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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%
Wants: 18
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
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:
Photo of sevopie
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.

sevopie, Feb 02, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
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.

Beaver13, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of boatshoes
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.

boatshoes, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of Solomon420
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you to SpruceFish for the opportunity to try this beer. 750ml caged and corked bottle, not too much to the label other than a picture of a wooden barrel and few cobwebs...

A: Amber, reddish hue, medium sized head the fell quickly, left minor lacing around goblet glassware

S: Alcohol and oak up front, some minor sourness funky smell lingering in the background.

T: To me, like the smell, the first taste was of alcohol and wood, then a slight sourness. It almost taste like a wheatwine at first.
After that, the taste dropped off and left a residual alcohol-aspirin like flavor.

M: Medium body, low carbonation (as some wild ales are bubbly), and weird aftertaste

D: Dont know if I could drink more than a few glasses of this. Its also got a good alcohol punch so that has a factor in my decision too. Its a definite treat to try this beer. I think it may need some time in the cellar to mellow out the alcohol burn and bring out some of the funk/sourness and to mellow the oak a bit too.

Solomon420, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of hoppymcgee
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!

hoppymcgee, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of TheRealDBCooper
4.5/5  rDev +24%

TheRealDBCooper, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of weeare138
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.

weeare138, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of riored4v
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.

riored4v, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
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.

DefenCorps, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of Freethyhops
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.

Freethyhops, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
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.

emmasdad, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of BradLikesBrew
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?

BradLikesBrew, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of pokesbeerdude
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.

pokesbeerdude, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of LongsPeakAveBrew
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance
Poured Ska Sour, Belgian inspired sour pale ale, from a corked and caged bomber into a tulip. A thick off-white head develops over a hazy orange/amber body. Sticky lacing ensues. As head dissipates to a ring of larger bubbles around the glass

Nose
Straw and a clean, citrus acidity over subtle malt with just a hint of some barnyard funk.

Taste
The first sensation is a surprising malt sweetness followed by a citrusy hop presence. The hop bitterness translates into a lactic acid tang, which lingers on the roof of my mouth. As the beer warms in its glass the funk becomes more prevalent and horsy.

Mouth feel
The nice full body of this ale is really critical to my enjoyment of it. A thinner beer wouldn't have stood up to the hops and Brett. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall
I was happy that a trip to Ska's website and a little search turned up some more info

6.5% abv 50 IBU's multiple yeast strains and Brett. Aged in inoculated oak casks and dry hopped with centennial.

Would have loved to see this on the label (I had already guessed that the ale included malts hops yeast and water.) Overall I am really enjoying this beer. The strong hops are a major difference from what I have experienced in this style previously and, while not bad at all, I do feel they detract from my ability to perceive and enjoy the sour/funky element of the beer.

LongsPeakAveBrew, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of StoneTSR
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.

StoneTSR, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
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.

Ineedabeerhere, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of kwjd
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.

kwjd, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of mikereaser
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.

mikereaser, May 21, 2010
Photo of beerindex
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.

beerindex, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Doodler
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Doodler, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of rye726
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.

rye726, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of ckeegan04
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.

ckeegan04, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of ArrogantB
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle $10. Dark orange, almost red with good lacing and a short head. The smell is quite odd and took me a couple minutes to understand. It is surely funky but not in a natural way, at first I thought it was citrus but its closer to a watermelon and then kiwi. The taste is also quite odd, funky but fruity, what the hell is this I am tasting? Its not really sour but its funky and I swear it almost hoppy? There might be a little bit of wood in the background. I can't say I appreciate it for the flavor (and I love sour and funky and wild beers) but it certainly is unique.

ArrogantB, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Satchboogie
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Satchboogie, Feb 20, 2012
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Ska Sour from Ska Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.