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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

329 Ratings
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 12
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of TenHornsProud
4/5  rDev +5%

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.

TenHornsProud, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

oberon, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of StoneTSR
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

StoneTSR, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of wedge
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

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?

wedge, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of mastodonj
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%

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.

mastodonj, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +5%

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.

ChugginOil, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

AleWatcher, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

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).

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of KevinBrewer
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

KevinBrewer, May 07, 2011
Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +5%

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.

arizcards, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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!

chugalug06, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of betsona
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Thanks to Dan8181 for this can. Poured into a pint glass.

A- A clear golden-amber. Pours a finger of white head. Head dissipates into a thin lacing. No visible carbonation. Moderate lacing on the glass.

S- Acidic smell. Some citrus hops as well as floral hops. Slight hint of grassy and piney overtones. Not much malt to it. The smell didn't do much for me.

T- Bright citrus hop profile. Bitter piney taste. Toasty caramel malt backbone that meshes well with the citrus and pine bitterness. Has a earthy quality to it.

M- Medium body with good carbonation. Sits with a bitter lingering in the back of the throat. Leads to wanting another gulp.

D- I could drink a few of these in a sitting without much thought. Nothing amazing, but a good solid APA is always nice.

betsona, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of NefariousR
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

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

A - Clear orange-amber with a thick, foamy off-white head with great retention.
S - Citrus and piny hops with a great malt backbone. "Bright" fruit aromas evident as well.
T - Sweet malt with a strong onset of hop flavor. Bitter and tart, with grapefruit most evident in the aftertaste.
M - Light- to medium-bodied with a slight stickiness. Just enough to hold the flavors in your mouth for a few seconds.
D - This is a solid and drinkable pale ale. It's essentially a toned down version of the Modus Hoperandi, so hopheads will likely prefer to stick with that, but this is still a nice, sessionable beer.

NefariousR, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of mryuk
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

pours a nice amber with 1.5 fingers a good head.

smell is strong hops. very pin and earthy.

taste is lots of bitter but is still smooth. hops are definitely there and it has a nice bitter finish.

mouth is medium bodied with good carbonation.

lots of fun to drink these ska beers out of the can. not as great as the IPA since this is essentially the same thing just toned down. I have always been disappointed this is a winter (?) beer since it would be great while mowing the lawn in the summer heat. Good beer though.

mryuk, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

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!

allengarvin, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of JMad
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

I poured a 12 oz can into a glass tulip...

The liquid was a copper, reddish color with a thick, bubbly tan colored head that had some nice retention.

Smells of fruity, kind of like kiwi, it's also peppery, nice and spicy. There is lots of sweet caramel malt, and a lemony, citrus hop scent as well.

Spicy hops, it's bready and bitter with hints of lemon, pine and pepper.

This has a medium body, a medium amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

This is a tasty winter pale ale, more hoppy than most pales and it has a different flavor.

JMad, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Amber with minimal carbonation. Starts out with a nice 3 finger head thats settles into a spongey, off white surface. Decent retention and pretty nice lace.

S: Pine, grapefruit and some nice malt aromas.

T: The beer is decently balanced by a moderately high bitterness that works well with the malt. Crisp....clean....finishes tart and dry.

M: Medium body. Carbonation good (maybe a tad more would be optimal).

D: A decent tasty pale ale. Not earth shattering but nice and drinkable.

Brunite, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of katan
4/5  rDev +5%

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.

katan, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Tifore
4/5  rDev +5%

Recieved in the Seasons Greetings BIF from Greg (Twiggamortis420). Poured into my DFH Pint.

A - Pours a deep cherry color thats really clear. A nice two and a half finger head develops and slowly falls. The head is light tan in color and really dense.

S - Smells of Pine, and Grapefruit hops. Some florally accents as well and some cinnamon and light clove spice.

T - Taste is of grapefruit and pineapple with more citrus hops backing it. Some banana flavor which is one of the first times that I can point this out. There is also some sweetness at the end of the taste. Perhaps a touch of caramel and toffee from the malts.

M - Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. No lingering taste besides a very slight hop bitterness.

D - A nice pale ale with some good flavors. I liked this beer alot. Thanks Greg!

Tifore, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of hawks10
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%

12oz can - Best by April 20th, 2011, should be decently fresh - Poured into a pint glass...

Pours a deep, dark amber color with tons of meringue-like, light tan head. A bunch of lacing is left behind...

A good amount of aromatic hops fill the nose, piny and resinous, with just a little bit of citrus twist. An abundance of sweet, caramel malt adds a lot to the nose, but cuts down a bit too much on the hop aromas. Somewhere lingering in the background is this weird, almost "cherry cholorseptic spray" smell, but now that is all I can focus on...

Hmmm, taste is a bit thin, and kind of weird. Starts out almost completely void of flavor at first, watery, then the hops build, but they are bitter and one-sided, not much flavor, just bittering hops. Caramel malt adds a bit of body and some sweetness, but overall, this one just falls flat...

Light bodied, too thin and watery. Moderate carbonation, bitter lingering aftertaste...

hawks10, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%

Appearance -- Pours a cupric amber hue, lots of brightness, with golden highlights and a slim sudsy beige head. The hard pour didn't do much for the head. A modicum of lace can be seen. Good color, bad head.

Smell -- Juicy citrus, pine boughs, dank earthiness, grassy meadows, peppery spice, and toasted malt. There's a lot going on, and I like it.

Taste -- Toasted malt, cane juice sweetness, white pepper, dank basement, faint citrus, pine resin. Finish is sweet with spicy hops and citrus peel. Weird.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light body with sharp carbonation. Finish is dry with a bit of tannin. Not great.

Drinkability -- This beer is a bit of a muddled mess: lots of interesting flavors, but they don't gel: toasty sweet, musky, spicy, earthy. Less would have been more. In the end it's about average.

yeahnatenelson, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of dbossman
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

A: Brownish hue with tints of orange and ruby red; a huge, steady head and fantastic lacing

S: Wow, a weird hoppy funk: body odor? celery? asparagus? onion? and pine--I like it--also a bit of the typical citrus and grainy aromas

T: Not nearly as hoppy as aromas indicate but still pleasant pine and tea leaves (with subtle onion) bitterness and a bit of a grainy malt backbone

F: A bit carbonated and thin at the end though it does get better as it warms

D: A decent hoppy pale ale from Ska

dbossman, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of samie85
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

A-Pours a clear amber color with three fingers of incredibly dense, white head.

S-Smells of strong orange and a little bit of pine.

T-I was expecting a little more bitterness here. Some light and sweet orange notes with a hint of pine and some crystal malt.

M-Low carbonation with medium body and a smooth slickness to it.

D-Pretty easy drinking but a little simple. It would be a good summer sipper.

samie85, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%

The beer pours a very dark orange color with a white head. One of the darkest pale ales I have seen. The aroma is fairly heavy on the orange citrus notes with some biscuit malt and some caramel malt. The flavor is orange citrus, bread and toffee. The beer is very well balanced and the bitterness is fairly low. Still, there is a ton of hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Another very nice canned beer from Colorado.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of jeffaz02t
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Nice almost copper tint of orange. Head poured pretty thick at first, then faded into a nice thin, slightly orange froth. Laced the glass like crazy as I drank.

S: Citrus and pine in the hops, caramel from the malts.

T: Hops dominate beginning and middle, then fades into a sweet caramel flavor. This is seriously delicious.

M: Medium, slight creaminess, especially as it warms up a bit.

D: Very, very drinkable. Unlike most of the other winter ales in which I dabble in on a regular basis, this has a lower alc content, however there is not a lack of flavor in any way.

Notes: This is one of the best American Pale Ales I have ever had! I will look forward to this release every year. For those who are against cans, if you see this 6er, bite the bullet and get it.

Ska is impressing me more and more with each brew I sample.

jeffaz02t, Dec 24, 2010
Euphoria Pale Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.