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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: 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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Photo of CHickman
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

CHickman, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.8/5  rDev +34.5%
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

CaptJackHarkness, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of pjkelley82
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
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

pjkelley82, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of clay23
3/5  rDev -16%

clay23, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of JDWEX1117
2.75/5  rDev -23%

JDWEX1117, May 29, 2013
Photo of GFD400
4.25/5  rDev +19%

GFD400, May 05, 2013
Photo of VonZipper
3.75/5  rDev +5%

VonZipper, May 02, 2013
Photo of BltByKrmn
4/5  rDev +12%

BltByKrmn, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -2%

t0rin0, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of kevrob802
4.25/5  rDev +19%

kevrob802, Sep 23, 2012
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 BK2084
4.25/5  rDev +19%

BK2084, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of MystikCelt
3.75/5  rDev +5%

MystikCelt, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of dextermcgurk
2.75/5  rDev -23%

dextermcgurk, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of MikeConklin
4/5  rDev +12%

MikeConklin, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of jenray
4/5  rDev +12%

jenray, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of acp21178
4.25/5  rDev +19%

acp21178, May 25, 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
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3/5  rDev -16%

vfgccp, May 12, 2012
Photo of disruptor32
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

disruptor32, May 07, 2012
Photo of cestlavie
4.25/5  rDev +19%

cestlavie, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of socon67
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

socon67, Apr 16, 2012
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
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Blood Orange Pale Ale from Great South Bay Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.