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Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

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83
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Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale AleSuperfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

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
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
709
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
26.56%
 
 
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Photo of Gregaroo
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

7-5-2016 - On tap at Cinerama Theater in Seattle. Served into a plastic pint glass. A fine thirst quenching ale. Good to have while watching "Finding Dory" with the wife and son. Just had the one, though.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- The pour sits in the glass with a very deep golden and somewhat rusty color. A huge head forms and hangs around forever in a frothy cake on top of the beer. The body of the beer is just slightly hazy.

S- Light orange zest greets the nose first as you take a smell. Next comes just a bit of hops bite with a light touch of bright and citric bitterness. The hops play nicely with the initial orange scent. Underneath the fruit and light bitterness is just a hint of biscuit malt scent.

T- The beer greets the tongue with the biscuit malt from the scent up front. Next comes the light to moderate hops punch. The bitterness is mostly citrus forward, with some bright notes of lemon and just a touch of grassy flavor before the orange blends itself into the flavor. In the flavor, the orange is much more subdued than in the scent, plus, it is less fruit forward and a little more bitter. Like the scent, the orange flavor is more rind than fruit. The flavor that lingers on the tongue is the bitterness of the hops, with just a touch of the blood orange behind them.

M- Not a whole lot to say about the feel; if you know what a classic American Pale Ale should feel like, this matches it. It is a little thick than usual and I would almost say it is chewy. A nice and easier drinker as well.

Overall, this is a solid pale ale. A solid dose of hops are accompanied by just a touch of fruit that keeps the drink interesting. In the end, I could see myself drinking this as often as SNPA and in a decent quantity.

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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap.
Hazy amber body with a good looking head.
Medium-light body with soft, medium carbonation.
Attractive, citrus hop dominated aroma and flavor. Just the right level of bitterness for style. Body is a touch too thin.

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Photo of Brandon_C
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a 1/4" head. Smell is sweet and slightly tart, very mild, and overall pleasing. Taste hits up front with a hint of orange juice and citrus, then quickly rounds out into a soft malty finish that lingers on the pallet. Light carbonation compliments the subtle flavors. Great served cold in a frosted glass or straight from the bottle. Overall, a great summer beer, would heartily recommend!

Side note: ABV is 6.4%, not 5.4% as the beer info says.

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Photo of jwc215
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle:

Pours clouded golden with a thin white head lasts and leaves spotted lacing down the glass.

The smell is of orange and grain.

The taste is of blood orange - done well - tastes like the fruit (and not "artificial"). Some grain. A light bitter bite in the finish. Slight alcohol shows.

Very slightly chalky. Fuller side of light-bodied.

A fairly refreshing pale ale with a nice blood orange character that is not overwhelming.
An interesting brew.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle
ABV: 6.4%

Pours a pretty nice hazy dark orange color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, some citrus. The taste is pretty nice hoppy, malty, some citrus notes. Medium body, nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is actually a 6.4% abv not 5.4% - Just sayin. Overall this is a great pale ale. It has very little aroma. I have a bad sense of smell as it is but I am confident that this beer has very little late hop additions or dry hopping in their process. Regardless, this is a great pale ale. It has a nice middle hop bitterness. The Elysian website says they use Cascade and Northern brewer for bittering and Cita + Amarillo for finishing - which makes for a great citrusy west pale ale. There is some type of orange flavoring added to this brew because on the finish there is a very noticeable orange tang. It is not overbearing - just noticeable which is the way it should be. I find this beer gets better as it warms a little. I would buy this again for sure. Cheers

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

Not a bad beer, I bought it mostly due to the label to be honest. I haven't had a blood orange beer WOW me, and this one didn't either. However it was good and drinkable and certainly not bad, just more along the lines of average.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is an easy sipping ale. Sort of not far off a Radler in terms of mouthfeel and fruit profile. Muted hops. Very decent but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of ColoradoPhil
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Too light. This beer suffers in comparison to Elysians own Space Dust, a fine IPA, and what I just had my go to IPA Deschuttes Fresh Squeezed IPA. I swear: I don't work for Deschuttes, never been to the brewery. and having lived in Seattle I would want to love a Seattle based craft beer. This stuff to my taste: too much coriander. Not enough piney hops. I am not tasting the blood orange that much either. This stuff tastes a lot like Avery's White Rascal. If you like White Rascal you will like this. Nothing particularly distinctive and I would not turn this down. It is okay, but I would never buy it.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty, deep yellow orange. Hazy - unfiltered.

Smell of apricots. Reminiscent of Dogfish Head 90 minute. I suppose there's some orange, too, but that's not the dominant taste.

Taste is /bitter/. Peach pits and hops. Orange rind.

Feel is moderate, slightly rich.

Good integrity. Al this comes together nicely.

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Photo of Zorro
2.99/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored head with just a wisp of white head, unremarkable.

Smells of oranges and malt. Fainter scents of wood and grass.

Starts off Mild pale ale with an orange after taste. Grassy and woody. Slightly sweet. Very slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall OK, but Boring.

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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 corby112
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very hazy dark golden orange color with banana yellow edges and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Nice retention, taking longer to settle than expected and leaving large streaks of soapy lacing behind. A little darker and cloudier than I prefer but this beer has nice head retention and lacing.

Slightly earthy floral hop aroma with grassy pine and dank resins countered by pale malt and sweet, zesty citrus. The blood orange stands out with zest and fleshy citrus fruit. A little bit of bread/biscuit from the malts but they don't hinder the hops or citrus.

Fuller bodied than expected with a crisp hop bite and some zesty citrus fruit sweetness. Dank and earthy with some grassy pine and bitter resins countered by a strong citrus/blood orange character. Orange peel, ruby red grapefruit, mango and pineapple sweetness but the blood orange is very prominent. Again, the malt presence is light with some bread and caramel providing nice balance without hindering the hop and citrus flavors. Well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bruski’s Burgers in Scripps Ranch, CA
Full pint – noted 06/04/2015

A: The Superfuzz arrives a warm peach colored body with a hazy glow in appearance. Almost looks to be fuzzy as it sits in the glass. A smallish layer of vanilla cream comes ot rest over top. Stays true for a few minutes bvefore sliding back down into the glass. There a good smattering of sticky lace along the glass walls.

S: This one opens up all orange juice. Pulp, zest, flesh and all. A very nice whole fruit forward approach. Underneath lies some earthy hops and grassy hops and somewhere in between they meet up with a little toasted grains and pale malts. Very fresh fruit forward which is nice.

T: Tons of orange in the flavor as well along with some cream. More orange juice and pulp here and the pale malts offer up a nice creamy sweetness. Actually this is near spot on to one of those 50/50 orange creamsicle ice cream bars. I get a light earthy bitterness and a touch of herbal noted in the finish. Well balanced and refreshing to drink.

M: Moderately filling with a seemingly low carb makes for a creamy smooth feel across the palate. Touch of bitter constricting mid to back end. Lightly drying and fairly clean overall. The finish ends up a touch on the wetter side I would say.

D: Great orange fruit flavor and aroma. Nicely balanced and refreshingly quaffable. Been wanting to give this one a try so nice to find on tap here. Another solid little brew from Elysian.

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Photo of stevoj
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Normal pale ale aromas and taste, citrus from blood oranges softens the hop bitterness, but still has a dry finish. Overall good looking beer, medium creamy head and decent lacing. Hazy pale golden body, with some fruit and malt in the aroma, mild sweet flavor. Nice summertime brew.

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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 Taybeh
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

from a bomber into an imperial pint glass

hazy golden apricot with a big puffy 2 finger head that leaves nice lacing. nose isn't all that big -- some orange blossom and a little zestyness, some faint baked bread. taste and mouthful are a little disappointing: fairly sweet and juicy but not in a good way; none of the zest and burn that blood oranges can bring, and I'm not getting much in the way of interesting stuff from either the hops or the malt...almost like juice, though there is the promise of a few herbal notes that could be interesting. Had my hopes up for this one, but alas.

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Photo of Dikfour
2.89/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: Pours with next to no head. Opaque Orange with lots of floaty sediment. Very active carbonation.

Smell: American hoppy citrus. Plenty of orange zest. Hint of pine.

Taste: Sweet fruity orange up front. Gets a bit zesty in the middle and finishes with a mild hoppy bitterness. Orange from start to finish.

Feel: Sweet to the point of stickiness. Medium body.

Overall: Right around average. This is one you don't need to seek out. Most memorable aspects of this beer are its missteps. If you like OJ from concentrate maybe give this a shot. Otherwise you can totally miss this one.

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

A cloudy deep gold color. The faint smell of the blood oranges and a bit of malt. A nice smell of hops. The malt and hops come through in the taste and the blood orange just barely appears. Nice carbonation and a lingering hop bitterness round this one out. Good beer but I would like the blood orange to be a bit more forward.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy golden orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light messy lacing roaming around the glass.
The smell started off with fresh sweet oranges and clementines. Ends up having some light grassy tones to round it out.
The taste was mainly sweet and had a light bitterness underneath. A light sweet orange aftertaste leads into a sticky sweet finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a light to medium on the body with a clear sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed good for the style and for me. It doesn't distract from the flavor that runs over my tongue.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good APA. But don't expect big bursting bitter hops. I'd still have again.

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Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer. Poured from 12 oz bottle into Sam Adams perfect pint glass with nucleator in bottom.

A - A nice deep gold-orange color with an off white head that has decent retention.

T - If you like tinge of orange (which I do, this is a great Pale Ale with happiness that mates well with the orange.

M - Good mouth feel, a little full at first, but then goes down nicely.

S - Nice mix of hops and orange, with malts in the way back

O - 4. I was surprised by this one with my first bottle, and its been consistent on each since.

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Photo of cbutova
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Pale golden pour from the 12oz bottle to a pint glass. Thick and creamy white crown makes it over two fingers with decent retention. Medium-sized ring drops a few large lacing webs.

S- Pale cracked barley opens up to bitter oranges and general zesty and floral notes. Not all that much going on.

T- Cereal grains, bready and biscuit malt notes come in just behind the orange citrus tones. Grapefruit comes to mind as well as herbal and floral hops. Peely bitters.

MF- Towards the light side but definitely not thin or watery. Texture is between fizzy and frothy from the zesty high bubble level. Citrus bitterness throughout.

Standard base grains with a fair amount of orange flavor and bitterness. A summer refresher but nothing I would go for again.

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Photo of 57md
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellowish copper in color. The nose had nice citrus notes as well as a healthy dose of hoppiness. The body is light and refreshing (but not too light). The flavor profile includes hints of orange and a pleasant dry hoppy finish.

This is a perfect summer beer.

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