Euforia - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 5
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 07-11-2006

22 IBU
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Ratings: 303 | Reviews: 67
Photo of drinkochoice
2.31/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

Photo of Fastwalker19
2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Smells much better than it tastes.

Photo of AMiz602
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells very heavy, a malt scent with strong coffee, burnt nut flavor. It is a very cherry wood like color.

The head is pretty light with almost no lacing.

At first it has nutty, almost hazelnut flavor, that is complimented by a sweetness and then goes into light-roast coffee flavor. As it sits the burnt nuttiness takes over, and mellows out. Almost no spiciness, it is a dry, nutty beer. Probably suitable to pair with a meaty dinner with some salty potatoes or such.

It is pretty light, not too heavy, though not sweet and has a load of dry, roasted nuttiness.

Photo of jbone78
2.69/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Photo of taylor714914
2.69/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Photo of Why-P-A
2.69/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Photo of bum732
2.77/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S: Toffee, hazelnut, bread crust, very slight roast.

L: Crystal clear, amber brown, some head that dissipates quickly.

T: Strong milk chocolate and toffee notes. Medium low bitterness leading to a sweet candy lik toffee flavor with a touch of roast. Finishes fairly clean with a touch of nuttiness.

M: Medium light body, medium carbonation, a little bite to it.

Meh, flavors taste a little artificial. Not bad overall, i guess i prefer more nuanced flavors.

Photo of ski271
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Decent-looking beer. Off-white head quickly and fully diminishes. Smell is... well, very much as the label implies. Toffee. Also nutty with a little chocolate. Light vanilla. Taste follows suit almost exactly, no surprises from the initial smell. The body is a little thin for the style and the sweetness is a bit too forced, but it's better than I expected. Doubt I'd seek it out again, but not bad.

Photo of stakem
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My 1st Brown Ale. Boldly smells like toffee/coffee upon opening bottle. Taste sweet up front with strong coffee aftertaste and slightly dry finish.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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...

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of jsanford
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy dark copper with a creamy ivory head that settles to a thin cap.
S - Malty aromas of toffee, roasted nuts, and a touch of chocolate.
T - More toffee and roasted nuts, chocolate, and vanilla creamy. Simple and understated, but pretty tasty.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a medium body and good carbonation.
O - Nice, drinkable Brown Ale, but nothing new or exciting.

Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a brown liquid, the head is soapy and light tan colored. The smell had a light nuttiness to it and had heavier amount of coffee on then anything else. The taste has a subtle amount of roasted nut flavors, the coffee dominates most of the flavor. The mouthfeel doesn't have a ton of carbonation, kind of on the flat-ish side. Overall this beer wasn't too bad. Not my favorite brown ale but pretty good and was nice to try.

Photo of Gavage
3.31/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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

Photo of Slatetank
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
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

Photo of Treyliff
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a hazy but clear brown color with a ruby hue, small foamy off-white head reduces quickly to just a film on tup, a bit of lacing left behind

S- very nutty up front with a caramel malt sweetness, earthy & musty, butter, fruity esters

T- sweet and malty with flavors of toffee/caramel, roasted walnut, vanilla, a hint of coffee & earthy hop, dry yeasty finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry finish

O- easy drinking, straight forward brown

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of Samp01
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium cloudy brown with no head. Aroma and Taste is sweet caramel with a mildly toasted toffee and nutty flavor and mild bitterness. A medium body with good carbonation on the palate. Finishes with toasted caramel malt, toffee with some nutty undertones and mild bitterness. Overall a good drinking brew, tasty and easy going down.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.49/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Very toffee forward. Nice sweet and malty and certainly something I would get again if I was in the area. That said of all the DuClaw beers, I had on my trip, this is the one that did not blow me away.

Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Not much of a head but has nice lacing. Dark chestnut brown and clear with a good amount of carbonation
S: Smells exactly like toffee!
T: Nutty, a mix of coffee and toffee
F: A little thin for my liking but consistent with most other English brown ales I've had
O: English brown ales aren't my favorite, but this one is really nice

Photo of Stevedore
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of barczar
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is very nutty and toasted malt dominant, grainy, with a hint of buttery toffee and some very subtle specialty malt fruitiness.

Flavor reveals a rich of buttery sweetness initially, fading quickly to a dry, toasted malt backbone and a cereally, earthy bitter finish. It's a tad hollow in malt character, and the bitterness is somewhat harsh and astringent. That finish kills it for me.

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