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:
239
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
65
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 239 |  Reviews: 35
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 mackeyse
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of calitrie1486
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a decent brew. Definitely a little too much "orange" for me.

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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tappangordo
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jlabs
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kkazemi
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of RobertColianni
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drews240
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Casterbridge
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of npcampbell
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a good summer but the Orange is hidden. Overall smooth draw and easy to drink but generally not special.

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Photo of Homebrew
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rutkiller
1.94/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Bland bland bland. Absolutely zero orange/citrus flavor.

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

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 midnightcowboy818
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eman17
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Drew88
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Furley80
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good taste. Can definitely taste the blood orange. Good light beer.

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Photo of vokarp
4.74/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was may favorite beer for Winter 2015. Remarkably drinkable often. I never got tired of it, mostly because the orange taste doesn't overwhelm...it is nicely balanced with other spice and hops tastes. Had a few other blood orange ales but this one was much better than the rest. Worth seeking out. Sorry it got such bad reviews here. To each his own!

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
2.53/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

it has kind of an unusual chalky smell reminiscent of airborne brand dissolve-able tablets, which lends it an artificial character unlike the more desirable citrus notes that I tend to enjoy in beer.

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Photo of Jwburns75
2.02/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had one of these out tonight. A Long Island beer so I'd love to support my locals but this beer is just not good. Underwhelming across the board. I've had one or two decent beers from GSB, but this one is not it. Bartender poured this from a bottle, did not see her pour but there was no head to speak of, no lacing whatsoever. There was a distant hint of an orangey smell but completely unmemorable. The orange up front taste is weird. The mouthfeel is thin. Not impressed to say the least.

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Photo of Yancey82
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Blood Orange Pale Ale from Great South Bay Brewery
3.72 out of 5 based on 239 ratings.
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