Thursday, December 27, 2012

Ska Euphoria

type: pale ale
origin: Durango, CO
price: ?
ABV: 6.1%
NSP: ?

Tasted in the can, and in a tulip.  I prefer the can, because in the tulip I get a sweet, dirty-water smell, like if you spilled maple syrup on the kitchen sponge that you haven't changed in a while.  Out of the can these aromas aren't present, and the story is entirely different.  In fact, I think this is one of the more exceptional pale ales I've had.  Wow.  Yes, it is.

It reminds me of XP, where the malt is sweet, but not cloying, and the hoppiness is absolutely perfect.   They've certainly chosen more of a bittering presence with the hops, which is fine because that really lets the malts shine.  And you can't even tell it's 6%, which means this is pretty much as good a pale ale as you can get.

If not for the aroma I might place it in between Pale 31 and XP as my second favorite pale ale.  For now, however, I'm placing it as my third favorite.  Too bad that (A) it's a winter seasonal, and (B) my exposure to Ska brews are dependent on Chris' trips home to Colorado.  My ranking still stands though.  There's just one thing I don't understand, and it's written at the top of the can: "DAFFY-HIBERNATE-CURL-RECYCLE-SKIN UP FATTY-LULZ-SKELETON-RECYCLE-ICE FISH-CHECK-RECYCLE".  Either I'm too old and don't understand the kids' slang these days, or that's some secret neoliberal/evangelical street code... or something like that.  Anyone know what the hell any of that means??

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