SuperFuzz

Washington
United States
SuperFuzz
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Is a mind-bending whirl of the aromas and flavors of blood orange and Northwest hops.

Profile

ABV: 
5.4%
IBUs: 
45
Hops: 
German Northern Brewer, Cascade, Citra and Amarillo
Malts: 
Pale and Munich
Judges Review 
S J Klein's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Blood Orange is an interesting addition to a beer. I was afraid this beer would either be soda-poppy, or too dry to hold up to the fruit that was added to it (fruit sugars in beer tend to ferment completely out, leaving fruit essence but no fruit flavor), but I was happily impressed. The nose is definitely citrusy, hinting of orange soda or Squirt, with a nice malt balance and a piney/grapefruit skin hop. The beer is a deep orange with a creamy head. It's cloudy, which might be from the fruit, but it doesn't detract from the beer. There is a very complex interplay between the hop bitterness and the citrus notes. I couldn't tell which hit me first, and I had fun trying to parse the citrus from the fruit and the citrus from the hops. It has a sharp effervescence, is very clean, and ends with a juicy orange sweetness and a resinous citrus peel-like bitterness.

In all, a fun use of fruit in beer. As a pale ale, its surprisingly dry with just enough malt backbone to support the fruit. A really nice beer that's definitely worth trying.