Euphoria Pale Ale - Ska Brewing Co.
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3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours amber gold with a smallish half finger head, good cover but average retention leaving snowflakes of lacing stuck to the glass.
Pine needles, deep citrus coating bready malts and honey sweetness, both wafting and earthy. Seems like Ska harnessed the aroma of a Colorado forest and put it into this beer.
Malt backbone is there but rather tasteless, not in an offending way. Supports with a white wine fruitiness and cracker flavor until the hops arrive. Pine needle, light citrus and a long lasting bitterness.
Dries very well for a pale ale. Medium carbonation with a light smooth body. Lifts from the palate.
A well built pale that has a good amount of hoppiness. The malts do well to stay back here and let the bitterness and feel dominate the impression. A very nice new offering from Ska.
03-21-2012 03:03:31 | More by rawfish
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours a copper color with a fair amount of head. The foam sticks around and laces the glass pretty well.
The predominant flavor of this beer is piney-hops. In fact, the actual hop flavor reminds me a lot of the wild hops I've seen growing around in the area. Very strong, but not in a bad way.
While the flavor profile is potent, it's not boozy or unapproachable. There's a little bit of a spiced sweetness that comes out in the finish and works well with the citric hit from the hops.
I like this and highly recommend it to hop fans. If you like Modus, this is similar. The malt has more depth, while the hops seem to stick to one variety.
More good stuff from Ska, plus it's canned!
EDIT: This stuff has become a Winter go-to in my house. It's like a slightly maltier Modus Jr.
11-22-2009 21:07:11 | More by Domingo
4.25/5 rDev +11.5%
A - Amber/Orange in color with "creepy" looking foamy head. Lacing exists, but only in spurts, not elegant looking, at all.
S - Grapefruit, flowery. Smells like an great Pale.
T - Very bitter and aggressive for only 6.1% ABV. I find it great to drink when I'm outside, but seeing as I'm currently inside reviewing this beer it tastes much different... Not nearly as good as it is on the slopes or after shoveling snow... Disappointing taste indoors in a calm state. However amazing when you're being active. Nice work SKA, it makes me want to go for a run then drink another :)
M - Overly carbonated. Dry and aggressively roasted which makes it hard to slam.
D - I could and would definitely drink a sixer of these in a sitting. A very good brew.
Drank out of glass. Typically, I drink it from the can, as a glass is not available. Love it either during the day or when I've been recently active... Sitting down stagnant enjoyment is not as high. A must drink and also a must share.
03-28-2011 02:48:46 | More by chugalug06
3.05/5 rDev -19.9%
Pours a hazy copper color with better than a full finger foamy off white head that fades to stringy patterns of Belgian lacing. The smell starts of with a toasted nutty malt followed by an astringent piny citrus. The bitter flavor slams in, over shadows the mouth feel and posses a bit of a distraction to the overall drinkability. Not sure what the ABV is but it has a warming factor. This one is catching me by surprise.
12-31-2009 07:16:02 | More by jjayjaye
4/5 rDev +5%
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.
03-11-2013 03:47:01 | More by spoony
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured into a shaker pint glass.
The beer is a nice deep crystal clear copper color. A foamy light cream colored head calms down to a wisp and initially, lots of lacing coats the glass.
The beer smells of bright, crisp piney hops, with traces of grapefruit and citrus rinds.
The taste is fairly hop-forward, but first there's a nice malty undertone, followed by some faint sweet fruitiness of apricots and peaches. The hops come in soon, and offer a nice bright pine crispness, with bitter grapefruit and lime after thoughts.
The mouthfeel is clean, dry, and medium in body.
Overall, this is a solid pale ale, and it has enough woody, spruce and pine in it to remind me of snow-covered forests and Christmas trees. Hey, I gotta hang some sort of holiday merriment on this brew.
11-17-2012 01:39:54 | More by JuicesFlowing
2.42/5 rDev -36.5%
A: A thick amber, with some orange tint. At the onset there was a nice head that drops down to aslight lacing that covers most of the surface.
S: A little sweet citrus at the start followed closely by some pine. The best aspect of this beer for me.
T: There is some sweet malt backbone there but not enough balance for me personally that I remained focused more on the piney hops. Some bitterness to it.
M: Medium bodied, some stickiness that gets washed away from the carbonation.
Overall: Not bad, probably good for what it is, just not really my deal.
10-26-2011 01:30:16 | More by denver10
4/5 rDev +5%
Ska's Euphoria Pale Ale is a collaboration that is brewed by Ska and Ventur Snowboards and is only being sold in a few stores.
Euphoria is big on fruity hop flavor, but light on bitterness. The flavor and aroma are instead focused on wonderful tropical fruit notes such as pineapple, guava and apricot. The creamy and smooth body leaves a subtle spearmint note on the finish. I love the tropical fruits that these hops are showing and would highly recommend this Pale Ale whether you avoid hoppy beers altogether or are just looking for a Pale Ale that doesn't taste like all the others.
12-05-2008 17:24:06 | More by BradLikesBrew
4.08/5 rDev +7.1%
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
01-03-2011 17:19:44 | More by dbossman
4/5 rDev +5%
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.
09-28-2011 06:17:23 | More by ChugginOil
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
A: A slighty hazy copper color with an off white head. Good lacing on glass.
S: A nice candy and citrus hop aroma coming off of this beer. A little bit of grainy malt in the background.
T: A nice all around flavor. You can taste the grainy malt up front and the herbal and citrus peel hop. The finish is bitter and a little dry.
M: A little oily and a medium feel to it.
D: Pretty good pale ale. Nothing bad about it. It's tasty and well balanced.
12-22-2010 23:09:46 | More by Kromes
3.25/5 rDev -14.7%
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.
01-01-2011 04:11:20 | More by samie85
2.93/5 rDev -23.1%
Appearance -- Pours a cupric amber hue, lots of brightness, with golden highlights and a slim sudsy beige head. The hard pour didn't do much for the head. A modicum of lace can be seen. Good color, bad head.
Smell -- Juicy citrus, pine boughs, dank earthiness, grassy meadows, peppery spice, and toasted malt. There's a lot going on, and I like it.
Taste -- Toasted malt, cane juice sweetness, white pepper, dank basement, faint citrus, pine resin. Finish is sweet with spicy hops and citrus peel. Weird.
Mouthfeel -- Medium-light body with sharp carbonation. Finish is dry with a bit of tannin. Not great.
Drinkability -- This beer is a bit of a muddled mess: lots of interesting flavors, but they don't gel: toasty sweet, musky, spicy, earthy. Less would have been more. In the end it's about average.
01-05-2011 23:08:08 | More by yeahnatenelson
4.43/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
05-26-2013 05:02:21 | More by tjsdomer2
Euphoria Pale Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
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