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Bloodline Blood Orange IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Bloodline Blood Orange IPABloodline Blood Orange IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

68 Reviews
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Reviews: 68
Hads: 595
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 32.05%
Wants: 44
Gots: 235 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: cps98 on 04-04-2013

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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 595
Photo of tillmac62
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 011/16. Clear orange pour. Outstanding head volume and lacing, world class retention.

Light nose of mostly orange citrus over a light biscuit. As it warms, dankness creeps in.

Medium body with a rich smooth texture. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding. It begins with a burst of light orange over a subtle biscuit sweetness. The middle yields a light bitterness for the style, but enough. The finish hints at dryness and becomes a slow fade of blood orange with a touch of pepper. Balance is where this beer shines with everything in outstanding lockstep. As the finish lingers, the earthy dankness of the nose takes hold.

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Photo of kbwalters
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a teku glass; Best By February 16th, 2016.
Look = 4.25 Pours a sharp, clear orange with 2 fingers crisp white head, good retention and lace; there maybe a slight haze to it.
Aroma = 4.0 Distinct citrus orange in the aroma, sweet candied malts with some dankness, a little resiny hop notes
Taste = 3.75 Blood orange leads the way, very citrusy, lightly boozy, little to no bitterness.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation, okay for the style I think
Drinkability = 3.75
Overall = 3.925 Got some good blood orange aroma and flavors in there, not bad.

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Photo of Zorro
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Hazy orange colored beer with a tall yellowish white colored head.

Smells mildly of oranges and malt. Mildly citrus and that is about it.

Starts out mildly sweet and mildly orange flavored. Tastes a bit earthy and there is a bit of orange pith in it.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, an OK beer but I don't need more of it.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a hazy golden orange color with a small creamy white head that quickly reduces to a thin film floating on top, hot lasting lace

S- piney, dank & resinous hop aroma, complemented by strong orange aroma & grapefruit peel, underlying biscuit malt

T- earthy and piney hop bitterness up front leads to a nice juicy orange flavor with hints of mint & grapefruit zest, more refreshing citrus on the finish

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns into a creamy finish

O- the addition of blood orange seems to be just the right amount, as it doesn't overpower the hop bitterness, rather compliments it quite well, well done.

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Photo of Absolut
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

on tap at Blue Palms, 9-19-15.

Pours a nice brown with a white head.

Smells a nice citrusy hops, malts and orange.

Taste is hops, citrus and a nice blood orange after taste.

nicely done.

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Photo of farrago
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a large head, takes up close to a third of the pint glass, off-white to very light tan in color, thick microfoam with credible retention, given this the lacing curiously lacks stickiness and breadth. The liquid is an orange bronze hue, clean and spotless with close to a maelstrom of bubbles rising in sheets. The blood orange comes through clearly in the nose, however, it remains a decided second fiddle to the general maltiness as well as the leafy hops, bready with close to a nuttiness about it, peppercorns, pine and not much fruit of note. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is tight and punches more than creates creaminess. The earthiness has a metallic edge while the leafy herbaceousness is prominent through the attack. The orange citrus element has retronasal presence, lingering perfume after you swallow. Bread, caramel, toffee not able to balance out the underlying bitterness. Tends to glue itself to the palate rather than flow. Smattering of peach or apricot fruit. Seems like this deserves to be served on the colder side to both make more refreshing and mask the relative shortcomings.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Citrus, orange, toasted, biscuity, chewy, and palemalts.

Taste: You pick up a lot of the blood orange flavor when drinking the beer. Nice roasted and pale malt bill, chewy notes, and light bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, light bitterness, and refreshing.

Overall: Very nice pale ale or IPA. I'd revisit it again.

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Photo of mschrei
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I normally drink this one in the bottle, like I do with most Flying Dog, to look at Ralph's artwork. Poured into pint glass for review. Clear orangey color with light constant foam. Very citrusy nose with light vanilla notes. Slight difference in taste and feel between drinking from the bottle or the glass. Creamier with lighter fruit notes in the glass. In the bottle, you get stronger and tangier fruit taste. Enjoyable either way. I'd love to do a comparison with this and Lagunitas Citrusisnesis.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Copper color, small white head, a touch of lacing. Nose is big fruity, citrus hops. A touch of caramel hops. Flavor is similar, big fruity hops, along with a more piney hop presence. A touch of toffee. Body is surprisingly thick, nice, appropriate carbonation. A nice beer, very drinkable, have had it before, and will again.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau glass

A: very nice bright light orange color fairly good clarity small soapy head looks like lively carbonation

S: smells like bready orange a lot of dough light toffee malts and a slight orange smell almost more of a honey blossom smell

T: very malty with hints of like orange peel lots of sourness on the end like the peel of a citrus fruit

M: lighter to medium feel a little syrupy

O: Another average beer trying to mask its averageness by adding some type of citrus to it. The base is malty and the blood orange adds that astringent bitterness to the aftertaste like most citrus fruit does. Its like eating the peel off of the fruit.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours impeccably and has a lovely candy orange hue. Nose is the orange. A touch of dry malt tries to sneak in there. Hope herbal and spice. taste is excellent. Good crisp and a tart finish. Not very bitter.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep golden with a slight orange color. Has a mild aroma, kinda bitter citrus with a bit of floral notes. Has a nice flavor, you get the citrussy orange taste and has a cris finish. Overall a nice very drinkable ipa.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. Pours a clear amber color with a finger of foam that laces the glass slightly. Aroma is quite nice, with the orange flavor being dominant, and a lot of other sweet floral notes as well.

Flavor is more bitter than expected - first sip is mostly bitter orange peel and lingering sweetness. Quite a full-bodied brew with notes of orange pith and a grassy hop flavor. I honestly am just now seeing that this is categorized as an IPA, and the bitterness makes more sense. Booze is well hidden for 7% ABV.

This is an above average brew. The orange moniker may throw some for a loop in thinking this was a fruity, more refreshing beer, but this is IPA all the way. Orange adds a nice complexity to this malt forward body.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this soon after I tried Lagunitas's blood orange IPA, and maybe having this after made me a tougher critic here, I don't know, but this just wasn't as good. It has a pleasant enough appearance and smell, but it wasn't nearly as refreshing as Lagunitas. Pretty hoppy, but without much in terms of complexity as there is only orange/grapefruit flavor and hops. Still good, but not worth $11/six pack in my opinion.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into my Dogfish glass.

A: Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy gold/copper with 1/2" white head that sits down quickly. Retention & lacing are both good.

S: I can't lie, I get blood orange here. Some citrus zest, off-sweet malt & a hint of pepper. There's definitely a detectable hop character at play here as well.

T: Orange & lemon peel kick things off, followed by slightly crackery malt. Mid palate ends on a slightly citric-sweet note before bittering hops take over the finish. If anything, I'm glad that FD avoided making it too sweet.

M: Moderate carb, body is soapy & oily. More than enough malt to support the flavors, it actually seems about right overall.

O: Not too shabby, fairly understated. Makes for a fine breakfast brew.

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Photo of mmahanna41
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer was quite odd... I feel like they took 5 different beers and dumped them all together. Would NOT purchase again. I was deciding between this and Lagunitas Citrusenensis (which I had already tried), so I figured I'd give Bloodline a shot.... WRONG DECISION!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice frothy cap that leaves some decent lacing

S: Citrus up front, mostly various peels. Some of the blood orange does come through, but it's mostly just a general citrus. Some floral notes come through as well, along with some maltiness and bready notes

T: Follows the nose. A general citrus up front, followed by some bready malts and floral notes. Bitterness comes in mid-way with the peel notes. A light minty note also comes across with the floral notes. Finishes with lingering bitterness and flowery citrus notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice IPA that incorporates the citrus nicely, although it isn't necessarily directly blood orange. Quite quaffable for 7%. Something you'll want to try if you're into bitter citrusy IPAs

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Photo of Lukass
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The blood orange compliments those big juicy, fruity hops very well. What more can I say.. This is a great tasting IPA for the summer months. Hell, any time for that matter!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, orange juice, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, orange juice, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with obvious citrus qualities, but I am not getting any distinct blood orange in the smell or taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2015 bottle purchased in D.C.

Clear orange-amber body with a decent head that leaves some sticky lacing.

This IPA has a substantial addition of v=citrus peel and juice, adding some tart and sweet notes to the natural bitterness, and enhancing the citrus notes provided by the hops. Good to very good while drinking, this eventually leaves an aftertaste of bitter citrus rind.

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Photo of ARoman
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma is a blend of bright bitter and sugary citrus with a bread undertone, and a subtle caramel. The beer is a brilliant, effervescent, clear light orange-amber color with an off-white, foamy head that has good retention and good lace. The beer is a Medium / medium high citrus bitter with slightly less sweet and a touch of sour. It’s texture is oily with fuzzy carbonation and a medium body that flavored with fresh squeezed citrus juice, citrus peel, and bread. It finishes with a zesty hop spice and crisp, bittersweet citrus rind. The aftertaste is mostly clean with mild hints of toast and citrus zest.

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Photo of KevChiTown
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Actually kinda disappointed. I didn't have the sky high hopes but I still thought it would be different. It's not, standard American IPA. With some small tangerine like flavor. It's still a good summer IPA, but the more blood orange IPAs I have the more I think they're becoming a summer way to cover up and average or below baseline IPA.

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4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm generally not too into the fruit juice favors being added to ipas( here looking at you grapefruit sculpin), but this is wonderfully done. Balanced and in no way over bearing. Spot on.

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Photo of running3dogs
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant deep gold, leaving fragmented ecru lace. Opens with a big citrusy grapefruit and orange aroma. The palate is smooth and mouth-filling. As the beer warms, the orange flavor refocuses as tangerines (blood oranges?), reminiscent of Amarillo hops, before finishing with bracing pungency. Distinctive and satisfying.

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Photo of ZekeMillz
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't normally drink fruit beers, but this was pretty darn good. The orange is very subtle. I wouldn't even have noticed it if I didn't know ahead of time.

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Bloodline Blood Orange IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.