Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

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Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale AleSuperfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy orange/yellow with rich head and sticky lacing. Smells of nice citrus with a good herbal mix and hoppy notes. The taste is very good, mellow blood orange citrus flavors, mild hops, very present dryness bite mixed in with a minor floral flavor. This is a good light beer for summer months, nothing is over the top, a decent presentation of this style.

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Photo of teromous
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't see a bottle date listed.

Appearance: The beer is very hazy, to the point where it is nearly opaque. It has a light orange body with a few bits of large chunks floating inside. The white head is very short but it retains well. The short head leaves a few wisps of lacing here and there.

Aroma: Strangely I am not getting any aroma at all. I attempted cupping over the glass to amplify it a bit but I got nothing. Very strange...I'm not sure how they managed this.

Taste: There is a very nice orange flavor with a bit of passion fruit and mango. The labels states that this is a "blood orange pale" and it really does have a nice fruity flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has very good bitterness with just a touch of tartness to the beer.

Overall: As a whole I was not won over by this beer. It tasted nice but it just felt incomplete. I was really surprised that there was no aroma in the beer. I've had other fruity pale ales with a much better aroma so I doubt I would ever buy it again. I would recommend buying something else.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.92/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle to pint glass.

Aroma Is light citrus, Wheat.
Appearance: Cloudy yellow orange. Medium white head.
Taste: strong Acid, citrus.
Feel is light but pasty.

Not really getting the orange, so I don't get this one.


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Photo of Ty_Man
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love the reviews. I'm such a novice compared to everyone else.

This is a really good beer. My first blood orange IPA even though they seem quite trendy now. The hops accentuate the blood orange bitternesss, so it comes across straightforward and without competing flavors. It is a little thin and light on the nose, otherwise I would have ranked higher. I just took another sip and thought to myself how tasty it is.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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 dsa7783
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle copped at Total Wine and More. A decent, thirst-quenching brew. The blood orange isn't so apparent as one might think. Not very sessionable. Slightly cloying and overly sweet. Unbalanced yet refreshing flavor. Decent.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer at the Tap House in Oswego, IL. It poured a cloudy yellow with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had orange peel. The scent was bitter with tropical fruit zeal. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's decent and worth a shot.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 6/29/2016 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains blood orange and other citrus fruits, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a sweet and a little tart with flavors of blood orange and other citrus fruits. Then a strong piney but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
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
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Brandon_C
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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 +1.9%
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 +12.3%
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 +0.8%
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 +2.2%
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 +3.8%
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 -8.7%
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 +6%
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 -18.5%
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 +17.2%
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 +3.3%
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 +3%
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%
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 +10.1%
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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