Bourbon Blood Orange Wheat Ale | Bridge Brewing Company

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Bourbon Blood Orange Wheat AleBourbon Blood Orange Wheat Ale
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Bourbon Blood Orange Wheat AleBourbon Blood Orange Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Bridge Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Drknight on 07-29-2015

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boodoo
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VashonGuy
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JonCorbett
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A fairly clear dark medium orange (who’d thunk?), pours with much applause in the carbonation and a very proudly pluming white head loose and bubbly, quickly dissipates to almost no surface evidence.

Aromatics: The blood oranges doing their rightful job here, brilliantly fruity, underwritten with sweet caramel maltiness and a hint of spice from the bourbon. There is a subtle floral quality in between the orange and caramel. Delightful.

Taste: Great orange taste, right up front for an immediate payoff, eases off in to the the boozy bourbon and leaves a familiar bourbon alcohol aftertaste. And all the while the flavours transition very smoothly. Makes me think that this is a carbonated orange iced-tea with a little splash o’ bourbon. Definitely leaves you looking forward to that next sip.

Feel: The carbonation is still fairly active even after sitting, there is a slight tickle of bubbles and a crisp refreshing snap to it’s light body. There is a bit of the orange tang that jumps right into the earthy hops bitterness which remains rather complacent through the finish. That boozy aftertaste does cling a bit to the back of the through for a bit though.

Overall: I really enjoyed this. I’m always on the lookout for non-lambic style fruit “visions”, and I think this is one of my favourites. If you added a touch of clove this could easily become a winter winner as well. I can see myself sipping this with a mandarin orange slice with a couple cloves floating on top whole sitting next to the hearth after a day of tobogganing with the grand kids (if I had any, that’s what I’d be doing) Being seasonal, I may have to pick up a couple just to enjoy during the autumn and winter holidays.

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Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. Love the added sweet citrus on a strong wheat base, but was a bit disappointed that I didn't pick up any bourbon notes of any kind in either the smell or taste. Still a tasty beer. Orange-copper body with light, white head that left a slight soapy film down the glass. Smell is wheat and lemongrass, bright, juicy orange, with some cracker and pine notes. Taste is sweet wheat and citrus, grassy and herbal, with some pine bitterness and bready biscuit rounding the balance profile out. I'm not picking up any vanilla, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, oak, or booziness like you'd expect from the bourbon addition. Not sure whether any of that would be complimentary or detracting from the beer, as is, but still a little disappointed it's not in there. Feel is quite full and warm, bubbly and smooth. Enjoyable and easy-drinking beer and a solid performer versus comparable wheat ales. Just not quite what I was expecting given the name.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an inccredibly interesting beer - hazy brick orange with an ephemeral head that dissipates to islands of foam in the shape of a turtle (or a goose in flight, or well, something that looked pretty neat.) I got some off metallic notes at first sniff, then the bourbon and wheat emerged. Overall, the mixture of orange, bourbon and wheat works nicely for me. There is sweet, spice, and the corn booziness that makes bourbon a favourite for me. Another winner of a beer from the good folks at Bridge Brewing!

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrempel
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of likeablepaper
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle - hmmmm...brewed with actual Bourbon, as opposed to aged in Bourbon barrels - sounds kind of homebrewing-friendly to me!

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly fizzy ecru head, which leaves a bit of bleeding paint swath lace around the glass as it quickly and evenly subsides.

It smells of crisp, edgy blood orange flesh, bready, grainy pale and wheat malt, pleasantly spicy yeast, a further indistinct musty orchard fruitiness, and a suggestion of a shot of corn whiskey tossed in for that special warming effect - yeah. The taste is more, but now sort of muddled blood orange citrus, alongside a grainy, sort of raw dough-like wheatiness, gamy yeast, still obtuse pale stone fruit esters, and a lightly woody, spicy rye and corn alcohol astringency.

The bubbles are fairly robust in their swirling and probing frothiness, the body on the lee side of yer typical middleweight, and more or less smooth - the faintly boozy edginess holding things back, as such. It finishes off-dry, just, the lingering essences of blood orange an agreeable sensation, while the malt holds steady, and that ephemeral Bourbon character really helps put forth the idea of a mixed drink.

An interest conceit, and one rendered with much more style and aplomb than my opening homebrewer wise-assery might have implied. Blood orange and Bourbon, feels so very much like something one might sip away at on a plantation veranda in the deep American south - how that becomes a seasonal release for a North Vancouver brewery, is beyond me. Whatever, it's good.

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Photo of schopenhauerale
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ZachT
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one surpassed my expectations, blood orange aroma and flavour are nice and balanced by the wheat malts and yeast spiciness is still noticeable, the bourbon adds a nice complexity but does not take away from the wheat flavours, extremely well balanced, nothing is out of whack, well done!

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Photo of Svingjo
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imfinished
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Lots of taste. The orange is slight but distinct. It has a strangely soft mouth feel. This is not really my kind of thing.

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Photo of Drknight
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bourbon Blood Orange Wheat Ale from Bridge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 21 ratings