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Euphoria Pale Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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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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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can. No sign of any best by/canned date.

It pours a slightly hazy amber gold with a 2 finger head of foam.It looks like minimal bubble activity going on. A nice looker.

The smell is hoppy with goodly amounts of pine and some citrus grapefruit. I like the nose as it suggests a flavourful APA to follow.

The taste *is* flavourful but more balanced than I suspected from the smell. Or maybe I should say the hop presence is more subtle than the smell sugested. Not a whole lot of malt here; it peeks its head in various times during each sip but it is only for fleeting micro moments. The hops bring the flavour but they are not overpowering, which is pleasing to my palate.

If I wanted my ass kicked, I'd have picked up more of their Modus Hoperandi. This trip to CO, I wanted to explore new beers to me or I would have grabbed some more MH. For sure.

Body? Medium. Carbonation? Medium. Mouthfeel? Very nice and smooth.

Drinkability? I feel this is an excellent addition to the already impressive portfolio of beers from SKA. I don't see an abv for it but I reckson what ever it is..it doesn't matter. This is super easy to drink.

Edit: I found the best by date near the bottom of the can. BB June 26 2010.

Serving type: can

05-16-2010 17:19:55 | More by Bitterbill
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allengarvin

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: can

02-13-2011 16:00:51 | More by allengarvin
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Fuzzycuffs

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12-31-2012 01:40:43 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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donquixote

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

04-04-2012 03:54:50 | More by donquixote
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Aguirre

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

02-08-2013 22:30:27 | More by Aguirre
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Rosquin

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-02-2014 12:30:31 | More by Rosquin
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deadliest

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

04-08-2014 17:51:30 | More by deadliest
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Maseitz

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

03-30-2012 23:05:38 | More by Maseitz
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-29-2011 19:34:44 | More by brandoman63
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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
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Perducci

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

08-14-2012 23:38:41 | More by Perducci
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-16-2012 16:54:20 | More by TXhomebrewer
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-06-2012 01:58:34 | More by steamboatbrewer
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justinlaz

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

10-23-2012 05:45:29 | More by justinlaz
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dhbiker0889

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

10-29-2013 21:15:37 | More by dhbiker0889
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jonbeer89

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12-13-2012 02:11:59 | More by jonbeer89
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AmandaLu


4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-13-2013 03:26:44 | More by AmandaLu
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ThisSpaceForRent

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-18-2013 10:11:42 | More by ThisSpaceForRent
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RMelyon

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

06-28-2013 01:19:55 | More by RMelyon
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

03-19-2012 00:24:10 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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climax

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 18:44:34 | More by climax
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mryuk

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: can

02-26-2011 23:51:29 | More by mryuk
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emmasdad

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one first showed up with the holiday beers, and stuck around for quite a while out here. I was initially very much in love with this one, drinking approximately a 6 pack or so a week. Eventually, my consumption of it waned, as the somewhat one-dimensional hoppiness lost its charm for me. I look forward to next winter (in a manner of speaking) to seeing if my initial love of this one returns. Overall, a nice hoppy pale ale, and a nice complement to the Euphoria.

p.s. although my interest in this one waned earlier this year, I am now on my second six pack of the season, and cannot get enough of how good and drinkable this one is. My review is being adjusted upwards.

Serving type: can

06-01-2010 22:17:09 | More by emmasdad
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ferric oxide orange with a pillowy and bubbly crown of light brown sugar colored foam that filled almost half the pint glass on the pour. Generous sheets of BB-shot lace are beginning to appear, which makes the score a cinch to choose.

The aroma is impressively hoppy, so this can must be fresh. That makes perfect sense since this is a winter release. Various sources say that loads of Goldings hops are used, but it smells like something much more tropical fruity is hogging the olfactory spotlight. Amarillo is possible and Simcoe is probable.

Euphoria Pale is damn good beer, so it's strange that Ska doesn't even mention it on their website. I have only had a couple of mouthfuls and it's obvious that several cans should have made their way into my cart rather than just this one. Time for distribution to Iowa rather than stopping at the Missouri River.

The malts tastes toasted and caramel-like with minimal earthiness. Again, the hops (which are still roughing up the tongue at this point) taste like a mixture of American and English varieties. Citric and spicy and slightly herbal... and dee-licious. Wonderful sweet-bitter balance too.

The mouthfeel is more APA-like than IPA-like. Another oddity is that SBC calls this brew an APA on the can, but an IPA in their press releases. It definitely feels more like the smaller style in the mouth. No problems with the bubbles at all.

Ska's Euphoria may not be as widely known or as highly regarded as another Colorado canned pale ale (Oskar Blues Dale's), but it's equally as good and may even be slightly better. A true head-to-head would settle the score(s). It seems like a no-brainer that both of these breweries should be distributing their wares to the Hawkeye State.

Serving type: can

12-03-2010 13:55:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
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eclaycamp

Kansas

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. Pours a bright copper amber with some lively carbonation and a nice fizzy, almost frothy, head. Aroma is mostly malts with some citrus in the background. Carbonation is pretty hefty for this style, it's quite fizzy. Some bitterness but not as much as you would expect for the style. Taste is pretty dang solid. Hefty malt greets you first, with brown sugar and caramel coating the tongue. Earthy hops come bursting forward followed by sour grapefruit leading the way into a nice and spicy, almost black pepper finish. This is one fantastic pale ale. Yet another solid offering from Ska.

Serving type: can

10-14-2010 02:49:20 | More by eclaycamp
Euphoria Pale Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
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