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Euphoria Pale Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

Euphoria Pale AleEuphoria Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%


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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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: can

03-13-2014 00:22:30 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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jdhowe

California

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a great divide tulip, because it's the only glassware I have in my hotel room. Best by April 14.

A: Pours a deep, ruby tinged amber that is slightly hazy. 1 1/2 fingers of big, foamy, straw-colored head that dissipates after minutes to a thick ring of foam, leaving sticky lacing up the side of the glass. This is just too dark for a pale ale, but it looks delicious anyway.

S: Big sweet candy and wheat malt aromas accompanied by a slight spice and citrus hop character.

T/M: Medium mouthfeel with medium-to-high carbonation, mouthfeel is slightly coating and juicy without being oily. Prickly carbonation leads into a big juicy sweetness of citrus fruits alongside lightly bready malt character. Carbonation props up lots of malt and fruit sweetness. Alcohol is very evident on the finish, accompanied by a swelling and lingering hop bitterness and another mild wave of malt.

O: This beer is a little dark for a pale ale, but is otherwise really nice. The strong citrus presence help to justify the otherwise slightly strong bitterness of the finish. I would call this an IPA rather than a PA if forced to choose a style, but it's a tasty beer nonetheless. Very drinkable.

Serving type: can

03-07-2014 03:39:06 | More by jdhowe
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Wedgie28

Texas

3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the best pale ales in a can you'll ever find, if you can find it. Tastes great, high abv, eight of these and your doing fine. I like the skeleton on the can. Good marketing dude. Supposedly comes out around Christmas and runs out in February. Drank the last two March 3rd, so that rumor seems true.

Serving type: can

03-06-2014 23:06:48 | More by Wedgie28
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: can

01-31-2014 23:56:44 | More by jazzyjeff13
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BerkM

Missouri

4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a great Pale Ale. Pours a nice dark amber, great malt backbone with medium citrus hops that balance everything out just right. This is different from other winter seasonals and it fits in perfectly, even taking it’s own place. I bought this expecting a pale ale not an IPA and it is everything I wanted it to be and more. I love Modus but it seems like some of the reviews I read knock this for lack of hops. Don’t buy this if you want an IPA but if you want a top quality pale ale this is worth a try for anyone.

Serving type: can

12-14-2013 01:44:02 | More by BerkM
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hoppytobehere

Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can dated March 25, 2014.

A: Clear, amber body. Decent amount of bubbly head with good retention.

S: Mostly caramel malt. Little bit of citrus from the hops.

T: Nicely balanced pale ale. Reminds me of a less hoppy Modus.

M: A little thin. Decent carbonation.

O: If I'm going to buy Ska, I'll pick up Modus instead.

Serving type: can

12-07-2013 21:24:16 | More by hoppytobehere
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: can

11-05-2013 21:03:14 | More by papat444
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DemoniChris

Nebraska

3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can poured into a weizen glass.

A - Appearance is very odd for a pale ale; very dark ruby with hints of brown. Good looking, but very interesting for an APA.

S - Smell is kind mild hops with a hint of clove

T - Taste is more enjoyable than the smell. Decent amount of hop presence with a mildly bitter finish. A bit of pine and light fruits.

M - Mouthfeel is decent and the carbonation is on point for the style.

O - Overall I think that Ska can make a great hoppy beer. This one is not quite as good as Modus, but it's a solid little brother to it.

Serving type: can

11-03-2013 17:37:13 | More by DemoniChris
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TBoneJones

Texas

3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 03:16:14 | More by TBoneJones
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

05-26-2013 05:02:21 | More by tjsdomer2
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

04-22-2013 01:10:50 | More by mfnmbvp
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Durtdiggler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into tulip glass with nice copper hue and massive white head, very clear beer and alot of lacing around the glass.

Aroma is sweet, bread malt with pine overtones but definitely more malty.

Feels alot like Modus Hoperandi in the malt profile but not as bitter. Though the bitterness lingers throughout the taste. Caramels, toffee, sweet bread, some dark fruits. Some nice pine. Full flavored, complexity just not as overpowering.

Finish is medium but very drinkable similar to a pale ale.

Feels more like an AIPA based on the malt build though it doesn't have the IBUs. Not a style conventioned beer but I like the winter APA concept. A good malty beer and decent hops for a nice mid afternoon warmer that can be shared with friends. I had this one after a cold bike ride. I grabbed it at Binny's on a hunch and glad I did.

Serving type: can

04-13-2013 18:27:10 | More by Durtdiggler
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spoony

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: can

03-11-2013 03:47:01 | More by spoony
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metter98

New York

3.81/5  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.

Serving type: can

03-06-2013 01:14:32 | More by metter98
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
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!

Serving type: can

02-24-2013 00:18:56 | More by phishsihq
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: can

02-23-2013 23:10:50 | More by tdm168
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SerialHiker

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark caramel brown with hints of merlot red…though it’s dark, it’s clear with no bubble action…some light khaki color head did form but only a thin layer has hung around…(3.25/5)

Smell: Tons of sweet caramel malts, mild on the spicy earthy hops…straight from the fridge it lacks some depth and variety…the sweet caramel malts are nice, but it’s like a cowboy wandering the pasture on a rainy night looking for his horse…(3.5/5)

Taste: Sweet caramel malts combined with pale malts…there’s a noticeable earthy, spicy hops quality to this, but it’s real light…could be more and that would round the flavor out much better…it’s a sweet caramel malt concoction that is good, but it lacks in overall character...some earthy/piney bitterness shows up late…(3.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…light on carbonation...there’s a light, chewy, earthy hops resin feel on my palate that I wish was stronger, it would really add to the overall outcome…as it is, like most everything else, it leaves just that little bit extra that could ultimately make this a much better brew…(2.5/5)

Overall: Average beer with just slightly above average flavor…every aspect of its construction leaves me wanting, the flavor isn’t strong, the aroma isn’t strong, the mouthfeel is light (aka watery)…there’s no sign of the 6.1% ABV…I will say, if I wasn’t trying to breakdown its particular qualities, I’d happily be drinking this brew, it really does have a good, drinkable flavor…as it is, I’ve had one, probably won’t have another…(3/5)

Serving type: can

01-20-2013 00:19:55 | More by SerialHiker
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: can

12-30-2012 02:58:26 | More by dbrauneis
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Maryobeerian

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured can into an imperial pint glass. Second glass, I should say and this time with a little salty snack. Head rather unsubstantial in texture and appearance but color is rich, bodied and pleasing. Nose grassy but unobtrusive and to be honest, the nose is not what I care most about. Taste is very balanced -- not sweet or especially hoppy, appealing to mutliple moods without beeing bland or innocuous. Not a knock-your- socks-off ale, but very fine without a single disappointing or cloying feature. I would happily share this with beer afficiandos and novices alike, and purchase again when I am in the mood for a solidly good drink that is interesting but not too challenging.

Serving type: can

12-28-2012 03:09:15 | More by Maryobeerian
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DavidST

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, best before Feb 13. This pours a clear amber color with a large off white head which has a good retention and leaves a foamy lacing. The smells are nice of pine and floral hops a caramel malt underneath. The feel is medium. The taste is pretty good, medium hops (plenty for a pale ale), but plenty of tasty caramel, nice balance and a fine beer.

Serving type: can

12-20-2012 04:18:42 | More by DavidST
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: can

11-17-2012 01:39:54 | More by JuicesFlowing
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Serving type: can

10-14-2012 01:54:24 | More by StonedTrippin
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hammondc

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A lot darker than I thought it would be, but not surprising since it is a winter pale and intended to be very malt forward. It is more dark copper than orange/brassy. Very little head that diminished rapidly. Almost no lacing.

S- Sweet malt more than the citrus/pine typical of Pale Ales. There is a hint of fruitiness - maybe apricot?

T- Bitter and Dry. The sweetness of the smell doesn't really translate to the taste. Maybe a bit of toast to it. Very slight booziness. Good stuff. Would go great by a campfire.

M - Feels wet like beer should.

Overall, I like it. Probably not as much as Modus or Dales as it is a tad bitter for me. However, for a change of pace in the sea of faux-oktoberfest and pumpkin pie beers of the fall, this is a nice change. I'd prefer a touch more sweetness to balance the bitterness.

Serving type: can

10-11-2012 22:31:42 | More by hammondc
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Megahertz

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can dated 15-September (!) into a Hoffman House chalice. Funny that "Ska's Winter Offering" is made now, but the best before date is 15-February, so I guess it's cool.

A - Pours a bright shade of amber, crystal clear, with a large, tightly packed tan head that lingers for some time. Carbonation appears brisk.

S - Fresh cut grass with a bright fruity note. Strong aroma.

T - Malt-forward start with a nice bready sweetness transitions to a moderate caramel middle with a hint of toasted bread. Carbonation is cleansing and not overdone. Good "hoppy green" flavor throughout, almost resiny, but quite clean. Finish is very dry with a spicey hop kick at the last possible second. Very nice, indeed.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Well done.

O - On the hoppy side of a pale ale, it has considerable melanoidin complexity and clean hop character while avoiding the citrusy C-hops. More of an IPA than a pale ale, but we're here to enjoy the liquid, not split hairs. Outstanding.

Serving type: can

09-20-2012 20:48:23 | More by Megahertz
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: can

09-15-2012 02:40:49 | More by LXIXME
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Euphoria Pale Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
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