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Euphoria Pale Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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86
very good

377 Ratings
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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 14
Gots: 38 | 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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Ratings: 377 | Reviews: 142
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a 12oz tumbler.

Pours a very deep pale amber with ruby hints and a nice little creamy thick head. Nose is sweet and malty with a tiny bit of hops in the background-very well balanced here.

Mouthfeel is a bit light, full and creamy from the carbonation. Finish is malty and crisp. Taste has a nice combination of light hop bitterness and earthy rich maltiness. It's very well balanced although just a bit watery. An awesome canned beer!

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of kell50
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spoony
4/5  rDev +5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of DCon
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-cask @ the International Tap House in Soulard (St. Louis), MO for $3 (Cask Event). Tapped from the cask into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- A strong citrus and piney aroma makes up this one. Has a decent amount of maltiness as well that only adds character. Dry Hopped? Seems that way.

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger head that was bubbly and stayed around as good as sparkling wine would... Weak in other words. Has a dark orange (almost amber) colored body with some cloud to it. Leaves thick lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Has good bite to an unusual hop flavor. Almost tastes like it has wet hops involved. Good amount of fruit and citrus in here too. Medium hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and good hops left on the palate.

Overall Impression- Glad I could enjoy on-cask! Will be trying this from the can next and will compare. A very good IPA but never is too overpowering. Just right! Go for it if available.

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
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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4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of denver10
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

Photo of Domingo
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Euphoria Pale Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
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