Pink Vapor Stew
Ska Brewing Co.

Pink Vapor StewPink Vapor Stew
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,580
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
86
Ranked #28,941
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 9.79%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
51
From:
Ska Brewing Co.
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  7
SCORE
86
Very Good
Pink Vapor StewPink Vapor Stew
Notes: A tropical medley of citrus, sour and tart flavors blended together originally for our 21st Anniversary party. Citra and Belma hops combine with beets, carrots, ginger and apples turning this brew into a pink vapor stew!
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark pink color with no head to speak of.
Aroma of tart apple and ginger.
Ditto taste. Mostly tart apple, some ginger. Carrots and beets are supposed to be in there also, but I can't find them.
Tart and thirst quenching.

Wednesday at 06:47 PM
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can - BBD 07/06/2020 stamped on bottom:

Pours dark pink with a thin lasting head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is tart - beets, sour apples, a hint of ginger.

The taste is sour/tart - apples, beets, carrots with late ginger. Odd combination gives an odd aftertaste.

It is fairly effervescent, on the fuller side of light-bodied.

A unique beer for sure. Not my thing but they got what they wanted, I suppose. The added ingredients I noticed before reading the description on the can. It's not the wildest of wild ales, but the sourness is there enough to be a sour ale. Different. A six pack is more than enough for me - wouldn't get again.

Feb 22, 2020
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before date of January 10th 2020 on the bottom of the can.

Pours a clear red in the glass though it looked pink while I was pouring it. Foam is on the pinkish side. It shrinks quickly but not completely. A wee bit of lacing.

Smells tart, vegetal, apples and ginger are pretty easy to recognize.

Light fruity tartness taste, some ginger, sour apples, very vegetal but agreeable to my palate. Apple tartness grows with each sip but maxes out before I could really call it sour.

Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

Nice brew but...when I finish the 6pack, I'll be done. Too many other beers to check out.

Oct 04, 2019
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz can poured into Duvel tulip. BBD 09/13/2019 printed on bottom of can. So this still has 3 months of freshness. Picked it up at the grocery store as part of a $10 six pack mixer. The side says it includes Apples, ginger, carrots and beets.

Appearance - Pours white head with decent retention that collapses into a thin ring. Weak, patchy stick. 4

Smell - Was not expecting this smell at all. Very dry, musky hop. Something this dry usually comes across as cardboard, but this is pretty neutral in that regard. I mean it is a sour ale, but the color makes it seem like it would be more fruity. 3.5

Taste - Very middle of the road sour. The tartness is very cranberry like, despite having no cranberry listed on the side. Enjoyable. Not the best representation of this amazing style. The aftertaste has a slight chemical, plastic off tone. Not a deal breaker by any means, but definitely something to nit pick. 3

Mouthfeel - Tart, obviously. Not bad. A little too astringent in the finish. 3

Overall - This sour isn't bad, but it's missing something. As I mentioned, sours are one of the best beer styles ever, and this just isn't a particularly good example of a sour. However, an average or even sub par example of something amazing is still pretty good. 2.75

Jun 05, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 10/3/2019. Pours slightly hazy medium orange/amber, light reddish/pinkish color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tart/sour lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, ginger, red/green apple, peach, pear, melon, apricot, carrots, beets, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light peppercorn/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, apples, carrots, ginger, beets, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/sour lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, ginger, red/green apple, peach, pear, melon, apricot, carrots, beets, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light peppercorn/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tart/sourness, and ginger spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/sour lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, ginger, red/green apple, peach, pear, melon, apricot, carrots, beets, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light peppercorn/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, apples, carrots, ginger, beets, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with a great malt, tart, spicy, sourness balance; and no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering sour/tartness, spiciness, and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/acidic/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is an excellent fruit/spice/vegetable kettle sour. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, apples, carrots, ginger, beets, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/clean/refreshing to drink with the modestly acidic/sticky/drying finish; not overly lactic. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Great balance of apples, ginger, carrots, beets, and Lacto complexity; with a nice pale/wheat malt backbone against acidity. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp acidic dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressively well made style example. Beets weren't overdone, they usually have an unpleasant earthy "dirt" flavor, but were not overwhelming at all.

May 21, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

2.82/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

L:. Pours a bright red color with a medium pink head and no lacing.

S:. Tart some carrot, maybe some cherry. Aroma is fairly weak.

T:. Notes of tartness and carrot, a bit of apple, some sour and maybe a little cherry.

F:. Higher carbonation, light medium body.

O:. This is not an overly interesting beer.

Dec 19, 2018
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qjholler from New Mexico

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz draft

A) A gorgeous deep rose color with a decent whitish-pink head that fades quickly.

S) Lemon and ginger come through immediately, followed by a faint earthiness of beet. The smell is a bit funky in a very pleasant way.

T) Absolutely fantastic. One of the best sours/wild ales I've had in terms of taste. The beet and ginger tastes are apparent first, followed by lemon, carrot, and sour apple. The flavor is smooth on the tongue but turns tart as it is pushed back, providing an incredible sensation. The level of ginger is perfect to balance the fruits and vegetables that form the backbone of the flavor.

M) Thin, but not overly so. Coats the tongue easily and permeates the tastebuds in a way that meshes well with the strength of the flavor.

O) An excellent wild ale. My girlfriend, a self-proclaimed opponent of sour beer, names this among the two sour-style beers she enjoys (the other being New Belgium's Sour Saison). I, a self-proclaimed proponent of well-executed sours and wilds, think that this is an exemplary beer which I will happily drink at any time. The balance of it is superb. It is a truly exciting beer that offers something new with every sip, and I'm thankful that a local restaurant has it year-round at $5 a pint.

Sep 07, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Stamped on bottom of can is 'FEB 24 18'.
Bright ruby colored body, clear. Pinkish-white head. Small strings of lacing.
Aroma of lemon, beet, ginger, and green apple. The beet smell is quite distinctive.
Slightly sour taste, with lemon, followed by beet and apple, and then by ginger.
Fizzy, medium mouth feel. Rather dry and crisp.
Has a real combination of smells and flavors, led by a slightly sweet and lightly sour aspect. Easy to drink, because of the sweetness and the light sour, along with the dryness of the finish. This beer has the most beet apparent smell and flavor of any beer I have had. This and the ginger grounds the beer and keeps it from being a real sour bomb.

Jun 23, 2018
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StJamesGate from New York

3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

CAN
Luminous pink; shady tartness; clean acetic then warm ginger + earthy finish.

4 3.75 3.75 4 3.5

Ginger, yes; beets, maybe (flavourwise); apples, slight; carrots, no. Decent kettle sour with unnecessary bells + whistles. Lacking.

Jun 06, 2018
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear ruby colour. Smells earthy and fruity. Beets pop out as well as a bit of apple. Smells juicy and sour. Tastes like a fruit juice. Carrot and apple upfront, earthy sweet beet pops up and all flavours stay fresh and dissipate. Clean finish with a sour palate.

May 22, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Strange name...excellent beer. Truly pink in color. Fizzy white, light-pink in color. The aroma is of fruit, beets, and a little sour funk. The taste is lightly tart, with just a little sweetness underneath. Flavorful taste...more fruit and beet. Abrupt finish. Nice.

Feb 10, 2018
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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota

3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright neon pink body with a bubble gum pink finger nail of head.

On the nose, I'm getting all of the ingredients listed on the can - apples, beets, carrots, ginger. It's basically mashed baby food. A little dirt.

Flavor is earthy overall, with loud beets, followed by lactobacillus, apple skins, ginger root, earth, and lingering sourness/salinity.

Feel is crisp and carbonated, with a creamy yet puckering finish that dries out on your tongue.

Overall, it's a decent beer, about as well as you'd expect carrots, ginger, and beets to go over in a beer.

Dec 15, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a ruby-pink color with an average sized pink head. The aroma is gentle, with mild cracker malts, soft acetic sourness, and a hint of vegetable matter. The flavor starts off with a zing of lemon juice sourness, turning to a hint of gren apple and cracker malt, and on the finish there is a broad ginger quality that is really intriguing. The mouthfeel is light with lots of fizzy carbonation. Overall I really like this beer - innovative ingredients combined in a fun way, creating something recognizable with a nice twist.

Nov 30, 2017
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beergoot from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, pinkish-red body topped with a fair one-finger thick head. Mild fruity aroma; white grapes and raspberry. Sour cherry flavor; grapefruit juice; green apple. Medium-heavy body; tart and acidic.

The color is a knockout, good eye appeal. The other aspects are respectable if rather pedestrian. An approachable sour with some interesting ingredients.

Oct 25, 2017
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bnes09 from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant hot pink color with minimal haze. Plenty of snow drift, white head forms a subtle froth over the liquid and a nice ring around the glass. Fruits and veggie aroma with apples, strawberries and fresh carrots. Flavor follows. Apple and berry flavor is prominent with carrots in the background. Mild ginger. Really does taste like a stew. Light body and relatively low and smooth carbonation provides a tonic-like feel. Surprisingly, this is very good. Also very refreshing on a hot day.

Sep 10, 2017
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bark from Sweden

3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is red-orange-gold, the liquid is clear. The three finger head is pink and compact; it sinks down very slowly leaving lots of thick lacing on the glass.

The smell is sour-tart with fruity-spicy notes. Beetroots, raspberries, lemongrass and lingonberries. Jam-like sweetness in the background.

The first sip is quite tart. Perfumed notes of raspberries, red currants and ginger. Passing metallic bitterness and hints of black pepper. Growing fruity sweetness. Light to medium body. The aftertaste is even sweeter with metallic bitterness, beetroots and tart raspberries. The finish is harsh with red berries.

The carbonation is strong, the many small bubbles are short-lived. It gets flat rather quickly. The liquid is harsh.

OK, not bad, but I don’t really understand when I am supposed to drink this beer?

Aug 19, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i didnt even really know these guys did sours. i guess i had a weird anniversary sour from them once in a swing top bottle, but i thought it was either a one off or a mess up. this is really good, and its a direction i hope they keep moving in. a sour beer with beets and carrots, which are a cool add to any beer, but seem prime for a sour. its purple pink in color, really clear for what it is, thin looking, but the color is awesome, like stained glass with the sun coming through, and a soda sort of bubbly head on it. i smell a lot more citric bacterial sourness than i do root vegetables, but the beets are there, sort of dirty and earthy, and maybe a little sweet from the carrot, but thats a stretch. not much grain or hops here at all, slight vinegar too. the flavor really showcases the veggies though, tons of beet, super earthy and mineral forward, freshly picked, less carrot but i get that honey milk essence of carrot juice there for sure. its weird in a sour beer, and maybe this is a little too sour, but it doesnt work like i thought it would, the vinegar aspect, clean as it is, seems to break down the heartiness of the vegetables, and whats gained by them is quickly lost to sharp lemony sourness. it feels thin to me, well carbonated as it is, and i miss the grain substance that i think would go so well with the vegetables and support them a little bit, its a significant omission from an otherwise really clever beer. more grain and more body are needed for sure, but i like this a lot. i think its really well executed for something so ambitious, and if we could dial back the sourness and acidity just a bit, we would have a real winner here. definitely one to try while its around though...

Jul 29, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is completely pink - I assume from the beets. Somewhat cloudy with a small head. It smelled slightly sour with notes of apples, beets and ginger. A fair amount of apple and ginger flavor with a sour fruitiness. Didn't taste or smell the carrots - which is probably a good thing.

Jun 27, 2017
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