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Euphoria Pale Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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Euphoria Pale AleEuphoria Pale Ale

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very good

140 Reviews
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Reviews: 140
Hads: 396
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 19.58%
Wants: 15
Gots: 44 | 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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Reviews: 140 | Hads: 396
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8 Ju1 15
On-Tap 12oz. (The Ale House)

Pours a nice slightly cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly hoppy, malty, grapefruit. The taste is kinda hoppy, malty, grapefruit. Medium body, slightly dry/bitter finish. Overall not too bad.

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer from Total Wine in early December for $7.49.

Beer poured amber-orange with a decent head initially that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is a big blast of floral hops.

Taste is well balanced between the caramel malts and the grapefruit pine finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and reasonably smooth.

Overall this is a very solid APA, one with a nice hop kick and long lasting aromics.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Ed at St. Charles Binny's for the recommendation.

Pours a translucent amber color that shows about one finger of white head. Webby lacing.

The nose yields aromas of a strong hop profile. In some way, Euphoria smells quite bitter and @ this point, very fresh. Pine resin approaches my nostrils first, followed by a slight bit of sweet malt. Hops take over the nose.

The taste is definitely hop forward. Some bittering hops hit my palate first and make way for some balancing malt. The hops are bringing some pine and a tad bit of garlic to the profile. Pretty well balanced and damn tasty @ that.

The mouthfeel is dry and quite palatable. Ample carbonation makes this one well rounded. Medium bodied and easy to drink. Definitely liking.

Overall, this is an impressive pale ale that is tasty, drinkable, and affordable ($8.99 a sixer). This beer is really good while fresh but will still be nice throughout the winter months.

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Photo of Lunch
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. can acquired as an extra from a trade with emmasdad (Thanks!) into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass at the appropriate temperature (03/11/10)

A: Pours a clear, dark amber capped with a 2 finger creamy and frothy off-white head leaving some nice ringed lacing.

S: A nice balance between the hops and the malt with tones of citrus, pine, and a semi-sweet caramel malt.

T: Similar to the nose, but a bit more vibrant. Layers of caramel malt combined with a well balanced pine and citrus hop.

M: Medium-bodied with some creaminess and moderate carbonation.

D: Easy to drink and seems fairly low in alcohol.

Overall this was a nicely balanced American Pale Ale and one that is quite sessionable. Thanks again Dan!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a delicious winter offering. pours dark amber color, redish and clear. a lacey white head with good retention rests on top. the nose is coppery, mostly malt, btu some good hearty wintery hops too. the flavor is caramely on the malt front, but without the sweetness. hops on the back end, bitter and wet. more of the red malt than the caramel malt comes through in the aftertaste. feel is great, massive body but nice and smooth. carbonation is average, which keeps it a little heavy, overall a perfect winter session. a little more sturdy abv, plenty of warming body, and downright delicious. thank you ska!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with generous white head. Nose has mixed citrus and some maple with pine. On the palate the pine comes through nicely with some syrupy sweet malt flavors. Finish is a mix of malt sweetness and piney hops as well. This one is more balanced, as if a pale ale, rather than a traditional american india pale ale.

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Photo of spoony
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz can (best by May 14, 2013) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a fat one finger head of light tan foam. The head hangs around for a bit and deposits some chunks on the glassware as it dissipates. The brew is darker than some pales with a copper-hued amber color. It is clear with some visible carbonation.

S-The smell tends toward hoppy with floral citrusy flavors being dominant (grapefruit and orange). Balancing out the spicy punch of the hops is a hint of toffee and caramel malt.

T-The taste follows the smell closely with hops (spicy citrus flavors) taking a more prominent role than malts. However, there is just enough malty caramel flavor in there to keep you from thinking you're drinking an IPA.

M-The feel is nearly crisp, with some oily hop feel and a pleasant, mildly assertive carbonation.

O-This beer is a pleasant surprise. I have not enjoyed my previous experiences with Ska, but I would definitely drink this beer again. The hops are assertive, but not overpowering, and the light malty touch is just enough to make a good drinkable pale. I get quite a bit of flavor here, but I could easily drink two or three of these in a sitting.

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Photo of katan
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark brown color, with a little of a gold highlight. Strong pearly white head formation. Well retained. Lots of bubbling.

S - Strong malty backbone with a light amount of accompanying hops. Seems like strong caramel malts.

T - Starts off with a malt profile of 2 row and some toffee. Mid-stream grows with a huge amount of american hops. Bitterness is strong. Returns to some nutty malts. BIg bitterness in the finish.

M - Strong beer body and very carbonated. Strong retained bitterness in the finish.

D - Moderate drinkability - manageable abv. Comes off a little bit filling.

Almost seems IPA like - but no surprise that a strong APA would come from Ska.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: The Euphoria pours a clear, brown copper. The head is white and foamy with some decent retention. Scattered bubbles race from bottom to top creating a lively appearance for Ska's blue canned offering. Strong lacing.

SMELL: A big malty aroma is cut by some big, piney hops. This smells like a classic West Coast IPA, but it isn't, so we'll see how the nose translates to the palate.

TASTE: OK, so the taste is that of a classic West Coast IPA as well, but maybe with more pine for the winter months. Malt up front, hops in the back, with plenty of pine, grapefruit and other citrus flavors throughout. A touch of grassiness finishes each sip in a beautifully bitter way.

This is an exceptionally balanced beer. In some well balanced beers it seems as though the hops and malt are fighting for every drinker's attention. In this beer it seems more like they are in a happy, loving, married and healthy relationship where they both share the same desire to pleas the drinker's taste buds. Also, an ever so faint hint of licorice kicks in at the end of each sip.

MOUTHFEEL: A little on the oily side, but with just enough tickle to prevent it from being too oily. The finish is on the dry side although early in each sip it seems sweet.

OVERALL: This is a ridiculously easy beer to drink. It works well as a late-fall/early-winter IPA.

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Photo of wedge
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of eclaycamp
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. Pours a bright copper amber with some lively carbonation and a nice fizzy, almost frothy, head. Aroma is mostly malts with some citrus in the background. Carbonation is pretty hefty for this style, it's quite fizzy. Some bitterness but not as much as you would expect for the style. Taste is pretty dang solid. Hefty malt greets you first, with brown sugar and caramel coating the tongue. Earthy hops come bursting forward followed by sour grapefruit leading the way into a nice and spicy, almost black pepper finish. This is one fantastic pale ale. Yet another solid offering from Ska.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can tried 25 Apr 2010.

Okay according the the price tag and double checking the receipt this was $3.99 for a single at Liquor Mart. Again, WTF is up, Liquor Mart!? Seriously.

Served in a Twisted Pine shaker pint. Large light brown head. LIghtly carbonated. Clear brownish orange color. Aroma of citrus and hay. Fresh green juicy in flavor. Some citrus. Mildly bitter. Lightly bitter finish in the back of the mouth. Aftertaste is bittersweeet. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

Not spectacular but decent. Sure as heck would not pay $3.99 for a can again though.

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Photo of dbossman
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle $5 from Total Beverage. Nice heavy orange color, transparent, bubbly, and has a foamy head. It has a nice hoppy smell, floral, pine, good. The flavor is a seriously hoppy pale ale. the smell made me think it might taste like an IPA but it is more like a hoppy pale ale. This was a good beer.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - clean, clear dark amber, sort of chestnut in color with a nice thick head on top. Looks absolutely gorgeous after being freed from it's aluminum prison after many months.

Aroma - citrusy hops, lots of lemon aroma along with some spicy or astringent notes. Some powdered sugar along with a nice sweet caramel smell. After thing is in perfect order, just as it was when it went into the can quite some time ago.

Taste - a big sip and a nice smack of bitter, yet spicy and very citrusy, hops coat the tongue. This is tangy and finishes with a sort of peppery flavor. A decent amount of malt back things up and the dryness of my tongue keeps plunging my face back into the glass. Very balanced, no massive hop bomb nor has it become in anyway a malt bomb from its time in the can. If this was in a bottle I doubt I could say the same thing.

Overall - great brew from the folks at Ska. It may be a winter offering but its definitely doing the job on an 80 degree night here in New England. This is a lot different than Ska's IPA as its got a much spicier hop profile. I think of this one as more of an English-style IPA with a little more assertive hoppiness. Anyway you look at it you'll be happy once its in a glass and headed towards your mouth.

Would I buy more of it? - definitely. This was a rare treat and I'd like to thank my friend Tim in Arizona for hooking me up! Cheers Tim!

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Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a dark copper color with a one finger white head that left good lacing on the glass.

Aroma has citrus hops with some pine and some sweet bready malt flavors as well. Taste has a nice balance of sweet bready and caramely malts with the citrus and grapefruit hop flavors. The hops also give it a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, I could drink several of these easy.

overall I found this to be a very easy drinking well balanced beer. It had some great citrus flavors reminiscent of an IPA but also a decent amount of sweet caramely malt flavor to balance it out. Very good pale ale in my opinion.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Tolnik
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of DoppleJock
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz. can into pint glass.

A: Poured a clean, copper/amber with 2-inch yellow/off-white head. Nice retention.

S: Super hoppy w/ floral esters and some grassy notes.

T: Starts with a semi-bitter hop taste with some citrus (grapefruit?) highlights. Not too shabby!

M: Super fresh and clean. Actually felt great from a cold can.

D: Wouldn't have expected something this decent from a can that came in a sampler pack. Easy choice for a party beer.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark amber with a big white head that fades to a small layer and leaves a ton of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of tropical fruits, pine, and a nice malty base. Smells sweet yet you can tell it's going to be a bit bitter.

T: The taste is slight tropical fruits with a piney bitter finish. There's a sweetness from the malt in there as well.

M: The feel is creamy and yet crisp and medium bodied.

D: Very tasty Pale Ale and I will be having more of these. Ska seems to know their hops and this is seems to be a slightly maltier version of Modus Hoperandi. The ABV doesn't seem to be too big...I'd guess around 6%.

Nice Pale Ale and one I will be picking up many times over the winter for my hop fix.

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Photo of climax
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice and creamy from the can, the head is especially soft and smooth. It's a copper color with quite a bit of sediment floating around the glass. Head retention and lacing are very good.

There's not too much aromatic intensity fuming from the beer, but a crisp assertive hop character is certainly present. Grapefruit, mint, and grass are the most obvious flavors. The malt is subtle, with fleeting whiffs of oats and caramel.

Intensity is boosted that extra notch in the taste, which is greatly appreciated because it has excellent flavor. At first sip, sharp grapefruit and resiny cannabis flavors strike the taste buds. There's not too much sweetness coming from the malt, just a bit of caramel, yet more sugary citrus and bubblegum flavors from the hop side of things help to even things out. The toasty backbone of the beer looms in the shadows, but is always present. It's not balanced 50/50 but, but there's enough malt intensity to hold a candle to that bold complex hop character.

The feel is nice and resiny, and the body on the medium side. Carbonation is very crisp, and it all finishes dry. So easy to drink. This beer sure has a load of flavor, not at all skimp on the hops either, satisfying for sure.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one first showed up with the holiday beers, and stuck around for quite a while out here. I was initially very much in love with this one, drinking approximately a 6 pack or so a week. Eventually, my consumption of it waned, as the somewhat one-dimensional hoppiness lost its charm for me. I look forward to next winter (in a manner of speaking) to seeing if my initial love of this one returns. Overall, a nice hoppy pale ale, and a nice complement to the Euphoria.

p.s. although my interest in this one waned earlier this year, I am now on my second six pack of the season, and cannot get enough of how good and drinkable this one is. My review is being adjusted upwards.

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Euphoria Pale Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.