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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 | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a narrow glass: color is copper, translucent, head is off white with fine and medium bubbles.

Aroma is clean, non-descript pale malt, neutral hops.

Taste is where some lighter citrus like flavors present, they are very subtle and appear in the aftertaste; other flavors include the neutral pale malt, light toast and hint of biscuit. There is a lingering sweeter flavor that also hints at some citrus/citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel is more bitter than the aroma and flavor present, with a biting, lingering quality on the tongue; sweetness presents first and attaches to sides of the tongue.

Overall, a nice pale ale, but not subtle citrus like flavors.

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Photo of plowe70
2.71/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Super fuzz has a cloudy butterscotch like color. Pours a modest head. Has a mild stale fruit-like smell that's not pleasant at all. Not specifically the orange smell one would expect. Although the taste definitely delivers a mild orange flavor which is cool but the orange peel flavor that lingers doesn't excite me much. Overall a decent beer. Nothing I would write home about.

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Photo of Bonnfire
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Had this brew on guest draft at Market Cross Pub in Carlisle, PA. Loved it. Bought two growlers until they ran out. Just a hint of orange, great pale ale.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Pours hazy amber with a large head.
Nose shows sweet malt with cookie dough characters, a faint blood orange note and some soft spicy/floral hops.
Same sweet malt and cookie dough as flavours along with a sweet note from the blood orange. A fair bit of hop bitterness in the finish along with spicy and earthy hops. Very drinkable.

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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 tyjudd
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a hazy orange with less than one finger head. Head retention is bit that great with minimal lacing. The nose is of orange and malty sweetness. The taste behind with orange sweetness and mild carbonation but quickly finishes with mild hops and minimal bitterness and subtle blood orange in the finish. Actually a nice end to the drink.

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Photo of JWU
4/5  rDev +8.4%

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- a cloudy light orange with a thin off white head, decent lacing.

S- Ruby Grapefruit with a crackery malt base. Hint of pine.

T- A flash of orange sweetness is whacked solidly by grapefruit bitterness. Juicy. Very light malt base. Refreshingly short finish. Some bitterness lingers a touch.

M- lighter side of medium, plenty of carbonation.

O- Great twist on a pale. Very nice on a hot summer day.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%

(3.7) A: Candy orange glaze with a rapid, feverish carbonation factor. Thin, milky chalky white head is moderately retaining with a thick, milky band for lace. Lasting coverage.

(3.65) S: Fresh grapefruit juice, citrus and dry pine. Grassy notes on the close with a nice level of appeal.

(3.65) T: Flavor was dry citrus hopping, pine, and grapefruit. Flowery, nice level of ibu's, especially for a pale, perhaps intruding in ipa territory. Big grassy hop finish.

(3.75) M: Mouthful was crisp, creamy and very smooth texture wise, lightly dry.

(3.65) O: Overall very good level of hopping, creamy maltiness, nice drinkability leaving with a lingering grassy fade

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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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Photo of scotorum
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Purchased in Tennessee on my recent (month ago) trip south,. We do not get Elysian anything in Mass. and they have a good rep. No bottling date info seen.

"Brewed with Blood Orange." Great Seventies label art, reminiscent of rock music posters of the era.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Unibroue stemmed English tulip.

a; Hazy orange with a finger thick white head which reeceded to even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Mild fruit cup.

t; Slightly orange up front with light hop balance. Mildly bitter finish.

m: Medium, good body, lots of carbonation tingle.

o: A pleasant summer ale, not as orangy flavored or as reddish as anticipated but good nonetheless.

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

22oz bomber into a pub style glass

A: Pours a hazy honey-gold with a thick fluffy longlasting white head. A constant stream of bubbles rises through the glass.

S: Bitter orange, right at the start. Malt, sweet, fruity caramel

T: The taste follows the smell. The orange jumps out at you and is supported by malt and caramel. The hops come in after and wrap the whole flavor thing up very nicely.

M: Medium bodied. No bite from the carbonation.

O: A good variation of American Pale Ale. Refreshing and with enough hops to balance the other flavors. I will buy again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of leaddog
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a cloudy amber with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - citrus hops, blood orange, caramel sweetness, bready malts.

Taste - Blood orange and citrus hops are the predominate flavours followed by the caramel sweetness and bready malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a tanginess from the blood orange and slightly bitter from the citrus hops.

Overall - For adding blood orange to an APA, this brew has some excellent tanginess from the blood orange. For me, I wish the citrus hops were a little more pronounced but still a worthy APA with the addition of a unique ingredient.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$8.60 plus deposit for a 6o0 ml bottle at the 8th Street Liquor Store at New West station.

Pours a hazy gold with two fingers of head that doesn't stick around for long. Looking at this one, it could be a hefeweizen. Aroma is quite mild. Not much going on.

Taste is fairly bitter. There's not a whole lot of orange flavour, unless by orange flavour one means citrus rind. There's plenty of that.

Mouthfeel is okay.

Not bad, but nothing special.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

You basically get what you expect from this beer. First off, the bottle art, it's cool and retro just like this beer-a very nice beer on any occasion, and an excellent one for a summer bbq.

It has a light golden color, but is hazy. The one finger head is reminiscent of dole whip, very creamy and dreamy. Too bad it doesn't retain for longer. Looks more like a weizen.
It takes awhile for the aroma to expand a bit. Very blah initially, mostly just bready and sweetness from the malts. Very clean orange smell, sweet as well, similar to a creamsicle even. Even though they finished it off with Citra and Amarillo, it come off smelling like orange sherbert. Some nice pepper accents and green twig notes + cinnamon sticks, carries the malt sweetness well. Really great mouthfeel, luscious medium body, creamy mid, and an ever so nice bitter orange pith bitterness that doesn't overwhelm. It definitely, feels like I drank something called Superfuzz. This could have been a cloying beer with the low ABV and orange sugar addition, but the balance is really spot on. Could it be more bitter, yes? Did I expect more citrus aroma, yes?
Overall, this is an above average pale ale with some blood orange thrown in. Does the blood orange take it to the next level. No. But it doesn't hurt the profile of the beer, and was incorporated nicely with the summer session drinkers in mind.

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Photo of Gmann
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pour a slightly haze golden straw color that has orange highlights. The white head is short and tight, settles into a light ring.

The aroma is fairly neutral. There is a slight bready aroma with a hint of orange. Not much else.

The taste is lightly fruity and lightly bitter. A bready malt base with an earthy/grassy hop bitterness. This is paired with a light fruitiness from the blood orange. The fruit flavor is quite subtle. It seems to add more of a brightness than actual flavor. Perhaps some orange peel bitterness towards the end.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Its bright on the palate with a slightly bitter finish. Drinks well.

Its an ok brew. I much prefer Great South Bay's blood orange pale ale over this. A nice summer beer.

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Photo of Budinetz
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

It pours an awesome hazy orange hue with a nice foamy head. Visible lacing all around the glass. Smells kind of like my parents moldy basement where their cats piss in the corner. Definitely smells of ammonia and musk. Tastes kind of citrusy and very bitter on the finish. Feels awesome in my mouth, with a nice bubbly texture and reasonable carbonation. I would drink this on a hot day after mowing my lawn..wouldn't buy a case of this for myself though...perhaps for a summer party...


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Photo of smythie86
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It looks decent. Doesn't smell that much, but does have a bit of a smell. The taste good, it is enough to make me want to take another sip, but is not incredible. The mouthfeel is a bit refreshing. The aftertaste is a bit hoppy, not a great aftertaste, but it isn't bad either.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer, it was good and I would drink it if it was given to me, but I think there are much better options out there.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

DATE REVIEWED: May 30, 2014... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... OCCASION: the end of baseball--18-6, a game short of sectional champs... APPEARANCE: pours a heavy,, unfiltered orange amber,, opaque yet alive; slightly off-white head is a finger thick and reasonably creamy; nice cloud-like smear as the glass drains... AROMA: dramatic citrus, as expected; some astringent grapefruit and what must be blood orange; overall, alluring enough... PALATE: hyper-active start to finish, with full-bodied teeth rattle and a low-end resonance at the throat; lingers like a trip; refreshing yet a bit too demanding for a pale ale... TASTE: despite the label's psychedelia, not outrageous or funky--puckerish orange cream mingles with pale malts to produce a soft, reasonably balanced tart finish, ... OVERALLL: is that Lenny Kravitz on the bottle? a tug of war between "I wanna get away" and "are you gonna go my way?"--straddling the line between nuanced and novelty--but on a hot day, it delivers refreshment....

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Photo of ZagZagg
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into tulip

A: Wheat colored haze with a tinge of yellow-red, produced a one finger transient head that left behind little lacing. Decently opaque, carbonation appears to be moderate to low.

S: Big fruity nose, pineapple, orange, mango, bits of grape fruit. Juicy orange is somewhat more tart, able to jettison a more piquant kick. Very tropical, sweet sugary esters combine for a lovely perfume that is just slightly earthy with some wild florals.

T: The blood orange is very forward in a dry and tart expression of citrus zest incorporating lemon peel and apricot. Parallels the nose more than follows it, debuting more of a resinous profile – highlighting pine and natural sap that quickly dry the palate revealing a quaint clean malt structure that supports a crisp bite. Nebulas notes of mango, pineapple, nectarine and peach fringe the middle mouth – Grass and earthy characters emerge along with the return of pine to finish, departing with a raspy candied flavor.

M: Light carbonation with a medium body, crisp – just shy of refreshing, easy enough to drink leaving a pretty innocuous taste on the palate

O: Another random brew for me. Not too bad. No expectations going in, the nose really surprised me with its big juicy character, I was intrigued. A little more on the tart side for an APA, but not a bad thing – distinct attributes pull together nicely, producing a pleasant flavor. Drinkability is pretty easy. I think it probably accomplished its goal; it’s just not exactly my style. Overall, solid

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of mild hops, some orange as well. Taste is the same, hops are present but not overpowering, a bit of orange lurking in the background. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid but unspectacular beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Photo of archyquaffer
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from a motel room. Poured from a longneck into an 8 ounce clear plastic cup. A halfway aggressive pour produces about a 3/4 inch frothy white head that sticks pretty good considering the glass. The beer is a hazy pale orange-yellow color with moderate carbonation.

A massive allergy attack prevents me from describing the straight aroma. A pretty good body is apparent, along with a strong citrus rind hop presence (along with real orange rind!). Backing it is a caramelly malt presence and a pretty creamy mouthfeel.

The orange is a bit understated in my opinion, but this is a pretty tasty pale ale. Above average marks all around.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked this Beauty up as part of a mixed six at Ye Ole because of the really cool name and bottle. A really good looking beer with an interesting smell, kind of a mix between a citrusy wheat and an IPA citrus. Taste is very disappointing, it seems like it could have been a really good beer but just missed. Despite the awesome label I will not be buying again.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this again on 2015-04-13 in Columbia, PA from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Hazy orange with a hint of amber, a 1-finger white head and decent lace.

S - Some sweet orange, floral and mild grain. Nice but not overly-strong.

T - Initially like a blood orange creamsicle, which yields to a welcome citric-tartness , floral/spice and moderate bitterness. It's not complex but these dominant flavors are well-balanced and provide a very enjoyable profile for my tastes.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Creamy at first then dry.

O - I like this Pale Ale with a satisfying flavor based on blood oranges. I'll look for this again.

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Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.
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