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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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This English Special Bitter is our “Special Ale.” Special because it is one of only a handful of canned microbrews in the nation. Special because the Galena hops and pale ale malts create a crisp first sip, a hoppy tongue, and a malty sweet finish. Though “bitter” is part of the name, “better” would be a more accurate term. Fresh and lively, this canned beer suits the needs of any outdoor enthusiast. Like it says on the can: Fish, Luau, Golf, Raft, Toboggan. Ska can!


2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Suttree (5150) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 29, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2007 Ska, Ska, Ska. What are we going to do with you? You get so much right, with the cool packaging and all - I love the fact that this was in a can, and all the pretty fonts and the skeletons and all. But look man, the beer has got to get better before I’ll consider buying any of your stuff a second time. I mean look at this one, for example. Cool packaging, as we’ve already discussed. And the beer looks fine, and smells basically OK. If I stop there, you’re golden, you’re a champ. But unfortunately for you - and for me, it turns out - most people actually drink the beer, and that’s where everything falls apart. Mildly sweet bready flavors at first, then a huge mess of sour and wet cardboard. Terrible. Oh, Ska, how you never fail to disappoint...

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Pours a yellow-amber with a nice white head. The head disipates. Smell is malty and floral. Tastes of citrus, banana, bread. Clean finish. I’d say this was more of an IPA than an ESB. That’s because of the floral hops used. This is a pleasing but not great beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2007
12 oz can, 7/4/07: Orange/amber w/ a thin, but lasting off white head. Caramelly, toasty, & bready malts & a very light citrusy, almost floral hop w/ just a hint of roast in the background. Well balanced, but caramel and bready malts dominate flavor profile; Semi dry finish and a bit of a yeasty flavor, but it’s light. Aftertaste is caramel and bready malt w/a bit of lingering bitterness. Lighter body, maybe a bit light for what it is? Dry m/f, lower medium carbonation. A nice pool or beach beer since it comes in a can! Not outstanding, but solid flavor wise, and definitely worth a try!

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2007
can. hazy golden brown with tiny head. light hop aroma with some sweet malt. lightly rich flavor that is decently smooth. easy drinker but nothing ground breaking. I do enjoy seeing and tasting better quality beers from a can so bonus for that. not bad at all.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
GarrettB (1041) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 On sighting this ruby red can I immediately thought of Oskar Blues. Their defiant stand against glass coupled with exceptional brewing has given the shiny cylinder a new chance to wrap itself around brews par excellence. Having never tried SKA brewing’s work before I naturally extended Oskar Blues’ reputation to SKA. Both are based in Colorado and both are micros working with grains and metal. Of course, this was a mistake. The SKA ESB is a lesson in Mullerian mimicry – one species taking on the colors of another to derive the same benefits without actually exhibiting the same features. The head is webby, mottled and white, like an overflowing dome of soap suds. Meanwhile the body takes second stage with a hazy, dull amber blush. The aroma produces an effervescent cloud of orange and tangerine pith, clove, hops, old leather, a squeeze of lime and, most tragic, Windex. It’s like walking into a freshly cleaned Harley Davidson fashion store. This is totally wrong by itself, but for the SKA ESB to conjure that image with its nose is all the more discouraging. The spice character is the saving grace, but insufficient to combat the other bewildering smells. And yet, despite the overwhelmingly eccentric aroma, the taste is watery, loose and weak. Two light notes of malt and caramel amble through a pleasing carbonation, but both are too timid to make any impact on the tongue. The carbonation is precisely what I expect in an ESB, but this particular rendition is devoid of any flavors at all. I feel like I’m rating a wood pulp flavored soda. Good thing, then, that the flavors aren’t so odious as to abominate the whole of the beer. It’s simply too beige and too unengaging. It’s actually so boring as to be vexing. But, at least it’s a craft beer coming in a can. Whether or not the beer is any good is somewhat allayed by the fact that SKA is dabbling in cans, promoting a new market for those in need of non-glass, well brewed beers.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2007
From a can. Hazy brown body with a faint head. Bitter hop nose with refreshing orange citrus tones. Bland malty body with caramel and citrus hops on the end palate with a bitter mouth feel at the end.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
eaglefan538 (2893) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Can from FBC, Flagstaff. The appearance was amber, ok head, decent lacing. The aroma was caramel and toffee, sticky aroma. The flavor followed the aroma, a total sticky caramel and tofee mess, some bittering hops in the finish, slight touch of grass. Mouthfeel was malty, caramel-ly, oily, icky. Again, SKA doesn’t impress, too bad I nightcapped a run of Beaver Street’s Pilsner, Stone’s IPA,and Orval with this mess. If I wasn’t driving, I’d have gone back and done something else, yikes!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2007
Got the beer at the craft brewers conference. 12 ounce can. Pours a clear light copper color with a white head, soapy lacing. Aroma has light malt quality to it with a slightly grassy note. The flavor is balanced and drinkable with nice hop and malt flavors. Well made and drinkable beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 24, 2006
My favourite beer right now. Rich, full bodied. Good flavour and palette that are not too overpowering. Above average alchohol content. And easily recycled can!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11086) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2006
on tap-pours a foamy off white head with yellow color. Aroma is medium/light malt. Taste is slightly sweet, medium malt, medium hops. OK carbonation.


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