Bloodline Blood Orange IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Bloodline Blood Orange IPABloodline Blood Orange IPA

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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 42
Gots: 167 | FT: 0
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
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 by cps98:
Photo of cps98
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Flying Dog brewed this for CBC in Washington DC this year. I had the opportunity to try it last night at the brewery and all I can say is, wow! I think they hit a home run with this beer. I know the keg kicked pretty soon after I got my tasting glass filled, had there been more I would have drank this all evening.

It pours a brilliant bright orange with an active 1 finger bright-white head. The aroma coming out of the glass is tons of sweet citrus and light pine notes. Right up front I got a nice muted sweet citrus like when you eat a ripe tangerine, the hops are present but not overpowering the orange. The beer finished dry and crisp with no malty sweetness.

It was medium bodied with nice carbonation. This beer should be brewed again and enjoyed fresh! Great job to the peeps over at Flying Dog!

More User Reviews:
Photo of TTripp725
2.37/5  rDev -40.8%
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 JCH3191
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

The smell is what should be expected from a good IPA, piney with notes of citrus. In this case, blood orange dominates. Great smell that leads you to believe you are about to taste great beer.

The taste exceeds expectation. You are first hit with a blast of blood orange flavor. Toward the back end of the sip the pine flavor really becomes apparent. However, the blood orange remains at center stage. The after taste is, you guessed it, orange. I am very impressed that the blood orange flavor remains consistent throughout. Perhaps the most impressive part is that this orange flavor somehow manages to not overpower the integrity of it being an IPA.

I rarely ever say this, but this beer has reached an almost perfect balance. In my experience, flavors can often overpower the style of beer and vice versa. The fact that the blood orange flavor is this apparent and consistent and yet does not take away from the style makes this beer a true gem. I would highly reccomend this Flying Dog brew.

Photo of BryanFlaherty
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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 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

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 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 Jeffreysan
2.79/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, copper color, speckled with yellow and orange highlights and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very hoppy up front, followed by some wheat and a touch of citrus, but a lot less than I was expecting from the name of the beer. The predominate aroma, overpowering really, is floral, piney, hops.

Taste: Disappointing actually. There’s hardly any malt flavor at all, nor is there any blood orange citrus flavor. All I get is hops, bitter, piney, hops, which is a shame. No balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth as there is very little carbonation. With an ABV of 7.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I’m very disappointed in this beer. I was really looking forward to tasting some citrus flavors from the blood orange and possibly some spice, but unfortunately, all I get/taste is hops. Hop heads should really like this beer, but alas, I do not. After looking this beer up on Beer Advocate I see that it is an IPA, but makes sense for all the hops that the beer has. Had I known it was an IPA, meaning had that been on the label, I would not have gotten it.

Photo of Hopcycle
3.32/5  rDev -17%
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 Bierleichen
2.77/5  rDev -30.8%
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 ordybill
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a slight orange smell with hops and malt. Smells good.
Appearance- An orange-ish color with a small white head.
Taste- It is a good citrus based IPA, I get a well balanced blend of malt and hops with this.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with mild carbonation.
Overall- A real solid American IPA. If you like IPAs you should enjoy this.

Photo of hophugger
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great Deep amber-orange, almost completely clear. Minimal head and lacing. Aroma is of Piney Hops and blood orange. Blood orange is very pronounced. I am a Chef and I know bllod orange flavor, they hit it on the head!!. Taste is nice and hoppy with a nice back of the blood orange, once again !,. Very nice clean finish with a hint of orange peel. The orange rind/blood orange aftertaste is fantastic !!!!!!!!!!!!

Photo of kellyej
4/5  rDev 0%

A: Gold color with amber highlights, bubbly, good head
S: Grapefruit, hops, dank, overly ripe citrus
M: Medium body, good carbonation
T: Strong note of citrus peel, hints of fleshy fruits; sweet in the middle, bitter in the finish

Photo of Mongrel
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - pretty standard IPA appearance, though this one may be on the oranger side, appropriately. Nice creamy head and lacing.

S - The nose bursts with bright, fresh orange/tangerine/peach juiciness as soon as it hits the glass. The smell seems to mellow pretty substantially after that though.

T - A quick pop of piney hops and then a prickly orange/tangerine streak running through it, supported by light caramel. There's a constant interplay between pine and citrus juice that keeps things interesting. There are also some pink fruits on the finish, like guava and passion fruit.

M - mouthfeel is pretty standard-ish and pleasant. Both slick and creamy at times.

Overall, this beer is a really solid, refreshing summer IPA that still retains its punch.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
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 smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass, cause I am lazy.

What a great looker, deep bronze orange body and crystal clear. Some thin almost cola size but slightly smaller bubbles rising just a little. Head is creamy off white, a little tan perhaps four fingers tall but not too aggressive. Some clump side lacing and solid retention.

Real interesting nose. Juiced up orange. Lots of zest and pith bitterness it seems. Orange oil. Quite fun but not containing much else. It is quite enjoyable however.

Real interesting beer. Comes off more as a fruit beer, with a little hop touch. Slightly biscuity malt finish, with matching orange fruit and juiced quality. A big stinging quinine like tonic sense, not quite mineral like but close, very hard to describe. Palate is fruit punch wet a little slightly, and some hop peppery like nots just a tad.

This comes off more as just a real enjoyable fruit beer than a wowzer IPA which is fine by me.

Photo of hdubbs
2.86/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is remarkably pleasant, for an IPA. Being in a minority of beer drinkers who aren't particularly fond of IPAs, I was offput that the label on the bottle simply says "ale". What I expected was something citrusy and pleasant on the palette, perhaps a -little- bitter and very refreshing. What I got was significantly hopped, overpowering the orange flavor involved more than a little, but still very refreshing. Labeling the packaging (box and bottle) to indicate an IPA derivative would have spared me purchasing this beer: the hops are simply too overpowering when compared to the citrus involved.

I will be finishing what I bought, but not buying again. Lesson learned: don't trust the writing on Flying Dog packages without verifying. Should you happen to love IPAs however, it will prove a slightly pricey but enjoyable experience.

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 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 Dirtydee5
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
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 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 Stebbimacdaddy
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Yard House in Springfield, VA. Rated from memory. Delicious and will buy when I see it near home.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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 bubseymour
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the Roast House in Frederick Md. Beer had light hop scent. Taste was some citrus hop up front but then very bitter. Lingering bitterness as well. Somewhat out of balance. Very thin mouthfeel and watery. Overall this isn't one of flying dogs better IPAs. Don't really recommend this one.

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.

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Bloodline Blood Orange IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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