Yukon Longest Night

Reviewed by on December 22, 2015 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Yukon Brewing Company

  • Origin: Whitehorse, YT, CA

  • Rated On: December 22, 2015

  • Best Before: Sun-up

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Cascadian Dark Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Yukon Brewing created this offering as an ode to the longest night (or shortest day, depending on how you look at things) of the year, and it is currently found, appropriately enough, as Day 22 of a certain beer Advent calendar, which if everything went as it should have, turns out to be today, the first day of winter.

This 341ml bottle pours a clear, fairly dark bronzed amber hue, with two skinny fingers of weakly foamy, frothy, and mostly bubbly tan head, which leaves a few ionic columns of lace around the glass as things quickly bleed off.

It smells of orange and lemon citrus rind, a metallic stoniness, slightly charred pale and caramel malt, a hint of earthy yeast, bittersweet cocoa, wet pine needles, and some further floral, leafy hoppiness. The taste is sharp citrus pith, neutered leafy pine needles, pithy expired yeast, lightly toasted bready caramel malt, a hint of singed mocha, and more floral, and softly perfumed hop bitters. The carbonation is fairly active in its tightly rendered frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, if a tad thin, and maybe a bit too tacky in its attempt at outright smoothness. It finishes quite dry, the roast eventually sidling in, while the muddled hops put ‘er in neutral, and the advance scouts return with reports of little to no alcohol astringency.

Overall, a good Cascadian Dark Ale, even if it doesn’t particularly look the part – roasted to a point, and nicely hopped. I could see having a few of these, now that the weather has a reason to truly start heading south, both literally and figuratively.

Brady White

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