Beer of the Month: Flying Dog Bloodline

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SUMMER = FRUIT BEER, APPARENTLY

It’s long been a tradition that warm weather means fruit beers and plenty of ‘em. Shandys, Radlers, fruit-laden wheat beers – they all come out of the woodwork when the temperature hits 80 degrees. And that’s fine. Even though I generally drink any style of beer at any time of year, I understand that many people don’t want the heaviness of a stout or the high alcohol content of a double IPA when they’ve just finished mowing the lawn. But in the past, I chose styles like a Kolsch for my summer brews – crisp and light, but minus the fruit.

FOR ONCE, I’M ON BOARD

Sure, there are great fruit beers out there (one of my all-time favorite beers of any style is Stone’s Grapefruit Slam IPA), but many seem to use the fruit to mask a sub-par beer. This year, I’ve found a summer beer that’s heavy on the flavors of both fruit and beer – Bloodline, a blood orange ale from Maryland’s Flying Dog Brewery. Initially brewed as a small-batch limited release in 2013, Flying Dog produced Bloodline on a larger scale last year but kept it close to home and draft-only. This year, for the first time, it’s available in Pennsylvania on draft and in bottles – and you should definitely check it out.

FRUIT FLAVORS

The bars where I’ve seen Bloodline on tap refer to it as an IPA, but Flying Dog simply calls it an ale – and rightly so. While there’s plenty of hop flavor here (especially citrus-forward strains like Citra and Galaxy), it’s not a hop bomb. The blood orange is huge in the nose but subtle on the palate, playing both sweet and tart flavors beautifully against the hop backbone. Flavor-wise, I feel like there might be more grapefruit than blood orange here, but that’s not a complaint. All in all, this is a great summer beer. And you know what else is great? Flying Dog says they’ll be making it year-round.

 

Do you fruit beer? What’s in your fridge this summer?


 

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Jed Reinert is the content editor of Fly Magazine. His prior experiences include playing in short-lived bands, writing poetry about diners, being hit by a car while skateboarding, witnessing a casino robbery in Las Vegas, and hand-developing a vintage roll of film that turned out to contain candid photos of Adolf Hitler. His interests include craft beer, indie rock, Star Wars and eating as much food as possible.

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