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Euphoria - Ruckus Brewing

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ruckus Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: dmarch on 04-02-2004

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is rather hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with some small particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a thin head that quickly dissipated, leaving only some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity yeasts are present in the nose—pears stand out in particular—along with hints of alcohol and spices.
T: The taste has flavors of pears and pineapples along with slight hints of alcohol and peppery spices.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that bad but lacks interesting aromas or flavors. It's rather drinkable and hides its alcohol relatively well considering the strength.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger head on a cloudy orange body. Corriander, candy sugar, yeast and both orange and pear citrus for aroma. Flavor is fairly musty but more citrusy than I like for the style with mostly orange with candied sugar for sweetness. Herbal hops. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not quite what I expect for the style. Not enough Belgian character. Not bad tasting, just not one I would choose again when I want a tripel.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a small, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Pale malts and candi sugar aroma with notes of orange oils, various spices, and a few drops of pear schnapps.

Taste: Pale maltiness, maybe some pils in there too. Candi sugar sweetness, though a kick of pepper and spices help to knock it back. Orangey taste and a lil' bit of pear. Creamy, though drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: It's reasonably enjoyable for an American-born Belgian beer.

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, a single from a nice mix-pack from a certain against the grain liquor store in east Edmonton.

This beer pours a slightly glassy medium golden hue, with one very skinny finger of thin, wispy off-white head, which bleeds way in a blink of a lazy eye, leaving but a few specks of islet lace around the glass for the measly effort.

It smells of fruity, bready pale malt, some muddled winter baking spices, candy sugar, and subtle metallic boozy notes. The taste is sweet grainy malt, some bready yeast, more saccharine, chewing gum adjunct notes, sozzled pear and overripe apple, and earthy, sort of grassy hops.

The bubbles are moderate, and flick a bit at the high palate, the body a so-so medium weight, with a tacky smoothness, afflicted like expired orange juice. It finishes sweet, to be sure, as the heavy (?) pale malt and alcohol sugars rise above the fray, leaving the fruit and hops clamouring underneath.

A better than expected tripel, from the wilds of Pennsylvania - just kidding, sort of. Anyways, lots of checkmarks for the style, with just the big one missing - overall subtly and cohesiveness - but work on it, and we'll check on it next time you bring it in, s'ok?

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruckus Euphoria
12 oz. bottle; Packed on date illegible

Appearance: As usual, cloudy golden. Head retention and lacing average.

Aroma: Fruity, juicy and subtly tart. Cherry, apple, subtle pineapple. A hint of banana in the background. Yeasty with a minor bit of chalkiness. Some low level spice that lends a suggestion of coriander.

Flavor: follows aroma. Superbly balanced. Beautiful combination of yeasty fruitiness and chalkiness over gently sweet and lighty grassy/straw-like maltiness (orange, lemon, banana, herbal), very firm but balanced bitterness. Dry finish with residual fruit, malt, spice and yeast.

Overall: A killer beer that's remarkably drinkable but still very complex. Not overdone, especialy in the spicing. Balanced and very drinkable. What's not to love?

Photo of nickfl
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours with a small head of loose white foam on top of a slightly hazy, dark golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Sweet malt with notes of pear, clove, and vanilla.

T - Sweet malt up front with some pear and pineapple. Spicy notes of clove and herbal hops in the middle with a finish of vanilla, moderate hop bitterness, and more clove.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - The yeast character is robust, but one dimensional with a dominant clove flavor. The finish is overly sweet and the beer lacks the drinkability that a good example of the style should have. Not something I would drink again.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded orange gold with a white head. Yeasty nose with citrus very evident as well. Flavor is smooth, albeit a bit thin on the feel. Decent balance of fruit and funk. Like I said, the feels is a bit thin, but overall this is nice to drink. There certainly are much worse versions of the style from American producers. This one is fairly good.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Mad Mex Robinson, appears a slightly cloudy golden amber with a nice white head leaves behind fine even lacing with each sip, not bad at all. Aroma is heavily spiced with sweet lightly toasted fruity malt presence among the biscuit flavor, an overall tart apple and lively alcohol. Flavor has a spicy alcohol character with creamy malt sweetness it's hart to compare to other American brewed Belgian style ales...tart apples and ripe fruit soaked in alcohol. Mouthfeel is a bit syurpy with even carbonation and alot of texture medium bodied really sticks to the palate. Drinkability is very quaffable but beware the abv is weighing heavy at 11% alcohol by volume but it's spicy character and fruit components make it a very desireable experience even Euphoric.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours golden with a thin white fluffy head that stays, leaving some trailing lace.

The smell is of light maltiness with grassy/herbal notes.

The taste is of orange and lemon with earthy/herbal spicing. Alcohol is reasonably well-covered. There's a hint of mustiness before turning to a dry, slightly perfumy, finish.

The body is almost effervescent in a light-to-medium body. It does have a nice, smooth feel with just a bit of sharpness.

A very nice American interpretation of the style. It has a good, balanced spiciness with a deceptive lightness. Certainly a pleasure to sip!

Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a chill haze. Moderate head that leaves light lace.

Far more hoppy than most Belgian's. Light yeast aroma for the style.

Interesting blend of Belgian and IPA flavors. A very dry brew, but it has a bit of berry in the background. Solid body with a high carbonation. Astringent bite to the flavor and aftertaste.

Photo of WesWes
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden color with a thick fizzy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, earthy, pale malt scent along with some coriander and Belgian yeast esters. The taste is average. It has a solid pale malt flavor with light spicing and a dry Belgian yeast finish. It's very average with just a hint of esters in the finish. It's also incredibly dry. The mouthfeel is average. It is a full bodied beer with way too much carbonation. This is not a great Belgian style beer. It lacks complexity in the malt bill and the spices and esters are lacking.

Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a thin 1" head that falls quickly. Nice amount of cabonation bubbles rising quickly to the surface. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: a bit dull as only a hint of citrus and yeast are detectable.

Taste: belgian yeast, pepper, lemon citrus, bread, and a hint of alcohol. Overall there is a nice spiciness to this.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is short on the yeast, malts, lemon, and spices.

Drinkability: enjoyable beer that is easy to quaff despite the noticeable alcohol level.

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, at the Hop Devil Grill in NYC, this strong, yeasty and tasty brew poured cloudy dark peachy amber, with a dark tan head and leaving plentiful lacing. Nose is nicely of fruity bananas. Smooth nicely rounded notes of cloves, bananas. Smooth and creamy, a pleasure to enjoy on tap and a great starter at the Legacy event. A favorite style and this one did not disappoint.

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft in the home kegerator...
Appears a hazy gold with a lush white head that retains nicely and fades into a small film and collar. Streaky and spotty lacing are left around the inside of the goblet. Unfiltered brew makes it hard to see carbonation activity other than a few small bubbles slowly rising on the outskirts of the glass.
Smell is of tropical fruit, peaches, bubblegum, cloves, spicey pepper, coriander, along with fresh bread. Lots of Belgian yeast in this one making it Tripel-esque in the aroma category.
Taste matches the aromas with some complex Belgian goodness going on, along with hints of German malt, which seem to be rounding this out nicely.
Smooth, sweet, sugary, malty, spiceyness are all rolling around and settling out with a semi-dry finish with a mild pepper punch that is satisfying.
Drinkability is pretty darn good. This is the upgraded version that Legacy seems to have tweaked. In my opinion, I really enjoyed this beer before but I enjoy it even moreso now. It has been upped to 11% abv and it seems to hide it nicely. Seems like a Lucifer clone, only better.

Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a one-finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces lace. Hazy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Medium-strong carbonation and medium bodied. Spicy caramel nose and flavor is similar. Higher ABV is hidden. $3.65 for a 12oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett NH.

Photo of John_M
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

After sampling the Dear Abbey at Mahaffey's, I was really disappointed in this beer. The beer pours a bright light gold color with very little head retention or lacing. I get next to nothing on the nose, just a hint of malt. On the palate this beer is kind of surprising. It's very light tasting, moderately sweet and has almost a wheaty flavor to it. Frankly, I found it to be watery and not the least bit interesting to drink. Granted, the abv. is well disguised (is it really 9%?), but there's nothing particularly enjoyable about drinking this beer.

Maybe this keg did not travel well down from Reading, but I was just not very happy with this beer. Finally just gave up, pushed it aside, and ordered a glass of ruination. Oh well...

Photo of biegaman
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bright sun orange with shimmering mandarin gloss. The beer scarcely resembles the 'Belgian-Style Tripel' that its label defines it as. The absence of head is a major no-no for this style. Given a thin level I could be lenient, but even the slim white collar is a strain to see. It's very pretty, sure, but until there is some hair on that head this just won't look right to me.

The smell lands much closer to the target. The yeast strain is unmistakably Belgian and is bursting with decent phenols and a fragrance like a ripening fruit orchard. It is a teeming medley of pear, green apple and bubble gum. Its label makes the vague statement of "ale brewed with spices" without identifying which ones. I would guess a fairly light and generic use of coriander, grains of paradise and/or white pepper maybe?

My first instinct is proven correct within the first few sips - the flavour profile seems dead on arrival. The fragrance described above losses much of the bubble gum, candy-like character in taste. The green apple and pear come out flat. There may just a touch of banana, but it's negligible. Warming seems to be of no benefit. All that tantalizing spice - the coriander, the grains of paradise, the white pepper - feel almost completely nulled in taste.

Once the beer losses that candy sugar sweetness and spice-induced dimension, it's the mouthfeel that really takes the biggest hit. The beer is tasty never less, but entirely void of texture or presence on the palate. It certainly doesn't drink like a beer of 9%, credit to the brewers, maybe. If it is in fact a trade-off between sensing the alcohol and drinking like a real tripel, I'd rather feel a little warmth and get the satisfaction of real Tripel style ale.

This was a fine beer on all accounts unless it be held to style or high expectations. I don't think the term Euphoria, which is the state of perfection, should share a name with this beer because it is certainly far from that. It drank nicely, but it still in my mind missed the mark for a tripel and in many ways fell short of even a Belgian Strong Pale.

That said, the end result wasn't something bad by any means, and certainly couldn't change my liking of a brewery that puts out a good number of solid ales. This may not be one of their strongest but it's still another decent beer in Legacy's repertoire. A few tweaks and I'd have no complaints - except considering a name change, that's all...

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Finley's, Huntington.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured an eatery yeast with elements of coriander and citrus.

The taste was upfront spicy with ane eatery yeast and earthy hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty and very user friendly beer considering the ABV.

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy and dirty banana color with a moderate white fluffy head with decent retention. Visible carbonaton was medium-heavy.

S: spicy with bananas, coriander (pepper) hints, sour tropical fruit (pineapples) as well dry pears and citrus peel.

T: The flavor was much as the smell, sour tropical fruit (pineapples) citrus peel, pears with some peppery notes.

M: smooth and light with a medium-heavy carbonation factor.

D: Drinkability was good considering the high abv of 9.0%

Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, label lists it as a tripel. Thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a lightly hazy golden, some amber highlighting, a bit peachy, thin white head forms, drops a few spots of lace on the glass, settles to a thin ring around the glass, nice colour but the head is lacking for the style. Smell is neat, quite sweet, candi sugar and honey, peaches, grapefruit, yeast, some spice, very floral and fragrant, some yeastiness, fresh fruit salad aroma, I like it. Taste is similar, very fruity, peaches and grapefruit again, lemon acidity and orange peel, some sugar and honey, spices and sour fruit near the finish, wheat, dry yeastiness going down, nice and tart. Mouthfeel is light to medium body with medium carbonation, tartness makes it pretty refreshing. Nice take on a tripel, could use a bit more of a malt backbone and a better head, but its still pretty nice. Thanks Russ!

Photo of flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy orange hue with a strong effervescence but minimal head. Not bad, but the lack of head is disappointing.

Smell: sweet malt with hints of vegetal hops around the edges and a light dose of pear and green apple. There seems to be some unrealized potential in this aroma.

Taste: malty, but not super sweet; quite a bit of alcoholic bite. Fruit flavors are again here as in the aroma, but also as in the aroma they don't seem fully realized. Finish is a bit on the bitter side.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a low level of carbonation. Some creaminess can be coaxed out of this beer, but it's not great.

Overall: meh. Pretty middle-of-the-pack; it's not a bad beer but there's little here to celebrate.

Photo of wordemupg
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 13/11/12 from notes

A very hazy golden peach but a bit of a dead pour, dumped it right down middle and got just a short lived film for a head and no lace

S lots of coriander and peppery yeast with some bubblegum and banana with some dry cereal, smells like a Wit on steroids, it’s rather pleasant

T spice I can’t quite place with some fruity notes and a little booze, not as nice as the smell its missing the benefits of the yeast profile, some sweet orange as it warms

M thick enough but could use a few more bubbles and the booze could be hidden a little better, slightly slick with a boozy, spicy finish

O decent brew but there’s room for improvement, needs some life on the pour and feels a little dead, other aspects are taken care of but the smell is where this one peaks

It’s OK but I’m not going to jump for joy if I see it down the road, if the price is right try it but I wouldn’t go searching for it

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Euphoria from Ruckus Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.