Euphoria Pale Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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86
very good

385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 15
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 betsona
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan8181 for this can. Poured into a pint glass.

A- A clear golden-amber. Pours a finger of white head. Head dissipates into a thin lacing. No visible carbonation. Moderate lacing on the glass.

S- Acidic smell. Some citrus hops as well as floral hops. Slight hint of grassy and piney overtones. Not much malt to it. The smell didn't do much for me.

T- Bright citrus hop profile. Bitter piney taste. Toasty caramel malt backbone that meshes well with the citrus and pine bitterness. Has a earthy quality to it.

M- Medium body with good carbonation. Sits with a bitter lingering in the back of the throat. Leads to wanting another gulp.

D- I could drink a few of these in a sitting without much thought. Nothing amazing, but a good solid APA is always nice.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with a best by 03/18/11 stamp on the bottom rim of the can. I am excited about Ska putting best by dates on their products! Pours a very clear copper color with a frothy cap of off-white foam. Retention is ok, but lacing is awesome.

Nose is easily identifiable citric hops and caramel malt. Clean, basic but nice and fresh. Maybe some pine resin comes in to give it a bit of a winter release feel.

Taste is piney, citric and toffee-biscuit malty. Little bit of cola and nutmeg spice notes as it warms. Strikes a nice balance between hops and malt, but falls firmly in the bitter camp. Very clean, almost refreshing. Nice mouthfeel and well carbonated. This is tasty brew, but does not make me think winter release necessarily.

Photo of laza1979
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Poured a golden brown color with a 2 finger white head that quickly faded to a thick lacing on the glass.

S: Predominantly piney nose, with a hint of sweetness.

T: Slightly malt forward with a piney hop finish.

M: Light body with medium to lower carbonation.

D: Definitely a drinkable pale ale that can be enjoyed in a session setting.

Photo of KevinBrewer
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear deep amber, almost burnt/brownish orange. Tall rocky cream-colored head that lasts, leaving a good amount of lacing.

N- Big citrus and grapefruit rind with some resin underneath. Light floral volatiles that are most noticeable after a fresh pour. The malt has a solid presence with toasty grain and caramel notes.

T- Huge malt backbone with toasted grain, sweet caramel, husky tannins, and some roastiness. Alcohol is noticeable but not distracting. Soft and smooth grassy hop bitterness, which is perfect because the tannins from the grain already provide good balance to the sweetness. Subtle floral, citrus, piney, and herbal accents from the hops. Long finish which is husky, roasty, piney, and bitter, with some lingering alcohol fumes.

M- Medium-light body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D- Overall an aggressive and edgy pale ale, which fits with a name like Ska Brewing. Euphoria may be a bit of an overstatement, but this is definitely a solid beer.

Photo of jeffaz02t
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice almost copper tint of orange. Head poured pretty thick at first, then faded into a nice thin, slightly orange froth. Laced the glass like crazy as I drank.

S: Citrus and pine in the hops, caramel from the malts.

T: Hops dominate beginning and middle, then fades into a sweet caramel flavor. This is seriously delicious.

M: Medium, slight creaminess, especially as it warms up a bit.

D: Very, very drinkable. Unlike most of the other winter ales in which I dabble in on a regular basis, this has a lower alc content, however there is not a lack of flavor in any way.

Notes: This is one of the best American Pale Ales I have ever had! I will look forward to this release every year. For those who are against cans, if you see this 6er, bite the bullet and get it.

Ska is impressing me more and more with each brew I sample.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Nice golden amber color (slightly darker than the average pale ale). It looks well filtered with excellent clarity. Nice white head with big bubbles after a hard pour and excellent lacing.

Huge malt backbone in the smell department, I didn't expect it to be so sweet. Pale, careamel and toffee notes. Malts are actually slightly mroe agressive than the hops in my opintion. THe mostly citrus takes a backseat to the malts. Really good though.

Taste is almost exactly on par with the smell. Nice and malty for a pale. Maybe it's actually a little more balanced as its warmed up, the hop to malt ratio evens out with a hoppier aftertaste.

Good carbonation level in the mouthfeel. Really smooth and clean feeling. Light bodied for the most part. Slight bitter aftertaste.

NicePale Ale, glad to try it. Thanks chugalug06 for a nice extra!

Photo of Brunite
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Amber with minimal carbonation. Starts out with a nice 3 finger head thats settles into a spongey, off white surface. Decent retention and pretty nice lace.

S: Pine, grapefruit and some nice malt aromas.

T: The beer is decently balanced by a moderately high bitterness that works well with the malt. Crisp....clean....finishes tart and dry.

M: Medium body. Carbonation good (maybe a tad more would be optimal).

D: A decent tasty pale ale. Not earth shattering but nice and drinkable.

Photo of Rayek
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Amber with a slight haze and minimal carbonation. Rocky off-white head starts out large, has decent retention and leaves generous lace.

S: Pine, grapefruit and lemon hit the nose in order. Some toasted malt aroma sits in the back.

T: The beer is dominated by a moderately high bitterness. Grapefruit and lemon make up most of the bitter flavor, with an extra pine kick along to help. A toasted biscuit flavor from the malt rides underneath. Finishes tart and dry with a little bit of a metallic flavor.

M: Medium body feels oily. Carbonation feels about right.

D: Good, but not spectacular and sort of nondescript. Still, it's worth a revisit next year.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I feel like I'm always prefacing reviews with this, but here we go anyway:
I love pale ales. They are my favorite style. This does tend to make it so I rate them a little harder, but I do it out of love.

anyway, with that out of the way...
Trying to clean out the voice notes on my iphone...
Reviewed from those notes.

Can into a pint.

Dark, honey-touched amber color. Mostly off-white head of 1.5 fingers that settles to a froth. Decent retention and lacing.
The nose has some sweet malt with grapefruity citrus hops. The flavor is good. Very little bitterness-- and I see this as a negative. I prefer more bitterness to keep me in line, you know, remind me I'm drinking a beer. The flavor profile is nice in and of itself though.-- just not outstanding.

Medium body, light carbonation.

This is easy drinking. I could finish a 6 pack easily... but I find myself not wanting to. It is leaps and bounds above BMC stuff, but not even orbiting around my top Pale Ales.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a mildly cloudy burnt orange color with a small 1/8" head of antique white bubbles after a pretty slow pour. There were some bubbles rising to the top, but they didn't really stick once they got there.

Aroma: The hops are the first thing you notice with American citrus being the most noticeable of them, but there is a strong earthy component to the hops as well. The malt is reserved in the very cold beer, contributing a little bit of caramel mixed with some light toffee.

Taste: The flavor is pretty close to what you expect from the aroma. The hops are in charge, but the flavor shows more contribution from the malt than you get in the aroma of the cold beer. There is some definite mouthfeel to this beer, and it comes across the palate pretty substantial. The malt never leads the charge, but the hops have their work cut out for them and take the finish with a mild dryness on the back of the throat that lingers for a while after the sip. There is some acidity that is mixing with the hops to linger as well. The carbonation is light, and I think that the beer would benefit from some more.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good beer. It has a nice balance to it so that you still know that you are drinking a beer instead of hop juice. I would like it to have a little more carbonation from both the standpoint of the appearance and the mouthfeel and finish. Either way, this is a good beer, and I will gladly finish the rest of this six-pack.

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 crusian
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

best by 04-01-11
pours a deep burnt amber color.
small 1 finger head that dies VERY quickly.
nice hop presence on the nose, citrusy... smells like it is going to be really good. taste falls a bit flat for me. Not sure if it is the quad I had before this or not, but shouldnt be. this pale is not that hoppy. tastes rather boring, to be honest. not to mention the oddness of a winter seasonal pale ale. I assume that the idea of a seasonal came about due to what was available during that season, and hops, are not available during the winter season, which is why spice and stouts rule... but yeah, this does have a nice caramel malt backbone, I just wish they hopped it up a bit more. after having their Modus, I expected more. Can easily taste the same hops as the Modus though... just wish it was more prevalent.
as this warms, it is getting better, and there seems to be more hop presence...so I have adjusted my scores accordingly.

Photo of CotterEU
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was pretty sweet tasting. The malts really come through on this and leave hops in the dust. I liked the red color and poured a nice head. The taste was a little more watery from what I expect from Ska Brewing.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a clear flat brown (barely any head). the smell reminds me a lot of sixpoint sweet action - malty and floral odors with a bit of citrus (orange). tastes bitter as hell up front followed up by a bitter-sweet burnt caramel like linger (taste of roasted grains perhaps), notes of toffee.

a nice light bodied ale, easy flowing, refreshing with a crisp dry finish. made for winter but seems even better for summer in my opinion. it's refreshing as heck but tastes like a heavy beer from the bitterness. not the typical apa.. in my experience i'd have thought this was an esb.

Photo of Vashtar
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The beer looks dirty

It smells hoppy, but down to earth

It tastes like hops, but also has a really familiar taste. It's like a comfort beer. It tastes like grandma's house.

The mouthfeel is neither sharp nor smooth, but then turns smooth. It's very full as well. So nice

Overall, this is probably my favorite hoppy beer.

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 jrallen34
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 12oz can into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a dark gold, pretty clear, with a lot of brown to it. The head is light tan, rises about two fingers but it is gone quickly. Light lacing.

The aroma is super light, only gives off a hint of light hops.

The taste is ok, mostly bitter hops with a hint of pine to them.

The feel is light and a little watery with a light bitter finish.

The drinkability is ok, nothing special.

Overall, this is ok, especially for ska, but nothing special.

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

12oz can into pint glass.

Pours a medium amber color with eggshell colored head.

Nose gives off a strong lemony citrus scent with a pungent almost oniony "dankness" - also a bit of caramel malt sweetness.

Moderate to slightly high carbonation, this is a nice, hoppy, dank pale ale that finishes rather dry.

Overall a good pale ale with a biting hop presence... perhaps a bit lacking in malt backbone.

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

Poured from 12oz can with best by date of 5/29/11 to a pint glass.

A - The beer pours a deep amber color with a 2 finger white head with decent retention and lacing.

S - Hoppy earhy pine and grapefruit character with a mild malt aroma.

T - The beer is fairly well balanced with a crisp clean malt, hop, and yeast blend. The hops are just like the nose and the toasted malts even everything out well. The beer finishes dry.

M - The beer is of medium body with a bit too much carbonation, in my opinion.

D - Pretty solid.

Overall, this is a pretty decent Pale Ale. I am glad to have tried it but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. I'd rather had a Modus Hoperandi :)

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: can

Reviewed on: 02-19-2011 02:46:14

Photo of phishsihq
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ska Brewing's Euphoria Pale Ale is a winter seasonal release. The beer pours a clear copper, and it is capped by a decent sized, off-white head that provides solid lace. Floral and citrus hop aromas burst from the glass, and light caramel malt notes weave in and out of the hop domination. Rich malt flavors including caramel and toasted bread help create a level of sweetness that balance the onslaught of hop bitterness that is underlined by grapefruit and pine. Smooth and well balanced, Euphoria is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Euphoria!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but quite earthy in the flavors.

Serving type: on tap.

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

Poured into a snifter. "Best By" date stamped (and smudged) on can.

This looks much darker than average for a pale ale; if it were labeled as an amber I would believe it.

Smells of light fruity hops, displaying particularly the tropical notes. A little swirl brings up more pineapple and some bitter notes.

The taste contains a fair bit of the pineapple-hop notes from the nose, and they come off well. A fair dose of bitterness and a balancing but not very prominent dose of malt is present. This could be a low-powered IPA.

The mouthfeel has lower carbonation as is typical with cans (which I like). Otherwise it is unremarkable.

Conclusion: This is a hoppy pale ale that fits well into this overgrown and plentiful category of American beer. This particular example focuses more on the hops and doesn't include much in the way of specific malt flavors (but more so than a typical IPA). Tasty but generic. Tasting this blind would leave me clueless, as it could be one of hundreds (or thousands)...

Photo of TBoneJones
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper and hazy.
Small head. Lacing looks good.
Smells faint. Malt, bread and a hint of fruit and hops, but nothing too noticeable.
Tastes like a malt/hop blend that has a nice bitterness, but not much character to speak of as far as what is jumping out. Caramel. Light in flavor.

Photo of homebrew311
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear dark amber with red highlights and a little white head which leaves sticky lacing

S: nose is piney, resinous hops with some grapefruit and other tropical fruits, a presence of caramel malts at the end

T: the flavors seem reversed on the palate with the malt presence coming first and then being taken over by hop bitterness, the hops come through a bit strong on the finish. The overall taste is unbalanced.

MF: light body with medium carbonation

D: this beer isn't bad and certainly has a prominent hop presence, but it finishes a bit too bitter... it seems one dimensional. If there was more malt presence, this beer could be a real winner.

Euphoria Pale Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.