The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA
Terrapin Beer Company

The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPAThe Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA
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IPA - American
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3.69 | pDev: 10.03%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPAThe Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA
Notes: Terrapin Beer Company and The Walking Dead have teamed up to brew the official beer of the undead. With killer blood orange flavor, and a horrific amount of hops, this bloodthirsty Red IPA will have you prepared for the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse.
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Having CANpleted CANother brewery horizontal, now it is on to the next victim, er, brewery. Terrapin may have been sold to a corporation, but they have always been rather good to me. For insCANce, I received an erroneous E-mail from them & when I received an apology, I requested an embroidered cloth patch to salve the wound. They sent it forthwith! Onward.

From the CAN: "Terrapin Beer Company and The Walking Dead have teamed up to brew the official beer of the undead. With killer blood orange flavor, and a horrific amount of hops, this bloodthirsty Red IPA will have you prepared for the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse."

I was looking forward to this one as a fan of the television show, so I Crack!ed open the vent to go for a Ride with NorCAN Reedus, I was engaged in a slow, steady C-Line Glug when he instructed me to open the throttle & let loose. This had a profound effect in that a) it formed two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with decent retention & b) it went from Deep-Amber/Light-Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity to a murky, turbid Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27). 8=O Nose was redolent with orange and caramel, taking me back to the bags of Brach's mixed caramels that my late-maternal grandmother used to put out. My favorites were the orange-filled, followed by the mint-filled. This reminded me greatly of the former. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was less caramel-like than the nose had led me to expect, but the orange was definitely prevalent. The only thing was, it lacked for bitterness, which is a hallmark of the style. This was a minor bugaboo since the focus was clearly meant to be on the orange, which it was. Finish was semi-dry & while a pleasant interlude, I was satiated by/after one. YMMV.

Jun 17, 2020
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing snifter glass.

A: Fairly dark reddish brown and very hazy. A good amount of visible carbonation, and a two-finger fluffy tan head that lasts quite well.

S: Bready and toasty malts, resinous dank and milder citrus rind.

T: Similar to the nose - toasted bready malts, resin and citrus rind hops. Some dank and grassy hops as well. There’s a mild toffee sweetness to the malt body. Some citrus pith bitterness in the hang, but overall a surprisingly low amount of bitterness which causes this to be closer to balanced than expected.

M: Average body and carbonation sensation. Alcohol presence fairly well-hidden.

O: A decent hoppy red ale I suppose - seems closer to a Red than an IPA. Plus the promised blood orange flavor just doesn't pull through much at all. Drinkable, and not unenjoyable. But some dings for the beer not being what the label indicated.

Jul 26, 2019
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Squire from Mississippi

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not quite blood red but it darn sure is red with a sustaining cream color cap and lacing.

Surprisingly complex aroma of orange and hops with neither dominating but both entwined seamlessly. The brewer lists nine different hop varieties in this brew and I can't identify a single one but the harmony of this scent is remarkable.

Taste is exceptional managing to be both simple and complex at the same time. Darned if I know how but it is. On entry there is a sense of body more than flavor with orange present but subdued then hops so mingled with orange they present a combined flavor that still show enough separate identity to recognize both are present. I think I can identify some citrus hop characteristics, some zest and perhaps tropical fruit presenting a firm but refreshing bitterness to the finish. The aftertaste has a mild nuttiness that I suspect comes from the grain bill. Not much, just enough to notice and it's nice.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

I did not notice any alcohol in the flavor and wouldn't have been aware it is 7.7% without reading the label. Also the 73 BU is apparent only in intensity of flavor and not bitterness. Remarkable brew, very rewarding.

Jun 26, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark amber color. Clear. Thin beige head dissipates slowly leaving a thin layer of fuzzy foam and some sticky lacing. Looks more like an amber ale than an IPA.

Smell has notes of soapy hops, grass, bitter vegetal notes, grapefruit, and some floral notes.

Taste has notes of bitter hops, floral and vegetal. The grapefruit is there, but it tastes like a lifesaver, or similar hard candy. Very sweet and sugary.

Feel is smooth, mild carbonation, kind of sugary sweet thick medium bodied.

Overall this is a rather suboptimal "fruited" IPA.

Jun 01, 2017
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a nonic style pint glass.

Looks Great! Unfortunately the clear deep ruby red and good antique white head are the best part. The juicy nose is no slouch though with fairly strong aromas of blood orange and grapefruit. It's rather malty for an IPA. There is a subdued hoppiness, kind of a sweet and bitter thing going on like sugar on grapefruit. Medium body and pretty smooth.

This is OK but not something I will try again. Seems to me like a bit of a novelty. That being said I'm sure plenty of people will and do enjoy this.

Apr 18, 2017
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TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy coppery reddish color with off-white head. Citrus, oranges, pine, and grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more citrus and just a little pine.

Apr 04, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bronze/amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of oranges, little else. Taste is oranges, light malts, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an ok beer, but the oranges seem to dominate the flavor a bit to much.

Apr 03, 2017
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

This "Blood Orange IPA" pours to a giant, pillowy peach head on a very slightly hazy, effervescent dark ruby brown body; head retention is modest and lacing is good, consisting of rotten bands and sheets. The nose is medium-big, leading with toasted malt notes that are quickly overcome by a very nice blend of mango, grapefruit and blood orange with cardamom-like sweet/spicy backnotes, hints of perfumey florals and modest alcohol overtones. Up front, the palate follows the nose precisely: a very distinctive and beer-defining set of fruit notes that are most reminiscent of cherry Sweet Tarts and quite honestly become a bit off-putting by the end of the beer. Mid-palate, the malt emerges to challenge the hops, showing as modest bittersweet nutty notes and a prominent caramelish bready foundation; perceived bitterness retreats a bit to modest. The finish is a fair hit of nutty caramel and Sweet Tarts, followed by the onset of a modest, slightly grassy pine bitterness that lasts for awhile. Retrogustative olfaction is redolent of Sweet Tarts and caramel. Mouthfeel is commensurate with the medium body, and the texture is slightly creamy and medium-peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz can, 33 days after pkg)

Mar 25, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby red with a little tinge of fog to it. Head foams up to three fingers of khaki head. Good splattering of lacing left behind. Aroma is blood orange, with resin hops, and biscuity, bready malts. Flavor profile is blood orange, chemical cleaner, resin, with biscuity malts as a base. The blood orange is nice, but has a sort of artificial, chemical cleaner twinge. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a filling, fine grain to it. Overall, a flavorful IPA with plenty of notes going for it. It's focus on the blood orange note makes it easy to drink for folks looking to mask typical hop or malt notes.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Mar 24, 2017
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz can dated 3/7/17

It is a clear, very deep ruby red color. There is a cream/light tan colored soapy head that is pretty thick and leaves a bit of lacing. So far so good.

It smells like orange rind, bready caramel malts, and some leafy floral hops.

There is a zesty, sour orange and peel flavor along with some bitter, resinous pine that all gets drowned out by a solid backdrop of sweet, toasted bready grains that linger.

A soild medium body. A bit pithy with a definite spicy rye like bite.

Pretty much a hoppy red. Much like the show after season 2, nothing worth revisiting.

Mar 20, 2017
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Nolachamp504 from Louisiana

4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into snifter
Looks a dark "blood" orange withe a nice head that disappeared after a minute or so. mild lacing.
Smell is that of orange and hops with a slight burnt
Taste is not as orange as the smell. bitter. light alcohol.
Feel is Great. starts dry but finishes smoother.
Overall. Decent for my first blood orange Ipa.

Mar 09, 2017
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DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can (Exp. date 08/09/17),into a Funky Buddha snifter.2017 batch.

Thin frothy light khaki colored head that stands a half finger tall with light lacing and retention.The body is red in color with a slight orange hue.Little to no carbonation.

On the nose I get blood orange,caramel malt,and a mix of piney,and citrus hop notes.I'm also picking up some slight floral and spice characteristics.Has an earthy scent to it as well.Maybe its my imagination,but it almost has the smell of blood to it lol.

On the palate I get caramel malts with some blood orange citrus up front.Some piney hops blended with slight flavors of blood orange in the middle,piney and floral hops on the back end,blended with earthy malts.Even the palate has a slight blood character to it...Yes,I know what blood tastes like lol.

The mouth feel is border on medium / thin,slight oxidation on the tongue with a mild sticky texture.Slightly dry finish.

While this IPA is a little more malty,and a bit lacking in citrus than most blood orange IPA's,I think it serves its purpose very well.While the blood orange is a little more lax than I expected,I think the blood orange,hops,and malt blend perfectly to give it almost a blood taste and aroma.I actually think this is the perfect beer to drink while watching The Walking Dead.Tomorrow I will be picking up a couple six packs to drink during the remainder of the season.Well played Terrapin!!!

Feb 25, 2017
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Extol from Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - slightly reddish copper tones. Lacing is alright. Smell - smells like hops hops and more hops. Taste - almost astringent. Get a very bitter back end, but the front end is almost fruity. Almost. Overall - it's just ok. Novelty item.

Sep 03, 2016
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Terrapin Beer Company and The Walking Dead have teamed up to brew the official beer of the undead. Made with blood orange peel, and a horrific amount of hops, this bloodthirsty Red IPA will have you prepared for the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse." Brewed in the style of an American IPA, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a copper cream head of a frothy foam consistency over a mildly hazy red-hued caramel-amber body with light carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Fruity and soft citrus hop notes atop a caramel grain and biscuit malt body. Lightly acidic orange peel character. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Caramel and biscuit grains with a gently toasted bread body, very slight hop profile with subtle fruit, pine and citrus flavors, and a soft hop bitterness. Finishes slightly acidic with a touch of piney hop bitterness and subtle, yet largely ineffective note of orange peel. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly resinous, softly chewy, lightly grainy, medium dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to hop bitterness, grain alcohol and specialty malt bitterness. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) It's a decent IPA that has a nice balance of malt and hop flavors without going into great detail with either one. I did not get much flavor from the blood orange peel, but I know blood oranges can have tremendous impact on flavor when integrated properly into an IPA. While this beer is decent and largely enjoyable, the simplicity and balance of flavors with no significant high points makes for an mostly uninteresting drink. This may be one of Terrapin's more enjoyable IPAs- I consider it a more rounded IPA than Hopsecutioner, and altogether it was enjoyable enough to finish, but largely this beer doesn't seem to go for broke on the hops nor the malts, which makes me about halfway sad. I'd probably hit one of their hoppier year-round options in the future for about the same price as a single bottle of this. Don't expect much. 3.5

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The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA

Apr 19, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The blood orange really contributes to the color of the brew--vibrant dark red with a foamy, unusually dark white head for an IPA.

Very crisp, hoppy, bitter and sweet orange.

Overall not as much citrus as one would expect in a beer that actually adds it in, but I think instead of imparting flavor it does some work to buffer any overwhelming bitterness, so in that sense it is a nice IPA.

Mar 18, 2016
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-Dated 04.16.16. Consumed 02.14.16 mid-season premier in spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Beautiful dark burgundy red has a generally good clarity with a soft rise of macro-effervesce. Dirty khaki head, one finger, average hold time with a good amount of lace coverage on the vessel.

S: Blood orange of course, toasty warmth of french bread, toasted grapefruit peel. Hint of wet pine spiciness with an average awareness factor that stayed long enough. Bright grapefruit and blood orange. Piney hops, toasty malt, bittering grapefruit-lemony follow up.

T: Flavor is bright with prickly pine, semi-dry, with a lingering dry hopping of citrus-pine on the follow up. Light sticky pine oil and flowery hop texture.

M: Medium body, mid-range carbonation, malty, syrupy feel, lightly dry finish.

O: Toasty malting and grapefruit hopping with blood orange spicing. Good level of and mix of hop flavor and bitterness.

Feb 26, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a orangey Amber color. Aroma is malty and has notes of citrus. Flavor is malt forward with notes of citrus and pine. Overall this isn't bad but I had hoped it would be better based on the name,

Feb 21, 2016
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle

Poured into a snifter. Pours a clear dark copper color with a light tan head. The aroma features some citrus with less hops and more malt than expected for an IPA. As the dark color suggests the taste is heavy on the malt with some orange peel and hops in the finish. Overall, this resembles more of a hoppy amber than an IPA. Not bad.

Feb 19, 2016
SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a huge fan of The Walking Dead so I really want this beer be good. Vigorous poor gets me three fingers of biscuity tan head. Body is a very deep Amber and the beer looks beautiful in the glass overall. Nose is of big maltiness and Mandarin oranges. The first thing you notice with first sip is the big malty body that is up front and dominant. Not necessarily what I was expecting from a blood orange IPA, as the hops struggle to show themselves. Overall a really tasty brew and very enjoyable to drink but kind of the weak for an IPA.

Jan 31, 2016
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with a medium-sized tan head. A little bit of lace.
Sweet malt. Not much in the way of citrus.
Mostly a caramel taste. Just a hint of citrus.
Was expecting more in the way of citrus.

Jan 30, 2016
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a stemmed, tulip style glass.
L - Dark amber
S - A balance of malt and hops, not getting too much citrus
T - Balanced with malty, bread flavors up front, with a bitter finish. I've found most Red IPAs to be more well balanced and less hop forward
F - Medium body
O - Enjoyable beer, was hoping for more citrus and bitterness, with it being labeled Blood Orange

Jan 03, 2016
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Reddish orange color, very little thin off white head, little lacing

S: Caramel, bread, orange, pine hops in the background

T: Sweet malts, caramel, the orange that is advertised comes in slightly in the middle of the taste then the pine hops ends the taste to balance the sweet malt flavor

M: Medium to full

O: Typical malty IPA from Terrapin which is just fine with me, I tend to enjoy a bit more malt than most. The orange doesnt seem to meld well with the supper caramelly malts. Decent beer just not a homerun.

Jan 01, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An American red ale piled high with the character of blood orange takes this beer to the hoppy side for a taste that's truly worthy of the undead. Collaborating with The Walking Dead, Terrapin's latest creation is like catnip for their hop-zombies everywhere.

The Walking Dead IPA pours with a rich honey amber color with elements of rust and reds peaking though its tethers. Citrus peels capture the essence of all-things-orange with grapefruit, lemon and freshly muddled grasses floating just above a toasty, nutty and sweet caramelized base set of flavors.

As the beer unfolds, the toasty-sweet favors are of peanut skins, over-cooked caramel and savory toasted bread. Slowly relaxing, the malt turns to dryness and the hops link up with the added fruit for a two-headed tandem of taste. Freshly zested oranges carry a non-descript citrus flavor that mingles with lemon, lime and grapefruit seamlessly and chases the taste into a deeply resinous finish of fresh grass clippings, torn pine needles and sharp citrus oils.

Medium-bodied, the beer's lingering sweetness registers fuller than most IPA; even as the drying resins of hops act to counter the sweetness with great success. Bitter, drying and lasting with citrus, the beer's final frame retains light savory malt sweetness and lingers with a toasty, nutty, citrusy bitterness. And yet, the malt just won't die!

Dec 31, 2015
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TheSixthRing from California

3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of 03/14/16

Appearance - Pours a dark ruby color with a tinge of orange. Khaki colored finger width head that displays average retention before dying down to a thin, broken layer of suds. Lacing consists of small streaks and spots that do well to stick to the glass.

Smell - Orange and caramel are the predominant characters in the aroma. A hint of toastiness.

Taste - Hmm, more malty than hoppy, it seems. Mostly bready with a caramel edge and a fair amount of orange hop flavor. Distant chocolate notes. Faint pine near the finish. Underwhelming, to say the least.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy enough, but nothing particularly noteworthy.

Overall - This is okay, but after having the ever-so-beautiful Lagunitas Citrusinensis last year, I may have expected more from this Blood Orange infused offering. The hop profile is simply weak. I've had regular ambers with more hop bite than this. Definitely not worth the asking price, and TWD franchise would be wise to distance themselves from such a mediocre offering.

Dec 28, 2015
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BWH3 from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Super drinkable and not bad but blood orange flavor is underwhelming in both nose and palate. Nice looking beer with deep gold to light brown color for ipa. Soda like carbonation is a bummer.

Dec 24, 2015
The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 297 ratings