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Euforia - DuClaw Brewing Company

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177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%


Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
22 IBU

(Beer added by: akorsak on 07-11-2006)
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at DuClaw in Bowie, MD.

The beer is chestnut brown and hazy with a wisp of tan head. The aroma offers toffee, malt, bread, brown sugar. A touch of sweet toffee among brown bread and caramel malt notes. Moderately low carbonation with a touch of bitterness in the back. A decent brew, but not something I feel compelled to have again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2014 21:31:36 | More by Huhzubendah
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, deep-copper colored, with only a half-finger of head (despite a semi-aggressive pour); lacing was minimal.

S: Toasted grain, fresh-cut grass, and a hint of vanilla (surprising for a brown ale); I also detect some caramel notes.

T: Malt is a perfect mix of toasted grain and sweetness. There are some mild, fruit flavors in the middle (Granny-Smith apple comes to mind, but it's fleeting). Nutty flavor and toffee come through next, tempering things a bit. There's mild bitterness in the finish, perhaps weak for a brown ale, but enough for balance.

M: Moist, with good carbonation (I've had better); the middle was smooth and creamy, while the finish had a hint of dryness.

O: Very easy to drink, and very tasty -- sessionable by any standard. This one can hold its own with any brown ale I've had. It may not be the pinnacle of the style, but it's very good, and I'll certainly be buying more for future consumption.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 20:54:57 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours a clear brown color with a short 1/4" head. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: malt and earthiness are detectable.

Taste: malt, bread, nuts, toffee, and a mild earthy flavor are wrapped in a slight candy sweetness. Bitterness is minimal at best.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness to start, smoother at the finish.

Overall: this brown ale was a bit too sweet. Not as refreshing as I would like in the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 21:50:45 | More by Gavage
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Jamey61

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy dark caramel color. Smell is nutty with ale characteristics. I enjoy this beer and it is one you can do with a marathon session. I typically enjoy brown ales but this one has a very nice nutty finish with the hint of caramel and sweetness. Had this on tap at Duclaw this summer and it is much better on tap than bottle as are their other beers. I believe Duclaw has the greatest difference in taste between their tapped vs. bottled products than other breweries. Don't know if they can improve that but I would drink a lot more of their bottled offerings if they could.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 17:57:50 | More by Jamey61
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I purchased this at Wegmans, enjoyed chilled in a teku.

The color is ruddy brown with light hazed look and thin pale tan cap with very fine bead. the head collapses and streamers of lace stick. The smell is slightly caramel with slightly buttery odor as it warms with light toast element and dried fruit from the yeast. The feel is ery light with low sweetness and moderately high carbonation with very dry finish.

The taste is light with low malt toastiness and gentle sweetness, kind of like a mild as it has such low flavor, there is a light yeast and diacteyl taste as the nose indicates but even as it warms it is very faint, there is more carbonation than anything driving the taste. Overall it is not terrible but not great since it is not hard to enjoy more than 1, but the lack of flavor makes you lose interest no matter how sessionable it is

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 18:06:21 | More by Slatetank
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is darker amber, transparent, head presented at 1/2 inch thick, some lacing, color is light tan.

Smell is light chocolate and peanut butter, a little sweet, lightly nutty, maybe some toffee, earthy hops.

Taste is a little thin, flavors are light chocolate, toffee, maybe some coffee, good nuttiness is present.

Mouthfeel is thin, flavors hit the tongue and sides and linger lightly.

Overall, a thinner brown ale with good nutty flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 23:43:57 | More by mvanaskie13
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color. There's about a fingers worth of light mocha-shaded head, also. It isn't the most impressive retaining head, but has a nice texture and nice lacing, as well.

S: The first whiffs bring a pleasant chocolate-coated peanut character. After it opens up, some nondescript esters and a touch of acidic twang enter. While nothing about the aroma is wowing, it certainly smells pleasing enough.

T: The flavor, actually, is quite forward in sweet caramel and toffee, as opposed to the nutty chocolate suggested on the nose. I don't even get much nuttiness in fact (maybe a twinge on the swallow). The finish is a touch roasty/acidic, though not overwhelming. All in all, it's decent, well balanced - and unexciting.

M: Medium in body, the slight roasted touch on the back end cleans the palate acceptably. The finish errs on the sweet side, though. It's drinkable due in large part to its vibrant carbonation.

O: Everything about this brew is 'nice'. Nothing more, nothing less. Like most brown ales, it feels safe. Normally safe isn't good, but considering some of the duds I've had from this brewery in the past (oh hai, Serum!), I guess - for once - I'll say 'better safe than sorry'. This one's on the pile of beers I'd gladly drink again, as long as I don't have to buy a 6-pack of it.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 21:33:40 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled 4/1/2013, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 11/1/2013. So exactly 7 months old. Thanks oline73 for throwing this extra in.

Pours a fairly non-descript dark brown-copper body, solid 1cm white head. Slowly drops into the beer, with minimal lacing.

Smells fairly straightforward. Some sweet caramel and toffee. A little bit of chocolate. Nothing is too strong or dominant, but neither are the flavours too faded. Still, its not particularly impressive.

Fairly straightforward palate. Sweet caramel, a little bit of earthiness and toffee, a mild dark chocolate bitterness on the back end followed with a little bit of heat. Not particularly complex but nothing about this beer turns me off.

Thin bodied, very good carbonation that makes this beer feel a bit creamy in the mouth. A little bit resinous, dry finish. Some alcohol heat on the back end despite this being a 4.8% beer. Very odd.

I don't know what to think about this beer. Certainly nowhere near the most interesting of brown ales out there. Weird that there is alcohol heat in a 4.8% beer. I wouldn't get this again, but it was certainly worth trying once.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 03:17:15 | More by Stevedore
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy brown color, with some reddish highlights that sparkles in the light. The head pours two fingers of oatmeal colored foam that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of wispy clouds that barely covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Very complex. Malty and bready up front, followed by tons of spice: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, burnt orange peel, toffee. Finally, there are floral notes of clover and honey.

Taste: Not as strong as the aroma, but very good nonetheless. Very malty, yet very nutty too. The beer isn’t as sweet as its aroma, but there’s a looong finish of caramelized sugar and toffee, as well as some very subtle hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent with a lot of carbonation. With an ABV of 5.0%, there is there’s virtually no alcohol presence on the palate.

Overall: This is a very good brown ale, and unlike any other brown ale that I’ve had. Instead of being either malt of hop forward, it’s very nutty and toffee-like, even more than some nut brown ales that I’ve had. Very, very good. I’ll certainly be getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 22:48:06 | More by Jeffreysan
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear chestnut hue with multiple streams of carbonation rise to the surface.
An eggshell white head of 5 cm foams up into a huge fluffy mushroom top of foam even with the gentlest of pours.
Aroma is some grainy malt and a bit of cocoa powder plus some rich nutty notes with hints of earthy hops in the background. Fairly mild nose overall, but not offensive in anyway.
First sip reveals an average body with mild spacious carbonation and a smooth texture.
The beer is easy to drink and would be great for sessioning. I get the same grainy malt and mild cocoa on the flavor with some toffee and with a bit of earthy and slightly bitey hops.

This is a well crafted example of a difficult style to brew. SImple yet interesting, quite a nice beer that I would enjoy again with friends.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 03:23:32 | More by sulldaddy
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jhawth

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured into a nonic. Pours a brownish-red with a finger width, creamy head.

Aroma: Sweet, nutty malt notes. Slight earthiness.

Taste: Follows nose, nutty flavors are more pronounced. Some mild roastiness as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, light carbonation. Easy to drink.

Overall: Nice, seriously nutty take on an English Brown. Easy to drink but pleasantly complex.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 23:47:35 | More by jhawth
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Euphoria pours a brown color with a small lacing head. There is a nutty and toffee enriched aroma. The taste is creamy, sweet lots of nut flavors, finished with a sweet candy like toffee flavors. Good medium body, like no flavors are overpowering. Overall its a very nice rich and flavor Brown. Much underrated.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 03:06:21 | More by vette2006c5r
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

2.64/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful caramel color with a finger of tight laced head.

Smells of slight burnt sugar and caramel sweetness.

Taste is not good. Bitter, acrid sugar. Like caramel burnt on the bottom of the pan. Not much going on, but whatever is going on, I'm not a fan of it.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style, on the watery side.

Overall, I'd never reach for this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 21:05:19 | More by taylor714914
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jbone78

Florida

2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this in a trade. I had trouble finding it on beer advocate, since it is really spelled
Eufor!a. Geez.

Anyway, poured nice int my pint glass. Big ass frothy head that you could float a bottle cap on it, as the dude from Sam Adams would say. I couldn't really smell much, but no offense, I don't smell very well. It lacks body, which I think really hurts this beer. I expected a little more malt balance in this on, but it's just not there. I pick up the toffee, a little coffee, vanilla, and then it just fades to nothing.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 15:37:59 | More by jbone78
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Why-P-A

Maryland

2.69/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: A slightly muddy dark amber color, minimal head when poured normally.

S: Very sweet malt aroma, some slight hints of oak similar to a whiskey but almost no alcohol on the nose.

T: Sweet initially with definite hints of caramel and toffee, hence the name. Not really any darker malt flavors which is typical of a nut brown but this is confirmed by the beer’s lighter color.

M: Very light mouth feel, smooth. The beer also leaves a residual sweet taste in the mouth.

O: A unique twist on a nut brown. Color and malt body certainly trend more on the amber side which make the beer easy to drink and not too filling. It’s good to see smaller beers like DuClaw trying different offerings and trying to find their niche in the market.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 00:55:55 | More by Why-P-A
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RollBounce

New York

4.8/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

loads of coffee on the nose. Clean light brown color. Really nice lacing,some roasty notes on the nose as well. Flavor is upfront and maple syrup smoked complexity. Coffee starts with a creamy mid-palate that transfers to a pleasant grainyness and a hint of peanut shells. Sweet come finish. Overall by far the best nut brown I ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 20:18:08 | More by RollBounce
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drinkochoice

Pennsylvania

2.26/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured from bottle into English pub glass.

Dark amber brown color with a fast defuzing head.

Smell is largely of roasted malt

Taste has a small sweet roasted malt flavor with a large taste of bitter hops.

Feeling is unique, on the lower side of carbonation, which allows the alpha acids of the hops to create a citrus like tingle.

Overall This beer is easy drinking brown ale, but there is not to much the make it stand out about this brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 02:49:37 | More by drinkochoice
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a brownish red in color with a finger of head which quickly dissipated leaving no lacing behind. smells of peanut butter, chocolate, toffee. tastes of toffee, chocolate, that fake powder peanut butter stuff. it's actually quite tasty. a little on the light side with high carbonation which fizzes in your mouth.

not a bad beer but just a bit underwhelming. very tasty, and sweet with a dry finish. this seems like it wouldn't be a bad beer to pick up as a 6pk. like it gets better as the session continues.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 08:47:35 | More by facundoCNB
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a reddish brown colored body with a small head that hangs for a while then lays down to a thin lace on top. The smell has a roastey,nutty smell to it. The taste has a rich nutty flavor with some chocolate to it. It has some sweetness to it and detect the toffee in it. The mouthfeel is really good and overall a really good brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 05:18:54 | More by chefhatt
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy red-brown with a giant uncalled-for white, fizzy, head that lasted a long time. Not much lacing.

S: Roasted aromas and some nuttiness. Kind of funky.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Nice and nutty and I detect the toffee too.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Somewhat smooth but hard to tell with the overly-lively carbonation.

O: This beer tasted good, but the ridiculous head and nose kind of put me off. Average overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 00:21:07 | More by SolipsismalCat
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a deep chestnut caramel color with a lovely ruby glow. Crop of beige head rests on top, fading into a cloud of film. Large spots of lacing on the glass.

Chocolatey and nutty in the nose with some almonds and bread crust. Toasty and lightly sweet.

Cocoa powder and light milk chocolate up front. Nutty with almonds and toffee with a dash of caramel and vanilla. Mild malt backbone with bread crust, toasted nuts and chocolate. Finishes lightly sweet and thin.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, a little thin and chewy on the tongue. A pretty solid brown ale - I enjoyed the cocoa and vanilla flavors that seem to shine through the thinner backbone.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 20:11:59 | More by xnicknj
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass

A- pours a partially transparent shade of amber with a three finger offwhite head. Looks a little light for a brown ale, but regardless, it's a handsome looking beer

S- great nutty aroma with some lingering roast. Definitely getting a nice bit of toffee as well

T- a bit of sweetness and maltiness that turns turns a bit to bitterness....not spectacular

M- body is extremely thin

O- not bad, but very easy drinking...tastes a lot different from the bottle than on tap IMO

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 01:30:40 | More by bigfnjoe
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks fairly light for a brown ale, brown with a ruby red hue and a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head that quickly reduces me to a mild lace ring.

S - Smells a tad more bittering from either the hops or some vegital quality. Smells little of nut or toffee just some brown malts.

T - Not bad it's fairly balanced with the hops even though it seems more hop forward than malt. Fairly weird since I like my brown ales more malt forward. Maybe if anything I am getting a mild vanilla sweetness next to brown malts but where is the nut or toffee?

M - Light in fact too lite for the style. It comes off fizzy and almost light beer like.

Overall this is not impressing me for the first offering from this brewery. A shame since I got singles of every beer the House of 1,000 offered...

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 02:28:38 | More by DrDemento456
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cask offering at Als of Hampden via the handpump. This cask featured Euphoria aged over caramelized apples. Served in a nonic, the brew appears a clear amber with a fine sudsy top of tan bubbles that is composed of a large bead. The ap maintains a thin layering and a light swirl revives the cap somewhat.

The smell is as advertised; caramel candy apples leads the way with a hint of something along the lines of cinnamon and vanilla. Some accenting fruit character is a bit tangy smelling when coupled with the alcohol esters.

The taste has a mild vanilla sweetness with caramelized apples. Very tangy fruit undertone with almost a roobeer like quality in the aftertaste. Unfortunately the flavors are clashing here and really dont work well together. The apple starts to feel almost like it was added to cover up a flaw instead of added to increase complexity.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Very easy going down but not something i found to be terribly enjoyable either. The nose was the best aspect of this with the flavor just not working out too well.

Serving type: cask

08-09-2012 17:37:44 | More by stakem
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nickfl

Florida

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A small, off white head on a clear copper colored body. Ok retention and light lace.

S nutty, sweet toffee and rich caramel.

T sweet malt up front with a slight vegetal flavor in the middle. Finishes with more sweet malt and a touch of spicy hops to balance.

M medium body moderate carbonation and a sweet finish.

D a great aroma with a slightly disappointing flavor and a grassy character that is a little off putting.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 01:18:24 | More by nickfl
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Euforia from DuClaw Brewing Company
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