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Euphoria Pale Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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Euphoria Pale AleEuphoria Pale Ale

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86
very good

318 Ratings
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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 12
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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tacoman

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-29-2011 09:01:23 | More by tacoman
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syrupjoe

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into pint glass.

Pours a medium amber color with eggshell colored head.

Nose gives off a strong lemony citrus scent with a pungent almost oniony "dankness" - also a bit of caramel malt sweetness.

Moderate to slightly high carbonation, this is a nice, hoppy, dank pale ale that finishes rather dry.

Overall a good pale ale with a biting hop presence... perhaps a bit lacking in malt backbone.

Serving type: can

11-29-2011 00:35:48 | More by syrupjoe
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TheSquire23

Colorado

5/5  rDev +30.9%

11-28-2011 01:16:13 | More by TheSquire23
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Acoke

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-23-2011 17:55:53 | More by Acoke
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Listers

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-23-2011 03:23:19 | More by Listers
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pjones36

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-16-2011 03:54:17 | More by pjones36
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-15-2011 06:12:23 | More by Exiled
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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-14-2011 22:59:44 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium orange beer with a thin but ever present cap. The slight layer of white suds sticks to the glass and accurately represents your consumption progress.

The nose is clean and simple with a strong sweet malt and a firm hop presence. Just what a pale ale should smell like and nothing more. Very pleasant.

Taste is also in the simple yet good category. A fine sweet malt intro that's nicely flanked by a light touch of hop citrus. It's clean and super drinkable with nothing really out of wack. This is probably one of the most satisfying beers I've had from ska.

The mouthfeel again is delightlfully simple and in that simplicity lies the beauty of this beer. There is a nice compliment of slick malts to hop bittering. This is a strong beer, not in ABV but in the fact that it does everything well. A nice find and one that will find it's way into my fridge again and again.

Serving type: can

11-13-2011 22:29:33 | More by jbphoto88
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DCon

Missouri

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: cask

11-11-2011 22:52:20 | More by DCon
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dostom

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good beer. i drink straight from can. If you like other ska beers you will really enjoy this pale ale. it is very hoppy just to warn you. i personally recommend this if you like hoppy beers. very flavorful and goes down easy. It is only around a few months a year so if you want it you will have to wait until the months of oct/nov

Serving type: can

11-09-2011 23:26:58 | More by dostom
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kmatlack

California

3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a stemless wine glass. Best by date 01/28/11 on bottom of the can.

A- Pours a clear orange-brown that has a one finger head due to a vigorous pour. Head goes away and leaves small bubbles on top of the beer.

S- Smells fresh, grainy, bready, a little hoppy. Citrus, earthy, grassy, almost dirt like notes?

T- Sweet almost tangy at first on the tongue, bitter, citrus, orange peels, just tastes clean.

M- Decent for a pale ale, would like a little less carbonation, but what else is new.

O- A great pale ale. Not the best, but slightly above average. It seems to me that, like Modus Hoparandi, this beer would be much better on tap.

Serving type: can

11-05-2011 03:25:09 | More by kmatlack
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lawlerj

Nebraska

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

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a nonic pint glass.

A - pours a translucent amber with a frothy, off white two finger head. Leaves blotchy lacing and retains a bit of foam on the top as its going down. Apperas to be fairly carbonated.

S - big hops in this guy - fruit and pine both in the mix. Caramel malt backbone in there underneath the hops.

T - not quite as aggressive as the nose; caramel malt up front that opens up into the pine and citrus hops. The transitions are smooth between the flavors - very nice.

M - medium bodied, very smooth. The carbonation was not quie as heavy as I had anticipated based on the appearance.

O - more aggressive than many other pales ales, particularly in the nose. Very fruity and easy drinking. Not that it matters, but nothing about this really screams winter to me. But I sure like it. I'll drink it any time of year.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 22:49:05 | More by lawlerj
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denver10

Kentucky

2.42/5  rDev -36.6%
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.

Serving type: can

10-26-2011 01:30:16 | More by denver10
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

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

Pours a darker orange with huge, thick white head that laces and sticks around.

Smells of creamy, caramel malt with big pine hop character and some grassy notes.

Tastes of bready/biscuit malt up front and pine/spice hop, earthy, and slightly nutty. Some lingering pine, resinous hop character.

Lighter to medium body with lower carbonation work well.

This is a fantastic almost English-style pale ale that balances biscuit and pine hops character. Easy to drink and satisfying.

Serving type: can

10-19-2011 23:09:13 | More by TenHornsProud
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oberon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: can

10-10-2011 21:11:46 | More by oberon
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: The Euphoria pours a clear, brown copper. The head is white and foamy with some decent retention. Scattered bubbles race from bottom to top creating a lively appearance for Ska's blue canned offering. Strong lacing.

SMELL: A big malty aroma is cut by some big, piney hops. This smells like a classic West Coast IPA, but it isn't, so we'll see how the nose translates to the palate.

TASTE: OK, so the taste is that of a classic West Coast IPA as well, but maybe with more pine for the winter months. Malt up front, hops in the back, with plenty of pine, grapefruit and other citrus flavors throughout. A touch of grassiness finishes each sip in a beautifully bitter way.

This is an exceptionally balanced beer. In some well balanced beers it seems as though the hops and malt are fighting for every drinker's attention. In this beer it seems more like they are in a happy, loving, married and healthy relationship where they both share the same desire to pleas the drinker's taste buds. Also, an ever so faint hint of licorice kicks in at the end of each sip.

MOUTHFEEL: A little on the oily side, but with just enough tickle to prevent it from being too oily. The finish is on the dry side although early in each sip it seems sweet.

OVERALL: This is a ridiculously easy beer to drink. It works well as a late-fall/early-winter IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 10:18:43 | More by StoneTSR
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wedge

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6%
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?

Serving type: can

10-06-2011 01:54:17 | More by wedge
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mastodonj

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz can poured into a diconic.
This Pale Ale kicks the butt of many IPA's in terms of its nose and balanced bitterness.

Nice lacing; typical IPA/PA color of dark amber.

When you pour this into a glass, the fresh hops and citrus jump
out...as good as it gets.

The balanced malt and bitterness make for a very good ale.
There's some alcohol content sting at the end of the swallow.

Feel is fine; goes down easily but the sting noted above
makes it that much better.

This is going on my list of "when in doubt, get this" beers.

Serving type: can

10-05-2011 01:39:42 | More by mastodonj
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ChugginOil

Illinois

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

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.

Serving type: can

09-28-2011 06:17:23 | More by ChugginOil
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I feel like I'm always prefacing reviews with this, but here we go anyway:
I love pale ales. They are my favorite style. This does tend to make it so I rate them a little harder, but I do it out of love.

anyway, with that out of the way...
Trying to clean out the voice notes on my iphone...
Reviewed from those notes.

Can into a pint.

Dark, honey-touched amber color. Mostly off-white head of 1.5 fingers that settles to a froth. Decent retention and lacing.
The nose has some sweet malt with grapefruity citrus hops. The flavor is good. Very little bitterness-- and I see this as a negative. I prefer more bitterness to keep me in line, you know, remind me I'm drinking a beer. The flavor profile is nice in and of itself though.-- just not outstanding.

Medium body, light carbonation.

This is easy drinking. I could finish a 6 pack easily... but I find myself not wanting to. It is leaps and bounds above BMC stuff, but not even orbiting around my top Pale Ales.

Serving type: can

09-12-2011 02:27:28 | More by AleWatcher
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.98/5  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).

Serving type: can

06-21-2011 20:55:05 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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KevinBrewer

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear deep amber, almost burnt/brownish orange. Tall rocky cream-colored head that lasts, leaving a good amount of lacing.

N- Big citrus and grapefruit rind with some resin underneath. Light floral volatiles that are most noticeable after a fresh pour. The malt has a solid presence with toasty grain and caramel notes.

T- Huge malt backbone with toasted grain, sweet caramel, husky tannins, and some roastiness. Alcohol is noticeable but not distracting. Soft and smooth grassy hop bitterness, which is perfect because the tannins from the grain already provide good balance to the sweetness. Subtle floral, citrus, piney, and herbal accents from the hops. Long finish which is husky, roasty, piney, and bitter, with some lingering alcohol fumes.

M- Medium-light body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D- Overall an aggressive and edgy pale ale, which fits with a name like Ska Brewing. Euphoria may be a bit of an overstatement, but this is definitely a solid beer.

Serving type: can

05-07-2011 05:48:20 | More by KevinBrewer
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arizcards

Arizona

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: can

04-10-2011 22:34:45 | More by arizcards
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Cheers!

Serving type: can

03-28-2011 02:48:46 | More by chugalug06
Euphoria Pale Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.