Pinball - Blood Orange | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrothersbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our popular Pinball Pale Ale is known for its perfect balance, but here at Two Brothers, we are always looking for new ways to push the boundaries of beer character so we added blood orange to ramp up the flavor profile and bring notes of citrus to pair with Pinball's big hop profile of tropical fruit. This limited edition of Pinball Pale Ale is like being on multi-ball mode! Pinball uses five different hop varieties, all of which are added at the end of the boil or as dry hops. This helps remove some of the bitterness while allowing the sweetness to come to the forefront.
Appearance: Golden-blonde gives way to red-orange.
Taste: Pinball's balance of hops and malt is put on tilt with noticeable notes of orange and citrus. The fruit characteristics supply plenty of sweetness while the hops provide a crisp, bitter finish.
IBUs: 31.

Added by superspak on 07-28-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,292
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
20
pDev:
7.34%
 
 
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Photo of woodychandler
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Did my local, in-person trader, tone77, bring this for me? For inCANsion in The CANQuest (tm)? I CAN't remember, but I am going to credit him all the same. I am working SO hard to winnow down my backlog. 8=(

From the CAN: "Special when lit."; "Pinball Pale Ale has become extremely popular for its perfect balance of flavors and bitterness. But here at Two Brothers, we are always looking for new ways to push the boundaries of beer character. So we added blood oranges to ramp up the flavor profile and bring big notes of citrus to pair with Pinball's bold hop profile of tropical fruit. This limited edition of Pinball Pale Ale is like being on multi-ball mode!"; "Cheers!"; "31 IBUs".

I got back to basics by Crack!ing open the vent, giving it a gentle Glug into the awaiting glass & then CANducting an in-glass swirl to raise just over a finger of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head that quickly dissipated into wisps. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was an interesting CANbination of pine mintiness & orange citrusiness with a tad bit of caramel thrown in for good measure. My maternal grandmother used to get bags of Brach's filled caramels to fill her CANdy jar when I was a young lad & my favorite thing to do was to mix 'n' match flavors, especially Orange and Mint. This smell reminded me of that! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was less minty than full-on orange with a smidge of caramel, but it was still quite tasty. I liked its inherent bitterness without being too bitter. I CANnot vouch for much sweetness, but then again, I do not generally drink APAs & expect them to be sweet. Finish was bitter & semi-dry, about in keeping with the style. Not bad, but now I am definitely curious to try regular Pinball!

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ristaccia
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of csheridan
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like the regular Pinball, and was really intrigued by this one. Smell really gives up the orange, which I like, and the color is a nice copper with a medium head. Initial taste has some orange up front, but it has a really bitter finish that isn't great (and I like bitter, hoppy beers). If it weren't for the bitter finish, would have rated higher, but probably won't be out looking for this one.

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Photo of Toynk
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bammer21
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jtransel
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of onlymurderers
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of michaelsmith11
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WadeBridgman
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rossracing
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of coopdog1000
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by oranges. Taste is a bit orange heavy, very light malts, fairly bitter for the style. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is an ok beer, nothing special.

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Photo of GuitarGeek153
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eddie_Kobane
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good if you are looking for that orange taste. Personally I prefer the regular pinball which is one of my current favorites. This is also in a can 6 pk.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of REVZEB
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a pint glass from draft at Emil's on September 24, 2017.

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Pinball - Blood Orange from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 20 ratings