Euphoria Pale Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 15
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 12-05-2008

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

oured into a standard pint glass a rich copper with a well defined 1/2 finger white head atop,sweet caramel/biscuit malt with leafy "green" hops in the nose,a real big sweetish malt aroma to this APA.Leafy and citric hops show thru overtop of a hefty sweet caramel base,again its quite sweet for the style but there is a nice shot of hops to somewhat balance it out.Not bad but I would like a little less sweetness in the style,still a decent beer.

Photo of Beaver13
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours copper red with a frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - caramel malts, some melon and tropical fruits and spices and a hint of pine.

The flavor is caramel malts and tropical fruit with a decent grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, it has good bitterness for a pale ale, but would be a pretty mediocre IPA.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark orange color with a white head. One of the darkest pale ales I have seen. The aroma is fairly heavy on the orange citrus notes with some biscuit malt and some caramel malt. The flavor is orange citrus, bread and toffee. The beer is very well balanced and the bitterness is fairly low. Still, there is a ton of hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Another very nice canned beer from Colorado.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a 12oz tumbler.

Pours a very deep pale amber with ruby hints and a nice little creamy thick head. Nose is sweet and malty with a tiny bit of hops in the background-very well balanced here.

Mouthfeel is a bit light, full and creamy from the carbonation. Finish is malty and crisp. Taste has a nice combination of light hop bitterness and earthy rich maltiness. It's very well balanced although just a bit watery. An awesome canned beer!

Photo of Franziskaner
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown in cool with a rocky beige head about a half inch thick. Brussels lacing. Tropical hop aroma is overripe pineapple, mango, and cantaloupe. It's very unique and engaging. The taste is nice balance of those tropical hops and light malt. The hops are a bit more apparent than the malt,but it is a fairly unique flavor. There's a nice gentle passion fruit hop burn on your tongue. The mouth is packed with flavor and the hops prickle the tongue throughout the experience.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml can with a BB of Jan 2014. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. A pale ale for winter....

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear brownish-amber hue with low carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of pine, subtle weed, peel, grass/hay, sweet caramel malt and earthy yeast. Hoppy and nicely balanced.

Tastes of intense aromatic hops and sweet malt, with a spicy bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, orange peel, mild grapefruit, citrus, grass/hay, white pepper, caramel, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a resinous bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with mild carbonation and decent body. Hop oils stimulate the tongue. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of pine resin, bitter aromatic hops and faint caramel.

Good stuff - my only real complaint is that it isn't particularly pale. More like an American 'bitter'. Looks OK, colour notwithstanding. The aroma and flavour are distinctly hop-driven, with a subtle malt backbone to provide balance. Decent body; carbonation could be enhanced to add texture. While I don't find the style to be especially suited to winter, it is a deliciously drinkable brew. Worth a punt if you come across it.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored brew, off white head to it, nice hoppy aroma, floral, light, not overbearing, just right for a pale ale.

Taste, a little bit of a spicy hop kick to this one, pretty cool. A little bit of pine. Its pretty much like a softer more sessionable Modus, although not as good (but what is?). Just the slightest bit of toastiness from the malt which is just right to be there, but allow the hops and spicy carbonation to kick in.

A solid pale ale, and then some. Great addition for disc golf or doing anything outside in warm weather. If it were available in my area, it would definitely be in the full summer rotation (that is until Torpedo and SNPA come out in cans).

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a deep dark amber body with lots of floaties swirling around in with the gentle carbonation. There is a lumpy beige head that last for a good bit.
S- This fresh pale malt has a slight biscuit note to it with a woody green hops to follow that is soft and has an orange citrus quality to it.
T- The soft pale malt flavor is followed by a watery taste that grows as the beer opens up. There is a soft woody hops that leads to a big bitter pungent finish. The bitterness lingers a bit.
M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish.
D- This beer has big hops in the bitterness that overpower a lot of the other flavors. The malt is a bit soft and pretty light considering the dark amber body.

Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium sized light tan head settles into a nice lacing that is lasting quite some time above a clear caramel copper colored beer.

80/20 Piney to floral hops over caramel malts aroma. Really just guessing on the percentages but I think you get the drift.

The taste has a hops bite to it without citrus or floral or pine aspects jumping out anymore then the others, giving this beer a nice hops balance with a nice slight malt undertone.

A nice dryish aftertaste that does have much flavor on this medium bodied pale ale.

A pretty decent tasting pale ale, I'm glad I grabbed a six and not just included this in a build your own 6-pack.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium orange beer with a thin but ever present cap. The slight layer of white suds sticks to the glass and accurately represents your consumption progress.

The nose is clean and simple with a strong sweet malt and a firm hop presence. Just what a pale ale should smell like and nothing more. Very pleasant.

Taste is also in the simple yet good category. A fine sweet malt intro that's nicely flanked by a light touch of hop citrus. It's clean and super drinkable with nothing really out of wack. This is probably one of the most satisfying beers I've had from ska.

The mouthfeel again is delightlfully simple and in that simplicity lies the beauty of this beer. There is a nice compliment of slick malts to hop bittering. This is a strong beer, not in ABV but in the fact that it does everything well. A nice find and one that will find it's way into my fridge again and again.

Photo of Wedgie28
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the best pale ales in a can you'll ever find, if you can find it. Tastes great, high abv, eight of these and your doing fine. I like the skeleton on the can. Good marketing dude. Supposedly comes out around Christmas and runs out in February. Drank the last two March 3rd, so that rumor seems true.

Photo of Drew03cmc
4/5  rDev +5%

Pretty good Pale Ale, not too hoppy with a nice balance of flavors.

Photo of tdm168
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - amber with a thin lacing of white head that disappears quickly

S - very faint nose; some caramel and maybe some toasted malt

T - faint caramel, some bread, faint toast, some citrus, some faint piny bitterness

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is a simple, easy to drink beer. There isn't anything here that sets this apart from the group, but this is a refreshing APA with a subdued but enjoyable flavor profile. I don't think this is a beer that I will seek out again, but I certainly won't turn it down.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This is a pale ale? Looks like a rustic amber with lots of yeast suspended in it. Great lacing as well, but that comes after the thick tan foam disappears.

Smell: Sweet caramel, marshmallows, pine, and flowers. Great Colorado scent.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pine...and pineapple. Very unique. Some toasted pine nuts as well. Very enjoyable. Crisp mouthfeel that is very active. A tad thin at times.

Overall Drinkability: An incredible ale.

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

The Euphoria Pale Ale is a good pale ale from the SKA brewing Co. The beer pours a very nice clear copper with very thin off white head that is lacing nicely. The smell include pine, spice and citrus tones. The taste has a nice malt base with great hop flavors. There is an oily pine, slight spice and hint of bitter citrus (grapefruit). I am guessing Semcoe, Casscade, and maybe Zeus hops...but i'm not an expert. The mouthfeel is a good medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall a very taste beer that I think could be sessioned.

Photo of dbossman
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brownish hue with tints of orange and ruby red; a huge, steady head and fantastic lacing

S: Wow, a weird hoppy funk: body odor? celery? asparagus? onion? and pine--I like it--also a bit of the typical citrus and grainy aromas

T: Not nearly as hoppy as aromas indicate but still pleasant pine and tea leaves (with subtle onion) bitterness and a bit of a grainy malt backbone

F: A bit carbonated and thin at the end though it does get better as it warms

D: A decent hoppy pale ale from Ska

Photo of hooliganlife
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep copper with light brown and ruby tone. big fluffy creamy head with amazing lacing and great retention.

light crisp citrus and pine with a very faint malty bread body.

sweet citrus and tropical fruit with a nice light pine bitterness. very light malty body that hides through out. another hop burst kicks in through the finish. lingering hoppy and malty aftertaste.

light and easy, but goes down painfully easy.

this is one amazing APA. i will buy this often.

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi effervescent caramel with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Sheets of lacing & good head retention

S: Pineyness, leafy hops, slight figgyness

T: Pine, caramel, slight smokeyness, leafy hops & kiss of booze up front. Figgyness & leafy hops dominate as this warms, some mineral & piney hop as well, plus a touch of dryness.

MF: Medium bodied with fairly assertive carbonation, nice balance

Drinks pretty easy, I'd peg this about 6.5% abv, I will hope to find some next winter to see how a fresher can is, pretty damn good as is

Photo of lawlerj
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a nonic pint glass.

A - pours a translucent amber with a frothy, off white two finger head. Leaves blotchy lacing and retains a bit of foam on the top as its going down. Apperas to be fairly carbonated.

S - big hops in this guy - fruit and pine both in the mix. Caramel malt backbone in there underneath the hops.

T - not quite as aggressive as the nose; caramel malt up front that opens up into the pine and citrus hops. The transitions are smooth between the flavors - very nice.

M - medium bodied, very smooth. The carbonation was not quie as heavy as I had anticipated based on the appearance.

O - more aggressive than many other pales ales, particularly in the nose. Very fruity and easy drinking. Not that it matters, but nothing about this really screams winter to me. But I sure like it. I'll drink it any time of year.

Photo of nickhiller
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear amber, one finger head, with thick residual lacing.

S: strong grassy, earthy hops, quite a bit of funk, some pine.

T: musty, skunky, the hops are a little harsh though. The grass and pine from the nose. Can't really tell the difference between this and the Modus Hoperadi.

M: light body, decent carbonation, though a little watery. Not warming at all which is disappointing for a self proclaimed "winter offering."

D: my immediate reaction? Meh. I'm not sure what's winter-y about a super hoppy pale ale. It's the absence of warmth. To put it bluntly, I will not be drinking this this winter.

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

Poured from the very nice looking new 12 oz cans. Apparently a seasonal offering now as opposed to a one-off, although I could be mistaken.

A - Pours a clear, rich amber with two fingers of frothy off-white head. Solid retention and some pretty nice lacing.

S - Hop aromas with herbal, citrus, grassy qualities. Hops are backed up by a malt sweetness with hints of caramel and a bready character.

T - Slightly sweet and toasty caramel malts up front leading into some earthy, citrus, slightly spicy hoppiness. Finish is fairly dry and leaves a somewhat piney, herbal hop aftertaste. More balanced than the smell suggested.

M - Medium bodied with pretty crisp carbonation.

D - A nice brew that gives more attention to the hops than many other pale ales. Has a tasty hop profile while also maintaining a nice mellow character. I will definitely revisit this one again.

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB: 3/13/10

Nice looking APA, reddish orange, stiff foam, plenty of spindly lacing.

Dank hop aroma, floral, grass clippings, dominant herbal character.

Toasty malt and caramel, puffed wheat/cereal grains, and some moderate hop bitterness, earthy and aspirin like. Not quite as nice as the nose was. Still its light and refreshing, easy to put back. Not sure why this is a winter offering, sems better suited to warmer weather. Glad I got to try this as part of a gift pack.

2010: fresh can at Four Moon. Much more citrus and grapefruit in the nose and flavor. Much better than I remember, a nice fall/winter hop fix for hopheads.

Photo of Tolnik
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this brown beer into a pint glass. The aroma of a sweet malt with caramel and a wood tone greats the nose through the aroma. The taste of the beer is that of caramel, malt and roastyness greats the palate. Yet another wonderful beer by Ska Brewery!

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

Can into pint glass
A – 1+ finger dusty cream head on a clear light brown amber brew, reduces to a lumpy layer while leaving lacing all around the glass 4
S – Aroma enticing and noticeable upon start of pour, very nice grassy nose also has mild citrus & pine resin notes with a soft caramel sweetness 4
T – Caramel malts out of the gate are eclipsed by a surprisingly large hop presence of grapefruit zest and substantial bitterness, suggestions of a candied tartness 4
M – Medium body, smooth with a dry finish, moderate carbonation 4
O – More hops than your standard pale ale but malts are not in a minor role, good drinkability, a good beer I will buy again sooner rather than later 4

Photo of wedge
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dim orange with a solid cap of creamy goodness. Fresh, deeply hoppy nose. Very fruity and juicy...sticky, flowery hops over woody pine and a good bit of caramel malt sweetness. Sticky, resinous hoppy fresh flavor upfront. Grapefruit and orange juiciness with a leafy/piney bite. Some underlying malty sweetness. Seems a little undercarbonated, but it's otherwise medium bodied with a solid bitterness. Pretty much an IPA or at least a hopped-up amber, but whatever...good stuff if you're looking for hops. It doesn't make me think of winter...what the hell is a winter seasonal doing out in late September anyways?

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Euphoria Pale Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
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