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Blood Orange Pale Ale - Great South Bay Brewery

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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -2%

t0rin0, Oct 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

zestar, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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).

metter98, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 06/15/14 notes.

a - Pours a somewhat clear bright orange color with moderate carbonation evident and one inch of bright white head.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, floral hops, and light bready malts. Nice nose, decent amount of fruit and citrus.

t - Tastes of oranges, sweet fruity malts, citrus hops, tropical notees, floral hops, bread, and wheat. Nice taste, more malty than the nose and less citrus hops overall.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp, and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I tried a few pours of this one a few months ago at a Beerfest and liked it, and after having a full bottle of it I liked this about the same. Nice citrus in the nose, sweet fruits in the taste, and easy to drink. Oranges definitely come through, I would have it again.

mdfb79, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +5%

DrunkinYogi, May 26, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

woodychandler, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Billolick, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of plaid75
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

plaid75, May 16, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Alieniloquium, May 15, 2014
Photo of flagmantho
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

flagmantho, Jun 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

vfgccp, May 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Griffith, Sep 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

BGsWo22, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Gmann
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Gmann, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of BMart
3/5  rDev -16%

BMart, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of cosmicevan
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

cosmicevan, Jul 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

malfunxion, Sep 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

smithj4, Jun 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

millerbuffoon, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

SadMachine, Aug 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

WDJersey, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

jenray, Jun 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

david18, Dec 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

vonnegut21, Jul 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Fettpopps, Jun 17, 2014
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Blood Orange Pale Ale from Great South Bay Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.