The Maelstrom Blood Orange Ale is the eighth craft beer in the 12 Beer of the Apocalypse Series from Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, Washington. Maelstrom Blood Orange Ale pours out a cloudy orange in color with a large, off-white head that very slowly reduces to a thick film. On the nose, a citrus medley of bitterness. Aromas of orange, orange rind, grapefruit, mandarin orange and a touch of caramel. In the mouth, moderated, persistent bitterness with an underlying sweet aspect. Flavors of orange, grapefruit, citrus rind, caramel, some spice and a little biscuit. Light to medium bodied. On the lower side for carbonation. Thick sheets of sticky lacing on the glass. Slight oil to the mouthfeel. Lovely orange bitterness on the long finish.
Quite the pale ale and well put together. Solid in the citrus department with sustained bitterness and restrained sweetness. Well worth trying. Recommended.
22 ounce bottle, 7.25% ABV
Beer 258 of 366 for 2012