Blood Orange Pale Ale - Great South Bay Brewery

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Blood Orange Pale AleBlood Orange Pale Ale

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 17.56%
Wants: 6
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gmann on 04-14-2012

A delightful mid summer day's dream comes to life with our Blood Orange Pale Ale. We blend the finest quality Blood Oranges with our ever popular original Pale Ale recipe to produce this remarkably refreshing hand crafted beer. The secret to its splendor is just the right combination of hand chosen American hops to accentuate the natural bitterness and citrus flavors of the the Blood Orange. You'll be pleased with how amazingly the malt, hops, and blood orange meld together to create a sensation in a beer like a sunrise on a clear summer morning! We've never brewed anything quite like our Blood Orange Pale and we're happy to do so to keep you revitalized throughout the summer months.
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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

it has kind of an unusual chalky smell reminiscent of airborne brand dissolve-able tablets, which lends it an artificial character unlike the more desirable citrus notes that I tend to enjoy in beer.

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler filled at the source (new location up and running)

Pours lightly hazed medium amber, the off white head is moderate in size and on the loose side. Leaves decent fields of again loose sheeting.

Strong whiff of orange, sweet and pungent.

Respectable APA, more orange, but not as upfront as it is on the nose. Moderate hopping, and adequate malt to make it quite pleasant. Nicely done, I'd be going back for another fill if I was local. on the lighter side of the scale making this a nice summery kinda pale, went well with some clams on the half shell and swordfish.

Photo of codysjb
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a growler into pint glass
A: orange Brown with good lacing small head that dissipates over a min or so
S: minor orange scent and salt. That's it
T: very watery there's the smallest of what once was hops followed by minor fruit notes which I assume is blood orange.
M: better, Theres hops and some small malt.
O: flavor is mediocre but the drinkability is good. Interesting and worth trying but not seeking out

Photo of socon67
4.37/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours orange, cloudy, and with a haze. Some white foam that quickly dissaptes.

S - Smells of fresh oranges, earthy spice, and yeasty of fresh bread.

T - Love the crisp taste of orangy citrus. The citrues flavor is very up front. Behind that a secondary flavor of grain and a subtle hint of oily hops.

M - Insanely sessionable. I could drink this all day. I love citrus flavors, so this was like a dream.

O - Great one-off of the Robert Moses pale. I'd like to see this again.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very clear orange/golden body. Small white head. Medium collar and a wispy surface.

Smell - The orange is pretty interesting. It's distinctly orange, but it has a slight artificial aroma. Like an orange flavored medicine. Very light grain.

Taste - Again, the orange is distinct and pungent. But it's the slightest bit medicinal. Covers up any hop flavor there might have been. Light cracker malt. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Very light, kinda watery. Lingering orange flavor. Medium carbonation.

Overall - After a while, the orange flavor becomes overpowering and I'm focusing on the unpleasant aspects. Becomes a distraction more than an attraction.

Photo of Jwburns75
2.02/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had one of these out tonight. A Long Island beer so I'd love to support my locals but this beer is just not good. Underwhelming across the board. I've had one or two decent beers from GSB, but this one is not it. Bartender poured this from a bottle, did not see her pour but there was no head to speak of, no lacing whatsoever. There was a distant hint of an orangey smell but completely unmemorable. The orange up front taste is weird. The mouthfeel is thin. Not impressed to say the least.

Photo of Solo007
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%

Love the glowing orange colour! The orange bouquet hits your nose but doesn't overpower: It stays for a moment or two then goes on about its business down your throat. Very drinkable, crisp, a little wine-y and just a tad on the dry side; Somewhat light, not heavy at all (call it medium-light), nice balance of citrus fruit (Orange obviously, {duh!}) , flower and herbs from the hops. Head doesn't stick around long, but when it does, it makes the Blood Orange Pale Ale that much more desirable. A very good beer for the summer to help cool you off: Actually, just a good beer for any season.. Makes you want to have two or three in a row.

Photo of Gmann
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dirty orange color with little to no head. Looks like a pale ale that blood oranges were added to.

The aroma is of fresh oranges. The orange is not overpowering but gives the beer a bright aroma. Some bready malt notes round out the profile.

The orange hits right away in the flavor. Again, noticable but not overpowering. Nice fresh orange taste. The pale ale comes out in the taste more so than the aroma. Bready malt notes mix with a floral and grassy hop. Some citrus bitterness from the hops.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Fairly sweet on the palate but in an OJ sort of way. Enough hop bitterness balances the beer.

This is a nice flavorful brew. The orange works really well with the pale ale. I get skeptical with fruit brews but this works nicely. Would be interesting to see citra or sorachi hop used in this brew.

8/22/13 update...
The beer is now bottled; same great flavor.

Photo of pjkelley82
3.99/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a sample at a beer distributor then made my way to the source to fill a Growler.

This beer won an award for best new taste and they were right a perfect summer drink that is nice clean and crisp. Insanely drinkable which is a bit scary.

For my own personal taste it could of been a little less Orangey in the taste but everything was balanced really well. I would highly recommend this brew if you get the chance to

Photo of npcampbell
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a good summer but the Orange is hidden. Overall smooth draw and easy to drink but generally not special.

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of blood oranges are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste starts out with initial flavors of blood oranges with hints of associated citric sweetness; it finishes with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The blood orange aromas and flavors are well incorporated into the smell and taste of this beer, so much that you would think they came from the hops (if there was such a variety that produced these types of aromas and flavors).

Photo of JonAdams
4.47/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Kodiak's, Farmingdale, New York.

Poured a murky medium copper hue with a one finger soapy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell was dominated by a potent candy like orange aroma.

The taste consisted of an upfront orange that quickly faded to a spicy herbal hop and thin malt. There was a residual citrus tang.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an interesting and somewhat exciting beer. A nice summer thirst quencher and sure crowd pleaser.

Photo of etoimazo
4.14/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of illpass78
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Note: I also got a growler of this once, but my dad glugged it before I had any. Thanks, Dad!

Appearance: Pours a clear orange-gold hue. Carbonation is heavy. Lacing moderate. Head is small and white and recedes swiftly. Looks almost lager-like.

Aroma: Definitely doesn't smell like a lager, though. Smells of citrus and hop bitterness. It's hop-forward. The smell is more of a citrus hop kind of aroma than straight oranges. Doesn't sour me on the beer but I kind of expected a big orange punch.

Taste: My, my, what have we here. The taste is full of pleasant citrus bitterness. Much more bitter than I expected, and in a good way. IBUs are a fairly ballsy 40, which I didn't notice when I grabbed this in a mixed six. Very easy on the palate, too. You bet I'd get more of these. Sessionable but with some nice flavor complexity.

Mouthfeel: It's watery but it kind of should be because it's a summery (or maybe springy) beer.

Overall: I dig this. Fruit beer tends to make my eyes roll, but the execution here is terrific - it's a nice, hoppy, citrus-heavy beer with a perfectly moderate alcohol level. It was a perfect match for Super Bowl appetizers, and I can definitely see keeping some around this summer for backyard afternoons with baseball on the radio.

Photo of CHickman
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear gold color with a 2 finger foamy bright off white head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving very nice foamy rings as it went down and a layer on top.

Smells of orange peel, lemon zest, citrus, grains and light biscuit; the orange peel smells bitter like grapefruit and it is quite fruity.

Tastes of all things citrus: orange, grapefruit, citrus hops, lemon, tangerine...nice way to start an APA, with a combo of piney hops, light caramel, coriander, grains, biscuit and wheat bread following. The blood orange/grapefruit flavor is dominating, but not offensive and overpowering with enough malt backbone to add nice balance but make it bitter and refreshing at the same time.

Mouthfeel is zesty and light, with high carbonation, a light body and a bitter aftertaste that is a little grainy but then reverts back to the blood orange/grapefruit bitterness.

Overall a very good beer and one I’m glad they are bottling now; I’ve had this on tap a lot over the past year and I’m happy to see it tastes just a good from the bottle. An APA with real fruit in the mix that is bitter, tasty and sessionable; I recommend this beer, it’s nice.

Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

Photo of mikeg67
2.12/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with a small, short lived, white head. Nose is of orange soda. Body is medium and crisp. Oranges, citrusy hops and bready malt combine on the palate. Finish is long, orangey. Too much of orange taste in this brew.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a BIF from berloserLI. 12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big blood orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity citrus hops, blood orange, and moderate pale malt flavors; with good strength. Taste of blood orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of blood orange, grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of citrus/pine hops, blood orange, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly sticky, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruited pale ale style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of citrus/pine hops, blood orange, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

consuming now from a 16 growler fill from earlier today and also combined with my notes when i got this as part of a flight at Morrison's (a new craft gastropub that opened near my home - they had batch 1 from the new brewery on tap).

nice orange color..thin head on the pour, transparent. really nice tangerine glazing on the nose and taste. clean and crisp. pale ale with a fruity twist. drinks easy and on tap, coats glass...from the growler, not so much. great summer beer. the growler version felt a bit lager like and almost grainy on the back end of the taste, but still really solid. nice unique drinkable beer from the locals.

Photo of Rutkiller
1.94/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Bland bland bland. Absolutely zero orange/citrus flavor.

Photo of flagmantho
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of humuloner22
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I received this one on a trade. Always interesting to see what people will send you. I honestly forgot I had this one and forgot who sent it. But, thanks!

Appearance: Light orange very effervescent some lingering head that sits on the top until the beverage is gone.

Aroma: Very pungent orange is dominant. Not a lot else. It does have a vinous character tot it, not much to note otherwise, but pleasant and floral.

Taste: Not much going on here, pretty much a benign Pale Ale with orange extracts or something to that nature added. It does finish clean and dry which is a plus. Otherwise its not bad, not great but interesting.

Overall: Not one I personally seek out but i do appreciate it as the extra and to have the opportunity to try something different.

Photo of bregnisier
1.66/5  rDev -53%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pretty freaking awful. Take a crap pale ale and mix it with "natural flavors" (aka more crap) and this is what you're left with. Tastes like the medicine you had as a child for a sore throat and leaves you feeling worse. Bought a six pack of it earlier, drank half of a bottle and tossed the rest. It's that bad. Steer clear. In fact, run away -- it's awful.

Photo of vokarp
4.74/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was may favorite beer for Winter 2015. Remarkably drinkable often. I never got tired of it, mostly because the orange taste doesn't overwhelm...it is nicely balanced with other spice and hops tastes. Had a few other blood orange ales but this one was much better than the rest. Worth seeking out. Sorry it got such bad reviews here. To each his own!

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Blood Orange Pale Ale from Great South Bay Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.