Yukon Spiced Winter Ale

Reviewed by on February 4, 2014 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Yukon Brewing Company

  • Origin: Whitehorse, YK, CA

  • Rated On: December 31, 2012

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Here we have batch number 2 in Yukon’s winter A.D.D. series, where their brewers try to branch out and try different things. Again, they’ve kept with the humorous and informative cardboard tube presentation.

This 341ml bottle pours a clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with two puffy fingers of dense frothy beige head, which sinks away at a very leisurely pace, leaving some random streaks of wave-crest lace around the glass.

It smells of zingy cinnamon, astringent, salty black licorice, wintergreen mint, some earthy nuttiness, and bready, biscuity malt. The taste is more restrained on the spice front – nice soft cinnamon and cardamon, some edgy, metallic anise, more flinty mint (ok, I just like saying that) – over a sedate, pale grainy, somewhat sourdough-like bready malt, all with a twist of bitter citrus rind.  The carbonation is quite mild, the body a fairly average medium weight, a bit on the thin side, and generally smooth. It finishes surprisingly clean – the malt and most of the spice all seemingly dropping back, leaving an ethereal void, punctured here and there by a bit of citrus and earthy warmth.

A decent winter warmer, with an ingredient list that skews from the norm, and a very shy malt sweetness, rendering it all a bit of a showcase for spice. I’d prefer it be a fair deal heavier, but I can appreciate the lighter drinkability of this one all the same.

Brady White

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