Super Fuzz (Blood Orange Pale) - Elysian Brewing Company
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3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
09-21-2013 04:15:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.79/5 rDev +3%
Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color capped by a two inch head of foam; quite a few strands and dots of lacing
Smell: Pithy orange bitterness on a base of toffee and toasted bread
Taste: The blood orange bitterness juts out immediately, with the toasted bread and toffee tones lingering underneath; not much changes from start to finish though I should add that the flavors are nicely balanced
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Overall: I am not a huge fan of the flavor profile but the beer is certainly decent
Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity
08-02-2014 01:58:13 | More by brentk56
3.93/5 rDev +6.8%
This poured out as a hazy copper color with a foamy white head on top. The retention and lacing on this one were pretty good. The smell of the beer has a pleasant orange aroma that isn't over the top but subtle enough to pick up on it as well as the hops and grains too. The taste of the beer is a little bit more on the muted side, decent hop and citrus flavor with a pretty good malt backbone. The mouthfeel is easy going, lighter bodied, refreshing and gently carbonated. Overall it's a pretty good beer, definitely right for the warmer months.
06-10-2013 20:29:06 | More by Knapp85
3.96/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
05-17-2014 03:47:09 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
08-18-2014 02:57:35 | More by NeroFiddled
3.54/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
07-03-2013 03:13:42 | More by RblWthACoz
4.15/5 rDev +12.8%
I picked this up at Thirsty's in York -part of a mix-a-six enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.
The color is light amber/golden with light haze and thick white head of 2 plus fingers with average bead lace sticks in spots and retention is very good. The smell has a slight herbal scent with dominant citrus and light grain in the aroma with mild tinge of floral hops with gentle yeast ester. The feel is great with moderate bitterness and low astringency for the style with mild sweetness and slight creamy body with medium texture on the palate and moderate carbonation with a semi-dry finish.
The taste is very tea-like with slight orange rind and mild herbal aspect with a good malt flavor and yeast gives a tangy accent to the hops and subtle orange rind in the taste. The flavor of the hops adds a bitter profile befitting the style with slight spice accent and light grass which is pleasant and not overdone. The taste is mostly citrus from the hops with light tropical accent which fits the label of blood orange which is mildly sweet in the peripheral flavor yet the hops have enough umph and there is a mild acidity which is balanced by the pale malt flavors. Overall a very tasty beer, smooth and drinkable with a nice amount of complexity considering the moderate alcohol which is not evident in the taste. I like the freshness and balance -I could handle several of these -worth trying for sure
05-16-2013 21:47:46 | More by Slatetank
3.74/5 rDev +1.6%
a real god pale overall, and the orange bit is interesting. a nice hazy looking pale orange color, with less than an inch of white fading head. it smells like fruit and hops, a nice mix od citra and grapefruit, bitter but tangy too, with a lighter English malt taste. grapefruit is first, hop bitterness second, and a little bit of a filling body, more than medium but it works. I don't think the malt blend is the best with the blood orange, but this is a refreshing summer type pale, hoppy and different, fuzzy describes the feel well, and in general a beer I would be happy to session. somehow not amazing, the oranges are a little too sweet, and the malt is just a little too sturdy, but another creative and tasty elysian brew. these guys are on fire and this is more than passable, especially from a refreshment standpoint.
09-06-2013 02:27:39 | More by StonedTrippin
4.43/5 rDev +20.4%
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.
06-10-2013 00:40:59 | More by woodychandler
United Kingdom (England)
3.99/5 rDev +8.4%
Coming in a 355ml slim brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; production date 01/05/2013, served lightly chilled in a stemmed wine glass. Notes: the beer label specifies “ale brewed with blood orange”.
A: pours a lightly murky dark golden hue, coming with a thin light beige foamy head and moderate but constant carbonation.
S: Citra&Amarillo&Saaz-like mixed tropical fruit and grapefruity hop aroma prevails upfront, added with a liquidy and fragrant orangey fruitiness on the second, lower level; given a good swirl, the guava-like refreshing fruitiness and semi-sweet flowery resins get mixed with light-bodied semi-sweet pale malts. Aromatic, refreshing, not heavy at all.
T: juicy, bitter-sweet and lightly acidic grapefruits/bitter oranges (juice, peels and seeds altogether!) comes with light-bodied but aromatic pale malts upfront, soon the tangy bitterness and chewy tannins as of crushed citrus seeds catch up with full force, lending a good depth to the aftertaste featuring more fragrant grapefruit peels and a sound bitter-acidity on the balance.
M&O: the mouthfeel remains refreshing, with a good level of soft fizziness to enliven the palate, against a medium-plus body and a richly citric & yet wonderful, chewy flavour profile. This is the very first American Pale Ale mixed with juice that I’ve tried; I’m converted almost immediately…!!
07-31-2013 19:15:33 | More by wl0307
Super Fuzz (Blood Orange Pale) from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.