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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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95 Reviews

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 637
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 27.45%
Wants: 24
Gots: 132 | 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:
Beer added by: beertunes on 03-09-2013

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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 637
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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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…!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12 oz to a tulip glass

A- pours a hazy blood orange color with a 1 finger head with a sexy lacing that slimes around the glass

S- a musty, grass hope note up front, then tangerine, orange, blood oranges, hints of pineapple, some spicy notes, and dull wet cardboard on the finish

T- Nice fruity hop presence on the tongue, oranges, tangerines, pineapple, pears, finishes slighty bitter with a bit more of that musty cardboard sorta taste

M- Light to medium in body, decent carbonation, has a nice rounded body to it, drinks nice a smooth, and slighty dry

O- Nice pale ale, lots of nice flavors, some off tannin flavors are found here and there which kinda lets ya down a bit, but all in all its a good tasty beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice beer. The blood orange seems to compete against the pale ale character (and wins). It's an interesting mix. I can get the peel of the orange and the spice character from hops. Somewhat subdues it, and somewhat clogs it up a bit. A nice enough beer to try.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Great looking apperance. Opaque and orange colored, with a super creamy white head that grows 4 fingers, and settles with a create creamy whipped appearance. This looks like a popsicle, specifically a creamsicle in a glass. Real neat!

A real nice fruit orange bouquet on the nose, mixing with a good hop presence somewhere between grass and citrus. Hard to tell if this citrus is coming from the oranges, the hops, or both, either way it's a nice melding of flavors together.

First sip has a mild hop bitterness, with a nice juicy palate and sweetness. Oranges all over, with a moderate light malt backbone sticking out to balance nicely. Quite refreshing and nearly crisp. Good quenching palate that makes for a good thirsty pleasant feeling. Moderate carbonation, clean finish of orange and pleasant hop bitterness with some sweetness taking some presence after some time.

Overall a real fun delicious pale ale. What a great summer beer this is, I'd like to have this again on a hot day.

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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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow, man, dig that I scored a limited release beer! I usually steer clear of chasing after such things, but we are in the midst of the most righteous return of the super groovy late-'60's/early-'70's and I totally caught onto the hip vibe of the label when I saw it in the cooler at HungernThirst. All right, here goes, man. What is black and white and full of fuzz? A police car, baby! Man, they made noises about me possibly taking over the yearbook next year until I started rapping about it being the most far out, psychedelic edition in the school's 75-year history. Then they got that nervous look that they always get when I suggest things and backed off. Ya dig, man? I was going to make like Timothy Leary and make sure that each student got a communion wafer on their tongue at the beginning of each class meeting, but no more than a quarter-tab as they might have other things to do during the day. I am tuned in like Roger Sterling and I see no reason that others shouldn't see the light.

From the groovy bottle, man: "Blood Orange Pale"; "Ale brewed with Blood Orange".

My pour netted me a solid finger of far out orangish-yellow head with decent retention, man. I was mesmerized watching it fall, leaving that groovy lacing in its wake. Color was a hazy shade of winter, I mean a hazy orange. Nose totally sent me, man, with its beautiful scent of freshly-squeezed oranges. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, but that was not what was making the scene, dig? Instead, it was that freaky taste of oranges commingling with the citrusy hops that was like an electric kool-aid acid test in the mouth, man! It was totally happening and very reminiscent of Shiner's Ruby Red that this cool cat turned me onto last Saturday in Philly, man. I would fully have both of them back-to-back or maybe side-by-side, kind of like those swingin' kitties that I hooked up with after a fest. Back to the beer, right, man? The finish was dry, but citrus dry, not hoppy dry, if you can dig that action. Man, I would score some of this while the Elysian Man is still holding cause he might run dry at any time and then you'll be jonesin' in a big way, man.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up one of the last two six-packs of these in Totowa earlier this week - partially because of the design but also because this was a Blood Orange Pale and I wanted to see if this was different from other Pale Ales that I've enjoyed in the past. Although the citrus wasn't that present here, this was a "fun" beer and went down so easily, without feeling watered down or weak. The hops weren't an overkill here but the balance and body were strong enough that this easily felt and tasted correct, stylistically.

Nice pour to this, with a very opaque golden hue, fluffy white head that wasn't thick but certainly lasted a long while, and good lacing that refused to fully give way, as much of it stuck to the sides of my pint glass until the very end. Not a lot of blood orange in the nose, as pine, citrus rind, and fresh hops dominated the nose. Those were joined by the blood orange and tangerine in the mouthfeel with a soapy consistency and ever so slight burning in the back. The carbonation was spot-on as it was strong enough to be felt but not enough to fully scrub away the flavors after each sip, and the citrus of the blood orange lingered for quite a while after I swallowed each sip.

Sure, this was beer but never did I taste or feel the alcohol kick in. Although this wasn't marketed or released as Summer seasonal, this would be perfect on a not-too-hot day where a Lawnmower beer simply wouldn't suffice. While not as oily, hoppy, or sharp as other Pale Ales, this was really enjoyable to drink and a good take on the style. Worth a shot if you can find it before this limited release is gone from store shelves. I'm glad I gave it a go and will put it into the late Spring/Summer rotation that I currently have going!

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a hazy orange-gold, sugar white head retains as a film.

Smells of honey, light piney hops, and orange juice.

Tastes of potent piney hops, some honey sweetness, and citrus rind bitterness.

Full body with stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A pretty hoppy ale, kind of expected more orange in the flavor. Pretty good beer though, worth trying.

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Photo of sam_bliss
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12-ounce bottle into New Belgium globe glass.

A half-inch clean, white head lays atop this glowing golden orange ale. Bubble rise quickly and steadily rom the depths of the translucent, cloudy liquid.

The smell is hoppy and floral. Tropical sweetness wafts from the surface of buttery-toast malted grains.

The sugary tartness of blood orange permeates the slightly bitter underlying herbal flavors. Pale malts have caramelized just a tiny bit; this rich syrupy fast helps balance the dominant citric pucker that loiters around the tongue long after swallowing. Sharp carbonation adds substantial refreshment to a foamy, medium body. Thin spotty lacing is left behind as the meniscus inches down the side of the glassware, gulp by gulp.

The look of Super Fuzz was by far the most impressive part. It glowed effervescently like an animated-movie treasure chest upon opening it for the first time. One cannot see through this beer; instead, the cloudy golden-medal light amber hues catch the light as it passes through this brew and reflect it in every direction. Beautiful.

As for the drinking experience, this one is refreshing and would go well with a porch- or dock sit.

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Photo of vkv822
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz : SN IPA Glass

Hazy golden orange with a foamy white head.

Grapefruit, lightly sweet orange/citrus notes primarily. Medium body, fizzy, foamy carbonation.
A well done pale ale, though I am unable to distinguish what characteristics the blood orange adds.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger cream colored head with a decent retention. Fairly thick and creamy head with some thick lacing. Pale orange body with little clarity. Hazy and some particulate. Actually looks pretty appealing, especially that lacing.

S- Typical pale ale. Pale hop smell with a distinct citrusy bitterness. The orange isn't overwhelming and is in fact, quite subtle.

T- Grapefruit bitterness at first, but then a smooth, slightly bitter but relatively clean finish.

M- Full bodied on the tongue but finishes thin and wet with a bitter linger.

O- Nice pale ale with a twist. Slightly above average in my opinion, but not by a great deal.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed once so I suppose it's almost 2 months old. Into a stein.
A - A very dirty bright orange yellow, almost as hazy as a Hefe, with a solid 1/2 inch of head fed by an impressive level of carbonation/
S - Smells like a regular pale ale to me with pale malts, mild bit of hops, and a touch of orange rind. Doesn't really scream blood orange.
T - Ah there it is the blood orange juice kicks in first sip making it have a very bitter edge similar to an IPA. Sweeter malts then play with some hops but in the end the finish is again sweet with very little bitter. It is however very refreshing.
M - As stated with a light to medium body, crisp carbonation, and session able ABV this beer is again a refreshing summer ale.

Overall quite a tasty fruit based pale ale. I could easily see crushing a six pack (which is very affordable mixed for 10 bucks) unfortunately they are a one time thing so I will enjoy the rest of this single.

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Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.