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Euphoria Pale Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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Euphoria Pale AleEuphoria Pale Ale

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140 Reviews
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Reviews: 140
Hads: 396
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 19.58%
Wants: 15
Gots: 44 | 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:
Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 12-05-2008

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Reviews: 140 | Hads: 396
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. "Best By" date stamped (and smudged) on can.

This looks much darker than average for a pale ale; if it were labeled as an amber I would believe it.

Smells of light fruity hops, displaying particularly the tropical notes. A little swirl brings up more pineapple and some bitter notes.

The taste contains a fair bit of the pineapple-hop notes from the nose, and they come off well. A fair dose of bitterness and a balancing but not very prominent dose of malt is present. This could be a low-powered IPA.

The mouthfeel has lower carbonation as is typical with cans (which I like). Otherwise it is unremarkable.

Conclusion: This is a hoppy pale ale that fits well into this overgrown and plentiful category of American beer. This particular example focuses more on the hops and doesn't include much in the way of specific malt flavors (but more so than a typical IPA). Tasty but generic. Tasting this blind would leave me clueless, as it could be one of hundreds (or thousands)...

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Photo of climax
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice and creamy from the can, the head is especially soft and smooth. It's a copper color with quite a bit of sediment floating around the glass. Head retention and lacing are very good.

There's not too much aromatic intensity fuming from the beer, but a crisp assertive hop character is certainly present. Grapefruit, mint, and grass are the most obvious flavors. The malt is subtle, with fleeting whiffs of oats and caramel.

Intensity is boosted that extra notch in the taste, which is greatly appreciated because it has excellent flavor. At first sip, sharp grapefruit and resiny cannabis flavors strike the taste buds. There's not too much sweetness coming from the malt, just a bit of caramel, yet more sugary citrus and bubblegum flavors from the hop side of things help to even things out. The toasty backbone of the beer looms in the shadows, but is always present. It's not balanced 50/50 but, but there's enough malt intensity to hold a candle to that bold complex hop character.

The feel is nice and resiny, and the body on the medium side. Carbonation is very crisp, and it all finishes dry. So easy to drink. This beer sure has a load of flavor, not at all skimp on the hops either, satisfying for sure.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into pint glass
A – 1+ finger dusty cream head on a clear light brown amber brew, reduces to a lumpy layer while leaving lacing all around the glass 4
S – Aroma enticing and noticeable upon start of pour, very nice grassy nose also has mild citrus & pine resin notes with a soft caramel sweetness 4
T – Caramel malts out of the gate are eclipsed by a surprisingly large hop presence of grapefruit zest and substantial bitterness, suggestions of a candied tartness 4
M – Medium body, smooth with a dry finish, moderate carbonation 4
O – More hops than your standard pale ale but malts are not in a minor role, good drinkability, a good beer I will buy again sooner rather than later 4

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a mildly cloudy burnt orange color with a small 1/8" head of antique white bubbles after a pretty slow pour. There were some bubbles rising to the top, but they didn't really stick once they got there.

Aroma: The hops are the first thing you notice with American citrus being the most noticeable of them, but there is a strong earthy component to the hops as well. The malt is reserved in the very cold beer, contributing a little bit of caramel mixed with some light toffee.

Taste: The flavor is pretty close to what you expect from the aroma. The hops are in charge, but the flavor shows more contribution from the malt than you get in the aroma of the cold beer. There is some definite mouthfeel to this beer, and it comes across the palate pretty substantial. The malt never leads the charge, but the hops have their work cut out for them and take the finish with a mild dryness on the back of the throat that lingers for a while after the sip. There is some acidity that is mixing with the hops to linger as well. The carbonation is light, and I think that the beer would benefit from some more.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good beer. It has a nice balance to it so that you still know that you are drinking a beer instead of hop juice. I would like it to have a little more carbonation from both the standpoint of the appearance and the mouthfeel and finish. Either way, this is a good beer, and I will gladly finish the rest of this six-pack.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of DCon
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of dostom
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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

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Photo of kmatlack
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of denver10
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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?

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Photo of mastodonj
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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).

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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.


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Photo of betsona
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of NefariousR
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mryuk
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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