Euphoria Pale Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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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 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 metter98
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular along with some hints of lemons.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has notes of caramel malts and a light amount of bitterness. Hints of spicy hops are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a lot of hop flavors compared to other pale ales, but is rather easy to drink because it has a good balance with the underlying malts.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +5%
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!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ferric oxide orange with a pillowy and bubbly crown of light brown sugar colored foam that filled almost half the pint glass on the pour. Generous sheets of BB-shot lace are beginning to appear, which makes the score a cinch to choose.

The aroma is impressively hoppy, so this can must be fresh. That makes perfect sense since this is a winter release. Various sources say that loads of Goldings hops are used, but it smells like something much more tropical fruity is hogging the olfactory spotlight. Amarillo is possible and Simcoe is probable.

Euphoria Pale is damn good beer, so it's strange that Ska doesn't even mention it on their website. I have only had a couple of mouthfuls and it's obvious that several cans should have made their way into my cart rather than just this one. Time for distribution to Iowa rather than stopping at the Missouri River.

The malts tastes toasted and caramel-like with minimal earthiness. Again, the hops (which are still roughing up the tongue at this point) taste like a mixture of American and English varieties. Citric and spicy and slightly herbal... and dee-licious. Wonderful sweet-bitter balance too.

The mouthfeel is more APA-like than IPA-like. Another oddity is that SBC calls this brew an APA on the can, but an IPA in their press releases. It definitely feels more like the smaller style in the mouth. No problems with the bubbles at all.

Ska's Euphoria may not be as widely known or as highly regarded as another Colorado canned pale ale (Oskar Blues Dale's), but it's equally as good and may even be slightly better. A true head-to-head would settle the score(s). It seems like a no-brainer that both of these breweries should be distributing their wares to the Hawkeye State.

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 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 zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, khaki-colored head of bubbly foam. It had some nice retention and left some soapy lace.

S - It smelled very floral and piney. Some nice caramel notes, too.

T - Good piney hop bite brings some bitterness. Good sweet caramel flavor with a touch of biscuity malt.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really nice APA. I like the idea of an APA as a winter seasonal.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from kiltdtxn, courtesy of the Nice Cans BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste is very well-balanced and starts with a hearty malt character followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent sessionable beer with a lot of flavor and substance that make it worth drinking for a whole evening.

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber in the glass. Veers off into IPA territory. Quite bitter. Rather fruity with some candied grapefruit peel flavors. Watery mouthfeel. Big nose of resins. "Dank" is the word for this stuff. Starts with some sweetness, possible malt, but big blast of hops. Bitterness for the aftertaste, but lets some of the malt through for the finish.

I don't see this as an improvement of lots of other more interesting hoppy beers. But if you're in Durango in the winter, it's what's happening. Bought this can in Denver. "Best by" date is 02/28/12.

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 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 dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper to amber in color with some orange highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical, pine, and floral hops with some lighter notes of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of caramel malts with some light sweetness but then the hop flavors take over - I get some herbal, citrus/orange rind, and spicy flavors. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is incredibly easy to drink and sessionable - the alcohol is very well hidden and I could enjoy quite a few of these in a single session. Very nice hop aromas and flavors, tastes very fresh. Well balanced between the malts and the hops.

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

I am euphoric at the prospect of being able to add another Ska beer to The CANQuest (TM)! It just makes me want to throw my hands in the air and snowboard like I just don't care. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "Daffy-Hibernate-Curl-Recycle-Skin Up Fatty-Lutz-Skeleton-Recycle-Ice Fish-Check-Recycle"; "Ska's Winter Offering"; "A Venture/Ska Venture"; "Hand-Crafted In the Mighty San Juans"

On the Crack, I noticed that it was full up to the lip, Fatty! The Glug produced two-plus fingers' worth of rocky light-tan head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was slightly grapefruit citrusy with a caramel-malt overtone. Mouthfeel was medium with a lot of caramel-malt in the mouth and the hops more muted than I might have liked. Oops! BB: 06/01/10. Still, not bad and worth another try if anyone would care to send me some. Finish had some hops to it, but it was still pretty sweet for an APA. Definitely worth another try.

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 billab914
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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...

Photo of DoubleJ
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned pale ale out of the scene of Durango, CO. On to the beer:

Euphoria is an orange amber colored beer with a very creamy and heady top. Not only does it retain well, but its lacing received good marks. The aroma brings an euphoric blend of toffee, pine, lemongrass, and heaps of toasted sugar. There is this fight for supremecy between the malt and the hops, but in the end I can say that both sides ends up as winners. This is a delicious pale ale. It meets between a hoppy amber ale and a classic American pale ale. The toffee crisp flavor is pronounced with a dry woody note. Toasted sugar glazed on the outside flesh of pineapple. Still modestly hoppy though. The beer bring a medium sized body to play, and is a pleasure to drink.

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 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 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 Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can. No sign of any best by/canned date.

It pours a slightly hazy amber gold with a 2 finger head of foam.It looks like minimal bubble activity going on. A nice looker.

The smell is hoppy with goodly amounts of pine and some citrus grapefruit. I like the nose as it suggests a flavourful APA to follow.

The taste *is* flavourful but more balanced than I suspected from the smell. Or maybe I should say the hop presence is more subtle than the smell sugested. Not a whole lot of malt here; it peeks its head in various times during each sip but it is only for fleeting micro moments. The hops bring the flavour but they are not overpowering, which is pleasing to my palate.

If I wanted my ass kicked, I'd have picked up more of their Modus Hoperandi. This trip to CO, I wanted to explore new beers to me or I would have grabbed some more MH. For sure.

Body? Medium. Carbonation? Medium. Mouthfeel? Very nice and smooth.

Drinkability? I feel this is an excellent addition to the already impressive portfolio of beers from SKA. I don't see an abv for it but I reckson what ever it is..it doesn't matter. This is super easy to drink.

Edit: I found the best by date near the bottom of the can. BB June 26 2010.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an extra uper clear dark amber hue. Good head of light tan after the pour, but recedes quickly to a nice filmy foam, but no bubbling. The aroma is spicey and super resiny with some pop of hop oil. Lots of citrus and maybe some bread loaf. Supper bitter orange marmalade hits your palate first. Then you notice the super thick, resiny hops for an APA. The middle is even more resiny, almost sludgey on the middle to back of your tongue. Not enough for my taste in an APA, plenty of bitterness though for any hophead.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear amber color. Poured a 2 finger light tan head with fair retention. Laced in loght patches.

S: Citrus and flavoring hopw. Bread and wet grains.

T: Big slightly sweet caramel malt. Flavoring hops; grapefruit citric hops. Sharply bitter finish balances the beer nicely.

M: Light side of medium. Medium carbonation provides good balance and slightly dry feel after resiny hops.

D: Very easy drinking. Nicely balanced with big malt character and ample hopping.

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.

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