Blood Orange Pale Ale | Great South Bay Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great South Bay Brewery
New York, United States
greatsouthbaybrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A delightful mid summer day's dream comes to life with our Blood Orange Pale Ale. We blend the finest quality Blood Oranges with our ever popular original Pale Ale recipe to produce this remarkably refreshing hand crafted beer. The secret to its splendor is just the right combination of hand chosen American hops to accentuate the natural bitterness and citrus flavors of the the Blood Orange. You'll be pleased with how amazingly the malt, hops, and blood orange meld together to create a sensation in a beer like a sunrise on a clear summer morning! We've never brewed anything quite like our Blood Orange Pale and we're happy to do so to keep you revitalized throughout the summer months.

Added by Gmann on 04-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
240
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
68
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 240 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

seems like this was the year for blood orange beers. everyone is making them, and a lot have been in this pale ale to ipa range. i think it works for the most part, definitely better than most of the saisons and wilds ive had with this fruit. these guys werent shy with the blood oranges in the least, its a dominant aroma and flavor, earthy clean citrus and tangy zest, coming out well ahead of the hops. they kept the malt bill purposefully light in order that the beer stay light and dry, and they nailed it. its light and easy on the palate, but not watery because of the bright carbonation and zippy citrusy finish. the fruit tastes fresh, not concentrated or frozen or anything, authentic flavor, but i need more hops in this to balance it out, more of a fruit beer first than a pale ale first, and i wish it was the other way around. still, i like the fruit here, and see it as a good summer refresher on the whole. this was my first beer from these guys, and its a solid offering. a heavier handed hopping would pop this off for me.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of blood oranges are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste starts out with initial flavors of blood oranges with hints of associated citric sweetness; it finishes with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The blood orange aromas and flavors are well incorporated into the smell and taste of this beer, so much that you would think they came from the hops (if there was such a variety that produced these types of aromas and flavors).

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a BIF from berloserLI. 12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big blood orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity citrus hops, blood orange, and moderate pale malt flavors; with good strength. Taste of blood orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of blood orange, grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of citrus/pine hops, blood orange, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly sticky, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruited pale ale style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of citrus/pine hops, blood orange, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of vfgccp
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one features one of my approved pics, but I assume that I had set it aside, awaiting just such approval. This is partially attributable to how the backlog begins.

From the bottle: "Inside this bottle you'll find the liquid personification of the creativity that drives us as craft brewers here at GSB. Blood Orange Pale Ale starts with the finest quality malted barley and American hops. We then infuse the beer with blood oranges to add the bittersweet flavor that rounds out this remarkably well balanced pale ale."

My anxiousness to get started on this led to an aggro pour, further resulting in a pseudo-cascade that settled into two fingers of foamy, bone-white head with decent retention. No guesswork need with regard to color on this golden ale - the label identified it as SRM = 10. Of course, this brought forth my old buddies, Mammon, Croesus and Midas, all begging for a sip. It is really sad to see them so desperate for gold. Nose smelled like orange honey! My Old Lady, the Queen Bee, would like this. Mouthfeel was medium and the flavor was very honey-like, tending towards a tea-like mellowness. Think orange pekoe with honey and you are there. This was a really nice, mellow beer on a hot, humid afternoon. I usually eschew APAs in favor of AIPAs, but this was definitely worthwhile. Finish was semi-dry and the orange flavor lingered well after the swallow. Nice.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 06/15/14 notes.

a - Pours a somewhat clear bright orange color with moderate carbonation evident and one inch of bright white head.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, floral hops, and light bready malts. Nice nose, decent amount of fruit and citrus.

t - Tastes of oranges, sweet fruity malts, citrus hops, tropical notees, floral hops, bread, and wheat. Nice taste, more malty than the nose and less citrus hops overall.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp, and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I tried a few pours of this one a few months ago at a Beerfest and liked it, and after having a full bottle of it I liked this about the same. Nice citrus in the nose, sweet fruits in the taste, and easy to drink. Oranges definitely come through, I would have it again.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very clear orange/golden body. Small white head. Medium collar and a wispy surface.

Smell - The orange is pretty interesting. It's distinctly orange, but it has a slight artificial aroma. Like an orange flavored medicine. Very light grain.

Taste - Again, the orange is distinct and pungent. But it's the slightest bit medicinal. Covers up any hop flavor there might have been. Light cracker malt. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Very light, kinda watery. Lingering orange flavor. Medium carbonation.

Overall - After a while, the orange flavor becomes overpowering and I'm focusing on the unpleasant aspects. Becomes a distraction more than an attraction.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of InspectorBob
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler filled at the source (new location up and running)

Pours lightly hazed medium amber, the off white head is moderate in size and on the loose side. Leaves decent fields of again loose sheeting.

Strong whiff of orange, sweet and pungent.

Respectable APA, more orange, but not as upfront as it is on the nose. Moderate hopping, and adequate malt to make it quite pleasant. Nicely done, I'd be going back for another fill if I was local. on the lighter side of the scale making this a nice summery kinda pale, went well with some clams on the half shell and swordfish.

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Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of dar482
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear pale amber.

The aroma hits of sweet blood orange "extract," sweet, a bit like Tang, very zesty.

The beer hits with a piney bitterness surrounded by that zesty blood orange flavor, with some light bready malts moving the beer along. The finish is dry as the bitter comes back in towards the finish with earthy bitterness.

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Blood Orange Pale Ale from Great South Bay Brewery
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