Blood Orange Imperial IPA - Freedom's Edge Brewing Co.
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Reviews by StoneTSR:
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
APPEARANCE: A big, billowy white head frothed up in my Funkwerks Globe glass as I poured it. The opaque, burnt orange beer beneath the head provided a good looking contrast as it slowly settled from a full inch to half an inch to a quarter-inch cap that remained through the first few sips. As I drank the lacing was not as strong as I expected, but a few solid wisps clung to the glass.
SMELL: Big, sweet orange and pine smell right out of the bottle, but it was tamped down a touch when it was poured into the glass. Floral notes and a touch of caramel flirt with the nose and a little grassy aroma is present as well, but the grass still lets the sweeter aromas shine.
TASTE: This is a lot bitterer than I expected it to be. The blood orange in the name along with the smell sets the brain up for a sweet first sip, but it isn’t there. The grassy flavor dominates and brings a subtle trace of smokiness along with it that probably should not be there. That grassiness, along with the citrus and pine from the hops seem to overwhelm the other tastes here. The malt and orange lurk in the background to provide a subtle balance, but it falls just short of the right one.
MOUTHFEEL: The carbonation here is strong and the word that comes to mind is perky. Also, unlike some other DIPAs, this one is not syrupy and heavy. In fact, it is medium bodied, actually I’d say it’s the equivalent of medium rare. The mouthfeel is really solid.
OVERALL: The description of the taste may seem a bit harsh. This is not a bad beer at all, but the odd smoky flavor along with the expectations of something different made it tough to score higher. My palate was simply not ready for it based on what my nose smelled. Although the gap shortened as the beer warmed, it did not go away altogether. With all of this said, however, it seems like a really nice effort and I would imagine that as these guys get more dialed in we can expect to see some great beers in their future.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2013 02:21:49 | More by StoneTSR
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3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
a really cool beer here, on tap at the newer fort collins spot, which is worth a visit for sure. not hurting for blood orange presence in the slightest, this beer is stained darker orange, just like the fruit itself, and has a nice fluffy airy white head, but it doesnt last as long as my glass of beer does. a great citrusy aroma where the fruit brings out that part of the hops, i think the smell is the best feature. the flavor is not dissimilar to the regular ipa they do, but it just appears stronger. the alcohol shows a little more than it should through the lighter grain bill, and the blood orange intensity sort of exacerbates it, but i dont mind because the flavors are all so pleasant and summery. long fruity finish, but i still the the oranges are well used here, sometimes i dont want to have to search for the fruit in the beer, and its pretty forward here, so that works this time around. the ipa could use a little more bitterness to balance it out, and where the normal ipa succeeds for this lack of bitterness, this version could really benefit from it. good carbonation though and a little bit easier drinking for a big ipa. nicely done overall.
Serving type: on-tap
04-27-2014 17:11:27 | More by StonedTrippin
3.79/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Red waxed 22 oz bottle, not dated.
A- a clear gold-red colour, with about a 1 inch head of foam and is good with the lacing
S- a pretty strong aroma of oranges, light biscuit, some light citrus. good smelling brew.
T- orange up front, then it becomes decidedly bitter as in grapefruit bitterness. What a punch. My palate is getting used to it now...slight malt presence, maybe biscuit? Hard to tell because of the rather intense hop notes. It finishes like it starts with that orange flavour that seems to intensify as the beer warms up. My bad, i pulled this straight from the fridge.
M- kind of light bodied for the style but with the mediumish carbonation, I find that combo works just fine.
O- I couldn't find any info on the abv but there's little sign of the alcohol and I'm half way through.
Now finishing up and I have to say, this is a fun beer to drink. Pretty refreshing after mowing the lawn and now just sitting here, in front of the laptop, taking the last few sips.
A bit on the dear side cost wise, +$11 a bottle, i don't regret buying the 2 bottles and I'll probably buy more. Oops, a hint of the alcohol just now hit me. lol.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2013 15:53:46 | More by Bitterbill
Blood Orange Imperial IPA from Freedom's Edge Brewing Co.
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