Yukon You’d Be Surprised Raspberry Citrus Ale

Reviewed by on June 7, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Yukon Brewing Company

  • Origin: Whitehorse, YT, CA

  • Rated On: June 7, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.4%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Fruit Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

It’s always a pleasure to recognize our neighbours to the north – they have now brewed this summery ale made with raspberries and citrus, which is all one might infer from the limited info on the label. That, and I have no idea whose version of the titular song they’re referencing – Marylin Monroe, maybe?  Except the imagery is more Carmen Miranda, it seems.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and a bit bubbly off-white head, which leaves some springtime mountain snow cap lace around the glass as it quickly beats it outta town.

It smells of green raspberries, muddled generic citrus rind, grainy and lightly crackery pale malt, a touch of earthy yeast, and very plain leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is thankfully stronger ripe raspberry, orange and lemon fleshy citrus, bready and doughy pale malt, a hint of caramel-tinged cereals, still loitering yeasty notes, and more understated floral, weedy, and dead leafy hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly active in its testy and supportive frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a small airy creaminess arising as things warm up a tad. It finishes off-dry, the mixed lingering fruitiness working in tandem with the waning malt to essentially elbow all others out of the scene.

Overall, this is a satisfying fruity brew, even if the dual guest stars don’t exactly bring their A-game, and yeah, my expectations might be a mite bit high, but, unlike PM Trudeau, I’m not a big fan of apologizing. Anyways, an easy to drink, patio-weather quaff, and all that – I’m just gonna enjoy the rest of this as I exit stage, um, let’s just say right.

Brady White



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