ABV: 6.5 IBU: 52
Boulder Beer Company Pulp Fusion Blood Orange IPA
What the brewers say
“Shines with a bright, golden color and finishes smooth without lingering bitterness. This commingling of aromatic hops and zesty blood oranges is a blood bath of citrus flavor!”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Distinct orange aroma coupled with subtle notes of floral and fruit orchard. Foresty hops aromas that are earthy and rich. Caramel, biscuit, and toasted malt offer sweetness, with hints of molasses and stone fruit.”
Flavor: “The malt sweetness and esters stand out first, giving the beer a Bit-O-Honey character. Then the orange, which has the bitter qualities of the rind but is strongest in the aftertaste. Hops earthiness and floral notes, with a mellow bitterness and spiciness. The body is a little thin, and none of the fruity flavors linger long after the sip.”
Overall: “The fruit enhances an otherwise middle-of-the-road IPA, and overall the beer is balanced, if restrained. The fruit is well-matched to the beer, but the beer is missing some complexity that would separate it from the crowd. The sweetness of the malt is more pronounced than the delicate taste of the citrus.”
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