Pink Vapor Stew
Ska Brewing Co.

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From:
Ska Brewing Co.
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #908
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
85
Ranked #21,622
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 9.84%
Ratings:
59
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 09, 2021
Added:
Jun 04, 2017
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  9
SCORE
85
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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3.57 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Dec 09, 2021
 
3.52 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Nov 30, 2021
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3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Mavigo from Michigan

Poured from a can into a goblet.

L - Pours a clear pink/red. Has a short, pink head that dissipates fast leaving bits of lacing.

S - Smells tart, and of vegetables, celery, carrots, apples and ginger.

T - Tastes bitter, sour, very interesting and unique. Definitely has that vegetable vibe to it, carrots, celery, sour apples, citrus.

M - Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

O - So this was eye opening, very unique, but after too cans I was done with this. An after taste builds up in your mouth, it's like a carbonated V8 beer concoction. I'd recommend but I don't know if I'll seek this out again.

Oct 14, 2021
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3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by ABSOLUTENUT from Connecticut

Alabama Boss calls this "stripper pussy in a can".

Jun 14, 2021
 
4.25 by jtnord from Colorado on Mar 31, 2021
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3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

Poured from a can. Dark pink to red with a foamy white head and some lacing. Smells of fruit, carrots and you can tell it will be a little sour. Flavors galore, some fruit, some vegetable somehow all blending together nicely. It has a little sour kick but nothing to make you pucker(my wife said it was really sour). Unique. Worth a try.

Feb 20, 2021
 
4.33 by summitsippin from Colorado on Feb 20, 2021
 
3.9 by Eltrandos from France on Sep 11, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

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.

Jun 03, 2020
 
3.75 by netshark from Colorado on Mar 07, 2020
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3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by jwc215 from Arizona

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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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

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
 
4.03 by Nunya from Ohio on Jul 07, 2019
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3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by ZenAgnostic from Texas

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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4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

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
 
4.17 by Cole_Harris from Colorado on Feb 12, 2019
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2.82/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by Parmesan from Colorado

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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4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by qjholler from New Mexico

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
 
3.99 by cd34 from Illinois on Jul 08, 2018
 
3.73 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Jun 29, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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
 
4 by psmith161 from Indiana on Jun 20, 2018
 
3.5 by archero from Texas on Jun 13, 2018
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3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by StJamesGate from New York

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
 
3.61 by Walnut from Missouri on Jun 05, 2018
 
3.75 by vfgccp from New York on Jun 03, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by NilocRellim from Minnesota

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
 
4.36 by JonBoy23 from California on Apr 10, 2018
 
3.97 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Apr 07, 2018
 
3.83 by michiganmatt from California on Mar 31, 2018
 
4.12 by Dr_Fox from Utah on Mar 04, 2018
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3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Suds from Missouri

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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4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by DFTKRFT91 from California

very sour, good fizz, great color.

Feb 07, 2018
 
3.25 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Jan 26, 2018
 
3.5 by krome from Illinois on Jan 25, 2018
 
3.65 by 22Blue from Kansas on Jan 07, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by hoptheology from South Dakota

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
 
4 by BeerWithMike from Nebraska on Dec 14, 2017
 
3.64 by ultrasrs from Illinois on Dec 03, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Czequershuus from Minnesota

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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