Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

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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:
832
Reviews:
132
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
10.27%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
206
For Trade:
0
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of johnnyboy76
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of snaotheus
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a large mug.

Pours cloudy yellow orange with a big fluffy head, not much carbonation that I see. Smell is orangey with a hint of pine.

Taste is surprisingly hoppy, with a nice pine resin characteristic. Floral and orange sweetness.

Mouthfeel is dry. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of Damian74
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Omnium
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Winter Lager Glass

A- Pours clouded yellow, faint head, and minimal lacing.
S - Tart orange and citrus juice, wheat, some clove, and a touch of yeast.
T - Nice tart orange flavor up front, that is mellowed out by a some hop bitterness and wheat flavor. There is also a mild champagne flavor/feel to this beer, and im not sure what to think of it, but overall think blood orange Hop Sun, but toned down.
M - Pretty clean mouthfeel, a little wheat bitterness clings to your mouth, definitely fizzy as well.
O - This isnt surprisingly good, but it is decent, and has a unique twist of flavor to it. Good for summer months? Sure is, but this is more of a pale wheat or wit than anything.

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Photo of RobertColianni
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into my 40oz. Brandy Snifter.

A: Foggy, orange body with a decent head that dissipates into a lacy, spotty, white top layer surfing the liquid tightly. An absolute lace-bomb after the first few sips. Very pretty.

S: Scents of sweet orange with a dry, hop kick. Resinous.

T: Tastes as the ingredients suggest: Blood Orange.* Closer to room temperature, more or the sweet, tangy orange comes out.

M: Dry, bubbly soda, balanced out slightly by the smooth malt backbone.*

OVERALL: A very professional example of a pale ale, when at the right temperature. Enjoyable and subtle enough on the palate to drink multiple. Bonus points for staying try to style, however:

* - The qualities I placed an asterisk next to all really started to come together at the end of this session as the temperature got a little higher. Super Fuzz became all too close to a San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa, which I am not very fond of as it is too grainy and tends to be more like a very dry, fruit flavored seltzer water. As Super Fuzz started going from forty degrees closer to sixty degrees while writing my notes, this Pale Ale became less and less like a Pale and more like a Spritzer or, as mentioned, Italian Soda. I deducted points from Taste, Mouthfeel, and Overall because of this. Time duration for change was only about fifteen minutes.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thin film and ring around the glass and light lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and orange citrus juice and citrus hops. Flavor of dry orange and mixed citrus and grassy hops, finishes with citrus rind, and residual grassy hop bitterness. Nondescript malt base. Light to medium bodied. An interesting citrusy pale ale that I liked, but wished there was a bit more flavorful malt body to balance the dry blood orange bitterness. I really like the Beers of the Apocalypse blood orange beer, but this one is not quite as balanced.

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Photo of MacStinson
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy orange color with a slight copper tint. Upon pouring there is a one finger white head that has a good level of retention. The head slowly fades over time to leave a great level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell - The smell is big of a grainy like smell mixed with an orange citrus as well as a grapefruit hop like aroma. Mixed with these smells are some other lighter fruit aromas as well as a little bit of a grassy aroma.

Taste - The taste starts with an tangerine and bready flavor with a fair amount of graininess. The tangerine flavor remains, but seems to dry out as the flavor continues growing much less sweet and more bitter as the flavor advances. One of the reasons the flavor bitters and dries as it advances is that a grapefruit hop flavor begins developing more toward the middle of the taste. This grapefruit hop grows stronger till the end of the taste, mixing with a more grainy flavor as well as some notes of a grassy and herbal nature to leave a drier hopped citrus and grainy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel -The body of the beer is light with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are very fitting for the tangerine and grainy flavors of the brew producing a refreshing beer overall.

Overall – This was an interesting one, as it was much more bitter and hoppy then I was originally expecting. I was expecting a wit like brew and got something of a wit-IPA blend. While it was not what I was expecting, it was rather tasty and is well worth a try if you get the chance.

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Photo of SeaAle
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Jason1337
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of harrymel
2.12/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

ABV 5.4%
Bottled: unk

Hazy apricot color with a solid, fine white quilt. Smells like blood orange juice, a little gym sock, some clipped and dried grass with a touch of resin. Taste is like grain, some blood orange, standard orange pith and some bitterness. Maybe a touch of acidic vomit, but more the aftertaste than the actual taste. Medium on full bodied with low carb and a slightly wet finish. Meh, not very good.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Treb0R
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of mportnoy
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Braz
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at Safeway.
Appearance: Slightly hazy, dingey orange in color. Nice frothy white head.
Smell: Citrus zest, sweet and bitter aromatics.
Taste: A little bitter, light taste. Orange rind creeps in on the aftertaste. Can taste the juice of blood orange as I've ate blood orange before and it's not a very sweet orange. May be some bittering hops in here too.
Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Fairly dry. Aftertaste lingers on palate.
Overall: Different, not fantastic. Certainly drinkable. I'd have again but wouldn't seek it out. Just a little bitter with no sweetness to balance it out.

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Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 832 ratings.
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