Bloodline Blood Orange IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Bloodline Blood Orange IPABloodline Blood Orange IPA

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Ratings: 479
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%
Wants: 44
Gots: 168 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 479 | Reviews: 70
Photo of Lukass
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

Photo of beerrat
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

IPA with citrus fruit does not work.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of ARoman
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure what I'm missing here, but def. fell flat in too many areas.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

4.44/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of running3dogs
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of ZekeMillz
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of KChristie87
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A solid IPA. One that I would have again but I have had better. Still a delicious beer!

Photo of Act25
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As good as any blood orange IPA.

Photo of Jesse1973
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange in appearance the distinct citrus smell is apparent. Taste is smoothe with a little hint of "piney hoppy taste" which is nicely balanced with citrusy taste. Definitely a tasty smooth IPA, which packs a surprising wallop at 7% abv. Highly recommended!

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with some sort of coded bottling information printed on the label. Acquired the six pack of this stuff from the local beer store. Blood Orange Ale, per the label.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a brassy golden orange body with about one finger of frothy soapy off-white head that leaves some good scattered strands of lacing. Looks nice.

S - The aroma is fairly tame, but pleasant. Bready malts, floral soapy hops, and a mild touch of citrus twang / orange rind presence is there. Could stand to be a bit more in-your-face, but it smells very fresh and appealing.

T - A soft burst of authentic blood orange juiciness hits you right away. The bitter, earthy, herbal pine / grapefruit hop bitterness comes secondary. Subtle bready malts are present on the finish. Very nicely balanced.

M -The feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Mildly piney / citrusy on the finish. Medium-bodied with excellent carb. Very easy-drinking for the moderate 7.00% abv. It drinks more like 5.50 - 6.0% abv range.

Overall, a very nicely done take on a blood orange ale from Flying Dog. Reminiscent to me of Dark Horse Rain In Blood Orange Pale Ale, but both are different from one another. Very delicious and drinkable. Recommended.

Flying Dog Bloodline Blood Orange Ale -----4/5.

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably the best Flying Dog beer I have had. Nice orange zest smell and flavor without a huge malt backbone but doesn't finish bitter. One dementional but it is what it says it is. Would definitely have again.

Photo of hosehead83
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a huge head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Nice whiff of citrus hops
Taste-Tangerine(blood orange) note, citrus hops, nice flavor and balance throughout.

Photo of elvishfarmer
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer at Family Meal in Frederick, MD. It paired well with my lunch--hamburger, collards, beet salad.

A beautiful nose on this one! Highly citrus, but you won't be able to tell its blood orange pedigree from smell alone. The taste is incredible! They hit this one out of Harry Grove Stadium like Manny Machado! A strong swing of hops keeps the orange sweetness from turning the beer into a fruity brew. Served best with a side of Hot Summer Day.

My only gripe is that the finish could be a little cleaner. It lingers a bit dry and bitter.

Photo of BB1313
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours golden with nice clarity; fluffy eggshell white head that slowly fades leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas are full of citrus. Ripe grapefruit and orange zest is there. Some bready malts in the mix. The flavors are very refreshing. The hop bitterness isn't over the top at all, but the hop flavor is there. More orange and grapefruit. Orange obviously takes the lead, but isn't overpowering. Some fresh grass in the mix along with some subtle pine notes. Finishes very clean. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. Very smooth.

I like this, although it's nothing mindblowing. The craftsmanship is very impressive. It's clean, crisp and refreshing. Good spring/summer IPA.

Photo of dbl_delta
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear golden amber with a thin white head. Citrus, grapefruit, orange, caramel and maybe a hint of nutmeg or cinnamon - ? Very refreshing; light mouthfeel but definitely a Flying Dog IPA bloodline (pun intended). A good summer choice.

Photo of jburd19
3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

wish it taste as good as it smells

Photo of gwiedman1
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my kind of hoppy flavor

Photo of RyanK252
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a solid layer and laces well.

S: Floral, citrus, orange, a hint of spice, and a little light malt sweetness.

T: Big floral, citrus, orange zest, honey, fruity peachy notes, a little spicy, and a hint of alcohol.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Can't say this one impresses me much. The blood orange was more oily zest than juicy. Floral bitterness kinda took over. Would try it again, but wouldn't go out of my way to get this one.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz brown bottle with typical Flying Dog artwork. Label is orange in color with some sort of splotchy dalmatian breed of dog. All these DF labels appear to take on artwork with someone just throwing the paint brush, slinging paint all over the label. Not bad, but seems a little much considering it's done with every bottle they release. Poured into a stemmed port style glass.

A - orangish copper color with a nice head on the pour. Quickly settles leaving thin stick to the glass.

S - citrusy hops up front with soft hints of juicy blood orange. Malt balances the nose very well while letting off a steady sweet fruitiness.

T - not bad. Citrus hops with very faint orange notes. Sweet like malt and some more floral and grapefruit notes more than anything near blood orange. Finish is a bit of dirty hops which is nice.

M - lighter medium bodied and a touch on the thin side. Flavor doesn't hold up to a very lovely aroma. Very drinkable and balance is very good. Somewhat of a clean mouthfeel given its light texture.

O - just not enough 'blood orange' flavor. The notes appear in the aroma in an exceptional way but that only leaves to a fairly disappointing flavor since it pulls you into thinking you're going to get slammed with juicy orange. A decent ipa, but the Blood orange labeling is a bit misleading for me.

Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was worried it would be overly orangey but it was actually just a hint or orange flavor. Smooth and tasty. The smell is lovely with a mix or orange and hops. yb

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle...w/o freshness info that I can see

Pours near clear. Lighter orangy amber.

Oranges and hops on the sniff

Flavorful IPA with orange leaning citrus flourishes..Quite dry in the finish with more oranges, some moderate smokiness and a solid malt undercoating. Worthy IPA

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Bloodline Blood Orange IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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