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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
Ranking:
#39,451
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
243
pDev:
16.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
70
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 243 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of JonAdams
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow - hoppy and citrusy without the slightest pine note.
Pours clear and brilliant amber. Turn on your nose before sipping and get very clear orange notes, think it's orange juice, but then the taste is very much a clean pale ale, quite hoppy without any malt aftertaste.
Served in a standard pint glass. Head dissipates quickly but leaves lacy white on the sides of the glass.

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Photo of BMart
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +23.7%
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 vonnegut21
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of JKIPA05
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of tobberart
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of flagmantho
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a very light haze and a light effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy ivory foam. Not bad, but not particularly inspiring.

Smell: lightly malty with a hint of grain and a subdued yet candylike orange aroma. Bizarre, but it kind of appeals to me.

Taste: much like the aroma, but with the volume turned up. There's a sweet malty undertone with a pithy orange character that is nevertheless not too bitter. Maybe not my favorite beer in the world, but as an orange beer you could do a lot worse.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge, well-integrated carbonation and a bodacious creaminess. Sha-ZAM!

Overall: an interesting beer, to say the least. The orange character is balanced and not over the top, which is nice, but there's a pithiness that's hard to escape.

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Photo of bsm80x
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of gory4d
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of kjrod20
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Olinnelson
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of gwiedman1
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of civicm87
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of pbass78
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of potownbill
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of LMH88
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of BodyPolitic
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of etoimazo
4.14/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I’ve enjoyed a few homebrews and craft beers with fresh citrus zest over the past few years, so was intrigued by Great South Bay’s Blood Orange offering when it was served up at DeCicco’s in Brewster, NY. I like the idea of using fruit bitterness in the summertime to help cut back on the hops required, which I find quite overpowering on a hot summer day. I brought home a growlerful and waited for a warm enough summer evening to enjoy it.

Appearance- orange/golden and clear – appealing head and bubbliness suggests the luscious fruitiness you’d expect from a citrus-tinged refresher

Aroma- some orange scent comes through a well-balanced profile

Taste- a big bam of blood orange bitterness hits first, then settles back as the malts and hops take over, but not for long as the orange zest persists long after the last swallow. The orange flavor is distinctly different from the usual bitter orange peel you get from a witbier –it’s sharp, tart, and crisp rather than smooth – more like grapefruit than tangerine.

Overall- An acquired taste developed upon completing the growlerful, but I suspect this is not going to be everyone’s favorite. You have to like the lingering orange zestiness or you won’t appreciate this as an American Pale Ale. I like its balance and presentation – 40 IBU’s is about right for a summer refresher and the beer wants to be savored rather than gulped.

Tweaks – Blended perfectly with Abita’s Grapefruit Harvest IPA, which happens to have the same 40-IBU bitterness. A citrus complexity comes through with the combination of orange and grapefruit flavors that I found particularly refreshing.

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Photo of John_Squires
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of allenson21
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of scoot64
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Blood Orange Pale Ale from Great South Bay Brewery
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 243 ratings
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