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: 86
Hads: 606
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 23
Gots: 125 | FT: 0
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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 JamieDuncan
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this again on 2015-04-13 in Columbia, PA from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Hazy orange with a hint of amber, a 1-finger white head and decent lace.

S - Some sweet orange, floral and mild grain. Nice but not overly-strong.

T - Initially like a blood orange creamsicle, which yields to a welcome citric-tartness , floral/spice and moderate bitterness. It's not complex but these dominant flavors are well-balanced and provide a very enjoyable profile for my tastes.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Creamy at first then dry.

O - I like this Pale Ale with a satisfying flavor based on blood oranges. I'll look for this again. (631 characters)

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? (438 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy and on golden hues with a soft orange blush. Thin head of white foam that fell quickly and left some good sheeting lace. Nose is orange. The tangy sweet blood orange. A bit of the pith and a touch of sugar for malt. Taste is lovely citrus with that blood orange prominent and then a touch fo the tart grapefruit to hold it up. A little bit of sweet herbal and a and a bit of cracker from the malt carry this one to the finish like a spiked orange -ade.

I just loved this and think it's one the most pleasant pales I have tried. Sweet and tart combine seamlessly for a a palate that is quenched and satisfied. Light fruity and juicy mouthfeel. Silken malt with ample carbonation. Crisp and bold palate with a brisk finish and lingering tartness and slight bitterness. (779 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This is a very fizzy beer. Medium sized bubbles can only be described as darting towards the surface. The head the eventually hit is only about a quarter of an inch thick when it is first poured and it quickly fades into a wispy cap. The liquid underneath is a murky, burnt orange.

SMELL: Orange hits the nose first while a piney, grassy and somewhat chalky (I know that sounds weird) aroma rounds it out.

TASTE: A lot of citrus flavors make themselves apparent right off the bat. Grapefruit showed up for this party, but orange is definitely the host. Again, there is a bit of chalkiness to the flavor here. It isn’t a bad thing at all, in fact, it seems to balance out some of the potentially sweeter fruit flavors.

MOUTHFEEL: This is a really big beer for only being 5.4%. It drinks more like an 8%er. Semi-sweet up front while the finish dries out with a slight hop bitterness and that chalkiness discussed above. There is a light tickle, but the carbonation is subtle.

OVERALL: With the weather getting better every week, I am going to need snag a six-pack of this before it dries up for the season. A nice, relaxing porch session is what this beer is all about. (1,186 characters)

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. (1,146 characters)

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. (588 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprised to see this at my local Trader Joes—does Elysium even distro to NorCal?
This pours a hazy orange tinged tan color. There’s a light orange scent to it—the blood orange?—with some orange peel. The beer itself is crisp with some piney character and a touch of resin. Finishes dry. Not a bad curiosity pick. (322 characters)

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'. (758 characters)

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. (568 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.65/5  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. (395 characters)

Photo of Yuliya
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy orange
S: slight fruity smell with sour notes
T: slightly floral/fruity when it first hits the mouth, then bitterness kicks in. It is hoppy in a big way, but bitterness also feels more complex as if there is another layer to it. That may possibly come from the addition of blood orange/grapefruit zest. Surprisingly the fruity component of the blood orange taste is not discernible. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
M: medium bodied, a bit creamy (or fuzzy, as it says in its name)
O: I expected more of a fruit (orange) taste which was not there. I thought it was a bit bitter for a Pale Ale. Overall, it was enjoyable enough, but I did not feel the flavors were balanced, with the bitter taste overpowering the palate. (737 characters)

Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (604 characters)

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

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. (829 characters)

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. (301 characters)

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

Bomber split into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glasses with a mate.

A: Cloudy straw/orange with light amount of white head and lace.

S: Bigger citrus notes in a decent underlying hop component, suggestions of dry bitterness. Citrus fruit is reminiscent of blood orange, orange zest and hints of grapefruit. Some pale maltiness in there too.

T: Taste follows the nose, lightly bitter but decently so for an APA. Mandarin and blood orange, citrus zest, grapefruit, and biscuity pale malt character.

MF: Refreshing body is light to medium, with a good clean finish and good carbonation.

O: A really decent pale, the citrus isn't in your face but its definitely detectable and pleasant throughout the beer. (701 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the growler into a pint glass. Body is hazy orange with a big white head that settles fast.

S: Slight musty-ness and a lot of citrus (oranges & grapefruit).

T: Again, there's a good amount of citrus, with oranges, grapefruit and lemons all noted. Orange peel also noted. Finishes lemony dry.

M: Medium in heft with a modestly creamy feel.

O: Solid stuff that's pretty tasty. (393 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into an American pint @ Elysian's Tangletown pub in Seattle. Pours a hazy yellowish copper color w/ a 1-finger head, good lacing as I drain the pint.

Aroma is mostly light citrusy hops and a whiff of orange, some pale biscuity malt. Somewhat subdued, but pleasant.

Taste is clean pale malt and juicy, citrusy, tropical hops. Lots of orange, not surprisingly. Citra hops are clearly evident. Thirst quenching, great balance. A crisp, mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, refreshing and drinkable. Can't stop sipping this beer and all too soon it's gone.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this. I'll be picking up a 6-pack soon. (647 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a .5 l cylinder named Spaten. Limited release that ought to be "on all the time"

A: Beautiful steep white head on top of a fuzzy, hazed apricot gold featuring sticky, lasting lacing and ample carbonation.

S: Aromatic, IPA like, hoppy, reminds one of Ballast Point Big EYE which is a grand marnier like IPA - but here with only 5.4% alcohol. Inviting, refreshing, and comes more to life, more tropical following a swirl.

T: Tastes like an IPA but more juicy, orange, peels and seeds. Lovely and refreshing. Great feel, not like a shanty. (You can try to make a similar by mixing ipa with Blood Orange pelegrino).

M: Mouthfeel remains refreshing, with soft fizziness emerging from a solid flavor arc.

Related beers:
Ithaca FlowerPower
Ballast Point Big EYE
Dales Pale Ale mixed with blood orange pelegrino (822 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler pours into a pint glass

A- A hazy golden straw color with a small white head.

S- Citrus/blood orange, tropical fruits, pine, touch of sweet malts.

T- Citrus, blood orange, tropical fruits, some pine, some sweet malts, nice hop and malt balance.

M- Smooth, medium body, a little creamy.

O- A really pale ale with a twist. Citrus and hops work well together. (369 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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…!! (1,362 characters)

Photo of srhoadsy
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (926 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (434 characters)

Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.