Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

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83
good
778 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale AleSuperfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by beertunes on 03-09-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
778
Reviews:
123
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
184
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by Treb0R:
Photo of Treb0R
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A brand new beer that is surprisingly tasty. It helps that it's fresh and drinks exactly as advertised. If you are at all familiar with blood oranges, you will know what I mean when you take the first sip.

The white fizzy head dissipates quickly with moderately high carbonation. The body has a beautiful and quite pale orange color, but it would be more fitting if it had a deep, red "blood orangey" hue. As of now, the color better represents more of a Navel Orange Pale Ale. The flavor, however, is distinctly blood orange.

You can smell some grainy pilsner malt and a bit of citrus. The aroma could be a bit stronger, with more support from other orangey/fruity hops in the late boil/aroma steep. This will also help with the fruitier flavor and reduced bitterness at the expense of more oily aromatics and hop flavors. Right now, all you get from the hops is some crisp herbal citrus. This focus needs to change slightly, perhaps with an Ahtanum & Centennial focus.

The fruit taste is natural, not artificial. The beer has that signature blood orange tart quality. Aside from probably 10 more IBUs than necessary, the beer is easy to drink and refreshing. It has a somewhat balanced hop character to combat the malt and a crisp bite.

For the grist, there is possibly some munich & pale in there, as well as carapils with the medium body. You get some grainy malt taste on the backend. Dry on the palate, not sweet.

If you are looking for this to taste like a fruit beer, you will be let down. However, it is a great example of how fruit can be successfully combined with an APA.

I really have no harsh complaints about this beer. It's not incredible, but it's not mediocre either. A very good idea and attempt from a very good brewery.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Libeertarian
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Kind of a dull yellowy-orange in shade. Very hazy. Later, evinces its clarity, with small flakes sunken and even smaller flakes still in suspension. Small, low to medium-retention off-white head. Grapefruit, sweet orange, mango, lemon rind, and black pepper aromas. Sweeter on the palate than I remember (over a year ago that I first tried it), although maybe that is a matter of just being more used to citrusy hops by now. You can definitely taste the orange, although if a person didn't know any better, could be mistaken for just an extreme hop character. Other flavors, this time hops for real, include grapefruit, mango, and strong peel or rind. Has a fairly crackery underbelly, and a noteworthy peppercorn showing. Aftertaste is all rind. The immediate dearth of sweetness after the swallow is almost a flavor in itself. Medium-bodied, nice and thick and smooth for the style, plenty of mostly sudsy carbonation from start to finish. It's different, and I've accounted for that in my score. Better than most pale ales if you're a hophead (which I am), and better than a lot of IPAs if you really like citrus (which I do), but deserving of some demerits relative to top shelf (I)IPAs.

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Photo of J30wang
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maltier version in terms of smell compared to the Sculpin' Grapefruit IPA. Much lighter, small head, and depressing lacing. But drinkable and I actually would do this beer again because the hops are relatively solid.

Looks yellow to orange and cloudy. pieces of peel at the bottom adds a little funk:)

Short aftertaste, nothing prolonged. Very fresh and a ver good summer beer.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fear4Beer
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

I'm familiar with Blood Orange rinds/peels. I made a version of limoncello once but instead of Lemon rinds I used Grapefruit and Blood Orange rinds/peels. When I drink this beer I can distinctly taste the blood orange rind. The rind is bitter so it works harmoniously with the bitter hops. I'm not a big fan of bitters. This beer is quite bitter. Its deceptive though since Elysian says that the IBU rating is 45. It seems higher than that. I have a love hate relationship with this beer because I love the blood orange but the bitters is on my threshold level.

In my opinion this is a good beer though. I would advise everyone to drink this beer nice and cold. I'm not sure how it tastes warm but this is a refreshing beer that deserves to be cold. This beer has a good mouth feel to it too. It doesn't feel thin and watery. It's just about as perfect as you could get in terms of mouthfeel for this style of beer. I give a thumbs up to Elysian for doing something unique and original. I think I like it! :-)

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Photo of spacemanspiff13
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Troegsfan
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Kjanisch7
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of jpwadd
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of therealJAYZ
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nstroup
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Jason
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%

Great looking head though the chunks swirl into the glass, orangey minty nose with some biscuity backing. Easy on the palate, just enough bitterness. Rind more than juice. Yeast and toasted malt in the finish. Fun to try.

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Photo of virinow
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of MattyG85
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of butters_mcgee
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of rwilde
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap and revisited with a 12 oz bottle in July 2016.
Large, frothy and durable white head over a hazy apricot colored body.
Medium-light body with soft, medium carbonation.
Attractive, citrus hop dominated aroma and flavor. Pleasing juicy flavor with subtle orange and faint suggestions of other tropical fruits.
Just the right level of bitterness for style. Body is a touch too thin.

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Photo of jamisonspitzer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of spamNeggs
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this. I'm surprised this isn't getting stronger reviews.

Sure in the general citrus "PA" arena I'd prefer Sculpin (and just bought both). And maybe the folks looking for intense hoppy bitterness might not get the same kick as an IPA. However it's an APA and it's really solid and honestly it's pretty original. Very drinkable and balanced. It's clearly presents citrus (it i not a creamscicle - ignore that review unless your creamsicles have pine needles in them) It's nice and floral/citrus/grapefruity in terms of aroma and taste. I'll buy this again.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
3.69 out of 5 based on 778 ratings.
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