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Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 627
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 27.72%
Wants: 24
Gots: 131 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beertunes on 03-09-2013

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Photo of harrymel
2.12/5  rDev -42.4%
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.

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Photo of plowe70
2.71/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Super fuzz has a cloudy butterscotch like color. Pours a modest head. Has a mild stale fruit-like smell that's not pleasant at all. Not specifically the orange smell one would expect. Although the taste definitely delivers a mild orange flavor which is cool but the orange peel flavor that lingers doesn't excite me much. Overall a decent beer. Nothing I would write home about.

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Photo of Budinetz
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

It pours an awesome hazy orange hue with a nice foamy head. Visible lacing all around the glass. Smells kind of like my parents moldy basement where their cats piss in the corner. Definitely smells of ammonia and musk. Tastes kind of citrusy and very bitter on the finish. Feels awesome in my mouth, with a nice bubbly texture and reasonable carbonation. I would drink this on a hot day after mowing my lawn..wouldn't buy a case of this for myself though...perhaps for a summer party...


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Photo of Dikfour
2.89/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: Pours with next to no head. Opaque Orange with lots of floaty sediment. Very active carbonation.

Smell: American hoppy citrus. Plenty of orange zest. Hint of pine.

Taste: Sweet fruity orange up front. Gets a bit zesty in the middle and finishes with a mild hoppy bitterness. Orange from start to finish.

Feel: Sweet to the point of stickiness. Medium body.

Overall: Right around average. This is one you don't need to seek out. Most memorable aspects of this beer are its missteps. If you like OJ from concentrate maybe give this a shot. Otherwise you can totally miss this one.

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Photo of klkatz
2.98/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
2.98/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of Preiliboy
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.1/5  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.

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Photo of smythie86
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It looks decent. Doesn't smell that much, but does have a bit of a smell. The taste good, it is enough to make me want to take another sip, but is not incredible. The mouthfeel is a bit refreshing. The aftertaste is a bit hoppy, not a great aftertaste, but it isn't bad either.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer, it was good and I would drink it if it was given to me, but I think there are much better options out there.

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Photo of vkv822
3.22/5  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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.22/5  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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
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....

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Photo of Tone
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus, hint of hop, sweet malt, hint of pine, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus, hint of hop, hint of wheat, pale malt, and slight pale malt. Overall, weak aroma, taste, and little complexity; where is the blood orange?

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Photo of souvenirs
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Braz
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Pale golden pour from the 12oz bottle to a pint glass. Thick and creamy white crown makes it over two fingers with decent retention. Medium-sized ring drops a few large lacing webs.

S- Pale cracked barley opens up to bitter oranges and general zesty and floral notes. Not all that much going on.

T- Cereal grains, bready and biscuit malt notes come in just behind the orange citrus tones. Grapefruit comes to mind as well as herbal and floral hops. Peely bitters.

MF- Towards the light side but definitely not thin or watery. Texture is between fizzy and frothy from the zesty high bubble level. Citrus bitterness throughout.

Standard base grains with a fair amount of orange flavor and bitterness. A summer refresher but nothing I would go for again.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

from a bomber into an imperial pint glass

hazy golden apricot with a big puffy 2 finger head that leaves nice lacing. nose isn't all that big -- some orange blossom and a little zestyness, some faint baked bread. taste and mouthful are a little disappointing: fairly sweet and juicy but not in a good way; none of the zest and burn that blood oranges can bring, and I'm not getting much in the way of interesting stuff from either the hops or the malt...almost like juice, though there is the promise of a few herbal notes that could be interesting. Had my hopes up for this one, but alas.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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'.

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Photo of RobertColianni
3.45/5  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.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.47/5  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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.