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Blood Orange Pale Ale - Great South Bay Brewery

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

SlothB77, Friday at 08:44 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Paulydeets, Sep 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

thereal_adam, Aug 30, 2014
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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.

Solo007, Aug 28, 2014
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3.12/5  rDev -12.6%

cosmo4u, Aug 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

WDJersey, Aug 23, 2014
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Ralphs66, Aug 20, 2014
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Jeremy_cook, Aug 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

rojapa, Aug 09, 2014
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1.6/5  rDev -55.2%
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.

bregnisier, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

ShriverMO, Aug 06, 2014
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BrooklynPanch, Aug 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +12%

zbloom, Aug 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

PaleAleWalt, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

BodiesLexus, Jul 30, 2014
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1/5  rDev -72%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

CreightonSM, Jul 16, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

JerzDevl2000, Jul 16, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

JonAdams, Jul 15, 2014
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Blood Orange Pale Ale from Great South Bay Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.