Ski Bum
Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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American IPA
Ranked #6,217
Ranked #38,530
3.62 | pDev: 9.39%
Ellicottville Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Ski BumSki Bum

This heavily-hopped winter ale pours auburn and delivers perfect bitterness. Brewed in honor of the colorful characters who make Ellicottville their winter home. As one of the regions most popular winter destinations, ski culture is at the heart of our brewery & brand.

HIGHLIGHTS - Crisp, Hoppy, Nicely Bitter

57 IBU
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 67
Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Bottle Backlog is in full retreat & things are surfacing from the past as a result. I am excited at the prospect of returning to The CANQuest (tm) on a full-time basis, but in the interim …

From the Bottle: "Seasonal Ale"; "Auburn Color Crisp & Hoppy".

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. I was dissatisfied with the resulting head, so I gave it an in-glass swirl to raise just under two fingers of soapy, foamy, rocky, light-tan head with modest retention. It left nice lacing in its wake. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very hoppy, very much of spruce & pine & now, my hophead mouth was watering! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste had a pleasant bitterness, not overstated, very piney & very drinkable. Mmm. Finish was likewise dry, hoppy & very pleasant.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange with a medium rocky off white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt and a little green apple with green hops.

The flavor is sweet fruity caramel malt with a decent bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, decent fruity hoppy pale with a little too much sweet caramel malt.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours amber with thick foamy fading head. Bold hoppy citrus with notes of lemon, strong grapefruit, and orange with herbal spice over a toasty malty backbone.

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Photo of KonigObHops
2.27/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This beer poured a dark copper color with a fluffy white head.

The aroma was extremely strong, and the hops are present even as the beer is being poured. Smelled like a double IPA with Nobel hops.

The initial taste was nothing but hops. The middle was more hops with a slight biscuity flavor. The end was rather bitter with a lingering aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was crisp with a very high level of carbonation.

This was a strange seasonal winter ale for sure. They basically made an IPA and put a winter label on it. It was advertised as crisp and hoppy, and it certainly was. Unfortunately, too me this was just another example of a craft beer that didn’t have much going for it so they hopped the crap out of it.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a dense, 2 finger off white head that sticks around FOREVER and leaves some nice rings of lacing in it's wake. I honestly would have given this at least a 4 for appearance if it weren't for the absurd amount of floaties. It looks like someone dumped a shit ton of sawdust into my glass.

Smell is bright lemon and orange as well as spruce tips.

Taste is the same with a good dose of sweet malts and a bitter finish.

Feel is light side of medium and crisp with a lot of carbonation. Very easy drinking.

Overall this beer is solid. If there was not an abundance of sweet malts in the taste I would have rated it higher, but it seems like this beer is trying to be too many different things. If it kept the hop profile and had different malt flavors it would be a great red IPA, but the sweet caramel flavor seems a bit out of place.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ellicottville Brewing Co. "Ski Bum"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 11/15/17 B293 11:35"
$1.83 @ Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Slightly hazy dark copper colored body with orange highlights beneath a rocky head of off-white that displays excellent head retention and lacing.
Smell: Brightly citrusy and piney over a bit of darkly caramelish malt.
Taste: As the aroma suggests it will be. The caramel is dark, just like almost burnt sugar, and the pine is soft rather than raspy, and almost cooling like mint along with the citrus. A stiff bitterness backs it and it finishes dry and hoppy with some mild pine and citrus lingering gently.
Feel: Medium bodied and crisp.
Overall: Very well-balanced and rounded. Definitely interesting and refreshing. Worth trying.

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Photo of RonM5xho
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper color on the lighter side. S: Strong pine w/mild citrus. T: mildly sweet then earthy w/a slight bitter end note. M: great balance of carbonation and richness in the mouth. O: A good balanced IPA. I really enjoyed the balance of carbonation and even texture of this beer.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color, strong pine with some citrus aroma. A pleasant ipa with all the flavors well balanced. Not as bitter as some ipas I've had which is what I enjoyed about it

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Photo of DrMullet
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium copper/amber wit a medium head.
Smell is a pleasant mix of pine and citrus.
Taste is a good blend of pine and citrus. Slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light copper colored pour with a minimal head. Grassy and earthy aroma. Taste is strong resin and pine with a bit of citrus rind. Can also taste a good bit of caramel malt.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper amber with an off white head that leaves a trail of lace.

Smells of pine citrus and floral hops with some cereal grain notes.

Taste is resinous pine and bitter citrus up front with a quick hit of sweet cereal grain from the slight malt middle. It finishes dry with bitter herb notes.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.75] Dark apricot in color. The beer is not transparent - a bit cloudy. The color is not attractive actually. The beer forms a 1 finger white head that is dense. The bottle lists the ABV (6.0%) and the born on date 12/29/14.

S: [3.00] Weak smells of spices.

T: [4.00] The taste does not follow the nose. There is really bold flavor. Lots of things happening. The initial flavor is hops - but not bitter. The follow up is sweetness from the malt. The balance is really nice.

M: [4.00] The body is good with a bit of a creaminess to the feel. Carbonation level is good.

O: [3.75] A weak nose lead me to believe that this was going to be disappointing. But it had a lot of flavor and nice body. I really like the balance that is happening.

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Photo of MarlPMills
4/5  rDev +10.5%

All pine but pleasantly smooth. maybe a slight grapefruit tingle but a good session for the hoppy people of the north. To soon to judge, if consistency remains....I will upgrade accordingly

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Photo of T-34-85
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Impressively true to the winter ale description with a surprising aroma of pine present. Basically, this struck me as a pretty moderate IPA with the big punch of christmas-like pine tree essence.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful and brilliant copper orange amber with pristine clarity. it shines like a gold bar. Fat head of creamy off white foam that has a bit of an orange tinge to it. Falls slowly and leaves a cluster of bubbles on top and a ring and lace. Nose is shy. I have to get right int he glass for it. The bright peel of the orange, grapefrurit and some pith. A light pine and a biscuity malty scent with some caramel underpinnings to it. Taste is light and so is the mouthfeel. I am quite surprised actually because the malt is this is very equal to the hops. It has a crisp malt dryness, a light biscuit and a very light caramel. With all this malty flavor I would expect a heavier mouthfeel but it's pretty light. The fruit is pretty played down int eh flavors and i wish it was stronger on the palate. There is just enough bitter to say there was one but it fades pretty quickly and leaves behind that malty taste which is lovely but it's lonely without a bigger fruity taste to accompany it. The pine is shy in the finish too. It's a bit neutral int he flavors in the aftertaste and fades quickly from the palate all together. it has only a bit of resin that lingers with that light bitter.

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Photo of Kendo
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a Spieglelau IPA glass. Body is coppery amber with a half-finger whitish head on top. Decent lace.

S: Citrus (lemon), apricot and faint touch of cat pee.

T: Kind of neutral - not much overall flavor going on. I get that apricot-like hop bitterness, a touch of piney, leafy hops and that's really about it. Even so, it's not all that hoppy - if that makes sense. There is some lingering pine needle on the middle of the tongue after each sip, however, that at times seems a wee bit spicy - rye-like spicy.

M: Medium-ish in heft, carbonation is modest but it's not slick.

O: Good. It's not blowing me away, but it's an inoffensive, easy drinker.

CRB - "Tulsa Yesterday."


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Ski Bum from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 67 ratings