably because it’s made (or mixed?) with those two guest ingredients.

This 650ml bottle pours a hazy, very pale whitish straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, pillowy, and somewhat fizzy bone-white head, which leaves a bit of sloping ice cliff lace around the glass as it lazily drops away.

It smells of carbonated lemonade (there’s a difference, I swear), some dark, earthy, and almost soapy floral essence, a weak pale malt graininess, and some further indistinct green forest floor bitterness.  The taste is sweet lemonade, some bigger grainy and bready pale maltiness, a more subtle estery floral character, ephemeral yeast, and a still hard to pinpoint earthy and green hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-probing frothiness, the body a decent medium weight for a Radler, and generally smooth, with a small airy creaminess awakening as things warm up a tad.  It finishes sweet, but in a duly moderated sense – the citrus acridity and purple flower thing seeing to that.

Overall, I’m not sure what is ‘radical’ about this offering, but it is indeed tasty, refreshing, and quite hot summer patio ready.  And leave it to Yukon to eschew the typical bicycle on the label trope by instead depicting what looks like Pam Grier in an old-timey racing car.

Brady White



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