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Super Fuzz (Blood Orange Pale) - Elysian Brewing Company

Super Fuzz (Blood Orange Pale)Super Fuzz (Blood Orange Pale)

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BA SCORE
83
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262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%


Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beertunes on 03-09-2013)
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 16:21:25 | More by RobertColianni
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 23:36:32 | More by LiquidAmber
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

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

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy orange color with a slight copper tint. Upon pouring there is a one finger white head that has a good level of retention. The head slowly fades over time to leave a great level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell - The smell is big of a grainy like smell mixed with an orange citrus as well as a grapefruit hop like aroma. Mixed with these smells are some other lighter fruit aromas as well as a little bit of a grassy aroma.

Taste - The taste starts with an tangerine and bready flavor with a fair amount of graininess. The tangerine flavor remains, but seems to dry out as the flavor continues growing much less sweet and more bitter as the flavor advances. One of the reasons the flavor bitters and dries as it advances is that a grapefruit hop flavor begins developing more toward the middle of the taste. This grapefruit hop grows stronger till the end of the taste, mixing with a more grainy flavor as well as some notes of a grassy and herbal nature to leave a drier hopped citrus and grainy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel -The body of the beer is light with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are very fitting for the tangerine and grainy flavors of the brew producing a refreshing beer overall.

Overall – This was an interesting one, as it was much more bitter and hoppy then I was originally expecting. I was expecting a wit like brew and got something of a wit-IPA blend. While it was not what I was expecting, it was rather tasty and is well worth a try if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 02:03:10 | More by Darkmagus82
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harrymel

Washington

2.08/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

ABV 5.4%
Bottled: unk

Hazy apricot color with a solid, fine white quilt. Smells like blood orange juice, a little gym sock, some clipped and dried grass with a touch of resin. Taste is like grain, some blood orange, standard orange pith and some bitterness. Maybe a touch of acidic vomit, but more the aftertaste than the actual taste. Medium on full bodied with low carb and a slightly wet finish. Meh, not very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 04:20:55 | More by harrymel
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Treb0R

Oregon

3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A brand new beer that is surprisingly tasty. It helps that it's fresh and drinks exactly as advertised. If you are at all familiar with blood oranges, you will know what I mean when you take the first sip.

The white fizzy head dissipates quickly with moderately high carbonation. The body has a beautiful and quite pale orange color, but it would be more fitting if it had a deep, red "blood orangey" hue. As of now, the color better represents more of a Navel Orange Pale Ale. The flavor, however, is distinctly blood orange.

You can smell some grainy pilsner malt and a bit of citrus. The aroma could be a bit stronger, with more support from other orangey/fruity hops in the late boil/aroma steep. This will also help with the fruitier flavor and reduced bitterness at the expense of more oily aromatics and hop flavors. Right now, all you get from the hops is some crisp herbal citrus. This focus needs to change slightly, perhaps with an Ahtanum & Centennial focus.

The fruit taste is natural, not artificial. The beer has that signature blood orange tart quality. Aside from probably 10 more IBUs than necessary, the beer is easy to drink and refreshing. It has a somewhat balanced hop character to combat the malt and a crisp bite.

For the grist, there is possibly some munich & pale in there, as well as carapils with the medium body. You get some grainy malt taste on the backend. Dry on the palate, not sweet.

If you are looking for this to taste like a fruit beer, you will be let down. However, it is a great example of how fruit can be successfully combined with an APA.

I really have no harsh complaints about this beer. It's not incredible, but it's not mediocre either. A very good idea and attempt from a very good brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 18:12:48 | More by Treb0R
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Braz

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at Safeway.
Appearance: Slightly hazy, dingey orange in color. Nice frothy white head.
Smell: Citrus zest, sweet and bitter aromatics.
Taste: A little bitter, light taste. Orange rind creeps in on the aftertaste. Can taste the juice of blood orange as I've ate blood orange before and it's not a very sweet orange. May be some bittering hops in here too.
Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Fairly dry. Aftertaste lingers on palate.
Overall: Different, not fantastic. Certainly drinkable. I'd have again but wouldn't seek it out. Just a little bitter with no sweetness to balance it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 21:52:26 | More by Braz
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 4.11.13

A - Pours a hazy pale medium orange with a small off-white head that slowly moves to the edge.

S - Nice citrusy hops, orange is there.

T - Navel orange juice with a touch of hop bitterness.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Orange and light citrus hopped up pale. Good summer time beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 04:08:49 | More by HuskyinPDX
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beertunes

Washington

3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very cloudy Orange color with about 1/2 inch of white head that had no retention and very light lacing.

The aroma was definitely sweet, a bit fruity, a bit of malt was in the background, and some smoothly even hops that didn't overpower the other aspects. The taste featured all the above mentioned aspects, and added a bit of bitterness. The beer had a sharp finish that was still smooth.

The body was good, nicely full without being heavy, and with a nice clean finish that was drier than I expected. Drinkability was good, I enjoyed my pint, but I wouldn't have multiples. Overall, a very nice and solid beer that isn't really my thing, but one that's certainly worth trying when you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2013 00:09:38 | More by beertunes
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Super Fuzz (Blood Orange Pale) from Elysian Brewing Company
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