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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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BA SCORE
84
good

527 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 13
Gots: 80 | 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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Ratings: 527 | Reviews: 82
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz "bomber" and poured into a 16 oz nonic glass. No bottling date or "best by" anywhere that I can tell.

Appearance - Moderately aggressive pour yields maybe three-quarters finger head that dissipates to a film quickly, but leaves moderate lacing that lingers for some time. Lace is translucent white atop a body of milky orange that is hazy with hues of cantaloupe flesh and ruddy maize yellow.

Smell - A little disappointed here, as I was hoping to get lots of citrus. Citrus is there, but faint, and dances with some pine as well as more herbal notes, like basil or thyme. I really wish it was stronger, but if you work at it, you can make it out, which is even more frustrating, as you can tell how complex it is.

Taste - Improvement on the smell, as it's more aggressive. Citrus zest along with the first element of blood orange. Some grapefruit, and again elements of pine resin make an appearance. Finishes dry with some bittering hops.

Mouthfeel - Refreshing and crisp, with a juicy feel to it. Carbonation is on the light side of moderate with a medium-light body.

Overall and excellent take on a pale ale. This is the second Elysian I've had the privilege to try, courtesy of LetsPour, and both have been very good. I'm looking forward to consuming the rest of my order.

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of thecheapies
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of adamjthompson00
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of HopChef44
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a "fuzzy" or hazy muted amber suggesting an unfiltered process. Given the giant orange fro on the label I expected an giant foamy orange head, but it was more subdued than that, just 2 fingers of fuzz that left delicate lacing around the glass and settled to a single layer of bubbles that blanket the top.

S: Sweet pale malts waft through first followed by orange oil and a very subtle yeast and a mild hoppiness that is present start to finish. I hoped for a stronger orange profile, something punchy and with that earthiness blood oranges offer.

T: Initial wash over the palette is sweet pale honey mixed with orange oils. Mid palette the taste changes to a bitter orange, yeasts and biscuits. The flavours morph from sweet to hoppy and emphasize the orange oils or orange bitters better while excluding the pithiness.

M: Carbonation is a well balanced fizz that lasts from front to back over the tongue. Medium bodied and just a hint dry on the back end that offer a refreshing finish. Tart and tangy it puts the salivation glands to work.

O: A sessionable drink that emphasizes orange oils and a tart and hoppy offering that's refreshing and easy to drink. I was hoping for that earthiness of a blood orange from the pour, smell and taste. However the orange was more muted and subtle, for my tastes.

Photo of sneth019
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Bookseeb
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of George2744
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.