Bloodline Blood Orange IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Bloodline Blood Orange IPABloodline Blood Orange IPA

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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 39
Gots: 148 | 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: 431 | Reviews: 57
Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -1.7%
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 +2.2%
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 +5.2%
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 -8.2%
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 +0.2%
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 -23.9%
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 -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my kind of hoppy flavor

Photo of RyanK252
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
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 -7%
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was worried but 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.

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Photo of hypnotoad1
2.82/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The beer looks good, the only real positive

Photo of esiason14
2.86/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Looks good, smells decent, tastes not so good. disappointed

Photo of TTripp725
2.37/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Personally I was very disappointed in this beer. The smell and the coloring looked great, the taste and after taste on the other hand was horrible. I tried 3 of these to make sure my impression was correct an it was

Photo of Romerojo
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth, maintains, hops mild tasting

Photo of DrDemento456
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So far the best Blood orange beer I have had. Pretty much like a smooth IPA with fruit. I would easily pay the 11.99 price tag for a sixer

Photo of Dirtydee5
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is pretty damn good nice orange aroma good color, not too hoppy nice subtle blend of orange flavor, not a huge IPA fan but this beer is awesome well done.

Photo of Hopcycle
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A nice beer but nothing like an IPA. There is very little to no bitterness and the aromatic hops are all but absent. It is a very nice drinking beer, but not what I would consider an IPA.

Photo of Terp96
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty. Obviously citrusy but too much on the orange. Bitter, dry finish to remind you that it is still an IPA. Very balanced.

Photo of Bierleichen
2.77/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

interesting IPA typical bitterness from hops but a unique tartness from the blood orange

Photo of BryanFlaherty
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Subtle blood orange flavor. I get it a lot in the aroma but not as much in the taste. Still a very good beer

Photo of dukeandduke
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3/10/15 - (Draft The Laughing Man DC) - Nice amber body, mild carbonation, light head. Nice citrus and hops mix. Light taste, smooth light texture. Nice pour, decent kick.

Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Review #3,000 and it's about to get Bloody! Stand by as I take corrective action on the hosed up mess that is RRTA. I am so pissed that I am not in York tonight that I could scream, so instead, I am attacking the backlog. In a particular order.

From the bottle: "What brings us together, as brethren of good beer, is a bitterness that runs through our veins. Cast way your fears, embrace the craft, and join our flock."

I Pop!ped the cap and let fly since this was a fresh bottle. Two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head resulted and they decided to stick around, especially on the sides of the glass as lacing. Nose smelled deeply of bitter citrus and I might have said "grapefruit" if I was unaware of the trap. Blood Orange? Oooh. A lightly perceptible sweetness, but mostly citrus. Color was solidly Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-plus quality clarity. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, barely making it past watery. Sorry, kids. I was also disappointed by the taste since if it was supposed to be an AIPA, it was not hophead sustainable. I was starting to jones for some hops and I had not even finished half of the glass. The finish straddled the line between semi-sweet and semi-dry and I just hoped that they had not wasted too many hops in its production. I really felt disappointed by the promise of this one.

Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased this 12oz in a mix a six from Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown.
Enjoyed chilled in an IPA glass.

The color is brilliant amber/golden hued with very good clarity and 3 fingers of off white head with carbonation visible and very fine bead with lace that sticks in a web-like pattern. The smell has a very citrus dominant aroma with orange which is fitting with a light sweet malt scent and no alcohol apparent. The feel has a very citrus tangy and mildly bitter texture with medium high carbonation level and bitterness building inot a spicy and dry but gently sweet finish.

the taste has a very gentle citrus flavor at first with mild hop astringency and citrus flavors focused well on the orange (centennial?) with a nice amount of spicy herbal hop complimentary taste with nice juicy flavor high carbonation level distracts slightly from the hop but as it relaxes a nice tangy juicy profile emerges. The blood orange is not really as apparent in the taste as expected but I like the orange/hop flavors in this. Overall a very good IPA not everything I expected since it explicity mentions blood orange but very drinkable for the style...I would certainly have this again.

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Bloodline Blood Orange IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.