Rain In Blood Orange Pale Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Rain In Blood Orange Pale AleRain In Blood Orange Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with blood orange juice.

Added by tectactoe on 09-20-2013

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Reviews by LanePerson:
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3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Photo of shirtless_mike
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Raime
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark Horse Rain in Blood.

Bought this one on suggestion from a new guy at one of my local craft shops. Not sure why it's labeled as retired on here since the bottled on date is 1/26/16. Nice homage to Slayer. Time to review a few beers.

Look -From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a dimpled pint glass. Brew is a darker orange mixed with just a touch of copper. The head stands about a finger and three quarters in height and is frothy and densely packed. Basically looks like an upside down liquid creamsicle of sorts. Carbonation appears to be about moderate as expected. Noticing the reviews aren't all that great some I'm hoping they likely changed the recipe and reintroduced the beer. Lacing and stick after a finished glass is moderate.

Smell - The nose is mostly dominated by a heavily fronted wheat aspect aspect and the orange definitely seems to be skin like instead of juicy in nature. No typical hop notes nor any detectable malts aside from what has already been mentioned. 75/25 wheat to orange ratio in this department.

Taste - Again the orange doesn't stack up as very balance in relation to the wheat. This is a VERY wheaty beer. WHEAT. The orange does come through just a squeeze more and again remains very skin like in flavor. Basically the flavor profile is like putting orange skins on white bread and eating it. But since it's in beer form it likely tastes better than what the aforementioned concoction would.

Feel - Arguably the best part of the whole beer. It sits a touch acidic and moderate to thin with a nice pillowy texture on the tongue. Carbonation is at the bare minimum. Orange skins become prevalent here even more so at about 35/65 in relation to the malt. Swallows easily with some tartness and a surprising showing of alcohol.

Overall - It wasn't quite what I wanted but it is still solid enough. As I've already states multiple times, the wheat is the driving force within this beer,Not the oranges. As for drinkability it's a one and done for me. A little too acidic for your wife on a hot summer day, but could surely accompany you to the beach in the summer. As always,try it for yourself.

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Photo of Bignutz
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The POUR leaves a fine thin white head. The NOSE is orange with some peel, ripe orange like a bushel of oranges that are overripe, very nice dank orangery..did i mention oranges yet?. TASTE is light, I can definitely taste the orange "juice" with a super fast finish...hang on i got to let this one warm up a little....10 minutes later cause i cant wait...OK, so far its has a thin BODY and remember I'm a stout drinker so my rating is biased. It has a fresh flavor and is definitely an all day APA. Probably awesome on a hot summer day in Michigan. Juicy oranges if you like oranges. Did i mention oranges? I don't get any hops but oranges. Fruity and clean it feels as if I'm drinking a spiked sierra nevada ale spiked with orange juice. Not my style but nicely done.. cripsy. A little light on flavor. Dark Horse makes some great beers, this one is great for the all day ale guy who loves oranges. FINAL WORD: A nice light ale but doesn't blow my socks off, a hot summer day may reveal more character but just not my style. cheers

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Photo of tectactoe
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ashley's in Westland for a Dark Horse tap takeover. Opaque, copper-brown body, surprisingly dim and not quite as vibrant as blood oranges themselves. The creamy, eggshell head gets a nice froth going and leaves a few solid rings of lacing behind during the first few sips of the brew. Nice looking, but nothing to write home about.

The aroma is a little perplexing at first, mainly because I don't think I've ever smelled anything quite like it. "Spicy" orange flesh (spicy was the best descriptor I had), orange peel, mild residual sugars, Pez candy-like sweetness, and a touch of soft, grainy wheat. Is this a wheat beer? I need to confirm, but I definitely can pull some wheat from the nose. I wish the "blood" orange aspect was a little more tart and vibrant, however.

I also get a lot of wheat with the first sip... This really tastes like a fruited wheat beer, though I can't say for sure. Hints of orange zest - again, not as strong as I'd like, and more akin to regular oranges or tangerines than actual "blood oranges". It's missing that vibrantly tart and juicy aspect. There's a mild tartness mid-palate, but it does little to satisfy my full, blood orange craving.

Dry, wheat-filled finish with some toasted bread flavors in the finish. By this time, most of the fruit has faded, leaving the mouth yeasty and bready; sort of clumpy. Thin and crisp body, expected from the style and ABV (style meaning, "fruit beer"). I will say that the liveliness of the oranges grows with warmth and the beer gets better... but I still feel like these are original oranges, and not special blood oranges.

Reign in Blood Orange is a decent fruit ale, through and through. It has the chance to be great, but the blood orange character needs to be more... well... blood orange-y. Believe me, you can tell a difference between a blood orange and a regular orange. This is missing the tart spike and mildly bitter finish of the blood oranges. Still a nice beer, but nothing I'd constantly go out of my way to get.

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Photo of Billolick
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, w/o freshness/bottling date info that I can find.

Pours clouded darker orange infused amber, with a very minor head appearance and just a thin collar left behind.

I do get a hint of orange juice on thnose.

More orange on the palate, and just minor hop presence. Meh.....this one is not really doing it for me. Easy enough drinking but the flavor profile just seems like a swing and a miss here.. Kind of a fizzy mouthfeel to boot

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
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 rsquared59
2.96/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and sweet wheat forward aroma with a scent of oranges. Pale malt with hints of wheat, grains, cereal, straw, cracker, and yeast. Big scent of blood orange juice. Sweet hints of sugar as well as some coriander spice. Hops are very light. A pretty interesting and solid smell.

Taste: Like the smell, a juicy and fairly sweet wheat style taste with lots of blood orange. Pale malt with notes of wheat, grains, straw, cereal, cracker, and yeast. Juicy taste of blood oranges. Some sweet notes of sugar. Also some coriander spice. Subtle backing notes of hops. A nice juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Juicy and very smooth.

Overall: A decent fruit beer. More like a light Belgian Wit than a Pale Ale. Nice orange flavor.

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Photo of butters_mcgee
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Zonian1
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of N_Overholt
4.16/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DCHritz
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nuebs
4.16/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beersampler6
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
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 NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +11%
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 WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Rain In Blood Orange Pale Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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