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Bloodline Blood Orange Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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3.92/5
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907 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
What brings us together, as brethren of good beer, is a bitterness that runs through our veins. What would typically make goosebumps rise and sends shivers up spines merely fuels our intense love of the craft. Cast away your fears, embrace the fire and join our flock.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,172
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
907
pDev:
10.71%
 
 
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66
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417
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Ratings: 907 |  Reviews: 137
Photo of justme
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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 mjbrandt18
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | 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 newcastlemike
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of monkist
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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 desint
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XxthaDoggxX
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rickklein9
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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 jsnouffer
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CHickman
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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%
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 -3.8%
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 Steve_Studnuts
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ahypercube
4.79/5  rDev +22.2%
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 robotic_being
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheRock7755
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stevotex
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of j_pisha
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good everyday beer for summer that is balanced and refreshing. Orange flavor is there in just the right amount.

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Photo of BigMike
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjw2808
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Curt3
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Branlott42
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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Bloodline Blood Orange Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 907 ratings