Super Fuzz (Blood Orange Pale) - Elysian Brewing Company
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Reviews by Treb0R:
3.84/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A brand new beer that is surprisingly tasty. It helps that it's fresh and drinks exactly as advertised. If you are at all familiar with blood oranges, you will know what I mean when you take the first sip.
The white fizzy head dissipates quickly with moderately high carbonation. The body has a beautiful and quite pale orange color, but it would be more fitting if it had a deep, red "blood orangey" hue. As of now, the color better represents more of a Navel Orange Pale Ale. The flavor, however, is distinctly blood orange.
You can smell some grainy pilsner malt and a bit of citrus. The aroma could be a bit stronger, with more support from other orangey/fruity hops in the late boil/aroma steep. This will also help with the fruitier flavor and reduced bitterness at the expense of more oily aromatics and hop flavors. Right now, all you get from the hops is some crisp herbal citrus. This focus needs to change slightly, perhaps with an Ahtanum & Centennial focus.
The fruit taste is natural, not artificial. The beer has that signature blood orange tart quality. Aside from probably 10 more IBUs than necessary, the beer is easy to drink and refreshing. It has a somewhat balanced hop character to combat the malt and a crisp bite.
For the grist, there is possibly some munich & pale in there, as well as carapils with the medium body. You get some grainy malt taste on the backend. Dry on the palate, not sweet.
If you are looking for this to taste like a fruit beer, you will be let down. However, it is a great example of how fruit can be successfully combined with an APA.
I really have no harsh complaints about this beer. It's not incredible, but it's not mediocre either. A very good idea and attempt from a very good brewery.
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2013 18:12:48 | More by Treb0R
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours hazy and on golden hues with a soft orange blush. Thin head of white foam that fell quickly and left some good sheeting lace. Nose is orange. The tangy sweet blood orange. A bit of the pith and a touch of sugar for malt. Taste is lovely citrus with that blood orange prominent and then a touch fo the tart grapefruit to hold it up. A little bit of sweet herbal and a and a bit of cracker from the malt carry this one to the finish like a spiked orange -ade.
I just loved this and think it's one the most pleasant pales I have tried. Sweet and tart combine seamlessly for a a palate that is quenched and satisfied. Light fruity and juicy mouthfeel. Silken malt with ample carbonation. Crisp and bold palate with a brisk finish and lingering tartness and slight bitterness.
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2014 16:26:53 | More by utopiajane
3.83/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
APPEARANCE: This is a very fizzy beer. Medium sized bubbles can only be described as darting towards the surface. The head the eventually hit is only about a quarter of an inch thick when it is first poured and it quickly fades into a wispy cap. The liquid underneath is a murky, burnt orange.
SMELL: Orange hits the nose first while a piney, grassy and somewhat chalky (I know that sounds weird) aroma rounds it out.
TASTE: A lot of citrus flavors make themselves apparent right off the bat. Grapefruit showed up for this party, but orange is definitely the host. Again, there is a bit of chalkiness to the flavor here. It isn’t a bad thing at all, in fact, it seems to balance out some of the potentially sweeter fruit flavors.
MOUTHFEEL: This is a really big beer for only being 5.4%. It drinks more like an 8%er. Semi-sweet up front while the finish dries out with a slight hop bitterness and that chalkiness discussed above. There is a light tickle, but the carbonation is subtle.
OVERALL: With the weather getting better every week, I am going to need snag a six-pack of this before it dries up for the season. A nice, relaxing porch session is what this beer is all about.
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2014 07:21:47 | More by StoneTSR
Super Fuzz (Blood Orange Pale) from Elysian Brewing Company
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