Rain In Blood Orange Pale Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

Rain In Blood Orange Pale AleRain In Blood Orange Pale Ale
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Average: 3.56 | pDev: 11.52%

Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 345

#1,427 ranked American Pale Ale (APA) | 5.00% ABV

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Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Notes: Winter availibility. Ale brewed with blood orange juice.
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This one pours a slightly hazy dark orange color, almost amber, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This one smells like blood orange (great insight), with caramel malt and astringent piney hops.

This one is very uninspiring. It's overly malty, and the hop character is just plain boring - with a stale bitterness. It's doesn't pop, it's not bright, it's nothing I want. The blood orange addition doesn't help, it just helps slightly mask some of the most obvious imperfections.

This is medium bodied, and finishes thinly and overly sweetly, with a lower level of drinkability due to this fact.

I can't really recommend this one. It's just not that good.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little bit of a confusing, muddled beer. Tastes like a hybrid between an orange pale ale, a wheat beer and a weaker Belgian ale. Pours an amber-orange color with a little foamy head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells faintly of malt, grain and a little orange. Taste follows the nose except there’s also a strange taste reminiscent of Belgian yeast. Also a little caramel, hops and bread. Smooth but thin mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Disappointing considering how much I respect this brewery.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying this at the brewery. It poured a clear copper with thin white head that isn't leaving any lace. The scent had citrus appeal. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with tangerine flavor. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall I thought it was a solid beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-Spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Dark blood orange coloring, is dense in nature, with a strong rate of effervesce. Micro-bubble activity on the surface of the one plus inch light champagne colored head shows a respectable standing potential. Lace coverage is full sheet and generous.

S: Touch of tart grapefruit and sweet tangerine. Mid-range strength, light dry grassy-hay touch.

T: Tart grapefruit and blood orange is prominent on the flavor upfront followed by tart citrus, and dry grass. Hay and toasted grain backing adds a touch of dryness while the bitterness is only mid-range at best, lightly dry, and focuses more on the blood orange then hops. Noticeable blood orange after the swallow.

M: Active mouthful, frothy feel, with a medium body, nothing really stands out here.

O: All in all was expecting something a bit more from this name wise. Decent flavor, but the hops were lacking, while the blood orange was a real influence. Thins out a bit, body and flavor wise on the finishing swallow. Bitterness and complexity nothing to write home about. An easy drinking experience in a 5.0% package is a mid B offering from me at best. The packaging and name may scream Slayer,but the flavor and bitterness is at best, early Motley Crue.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Horse Brewing Co. "Rain In Blood Orange Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle; only a partial ink-jet coding remains on the neck
$2.17 @ Giant Eagle, Indiana, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Interesting name but I'm not sure how "sellable" it is. I've never seen a "blood rain" or "red rain" but I can imagine it's a little weird, if not frightening. Oh wait, I see there's an inverted pentagram at the center of the label, and a cartoonish Roman/Nazi eagle surrounding it so perhaps this references Slayer's 1986 album "Reign In Blood". Whatever. It's poured a surprisingly dark body, a deep copper, whereas I was expecting something golden - I guess the blood orange peels have actually tinted the beer, or is it from darker malts? Nice regardless. There's some visible particulate in suspension, and the short off-white head hasn't held up well. It's just a collar now and there's not a lot of lacing left behind. The aroma is not as bold as I thought it would be, but there's some blood orange there as well as some darkly caramelish sugary malt. The flavor follows and the fruit blends exceptionally well with the lightly sugary malt. It's orange but it's soft, it's not acidic or tart. A modest bitterness balances it and it finishes semi-dry with a long finish as the residual malt fades from the palate. Normally that might be too sweet but the flavor of the orange balances it and it works out OK. Interesting. Medium bodied and gently crisp then smooth across the palate. It's unusual and that keeps it interesting; and there's enough straightforward beer character that it's not just an "orange" beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of orange and some caramel malt. Tasted too orangey at first, but then the orange mellowed out and it just tasted like a non-descript beer.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

P- Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Cigar City spiegelau IPA glass.Packaged on 2/21/17.

L- Thin soapy white head with low retention,and moderate lace.Dark amber / ruby colored body,with moderate clarity.High amount of carbonation,and high amount of sediment.

S- On the nose I get candied blood orange,wheat,and sweet malts notes.

T- The palate follows the nose with sweet malt and wheat up front,and candied blood orange on the back end.Some orange zest on the front end as well.

F- The mouth feel is thin with a sticky texture.Moderate amount of oxidation on the tongue,with a smooth finish.

O- This is a pretty good Pale Ale.It's a little different,lots of wheat character.It could probably use a little more hops,nit other than that pretty decent.I wouldn't go out of my way to hunt it down,but I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of oranges, malts. Taste is malts up front, bready, oranges at the finish, very light bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy Amber. Foamy, white, medium had less a while.

Smells malt, hops, Orange.

Tastes bready, caramel malt, light sweet orange, light hops. Mostly malt finishes semi-sweet with a lingering malt and light orange finish. Medium body and creamy smooth, medium carbonation.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
2.67/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark orange-brown color with maybe a finger's worth of head on top. There is some light coming through the glass as this beer is somewhat translucent, but it is on the darker side of the pale ale spectrum. This beer smells like a malt bomb. I am really not sure when this was bottled as there's no date anywhere on the bottle... I am thinking it's a bit old though because I get no hoppiness in the nose. This beer has got to be old. The taste is so full of malt sweetness. It is also incredibly watered down. If it is not old, then there's too much blood orange juice in this. There's hardly any carbonation and it's overwhelmingly sweet.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: amber color, thin off white head
S: heavy orange smell
T: mandarin orange follows a light malt flavor
F: decent mouthfeel for a light ale
O: not bad, the orange taste is a bit artificial

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Photo of BRiddoch
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz. bottle. Poured a dark hazy gold with a heavy tan head. Very citrus and hoppy smell. Tart flavoring with heavy citrus aftertaste. I enjoyed this beer

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Photo of avalon07
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. Some floaties. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: An average aroma of hops, orange, and malt.

T: Tasted of some of the advertised blood orange, light hops, a good amount of malt (for an APA), and some biscuity / bready notes as well. The problem with the flavor is that the malt seems to dominate everything else. There's not enough of the blood orange or hops to make it work.

F: Good carbonation with a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This could have been a better beer than it was. Not the worst beer ever, but it's kind of a misfire.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Orange color with no head or lacing. Smells of faint orange and malt. Taste follows the nose. Not bad but very one demensional and somewhat bland. Again, not bad but nothing I would seek out. There are much better in the style. One and done.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried snifter
Aroma – some malt, no citrus, fades out
Head – average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to three mm ring and thin partial layer
Lacing - none
Body – medium orange, slight haze
Flavor – initially, a combination of malt and old vegetables. Fortunately the vegetative tastes fade rapidly, leaving a slight maltiness. No hops, no oranges, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, watery, lively carbonation

Another unimpressive brew from Marshall, MI. Fortunately, this was a gift and cost me nothing, so I got my money’s worth.

Appearance 3.25, Aroma 3, Flavor 2.75, Palate 3, Overall 3

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Photo of MikeWard
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Dating was there, but smudged and illegible.

Orange-red slightly murky body with a consistent white head. Good carbonation

Getting an aroma of oranges.

Unfortunately, the aroma didn't make it to the tongue. A pretty bland tasting beer. Not inoffensive in any way, and it did leave a pleasant finish. Feel was between thin and medium.

Not something I would try again.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had to buy this. Love Slayer more than just about anything in the world.

Dark orange with a big fizzy white head. Head quickly fizzles out into a crescent ring around my glass. Smells like orange juice and toasted malt. Taste is filled with spicy orange zest and orange peel (like I can tell the difference) that sweetens as it sits. Mouthfeel is fizzy at first with tiny bubble carbonation that mellows out when the head begins to fade.

I was hoping for something more evil. Not bad but not Jeff Hanneman either. Maybe more Scott Ian.

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Photo of cbutova
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- 12oz bottle into a chalice with a fairly murky deep red-brownish body, not a particularly inviting hue. A foamy yet creamy head makes it up to over one finger high with pretty good retention. Rare spots for lacing.

S- Obvious oranges off the top hinting at general citrus and even a bit of tartness. The fruit leads on to medium caramel malts, toast, bread and something slightly spicy.

T- The base of the brew takes precedence over the blood oranges which are pushed a bit towards the finish and take on more of a bitter pith and zesty essence here rather than juice; not as bright as the aroma. Toasted nuts, spiciness, light-medium crystal grains, breadiness, raisins and earthiness come to mind.

MF- Puffy and silky with a hint of creaminess for the texture. The body itself is medium or a shade thicker than that and the finish is slightly bitter.

I'm just not sure how the blood oranges were work out here as there are clear toasty deeper colored grains than I'd expect to pair with citrus; thankfully not too sweet. Decent but the oranges seem to fade away after a few sips and the malts take over.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Translucent copper. Malty, orange nose. Subtle orange flavor mingling with a malty backbone. A bit of hops at the end provides balance. Does not present as a pale ale. Much less hoppy than expected (not too fresh, maybe?). Good, but could be more flavorful.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly leaving no lace. Hazy orange/amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Fruity and orange nose, flavor is blood orange, very little hops. This works as a summer session ale. $3.19 for a 12oz bottle at Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a lager glass. Bottling date of 8 Feb. 2016.

Appearance: Medium orange-amber body topped by a tall, off-white head. Very good retention. Slightly hazy. Temporary sheets of lacing coat the glass upon tipping. A bit of sediment left on the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma: Moderately strong mix of juicy oranges and fruity/spicy hops.

Flavor: Lightly sweet hitting the tongue but this is fleeting; the nice fresh orange note is longer lasting. Mild bitterness is about average for a 2015 APA.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Lively, medium+ carbonation.

Overall: Recommended. Well crafted variant on a standard APA. Good with cheese.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy and murky orange with a finger of off white head. Chunks of sediment floating around after a full pour.

S - Citrus, malts, yeast, fruity.

T - Fruity, orange peels, yeast, bread dough, finishes bitter and dry.

O - Really solid and unique APA that I will def try again.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

like its namesake, this beer isn't for everyone. like, for instance, me.

lots of particulate floating in the beer, but that's ok. nice color and head.

the rest of this one just feels a bit phoned in. there's some obvious orange to the nose and mouth, but not anything that tastes of ripe blood orange, not even like i bit into the peel. instead, it's subtle and gets lost against an otherwise mild base.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a pretty honey orange with a head that quickly fades and some lacing.

Nose is orange blossom honey, sourdough bread, fruit gummies, pine.

Taste is initially orange rind that fades into vanilla, fresh-squeezed orange juice, sweet malt and biscuit finish.

Mouthfeel is full with high carbonation and slightly slick finish.

Overall, this is an elegant use of fruit in beer.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours dark gold/copper, small white head
S- Strong orange scent, biscuit malt, minimal hops
T- Malt forward, biscuit, slight hops and orange on the finish
M- Medium body medium carbonation, smooth easy drinking
O- Nothing special, just a malty pale ale with an aroma of orange.

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Rain In Blood Orange Pale Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 345 ratings