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Euphoria Pale Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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Euphoria Pale AleEuphoria Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 12
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 12-05-2008)
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Photo of samie85
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear amber color with three fingers of incredibly dense, white head.

S-Smells of strong orange and a little bit of pine.

T-I was expecting a little more bitterness here. Some light and sweet orange notes with a hint of pine and some crystal malt.

M-Low carbonation with medium body and a smooth slickness to it.

D-Pretty easy drinking but a little simple. It would be a good summer sipper.

samie85, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of fuzzbalz
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

fuzzbalz, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of RyanAU
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

RyanAU, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

ncstateplaya, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Pecan
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Pecan, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of MNBeer1017
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

MNBeer1017, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of wnh
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a beautiful crisp and clear bronze-copper with a dense, creamy pale tan head. Nice lacing.

Aromas of slightly pungent bittersweet citrus on top of a rich caramel malty base, with a light piney woodsy note. Spot on for the style.

Lacking somewhat on the palate; flavors are qutie muddled and subdued. Dry, bitter hops, almost astringent, but kind of vague, with something of a vague maltiness to back it up. There's a bit of citrusy sweetness and a mild buttery toffee character, but that's about it.

Medium bodied and firm, dry and a bit tacky. Has a bit of a "wintery" feel to it, but disappointing.

wnh, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Beaver13, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of otto251068
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can, curtesy of Emmasdad (thanks!), into a Chimay goblet

Appearance: Dark, darker than I was expecting anyway for an American Pale Ale. A deep amber color which is surprisingly pretty easy to see through. Turns red when held up to light. Half finger of light-brown head which dissipates quickly around the edges and a thin layer lingers in the middle.

Smell: Hops. Not a lot, but I don't pick up much more. A little bit of a piney smell, am I missing something? Do I have a cold I don't know about?

Taste: Malts right away, starts off surprisingly sweet. Turns slightly bitter with a piney taste (which is pleasant) in the middle, and then more bitterness at the end which sticks in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium to heavy body. Really enjoyable mouthfeel on this one. What bubbles there are stick around on the tongue.

Overall: This a pale ale I can really enjoy. The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer, with the taste in a close second. Those two components make for a beer that is very drinkable and enjoyable.

otto251068, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of kmatlack
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a stemless wine glass. Best by date 01/28/11 on bottom of the can.

A- Pours a clear orange-brown that has a one finger head due to a vigorous pour. Head goes away and leaves small bubbles on top of the beer.

S- Smells fresh, grainy, bready, a little hoppy. Citrus, earthy, grassy, almost dirt like notes?

T- Sweet almost tangy at first on the tongue, bitter, citrus, orange peels, just tastes clean.

M- Decent for a pale ale, would like a little less carbonation, but what else is new.

O- A great pale ale. Not the best, but slightly above average. It seems to me that, like Modus Hoparandi, this beer would be much better on tap.

kmatlack, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber-brown in color with a white head. Good carbonation.

Aroma is malty and sweet. Lots of toast and caramel. No hop aroma

Sweet, toast a and caramel again. Just enough hops to balance out the finish.

Good medium body for style.

A well made beer, balanced, sessionable, but nothing amazing.

LeeryLeprechaun, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light amber pour, clear with a medium foamed head. Slight lacing. Appearance belays the feel to this beer. It seems light and mild. Yet, this is a bit hoppy and resiny. Lack of head seems to hint at the malt backbone. And I would agree. The hops here aren't much as far as bitter, but they feel raw. Almost spicy, like a winter warmer. It's an easy drinking beer. Mouthfeel is a bit resiny and leaves a clinging sensation at the end. But it still has that crispness bite. Can't figure this one out...

Mebuzzard, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of homebrew311
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

homebrew311, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, amber brew. Head is nice-looking: tall, sticky, off white color. Leaves a filmy trace down the glass.
Nose is malty, with some caramel and toffee. Notes of citrus juice jump in to tag along. Flavor notes are floral and citric, with grapefruit pith leading the way. Malts come in sticky and caramel-like. A little bready, but not quite thick enough. Medium to full mouthfeel - syrupy hopping. Carbonation is about right.
Not bad, but doesn't stand out much from the crowd. Slightly chemical note from the can doesn't make a great impression.

BretSikkink, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coppery and clear, one finger head that didn't last but left nice sheets of thin lacing with each sip.

A little smoky and woodsy smelling, lots of earthy hops, a good malty base. Ever so slightly musty, which I felt was a touch offputting.

The taste was plenty malty with an almost IPA like level of pungent, bitter hops. Quite bitter and almost dry with hoppiness. The earthy smell definitely follows in the taste.

Body could perhaps use just a touch more carbonation, but it's adequate. Medium and just a touch slick on the finish with a bitter finale.

It's an interesting choice. More like an IPA and less like the typical pale ale. Certainly try this one if you like hoppy pale ales.

AlCaponeJunior, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of TBoneJones
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

TBoneJones, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of phishsihq
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
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!

phishsihq, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of NickyT
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

NickyT, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of rolandboy
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

rolandboy, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of kkohler5
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

kkohler5, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of UrbSuburb
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

UrbSuburb, May 03, 2012
Photo of Beestin
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Beestin, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

outoffocus, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of Srabe
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Srabe, Jan 06, 2013
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)...

allforbetterbeer, Dec 16, 2011
Euphoria Pale Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.