Blood Orange Pale Ale - Great South Bay Brewery
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3.76/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Picked this up a few weeks back at Top Hops in New York, as everyone was watching the United States take on Portugal in the World Cup. Finally got around to this today and I wasn't sure what to expect from this brewery as I had never reviewed anything from them before. The blood orange flavor could have been more present here and this was too astringent and hoppy for me to consider this true to form but as an APA, this was more than sufficient to stay true to style and be enjoyable at the same time.
The pour to this was good, as the beer had a golden almond hue, sufficient head, and just a bit of lacing that slid down the side of my pint glass after every sip. A fair amount of blood orange, earthy hops, and citrus could be found in the nose with the bitterness feeling a bit more prominent in the taste. Had this had a bit more malt and blood orange in it, the mouthfeel and body would have that much more full and enjoyable but as it was, this was a bit too watery and sharp for my taste. It felt as if this had grapefruit in it but as a "Blood Orange" beer, I thought that this should have been a bit easier to quaff.
Thankfully, the alcohol wasn't terribly strong in this and this beer turned out to go down relatively easily. Maybe some wheat or more detectable malt would have made this memorable but as it was, this didn't differ from so many other APA's that I've had before. It's not a bad choice for these warmer months but there wasn't an aspect about this beer that stood out to me. Hopheads who want a citrus beer and feel like puckering up during their drinking session need look no further than this offering from Great South Bay.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2014 20:11:46 | More by JerzDevl2000
4.48/5 rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Wow - hoppy and citrusy without the slightest pine note.
Pours clear and brilliant amber. Turn on your nose before sipping and get very clear orange notes, think it's orange juice, but then the taste is very much a clean pale ale, quite hoppy without any malt aftertaste.
Served in a standard pint glass. Head dissipates quickly but leaves lacy white on the sides of the glass.
Serving type: on-tap
07-14-2014 23:43:56 | More by JonAdams
4.38/5 rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one features one of my approved pics, but I assume that I had set it aside, awaiting just such approval. This is partially attributable to how the backlog begins.
From the bottle: "Inside this bottle you'll find the liquid personification of the creativity that drives us as craft brewers here at GSB. Blood Orange Pale Ale starts with the finest quality malted barley and American hops. We then infuse the beer with blood oranges to add the bittersweet flavor that rounds out this remarkably well balanced pale ale."
My anxiousness to get started on this led to an aggro pour, further resulting in a pseudo-cascade that settled into two fingers of foamy, bone-white head with decent retention. No guesswork need with regard to color on this golden ale - the label identified it as SRM = 10. Of course, this brought forth my old buddies, Mammon, Croesus and Midas, all begging for a sip. It is really sad to see them so desperate for gold. Nose smelled like orange honey! My Old Lady, the Queen Bee, would like this. Mouthfeel was medium and the flavor was very honey-like, tending towards a tea-like mellowness. Think orange pekoe with honey and you are there. This was a really nice, mellow beer on a hot, humid afternoon. I usually eschew APAs in favor of AIPAs, but this was definitely worthwhile. Finish was semi-dry and the orange flavor lingered well after the swallow. Nice.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 19:40:37 | More by woodychandler
3.56/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.
Appearance: medium golden hue with a very light haze and a light effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy ivory foam. Not bad, but not particularly inspiring.
Smell: lightly malty with a hint of grain and a subdued yet candylike orange aroma. Bizarre, but it kind of appeals to me.
Taste: much like the aroma, but with the volume turned up. There's a sweet malty undertone with a pithy orange character that is nevertheless not too bitter. Maybe not my favorite beer in the world, but as an orange beer you could do a lot worse.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge, well-integrated carbonation and a bodacious creaminess. Sha-ZAM!
Overall: an interesting beer, to say the least. The orange character is balanced and not over the top, which is nice, but there's a pithiness that's hard to escape.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2014 21:00:45 | More by flagmantho
4.13/5 rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I’ve enjoyed a few homebrews and craft beers with fresh citrus zest over the past few years, so was intrigued by Great South Bay’s Blood Orange offering when it was served up at DeCicco’s in Brewster, NY. I like the idea of using fruit bitterness in the summertime to help cut back on the hops required, which I find quite overpowering on a hot summer day. I brought home a growlerful and waited for a warm enough summer evening to enjoy it.
Appearance- orange/golden and clear – appealing head and bubbliness suggests the luscious fruitiness you’d expect from a citrus-tinged refresher
Aroma- some orange scent comes through a well-balanced profile
Taste- a big bam of blood orange bitterness hits first, then settles back as the malts and hops take over, but not for long as the orange zest persists long after the last swallow. The orange flavor is distinctly different from the usual bitter orange peel you get from a witbier –it’s sharp, tart, and crisp rather than smooth – more like grapefruit than tangerine.
Overall- An acquired taste developed upon completing the growlerful, but I suspect this is not going to be everyone’s favorite. You have to like the lingering orange zestiness or you won’t appreciate this as an American Pale Ale. I like its balance and presentation – 40 IBU’s is about right for a summer refresher and the beer wants to be savored rather than gulped.
Tweaks – Blended perfectly with Abita’s Grapefruit Harvest IPA, which happens to have the same 40-IBU bitterness. A citrus complexity comes through with the combination of orange and grapefruit flavors that I found particularly refreshing.
Serving type: growler
06-07-2014 19:03:15 | More by etoimazo
Blood Orange Pale Ale from Great South Bay Brewery
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