Bloodline Blood Orange Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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Bloodline Blood Orange AleBloodline Blood Orange Ale

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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Brewery "Bloodline Blood Orange Ale"
on tap @ Great American Pub, Conshohocken, PA on 16 September 2016
$6.50 / pint

Notes: Served via nitro pour. Hazy orange-copper body beneath a densely creamy white head. As it's nitro and the head is so dense the aroma is limited but I still get malt and citrus. The flavor delivers notes of caramel, grainy bread, orange, grapefruit, pine, and grass. It's quite different than the standard carbonation version, and I wonder which I like better. It's medium bodied but the nitrogen makes it feel a bit fuller, and it's so creamy smooth. The bitterness is also played down a bit and it seems more malty. I really like it but it's not clear like the standard version, and you lose some of the hop character. Overall, however, I think I do like the nitro version better. For my rating numbers though I'll stick with the original. Very nicely done. Really well-balanced and drinkable, with just a touch of additional orange flavor.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice hazy color. There is a nice scent to this beer. I'm detecting orange and pinnapple sweetness with a slight malt edge. Decent flavored IPA. Much more in line with your normal IPA flavor when compared to the Snake Dog. I'm getting some citrus and pine with a malt backing. I get some of the orange in the aftertaste with low bitterness. Medium carbonation and a medium mouthfeel and somewhat dry. Pretty decent.

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Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong citrus, hint of piney hops, slight spicy hops, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong orange, hint of piney hops, slight spicy hops, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, refreshing, sessionable, simple, orange dominates all aspects, and low bitterness for an IPA.

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Photo of drgonzo767
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drink by date of 4/7/17, 12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours pretty, orangish amber. Smallish head. Decent lacing as drinking. It's pretty.

I admit I have having some allergy issues, but smell to me is very light citrus, very light breadish, not much going on.

I know my taste buds are better than my nose right now, but still not outstanding in that nothing stands out, which I kinda expect when a flavor is in the name. Let's call it balanced. Balanced citrus, earth, slight hop, light bitterness.

Feel is very good. Light carbonation, medium mouthfeel, light but a little bitter. Makes it very sessionable.

Overall I am a little disappointed. Glad I only bought one. It's not a bad beer, and I could slam six of these on a hot day, no problem. It's just not outstanding in any way. In fact, that might make this a good beer for those adverse to extreme hops, citrus and pines.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into a teku glass.

Mildly hazed deep orange amber color with one finger of creamy white head that stands with decent retention before sinking to some long-lasting bubble sheet atop along with some lacing patch on the glass-side.

Very sweet malt, bread, honey, and caramel in the aroma, it is also quite rich fruity with notes of citrus, orange peel, orange candy, hint of orange spice, orange juice, as well as floral, and piney resin.

Juicy and candy orange in the taste together with all those zesty citrus and tangerine flavors, hop is also there with its medium resiny bitterness while there is some malt sweetness to balance that is reminiscent of bread and caramel.

Medium body with quite smooth mouthfeel from some crisp and lively carbonation through the palate, the feeling is quite refreshing with a dry finish.

Pretty good IPA overall with the additional touch of orange, it is not that juicy or hoppy bombardment but still well-rounded and tasty.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. part of a 12 pack sampler. best by 3/26/17.

yellow body. big white fluffy head. great lacing.

Not much on the nose. there is a hint of orange, and i do have a bit of a cold.

huh. taste is a bit surprising. I'm not getting any orange at all. The beer is quite fresh. having said that, it is a very pleasant tasting, smooth, well balanced beer. just no pronounced flavors. but since I'm enjoying it, i'm not that bothered.

a little above medium on the mouth.

overall, a pretty tasty beverage. just not the orange assault i was expecting.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage; drank 6/7/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque orange appearance.

HUGE off-white head (careful pouring!); nice lace.

Blood orange & sugar notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Mild yeast & blood orange flavors up front; dried grapefruit notes on the finish. Understated yet tasty; enjoyably muted.

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Photo of Karunga
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice balanced IPA, not as hoppy and the blood orange flavor makes this less bitter than many of the more traditional IPAs. Bonus for the strange ugly dog on the label.

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Photo of cbutova
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A- 12oz bottle into a tulip with a ever so slightly hazy deep copper orange body. The head is white with a thick frothy texture. This cap makes it up to about an inch high with fairly good retention. A tall and wide ring leaves a few thick patches of lace at the top of the glass with drizzle below.

S- The aroma opens up with the oranges as the main focus and player. They are supported by a backing of sweet pale grains, slight caramel, pine, floral hops and general fruits.

T- The aroma made it very clear what the focus of the beer would be and it carries over strongly into the taste. Blood orange and general orange peel sweetness and bitterness is front and center. Nothing else really is standout but the beer does have a base of pine, sweet caramel malts, yeast bread, floral and earthy hop hints.

MF- Light-medium overall thickness with a moderately low level of carbonation. The texture is fizzy and frothy and the ending is a combination of hop and oily citrus peel bitterness.

This beer is most certainly a blood orange ale. Besides that not a whole lot is going on and the base beer actually clashes with the orange in a way similar to some malty IPAs.

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Photo of Raggymarius
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Drank from bottle at local build your own pizza place.

More bitter on the palette than I expected from a blood orange flavor but very refreshing. Paired well with the balsamic on my pizza

Citrus is fresh, hoppy, a little spice.....not quite sure how to describe that. It felt more acidic in my mouth than similar beers.

Not traditionally an IPA drinker but it wasnt bad at all. It felt a little unfinished to me.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Chill haze amber, large foamy head.

Smell is orange apricot bubblegum, and metallic resinous rubber.

Taste is spicy pine, and while the orange may have a slight kick it's not all that prominent which keeps it firmly in the beer realm, with grapefruit butting in.


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Photo of Stooven
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Among the more subtle citrus IPAs. Summery. Hops kept in check, but still present. Could have more than one without feeling like having indulged in too much orange Crush.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, orange-gold coloring, with a thin, clingy, white head. Aromas of tart raspberry and sweet orange, with subtle grassy highlights. Flavors are a little more orange forward, tangy and sweet, with tart raspberry highlights, subtle caramel sweetness, and hints of dank wet grass at the end of the palate. More fruit than anything, and that remains the case is the sweet, slightly tart aftertaste. Smooth and full in mouth, with a crisp, effervesced, and dry finish. Tasty beer.

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Photo of JRed
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Transparent orange in body with big, creamy head on top. Aroma of grass, citrus rind, evergreen, grapefruit. Tastes of evergreen, citrus, rind, grass, medium bitterness, and some booze. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Light orange an filtered, topped with 3 fingers of yellow tinged head. Low carbonation.

Orange, berries, really fruity. Hints of dry pine resin, and sweet malt.

Dry with a little sweetness, orange hints, bitter pill like aspirin, dull bitter finish. A real malt, corn like, corn dough quality as well.

Medium light body, medium light carbonation. Well hidden alcohol.

Got on wish beer, drank in CNX Aug 15th, 2016. Again like the others I had from this brewery, imported from America, it tastes slightly old. Great label, great idea.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

If this was supposed to be an IPA, I'm surprised. I thought it was a fruit beer since the can didn't specify. Poured into a pint glass. Clear, straw color with a one finger head that doesn't leave any lacing. Nose of orange and light citrus hops. Taste is citrus and citrus hops with a subtle pine hop finish. After tasting it, I thought it was a lightly hopped fruit beer. Medium-light carbonation and light body with no aftertastes.
It doesn't seem like I had the same beer that other people did. So this is rated as a blood orange fruit beer for fairness.

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Photo of thebeers
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange-tinted amber color with two fingers of airy off-white head. Orange hops in the nose carry over to the taste, where they're coupled with a caramel malt sweetness and a pretty mild hop bitterness. Relatively light bodied. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What made this special was that World of Beer in Easton (Columbus, OH) put it on nitro. Smooth and creamy, was perfect after eating out. Reminiscent of an orange dreamsicle. Hope I can find this again on nitro in the future.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.54/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5


Bottle to tulip.

LOOK: yellow, Orange. Medium white head.
Aroma: light citrus. Don't get much else.
TASTE: orange, lemon, grass, hay.

Feel: light, airy.

Just an ok beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, enjoy by 11.03.16B... left out ~40 min, then poured into Chouffe tulip)

L: near crystal-clear orange liquid with a tinge of yellow... bouncy crop of froth atop, rocky/mousse surface, slow to wilt

S: maybe the slightest hint of candy/puree orange above what's a pretty familiar citrusy hop, with a hint of pine - the orange added does not stick out on its own, very much absorbed within the hop aromas... maybe a slight stream of booze underneath, mildly-doughy pale malt squeaking out as well

T: taste does sport a fleshy, lightly-acidic orange flavor lingering up front of the palate, while a leafy-grassy, citrus peel-y aging hop ribbons down the back of the palate... leafy-bitter note and a mild phenolic spice lingering in aftertaste... not all that sweet on the character malt, dry finish without much malt flavor able to crawl out from underneath the tannin-y resin blanket - maybe a sort of snap cookie trail late... soft, steady hum of bitterness, perhaps takes away from the definition of the orange flavors

F: moderately foamy-frothy feel, mellow almost-medium bodied, bounces on the palate... tiny warm flare up front... the flow is relatively satiny-luscious with all its twinkly resins spiraling down - a lot hangs up front, the back of the palate feels sort of bypassed

O: I appreciate them not calling this an IPA on the label - the Brits weren't adding native orange fruit to the casks headed toward India... this is a nice, solid brew that begs for something tweaked to make it stand out, re-balance a couple elements... one sixer was good enough, everyone seemed to like it just fine

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Photo of citizencane
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on nitro at the Fridge in Lancaster. Standard but solid hops flavor, crisp and refreshing with maybe an extra hint of juiciness. Orange seems to blend quite well, so much that it would be lost without the knowledge that there is blood orange in the beer. I'm thinking maybe it contributes more to the thirst quenching mouthfeel than anything else.

Edit: adjusted rating for when I had in bottles. Not as good, but solid enough.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 7% abv

Appearance- Pours a deep orange with medium white head that dissipates fast. Very clear.

Smell- Fresh orange, grapefruit, sweet floral aroma.

Taste- A sweet caramel malt with a pronounced surge or orange slices come early on. The orange flavor persists further with a complimenting sweetness. A bitter blast of pine comes next. It finishes peppery and leaves a tingling in the palate from the blast of hops. Orange notes linger into the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall- A flavorful and sweet IPA. Good use of orange as it is exemplified in the taste. Ample hop use as well. Well done IPA.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Flying Dog's Bloodline Blood Orange IPA for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. It's been a little while since I've had a new beer from Flying Dog and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an IPA glass.

A- The label looks good, it's got that typical weird flying dog look and it's eye catching. It poured a nice orange color which took on a little bit more of a golden orange color when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of nice patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness with the blood orange being the first to show up and it imparts nice citrus and citrus rind aroma with some nice juicy blood orange aromas and it's followed by a slight peppery yeast and doughy yeast aroma. Up next comes the hops which impart a nice floral aroma with a little bit of green hops showing up in the background and it works well with the blood orange. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, I like it.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness with the blood orange still being the first to show up and it imparts all those nice aspects that it did in the aroma and it's followed by a little bit of those yeast aspects that I got in the aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart less of a sweet malt aspect and more of a cracker malt like aroma with some grainy malt flavors. Towards the end comes the hops which impart the same hoppy aspects that it did in the aroma and it had a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with a lingering bitter citrus rind taste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, the flavors aren't super strong, but they work well with this beer.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty crisp, medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation, it was a slight gusher when I opened it. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was less carbonated.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and it was nice example of a Blood Orange IPA, I still prefer Short's Anniversary Ale, but this one isn't bad for what it is and the balance was nice. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple, but that would be my limit. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and the balance, those were the highlights for me. What I like the least about this beer was the high carbonation, it could be toned down some. I would buy this beer again when I can't get Anniversary Ale and I would recommend giving it a try. All in all this was a solid example of the style and I would drink it again. It's not a favorite Flying Dog beer, but it is one of the better blood orange beers I've had. Nice job guys, this is a solid beer, keep it up.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours a bright orange color with a white head and quite a bit of lacing. The aroma is orange peel and hops. The taste is hops and orange. The mouth feel is crisp and clean.

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Photo of janubio
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange colour, with a small head that fades soon.Aroma of orange peel, tropical fruits, clove, coriander. Medium to full body, normal carbonation.Taste is similar to the aroma, with notes of fresh mint.

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