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Euphoria - Ruckus Brewing

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ruckus Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: dmarch on 04-02-2004)
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clloudy and brassy with some copp hues an off white head that thins out quick.

Aroma: Plum, apricot, brown bread, caramelized plantains, nice amounts of bisuity malts, faint grape notes.

Taste: Banana, molasses, pumpernickel, sweet breads, plum. Slight butter notes with a nice dry finish and a touch of biscuitiness. In the end there is a nice note of coriender and allspice

Notes: Solid Tripel begining to end. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 01:24:27 | More by horshack7
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Greywulfken

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy peach-colored beer, off-white head

S: butterscotch and peach; perfumey, floral

T: honey sweet upfront, mildly sweet lemony citrus, then bitter dry lemon rind and coriander finish

M: medium body, frisky carbonation and spiciness, palate cleansing and refreshing, mild bitter chalky mid-finish

O: I thought this a really good tripel, nice balance between maltiness and hops for a zesty citrusy drink with a mediumweight malt bottom

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 17:51:54 | More by Greywulfken
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Btr73


4/5  rDev +7.5%

08-12-2012 01:14:30 | More by Btr73
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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?

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 04:01:23 | More by biboergosum
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n2185

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with a finger of white head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Light spice notes up front with tons of candy sugar and bubblegum aromas with faint notes of bananas and pears.

T: Spices up front here as well with some bubblegum and candy sugar presence. There are light fruit notes before a sweet, bready finish.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this is fairly dry and drinkable, but could use a lighter body and more carbonation.

O: A surprisingly good beer overall. I hadn't heard of this brewery before, and often breweries have trouble with Belgian styles, but they did a good job.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 05:09:49 | More by n2185
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.4%

07-26-2012 20:07:27 | More by bonbini26
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up this 22oz bomber recently at The Liquor Shoppe for $5.95. No freshness info, but nbd...

Euphoria has a slight bit of haze to it, and the color is a stark, medium-to-light golden. Carbo is scattered and slowly rises up, with the head be extremely thin, mostly some fine white bubbly action around the edge. There's hardly any lacing left behind as well. Aroma is restrained, with some candy sugar and fruity notes emanating from the brew. I like the mouthfeel; body is mid-range, and the feel is fairly smooth, with a light blanketing of bubbles on the tongue, which tickle but don't prickle.

Flavor has some pale malts with a light sweetness. More candy sugar is mildy present here, with some pear, mango and green apple coming forth. Hints of spiciness and yeast are there, but not overly up-front, unfortunately. Has a bit of a herbal hop lean to it, and the finish is a touch dry and chalky. Not overly complex by any means. Even as it warms, there's not a lot of "there" there, ya know? This one's a one and done for me. Prosit!!

3.6
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3

1217

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 21:25:41 | More by Bierman9
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange in color with light golden notes as well. Fizzy white head, only about a 1/4 inch thick. Quickly fades to a thin ring. Very active carbonation bubbles quickly rising to the top.

S - Pale malts, hints of banana, candi sugar and a little earthingess. A touch of citrus fruit, primarily orange. As the beer warms a few more spices come through, especially coriander.

T - Pale malt sweetness with hints of bubble gum. A yeasty banan flavor comes through mid drink. Very sweet with flavors of candi sgar. Lightly spiced with a typical Belgian wit spicing. Light citrus fruit tastes in the finish.

M/D - Medium boided and very crisp. High carbonation like I would expect from any tripel. Very easy drinking with a well masked alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 03:09:41 | More by ckeegan04
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a wide bowled snifter

A-shiny, clear yellow with a little foam

S- Peppery, yeasty, and a funk, almost like a wet band-aid, weird

T-Bitter orange, spicy coriander, sweet malt and a little alcohol burn.

M- great carbonation and a substantial thickness

D- high abv, but the alcohol is well hidden and the flavors good but not overwhelming

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 03:56:18 | More by Soonami
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Amalak

New York

4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had out of a 22 oz. bottle.
A- Deep gold into bronze color. Bubbly. Decent head that dissipates quickly leaving a little lace.
S- Bitter scent with caramel.
T- Nice balance. Spicyness to to it. Peppery with caramel. Slight bitterness in the back of the mouth. Slight malt undertone.

Really well balanced, spicy brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 18:24:43 | More by Amalak
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my chalice. The ale appears a clear golden amber color with about two fingers of fluffy off white foam. Nose and flavor are of mild citrus, toasted grain, candi sugar, peach, apricot, alcohol. A notch better than medium bodied with adequate carbonation for a tripel. Certainly worth trying if you spot a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 03:30:11 | More by ClockworkOrange
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WesWes

New York

3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 17:41:18 | More by WesWes
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marcpal

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To start, thanks go to Scott for plopping this one in my fridge to try.
22oz bomber to two pours into Delirium Tremens glass.
Bottle Graphics: 2/10.

A: The bottle reads tripel but listed on here as belgian strong ale. It looks more like a tripel and a plain one. Light copper color with a tiny white head that drifted off.

S: Earthy smell mixed with some kind of detergent and fragrance. There is some fruitiness when hunted for but a real plain metallic aroma did not set things off so well.

T: Pretty straightforward. Not much Belgian about it, more grassy than most and a burnt malt flavor that doesn't fit. Considerably better when it was cold and masked the flaws. Candi sugar is revealed but I can't locate the banana, pear or any real fresh fruit I was hoping for. Sweetness, buttered popcorn sweetness, not so nice.

An improvement from the smell but nothing phenomenal but a step in the right direction.

M: Best aspect of the beer. Complete body with a snappy, dry finish.

D: Drinkability is alright- more a tripel as the bottle says. There is no burn or unpleasantness per se, but also nothing that has me eager to grab another 22oz.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 23:46:35 | More by marcpal
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aprilluvsbeer hooked me up with this as an extra in a recent trade. thanks april!

22oz bottle. sampled feb 8/09. bottle calls it a tripel.

pours crystal clear deep gold with a small dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves no lace.

aroma is nice. bit of alcohol. very floral with a bit of soapy/perfumey character. light spice. cracker and white bread.

taste is good. light alcohol. tons of perfumey floral hops, less soapy than in the aroma. cracker and white bread. bit of spice.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a nice dry finish. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. a pretty tasty tripel, and one of the better american attempts at the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 21:07:52 | More by grub
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 20:55:31 | More by Viggo
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caminiti

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Im not huge on the style, but went witht he recommendation of the fellow at Halftime. Poured golden and clear, light carbonation and a smell of christmas tree spices, nutmeg? Tasted like Christmas, I would have expected it to be a seasonal. Didnt cover up the heavy alcohol, either. Drinkable but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 21:42:47 | More by caminiti
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

2.35/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a goblet.

Slightly hazy, dull straw with very noticeable carbonation. Carbonation-filled white head that dissipates after a moment to a bubble-filled, nearly intact sheet. No real lasting lacing, but the sheet of film sticks around until the last sip.

Mildly sweet candied sugars; too faint for the style with an artificial hint. Very adjunctory in aroma: rice, corn, stiff wheat; all in all, very bland. Faint citrus solvency amidst a peppery spice.

Waxy, citrus solvency that unpleasantly coats the palate until well after the sip. Burnt clove and pepper that overpower the weak, adjunctory grain base. The alcohol character has the flavor of rubbing alcohol; and without other stronger, pleasant flavors, it runs practically wild. A burnt, yet waxy finish leads to rubbing alcohol and artificial sitrus in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; waxy and filmy on the palate. No real balance in textures given very bulky flavors.

I apologize, but this has got to be one of, if not, the worst Tripel I've ever tasted. I honestly don't understand how Legacy Brewing could mass produce such an adjunctory out of balanced ale. As this is my introduction to the brewery, I have some serious reservations about sampling future offerings.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 22:07:59 | More by NEhophead
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear golden with a thin white head and little lacing.

S-A little light in aroma but some citrus and grainy malt come through.

T-A mild amount of yeastiness, some hops and oranges. Also a bit more alcohol than I would like.

M-Medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

D-Not bad but a little hot and a little high in ABV for my liking.

HV

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 19:56:34 | More by sholland119
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pershan

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured an effervescent, clear, lilght gold with a thin, quickly dissipating white head into a pint glass. There was a faint aroma of hops as well as that distinct bubble-gum Belgian yeast component. The malt/candy sugar sweetness and Belgian yeast dominated the flavor profile, with the mouthfeel being very fizzy. I didn't detect any spice components (maybe a little coriander). The beer seemed to be way too overcarbonated for the style, but otherwise no detectable off-flavors. This is an OK brew, but certainly not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 13:43:54 | More by pershan
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PatronWizard

California

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet ANOTHER Under 100 beer from mikereaser. Damn man, thanks and stuff.

Letting only shadows been seen through it, this apricot beer has a medium bubbled head. A little on the thick side as the bubbles are moving pretty slow.

Smell is fruity. And beery. I know I'm not the first person to say beery.

Surprisingly smooth. Peach is the dominant flavor to me. Maybe tangerines follow. All yellow fruits though. Not bad at all. Some spices chime in, but I don't know my spices.

9% is hidden to the point of "is there any alcohol in this?"

Overall: this'll do quite nicely

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 20:11:09 | More by PatronWizard
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Drewcifer

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It seemed awfully flat pouring out of the tap - no head to speak of, a tiny atoll of froth in the middle of the glass though. Clear and gold, looks more like a pilsener than a Belgian Strong.

Aroma is apple and pear, very faint though. I had hoped not to have to nearly snort the beer to get an aroma.

It tastes like.... nothing much. Very bland. Hints of yeast, apple, pear, maybe some banana. But overall, it was a taste vacuum.

Mouthfeel was watery, no lingering around in the mouth.

Overall... yeah, I guess it's drinkable. It's not offensive, but it's also not good. It just... is. Frankly, I just don't know what to think about it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2008 01:27:08 | More by Drewcifer
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DmanGTR

New York

2.6/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Mad for Mex in Philly near UPenn.

A - poured a perfectly clear golden amber with no head in a cognac snifter. Faint bubbles streamed up the side of the glass and no lacing occurred. Not looking good so far... highly resemblant of another cheap high alcohol "pilsener"...

Sm - bubblegum notes, light citrus, and a slight pilsener hoppiness hit me first, followed by a huge rush of fusel alcohol. Very little malts detected.

T - like how it smells, bubblegum, candy, slightly metallic. Very faint pilsener hops. Highly prominent alcohol with a yeasty push in the end.

M - light bodied, crisp carbonation holding it all together.

D - this was surprisingly thirst quenching but the alcohol definitely gets in the way... maybe I just needed something cold to cool down my taste buds after the spicy nachos...

Overall - I wasn't too impressed by this offering. For $5, I would not get it again. The sweetness and alcohol seems unbalanced with the hops (or lack thereof). This reminded me of a cheap tripel style I had, not a good thing.

**if you do get this at the Mad Mex, the menu might say it's 11% abv, which is incorrect.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2008 19:24:23 | More by DmanGTR
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2008 22:30:43 | More by plaid75
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corey0212

Connecticut

3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear honey color, no head, not much lace at all...looks a little lifeless in the glass. Smell is pretty nice...some apple, juicy pear, sugary-sweetness. Taste is somewhat disappointing. A little of the apple, some spiciness, but all a little too tooth-achingly sweet, and a harsh perfumey quality to the flavors as well. Feels slightly thin on the mouthfeel, but it's a also a little harsh on the mouth. This is doing nothing for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 01:02:28 | More by corey0212
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 19:02:49 | More by biegaman
Euphoria from Ruckus Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.