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Euphoria Pale Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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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
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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: 396
Photo of katan
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-tan with pitted taupe head - darker than expected.
Oily orange rind and floral nose.
Solid toffee backbone then sweet tangerine rind and pine shaving hops.
Citronella end and orangey linger.
Short of medium, round, oily.

OK, so this is Goldings, which is not a big, bold, bright American hop. But it's used in such quantities here that you get plenty of greasy orange rindy goodness. The body's a bit sweet, but it is a winter seasonal, so it gets away with that, too. And this is 5 months *past* its expiration date, so lord knows how much more citrus peel (and EKG spice, which is missing) there'd be if it were fresh.

Not a conventional APA, but still a very good, drinkable one.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, khaki-colored head of bubbly foam. It had some nice retention and left some soapy lace.

S - It smelled very floral and piney. Some nice caramel notes, too.

T - Good piney hop bite brings some bitterness. Good sweet caramel flavor with a touch of biscuity malt.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really nice APA. I like the idea of an APA as a winter seasonal.

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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 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 StlHopHead77
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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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 deepchills
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Kromes
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A slighty hazy copper color with an off white head. Good lacing on glass.

S: A nice candy and citrus hop aroma coming off of this beer. A little bit of grainy malt in the background.

T: A nice all around flavor. You can taste the grainy malt up front and the herbal and citrus peel hop. The finish is bitter and a little dry.

M: A little oily and a medium feel to it.

D: Pretty good pale ale. Nothing bad about it. It's tasty and well balanced.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear orange/copper color. At first a two finger bubbly white head forms, but recedes in an instant. Light lace is left behind.
S: Up front, huge resiny pine aromas. Almost shockingly so at first. Once it warms up a bit, more citrus hops and some malty sweetness for balance.
T: Big pine up front again, though not as much as a shock as the nose. Maybe I was expecting it? Plenty of citrus as well. Though much more bread/biscuit malt for balance. Simple, but very nice.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very dry. Easy to drink. At first I was afraid the resinous pine was going to take over to much. Though it does not, and I can put back a few without a thought.

Overall, a very nice pale ale. A good stand by to keep in the fridge. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Ska for bucking the trends. Its a nice switch up to see a an easy drinking pale show up as a winter release. Euphoria pours a deep copper color. Things are topped off by a healthy fingers worth of bone white head. Head falls to a ring somewhat quickly. A fair bit of lace is left in its wake.

Onto the aroma. Hops are at the forefront. Grapefruit notes standout first. Light herbal mint notes present as well. Fair bit of malt behind the hops. Some toasted bready notes strike first. Light caramel shows up next to round out the nose.

Taste matches the nose well. The hops are more dominate on the palate. Mint notes seem to take a stronger role. The grapefruit character strikes a bit more herbal blending with the minty hop quality. Beneath the herbal hops is a solid malt backing. Malt strikes a bit sweeter than the nose lets on. Bready malt character dominates. The toasted notes in the aroma are more subdued.. Some caramel notes hit near the end. The finish is a bit drying with a lingering herbal bitterness.

Euphoria leans towards medium bodied. The carbonation is adequate.

Digging this winter release from Ska. Its a solid easy drinking pale ale. Its nicely balanced. The hops, while dominate, never overwhelm the malt. I generally prefer my pales on the citrusy side of things. The more herbal qualities of Euphoria offer a tasty change of pace. Thank you ska for another nice offering.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned pale ale out of the scene of Durango, CO. On to the beer:

Euphoria is an orange amber colored beer with a very creamy and heady top. Not only does it retain well, but its lacing received good marks. The aroma brings an euphoric blend of toffee, pine, lemongrass, and heaps of toasted sugar. There is this fight for supremecy between the malt and the hops, but in the end I can say that both sides ends up as winners. This is a delicious pale ale. It meets between a hoppy amber ale and a classic American pale ale. The toffee crisp flavor is pronounced with a dry woody note. Toasted sugar glazed on the outside flesh of pineapple. Still modestly hoppy though. The beer bring a medium sized body to play, and is a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear amber color. Poured a 2 finger light tan head with fair retention. Laced in loght patches.

S: Citrus and flavoring hopw. Bread and wet grains.

T: Big slightly sweet caramel malt. Flavoring hops; grapefruit citric hops. Sharply bitter finish balances the beer nicely.

M: Light side of medium. Medium carbonation provides good balance and slightly dry feel after resiny hops.

D: Very easy drinking. Nicely balanced with big malt character and ample hopping.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml can with a BB of Jan 2014. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. A pale ale for winter....

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear brownish-amber hue with low carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of pine, subtle weed, peel, grass/hay, sweet caramel malt and earthy yeast. Hoppy and nicely balanced.

Tastes of intense aromatic hops and sweet malt, with a spicy bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, orange peel, mild grapefruit, citrus, grass/hay, white pepper, caramel, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a resinous bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with mild carbonation and decent body. Hop oils stimulate the tongue. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of pine resin, bitter aromatic hops and faint caramel.

Good stuff - my only real complaint is that it isn't particularly pale. More like an American 'bitter'. Looks OK, colour notwithstanding. The aroma and flavour are distinctly hop-driven, with a subtle malt backbone to provide balance. Decent body; carbonation could be enhanced to add texture. While I don't find the style to be especially suited to winter, it is a deliciously drinkable brew. Worth a punt if you come across it.

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Photo of Wedgie28
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the best pale ales in a can you'll ever find, if you can find it. Tastes great, high abv, eight of these and your doing fine. I like the skeleton on the can. Good marketing dude. Supposedly comes out around Christmas and runs out in February. Drank the last two March 3rd, so that rumor seems true.

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Photo of Star80
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer out of a goofy blue metallic can and was pleasantly surprised! I was a bit concerned cause there wasn't a tssst sound when I pulled the tab on the can, but it poured out an adequately carbonated dark copper/brownish color. I bought it mostly because I knew it was fresh at my local crappy liquor store cause they just started carrying it. Note there was NO freshness date, almost a requirement IMO. Beer has a rather strong citric/tropical fruity hop smell, very faint malt and slight alcohol in the nose. Beer has nice lacing on my glass. I am a little confused about this beer, doesn't seem to be a winter warmer, has a very strong hop appeal almost like an IPA, and the can is labeled as their winter seasonal offering for a local snowboard company. Hmm, things are different over in Colorado and hey, good for them, this is a good beer, I suppose in say, a SN Celebration Ale sort of way, with a more wild fruity hop taste than spicey hop in SN. I can't detect a very substantial maltiness despite the darker color of the beer, never pale at all! The mouthfeel is smooth and never too heavy like some IPA's. I am not sure about the drinkability of this beer because I am guessing about a 6.0+ ABV. I have been meaning to try Ska Brewing Company beers, like the can fomat but have often stayed away because I have never known it to be fresh or not due to no freshness date. So, I was pleasantly surprised at what was packed in that little can. Will try more of their beers.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Domingo
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a fair amount of head. The foam sticks around and laces the glass pretty well.
The predominant flavor of this beer is piney-hops. In fact, the actual hop flavor reminds me a lot of the wild hops I've seen growing around in the area. Very strong, but not in a bad way.
While the flavor profile is potent, it's not boozy or unapproachable. There's a little bit of a spiced sweetness that comes out in the finish and works well with the citric hit from the hops.
I like this and highly recommend it to hop fans. If you like Modus, this is similar. The malt has more depth, while the hops seem to stick to one variety.
More good stuff from Ska, plus it's canned!

EDIT: This stuff has become a Winter go-to in my house. It's like a slightly maltier Modus Jr.

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Photo of philbertk
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ska Brewing Company--Euphoria Pale Ale--Ska'a Winter Offering--A Venture / Ska Venture--Hand Crafted in the Mighty San Juans--12 oz. Can purchased at Colorados Liquor Outlet, Colorado Springs, Colorado on 11/24/2010. 6.1% ABV. Thin white medium lace head. Clear bright amber color. Earthy grassy malty floral hop front. Malty doughy sweet caramel mild fruit crisp rich Pale Ale body. Dry mellow hop spice end. Rich nourishing Pale Ale. Forced on me by my loving brother as a Thanksgiving treat. 6-Pack $9.99. (4.25 / 5.0)

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into shaker

This beer pours a nice copper with lots of fluffy head and great lacing that stayed with the glass the whole time. The nose was bitter, tropical fruit (grapefruit with a touch of lemon) and some pepper. The taste was typical of a well made pale ale. A bitter hops piney bite but not overwhelming like some IPAs can be. There is some peppery spice in the back, like was suggested from the smell. I can taste the caramel too. This beer is a nice contrast to its bitter brother, Modus Hoperandi. It is a great outdoors beer and very drinkable.

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Photo of jdhowe
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a great divide tulip, because it's the only glassware I have in my hotel room. Best by April 14.

A: Pours a deep, ruby tinged amber that is slightly hazy. 1 1/2 fingers of big, foamy, straw-colored head that dissipates after minutes to a thick ring of foam, leaving sticky lacing up the side of the glass. This is just too dark for a pale ale, but it looks delicious anyway.

S: Big sweet candy and wheat malt aromas accompanied by a slight spice and citrus hop character.

T/M: Medium mouthfeel with medium-to-high carbonation, mouthfeel is slightly coating and juicy without being oily. Prickly carbonation leads into a big juicy sweetness of citrus fruits alongside lightly bready malt character. Carbonation props up lots of malt and fruit sweetness. Alcohol is very evident on the finish, accompanied by a swelling and lingering hop bitterness and another mild wave of malt.

O: This beer is a little dark for a pale ale, but is otherwise really nice. The strong citrus presence help to justify the otherwise slightly strong bitterness of the finish. I would call this an IPA rather than a PA if forced to choose a style, but it's a tasty beer nonetheless. Very drinkable.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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)

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