Blood Orange Pale Ale - Great South Bay Brewery

Not Rated.
Blood Orange Pale AleBlood Orange Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

156 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 156
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 17.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 156 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ShriverMO
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of BrooklynPanch
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of mfigueroa713
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Niedzws
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of zbloom
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of BodiesLexus
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of CraftyChuck
1/5  rDev -71.8%

Photo of alexsergio
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Matt_Felix
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of CreightonSM
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of JonAdams
4.48/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Photo of BMart
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Photo of vonnegut21
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of JKIPA05
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of tobberart
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of toolg
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of flagmantho
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of bsm80x
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of gory4d
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of kjrod20
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Blood Orange Pale Ale from Great South Bay Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.