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Bloodline Blood Orange IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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Bloodline Blood Orange IPABloodline Blood Orange IPA

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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by cps98 on 04-04-2013

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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 690
Photo of basaywhat
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours a bright orange color with a white head and quite a bit of lacing. The aroma is orange peel and hops. The taste is hops and orange. The mouth feel is crisp and clean.

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Photo of janubio
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange colour, with a small head that fades soon.Aroma of orange peel, tropical fruits, clove, coriander. Medium to full body, normal carbonation.Taste is similar to the aroma, with notes of fresh mint.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; gold in color; 2 finger ivory head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: nice aroma; my first take was citrus and pine, but when I went back, it was clearly blood orange;

T: blood orange comes through very clearly in the flavor as well; a little caramel up front; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: another interesting take on the style; I love blood oranges, so this works for me;

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Photo of got2
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On the whole, I find most Flying Dog brews drinkable, but nothing that evokes any sort of passion. And I still feel that way, though there are exceptions and their Bloodline Blood Orange Ale–I wouldn't call this an IPA . It's bold and flavorful, but not particularly hoppy–is that exception.

As I said, it's bold and mildly fragrant ale that is very easy to drink, and it's a perfect beverage to top off a hot summer day. It's very clean, with notes of orange which is the surprise because this was an easy one to mess up, and Flying Dog nailed it.

The head isn't a particularly prominent one. You know it's there, but it's nothing to write home about, and that's okay because this beer has so much to offer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid beer, with good pine and the namesake blood orange flavors, a brisk punchy close, and reasonable bitterness that still does not overpower. It is a good drinker, well crafted, but not extraordinary. Just very well done, indeed.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose and flavor is grapefruit hops with some sour blood orange. $2.75 for a 12oz bottle at Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle. Darker for an IPA, cloudy and almost bronze in color with a decent white head at the top of the glass. There isn't much to speak of in the way of retention, as the foam dissipates quite quickly. Aromatically, you definitely get a whiff of blood orange and other citrusy notes, but there's some messiness on the palate as (at least in my opinion) there is a stronger malt-bill to lend balance, but this means that the orange doesn't punch you in the face; it's more of a compliment than a star. This is medium-bodied and drinkable, but if you're looking for something comparable to a fruity Sculpin, Moody Tongue, or Lagunitas Citrusinensis, look elsewhere.
EDIT: Upon second review, the flavors are much brighter. The color is more copper than bronze, and less hazy. Additionally, the blood orange is more noticeable and overall this second go-around it much better than the first.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, orangish copper color with a one finger white head. Leaves a lot of lacing and a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Smell has hints of tropical fruit and dank hops. Taste is citrusy, with orange juice and oily peel coming through, and with other tropical fruits like pineapple, mango, etc. Fairly strongly hopped but not overwhelmingly so, I felt the sweetness and bitterness were well balanced. Feel is medium with a sticky, lingering bitterness on the finish. This reminded me a little of a more tropical Citradelic, which is totally fine by me. A nice local option for me, I would drink it again.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Price data unavailable, purchased at Wegman’s, Millcreek, PA
12 oz bottle marked 0?8A16 at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter, end of six-pack
Aroma of oranges, quite pleasant
Head average (3.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy with large rocks, diminishing to irregular five to twelve mm frothy ring and partial layer
Lacing excellent – wide rings of tiny to medium bubbles
Body orange, cloudy
Flavor – no orange, not much other than a chemical aftertaste. The previous five bottles in this six pack were just plain nasty – harsh, bitter, not a good drinking experience. This last bottle is drinkable (barely) but certainly is not a pleasant experience. No malt, questionable hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no redeeming features other than the other five bottles were worse! If you want a blood orange – based ale, try somebody else. Flying Dog, keep making Kujo and we’ll be cool.
Palate – medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 2.5, Palate 3, Overall 3.25

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/11/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of juicy blood orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, peach, pineapple, mango, light pine, light caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops, blood orange, and light-moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of juicy blood orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, peach, pineapple, mango, pine, light caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus rind bitterness; with lingering notes of blood orange, grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, peach, pineapple, mango, pine, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops, blood orange, and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice fruited IPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops, blood orange, and light-moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle from Drinks & Gifts Amsterdam. Clear amber pour with a thin white head with little retention. Caramel and orange zest in the nose, together with a bit of tropical fruit. Bitter taste, with orange/lemon zest and a bit of caramel and pineapple. Smooth texture, medium to light carbonation and a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of gamera
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very drinkable IPA. The blood orange doesn't come through as strongly as I was hoping since the concept was intriguing, but is definitely there. The hop profile is good with a little bit of malt but not overwhelming. I'd order again, but would not be my first choice.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This most unique IPA pours a beautiful, lightly cloudy golden amber with a moderate head of white foam that subsides to a thin ring, thin pool, and light lacing. Nose of rich citrus and spicy hops; very forward and in your face. Flavors exceed the nose with honey dipped orange notes, both bitter and sweet on the front and sides finishing with a spicy, herbal, robust hop note that finishes with a bittering hops and orange zest note. Prickly carbonation makes for easy and refreshing drinking. Very nice and a nice change of pace. A great brew from a great brewery.


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Photo of jmasher85
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog has a balance problem. Aside from their standard flagships, all their weird, seasonal, creative beers are either too intense or too mild. This is more the former, jumping on the juicy, citrusy IPA bandwagon with reckless abandon.
It pours crystal clear amber color with a decent head that doesn't stick around much.
The smell is...blood orange, and lots of it. The bitterness recalls more orange and grapefruit rinds, but the titular citrus is definitely there. The taste is more or less the same. Semisweet orange and grapefruit flavor at first with some slight candy sweetness in the middle, and then a citrusy orange-rind, bitter finish that sticks around for a while.
This would be tough to pair with food besides a fruit bowl or some tropical Caribbean fish dish, since the flavor is rather intense and would overpower anything else. For the love of god, don't drink this after brushing your teeth! So is it drinkable? Yes, very, but only if you're okay with your beer tasting literally like a fruit. I don't need to drink this again but I wouldn't pass if offered. In all honesty, it is successful in being what it wants to be but it feels more like a parody of the juicy IPA style than a rendition of it. It seems like this beer is laughing at Grapefruit Sculpin and Fresh Squeezed, but like Weird Al songs, it's a great tribute for fun but you wouldn't enjoy it casually for its own sake.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As the IPA style is trending smoother and fruitier- the Flying Dog brewers give Bloodline IPA a nudge in that direction with generous additions of blood oranges for a juicy taste, a vibrant citrus perfume and keeping the dry and bitter backbone of their assertive IPA philosophy firmly in tact.

Bloodline pours with the honey-amber color and suggestions of orange and copper peaking through. Its shallow and arid foam stance sheds a plethora of juicy, racy, vibrant orange aromatics, seemingly of candied orange, life savor hard candy and freshly zested tangerine. While its gentle honey and caramel sweetness reinforces the branch-ripened character of blood orange, its sweetness is short lived.

And that's because the hops take firm command of the taste as the middle palate unfolds. Malt sweetness is largely cast aside as the hops deliver their power pack of pink grapefruit, natural orange peel, mango and pineapple that cast aspirations of dry fruit juice. As the hops develop, its sharp and resinous bitterness grows to dominate the taste with the character of fresh grass clippings, fresh pine shavings and an herbal waft of cannabis and chive.

Medium-bodied and trending dry, the ale finishes crisp, tantilizing and refreshing- inviting a quick revisit to the glass and built for large rates of consumption. Its clean dryness closes with strong bitterness that outlasts all other tastes; even the

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint.
Look - Hazy orange amber. in color. Off white head that settles into a pool on top, a thin head. Lacing left behind on the sides.
Smell - Citrus being peeled.
Taste - Hops and citrus rind.
Feel - Consistency reminded me of juice or even a radler.
Overall - Solid representation of the blood orange style.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +1.3%
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 -20.9%
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 +1.6%
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 -0.8%
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 -11.6%
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 +3.4%
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 +12.1%
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 +5.4%
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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Bloodline Blood Orange IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.