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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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cps98 on 04-04-2013

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Reviews by JednoPivoProsim:
Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Best before day 281 (October 8) of 2014.

Appearance: Pours a clear light orange/amber. Soft carbonation and a billowy white head.

Smell: Citrus and tropical fruits come rocking out of the bottle. Smells very good. I love the aroma from the Citra and Galaxy hops.

Taste: Not a ton of strong flavor except for being very bitter. The Citra/Galaxy hops are not as evident in the flavor unfortunately. I don't taste the blood orange puree nor the "natural flavorings" either.

Mouthfeel: Nice and light, aforementioned strong bitterness, slight alcohol.

Overall: Great aroma, a little lacking in the flavor department.

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Photo of JCH3191
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

The smell is what should be expected from a good IPA, piney with notes of citrus. In this case, blood orange dominates. Great smell that leads you to believe you are about to taste great beer.

The taste exceeds expectation. You are first hit with a blast of blood orange flavor. Toward the back end of the sip the pine flavor really becomes apparent. However, the blood orange remains at center stage. The after taste is, you guessed it, orange. I am very impressed that the blood orange flavor remains consistent throughout. Perhaps the most impressive part is that this orange flavor somehow manages to not overpower the integrity of it being an IPA.

I rarely ever say this, but this beer has reached an almost perfect balance. In my experience, flavors can often overpower the style of beer and vice versa. The fact that the blood orange flavor is this apparent and consistent and yet does not take away from the style makes this beer a true gem. I would highly reccomend this Flying Dog brew.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.37/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Personally I was very disappointed in this beer. The smell and the coloring looked great, the taste and after taste on the other hand was horrible. I tried 3 of these to make sure my impression was correct an it was

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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 BryanFlaherty
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Subtle blood orange flavor. I get it a lot in the aroma but not as much in the taste. Still a very good beer

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Photo of Herze
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SanFranJake
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Andnkuhn
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dacubz
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

12 oz bottle...w/o freshness info that I can see

Pours near clear. Lighter orangy amber.

Oranges and hops on the sniff

Flavorful IPA with orange leaning citrus flourishes..Quite dry in the finish with more oranges, some moderate smokiness and a solid malt undercoating. Worthy IPA

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Photo of alyssa1224
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm generally not too into the fruit juice favors being added to ipas( here looking at you grapefruit sculpin), but this is wonderfully done. Balanced and in no way over bearing. Spot on.

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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 tylerbrowe
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of sourdog
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of butters_mcgee
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jsonta
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of amstokesdb9
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of briandaube
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2015 bottle purchased in D.C.

Clear orange-amber body with a decent head that leaves some sticky lacing.

This IPA has a substantial addition of v=citrus peel and juice, adding some tart and sweet notes to the natural bitterness, and enhancing the citrus notes provided by the hops. Good to very good while drinking, this eventually leaves an aftertaste of bitter citrus rind.

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Photo of jtladner
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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