Euphoria Pale Ale | Ska Brewing Co.

Euphoria Pale AleEuphoria Pale Ale
BA SCORE
69.3%
Liked This Beer
3.81 w/ 414 ratings
Euphoria Pale AleEuphoria Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
skabrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BradLikesBrew on 12-05-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,588
Reviews:
142
Ratings:
414
Liked:
287
Avg:
3.81/5
pDev:
11.55%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
50
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 414 |  Reviews: 142
Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BG24
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of revooner
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NappyB
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lanciloti
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CotterEU
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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 innominat
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crusian
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

best by 04-01-11
pours a deep burnt amber color.
small 1 finger head that dies VERY quickly.
nice hop presence on the nose, citrusy... smells like it is going to be really good. taste falls a bit flat for me. Not sure if it is the quad I had before this or not, but shouldnt be. this pale is not that hoppy. tastes rather boring, to be honest. not to mention the oddness of a winter seasonal pale ale. I assume that the idea of a seasonal came about due to what was available during that season, and hops, are not available during the winter season, which is why spice and stouts rule... but yeah, this does have a nice caramel malt backbone, I just wish they hopped it up a bit more. after having their Modus, I expected more. Can easily taste the same hops as the Modus though... just wish it was more prevalent.
as this warms, it is getting better, and there seems to be more hop presence...so I have adjusted my scores accordingly.

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Photo of tdm168
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - amber with a thin lacing of white head that disappears quickly

S - very faint nose; some caramel and maybe some toasted malt

T - faint caramel, some bread, faint toast, some citrus, some faint piny bitterness

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is a simple, easy to drink beer. There isn't anything here that sets this apart from the group, but this is a refreshing APA with a subdued but enjoyable flavor profile. I don't think this is a beer that I will seek out again, but I certainly won't turn it down.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I feel like I'm always prefacing reviews with this, but here we go anyway:
I love pale ales. They are my favorite style. This does tend to make it so I rate them a little harder, but I do it out of love.

anyway, with that out of the way...
Trying to clean out the voice notes on my iphone...
Reviewed from those notes.

Can into a pint.

Dark, honey-touched amber color. Mostly off-white head of 1.5 fingers that settles to a froth. Decent retention and lacing.
The nose has some sweet malt with grapefruity citrus hops. The flavor is good. Very little bitterness-- and I see this as a negative. I prefer more bitterness to keep me in line, you know, remind me I'm drinking a beer. The flavor profile is nice in and of itself though.-- just not outstanding.

Medium body, light carbonation.

This is easy drinking. I could finish a 6 pack easily... but I find myself not wanting to. It is leaps and bounds above BMC stuff, but not even orbiting around my top Pale Ales.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a mildly cloudy burnt orange color with a small 1/8" head of antique white bubbles after a pretty slow pour. There were some bubbles rising to the top, but they didn't really stick once they got there.

Aroma: The hops are the first thing you notice with American citrus being the most noticeable of them, but there is a strong earthy component to the hops as well. The malt is reserved in the very cold beer, contributing a little bit of caramel mixed with some light toffee.

Taste: The flavor is pretty close to what you expect from the aroma. The hops are in charge, but the flavor shows more contribution from the malt than you get in the aroma of the cold beer. There is some definite mouthfeel to this beer, and it comes across the palate pretty substantial. The malt never leads the charge, but the hops have their work cut out for them and take the finish with a mild dryness on the back of the throat that lingers for a while after the sip. There is some acidity that is mixing with the hops to linger as well. The carbonation is light, and I think that the beer would benefit from some more.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good beer. It has a nice balance to it so that you still know that you are drinking a beer instead of hop juice. I would like it to have a little more carbonation from both the standpoint of the appearance and the mouthfeel and finish. Either way, this is a good beer, and I will gladly finish the rest of this six-pack.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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 AndyAvalanche
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Nice golden amber color (slightly darker than the average pale ale). It looks well filtered with excellent clarity. Nice white head with big bubbles after a hard pour and excellent lacing.

Huge malt backbone in the smell department, I didn't expect it to be so sweet. Pale, careamel and toffee notes. Malts are actually slightly mroe agressive than the hops in my opintion. THe mostly citrus takes a backseat to the malts. Really good though.

Taste is almost exactly on par with the smell. Nice and malty for a pale. Maybe it's actually a little more balanced as its warmed up, the hop to malt ratio evens out with a hoppier aftertaste.

Good carbonation level in the mouthfeel. Really smooth and clean feeling. Light bodied for the most part. Slight bitter aftertaste.

NicePale Ale, glad to try it. Thanks chugalug06 for a nice extra!

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Photo of Brunite
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Amber with minimal carbonation. Starts out with a nice 3 finger head thats settles into a spongey, off white surface. Decent retention and pretty nice lace.

S: Pine, grapefruit and some nice malt aromas.

T: The beer is decently balanced by a moderately high bitterness that works well with the malt. Crisp....clean....finishes tart and dry.

M: Medium body. Carbonation good (maybe a tad more would be optimal).

D: A decent tasty pale ale. Not earth shattering but nice and drinkable.

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Photo of Rayek
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Amber with a slight haze and minimal carbonation. Rocky off-white head starts out large, has decent retention and leaves generous lace.

S: Pine, grapefruit and lemon hit the nose in order. Some toasted malt aroma sits in the back.

T: The beer is dominated by a moderately high bitterness. Grapefruit and lemon make up most of the bitter flavor, with an extra pine kick along to help. A toasted biscuit flavor from the malt rides underneath. Finishes tart and dry with a little bit of a metallic flavor.

M: Medium body feels oily. Carbonation feels about right.

D: Good, but not spectacular and sort of nondescript. Still, it's worth a revisit next year.

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Photo of chip26
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with a best by 03/18/11 stamp on the bottom rim of the can. I am excited about Ska putting best by dates on their products! Pours a very clear copper color with a frothy cap of off-white foam. Retention is ok, but lacing is awesome.

Nose is easily identifiable citric hops and caramel malt. Clean, basic but nice and fresh. Maybe some pine resin comes in to give it a bit of a winter release feel.

Taste is piney, citric and toffee-biscuit malty. Little bit of cola and nutmeg spice notes as it warms. Strikes a nice balance between hops and malt, but falls firmly in the bitter camp. Very clean, almost refreshing. Nice mouthfeel and well carbonated. This is tasty brew, but does not make me think winter release necessarily.

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Photo of laza1979
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Poured a golden brown color with a 2 finger white head that quickly faded to a thick lacing on the glass.

S: Predominantly piney nose, with a hint of sweetness.

T: Slightly malt forward with a piney hop finish.

M: Light body with medium to lower carbonation.

D: Definitely a drinkable pale ale that can be enjoyed in a session setting.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear deep amber, almost burnt/brownish orange. Tall rocky cream-colored head that lasts, leaving a good amount of lacing.

N- Big citrus and grapefruit rind with some resin underneath. Light floral volatiles that are most noticeable after a fresh pour. The malt has a solid presence with toasty grain and caramel notes.

T- Huge malt backbone with toasted grain, sweet caramel, husky tannins, and some roastiness. Alcohol is noticeable but not distracting. Soft and smooth grassy hop bitterness, which is perfect because the tannins from the grain already provide good balance to the sweetness. Subtle floral, citrus, piney, and herbal accents from the hops. Long finish which is husky, roasty, piney, and bitter, with some lingering alcohol fumes.

M- Medium-light body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D- Overall an aggressive and edgy pale ale, which fits with a name like Ska Brewing. Euphoria may be a bit of an overstatement, but this is definitely a solid beer.

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Photo of jeffaz02t
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice almost copper tint of orange. Head poured pretty thick at first, then faded into a nice thin, slightly orange froth. Laced the glass like crazy as I drank.

S: Citrus and pine in the hops, caramel from the malts.

T: Hops dominate beginning and middle, then fades into a sweet caramel flavor. This is seriously delicious.

M: Medium, slight creaminess, especially as it warms up a bit.

D: Very, very drinkable. Unlike most of the other winter ales in which I dabble in on a regular basis, this has a lower alc content, however there is not a lack of flavor in any way.

Notes: This is one of the best American Pale Ales I have ever had! I will look forward to this release every year. For those who are against cans, if you see this 6er, bite the bullet and get it.

Ska is impressing me more and more with each brew I sample.

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Photo of Modernrickk
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hammondc
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A lot darker than I thought it would be, but not surprising since it is a winter pale and intended to be very malt forward. It is more dark copper than orange/brassy. Very little head that diminished rapidly. Almost no lacing.

S- Sweet malt more than the citrus/pine typical of Pale Ales. There is a hint of fruitiness - maybe apricot?

T- Bitter and Dry. The sweetness of the smell doesn't really translate to the taste. Maybe a bit of toast to it. Very slight booziness. Good stuff. Would go great by a campfire.

M - Feels wet like beer should.

Overall, I like it. Probably not as much as Modus or Dales as it is a tad bitter for me. However, for a change of pace in the sea of faux-oktoberfest and pumpkin pie beers of the fall, this is a nice change. I'd prefer a touch more sweetness to balance the bitterness.

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Euphoria Pale Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 69.3% out of 100 with 414 ratings
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