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Blood Orange Pale Ale - Great South Bay Brewery

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Blood Orange Pale AleBlood Orange Pale Ale

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great South Bay Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Gmann on 04-14-2012)
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
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New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

07-16-2014 20:11:46 | More by JerzDevl2000
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +19%

09-23-2012 15:46:09 | More by kevrob802
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

09-12-2012 00:08:32 | More by BK2084
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

09-16-2012 00:45:02 | More by Billolick
Photo of codysjb


3.01/5  rDev -15.7%

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

08-16-2013 00:53:33 | More by codysjb
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +19%

03-30-2014 22:06:06 | More by 1BeerToRuleThemAll
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

10-16-2013 15:43:10 | More by roostor07
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4/5  rDev +12%

07-03-2014 18:02:48 | More by tobberart
Photo of socon67

New York

4.4/5  rDev +23.2%

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.

04-15-2012 23:50:42 | More by socon67
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

10-28-2013 19:31:51 | More by pastramionrye7
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.16/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

05-15-2014 00:37:13 | More by Alieniloquium
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -2%

08-20-2014 22:10:15 | More by Ralphs66
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -9%

10-01-2013 00:07:27 | More by Bieniek30
Photo of Solo007

New York

3.75/5  rDev +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. Makes you want to have two or three in a row.

08-28-2014 02:25:52 | More by Solo007
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

04-14-2012 19:29:14 | More by Gmann
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New York

4/5  rDev +12%

05-02-2014 18:38:15 | More by hkyplyr73
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-09-2014 02:05:38 | More by dexterk1
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

05-07-2012 01:36:37 | More by disruptor32
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New York

3/5  rDev -16%

10-29-2013 12:41:15 | More by sunofneurot
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

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New York

3.25/5  rDev -9%

07-31-2014 01:41:16 | More by PaleAleWalt
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New York

3.99/5  rDev +11.8%

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

06-10-2013 05:11:57 | More by pjkelley82
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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New York

3.75/5  rDev +5%

07-10-2014 17:32:50 | More by JKIPA05
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +5%

06-07-2014 21:52:24 | More by BodyPolitic
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Blood Orange Pale Ale from Great South Bay Brewery
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