1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Maelstrom Blood Orange Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Maelstrom Blood Orange AleMaelstrom Blood Orange Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

47 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 08-23-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Scotchboy:
Photo of Scotchboy
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Brewforia in Eagle ID. Served in a chalice.

A: Cloudy orange with decent lacing and very little head.

S: Heavy sweet fruit and sweeter hop notes on the nose, orange is prominent with a decent amount of grapefruit and citrus rind bitterness in the nose...floral as well, with a hint of spice.

T: Smoother, and more fruit-forward than I expected, but with a decent amount of bitterness retained...grapefruit and orange and tangerine and citrus pith, dry finish, minimal malt presence. Faint tropical fruit and a ghostly hint of pine as well.

MF: Crisp lighter body, quick lighter finish, with good hop-forward dryness. Never tasted the alcohol, 7.2% seems high for a beer like this.

O: A really easy drinker and a good beer to pair spicy food with during the summer. I think this is more of a pale ale/IPA with fruit added, than a fruit beer with additional hopping, but either way, its tasty.

Scotchboy, Sep 13, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into an Elysian pint glass. Thanks to 5000 for sending me both.

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the fruit. I get a lot of orange and grapefruit notes, which I assume comes from the blood oranges. I also get a little bit of biscuit malt in the aroma.

The flavor is similar. I get some tartness and a hint of bitterness up front. Once again there is a lot of orange and grapefruit notes, as well as a hint of lemon. I get some biscuit malt and just the slightest hint of sweetness in the flavor. A very fruity, citrusy beer that goes down very easily.

Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +9.6%

briandaube, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of hreb
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber served in pint glass. Beer pours an extremely cloudy / hazy pale beige color. Looks like a seriously sedimented hefeweiss that I violently shook before pouring. Nearly no head. Doesn't really resemble beer in that it is highly reflective and not transmissive (i.e. opaque but light colored). Aroma gives the slightest hint of citrus and dry hopping but is quite mild.

Flavor is aggressively bitter, which I find rather surprising given the appearance, labeling, and aroma. Orange juice has not left the beer sweet at all. The bitterness perfectly melds the bitterness of the orange peel with hops, which is impressive, although to my taste not the most enjoyable.

hreb, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Gonzoillini, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of jason_nwx
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

jason_nwx, May 14, 2013
Photo of hannaho
4/5  rDev +9.6%

hannaho, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up tonight at the COOP for $8 (give or take a quarter)... poured into my slim tulip.... The thin white head doesn't really last that long.. the brew is almost expected hazed/muddy orange.

Nose is not surprisingly citrusy... hoppy with plenty of upfront (non hop) citrus elements... nicely balanced by just enough pale maltiness..

Flavor is nice and fresh... seems like a middle of the road hoppy pale/lesser IPA picked up by a citrus note that only translates from the zest from the fruit... not getting any "juice".. I think "juice" would be a disaster in brewing.. but this is well done.

With warmth.... the citrus zest is magnified, but the hops also come out and include a bit of tropical fruitiness... honestly, pretty yummy.

Palate is about right given the ABV... carbonation may be a touch light... sorta oily throughout on the tongue.

Nicely done.... Too damn expensive for what amounts to a citrus zested IPA.. but still cool, glad I was able to check it out fresh.

3.5/4/4.5/4/4

JohnGalt1, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very hazy medium orange amber. Half finger fine white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma with nice piney and citrus hops with very light orange. Interesting flavor of well melded hops and orange rind and grapefruit bitterness and orange juice in a neutral malt body. This is as bitter as an American IPA, but it is clear the bitterness is from citrus origin as well as bittering hops. Finishes clean with residual citrus bitterness and light hops. I am pleased with the combination of flavors and found this ale to be refreshing and fun to drink. Light to medium bodied. Another really strikingly unusual flavor experiment in this series that worked out well. I'm sad there are only four more apocalypse ales until the end of the world (or at least this great series).

LiquidAmber, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of salthemonster
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

salthemonster, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of throwerbri
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

throwerbri, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of jnoelani
4/5  rDev +9.6%

jnoelani, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of BeerForHokie
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

BeerForHokie, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of bluckbeyes
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

bluckbeyes, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

Poured an orange-amber color, massively cloudy to the point of opacity, with a small white, bubbly head that sank to a thin layer and left a bit of lacing on the glass. As promised, lots of citrus in the nose, with a bit of pale malt sweetness in the background. Huge blast of orange pith in the taste, fairly juicy, but mostly bitter, distant pale malts once again pushed into the background, as the citrus was clearly in command. Light-medium body, crisp and flavorful, but very pithy...good if that's your thing, bad if it's not. I enjoyed it.

Rifugium, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured this fruit beer from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a cloudy orange color, produces a thick cream colored head - good retention and a nice amount of lacing left behind. The aroma consisted of pale malt, citrus, and blood orange. Light in body, crisp, refreshing- nice amount of pale malt- sweet citrus flavor- excellent dose of oranges. Overall, if your looking for a light flavorful summer beer, try this offering. Would make an excellent session beer.

GossageBrewery, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 2.22.13
Number 8 in the series

A - Pours a cloudy light orange with a foamy two inch cream-colored head with good retention.

S - Hoppy sweet candy and citrus, oranges mostly.

T - Very light and floral, orange and citrusy.

D - Light bodied with good carbonation.

O -Light floral and fluffy citrus.

HuskyinPDX, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Beerenauslese
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Body is cloudy straw, unfiltered. Poured from the bottle into a Bruery tulip glass half way, allowed to settle, repoured to a full glass. Head was thick and foamy but dissipated to a ring of pancake bubbles with some thick lacing on the glass.

Smells of bready caramel malt, citrus, and hops.

Tastes of bready caramel malt, then a little orange flesh sweetness and then orange rind and hop bitterness. Northwest hop style, seems like some Cascade given the grapefruit in the finish. I am enjoying the fresh orange flavor in this. The orange skin oils and the grapefruit hops combine for a more complex bitterness in the finish. The bitterness keeps coming in between sips, making me desire to take another one.

Body is light despite the cloudiness and carbonation is as well though sufficient to give it a little fizziness.

This is a tasty ale. I am enjoying the fresh orange flavor and the way it ends in a bitter crescendo. The fresh orange flavor helps smooth out the grapefruit bitterness of the Northwest hops. A refreshing ale on its own and food friendly.

Beerenauslese, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of harrymel
2.3/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No bottle date. I think this should be listed as an APA rather than a Fruit beer, as it's identified by the brewer as a Pale.

Turbid orange with loosely associated soapy whites around the rim and an etched surface. Nose is way hoppier than I had anticipated: dank, grapefruit, resin, some orange if I beg for it, but not particularly evident. If they didn't say there was fruit, I wouldn't guess it. Flavor is bitter, with some fruity character (mostly bitter grapefruit), not much more than resin and some biscuity undertones of malt. More like an IPA for me. Medium bodied with reserved carbonation and a semi dry finish. This is drinkable, but more like a sub par PNW IPA rather than a specially concocted fruit infused pale ale.

harrymel, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of taylor714914
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

taylor714914, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. This is #8 in Elysian's Beers of the Apocalypse series.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a massively hazy body. Head pours two thick fingers of frothy ivory foam wiht a decent retention and lace. A pretty good looking beer.

Smell: sweet malty base with a citrusy bouquet. The specific fruits are rather nondescript, but the effect is pretty nice.

Taste: quite a citrusy beer indeed. The sweet malt provides a very nice backdrop to the citrusy hops and the actual orange contribution. I admit I was apprehensive going in, but they have shown restraint and the overall effect is pretty successful: this beer is orangey without being over-the-top.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a pretty good beer; certainly, it's an interesting and rather different one. I like they way they've blended the orange with citrusy hops to make an interesting, piquant brew.

flagmantho, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

sendbeer, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clouded pumpkin orange color with a finger and a half of light beige frothy sticky head that sticks around for a few minutes and leaves behind some lovely curtains of lacing on the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels, slightly creamy in texture.

Smells like blood oranges as expected, both peel and juice with light herbal and floral hopping used as a framing aroma. Tastes at first of bitter orange peel, transitions into a herbal / dry biscuit malt combo, and finishes with a straightforward grapefruit pith flourish. Thankfully, the flavor is about 30% drier than the sweetness of the nose had led me to expect. Bitterness levels are straddling that blurry grey line in between PA and IPA territory IMHO.

Whatever enjoyment the drinker gets out of this one will primarily depend on how much they like the idea of blood oranges approached from a somewhat drier spectrum than is usually seen with the ingredient. They did a good job keeping the focus narrowed down on mostly citrus peel elements in this one, so I can't really fault it for being somewhat less complex than other IPAS. But on the other hand, even though the blood orange angle does bring something novel to the party, it's sort of a one-trick pony.

WastingFreetime, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of GeoffreyM
4/5  rDev +9.6%

GeoffreyM, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of JMBSH
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

JMBSH, Sep 03, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Maelstrom Blood Orange Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.