Euforia | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
22 IBU

Added by akorsak on 07-11-2006

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours autumn brown with a khaki, finger width head. Good retention, resulting in a thin, consistent film across the top. Fair lacing, mostly consisting of small spots and some broken webbing.

Smell - Enticing aroma of toffee and some roasted nuts; the roast is almost on the cusp of some coffee character. Lesser caramel. Faint butter.

Taste - Nice flavor profile that starts with toffee before earthy, slightly roasty nuttiness comes into play. A hint of caramel and very faint chocolate. The finish is somewhat light, with some sweetness and light, lingering roast.

Mouthfeel - The beer loses me quite a bit in the mouthfeel. Slighty creamy initially, but then thins quickly, especially for a brown and with low carbonation. Watery finish.

Overall - Promising beer but could be a bit beefier, IMO. The light, watery finish isn't doing it for me. One of the lighter finishing browns I've had, in fact. A shame because the aroma and initial flavor are very nice. There's just a huge gap in the finish.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with tall, long lasting, fluffy, off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of nutty malt, chocolate, vanilla, cacao, dark fruit, brown sugar and hint of hops. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and semi-dry. On a sweet side but good overall.

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Photo of mynie
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Duclaw’s branding is horrible. All of their logos look like some kind of Czechoslovakian Hot Topic ripoff, the things that appeal only to depressed kids in the former Eastern Block who want to seem smart and edgy. You know that shirt worn by fat girls in middle school, the one that says “I you laugh because I’m different, I laugh because you’re all the same?” This is the beer version of that. Only misspelled.

Like, seriously, “euforia?” Who is that for?

That aside, it’s nice to see a brewery that includes a brown ale in their staple lineup. Browns are good.

This one is okay. Pours very hazy with a bit of an uneven hue—reminds me of my not-very-good homebrew.

Smells like cereal grain with some light nuttiness. Far from the delicacy of a good English brown, or the sweet smoothness of a good American one. But quaffable nonetheless.

Tastes like it smells: cereal malt, light toffee, light nuttiness, a finish of dry hops. Absolultely fine for a brewpub brown, but nothing to distinguish it from anything else.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle to Guinness 20 oz glass.
Medium to dark amber.. little haze. One finger head quickly fades to flat off-white head. Smell is fairly faint of toffee.. malts and a whiff of caramel. The taste is of the nose, and is well balanced. There is a slight bit of carbonation, but not of bite quality. Overall, this is a good beer, but there is nothing worldly going on.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Side by side Brown Ale tasting:

1. DuClaw x11 Mesquite Smoked Brown Ale
2. Rogue Hazelnut Nectar (4.01)
3. Clown Shoes Brown Angel (3.99)
4. Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale (3.42)
5. DuClaw Euforia
6. Voodoo Wynonna's Big Brown Ale

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Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz undated bottle served in a snifter.

Pours dark brown; clear with ruby highlights. Thin head soon reduces to a partial top coat and ring.

Aroma: roasted nuts and toffee with dark bread, but something like a tartness too and not nearly as pleasant as it should be.

Flavor: lots of toffee but about equally bitter and sweet.

Feel: Medium body and medium-light carbonation.

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Photo of eskildow
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a cloudy dark brown with some translucency. The head (white) dissipates quickly. The flavour, though advertised as a toffee nut, there seems to be a whole lot more nut than toffee. The flavour is a whole lot of almonds, which is not really unpleasant but doesn't quite fit what I was looking for. The body is pleasant and the beer overall has a high drinkability.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

OVERALL a nice and nutty English Brown Ale that's drinkable, enjoyable, and a little sweet.

LOOKS a deep ruby dark tea brown.
SMELLS like sweet leather, milky hazelnuts, caramel, and malts. A chocolate toffee smell.
TASTE follows the nose with an emphasis on the caramel notes and the introduction of a toffee middle and a toasted marshmallow finish.
MOUTHFEEL is fairly smooth with a medium body and lively carbonation at the swallow.

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Photo of stevoj
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Bel Air location. Not sure where its coming from, but I’m getting hazelnuts in both the aroma and taste, on top of some caramel and toffee.. The whole thing comes off very sweet

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light reddish brown with copious, off white head and solid lacing. Smells strongly of toffee, caramel, hazelnut and sweet roasted malts. Sweet malts forward, hint of hazelnut, caramel, mid to end not with well balanced introduction of hops and clean finish. Medium bodied with fair amount of carbonation to add astringency.
Well balanced brown ale with hints of nut and toffee, sweet without being saccharine – not a novelty beer – smooth and balanced – almost sessionable in its drinkability and pleasant qualities.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- dark red with mahogany colors. @ finger fluffy head that leaves a nice valley lacing on the pint. somewhat opaque but light does get through.

S- sweet toffee malts with brown sugar and a nutty hop.

F- sweet nutty and toffee flavors come through. caramel and smokey flavor on the end.

M- chewy but smooth and easy to put down. The flavors complement each other well in this beer.

O- a good nut brown ale...they are hard to come by but this one is worth it.

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Photo of Act25
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On a roll w a few sweet and winter warming beers...

Could be DuClaw's best? Try 1.

A Too small, an off white head on a clear mahogany-with walnut stain colored body. A ring of retention and slight lace.

S Bright, nutty, candy shop, sweet toffee and rich caramel. Confectionary. A bit of char / smoke.

T Starts sweet malt up front, follows smell, with a slight grassy /char / smokey flavor in the middle. Finishes with more caramel sweet malt and a bit of spicy hops. Too sweet for my palate.

M Medium body moderate carbonation and a sweet finish. Too sweet again.

D Great aroma with a slightly too sweet flavor, levened with a grassy character

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Single 12 ounce bottle bought in Virginia, on to the beer:

This light amber brown beer rests below a rocky head which whips its foam around the glass, but still retains very well. I smell something sweet, and it's not the brownies that I baked. I smell toffee, dry roasty goodness, and hazelnut. While the aroma is upfront, the taste is a little milder in comparison. Still, I get the appetizing toffee and hazelnut notes, and a slightly sweet and dry aftertaste. It's medium bodied, soft and easy going down.

Euforia is just that when I drink it. Oh, spell check tells me it's euphoria.....

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Photo of Billolick
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Pours a lighter shade of tan, minor khaki cap leaving some strands of lacing.

Nutty and toffee notes on the sniff.

Light nuts and toffee again. Also milk chocolate and vanilla.

On the thinner side body wise

Decent enough, but nothing overly impressive....drinkable and enjoyable brown ale

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Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brown color with copper edges and a finger of off-white head. The nose is sweet and nutty. The flavor profile is bready with a touch of sweetness. The body is spot on for the style.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; deep reddish amber in color; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a wispy cap; IK lacing;

S: toffee, nut, chocolate;

T: a little mocha up front, then toffee, nut and chocolate in the middle; finish is back to mocha; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: for me, this would be a great dessert beer; a little too sweet for normal consumption;

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Not much of a head but has nice lacing. Dark chestnut brown and clear with a good amount of carbonation
S: Smells exactly like toffee!
T: Nutty, a mix of coffee and toffee
F: A little thin for my liking but consistent with most other English brown ales I've had
O: English brown ales aren't my favorite, but this one is really nice

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Photo of barczar
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is very nutty and toasted malt dominant, grainy, with a hint of buttery toffee and some very subtle specialty malt fruitiness.

Flavor reveals a rich of buttery sweetness initially, fading quickly to a dry, toasted malt backbone and a cereally, earthy bitter finish. It's a tad hollow in malt character, and the bitterness is somewhat harsh and astringent. That finish kills it for me.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a hazy but clear brown color with a ruby hue, small foamy off-white head reduces quickly to just a film on tup, a bit of lacing left behind

S- very nutty up front with a caramel malt sweetness, earthy & musty, butter, fruity esters

T- sweet and malty with flavors of toffee/caramel, roasted walnut, vanilla, a hint of coffee & earthy hop, dry yeasty finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry finish

O- easy drinking, straight forward brown

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours much darker than I expected. Beautiful reddish highlights when held up to light. Very smooth mouth feel with tastes of toffee, carmel and nuts. Dries to a very light hops finish. Very easy to drink and one of the great brown ales.

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Photo of Mrbseward
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber brown with a thick light brown, creamy head that lasts a while and leaves no lacing. Smells warm and of toffee, malt and some roasted nuts. Taste is great with the toffee coming through at first then the roasted nuts and some hint of hops to a finish that doesn't linger. Very smooth and light feel. Overall great beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DuClaw "Euforia" Toffee Nut Brown Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED 09/03/14"
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

I'm glad to see that some brewers are still trying to keep the brown ale style alive; and this one is actually slightly unique.

It's a standard nut brown ale, although perhaps slightly darker than you might expect. It offers a nutty, very lightly chocolatey malt; and in this case, and actual toffee (slightly buttery, nutty and caramelish) component. It's got a median bitterness; and a smooth body. Some caramel lingers in the finish at first, but it eventually dries and some very low-level hops appear.

Even for those who normally avoid dark beers, I think they might still find this accessible. It's remarkably easy to drink, and for those who are looking for a little more flavor in their beer, it's still here. Nicely done.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear medium brownish amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation and hints of ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted + roasted malts, toffee, and nuts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted and roasted malts with light to moderate amounts of toffee sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of nuts and just a hint of earthy hops. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall this beer is flavored as advertised but is not overly sweet, which I was worried about. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of scotorum
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Pennsylvania beer from my late Oct. trip that I can't buy in my home state.

a: Clear copper with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Caramel.

t: Caramel malt with strong presence under a moderate hop bite. Slightly bitter finish at first, later more sweet-dominated.

m; Light to moderate. Hard to tell if the accompanying tingle is from carbonation or hops, since it has a rather flat appearance.

o: A flavorful American-style brown (listed as an English brown but tastes too hoppy, although also listed as only 22 IBUs, seems like at least double that - go figger) with both a high degree of caramel/toffee malt sweetness and balancing hop bitterness. Pleasing.

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Photo of Omnium
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Medium clear brown with a finger of white head, little lacing.
S - Really weird bready malt, toasted grains, nuttiness, almonds, toffee, caramel, lots of sweetness.
T - The toffee definitely comes through, but its a very sweet form. If "chintzy" were a flavor, thi would kinda be it, the malt and nuttiness of whats supposed to be a brown ale kinda fall short, but that being said, its actually a decent novelty flavor.
M - Thin, kind watery.
O - Not gonna get this again, but it was decent. I would really like to see the toffee in a bigger form along with the nuttiness of a good brown, amp up the alcohol too.

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Euforia from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 359 ratings.
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