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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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83
good

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 6
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)
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

01-21-2014 19:12:32 | More by taylor714914
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mcann2pu

Delaware

2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

10-20-2012 03:01:30 | More by mcann2pu
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harrymel

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 05:40:59 | More by harrymel
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jason_nwx

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

05-14-2013 14:53:46 | More by jason_nwx
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.8%

05-14-2013 00:05:18 | More by jenray
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beertunes

Washington

3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy orange-yellow color with about a half-inch of white head that had low retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was a nice blend of grains and fruit, with just a tickle of hops in the background. On the tongue, the malts were a bit more subdued than the aroma had led me to expect, the orange flavor provided a nice counter-point and the hops were nicely crisp, a bit citrusy with a hint of floral.

The body was pleasantly medium, with a dry and slightly bitter finish. Drinkability was good, although I probably wouldn't have more than one at a time,I would have it again. Overall, a nice brew that didn't really trip my personal trigger, YMMV. Worth trying if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2012 23:34:10 | More by beertunes
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Jasonrm72

Colorado

3/5  rDev -17.8%

11-30-2012 01:02:46 | More by Jasonrm72
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philbertk

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1/4 inch lacy white head. Cloudy bright orange color. Light loose sediment. Mild hop mild floral ester orange peel front. Medium light textured slightly creamy orange flavored smooth body. Slightly tangy bitter hint mild hop spice end. Pretty easy to drink. Mild hops and a touch bland. Wierd like all the Apocalypse Series.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 19:53:14 | More by philbertk
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hreb

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 02:33:06 | More by hreb
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

10-30-2012 15:43:29 | More by sendbeer
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wrightst

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-19-2013 01:24:10 | More by wrightst
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Ozurr

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-07-2012 03:06:24 | More by Ozurr
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duff247

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

10-05-2012 04:33:23 | More by duff247
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Jonny_go_Lately

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-31-2013 13:04:57 | More by Jonny_go_Lately
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mikehillman

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-17-2013 16:22:53 | More by mikehillman
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-25-2013 01:05:56 | More by XmnwildX12
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 04:48:43 | More by HuskyinPDX
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 18:37:43 | More by WastingFreetime
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

02-24-2013 00:09:18 | More by Gonzoillini
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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

02-25-2013 23:26:19 | More by salthemonster
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BeerForHokie

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

10-25-2012 16:48:51 | More by BeerForHokie
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

09-03-2012 19:20:57 | More by JMBSH
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strongaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

09-05-2012 07:36:04 | More by strongaf
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reviticus


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-20-2012 20:31:49 | More by reviticus
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

03-05-2013 19:42:40 | More by imperialking
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Maelstrom Blood Orange Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.