Bloodline
Flying Dog Brewery

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #1,657
ABV:
7%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,057
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 10.41%
Reviews:
142
Ratings:
924
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Photo of mschenk
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion this is a superior beer. There is just enough taste of blood orange to make it true to it's name. The aroma also has notes of orange as well as some maltiness. I could enjoy a few of these on a hot day (which today is)

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Photo of maddogruss
2.99/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

(bottle)
A: pours light orange body with small white head with ok retention and lacing
S: not much of a smell; some earthiness
T: earthy, hoppy taste; very slight orange taste, but overwhelmed by the hops
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth
O: ok mouthfeel and taste combo; I expected more orange taste, especially given such a sweet orange, but still a nice drinking beer, just not a good blood orange pale ale

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Photo of good_to_sea
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear amber with a nice head and good lacing.
Smell: Strong blood orange aroma. Grapefruit, some malt aroma.
Taste: Slightly caramel malt sweetness up front. Orange and grapefruit in the middle with a blood orange aftertaste. Peppery hops. Fairly dry overall. Nice and balanced.
Feel: Crisp, effervescent bubbles.
Overall: This is a really well-done beer, very fun to drink.

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Photo of Spellogue
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tap was on nitro poured into pint mason jar in a Gastropub in Perrysburg,Ohio.
Lovely coppery orange clear beer under a persistent 1/4 inch ivory head. Lacing was so thick as to simply coat the glass for half of my draught leaving complex patterning of plaits and varying sized patterning to the last drop.
Scent of spicy orange peel and floral hops with an antiseptic twinge.
Very tasty. Hop bitterness and orangey sweetness up front balancing with honeyed, slightly bitter, bready maltiness.
Juicy finish to of rock candy, hops, and orange peel.
Medium body matches perfectly with the flavor profile. Delivering all flavor aspects quickly across the palate.
The nitro pour did a lot to make this beer shine. Hop/orange zest balance was artful in this fruit ipa.

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Photo of justme
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out revealing and slightly reddish golden brew. Had good body and flavor. Definitely tasted of Blood Orange, but well balanced. After all it’s an Ale, not a fruit salad. Would have liked it more with less hops. The bitterness seems gratuitous in this situation

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Has a glowing, hazy golden color. Sudsy thick head with good retention and lacing, some floaters and other sediment are in the beer.

Aroma constitutes mostly oranges/orange peel and grapefruit with pine, other notes of mild tropical hops: like pineapple and mango. Caramel is also present, along with many other derivatives of orange.

Taste is mostly just oranges, blood oranges particularly. There is some mango and grapefruit, but the oranges dominate the palette and leave the rest out unfortunately. Feels lightly smooth.

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Photo of monkist
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Superb hazy, quite full on with sour blood oranges in the aroma and the taste is just as intensive although while keeping the ale character, not making it a Sour or a fruit beer... You can smell and taste the blood orange pulp full on though, and the way the incorporate it into the taste- or rather the feel? - is just phenomenal. Another great thing is that the 7% ABV gives it an ever so slight booziness that makes you think that the oranges actually fermented themselves...
I need to say that Flying Dog makes exceptional brews and this is no exception! I was totally satisfies with this beer, loved how orangey yet still a perfect ale it was. Recommended,

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale tulip
From: My friend Gregg
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received July 31, 2018
Consumed: Aug. 1, 2018
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: Enjoy by Nov. 4, 2018 at 1:03 p.m. ET

Thanks, Gregg!

Was lucky enough to get two of these cans from Gregg, who picked them up from the East Coast. I’m a sucker from blood orange, so was looking forward to this one. Online description read, “Originally a small-batch release in the spring of 2013. Bloodline is brewed with blood orange peel and blood orange juice and hits the perfect balance between citrus sweetness and bitterness. Bloodline begins with huge grapefruit on the nose. Then, a delicate balance of citrus sweetness and bitterness. Try it with grilled light proteins, salads with fruity vinaigrettes, and fresh salsa.” Hops mentioned were Northern Brewer, Citra and Galaxy, with the malts labeled as rye and caramel.

Poured an amber clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy off-white head. Lots of bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass at differing speeds. Excellent spiderweb foamy lacing. World-class foamy retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled caramel malt, orange peel (becoming more blood orange peel later), hard orange candy, orange zest, nectarine and honey brown bread. More blood orange, especially orange juice, from the can. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted a little better than the nose. Not too much blood orange, which I could appreciate. Got blood orange peel, hard orange candy, orange zest, bitter nectarine skin, grapefruit, mango, orange juice, Citra, woody pine, peppery spice and herbal. Grew on me as it went down. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Lively-to-average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was very good overall. Grew on me as it went down. (Overall - 3.75)

3.76 | 85 | B+

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Photo of CHickman
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

More of a session IPA with blood orange in it, this is crisp, zesty and easy to drink. Nose is soft and timid, but complex enough to keep my attention. A solid offering on a nice hot summer night.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From cervezasespeciales. 5 months after bb. In Teku glass. Reading Intro to Python Ch19. Soft, with orangey notes and maybe a bit metallic. Not unpleasant but boring, probably because of its age

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A slightly better than average IPA flavored with blood orange. There's just enough juicy sweet goodness to provide a balance for the grapefruit rind/lemony IPA lurking underneath.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.79/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I flew this lovely brew back home from Virginia because I wanted to review it in a comfortable space. It came in a mixed 12 pack with The Truth, Snake Dog, and Raging Bitch. It surprised me because I didn't expect the fruit IPA to be my favorite.

L: As always I have to give props to Steadman's riveting art. Every label is as refreshingly visceral and bold as the beers. Into a nonic pint, it poured with a sudsy white head and a golden orange body. Some very transparent sediment seems to be swirling amid the bubble streams.

S: Strong orange rind and pine punch the nose, followed by some softer tropical notes of pineapple and mango with a tangy juicy citrus presence that is distinctively blood orange. A hint of barley malt comes through, but not much.

T: Pungent citrus pith strikes first, washed down with juicy blood orange and grapefruit and tangerine, with a finish like you're munching on a stalk of fresh thyme. Malt presence minds its business on the sidelines.

F: Juicy and thick, but tart and crisp with a lingering clingy biterness. Little too much of the "I'm literally eating a plant" sticky feel on the finish, but maybe that's just the price of that hoppy bite.

O: Let's be clear, this is no sissy fruit beer. This is not a "Your girlfriend might actually like that IPA" kind of beer. This is a beer-lover's IPA that just happens to be flavored with real fruit.

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Photo of JamieSiebold
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This stuff isn’t my favorite but I get in the mood for it at times. It’s great if you’re looking for a mildly hoppy ipa with a bit of sweetness. It’s not insanely bitter or boozey like a lot of ipa’s being created these days. Overall I would say it’s above average but not spectacular.

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Photo of BeerMan247
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Traditional IPA Tate but not overwhelmingly hoppy like some others. As much as I loved the initial taste, there’s a strange aftertaste I found hard to get used to.

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Photo of BJB13
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip style pint glass.

Pours clear and amber with one finger of white foam and some slick lace.
The nose is fairly weak but does have good, juicy hop, caramel and bread malt aromas.
Taste is crisp and moderately bitter. The mild hops balance well with lightly sweet bread malt.
Mouth feel is crisp before turning frothy. Body is medium with high carbonation.
Very drinkable and good but seems more like amber ale to me.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look - good looking golden color with sticky lacing
Smell - Sweet and bitter orange citrus scents
taste - pretty bitter slight orange taste
feel - medium body with a fizzy carbonation
Overall - to bitter with not enough good taste

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz bottle. Light orange with a decent amount of white head. Citrus smell. Juicy citrus taste with muted hops. Since some hop varieties are citrusy, I'm not entirely sure what is coming from the fruit and what is coming from the hops. Anyway, it's interesting and worth trying.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a nice slightly orangey amber with a modest head, soon reducing to a very thin layer and leaves lacing as you drink it. Some blood orange scent in the nose....some blood orange taste in the mouth. Nice!

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Photo of Vader444
2.4/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Can poured into tulip glass.

I hate to knock a Flying Dog beer; they are the brewery that was my introduction to craft beer. However this is fairly bland stuff. The base beer is ok I guess but I’ve had much better blood orange IPAs from the likes of Beavertown that this is a real disappointment in comparison.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/3/17...pours mostly copper with fizzy white foam, Sitting atop. Heavy citrus nose with a lemon orange blend. Pulpy citrus taste, firm bitter, rinds and grapefruit lead the close. Juicy. Kicks you at the end.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber/orange color,medium amount of carbonation that is easy to feel.Aroma is citrus,peel,and malt. Taste is similar but it comes off a little bit like grapefruit juice and sort of smothers the actual beer a bit. Glad I tried it but for me I wouldn't seek it out again

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

CAN
Pale gold with puffy white. 4
Super zest! 3.75
Biscuit, big rindy zest, pulp, orange leaf, and fading bitterness. 3.75
Light+, oily, round, 3.75

All zest, no hops. Thin, too. Not my speed anyway, but this one is almost a shandy. 3.75

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good IPA. Had it with crab cakes and corn on the cob. Pours a light orange, slightly hazy color with a good sized white head. Thick lacing, good head retention and some bubbles. Aroma and taste include good bitterness, citrus hops and dry biscuit malt. Good aroma and solid taste nicely balanced between citrus hops and biscuit malt. Mouthfeel is crisp, light and nicely bitter. A very good IPA.

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Photo of ultimatesearch
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Tried this about 8+ months ago and it was better than today. My fave store stocks this in big quantities, so the belief is this batch is different and QA needs to kick into gear.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with off-white head. Aroma has sweet citrus fruits and even a hint of vanilla. Taste is quite fruity but also has a medium hoppy bitterness. Medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a well balanced and easy drinking fruity IPA.

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Bloodline from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 924 ratings