Yukon Brewing Company Fireweed Honey Pale – American Pale Ale at 5% ABV | 30 IBU

Yukon Brewing Company Fireweed Honey Pale American Pale Ale at 5% ABV | 30 IBU (C$3.69 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 28-May-2019, reviewed 3-Jun-2019)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale amber with one finger of loose pale ivory head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap, spotty lacing. (4/5) Aroma: honey, citrus, herbal, grass. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium bitter finish. (3/5)

I guess if the intent was to showcase the honey, it’s a moderate success, but some more hop character would be nice. They claim this is an evolution of their Discovery ESB, and it shows – though not necessarily in an entirely good way. I just don’t see this as a true American-style Pale, and it certainly doesn’t deliver the “every drop full of fresh citrusy hops” the label claims. (And do I even need to start on the foolishness of putting “fresh” on the label when you don’t include a packaging date?) OK, but not much better. (13/20)

6.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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