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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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Reviews: 92
Hads: 626
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

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Beer added by: beertunes on 03-09-2013

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Photo of J30wang
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maltier version in terms of smell compared to the Sculpin' Grapefruit IPA. Much lighter, small head, and depressing lacing. But drinkable and I actually would do this beer again because the hops are relatively solid.

Looks yellow to orange and cloudy. pieces of peel at the bottom adds a little funk:)

Short aftertaste, nothing prolonged. Very fresh and a ver good summer beer.

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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 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 FriedSlug
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A cloudy deep gold color. The faint smell of the blood oranges and a bit of malt. A nice smell of hops. The malt and hops come through in the taste and the blood orange just barely appears. Nice carbonation and a lingering hop bitterness round this one out. Good beer but I would like the blood orange to be a bit more forward.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy golden orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light messy lacing roaming around the glass.
The smell started off with fresh sweet oranges and clementines. Ends up having some light grassy tones to round it out.
The taste was mainly sweet and had a light bitterness underneath. A light sweet orange aftertaste leads into a sticky sweet finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a light to medium on the body with a clear sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed good for the style and for me. It doesn't distract from the flavor that runs over my tongue.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good APA. But don't expect big bursting bitter hops. I'd still have again.

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Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer. Poured from 12 oz bottle into Sam Adams perfect pint glass with nucleator in bottom.

A - A nice deep gold-orange color with an off white head that has decent retention.

T - If you like tinge of orange (which I do, this is a great Pale Ale with happiness that mates well with the orange.

M - Good mouth feel, a little full at first, but then goes down nicely.

S - Nice mix of hops and orange, with malts in the way back

O - 4. I was surprised by this one with my first bottle, and its been consistent on each since.

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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 57md
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellowish copper in color. The nose had nice citrus notes as well as a healthy dose of hoppiness. The body is light and refreshing (but not too light). The flavor profile includes hints of orange and a pleasant dry hoppy finish.

This is a perfect summer beer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a narrow glass: color is copper, translucent, head is off white with fine and medium bubbles.

Aroma is clean, non-descript pale malt, neutral hops.

Taste is where some lighter citrus like flavors present, they are very subtle and appear in the aftertaste; other flavors include the neutral pale malt, light toast and hint of biscuit. There is a lingering sweeter flavor that also hints at some citrus/citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel is more bitter than the aroma and flavor present, with a biting, lingering quality on the tongue; sweetness presents first and attaches to sides of the tongue.

Overall, a nice pale ale, but not subtle citrus like flavors.

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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 Bonnfire
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Had this brew on guest draft at Market Cross Pub in Carlisle, PA. Loved it. Bought two growlers until they ran out. Just a hint of orange, great pale ale.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

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Photo of Jason
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

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Photo of tyjudd
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a hazy orange with less than one finger head. Head retention is bit that great with minimal lacing. The nose is of orange and malty sweetness. The taste behind with orange sweetness and mild carbonation but quickly finishes with mild hops and minimal bitterness and subtle blood orange in the finish. Actually a nice end to the drink.

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Photo of JWU
4/5  rDev +8.7%

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- a cloudy light orange with a thin off white head, decent lacing.

S- Ruby Grapefruit with a crackery malt base. Hint of pine.

T- A flash of orange sweetness is whacked solidly by grapefruit bitterness. Juicy. Very light malt base. Refreshingly short finish. Some bitterness lingers a touch.

M- lighter side of medium, plenty of carbonation.

O- Great twist on a pale. Very nice on a hot summer day.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

(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

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

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Photo of scotorum
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Purchased in Tennessee on my recent (month ago) trip south,. We do not get Elysian anything in Mass. and they have a good rep. No bottling date info seen.

"Brewed with Blood Orange." Great Seventies label art, reminiscent of rock music posters of the era.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Unibroue stemmed English tulip.

a; Hazy orange with a finger thick white head which reeceded to even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Mild fruit cup.

t; Slightly orange up front with light hop balance. Mildly bitter finish.

m: Medium, good body, lots of carbonation tingle.

o: A pleasant summer ale, not as orangy flavored or as reddish as anticipated but good nonetheless.

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Photo of gestyr
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber into a pub style glass

A: Pours a hazy honey-gold with a thick fluffy longlasting white head. A constant stream of bubbles rises through the glass.

S: Bitter orange, right at the start. Malt, sweet, fruity caramel

T: The taste follows the smell. The orange jumps out at you and is supported by malt and caramel. The hops come in after and wrap the whole flavor thing up very nicely.

M: Medium bodied. No bite from the carbonation.

O: A good variation of American Pale Ale. Refreshing and with enough hops to balance the other flavors. I will buy again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of leaddog
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a cloudy amber with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - citrus hops, blood orange, caramel sweetness, bready malts.

Taste - Blood orange and citrus hops are the predominate flavours followed by the caramel sweetness and bready malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a tanginess from the blood orange and slightly bitter from the citrus hops.

Overall - For adding blood orange to an APA, this brew has some excellent tanginess from the blood orange. For me, I wish the citrus hops were a little more pronounced but still a worthy APA with the addition of a unique ingredient.

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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 orcrist_cleaver
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

You basically get what you expect from this beer. First off, the bottle art, it's cool and retro just like this beer-a very nice beer on any occasion, and an excellent one for a summer bbq.

It has a light golden color, but is hazy. The one finger head is reminiscent of dole whip, very creamy and dreamy. Too bad it doesn't retain for longer. Looks more like a weizen.
It takes awhile for the aroma to expand a bit. Very blah initially, mostly just bready and sweetness from the malts. Very clean orange smell, sweet as well, similar to a creamsicle even. Even though they finished it off with Citra and Amarillo, it come off smelling like orange sherbert. Some nice pepper accents and green twig notes + cinnamon sticks, carries the malt sweetness well. Really great mouthfeel, luscious medium body, creamy mid, and an ever so nice bitter orange pith bitterness that doesn't overwhelm. It definitely, feels like I drank something called Superfuzz. This could have been a cloying beer with the low ABV and orange sugar addition, but the balance is really spot on. Could it be more bitter, yes? Did I expect more citrus aroma, yes?
Overall, this is an above average pale ale with some blood orange thrown in. Does the blood orange take it to the next level. No. But it doesn't hurt the profile of the beer, and was incorporated nicely with the summer session drinkers in mind.

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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 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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Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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