Super Fuzz (Blood Orange Pale) - Elysian Brewing Company
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3.84/5 rDev +4.6%
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
3.38/5 rDev -7.9%
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
3.89/5 rDev +6%
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
3.49/5 rDev -4.9%
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
Super Fuzz (Blood Orange Pale) from Elysian Brewing Company
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