Bloody 'Ell | Beavertown Brewery

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Brewed by:
Beavertown Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 89
Photo of Spike
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml can. 5.5% ABV.
Hazy gold, super juicy, tangerine flavoured, moderately bitter, AIPA from Tottenham Hale, London. A bit one-dimensional, as are many of these overtly orange citrus IPAs, but mouthfeel is nicely oily.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light gold, straw coloration with a medium, fizzy head. Smells of cat piss. with a hint of blood orange. Taste is quite hoppy, with hints of biscuity, caramel malt. As you might expect, this is dominated by citrus notes of grapefruit, blood orange and tangerine, with a very subtle dankness in the background as well. Finishes with a dry, medium/strong bitterness and light citrus acidity. Light/medium body with medium carbonation. Surprisingly light body for the ABV, awful nose, but decent flavour profile. Still, after the last two IPAs I had by them, I'm starting to wonder if Beavertown shouldn't stick to Stouts and Porters, even though their Black IPA is excellent.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed poured from the tap at Lyon Bière Festival #3. Quite clean clear body. A bit weird on the smell it definitely has an orange bite on the taste.

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Photo of kitch
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml can with a best before date of 17th July 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy golden yellow orange colour with a two finger white head that had pretty good retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Mandarin and orange rind with hints of pine and grapefruit.

Taste: Sweetish and zesty orange and mandarin with a hint of honeydew and pine. Finish is lightly lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lightly crisp, medium to light bodied with moderate to light carbonation.

Overall: Nicely refreshing for a hot summer day and surprised that it’s 7.2% ABV as it definitely doesn’t feel that high. For me, I would have preferred slightly more carbonation and a stronger bitterness though.

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Photo of BluesBreaker_89
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy yellow pour with a finger's width white head. Tangerine, pine and a bit of grapefruit on the nose. Tangerines and orange peel up-front on tongue...zesty. Slight bitterness and a hint of pine. Fairly bitter aftertaste with additional hints of Orange. Decent mouth-feel. Low carbonation and pretty smooth. Very, very deceptive for the strength. Goes down very easily.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage; drank 5/22/15 on draft @ Bangers & Lace.

Cloudy orange/yellow appearance.

Fluffy white head; a curtain of tree-rung lace.

Sweet orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Tangerine & freshly roasted coffee bean flavors up front; a faintly dry finish. A unique combination of flavors that turned out quite tasty.

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Photo of jonb5
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Third of a litre, on draught at the Craft Beer Kontor.

A: Golden, hazy, decent sized rocky head, left quite a bit of lacing around the side of the glass.

S: Orangey, almost like orange Fanta, which became more pronunced as it warmed.

T: First thought was "this is supposed to be 7.2% abv" The booze was barely detectable, strong hints of orange which gave way to wheat and grapefruit.

M: Light body, crisp texture, not massively carbonated, slipped down very well.

O: Very dangerously drinkable, very subtle for the style, could get a person in a lot of trouble as it's much stronger than it seems.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10 oz pour at brewery. Pours pale gold (I guess the name made me think there would be a red hue) with a smallish head (soft pour) that leaves some film. Nose brings definite orange rind along with complimentary hops. Taste doesn't carry over the nose except for a strong citrus hop element. I felt a bit more malt backbone might have helped round this one out. Quite a bitter finish. Overall, a very decent but straightforward and forgettable IPA.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml can served in a can glass. BB 05/10/16 indicated on the base of the can. Pours a golden yellow with a loose, half inch, bright white head that eventually settles into a bullseye dollop and a frothy band around the shoulders. Swaths of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Clarity is slightly hazy. Nose expresses blood orange, pith and a hint of yeast. Taste is a bit more subdued - citrus is present, but not as bright and there''s an earthy/herbal quality present in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light in body with a crisp carbonation and a light acidity. All and all, decent but there are better examples of the style available.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold colour, zesty orange and strong citrus hop nose. Fruity light and refreshing but robustly hopped through to the finish and unexpectedly not bitter for an IPA. Clean and easy to drink.

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Photo of mothman
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh can from London!

White head with lace. Color is a sunset orange.

Much hopper and juicer than the other English IPAs I have tried. Grapefruit and blood orange citrus. Very tropical IPA. Light bitterness.

Very enjoyable IPA! Very Americanized.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beyond the citrusy character that America's prized pacific northwest hops can provide, the brewers of Beavertown employ the use of vibrant, ripe and radiant blood oranges to finish the job. Giving the ale the mouthwatering citrus flavor that hop-heads covet comes full tilt in Bloody 'Ell.

The IPA's bright golden appearance casts a slight veil of haze across a light honey appearance. Capped with a creamy eggshell froth, its scent is decidedly of musty citrus and with a fragrant grassy nod. But to taste, the thinned honey and thinned caramel foundation shows first to the initial palate.

And as those malty sweetnesses rise then fall relatively quickly, the hop onslaught begins to build. Quickly overtaking the balance, the dedicated orange flavor of exotic hops and fruit saturates the tastebuds with a fructose and acidic twang. Introducing flavors of pink grapefruit, lemon and honeydew, the bitterness builds and kicks the ale into a hyper hop gear.

With the malts receding and the hop bitterness at its apex, the beer's hoppy tilt as accessorized with dryness, crispness and a clean malt finish. But that showcase also sheds light on the fruit pectin and the hop's leafy bite to contribute a mild wine-like astringency to close the session.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a large head.
Nose shwos piny, earthy, spicy and grapefruit-like hops with some very light malt underneath.
Similarly hoppy flavours, some citrus comes through the hops. Nice biscuity malt.

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Photo of aleigator
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Many thanks to Gavin for providing the bottle. Pours a slightly hazed apricot pulp-yellow color, with a decent, stable head.

Offers an intense lemon peel fruitiness, entangled in dank, wet grass. Its hoppiness is extremely well pronounced, utmost juicy with a lime crispness to it, topped off by just a hint of prickly kiwi and ripe orange. Bready malts lend the neccessary balance, while the hops form the nose of the beer, in the most beautiful way possible.

Got a medium carbonation to, while exhibiting far more developed malts than the mose revealed, nontheless the beer tastes very refreshing and juicy.

Tastes of cakey malts, which got a hint of bread to them. Without neglecting its pronounced malt backbone the beer developes a fruity, pleasantly bitter hop impact, actually revealing bread and toffee accompanied by young orange. While the hop profile remains the same throughout, it finishes with a decent dryness, adding to the still present cakey malts.

Smells actually much more dank and hop forward than it tastes. The beer exhibits a luscious orange fruitiness throughout though, tying nose and taste together.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is orangey amber with big head and big carbonation.

The smell is disappointingly weak but some piney hops are detectable.

The taste is good and bitter with a pleasant orange tinted sweet undertone.

Overall a good but not spectacular American style IPA. Delivers some hoppy bitterness but a little lacking in aroma and in standout flavour features.


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Photo of ShanePB
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I never would have know there were blood oranges in this beer if it wasn't plastered in the description. Tasted like a standard, fairly malty English-style IPA to me.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a pale orange, with no head or lacing.

This smells super orangey, of course, with some pine, orange zest, and and grapefruit.

Given the lack of head, and apparent lack of carbonation, due to the lack of a head on this one, I didn't think it would taste like much. Luckily, I was wrong, and this tastes pretty solid. The orange flavor is very fresh and juicy, and laid on top of a fairly solid, but slightly unexciting IPA. There's some pine and grapefruit, with no malt flavors.

This is light bodied, with a quite juicy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation. Despite the appearance of the beer, this does have ample carbonation, but it's certainly not high.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml Can from Good Spirits Co, drank at home (£3.00):
I had high hopes for this one going in and it definitely didn't disappoint, it was a very easy beer to drink with an excellent pine and grapefruit taste that went down a treat. This one proved to be an extremely good beer from the London brewery, probably the best of the five beers I've tried from them so far and narrowly beating out the can of 8 Ball American IPA I had from them last year; excellent stuff.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a thin collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of blood oranges are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the flavors of blood oranges are much stronger and seem like someone squeezed some fresh orange juice into the beer. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If you like blood oranges, this is a really nice beer, but if you are a hophead the IPA might not be bitter enough for you.

Serving type: growler

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Photo of bark
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The colour is pale amber (15 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is white and very compact. It sinks slowly leaving lots of thick lacing.

The smell is semi-sweet with distinct notes of orange/blood orange/grapefruit juice. It is clean and bitter with a slight sourness. Hints of alcohol in the background.

The taste is clean, bitter and fresh. Very light malt profile, it is quite dry. Citric notes of (blood) grapefruit, bitter orange and lime peels. Hints of perfume and fruit-flavoured water ice. Light to medium body. The aftertaste got growing bitterness and warming alcohol, bitter orange marmalade and a hint of wheat dough. The finish is clean and balanced with bitter citric flavours.

The carbonation is strong, the long lasting mid-sized bubbles tickles the tongue. The liquid is semi-smooth and a bit dry.

A very clean fruit IPA with just the right amount of fruity flavours. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange beer with a three finger high, offwhite, head.

Nose: Lots of orange, grapefruit, citrus, hops, grass and malt.
Taste: Grapefruit, blood orange peel, pine, citrus and yeast.
Body: Medium body and carbonation. A fresh bitterness and a bit sweetness from the malt.

Great refreshing beer!

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Photo of simcoeluv
2.89/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had it on tap, but it also comes in a can, orange in color, that resembles an orange soda can.

Not what many would call an IPA, but I guess if you like mild, fruity drinks, then OK. I would guess this will get a following among those that don't like beer that much (or IPAs at all). Very easy to drink.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml can with a BB of Aug 2015. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. The label calls it a blood orange IPA.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Can conditioned. A hazy golden-amber hue with plentiful sediment and medium carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before steadily reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of intensely fruity hops with hints of grapefruit, sharp orange, peel, citrus, pith, earthy yeast and mild malt. Lots of orange - delicious.

T: Tastes of powerful fruity hops with an obvious citrus slant and a spicy bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, acidic orange, peel, citrus, mild white grape, earthy yeast, subtle grainy malt and faint stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a tangy hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Hop oils stimulate the palate. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity hops, spicy bitterness, earthy yeast and faint malt.

O: Superb! A successful blend of tart orange and fruity hops that complement each other nicely. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are replete with citrus notes. Underpinned by earthy yeast and mild malt. Body is lovely. Tons of fruit/hop presence; a treat for the senses. Well worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dull gold with slight haze and a clingy pitted snow white can pour foam. 4
Big fresh floral, herbal, hop nose with lots of fragrant orange peel oil. 4.25
Butter cookie then pine, lemon zest and chalk hops. 4
Pellegrino Pompelmo finish and long rindy linger.
Soft, light more than medium, clean. 3.75

Great nose, but a bit pale and light-bodied. Good fresh hops, but not where I'd like for the strength - more APA overall. Not sure what the blood orange is adding either. A shadow of what it is on tap, and not B'town's best. 3.75

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass.

Pours a mid-dark, cloudy orange colour, with a firm white head.

Smells amazing, fresh fruit - both sweet and citrus, and very pungent. Must be really fresh.

Tastes very hop forward, fresh fruit again, lots of lip-smacking pine and citrus bitterness that lingers on the palate and seems to warm up - the only sign of alcohol. Really surprised when I read 7.4% , there's such a small booze taste here. Nice use of malt too - it's there, creating quite a firm body, without being caramel-sweet in anyway, so it supports the hops and the fruit nicely.

Overall a really lovely beer. Highly recommended.

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Bloody 'Ell from Beavertown Brewery
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 89 ratings