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Euphoria Pale Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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86
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Reviews: 140
Hads: 393
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 15
Gots: 40 | 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: 393
Photo of SerialHiker
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
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) (1,601 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,052 characters)

Photo of Maryobeerian
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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! (607 characters)

Photo of hammondc
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of Megahertz
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (996 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of deepchills
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack of Euphoria at Kings Liquors by TCU. You can by drugs from the football team right across the street.

Pours gold/copper with a little cloudiness. About a 1/4 inch of head that quickly dissipated. Zero lacing throughout the tasting.

Very nice pine nose with some sweet malt and lemon zest.

Taste much more malty then the nose, though plenty of hoppy pine as well. Just the right touch of bitterness with a clean finish. A little lemon flavor. I don't notice it with every sip, but sometimes it stands out. As the beer warms you notice a little orange & apricot.

Very drinkable, smooth, crisp, well carbonated.

Great pale ale, and another fine brew in a can. I think a 6-pack will find it's way to Friday on the Green this Friday. (749 characters)

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

Picked this one up on discount at Total Wine in Goodyear, AZ

12oz can to pint – Ska’s Winter Offering

A: Pours a clear and deep copper amber color adorned with a good three fingers thick of persistent tan rocky foam head. Some large bubbles form sticky globs of lace all the way down the glass.

S: Nice dank and pine notes up front with some light suggestions of citrus and an underlying sweet pale malt aroma. Pretty nice nose on it.

T: Ooh this is tasty. Has a real tantalizing bitterness. Resinous with grassy herbals and pines. Some grapefruit pith. Quite juicy with hops balanced out nicely by a sweet bready pale malting. Slight warming alcohol presence. Pucker up and enjoy.

M: Lighter body nearing Medium thickness. Creamy with a real dry and crisp finish. Lingering hop oils from big dry hop additions here.

D: A bold and hoppy APA. Wish I had grabbed a few more of these as they seem to be holding up well in the can. Super drinkable with a good dose of the leafage. Solid boarding gear.

Really diggin on the Ska. I might even like this one more than the Modus. (1,085 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (579 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 BigRedN
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz can into a pint glass. The beer is a hazy dark gold color. My pour produces a thick whitish head about 1 inch in height. Faded over time to a solid cover that left lace down the glass.

Aroma: Nice burst of hop aromas. Floral with a touch of lemony citrus. Not noticing anything real malty, but I don't really expect much from an APA.

Taste: In line with the scent and faithful to what I have come to expect for the style. A little citrusy. There seems to be a slightly bready malty body in the middle. Ends with a nice hoppy bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice natural carbonation. Seems somewhat "dry" on the back of the throat as it goes down.

Overall: A good beer, which because of its availability in the can becomes a great APA. Better than the some of its parts because I am always looking for good craft beer in a can. The somewhat high ABV makes this one not very sessionable, but still enjoyable if limited to a few. A solid purchase if a bit on the high side (for me) at $9.99 for a six pack of cans. (1,071 characters)

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

12 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Nice golden amber color (slightly darker than the average pale ale). It looks well filtered with excellent clarity. Nice white head with big bubbles after a hard pour and excellent lacing.

Huge malt backbone in the smell department, I didn't expect it to be so sweet. Pale, careamel and toffee notes. Malts are actually slightly mroe agressive than the hops in my opintion. THe mostly citrus takes a backseat to the malts. Really good though.

Taste is almost exactly on par with the smell. Nice and malty for a pale. Maybe it's actually a little more balanced as its warmed up, the hop to malt ratio evens out with a hoppier aftertaste.

Good carbonation level in the mouthfeel. Really smooth and clean feeling. Light bodied for the most part. Slight bitter aftertaste.

NicePale Ale, glad to try it. Thanks chugalug06 for a nice extra! (894 characters)

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

The Euphoria Pale Ale is a good pale ale from the SKA brewing Co. The beer pours a very nice clear copper with very thin off white head that is lacing nicely. The smell include pine, spice and citrus tones. The taste has a nice malt base with great hop flavors. There is an oily pine, slight spice and hint of bitter citrus (grapefruit). I am guessing Semcoe, Casscade, and maybe Zeus hops...but i'm not an expert. The mouthfeel is a good medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall a very taste beer that I think could be sessioned. (534 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 hopfacebrew
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can with best by date of 5/29/11 to a pint glass.

A - The beer pours a deep amber color with a 2 finger white head with decent retention and lacing.

S - Hoppy earhy pine and grapefruit character with a mild malt aroma.

T - The beer is fairly well balanced with a crisp clean malt, hop, and yeast blend. The hops are just like the nose and the toasted malts even everything out well. The beer finishes dry.

M - The beer is of medium body with a bit too much carbonation, in my opinion.

D - Pretty solid.

Overall, this is a pretty decent Pale Ale. I am glad to have tried it but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. I'd rather had a Modus Hoperandi :)

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: can

Reviewed on: 02-19-2011 02:46:14 (861 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at The Royale.

Pours a nice strong copper with a nice dense white head. Sone slight amber colored edges. (4.5)

Hops up front in the nose with undelying tones of malt. Slightly toasty and bready with some nice earthy grain. (3.5)

Flavor starts off with some slight pine resin and some citrus notes. Then there is a nice mix of caramel malt and some toasty notes. Earthy grain mixed in there as well. The beer reminds me of a toned down Modus Hoperandi. (4.0)(3.5)

Good Pale Ale. NIce hop profile that is balanced by the malt. (4.0) (559 characters)

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nearly transparent coppery,orange body with a finger and a half of bone white foam that showed moderate retention and left clingy streaks of lacing.

S-Medium sweet citric hops initially.Grapefruit and orange zest followed by pine,caramel and pale,cracker malts.Bright fruit and bitter pine make up the bulk of the scents here.

T-More assertive citrus flavors of tangerine,grapefruit and a little nectarine with tangy pine and some sweet supporting malts as well.

M-Light/medium bodied with good carbonation and strong drinkability.Nicely bitter pale ale on the verge of IPA territory.

O-Extremely worthwhile seasonal that I'm sad is a seasonal. (658 characters)

Photo of xpdrinker
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass (trade extra from Dolph1979 - thanks!)

A- Murky copper, disappearing eggshell head, minimal lacing. 
S- Grapefruit citrus playing leapfrog with piney hops, sweet malt
T- Solid pale, earthy hops with a splash of citrus, slightly peppery
M- Medium-low carbonation, somewhat hollow and thin, almost watery
O- Haven't had a straight up pale in a while and very glad to try this one. Very drinkable and I'd definitely keep some around when I'm not feeling like an IPA or anything stronger. Quite sessionable. Not crazy about its watery mouthfeel but the flavors break through and distract from it. Grab a sixer and a frozen pizza and you'll be quite content. (689 characters)

Photo of Kirch
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass: Double old fashioned inward taper
Aging Notes: None
Bang for the Buck (oz*%/$): 72*6.1/10 = 43.9

A: Pours creamy-textured, slightly off-white head that nicely laces the glass. The amber-colored brew is well-clarified.

S: Piney with a hint of earthiness (perhaps mushrooms_. A note of detergent seems detectable. Perhaps I'm hallucinating, but I get a little bit of band-aid in there.

T: Tart, lingering bitter. Hoppy for a pale ale, in a good way.

M: Dry, which, when coupled with the tart hop presence, seems astringent. Carbonation is nice, a little under-present perhaps.

O: Flavor doesn't hold up over the course of the beer. Pleasant. Recommended. One of my favorite pales. (690 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber in the glass. Veers off into IPA territory. Quite bitter. Rather fruity with some candied grapefruit peel flavors. Watery mouthfeel. Big nose of resins. "Dank" is the word for this stuff. Starts with some sweetness, possible malt, but big blast of hops. Bitterness for the aftertaste, but lets some of the malt through for the finish.

I don't see this as an improvement of lots of other more interesting hoppy beers. But if you're in Durango in the winter, it's what's happening. Bought this can in Denver. "Best by" date is 02/28/12. (546 characters)

Photo of StLThrash
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another worthy effort from Ska. Very partial to Ska beers since my in-laws live in Durango, CO and I always try to hit up the brewery at least once when I visit.... so I've had most of their offerings. Very happy to have the chance to try Euphoria right here in the StL...

A - Orangeish, a bit cloudy. Pours with a hefty white frothy head. Left a lot of lacing.

S - An overly hopped pale ale. Lots of citrus and pine notes. Reminiscent of a good IPA.

T & M - Amazing. One of my new favorites. Not quite as hoppy as Modus Hoperandi, Ska's IPA, but still quite hoppy and bitter. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall - One of my new favorite beers. Too bad it's just a winter seasonal. I will be stocking up at my local liquor store. (728 characters)

Photo of Vashtar
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The beer looks dirty

It smells hoppy, but down to earth

It tastes like hops, but also has a really familiar taste. It's like a comfort beer. It tastes like grandma's house.

The mouthfeel is neither sharp nor smooth, but then turns smooth. It's very full as well. So nice

Overall, this is probably my favorite hoppy beer. (324 characters)

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