Euphoria Pale Ale | Ska Brewing Co.

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Euphoria Pale AleEuphoria Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BradLikesBrew on 12-05-2008

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Ratings: 416 |  Reviews: 144
Photo of dlello2
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nearly transparent coppery,orange body with a finger and a half of bone white foam that showed moderate retention and left clingy streaks of lacing.

S-Medium sweet citric hops initially.Grapefruit and orange zest followed by pine,caramel and pale,cracker malts.Bright fruit and bitter pine make up the bulk of the scents here.

T-More assertive citrus flavors of tangerine,grapefruit and a little nectarine with tangy pine and some sweet supporting malts as well.

M-Light/medium bodied with good carbonation and strong drinkability.Nicely bitter pale ale on the verge of IPA territory.

O-Extremely worthwhile seasonal that I'm sad is a seasonal.

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Photo of xpdrinker
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass (trade extra from Dolph1979 - thanks!)

A- Murky copper, disappearing eggshell head, minimal lacing. 
S- Grapefruit citrus playing leapfrog with piney hops, sweet malt
T- Solid pale, earthy hops with a splash of citrus, slightly peppery
M- Medium-low carbonation, somewhat hollow and thin, almost watery
O- Haven't had a straight up pale in a while and very glad to try this one. Very drinkable and I'd definitely keep some around when I'm not feeling like an IPA or anything stronger. Quite sessionable. Not crazy about its watery mouthfeel but the flavors break through and distract from it. Grab a sixer and a frozen pizza and you'll be quite content.

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Photo of Kirch
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass: Double old fashioned inward taper
Aging Notes: None
Bang for the Buck (oz*%/$): 72*6.1/10 = 43.9

A: Pours creamy-textured, slightly off-white head that nicely laces the glass. The amber-colored brew is well-clarified.

S: Piney with a hint of earthiness (perhaps mushrooms_. A note of detergent seems detectable. Perhaps I'm hallucinating, but I get a little bit of band-aid in there.

T: Tart, lingering bitter. Hoppy for a pale ale, in a good way.

M: Dry, which, when coupled with the tart hop presence, seems astringent. Carbonation is nice, a little under-present perhaps.

O: Flavor doesn't hold up over the course of the beer. Pleasant. Recommended. One of my favorite pales.

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Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber in the glass. Veers off into IPA territory. Quite bitter. Rather fruity with some candied grapefruit peel flavors. Watery mouthfeel. Big nose of resins. "Dank" is the word for this stuff. Starts with some sweetness, possible malt, but big blast of hops. Bitterness for the aftertaste, but lets some of the malt through for the finish.

I don't see this as an improvement of lots of other more interesting hoppy beers. But if you're in Durango in the winter, it's what's happening. Bought this can in Denver. "Best by" date is 02/28/12.

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Photo of StLThrash
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another worthy effort from Ska. Very partial to Ska beers since my in-laws live in Durango, CO and I always try to hit up the brewery at least once when I visit.... so I've had most of their offerings. Very happy to have the chance to try Euphoria right here in the StL...

A - Orangeish, a bit cloudy. Pours with a hefty white frothy head. Left a lot of lacing.

S - An overly hopped pale ale. Lots of citrus and pine notes. Reminiscent of a good IPA.

T & M - Amazing. One of my new favorites. Not quite as hoppy as Modus Hoperandi, Ska's IPA, but still quite hoppy and bitter. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall - One of my new favorite beers. Too bad it's just a winter seasonal. I will be stocking up at my local liquor store.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Vashtar
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The beer looks dirty

It smells hoppy, but down to earth

It tastes like hops, but also has a really familiar taste. It's like a comfort beer. It tastes like grandma's house.

The mouthfeel is neither sharp nor smooth, but then turns smooth. It's very full as well. So nice

Overall, this is probably my favorite hoppy beer.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. "Best By" date stamped (and smudged) on can.

This looks much darker than average for a pale ale; if it were labeled as an amber I would believe it.

Smells of light fruity hops, displaying particularly the tropical notes. A little swirl brings up more pineapple and some bitter notes.

The taste contains a fair bit of the pineapple-hop notes from the nose, and they come off well. A fair dose of bitterness and a balancing but not very prominent dose of malt is present. This could be a low-powered IPA.

The mouthfeel has lower carbonation as is typical with cans (which I like). Otherwise it is unremarkable.

Conclusion: This is a hoppy pale ale that fits well into this overgrown and plentiful category of American beer. This particular example focuses more on the hops and doesn't include much in the way of specific malt flavors (but more so than a typical IPA). Tasty but generic. Tasting this blind would leave me clueless, as it could be one of hundreds (or thousands)...

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Photo of climax
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice and creamy from the can, the head is especially soft and smooth. It's a copper color with quite a bit of sediment floating around the glass. Head retention and lacing are very good.

There's not too much aromatic intensity fuming from the beer, but a crisp assertive hop character is certainly present. Grapefruit, mint, and grass are the most obvious flavors. The malt is subtle, with fleeting whiffs of oats and caramel.

Intensity is boosted that extra notch in the taste, which is greatly appreciated because it has excellent flavor. At first sip, sharp grapefruit and resiny cannabis flavors strike the taste buds. There's not too much sweetness coming from the malt, just a bit of caramel, yet more sugary citrus and bubblegum flavors from the hop side of things help to even things out. The toasty backbone of the beer looms in the shadows, but is always present. It's not balanced 50/50 but, but there's enough malt intensity to hold a candle to that bold complex hop character.

The feel is nice and resiny, and the body on the medium side. Carbonation is very crisp, and it all finishes dry. So easy to drink. This beer sure has a load of flavor, not at all skimp on the hops either, satisfying for sure.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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

Can into pint glass
A – 1+ finger dusty cream head on a clear light brown amber brew, reduces to a lumpy layer while leaving lacing all around the glass 4
S – Aroma enticing and noticeable upon start of pour, very nice grassy nose also has mild citrus & pine resin notes with a soft caramel sweetness 4
T – Caramel malts out of the gate are eclipsed by a surprisingly large hop presence of grapefruit zest and substantial bitterness, suggestions of a candied tartness 4
M – Medium body, smooth with a dry finish, moderate carbonation 4
O – More hops than your standard pale ale but malts are not in a minor role, good drinkability, a good beer I will buy again sooner rather than later 4

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of syrupjoe
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into pint glass.

Pours a medium amber color with eggshell colored head.

Nose gives off a strong lemony citrus scent with a pungent almost oniony "dankness" - also a bit of caramel malt sweetness.

Moderate to slightly high carbonation, this is a nice, hoppy, dank pale ale that finishes rather dry.

Overall a good pale ale with a biting hop presence... perhaps a bit lacking in malt backbone.

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Euphoria Pale Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 416 ratings