Euphoria Pale Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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Euphoria Pale AleEuphoria Pale Ale

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very good

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 389
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 14
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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Reviews: 140 | Hads: 389
Photo of jrallen34
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with a best by 03/18/11 stamp on the bottom rim of the can. I am excited about Ska putting best by dates on their products! Pours a very clear copper color with a frothy cap of off-white foam. Retention is ok, but lacing is awesome.

Nose is easily identifiable citric hops and caramel malt. Clean, basic but nice and fresh. Maybe some pine resin comes in to give it a bit of a winter release feel.

Taste is piney, citric and toffee-biscuit malty. Little bit of cola and nutmeg spice notes as it warms. Strikes a nice balance between hops and malt, but falls firmly in the bitter camp. Very clean, almost refreshing. Nice mouthfeel and well carbonated. This is tasty brew, but does not make me think winter release necessarily. (738 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear orange/copper color. At first a two finger bubbly white head forms, but recedes in an instant. Light lace is left behind.
S: Up front, huge resiny pine aromas. Almost shockingly so at first. Once it warms up a bit, more citrus hops and some malty sweetness for balance.
T: Big pine up front again, though not as much as a shock as the nose. Maybe I was expecting it? Plenty of citrus as well. Though much more bread/biscuit malt for balance. Simple, but very nice.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very dry. Easy to drink. At first I was afraid the resinous pine was going to take over to much. Though it does not, and I can put back a few without a thought.

Overall, a very nice pale ale. A good stand by to keep in the fridge. Something I would recommend. (796 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got one nice and fresh. Pours a darker golden light brown, clear, with off-white head. Some pine and bread on the nose with a little grass; follows onto the palate. A little spice on the finish with some bread. (210 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-tan with pitted taupe head - darker than expected.
Oily orange rind and floral nose.
Solid toffee backbone then sweet tangerine rind and pine shaving hops.
Citronella end and orangey linger.
Short of medium, round, oily.

OK, so this is Goldings, which is not a big, bold, bright American hop. But it's used in such quantities here that you get plenty of greasy orange rindy goodness. The body's a bit sweet, but it is a winter seasonal, so it gets away with that, too. And this is 5 months *past* its expiration date, so lord knows how much more citrus peel (and EKG spice, which is missing) there'd be if it were fresh.

Not a conventional APA, but still a very good, drinkable one. (693 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice deep rich golden amber hue with an above average off white head. No lace.

S: Lots of grainy malts with hints of caramel. Hints of fresh citrus as well.

T: Rich sweet caramel malt supported by equal amounts of grapefruit citric hops. The finish is a bit bitter and floral.

M: Medium to lighter in body with nice carbonation.

D: By far the best SKA brew I have ever tasted. (391 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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? (622 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours out a clear walnut color with a moderate initial head that fades within a few seconds. The aroma is fantastic, with a substantial bouquet of resinous, grassy hops. A delight to sniff. High bitterness and a lot of piney hop flavor start the taste, but there's a solid malt backbone to provide balance. Neutral, clean yeast profile. Lingeringly dry finish.

The best Ska beer I've had! (395 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can a clear, dark amber color with a thick beige head.

Aroma of piney hops, caramel malts and musty earth.

Tastes of tropical fruit and baby aspirin with a caramel maltiness that comes in through the finish.

Medium bodied and sticky with moderate carbonation.

A quite enjoyable APA from the folks at Ska. Viva la can! (337 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml can with a BB of Jan 2014. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. A pale ale for winter....

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear brownish-amber hue with low carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of pine, subtle weed, peel, grass/hay, sweet caramel malt and earthy yeast. Hoppy and nicely balanced.

Tastes of intense aromatic hops and sweet malt, with a spicy bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, orange peel, mild grapefruit, citrus, grass/hay, white pepper, caramel, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a resinous bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with mild carbonation and decent body. Hop oils stimulate the tongue. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of pine resin, bitter aromatic hops and faint caramel.

Good stuff - my only real complaint is that it isn't particularly pale. More like an American 'bitter'. Looks OK, colour notwithstanding. The aroma and flavour are distinctly hop-driven, with a subtle malt backbone to provide balance. Decent body; carbonation could be enhanced to add texture. While I don't find the style to be especially suited to winter, it is a deliciously drinkable brew. Worth a punt if you come across it. (1,341 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From my mom on her recent visit to CO.

Poured from a 12oz can, no #freshbeer info.

Copper-colored body, 2-3 fingers worth of foam, tightly latched onto glass, thin rings left on the glass. Sweet grapefruit aroma but dry with assorted citrus fruit. Flavor is much the same with grapefruit rind and pulp taking center stage. Not very bitter surprisingly enough. Good, missing a bit oomph for me to rate it higher but i'd have this again. (437 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can received from sproser in the Artistic Label BIF. Thanks Shawn! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy amber color with a small cream colored head that gives up quickly and falls to a collar and a few patches of foam on the surface.

S - Nice citrusy aroma. Some grapefruit, lemons, orangey aromas, with some lighter piney smells too. Just a touch of sweet malt in the background. Has a very fresh smell to it.

T - More piney in flavor than the aroma. Still lots of grapefruit contributing to the flavor as well. Fresh and hoppy - more bitter than I expected, but very crisp and clean bitterness.

M - On the light side. Very crisp feeling. Carbonation on the higher side and this works well on this beer - seems to enhance the bitterness and citrus aspects of the beer.

D - Highly drinkable pale ale. Can doesn't say anything about alcohol %, but I'm guessing in the 5.5-6% range. Very clean and full of hop flavor, without a real heavy bitterness. Very good pale ale in my opinion. Would definitely like to get some more of this. (1,066 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with this six pack labeled best by January 24, 2013. My second beer from Ska Brewing Co., the other being Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour yields two fingers of beige off-white bubbly head on top of a dark burnt orange, verging on ruby, colored body. Lots of fine sediment suspended in the glass. Looks decent enough. Some nice big scattered sheets of lacing.

S - Smell is of light grapefruit & pine needles, paired with a bready biscuit malt counterpart.

T - Taste follows the nose pretty well; the hops have faded some, and where they were once more bitter they have become somewhat sweet. Still, a pleasant hop presence, not overly bitter, comprised well by the malt backbone of this beer. Caramelized malt presence is definitely noticeable.

M - Feel is sticky & bitter, via the hop presence. Some green apple skin sweetness lingering.

Overall, a refreshing, modest pale ale, with a nice drinkable 6.10% abv. Definitely a beer you could drink in the summer, although this is their winter offering. Succeeds as a somewhat mild American pale ale, although I remember it being much more hoppy when it was fresh. Either way, it is a beer I will have again.

Ska Brewing Euphoria Pale Ale ---4/5. (1,273 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (802 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a deep hazy copper/burnt orange color with a one finger of white sudsy head on top. Head recedes rapidly leaving nice ringed lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is quite hoppy. Nice piney hop notes with a hint of citrus hops. Some mild grainy and pale malts are also present.

T: Taste starts with a flavorful hops bite. Taste is big piney hops on the forefront. Grain and pale malts fill out the middle balancing out the hops nicely. Finish is major lemon and grapefruit hops. The grapefruit lingers on the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp body with an extremely dry finish.

D: Very good representation of style, goes down easily, nice bitter presence with a lingering citrus bite on the tongue. This is a very nice beer. (827 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Amber with a slight haze and minimal carbonation. Rocky off-white head starts out large, has decent retention and leaves generous lace.

S: Pine, grapefruit and lemon hit the nose in order. Some toasted malt aroma sits in the back.

T: The beer is dominated by a moderately high bitterness. Grapefruit and lemon make up most of the bitter flavor, with an extra pine kick along to help. A toasted biscuit flavor from the malt rides underneath. Finishes tart and dry with a little bit of a metallic flavor.

M: Medium body feels oily. Carbonation feels about right.

D: Good, but not spectacular and sort of nondescript. Still, it's worth a revisit next year. (695 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (476 characters)

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