Elysian Super Fuzz (Blood Orange Pale)

I love blood oranges. One of the best martinis that I’ve ever had was a blood orange martini from Moonstruck in Asbury Park (if you’ve never been there and you’re in the area, you need to go). I love the tartness of blood oranges, coupled with the color and then the sweetness at the end. One of my goals in homebrewing is to make a blood orange IPA. When I saw a sixer of this bad boy sitting on the shelves, I knew that it was coming home with me.

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ABV: 5.4%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to beerpulse.com, “Grok this: what if the world were an orange–a blood orange–and there were Citra and Amarillo hop cones orbiting all around it, with just a dusting of blood orange peel, and it was all, like, an atom? Heavy, right? Well dig this: just to keep things a little blurred around the edges, the mad chemists at Elysian Brewing have come up with Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale. It’ll be available at groovy taverns, restaurants and stores beginning April 1 in six-packs, 22-ounce bottles and on draft. You’ve heard the story before: the Man’s been throwing his weight around again, muscling people all over town with super-uninteresting beer. Enter Superfuzz, a one-beer crusade against the oppressive ordinary. He can relate to other ales, with an easygoing blend of Northwest Pale, Munich and Dextri-pils malts, but where the hops and the blood orange come in, he’s a complicated guy. Worldly German Northern Brewer and Cascade bitter and flavor the beer, but it’s the combination of Citra, Amarillo and Blood Orange peel in the finish, topped off with pureed and concentrated blood orange in the fermenter that land the biggest blows. Call it Orangesploitation, Superfuzz is serving notice. Starting gravity is 14°P/1.056, and alcohol a mellow 5.3% by volume.”

Random: Is it bad luck if someone leaves their good luck balloon at their job that they were given when they left for a better opportunity?

This brew poured with a finger thick of white head. It was slow to dissipate and did not leave a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and yellow with a lot of visible carbonation. The nose was really bright with lots of blood oranges and lemon. So far, I’d say this brew was fresh and citrusy. The taste was a bit of a disappointment. I got some blood orange notes and grapefruits, but not enough to bill this one as a “blood orange” beer. The sip finished with some sweetness and a touch of malt. The body was light with heavy carbonation. It had a relatively quick finish as well. The beer was good, but I would have loved if they amped up the blood orange factor by about 10. Still, it’s worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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