Review: Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale, Elysian

Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale
Elysian Brewing Co. — Eugene, OR

  • Style: Pale Ale
  • Bitterness: 45 IBU
  • ABV: 5.4%
  • Malts: Pale and Munich
  • Hops: German Northern Brewer and Cascade
  • Special Ingredient: Blood Orange
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description: Call it Orangesploitation.— Elysian Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Back in February, Elysian announced the release of Superfuzz. The folks at Elysian are masters of brewing with unusual ingredients. This beer isn't the first time they've used Blood Orange. They also used it in one of the releases in their 12 Beers of the Apocolpyse series.  I'm drinking Superfuzz as part of my series on summer seasonal beers.

The tasting: Golden orange in color, hazy, with a white head that dissipates fairly slowly. Aroma of sweet orange and light caramel.  Taste starts with bitter grapefruit hops. In the middle, bready and caramel malt are prominent. While I can smell sweet juicy orange in aroma, I don't taste it. Overall hop bitterness is fairly high. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma, but comes through in taste. Superfuzz is medium bodied and finishes with lingering grapefruit and a touch of alcohol.

Rating:  3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  Overall, Superfuzz is a nice beer. However, I wish the blood orange was more prominent in taste. Its cause isn't helped by the strong grapefruit hop bitterness, as I expect it masks the delicate blood orange flavors. 

Have you tasted Superfuzz?  How did you like it?

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