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Blood Orange Pale Ale - Great South Bay Brewery

Blood Orange Pale AleBlood Orange Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.07%


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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socon67

New York

4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Serving type: cask

04-15-2012 23:50:42 | More by socon67
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Courtesy of BeerloserLI, thanx man.

Into a pint glass.

A: mostly clear golden orange/yellow colored body, light carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace, the head is about a finger's worth with adequate foamy lacing clinging fairly to the glass

S: I do get the blood orange just like the label suggests - smells pretty authentic to me, with a light hop bitterness to balance it all out

T: bitter somewhat citrusy maltiness leading to a sweet citrusy sticky aftertaste and finish

M: mostly light, somewhat watery, perhaps this could be a better Summer/Spring beer, as there's a nice sessionable aspect to it, carbonation is fairly subdued not much of a hint of harshness to commandeer the mouth or tongue into submission

O: hey, I think I like this one, an APA with a genuine blood orange character to it, I'd have it again and wouldn't mind having on a nice Summer's afternoon as there's also a decent refreshing aspect to it

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 20:09:41 | More by BeerKangaroo
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illpass78

Maine

4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 04:19:58 | More by illpass78
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metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 22:38:50 | More by metter98
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beerloserLI

New York

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out light orange.

The nose hits with a nice orange twist. Very pleasant but no over-kill.

Taste starts with lots of subtle orange flavors with a good balance of malts and hops. A slight bitter finish but mostly smooth. The balance is what strikes me the most. Everything really clicks together.
The body holds up well with nothing watery or really off putting unless you don't like orange. At 5.2% it offers the flexibility of a session ale or an every day drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 02:39:43 | More by beerloserLI
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codysjb

Florida

3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
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

Serving type: growler

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

New York

4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2013 01:33:29 | More by cosmicevan
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: A lighter amber coming off very transparent. Head is white...thin dropping to almost nada, maybe 1/8".

Smell: light orange skin scent, comes off a light hop to it as well.

Taste: Strong mandarin, tastes absolutely delish. Hops are strong but still smooth with an overall bitterness to it that is afflicting.

Mouth: medium to heavy body carbonation, has a sticking after taste to it.

Overall: Very good brew and my suggestion is to start bottling it so the rest of the world can get their hands on it.

Serving type: growler

07-10-2013 00:26:33 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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CHickman

New York

3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 17:26:16 | More by CHickman
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.8/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at the Jon Thomas Inn in Brightwaters, N.Y..

The aroma is very pleasant, mild citrus. The appearance is clear orange-yellow with an inch thick white foam head. Head lasts a while and there is lacing on the glass all the way to the bottom.
The taste is citrusy as of orange juice with a slight acidic bite, quite refreshing! Crisp aftertaste. Well balanced, sessionable.

1/27/2014 Serving type: Bottle
Everything I previously said with the caveat that the finish is more bitter,
Bottle states grain as 2-row, crystal
Hops as Cascade and N. Brewer
Bitterness of 40 IBU

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2013 01:12:15 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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pjkelley82

New York

3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
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

Serving type: growler

06-10-2013 05:11:57 | More by pjkelley82
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Billolick

New York

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-16-2012 00:45:02 | More by Billolick
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plaid75

New York

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 23:48:09 | More by plaid75
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Gmann

New York

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-14-2012 19:29:14 | More by Gmann
Blood Orange Pale Ale from Great South Bay Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.