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Super Fuzz (Blood Orange Pale) - Elysian Brewing Company

Super Fuzz (Blood Orange Pale)Super Fuzz (Blood Orange Pale)

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BA SCORE
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260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%


Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beertunes on 03-09-2013)
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harrymel

Washington

2.08/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

ABV 5.4%
Bottled: unk

Hazy apricot color with a solid, fine white quilt. Smells like blood orange juice, a little gym sock, some clipped and dried grass with a touch of resin. Taste is like grain, some blood orange, standard orange pith and some bitterness. Maybe a touch of acidic vomit, but more the aftertaste than the actual taste. Medium on full bodied with low carb and a slightly wet finish. Meh, not very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 04:20:55 | More by harrymel
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ColdWaffles

Pennsylvania

2.94/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2

Based on the relative oddness of this entry (especially when compared to my local Prism's rather refreshing Blood Orange beer) this is the first brew I've been moved to review in a while...

12 bottle into a standard pint, as I feel an APA should be served.

Appearance: This is one of the more murky Pale Ales I've ever seen and it says nothing about being unfiltered. It does keep an okay white head though and it's color is... On point orange. Overall, not a beauty. 2.50

Scent: You pick up a fair amount of citrus hops and a slight orange scent. But not necessarily blood orange.

Taste: I don't really taste much blood orange here, and the beer tastes more like an IPA than a Pale. If I am rating this on a fruit beer, it is probably as low as I can go. As an APA? Below average but not awful. 2.75

Mouth: It has an on point middle bodied Pale Ale mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation. No complaints.

If you are looking for a fruit beer (as you may initially think it is) it is awful. If you are looking for an APA, it is more like an APA/AIPA 'tweener. It's the bust Defensive End/Linebacker of Pale Ales.

Bottle is brilliant though.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 22:59:56 | More by ColdWaffles
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klkatz

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

smell - orangey... nice

orange finish... a little like a cooler or something... but pleasing, still has enough - beer in it to be a beer...

it's a good summer drink, but I'm not smelling what they're cooking... nice mouthfeel, but not enough orange to be any different than other summer style ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 02:41:53 | More by klkatz
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Glennlawless

New Jersey

3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a frosty pint glass...

A - Good looking...huge 3 finger head , hazy orange body and solid lacing.

S - Grapefruit, and Oranges. slight hop bitterness poking through.

T - slightly sour, Very little hop bitterness, then mellows out leaving lingering orange peel. pretty good. The orange peel is a little overbearing at times.

M- Well carbonated. medium thin mouthfeel.

Overall I see what they were trying to do with this beer but the whole thing could of been balanced a lot better. If some sweet caramel came through and mellowed the orange peel it would have been awesome.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 03:10:43 | More by Glennlawless
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Preiliboy

Washington

3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a interesting one .
This smell is very distinct it smells like blood...with some orange and hops. Very odd
Now as I try it I am surprised that it tastes pretty good but is not great. It tastes like an over ripe orange tastes coppery and bloody. The burp from this is like burping iron.
But it isnt too bad for someone who likes this style. The beer looks cool with lots of lacing being left on the glass. Go try it by one and see how u like it I think only some will truely like this maybe the vampires lol.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 09:03:31 | More by Preiliboy
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy...should I say it? Okay. Pours a hazy orange color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade that's very bubbly in its texture. Some sheeted lacing is left behind as well.

S: Pleasant tones of mango, pine, Simcoe cattiness, and crackery malt abound. I also pick up a hint of blood orange, as well - especially when it opens up - but given the advertising of blood oranges, I'd expect it to smell less like a typical Simcoe-hopped pale ale. To be fair, though, blood orange is a VERY common note in pale ales...

T: It starts off with touches of pine and mango. After the midpoint is where the advertised blood oranges comes through, creating a juicy yet bitter finish. It's not superbly interesting, all told, however it does live up to its billing.

M: Not as clean as I'd like it to be. Also a bit on the heavy side in terms of texture. Pleasantly bitter and carbonated, though.

O: The use of blood oranges here isn't enough to make this stand out from the scores of pale ales on the market. I'd reckon its worth a try, just don't expect to be blown away.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 18:19:19 | More by ThisWangsChung
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vkv822

Oregon

3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 08:38:03 | More by vkv822
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Braz

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 21:52:26 | More by Braz
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a hazy orange color supporting a thin but steady head leaving fair lace. Smell of sweet malt and citric floral hops. Taste is upfront grapefruit bitter that carries throughout leaving the malt as a sideshow. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 00:28:49 | More by Bookseeb
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into my 40oz. Brandy Snifter.

A: Foggy, orange body with a decent head that dissipates into a lacy, spotty, white top layer surfing the liquid tightly. An absolute lace-bomb after the first few sips. Very pretty.

S: Scents of sweet orange with a dry, hop kick. Resinous.

T: Tastes as the ingredients suggest: Blood Orange.* Closer to room temperature, more or the sweet, tangy orange comes out.

M: Dry, bubbly soda, balanced out slightly by the smooth malt backbone.*

OVERALL: A very professional example of a pale ale, when at the right temperature. Enjoyable and subtle enough on the palate to drink multiple. Bonus points for staying try to style, however:

* - The qualities I placed an asterisk next to all really started to come together at the end of this session as the temperature got a little higher. Super Fuzz became all too close to a San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa, which I am not very fond of as it is too grainy and tends to be more like a very dry, fruit flavored seltzer water. As Super Fuzz started going from forty degrees closer to sixty degrees while writing my notes, this Pale Ale became less and less like a Pale and more like a Spritzer or, as mentioned, Italian Soda. I deducted points from Taste, Mouthfeel, and Overall because of this. Time duration for change was only about fifteen minutes.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 16:21:25 | More by RobertColianni
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HalfFull

California

3.45/5  rDev -6%
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'.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 03:24:19 | More by HalfFull
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Murrhey

Montana

3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger cream colored head with a decent retention. Fairly thick and creamy head with some thick lacing. Pale orange body with little clarity. Hazy and some particulate. Actually looks pretty appealing, especially that lacing.

S- Typical pale ale. Pale hop smell with a distinct citrusy bitterness. The orange isn't overwhelming and is in fact, quite subtle.

T- Grapefruit bitterness at first, but then a smooth, slightly bitter but relatively clean finish.

M- Full bodied on the tongue but finishes thin and wet with a bitter linger.

O- Nice pale ale with a twist. Slightly above average in my opinion, but not by a great deal.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 01:15:07 | More by Murrhey
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice citrus presence but the mouthfeel is a bit flat in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 04:15:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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beertunes

Washington

3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very cloudy Orange color with about 1/2 inch of white head that had no retention and very light lacing.

The aroma was definitely sweet, a bit fruity, a bit of malt was in the background, and some smoothly even hops that didn't overpower the other aspects. The taste featured all the above mentioned aspects, and added a bit of bitterness. The beer had a sharp finish that was still smooth.

The body was good, nicely full without being heavy, and with a nice clean finish that was drier than I expected. Drinkability was good, I enjoyed my pint, but I wouldn't have multiples. Overall, a very nice and solid beer that isn't really my thing, but one that's certainly worth trying when you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2013 00:09:38 | More by beertunes
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beagle75

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Hazy, light orange-amber color with less than one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass and many chunks of large whitish debris settle to the bottom.

S: Mandarin orange segments (the kind from the can) are complemented by other citrus such as lemons and limes.

T: Begins almost dry, with restrained mixed citrus fruit and green herbaceous plant stems. Acidity is mild but bright, washing the palate clean as further dryness prevails. The finish exhibits a restrained stale bitterness that proves persistent against some late biscuit.

M: Thin viscosity, wet on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: To-style and very refreshing, this beer would be indistinguishable from a modern pale ale that does not contain blood orange--were it not for the label. The presence of greater depth in the smell would take that aspect to the next level.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 20:56:21 | More by beagle75
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flagmantho

Washington

3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with tons of haze and a finger of frothy, creamy light tan head. Nice!

Smell: kind of an earthy aroma with definite orange character but without the acidic bite you normally associate with citrus. An interesting overall effect; maybe not an everyday thing, but I like the novelty here.

Taste: earthy and fruity right up front, developing more of an orange flavor through the middle. The orange isn't really sweet or candylike in any way, as some fruit beers are. Finish is quite bitter, though whether from hops or orange pith it is hard to say. Again, this beer is an interesting experiment, but not one I'd want to quaff everyday.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a pretty satisfying creaminess.

Overall: this beer is not on the top of my list, although objectively it's not bad. It may appeal to a pretty narrow audience, however.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 01:26:49 | More by flagmantho
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice beer. The blood orange seems to compete against the pale ale character (and wins). It's an interesting mix. I can get the peel of the orange and the spice character from hops. Somewhat subdues it, and somewhat clogs it up a bit. A nice enough beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 03:13:42 | More by RblWthACoz
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GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

AP: Not much of a head on this one as it quickly dissipates down to just a dusting on the surface with some lacing on the side when the glass is titled.
AR: Orange, hay/grass, biscuit, a bit of clover honey. Not a myriad of aromas, but what's there smells pretty good.
T: Blood oranges is the dominant taste, by far. There's a bit of grapefruit in there also, mostly on the back end. Malts are cereal and biscuit with a touch of caramel. If you fancy blood oranges then you'd love this.
M: Moderate carbonation, fairly crisp for the most part with a bit of juiciness on the finish.
OV: Decent, and I can see people enjoying this as a Summer beer, but just not my cup of tea to warrant a higher rating. There are other Summer beers I'd prefer to down a 6pk of.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 02:48:00 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
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nimrod979

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 22:39:32 | More by nimrod979
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TheMarkE

California

3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy orange with a quickly disappearing head of foam.

Smell: Citrus and sour. Please don't ask me to describe what sour smells like. You'll know it when you see it. Er, smell it.

Taste: Orange, grapefruit, malt, and bitterness. As it warms the blood orange flavor becomes stronger and it becomes less bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly creamy, and very bitter.

The Verdict: Different. My initial response was "Ugh." As it warmed, that changed to "Not bad." The bitterness mellows while the sturdy malt backbone and the blood orange step up, making it a pretty decent beer. Bonus points for the cool label design.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 20:13:30 | More by TheMarkE
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srhoadsy

Florida

3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled into a tulip.

Pours a hazy straw color with an inch of white head that quickly recedes with light surface layer and lacing.

Strong aromas of citrus and tropical fruit.

From the aroma, I thought this was going to be a one trick pony, but the flavor is actually fairly complex. Candied orange peel and other citrus, tropical fruit, sweet cereal and a hint of peppery funk.

Medium bodied and sweet with a lingering, bitter aftertaste.

All around an interesting and refreshing beer for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 22:53:54 | More by srhoadsy
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notchucknorris

California

3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy deep golden color with a 1/2 finger of foamy head.

S: Light citrus and floral notes with some orange rind, spicy lemon zest and orange flesh.

T: Opens with a good amount of orange sweetness, then kind of goes downhill. Staggered notes of pale malt, bready malt and some baby aspirin-like bitterness kind of don't work here. Not a horrible beer, but not as good as it could be.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 21:05:58 | More by notchucknorris
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Trippy fro-man label. Love it. Makes me want to drink it when I get home. Pours a very hazy dark orange/amber color. Head has some richness to it. Sits at nearly an inch. Likes to lace a little bit. I like this unfiltered look. Fab.

Tamed herbal hops with a semi-sweet tangerine aroma. Somewhat grassy, too. Hard to get into the good stuff with this meager nose. Pale malts have a sweeter biscuity aroma. Hops keep it dry. Notes of white grapefruit and nectarine.

Hmmm... nice and dry. Blood orange is kept nice and quiet. Herbal and floral hops with notes of citrus. Not as much of the grapefruit, but a bit of lime and tangerine again. A lot of maltiness with semi-sweet pale malt grain beefing up the recipe bill. Biscuity and bready with honey notes, too. Not too shabby.

Nice body to this one. Spicy little finish with a short-lived burn in the throat. The carbonation works well. Round feel for a pale ale. I can get down with a beer that feels this good.

A barley malt beer brewed with oranges? Hell yes. Do I wish it came out a little better than this? Probably, but it's decent. Get one.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 02:10:07 | More by thecheapies
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BurpingtonDC

Maryland

3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well how can you turn a brew down that's flavored withBlood Orange? I didn't. It got me, along with the retro 70's artwork on the label

A- Cloudy, wet straw color with a slight, rapidly disappearing creamy head.

S- Slight orange scent, tropical fruit, biscuity

T- Disappointingly slight orange flavor, grapefruit (I assume from the finish of Citra hops), big hoppy profile.

M- Nice balance of carbonation, hop bitterness and light malty flavor

O- Pretty nice PA all in all, but was disappointed that it didn't have more of an orange taste. I'd drink it again, but there are others I'd opt for first.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 01:04:50 | More by BurpingtonDC
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a hazy orange-gold, sugar white head retains as a film.

Smells of honey, light piney hops, and orange juice.

Tastes of potent piney hops, some honey sweetness, and citrus rind bitterness.

Full body with stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A pretty hoppy ale, kind of expected more orange in the flavor. Pretty good beer though, worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 21:42:27 | More by Cylinsier
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Super Fuzz (Blood Orange Pale) from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.