Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale AleSuperfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale
BA SCORE
54.5%
Liked This Beer
3.71 w/ 862 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#25,933
Reviews:
144
Ratings:
862
Liked:
470
Avg:
3.71/5
pDev:
10.51%
Alströms:
3.59
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
217
Trade:
0
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice citrus presence but the mouthfeel is a bit flat in my opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a real god pale overall, and the orange bit is interesting. a nice hazy looking pale orange color, with less than an inch of white fading head. it smells like fruit and hops, a nice mix od citra and grapefruit, bitter but tangy too, with a lighter English malt taste. grapefruit is first, hop bitterness second, and a little bit of a filling body, more than medium but it works. I don't think the malt blend is the best with the blood orange, but this is a refreshing summer type pale, hoppy and different, fuzzy describes the feel well, and in general a beer I would be happy to session. somehow not amazing, the oranges are a little too sweet, and the malt is just a little too sturdy, but another creative and tasty elysian brew. these guys are on fire and this is more than passable, especially from a refreshment standpoint.

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3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a hazy copper color with a foamy white head on top. The retention and lacing on this one were pretty good. The smell of the beer has a pleasant orange aroma that isn't over the top but subtle enough to pick up on it as well as the hops and grains too. The taste of the beer is a little bit more on the muted side, decent hop and citrus flavor with a pretty good malt backbone. The mouthfeel is easy going, lighter bodied, refreshing and gently carbonated. Overall it's a pretty good beer, definitely right for the warmer months.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Super freaky label, man! I grok that I wouldn't want to read (too much into) it after a session of, well, anything.

This beer pours a murky, deep apricot amber hue, with two fingers of loosely foamy, and mostly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nice melting frozen windshield lace around the glass as things steadily abate.

It smells of musty, semi-sweet orange flesh, wet piney, grassy, and leafy hops, bready pale malt, and a bit of earthy yeast. The taste is more dank, musty orange rind, some now distinct hop-borne citrus, forest floor pine notes, dusty field grass, a muddled pithy flintiness, and pretty easy to under-appreciate grainy, and somewhat crackery pale malt.

The carbonation is fairly tight, in a cutting frothy sort of manner, the body on the light side of medium weight, and mostly smooth, those edgy bubbles taking their proverbial pound of flesh. It finishes quite dry, the orange fruitiness more rind-oriented than ever, and the complementary citrus and pine hoppiness starting to erase any and all memories of malt (not a President's Choice trademark, yet).

A fruit-forward, rather Indian (?) seeming Pale Ale, the overt hoppiness, and lack of any real balancing malt backbone much more reminiscent of the former implied style. At any rate, a pretty tasty affair for what it actually is, the blood orange-bolstered bitter PAC-NW hops keeping my interest on the level, 'til the very last drop.

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3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On-draught at a Buffalo Wild Wings.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color capped by a two inch head of foam; quite a few strands and dots of lacing

Smell: Pithy orange bitterness on a base of toffee and toasted bread

Taste: The blood orange bitterness juts out immediately, with the toasted bread and toffee tones lingering underneath; not much changes from start to finish though I should add that the flavors are nicely balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The blood orange adds a nice twist to the flavor profile on this one

Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a pale orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of orange peel and caramel maltiness. The blood orange taste was very tame. I expected more based on the name. It really just tasted like a citrusy pale ale.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy golden orange/amber color color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice desne soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big blood orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, honey, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/fruity hops, blood orange, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big blood orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus peel/grassy/spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of blood orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, honey, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/fruity hops, blood orange, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance. Slight lingering hop/fruit astringency through the glass, but not overwhelming. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.4%. Overall this is a very nice fruited American pale ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/fruity hops, blood orange, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, easy, and quite refreshing to drink; even with the increasing bitter/drying finish. Great vibrant/juicy fruit and hop flavors; with a nice balancing malt backbone. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Elysian Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale
12 oz. brown bottle
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Upon taking my first sip I thought "why do you need Blood orange with all of these citrusy hops?"... and then as if on cue, the note of blood orange cut right through and it was clear to me - the blood orange is bright and sharp and juicy, and definitely makes for a distinctive beer! Besides, it actually works with the citrusy hops in a complementary way... the blood orange accentuates the citrusy hops, and the citrusy hops accentuate the blood orange. WIN, WIN.

Appearance: A rough pour brings up a solid three fingered head of creamy off-white foam atop a cloudy deep orange and brass colored body. The head slowly settles into a densely creamy cap about an inch thick (25.4 mm). With each sip broken rings of craggy lace are left about the glass; and although the head does eventually drop it maintains almost a completely solid surface covering.

Smell: Citrusy hops. Some orange is distinct. A touch of hoppy pungency, and even less base malt.

Taste: Bright and bold citrus hops appear upfront, immediately followed by rising notes of blood orange that envelope the mouth. It's juicy and refreshing! The fruit fades quickly at the swallow, and the bitterness steps in, but it's fairly tame, and not a lot of the citrusy hop dryness sticks around. Remarkably drinkable!

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a bristling yet somehow soft carbonation.

Overall: Impressive. It's perhaps a bit two-sided (Blood Orange & citrusy hops), but at the same time it has a remarkably refreshing characteristic. It's kind of bombastic with all of the citrus, yet it remains bright, juicy, and drinkable - and at just 5.4% abv it could make a great American session ale. So, in conclusion, it offers a unique character on the level of a bold IPA while still remaining a pale ale at heart. Absolutely worth seeking out, even if to try it just once to understand its uniqueness.

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Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 54.5% out of 100 with 862 ratings
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