From Yukon Brewing in Whitehorse in the Yukon Territories (Northern Canada 2,400km North of Vancouver BC) comes the “Yukon Gold English Pale Ale”. The beer pours a deep golden colour with a small white head. The aroma consists of citrus, floral hops and some bready malts. The flavour is of caramel, bready, mild citrus, mild nuttiness, earth and some very mild hops. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This is a very mild Pale Ale and fits the bill as an English version. Do not look at this beer as anything West Coast but do look for a nice flavoured quite mild Pale Ale.
The Yukon’s number one selling draught (yes, including the mega-breweries), this ale was designed to be an almost “non-ale”. It is golden in colour, brilliantly clear, and clean across the palate. The mix of 5 malts still provides subtle character in the body, and the addition of malted wheat provides a slight, but characteristic citrusy finish. Hopped with noble Saaz, Sterling and UK Golding, the bitter is barely perceptible, but mild hop flavours linger in the after-taste; the dry, clean finish provides a refreshing perk at the back of the palate. The full package mimics the classic milds of the British Isles, with a bit of Yukon spirit, just to make sure you remember what part of the world it’s from! The artwork on the package and label was created by Artist Lynn Blakie. Her piece captured the gold that’s present not only in the soils of the Klondike but in the spirit of the north. Gold is in the colours and culture of this place, the campfires and the ever-lasting summer sun. To learn more about Lynn’s work, click here.
Food pairing as per the brewery: Pan Asian, earthy cheeses, camembert, fontina, asiago, colby cheese, Parmesan, Edam, feta, salad, poultry.