Euphoria Pale Ale | Ska Brewing Co.

Euphoria Pale AleEuphoria Pale Ale
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Average: 3.84 | pDev: 11.46%

Reviews: 146 | Ratings: 422

Ranked #820 American Pale Ale (APA) and #18,757 overall.

ABV: 6.10% | Availability: Winter

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Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
skabrewing.com

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark piss color; see-through.

Off-white head which dissipates; decent lacing.

Smells of sweet malt & earthy hops. Inviting.

Medium mouthfeel.

The taste is wonderfully balanced between hop & malt; both shine. A nice beer.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 4/13/2019. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, woody, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, caramel, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance; and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.2%. Overall this is an excellent American pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/resinous/drying finish, not aggressive. Feels like Centennial, Amarillo, Goldings. Awesome balance of juicy, dank, and earthy hop complexity; with a nice sized bready malt backbone. Mild residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. Really great classic hop profile.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Winter sports and endless pizza are just a few of the inspirations that cause Ska brewers to create a crushable pale ale that celebrates the hops of the pacific northwest but also has balance. Herbal and toasty, this little pale ale has it all.

Euphoria pours with a light tawny bronze color and builds a creamy off white lather to draw in the eye. Its toasty aromas are more of a display of citrusy, herbal and perfumy hops. A granola filled early palate hosts malt flavors of caramel, honey, nuttiness, toastiness and grape nuts cereal.

Sweetness gradually drifts away across the middle palate to make way for the hops. Orange peel, grapefruit and a zip of lemon decorates the tastebuds while a softer and more succulent mango flavor rises. Nutty with pecan and toast, the flavors develop a piquant bitterness with grapefruit peels, soft pine resins and a sharp grassy bite hitting late on the palate.

Medium bodied, the beer retains enough malt sweetness to take a decent edge off of the hops. Still, the hops take control of the finish with a drying resin character and a mild leafy peppery bite that lingers into a medium length afterglow. Now where are those pizzas?

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Photo of Suds
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, light-brown color with a soapy off-white head. The aroma has malt and a bit of hop presence. Medium in body and balanced just slightly on the sweet side. Plenty of hops, which give the beer a little astringent, resin-like note. Fully bitter by the mid-taste. . The body has a serious heft. Nice.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper and amber appearance, off white head like a hearty esb almost, floral hops, good pale ale vibe going for it. Maybe simcoe?

Taste was good, they dropped all the crystal malt from those heavy ass malt ipas they make, went lighter pale malts here, well carbonated. A well done pale ale.

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Photo of svenness
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 2/21/16 on can

L: Reddish/light-brown, hazy, long lasting creamy head
S: Subdued aroma, floral hops, herbal, caramel, bready
T: Restrained bitterness, caramel sweetness, floral, a little onion/spicy
F: Medium body yet fairly dry finish, lots of carbonation on the palate
O: A nice fall/winter pale ale. The moderate aroma and flavor hops with a malty backbone is nice change of pace.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisit: 16 Nov 16
12 oz. Can
BBY: Jan 23 17

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, some hops, some citrus. The taste is malty, slight hop note, sweet, some citrus. Medium body. Overall, this is a nice malt/hop blend pale ale.

8 Ju1 15
On-Tap 12oz. (The Ale House)

Pours a nice slightly cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly hoppy, malty, grapefruit. The taste is kinda hoppy, malty, grapefruit. Medium body, slightly dry/bitter finish. Overall not too bad.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber/brown pour with an off-white one-finger head. Aroma has brown sugar, prune and bread. Taste is malty with flavors of bread, caramel and toffee upfront. Can also taste a nice earthy bitterness that becomes more prominent as the beer warms. 

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown in cool with a rocky beige head about a half inch thick. Brussels lacing. Tropical hop aroma is overripe pineapple, mango, and cantaloupe. It's very unique and engaging. The taste is nice balance of those tropical hops and light malt. The hops are a bit more apparent than the malt,but it is a fairly unique flavor. There's a nice gentle passion fruit hop burn on your tongue. The mouth is packed with flavor and the hops prickle the tongue throughout the experience.

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Photo of CotterEU
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was pretty sweet tasting. The malts really come through on this and leave hops in the dust. I liked the red color and poured a nice head. The taste was a little more watery from what I expect from Ska Brewing.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned pale ale out of the scene of Durango, CO. On to the beer:

Euphoria is an orange amber colored beer with a very creamy and heady top. Not only does it retain well, but its lacing received good marks. The aroma brings an euphoric blend of toffee, pine, lemongrass, and heaps of toasted sugar. There is this fight for supremecy between the malt and the hops, but in the end I can say that both sides ends up as winners. This is a delicious pale ale. It meets between a hoppy amber ale and a classic American pale ale. The toffee crisp flavor is pronounced with a dry woody note. Toasted sugar glazed on the outside flesh of pineapple. Still modestly hoppy though. The beer bring a medium sized body to play, and is a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got one nice and fresh. Pours a darker golden light brown, clear, with off-white head. Some pine and bread on the nose with a little grass; follows onto the palate. A little spice on the finish with some bread.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but quite earthy in the flavors.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of lsiberian
4.66/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Euphoria presents a light clear yellow tan with very strong head followed with excellent. On the nose is a complex mixture of sweet barely and floral hops with a touch of citrus and earthy tones. On the tongue the beer matches it's smell with a beautiful complex sweet floral hoppy main line with a touch of fruit and an excellent bitter finish. In the mouth this beer is strong, smooth and silky. Overall Euphoria is an excellent beer worthy of it's name.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-tan with pitted taupe head - darker than expected.
Oily orange rind and floral nose.
Solid toffee backbone then sweet tangerine rind and pine shaving hops.
Citronella end and orangey linger.
Short of medium, round, oily.

OK, so this is Goldings, which is not a big, bold, bright American hop. But it's used in such quantities here that you get plenty of greasy orange rindy goodness. The body's a bit sweet, but it is a winter seasonal, so it gets away with that, too. And this is 5 months *past* its expiration date, so lord knows how much more citrus peel (and EKG spice, which is missing) there'd be if it were fresh.

Not a conventional APA, but still a very good, drinkable one.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber-brown in color with a white head. Good carbonation.

Aroma is malty and sweet. Lots of toast and caramel. No hop aroma

Sweet, toast a and caramel again. Just enough hops to balance out the finish.

Good medium body for style.

A well made beer, balanced, sessionable, but nothing amazing.

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Photo of jdhowe
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a great divide tulip, because it's the only glassware I have in my hotel room. Best by April 14.

A: Pours a deep, ruby tinged amber that is slightly hazy. 1 1/2 fingers of big, foamy, straw-colored head that dissipates after minutes to a thick ring of foam, leaving sticky lacing up the side of the glass. This is just too dark for a pale ale, but it looks delicious anyway.

S: Big sweet candy and wheat malt aromas accompanied by a slight spice and citrus hop character.

T/M: Medium mouthfeel with medium-to-high carbonation, mouthfeel is slightly coating and juicy without being oily. Prickly carbonation leads into a big juicy sweetness of citrus fruits alongside lightly bready malt character. Carbonation props up lots of malt and fruit sweetness. Alcohol is very evident on the finish, accompanied by a swelling and lingering hop bitterness and another mild wave of malt.

O: This beer is a little dark for a pale ale, but is otherwise really nice. The strong citrus presence help to justify the otherwise slightly strong bitterness of the finish. I would call this an IPA rather than a PA if forced to choose a style, but it's a tasty beer nonetheless. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Wedgie28
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the best pale ales in a can you'll ever find, if you can find it. Tastes great, high abv, eight of these and your doing fine. I like the skeleton on the can. Good marketing dude. Supposedly comes out around Christmas and runs out in February. Drank the last two March 3rd, so that rumor seems true.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml can with a BB of Jan 2014. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. A pale ale for winter....

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear brownish-amber hue with low carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of pine, subtle weed, peel, grass/hay, sweet caramel malt and earthy yeast. Hoppy and nicely balanced.

Tastes of intense aromatic hops and sweet malt, with a spicy bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, orange peel, mild grapefruit, citrus, grass/hay, white pepper, caramel, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a resinous bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with mild carbonation and decent body. Hop oils stimulate the tongue. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of pine resin, bitter aromatic hops and faint caramel.

Good stuff - my only real complaint is that it isn't particularly pale. More like an American 'bitter'. Looks OK, colour notwithstanding. The aroma and flavour are distinctly hop-driven, with a subtle malt backbone to provide balance. Decent body; carbonation could be enhanced to add texture. While I don't find the style to be especially suited to winter, it is a deliciously drinkable brew. Worth a punt if you come across it.

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Photo of BerkM
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a great Pale Ale. Pours a nice dark amber, great malt backbone with medium citrus hops that balance everything out just right. This is different from other winter seasonals and it fits in perfectly, even taking it’s own place. I bought this expecting a pale ale not an IPA and it is everything I wanted it to be and more. I love Modus but it seems like some of the reviews I read knock this for lack of hops. Don’t buy this if you want an IPA but if you want a top quality pale ale this is worth a try for anyone.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can dated March 25, 2014.

A: Clear, amber body. Decent amount of bubbly head with good retention.

S: Mostly caramel malt. Little bit of citrus from the hops.

T: Nicely balanced pale ale. Reminds me of a less hoppy Modus.

M: A little thin. Decent carbonation.

O: If I'm going to buy Ska, I'll pick up Modus instead.

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Photo of papat444
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From my mom on her recent visit to CO.

Poured from a 12oz can, no #freshbeer info.

Copper-colored body, 2-3 fingers worth of foam, tightly latched onto glass, thin rings left on the glass. Sweet grapefruit aroma but dry with assorted citrus fruit. Flavor is much the same with grapefruit rind and pulp taking center stage. Not very bitter surprisingly enough. Good, missing a bit oomph for me to rate it higher but i'd have this again.

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Photo of DemoniChris
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can poured into a weizen glass.

A - Appearance is very odd for a pale ale; very dark ruby with hints of brown. Good looking, but very interesting for an APA.

S - Smell is kind mild hops with a hint of clove

T - Taste is more enjoyable than the smell. Decent amount of hop presence with a mildly bitter finish. A bit of pine and light fruits.

M - Mouthfeel is decent and the carbonation is on point for the style.

O - Overall I think that Ska can make a great hoppy beer. This one is not quite as good as Modus, but it's a solid little brother to it.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper and hazy.
Small head. Lacing looks good.
Smells faint. Malt, bread and a hint of fruit and hops, but nothing too noticeable.
Tastes like a malt/hop blend that has a nice bitterness, but not much character to speak of as far as what is jumping out. Caramel. Light in flavor.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This is a pale ale? Looks like a rustic amber with lots of yeast suspended in it. Great lacing as well, but that comes after the thick tan foam disappears.

Smell: Sweet caramel, marshmallows, pine, and flowers. Great Colorado scent.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pine...and pineapple. Very unique. Some toasted pine nuts as well. Very enjoyable. Crisp mouthfeel that is very active. A tad thin at times.

Overall Drinkability: An incredible ale.

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Euphoria Pale Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 422 ratings