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Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale AleSuperfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale

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84
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559 Ratings
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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 19
Gots: 101 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: beertunes on 03-09-2013

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Ratings: 559 | Reviews: 87
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Photo of Jason
3.59/5  rDev -3%

Great looking head though the chunks swirl into the glass, orangey minty nose with some biscuity backing. Easy on the palate, just enough bitterness. Rind more than juice. Yeast and toasted malt in the finish. Fun to try.

Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Super freaky label, man! I grok that I wouldn't want to read (too much into) it after a session of, well, anything.

This beer pours a murky, deep apricot amber hue, with two fingers of loosely foamy, and mostly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nice melting frozen windshield lace around the glass as things steadily abate.

It smells of musty, semi-sweet orange flesh, wet piney, grassy, and leafy hops, bready pale malt, and a bit of earthy yeast. The taste is more dank, musty orange rind, some now distinct hop-borne citrus, forest floor pine notes, dusty field grass, a muddled pithy flintiness, and pretty easy to under-appreciate grainy, and somewhat crackery pale malt.

The carbonation is fairly tight, in a cutting frothy sort of manner, the body on the light side of medium weight, and mostly smooth, those edgy bubbles taking their proverbial pound of flesh. It finishes quite dry, the orange fruitiness more rind-oriented than ever, and the complementary citrus and pine hoppiness starting to erase any and all memories of malt (not a President's Choice trademark, yet).

A fruit-forward, rather Indian (?) seeming Pale Ale, the overt hoppiness, and lack of any real balancing malt backbone much more reminiscent of the former implied style. At any rate, a pretty tasty affair for what it actually is, the blood orange-bolstered bitter PAC-NW hops keeping my interest on the level, 'til the very last drop.

Photo of dacrza1
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

DATE REVIEWED: May 30, 2014... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... OCCASION: the end of baseball--18-6, a game short of sectional champs... APPEARANCE: pours a heavy,, unfiltered orange amber,, opaque yet alive; slightly off-white head is a finger thick and reasonably creamy; nice cloud-like smear as the glass drains... AROMA: dramatic citrus, as expected; some astringent grapefruit and what must be blood orange; overall, alluring enough... PALATE: hyper-active start to finish, with full-bodied teeth rattle and a low-end resonance at the throat; lingers like a trip; refreshing yet a bit too demanding for a pale ale... TASTE: despite the label's psychedelia, not outrageous or funky--puckerish orange cream mingles with pale malts to produce a soft, reasonably balanced tart finish, ... OVERALLL: is that Lenny Kravitz on the bottle? a tug of war between "I wanna get away" and "are you gonna go my way?"--straddling the line between nuanced and novelty--but on a hot day, it delivers refreshment....

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Elysian Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale
12 oz. brown bottle
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Upon taking my first sip I thought "why do you need Blood orange with all of these citrusy hops?"... and then as if on cue, the note of blood orange cut right through and it was clear to me - the blood orange is bright and sharp and juicy, and definitely makes for a distinctive beer! Besides, it actually works with the citrusy hops in a complementary way... the blood orange accentuates the citrusy hops, and the citrusy hops accentuate the blood orange. WIN, WIN.

Appearance: A rough pour brings up a solid three fingered head of creamy off-white foam atop a cloudy deep orange and brass colored body. The head slowly settles into a densely creamy cap about an inch thick (25.4 mm). With each sip broken rings of craggy lace are left about the glass; and although the head does eventually drop it maintains almost a completely solid surface covering.

Smell: Citrusy hops. Some orange is distinct. A touch of hoppy pungency, and even less base malt.

Taste: Bright and bold citrus hops appear upfront, immediately followed by rising notes of blood orange that envelope the mouth. It's juicy and refreshing! The fruit fades quickly at the swallow, and the bitterness steps in, but it's fairly tame, and not a lot of the citrusy hop dryness sticks around. Remarkably drinkable!

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a bristling yet somehow soft carbonation.

Overall: Impressive. It's perhaps a bit two-sided (Blood Orange & citrusy hops), but at the same time it has a remarkably refreshing characteristic. It's kind of bombastic with all of the citrus, yet it remains bright, juicy, and drinkable - and at just 5.4% abv it could make a great American session ale. So, in conclusion, it offers a unique character on the level of a bold IPA while still remaining a pale ale at heart. Absolutely worth seeking out, even if to try it just once to understand its uniqueness.

Photo of dirtylou
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2 x on-tap, nickerson street saloon

shaker pints - hazy orange body with a healthy white foam. Expertly described as "better than blue moon, but similar". It actually did remind me a little of Oberon, less the whole what thing. Lots of flavor and pulpy sweetness from the blood orange, crackery malt, lemon peel. Quenched my thirst - even went back for another. Probably the first elysian beer I have drank in 6+ months.

Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Trader Joe's poured into a pint glass. The SuperFuzz opens with a firm pop and pours a hazed golden orange in color. A half inch cap offers moderate retention and light lace. Looks a bit more like a wheat beer than a pale ale at this point.

Nose is prmarily of blood orange initially, sequeing with even slight warming to some citric/tropical hops and pale malts. Malts give a muddled orange character to the aroma.

Taste is more straightforward than the aroma. Pleasant orange citrus and a decent grain depth make for an enoyable quaff. Neutral feel, slightly oily and with a light carbonation. Overall a pretty good brew and rather unique. Great label though and I think I'll go get me some more ane reread Abbie Hoffman's 'Steal This Book'.

Photo of Gmann
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pour a slightly haze golden straw color that has orange highlights. The white head is short and tight, settles into a light ring.

The aroma is fairly neutral. There is a slight bready aroma with a hint of orange. Not much else.

The taste is lightly fruity and lightly bitter. A bready malt base with an earthy/grassy hop bitterness. This is paired with a light fruitiness from the blood orange. The fruit flavor is quite subtle. It seems to add more of a brightness than actual flavor. Perhaps some orange peel bitterness towards the end.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Its bright on the palate with a slightly bitter finish. Drinks well.

Its an ok brew. I much prefer Great South Bay's blood orange pale ale over this. A nice summer beer.

Photo of nimrod979
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. No freshness date but this is a brand new beer. The artwork, I kinda think is hilarious.

Appearance: No surprise here but pours a hazy pale orange color. Thin 1/4" white head that had very lettle retention. Wet lacing here and there but nothing of a significant amount.

Aroma: Fruity, orange, tangerine, tropical mango aroma. Piney, resinous hops are layered nicely underneath the initial fruitiness. Some yeasty an faint pilsner-esque malt notes but the hops are the star of the show.

Taste: I'm a little conflicted here. I feel like I'm fond of this brew but it doesn't really make me think APA. There's plenty of hops and bitterness present but instead of a malty backbone, it's the blood orange that comes through at the mid-way point. I can kinda dig it. There is a pale pilsner malt that is barely detectable but I can pick it out. The tropical notes and light hoppy are the first flavor, the blood orange becomes prevalent in the end and finish with a very light pale malt. Pleasant drink really.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium. Very wet and juicy mouthfeel I guess from all the fruity flavors. Finish, has a nice bitterness. It does all this without being too sweet. I dig all the flavors and it's quite a drinkable summer brew.

Overall, "blood orange" seems to be the trend right now as I feel like there have been a handful of beers coming out hyping the ingredient. That being said, this has been one of the more enjoyable ones to me. Some people will probably be put off by the fruitiness, I like the direction they went here. Blood orange is sibtle but there's other flavors here to keep you interested.

Photo of souvenirs
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$8.60 plus deposit for a 6o0 ml bottle at the 8th Street Liquor Store at New West station.

Pours a hazy gold with two fingers of head that doesn't stick around for long. Looking at this one, it could be a hefeweizen. Aroma is quite mild. Not much going on.

Taste is fairly bitter. There's not a whole lot of orange flavour, unless by orange flavour one means citrus rind. There's plenty of that.

Mouthfeel is okay.

Not bad, but nothing special.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of mild hops, some orange as well. Taste is the same, hops are present but not overpowering, a bit of orange lurking in the background. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid but unspectacular beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

(3.7) A: Candy orange glaze with a rapid, feverish carbonation factor. Thin, milky chalky white head is moderately retaining with a thick, milky band for lace. Lasting coverage.

(3.65) S: Fresh grapefruit juice, citrus and dry pine. Grassy notes on the close with a nice level of appeal.

(3.65) T: Flavor was dry citrus hopping, pine, and grapefruit. Flowery, nice level of ibu's, especially for a pale, perhaps intruding in ipa territory. Big grassy hop finish.

(3.75) M: Mouthful was crisp, creamy and very smooth texture wise, lightly dry.

(3.65) O: Overall very good level of hopping, creamy maltiness, nice drinkability leaving with a lingering grassy fade

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Pours hazy amber with a large head.
Nose shows sweet malt with cookie dough characters, a faint blood orange note and some soft spicy/floral hops.
Same sweet malt and cookie dough as flavours along with a sweet note from the blood orange. A fair bit of hop bitterness in the finish along with spicy and earthy hops. Very drinkable.

Photo of smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Great looking apperance. Opaque and orange colored, with a super creamy white head that grows 4 fingers, and settles with a create creamy whipped appearance. This looks like a popsicle, specifically a creamsicle in a glass. Real neat!

A real nice fruit orange bouquet on the nose, mixing with a good hop presence somewhere between grass and citrus. Hard to tell if this citrus is coming from the oranges, the hops, or both, either way it's a nice melding of flavors together.

First sip has a mild hop bitterness, with a nice juicy palate and sweetness. Oranges all over, with a moderate light malt backbone sticking out to balance nicely. Quite refreshing and nearly crisp. Good quenching palate that makes for a good thirsty pleasant feeling. Moderate carbonation, clean finish of orange and pleasant hop bitterness with some sweetness taking some presence after some time.

Overall a real fun delicious pale ale. What a great summer beer this is, I'd like to have this again on a hot day.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a golden, hazy orange. Foamy one inch head, with good lacing down the glass.

Aromas include oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine sap.

The taste is the same. The hop flavors are very orange-forward, due to the addition of blood oranges to this- without me knowing this, I would have just thought the beer was very fruity from the various hop varietals that can give off orange flavors. There's also some grapefruit and pineapple, with a small amount piney bitterness.

Light to medium bodied, low carbonation, crisp mouthfeel.

An excellent, drinkable hoppy APA, one I could easily put a few back of.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thin film and ring around the glass and light lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and orange citrus juice and citrus hops. Flavor of dry orange and mixed citrus and grassy hops, finishes with citrus rind, and residual grassy hop bitterness. Nondescript malt base. Light to medium bodied. An interesting citrusy pale ale that I liked, but wished there was a bit more flavorful malt body to balance the dry blood orange bitterness. I really like the Beers of the Apocalypse blood orange beer, but this one is not quite as balanced.

Photo of Treb0R
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle. Pours a hazy orangey yellow colour. The nose is typical West Coast APA: pine, citrus grapefruit. On the palate the blood orange really shines through and complements the citrusy hop notes. There are some really nice fruit flavours here, with just a touch of sweetness. The body has a little helft to it. A very solid beer.

Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a hazy brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft orange aroma accompanied by caramel and a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a light orange juiciness with a moderate caramel and citrusy hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style with a dry finish.

Overall a pretty good orange infused ale.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a "fuzzy" or hazy muted amber suggesting an unfiltered process. Given the giant orange fro on the label I expected an giant foamy orange head, but it was more subdued than that, just 2 fingers of fuzz that left delicate lacing around the glass and settled to a single layer of bubbles that blanket the top.

S: Sweet pale malts waft through first followed by orange oil and a very subtle yeast and a mild hoppiness that is present start to finish. I hoped for a stronger orange profile, something punchy and with that earthiness blood oranges offer.

T: Initial wash over the palette is sweet pale honey mixed with orange oils. Mid palette the taste changes to a bitter orange, yeasts and biscuits. The flavours morph from sweet to hoppy and emphasize the orange oils or orange bitters better while excluding the pithiness.

M: Carbonation is a well balanced fizz that lasts from front to back over the tongue. Medium bodied and just a hint dry on the back end that offer a refreshing finish. Tart and tangy it puts the salivation glands to work.

O: A sessionable drink that emphasizes orange oils and a tart and hoppy offering that's refreshing and easy to drink. I was hoping for that earthiness of a blood orange from the pour, smell and taste. However the orange was more muted and subtle, for my tastes.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed once so I suppose it's almost 2 months old. Into a stein.
A - A very dirty bright orange yellow, almost as hazy as a Hefe, with a solid 1/2 inch of head fed by an impressive level of carbonation/
S - Smells like a regular pale ale to me with pale malts, mild bit of hops, and a touch of orange rind. Doesn't really scream blood orange.
T - Ah there it is the blood orange juice kicks in first sip making it have a very bitter edge similar to an IPA. Sweeter malts then play with some hops but in the end the finish is again sweet with very little bitter. It is however very refreshing.
M - As stated with a light to medium body, crisp carbonation, and session able ABV this beer is again a refreshing summer ale.

Overall quite a tasty fruit based pale ale. I could easily see crushing a six pack (which is very affordable mixed for 10 bucks) unfortunately they are a one time thing so I will enjoy the rest of this single.

Photo of gabedivision
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12 oz to a tulip glass

A- pours a hazy blood orange color with a 1 finger head with a sexy lacing that slimes around the glass

S- a musty, grass hope note up front, then tangerine, orange, blood oranges, hints of pineapple, some spicy notes, and dull wet cardboard on the finish

T- Nice fruity hop presence on the tongue, oranges, tangerines, pineapple, pears, finishes slighty bitter with a bit more of that musty cardboard sorta taste

M- Light to medium in body, decent carbonation, has a nice rounded body to it, drinks nice a smooth, and slighty dry

O- Nice pale ale, lots of nice flavors, some off tannin flavors are found here and there which kinda lets ya down a bit, but all in all its a good tasty beer.

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked this Beauty up as part of a mixed six at Ye Ole because of the really cool name and bottle. A really good looking beer with an interesting smell, kind of a mix between a citrusy wheat and an IPA citrus. Taste is very disappointing, it seems like it could have been a really good beer but just missed. Despite the awesome label I will not be buying again.

Photo of Braz
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at Safeway.
Appearance: Slightly hazy, dingey orange in color. Nice frothy white head.
Smell: Citrus zest, sweet and bitter aromatics.
Taste: A little bitter, light taste. Orange rind creeps in on the aftertaste. Can taste the juice of blood orange as I've ate blood orange before and it's not a very sweet orange. May be some bittering hops in here too.
Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Fairly dry. Aftertaste lingers on palate.
Overall: Different, not fantastic. Certainly drinkable. I'd have again but wouldn't seek it out. Just a little bitter with no sweetness to balance it out.

Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow, man, dig that I scored a limited release beer! I usually steer clear of chasing after such things, but we are in the midst of the most righteous return of the super groovy late-'60's/early-'70's and I totally caught onto the hip vibe of the label when I saw it in the cooler at HungernThirst. All right, here goes, man. What is black and white and full of fuzz? A police car, baby! Man, they made noises about me possibly taking over the yearbook next year until I started rapping about it being the most far out, psychedelic edition in the school's 75-year history. Then they got that nervous look that they always get when I suggest things and backed off. Ya dig, man? I was going to make like Timothy Leary and make sure that each student got a communion wafer on their tongue at the beginning of each class meeting, but no more than a quarter-tab as they might have other things to do during the day. I am tuned in like Roger Sterling and I see no reason that others shouldn't see the light.

From the groovy bottle, man: "Blood Orange Pale"; "Ale brewed with Blood Orange".

My pour netted me a solid finger of far out orangish-yellow head with decent retention, man. I was mesmerized watching it fall, leaving that groovy lacing in its wake. Color was a hazy shade of winter, I mean a hazy orange. Nose totally sent me, man, with its beautiful scent of freshly-squeezed oranges. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, but that was not what was making the scene, dig? Instead, it was that freaky taste of oranges commingling with the citrusy hops that was like an electric kool-aid acid test in the mouth, man! It was totally happening and very reminiscent of Shiner's Ruby Red that this cool cat turned me onto last Saturday in Philly, man. I would fully have both of them back-to-back or maybe side-by-side, kind of like those swingin' kitties that I hooked up with after a fest. Back to the beer, right, man? The finish was dry, but citrus dry, not hoppy dry, if you can dig that action. Man, I would score some of this while the Elysian Man is still holding cause he might run dry at any time and then you'll be jonesin' in a big way, man.

Photo of vkv822
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz : SN IPA Glass

Hazy golden orange with a foamy white head.

Grapefruit, lightly sweet orange/citrus notes primarily. Medium body, fizzy, foamy carbonation.
A well done pale ale, though I am unable to distinguish what characteristics the blood orange adds.

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Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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