Maelstrom Blood Orange Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

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Maelstrom Blood Orange AleMaelstrom Blood Orange Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
elysianbrewing.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 08-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
51
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
14.4%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rifugium
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

Poured an orange-amber color, massively cloudy to the point of opacity, with a small white, bubbly head that sank to a thin layer and left a bit of lacing on the glass. As promised, lots of citrus in the nose, with a bit of pale malt sweetness in the background. Huge blast of orange pith in the taste, fairly juicy, but mostly bitter, distant pale malts once again pushed into the background, as the citrus was clearly in command. Light-medium body, crisp and flavorful, but very pithy...good if that's your thing, bad if it's not. I enjoyed it.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very hazy medium orange amber. Half finger fine white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma with nice piney and citrus hops with very light orange. Interesting flavor of well melded hops and orange rind and grapefruit bitterness and orange juice in a neutral malt body. This is as bitter as an American IPA, but it is clear the bitterness is from citrus origin as well as bittering hops. Finishes clean with residual citrus bitterness and light hops. I am pleased with the combination of flavors and found this ale to be refreshing and fun to drink. Light to medium bodied. Another really strikingly unusual flavor experiment in this series that worked out well. I'm sad there are only four more apocalypse ales until the end of the world (or at least this great series).

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into an Elysian pint glass. Thanks to 5000 for sending me both.

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the fruit. I get a lot of orange and grapefruit notes, which I assume comes from the blood oranges. I also get a little bit of biscuit malt in the aroma.

The flavor is similar. I get some tartness and a hint of bitterness up front. Once again there is a lot of orange and grapefruit notes, as well as a hint of lemon. I get some biscuit malt and just the slightest hint of sweetness in the flavor. A very fruity, citrusy beer that goes down very easily.

Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. This is #8 in Elysian's Beers of the Apocalypse series.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a massively hazy body. Head pours two thick fingers of frothy ivory foam wiht a decent retention and lace. A pretty good looking beer.

Smell: sweet malty base with a citrusy bouquet. The specific fruits are rather nondescript, but the effect is pretty nice.

Taste: quite a citrusy beer indeed. The sweet malt provides a very nice backdrop to the citrusy hops and the actual orange contribution. I admit I was apprehensive going in, but they have shown restraint and the overall effect is pretty successful: this beer is orangey without being over-the-top.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a pretty good beer; certainly, it's an interesting and rather different one. I like they way they've blended the orange with citrusy hops to make an interesting, piquant brew.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up tonight at the COOP for $8 (give or take a quarter)... poured into my slim tulip.... The thin white head doesn't really last that long.. the brew is almost expected hazed/muddy orange.

Nose is not surprisingly citrusy... hoppy with plenty of upfront (non hop) citrus elements... nicely balanced by just enough pale maltiness..

Flavor is nice and fresh... seems like a middle of the road hoppy pale/lesser IPA picked up by a citrus note that only translates from the zest from the fruit... not getting any "juice".. I think "juice" would be a disaster in brewing.. but this is well done.

With warmth.... the citrus zest is magnified, but the hops also come out and include a bit of tropical fruitiness... honestly, pretty yummy.

Palate is about right given the ABV... carbonation may be a touch light... sorta oily throughout on the tongue.

Nicely done.... Too damn expensive for what amounts to a citrus zested IPA.. but still cool, glad I was able to check it out fresh.

3.5/4/4.5/4/4

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy orange-yellow color with about a half-inch of white head that had low retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was a nice blend of grains and fruit, with just a tickle of hops in the background. On the tongue, the malts were a bit more subdued than the aroma had led me to expect, the orange flavor provided a nice counter-point and the hops were nicely crisp, a bit citrusy with a hint of floral.

The body was pleasantly medium, with a dry and slightly bitter finish. Drinkability was good, although I probably wouldn't have more than one at a time,I would have it again. Overall, a nice brew that didn't really trip my personal trigger, YMMV. Worth trying if you see it.

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3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 2.22.13
Number 8 in the series

A - Pours a cloudy light orange with a foamy two inch cream-colored head with good retention.

S - Hoppy sweet candy and citrus, oranges mostly.

T - Very light and floral, orange and citrusy.

D - Light bodied with good carbonation.

O -Light floral and fluffy citrus.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of beergoot
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice yellow-orange body with a thick, creamy white head; lots of sticky lacing and rings down my glass. Very strong orange-citrus aroma; very floral; somewhat piney. Taste exudes typical double IPA characteristics: hoppy bitterness; a decent malt backbone (slight caramel and biscuit undertones) with a gentle overarching orange presence. Mouthfeel was good if a little watery.

So far, this is one of the better, more approachable beer of Elysian's Apocalypse Series in my opinion. Yeah, they focused on blood orange with this one, and it seems to work out really well in an IPA setting.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of harrymel
2.33/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No bottle date. I think this should be listed as an APA rather than a Fruit beer, as it's identified by the brewer as a Pale.

Turbid orange with loosely associated soapy whites around the rim and an etched surface. Nose is way hoppier than I had anticipated: dank, grapefruit, resin, some orange if I beg for it, but not particularly evident. If they didn't say there was fruit, I wouldn't guess it. Flavor is bitter, with some fruity character (mostly bitter grapefruit), not much more than resin and some biscuity undertones of malt. More like an IPA for me. Medium bodied with reserved carbonation and a semi dry finish. This is drinkable, but more like a sub par PNW IPA rather than a specially concocted fruit infused pale ale.

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clouded pumpkin orange color with a finger and a half of light beige frothy sticky head that sticks around for a few minutes and leaves behind some lovely curtains of lacing on the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels, slightly creamy in texture.

Smells like blood oranges as expected, both peel and juice with light herbal and floral hopping used as a framing aroma. Tastes at first of bitter orange peel, transitions into a herbal / dry biscuit malt combo, and finishes with a straightforward grapefruit pith flourish. Thankfully, the flavor is about 30% drier than the sweetness of the nose had led me to expect. Bitterness levels are straddling that blurry grey line in between PA and IPA territory IMHO.

Whatever enjoyment the drinker gets out of this one will primarily depend on how much they like the idea of blood oranges approached from a somewhat drier spectrum than is usually seen with the ingredient. They did a good job keeping the focus narrowed down on mostly citrus peel elements in this one, so I can't really fault it for being somewhat less complex than other IPAS. But on the other hand, even though the blood orange angle does bring something novel to the party, it's sort of a one-trick pony.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of grittybrews
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thick, cloudy orange with a finger of bright white head. Aroma of caramel, pine, and grapefruit mixed with a touch of orange.

Moderate carbonation and a full, smooth mouthfeel. Nice burst of orange up front followed by grapefruit, caramel, and some fairly assertive pine bitterness on the tail end.

Very nice, orange adds to the hop flavor without throwing off the balance.

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Maelstrom Blood Orange Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
3.61 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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