Bloodline Blood Orange IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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Bloodline Blood Orange IPABloodline Blood Orange IPA

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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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
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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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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Photo of HamdenHector
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; gold in color; 2 finger ivory head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: nice aroma; my first take was citrus and pine, but when I went back, it was clearly blood orange;

T: blood orange comes through very clearly in the flavor as well; a little caramel up front; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: another interesting take on the style; I love blood oranges, so this works for me;

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Photo of got2
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On the whole, I find most Flying Dog brews drinkable, but nothing that evokes any sort of passion. And I still feel that way, though there are exceptions and their Bloodline Blood Orange Ale–I wouldn't call this an IPA . It's bold and flavorful, but not particularly hoppy–is that exception.

As I said, it's bold and mildly fragrant ale that is very easy to drink, and it's a perfect beverage to top off a hot summer day. It's very clean, with notes of orange which is the surprise because this was an easy one to mess up, and Flying Dog nailed it.

The head isn't a particularly prominent one. You know it's there, but it's nothing to write home about, and that's okay because this beer has so much to offer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid beer, with good pine and the namesake blood orange flavors, a brisk punchy close, and reasonable bitterness that still does not overpower. It is a good drinker, well crafted, but not extraordinary. Just very well done, indeed.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose and flavor is grapefruit hops with some sour blood orange. $2.75 for a 12oz bottle at Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle. Darker for an IPA, cloudy and almost bronze in color with a decent white head at the top of the glass. There isn't much to speak of in the way of retention, as the foam dissipates quite quickly. Aromatically, you definitely get a whiff of blood orange and other citrusy notes, but there's some messiness on the palate as (at least in my opinion) there is a stronger malt-bill to lend balance, but this means that the orange doesn't punch you in the face; it's more of a compliment than a star. This is medium-bodied and drinkable, but if you're looking for something comparable to a fruity Sculpin, Moody Tongue, or Lagunitas Citrusinensis, look elsewhere.
EDIT: Upon second review, the flavors are much brighter. The color is more copper than bronze, and less hazy. Additionally, the blood orange is more noticeable and overall this second go-around it much better than the first.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, orangish copper color with a one finger white head. Leaves a lot of lacing and a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Smell has hints of tropical fruit and dank hops. Taste is citrusy, with orange juice and oily peel coming through, and with other tropical fruits like pineapple, mango, etc. Fairly strongly hopped but not overwhelmingly so, I felt the sweetness and bitterness were well balanced. Feel is medium with a sticky, lingering bitterness on the finish. This reminded me a little of a more tropical Citradelic, which is totally fine by me. A nice local option for me, I would drink it again.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Price data unavailable, purchased at Wegman’s, Millcreek, PA
12 oz bottle marked 0?8A16 at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter, end of six-pack
Aroma of oranges, quite pleasant
Head average (3.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy with large rocks, diminishing to irregular five to twelve mm frothy ring and partial layer
Lacing excellent – wide rings of tiny to medium bubbles
Body orange, cloudy
Flavor – no orange, not much other than a chemical aftertaste. The previous five bottles in this six pack were just plain nasty – harsh, bitter, not a good drinking experience. This last bottle is drinkable (barely) but certainly is not a pleasant experience. No malt, questionable hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no redeeming features other than the other five bottles were worse! If you want a blood orange – based ale, try somebody else. Flying Dog, keep making Kujo and we’ll be cool.
Palate – medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 2.5, Palate 3, Overall 3.25

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/11/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of juicy blood orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, peach, pineapple, mango, light pine, light caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops, blood orange, and light-moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of juicy blood orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, peach, pineapple, mango, pine, light caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus rind bitterness; with lingering notes of blood orange, grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, peach, pineapple, mango, pine, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops, blood orange, and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice fruited IPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops, blood orange, and light-moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle from Drinks & Gifts Amsterdam. Clear amber pour with a thin white head with little retention. Caramel and orange zest in the nose, together with a bit of tropical fruit. Bitter taste, with orange/lemon zest and a bit of caramel and pineapple. Smooth texture, medium to light carbonation and a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of gamera
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very drinkable IPA. The blood orange doesn't come through as strongly as I was hoping since the concept was intriguing, but is definitely there. The hop profile is good with a little bit of malt but not overwhelming. I'd order again, but would not be my first choice.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This most unique IPA pours a beautiful, lightly cloudy golden amber with a moderate head of white foam that subsides to a thin ring, thin pool, and light lacing. Nose of rich citrus and spicy hops; very forward and in your face. Flavors exceed the nose with honey dipped orange notes, both bitter and sweet on the front and sides finishing with a spicy, herbal, robust hop note that finishes with a bittering hops and orange zest note. Prickly carbonation makes for easy and refreshing drinking. Very nice and a nice change of pace. A great brew from a great brewery.


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Photo of jmasher85
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog has a balance problem. Aside from their standard flagships, all their weird, seasonal, creative beers are either too intense or too mild. This is more the former, jumping on the juicy, citrusy IPA bandwagon with reckless abandon.
It pours crystal clear amber color with a decent head that doesn't stick around much.
The smell is...blood orange, and lots of it. The bitterness recalls more orange and grapefruit rinds, but the titular citrus is definitely there. The taste is more or less the same. Semisweet orange and grapefruit flavor at first with some slight candy sweetness in the middle, and then a citrusy orange-rind, bitter finish that sticks around for a while.
This would be tough to pair with food besides a fruit bowl or some tropical Caribbean fish dish, since the flavor is rather intense and would overpower anything else. For the love of god, don't drink this after brushing your teeth! So is it drinkable? Yes, very, but only if you're okay with your beer tasting literally like a fruit. I don't need to drink this again but I wouldn't pass if offered. In all honesty, it is successful in being what it wants to be but it feels more like a parody of the juicy IPA style than a rendition of it. It seems like this beer is laughing at Grapefruit Sculpin and Fresh Squeezed, but like Weird Al songs, it's a great tribute for fun but you wouldn't enjoy it casually for its own sake.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As the IPA style is trending smoother and fruitier- the Flying Dog brewers give Bloodline IPA a nudge in that direction with generous additions of blood oranges for a juicy taste, a vibrant citrus perfume and keeping the dry and bitter backbone of their assertive IPA philosophy firmly in tact.

Bloodline pours with the honey-amber color and suggestions of orange and copper peaking through. Its shallow and arid foam stance sheds a plethora of juicy, racy, vibrant orange aromatics, seemingly of candied orange, life savor hard candy and freshly zested tangerine. While its gentle honey and caramel sweetness reinforces the branch-ripened character of blood orange, its sweetness is short lived.

And that's because the hops take firm command of the taste as the middle palate unfolds. Malt sweetness is largely cast aside as the hops deliver their power pack of pink grapefruit, natural orange peel, mango and pineapple that cast aspirations of dry fruit juice. As the hops develop, its sharp and resinous bitterness grows to dominate the taste with the character of fresh grass clippings, fresh pine shavings and an herbal waft of cannabis and chive.

Medium-bodied and trending dry, the ale finishes crisp, tantilizing and refreshing- inviting a quick revisit to the glass and built for large rates of consumption. Its clean dryness closes with strong bitterness that outlasts all other tastes; even the

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Bloodline Blood Orange IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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