Flying Dog Bloodline Blood Orange IPA

Posted: March 29, 2015 in American IPA, Flying Dog Brewery, Reviews

I saw this on the shelves at Canal’s and knew that I had to pick up a sixer of it. Let’s see if it was as good as I was hoping for.


ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “What brings us together, as brethren of craft beer, is an innate bitterness that runs through our veins, creating a thirst that can only be quenched by an all-out assault on our taste buds and an intense love of the craft. Brewed exclusively for the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference (and a collaborative project with Reyes Beverage Group), Bloodline is an intensely-hopped IPA brewed with Blood Orange peel and juice. According to our Brewmaster Matt Brophy, the result is a flavor profile that harnessed the best aspects of both the hops (Warrior, Citra, and Galaxy) and the citrus. He and his brewing team are very fond of hop-based citrus aromas, so experimenting with actual citrus was a natural extension of that.”

Random: This was apparently so popular they decided to release this in bottles.

This beer poured with a thick, two finger, off white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, bright orange color with high carbonation. The nose was filled with tart blood oranges and grapefruit. There was some citrus pith, too. The taste was intensely bitter with grapefruit and tart, blood oranges. There wasn’t any malt to speak of, which was definitely in my wheelhouse. I didn’t get any booze from this either. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation, which helped to cut some of the intense bitterness. It had a long, bitter finish with blood orange and blood orange pith. This was $2.00 a bottle, which broke down to $.17 per ounce, which isn’t a bad price if you’re really into blood oranges like me. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


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