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Maelstrom Blood Orange Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Maelstrom Blood Orange AleMaelstrom Blood Orange Ale

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47 Ratings
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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)

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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 08-23-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

BeefSkillet, Sep 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

throwerbri, Sep 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

bluckbeyes, Sep 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

leedorham, Apr 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

shelby415, Aug 24, 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 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
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
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

briandaube, Jan 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

hannaho, Sep 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

jnoelani, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

GeoffreyM, Nov 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Hoppy_McMalt, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of RJLarse
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Maelstrom Blood Orange Ale at the Swamp Tavern. #8 in the 12 beers of the apocalypse series. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy pale orange color, with a modest white head. It looks a little like pineapple juice.

Smell is a decidedly citrus aroma, orange peel for sure, maybe a lemon blossom scent,

Taste is also predictably citrus., pink grapefruit and lemon, maybe a bitter orange flavor. There is a hint of grain flavor and a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly cloying, and a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Overall a nice brew. There have been some distribution problems with this 12 beers of the apocalypse series. I didn't get this one until late October, it would have been great on Labor Day weekend.

RJLarse, Oct 29, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thick, cloudy orange with a finger of bright white head. Aroma of caramel, pine, and grapefruit mixed with a touch of orange.

Moderate carbonation and a full, smooth mouthfeel. Nice burst of orange up front followed by grapefruit, caramel, and some fairly assertive pine bitterness on the tail end.

Very nice, orange adds to the hop flavor without throwing off the balance.

grittybrews, Sep 25, 2012
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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
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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice yellow-orange body with a thick, creamy white head; lots of sticky lacing and rings down my glass. Very strong orange-citrus aroma; very floral; somewhat piney. Taste exudes typical double IPA characteristics: hoppy bitterness; a decent malt backbone (slight caramel and biscuit undertones) with a gentle overarching orange presence. Mouthfeel was good if a little watery.

So far, this is one of the better, more approachable beer of Elysian's Apocalypse Series in my opinion. Yeah, they focused on blood orange with this one, and it seems to work out really well in an IPA setting.

beergoot, Dec 12, 2012
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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
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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
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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
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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy orange supporting a creamy head that subsides, but still available leaving fair lace. Aroma has a sweetness with the orange peel almost like a creamsicle with good whif of the hops. Taste has a big citric orange sweetness countered with a balance from the big hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonatrion. A very nice enjoyable stronge ale.

Bookseeb, Nov 21, 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
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Gonzoillini, Feb 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

salthemonster, Feb 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

BeerForHokie, Oct 25, 2012
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Maelstrom Blood Orange Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.