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Ska Sour - Ska Brewing Co.

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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%


Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 01-21-2010)
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Reviews by sevopie:
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sevopie

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy caramel color with a decent tan head. Some uneven lacing.

Noticeable sour funk with a few hop notes and a dash of bread.

The wood becomes immediately noticeable on the tongue, with the sour funk not far behind. Its only mild though, and through the wood you start to taste some piney hops in there - as it warms they become more prevalent. There's a spice or 2 lingering in the background, but a lot of the flavor is hard to pull out from under the veil of the barrel.

Somewhat mild body with a moderately light carbonation.

Not too bad of an attempt for Ska, but it feels like it needs refining. I like most of what these guys do, so I'll look for future attempts, but this one seems a bit simple to warrant revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 02:53:57 | More by sevopie
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-21-2014 02:59:00 | More by afsdan
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beerindex

Missouri

2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A dark, cloudy copper, similarly to a particularly dark example of a mulled cider. Pours with a semi-vigorous head that fades with moderate quickness to a noticeable lacing. Some black yeast floaties.

Smell: Cloves, banana, sourdough. I would swear they started with a hefeweizen base before souring it if not for the label stating otherwise.

Taste: The taste very closely aligns with the smell. This is not sour in the sense that I expect with an American Wild Ale. Rather, it has that sort of hint of sourness that you'd find in sourdough bread, which is the dominating flavor element. Banana is also fairly present. Honestly, this tastes like some demented version of a banana bread made with sourdough.

Mouthfeel: Very actively carbonated (though fortunately the bottle was not a gusher). A bit acidic on the tongue, as you might expect given the style.

Overall: I've not had it before, so I cannot say if it was once better, but I am definitely left feeling that this beer is past its prime. So if you're still holding on to a bottle, drink it sooner rather than later, because it looks only to diminish further over time. The beer is adequate, but not something I would ever care to have again were they to rebrew it.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 22:29:37 | More by beerindex
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -17.4%

01-27-2013 14:59:07 | More by t0rin0
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-20-2012 04:14:42 | More by Satchboogie
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Doodler

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

01-10-2012 09:15:24 | More by Doodler
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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4.5/5  rDev +24%

11-14-2011 22:57:41 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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emmasdad

Colorado

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to schmittymack for sharing this one at his 50th birthday party earlier this month. Poured a hazy golden color with a big white head. Tart and funky on the nose, with oak and brett. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, tart, funky, flavor of brett, yeast and wood.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 23:54:41 | More by emmasdad
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sammy shared this bomber. Pours a hazy orange with thick off-white head. Lots of lacing on teh glass. Smells very barnyard funky with sourness. Flavour has some sourness, but it doesn't blow out my palate either. Fairly high carbonation level. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 20:32:14 | More by kwjd
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy medium grapefruit colour with a big head. Aroma is funky, yeasty malty, citrus. The sourness is there, also malty,bretty. A certain harshness,sugary, wierd aftertaste, boozy. Hops there on some sips. Carbnation right there. Drinkable though.Interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 04:40:04 | More by Sammy
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Poured a dark copper with a frothy quarter-inch head. Mildly cloudy, but overall a transparent beer. The head dissipated quickly and not much lacing occurred.

SMELL: Beautiful nose. Very strong IPA-like floral aroma immediately induces curiosity in anticipation of the first sip. Faint hints of banana are present as well.

TASTE: Wow. This is an interesting beer. A sweet, metallic, banana flavor teases the tongue right off the bat, but very quickly transitions to a hoppy and citrusy sour. The sweet banana flavor makes one last brief appearance at the finish before a metallic aftertaste kicks in.

FEEL: The sour flavors cause a mouth puckering feel. Upon first sip it almost seems to be a bit too intense, but after a couple of sips it becomes much easier to handle and, in fact, is downright pleasant.

OVERALL: This is certainly not your typical beer, but it lives up to its name as a sour beer. This is my first impression of Belgian-style Sour Ale, and at first it was a bit scary, but I will try one again and after getting over the initial shock, it becomes very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 00:55:14 | More by StoneTSR
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark orange/amber with a huge dirty white head. Bit of a gusher when I popped the cork. Thick lacing left on the glass.

S - Lots of Brett and citrus up front. A bit of band aid is lingering underneath. As the beer warms the Brett really take over.

T - Light sweetness matched with a note of citrusy hops. The barnyard funk comes through quickly and pretty well dominates the beer. Just a touch of a light bodied red wine comes through late in the drink. I also get a bit of leather and just a touch of alcohol. Brett really is far and away the most dominant of the tastes.

M/D - Light to medium bodied and very well carbonated. Just a bit of residual sweetness lingers after the drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 01:43:17 | More by ckeegan04
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a bottle of this from rye726. Thanks, Ryan!

The pour is solid, a hazy orange with a dense off-white head with solid retention and minimal lacing. The nose is decent. Mostly a blend of Brett-like bandaid, plastic and cloves with honey, there's some juicy citrus as well, along with a touch of red wine. Surprisingly, there's some alcohol on the nose as well. Sourness is rather low, this is mostly just funky. Wood character is low.
The palate opens tart and very Bretty, with a melange of bandaids, clove and some plastic. It takes my palate a little while to get used to it, but once it does, I pick up a moderate honey-like sweetness, some caramel and oranges. A little vinous, the alcohol does come through on the finish, almost a little solvent-like too. Looking at some other reviews, it looks like there's rather significant bottle-to-bottle variation, as no one else has mentioned clove or plastic, but those are the first things all of threw out. Drying on the finish with a little oak, this beer is medium-light in body with moderate carbonation. Decent stuff, I'm glad I got to try it, but for the price, I'd rather grab an Eric's Ale instead.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 14:10:09 | More by DefenCorps
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with hophead101 on 5-6-10.

A - pours an orangish chestnut brown with an inch of foam that stayed put for quite a while

S - sort of hoppy, citrusy mixed with some leatherness and wood

T - horsehair, earthiness with some belgian spices, light brett funk, not sour, not really what I was expecting

M/D - light enough to drink alot of, flavors suggest all brett, not really sour, i like it but its just not what i was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 19:16:37 | More by mikereaser
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to josh...
Appears a hazy amber with an orange hue and a fluffy white cap that slowly fades. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of funky wood, white wine, vanilla, mango, and farmhouse funk.
Taste is of the aromas with some tropical fruit flavors that are less funky than the given aromas. Very enticing though and somewhat addictive with each sip.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry, fruity, and wine-like.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 23:02:33 | More by weeare138
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother sent this out to me for my birthday as part of a package for my birthday. My first Ska beer too as it happens.

Appearance- Pours a really nice shade of hazy copper gold out of the bottle with a nice two fingers of pillowy white head. Great retention and a lot of lacing l

Smell- Surprisingly vinous and tart right of the bat. Lots of grapeskin and brett in the nose, with a whole lot of barnyard smells coming in. I'm very intrigued by the lactic grape smells coming off this one though, because I really didn't think it was going to go in that direction.

Taste- A lot more funk and a lot less fruit than the nose. Again, lots of complex barnyard flavors and funk, some musty hops, and a cereal graininess. Finishes long and dry with only a very slight tartness, which all in all is quite refreshing. No sign of any fruit flavors and not a ton of tartness however. Oddly reminded me a touch of Orval.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel was good and this beer has a long and dry finish which I quite enjoyed. Drinkability is surprisingly good as well as a result, though I would have liked more of the fruity scents detected in the nose to come through on the palate.

Overall, a very decent and interesting beer. I would recommend giving it a try but the nose is deceiving as I mentioned.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 23:11:17 | More by boatshoes
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hoppymcgee

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split 4 ways with some good friends. Poured into a Bruery tulip glass. From notes.

A: Straw colored, smoky, brown, with algae-lie coating and hazy.

S: Black cherries, mango, coconut, booze, and some pine lurking in the background.

T: Oaky, bitter, citrusy. Has a tropical essence, especially that of pineapple. Can also definitely taste the wine barrel in the finish.

M: Mellow, smooth, well carbonated.

D: The best feature of this beer. Nice blend of soft textures that can be sipped on all night long.

Overall, a hoppier sour than I'm used to. Pretty unique. Thanks Scott!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 02:15:00 | More by hoppymcgee
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing Greg! Had this on 3.5.10 in the rooftop lounge. From notes.

Pours an orangey color with some nice off-white foam capping it off. Excellent lace and filmy retention throughout.

Smells like some herbal hops and yeastiness... weird in a way. Hops are here but.... that's where my notes leave off on that line. The next line jogs my memory of a certain earthiness and woodiness underneath the herbal hops, but that it's working in a very weird manner. Not the most appealing thing ever, but some brighter citrusy notes try to save it.

Taste has a moderate bitterness and some tangy mustiness. A little bit of tropical fruit and some musty straw-like texture. Orange peel and brett. Decent amount of carbonation here scrubs the tongue for the next sip, doing wonders for this beer. An interesting take on the style of 'sour pale ale' and my first offering from this brewery. I wouldn't turn this down if I were offered it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 05:46:17 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy tea-brown with a smallish white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sour green apples, some wood and yeast. Bretty stinky bitterness comes out as it warms which wasn't as nice.

The flavor is surprisingly bland. Very little watery wood and sourness up front with an unpleasant charred vegetal bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall, not a great sour. I like sours, I like hops and I like Brett. This is not good though. It's pretty subdued in the flavor and just has off unpleasant notes. It's not awful though...I got through the bottle and was able to drink at the end without noticing flaws, at the end it was actually semi-enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 07:08:19 | More by Beaver13
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Freethyhops

Alabama

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle thanks to doodler for the awesome extra. poured into a flute.

A- pours a hazy golden color. produced a finger of pure white head that reduces to a thin film and collarthat stays along for the whole ride. light lacing

S- tart lemon rind is the thing that comes to mind when taking a whiff of this one. a hint of the brett funk and belgian yeast esters. it has most of the right aromas for a soured golden ale but is just missing a little complexity.

T- as others have said, this is a good bit more bitter than any sour I've had before. I thought I would enjoy that factor but the bitterness doesn't play well with the brett IMO. the funky/bitter combo ends up tasting a little off. the lack or sourness doesn't help much either. the sourness is barely detectable, more like a little tartness with the citrus qualities of the beer.

M- light, dry and crisp. right on for a "sour" pale

D- I will have no problem finishing the 750. no known ABV but I wouldn't guess it's anything over 6 or 7%. if available I might another one up and see if it develops any sourness. it's certainly not a bad beer and actually a little better than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 04:14:24 | More by Freethyhops
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rye726

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice hoppy sour, more deserving than some reviews indicate. Uncut, aged in wine barrels.

Pours a woody brown with tints of orange and amber. Silky beige head leaves a light lace.

Nose has herbal hops, bready malts, white wne gapes, caramel, Barnyard funk and a tart citrus aroma.

Taste has bitter hops up front followed by sour yeast, a musty funk, wood, chardonnay, earthy hops, candy malts and camrelized sugars.

Medium body is crisp and refrehing. Bitter hops and wild yeast linger through the finish. Tasty stuff, Ska's best beer yet.

Great deal at $10 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 05:41:49 | More by rye726
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WhatsNewinBooze

Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had such high expectations for this beer and what can i say it just didn't meet up to them. A far cry from a true Belgium sour. Don't get me wrong this beer was still good it just wasn't what I expected. Instead of being sour to the point where it is puckering, this beer just had a slight twing. Plus I had to use a pair of plyers just to get the cork out of the bottle. All and all a good attempt by Ska, but definitely not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 03:22:06 | More by WhatsNewinBooze
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riored4v

Colorado

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 2/2/10

Poured a 1 finger, white head, that faded quickly to a ring fast. Hazy, amber/golden color.

Smell was estery with hints of dark fruit. Nice acidic aroma. Fairy faint aroma but still pleasant.

Taste was nice and mellow. Dark fruit and estery flavors. No real lingering sourness although some bitterness. Some nice belgian fruity characteristics.

Mouthfeel was light body and medium carbonation. Some mild dryness.

Drinkability was good. Mildly sour and bitter. One botle would probably be plenty.

Overall i would probably consider this to be a nice introductory sour beer. Not overpowering or mouth puckering, still pleasant and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 02:57:42 | More by riored4v
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a corked, caged 750 to a tulip glass,

Pours a cloudy orange tinted brown with a small white head.

Oak, funk, caramel, vinegar and brett on the nose.

Flavor is more of the same. Cider vinegar, brett, and oak. Maybe a hint of spice and citrus, but not much else. I did not detect much of the hop character that is popping up in other reviews. To me it suffered dearly from a lack of complexity. Caramel and apple cider mostly. Not much sourness. A passable sour, but it won't be confused for La Folie, Duck Duck Goose or Supplication any time soon. Perhaps it will improve with age?

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 04:34:51 | More by BradLikesBrew
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. $10. Quite the gusher on this one, still managed to get a decent pour, but it was close.

A: Light brown/amber in color with a huge billowy cream colored head that reduced to some clumpy bubbles and some sticky lacing. Very cloudy. Nice looking beer.

S: Funky sour smells, some lemon tartness, fair amount of booze which is surprising for a supposedly 6.5% beer. Citrus hops, some definite grapefruit, a little bit of turpentine/piney profile as well. Just a little funk, but it's pretty nice.

T: Nice caramel malt profile up front followed up by a fairly huge hop profile, definitely Pacific NW hops, strong grapefruit rind and a fairly piney profile. Behind the initial pale ale flavors there's a pretty distinct funkiness. Lemony tartness, mixed with a robitusson medicinal quality. Definitely a hoppy sour, with a huge bitterness. Unique.


M: Medium body, fairly dry, and just a little bit of boozey warmth.

D: Fairly easy to drink, but very unique and interesting. Lots of flavors going on here, and I find these hoppy sours to be interesting. Definitely a lot better than Victory's Wild Devil. Probably won't seek this out again though. Nice creativity from Ska.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 00:29:59 | More by pokesbeerdude
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