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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
83
good

497 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 13
Gots: 67 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beertunes on 03-09-2013)
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Photo of djre4orm
4.5/5  rDev +22%

djre4orm, May 16, 2013
Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

shelby415, May 16, 2013
Photo of SFC21
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

SFC21, May 16, 2013
Photo of kuhndog
4/5  rDev +8.4%

kuhndog, May 16, 2013
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +8.4%

WesWes, May 15, 2013
Photo of BeerBucks
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

BeerBucks, May 15, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2 x on-tap, nickerson street saloon

shaker pints - hazy orange body with a healthy white foam. Expertly described as "better than blue moon, but similar". It actually did remind me a little of Oberon, less the whole what thing. Lots of flavor and pulpy sweetness from the blood orange, crackery malt, lemon peel. Quenched my thirst - even went back for another. Probably the first elysian beer I have drank in 6+ months.

dirtylou, May 14, 2013
Photo of Sovietfox
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Sovietfox, May 13, 2013
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Kopfschuss, May 13, 2013
Photo of Zimm
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Zimm, May 13, 2013
Photo of nimrod979
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. No freshness date but this is a brand new beer. The artwork, I kinda think is hilarious.

Appearance: No surprise here but pours a hazy pale orange color. Thin 1/4" white head that had very lettle retention. Wet lacing here and there but nothing of a significant amount.

Aroma: Fruity, orange, tangerine, tropical mango aroma. Piney, resinous hops are layered nicely underneath the initial fruitiness. Some yeasty an faint pilsner-esque malt notes but the hops are the star of the show.

Taste: I'm a little conflicted here. I feel like I'm fond of this brew but it doesn't really make me think APA. There's plenty of hops and bitterness present but instead of a malty backbone, it's the blood orange that comes through at the mid-way point. I can kinda dig it. There is a pale pilsner malt that is barely detectable but I can pick it out. The tropical notes and light hoppy are the first flavor, the blood orange becomes prevalent in the end and finish with a very light pale malt. Pleasant drink really.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium. Very wet and juicy mouthfeel I guess from all the fruity flavors. Finish, has a nice bitterness. It does all this without being too sweet. I dig all the flavors and it's quite a drinkable summer brew.

Overall, "blood orange" seems to be the trend right now as I feel like there have been a handful of beers coming out hyping the ingredient. That being said, this has been one of the more enjoyable ones to me. Some people will probably be put off by the fruitiness, I like the direction they went here. Blood orange is sibtle but there's other flavors here to keep you interested.

nimrod979, May 12, 2013
Photo of themind
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

themind, May 12, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.21/5  rDev -13%
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.

ThisWangsChung, May 12, 2013
Photo of jpd026
4.5/5  rDev +22%

jpd026, May 12, 2013
Photo of Casey3236
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Casey3236, May 12, 2013
Photo of sweenbeen
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

sweenbeen, May 12, 2013
Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev +8.4%

sharpski, May 11, 2013
Photo of johnnyboy76
4/5  rDev +8.4%

johnnyboy76, May 11, 2013
Photo of snaotheus
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a large mug.

Pours cloudy yellow orange with a big fluffy head, not much carbonation that I see. Smell is orangey with a hint of pine.

Taste is surprisingly hoppy, with a nice pine resin characteristic. Floral and orange sweetness.

Mouthfeel is dry. Overall, pretty good.

snaotheus, May 11, 2013
Photo of Damian74Shensky
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Damian74Shensky, May 10, 2013
Photo of Omnium
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Winter Lager Glass

A- Pours clouded yellow, faint head, and minimal lacing.
S - Tart orange and citrus juice, wheat, some clove, and a touch of yeast.
T - Nice tart orange flavor up front, that is mellowed out by a some hop bitterness and wheat flavor. There is also a mild champagne flavor/feel to this beer, and im not sure what to think of it, but overall think blood orange Hop Sun, but toned down.
M - Pretty clean mouthfeel, a little wheat bitterness clings to your mouth, definitely fizzy as well.
O - This isnt surprisingly good, but it is decent, and has a unique twist of flavor to it. Good for summer months? Sure is, but this is more of a pale wheat or wit than anything.

Omnium, May 09, 2013
Photo of RobertColianni
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

RobertColianni, May 08, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thin film and ring around the glass and light lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and orange citrus juice and citrus hops. Flavor of dry orange and mixed citrus and grassy hops, finishes with citrus rind, and residual grassy hop bitterness. Nondescript malt base. Light to medium bodied. An interesting citrusy pale ale that I liked, but wished there was a bit more flavorful malt body to balance the dry blood orange bitterness. I really like the Beers of the Apocalypse blood orange beer, but this one is not quite as balanced.

LiquidAmber, May 08, 2013
Photo of MacStinson
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

MacStinson, May 07, 2013
Photo of ericj551
4/5  rDev +8.4%

ericj551, May 07, 2013
Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.