Over the 4th of July holiday weekend, BWG made an excursion out to New York City in hopes of discovering some new whiskey and beer. We stumbled upon a curious looking local brew boldly titled Blood Orange Pale Ale. Normally, summer style fruit beer is not a favorite of ours due to its inherent sweetness, but we decided to give this local beer a shot – And we were instantly impressed by this unique ale.
Blood Orange Pale Ale is flavorful, bright and as crisp as any beer gets. Its blood orange flavor is obvious and tasty and not even remotely close to being overly sweet. That unique flavor marriages perfectly with the hoppy tartness of a pale ale. The only thing better than this beer was discovering the brewery that created it was located less than ten miles away from where we were staying. Needless to say, the next day we drove out for a visit.
Great South Bay Brewery is a new microbrewery located on the south shore of Long Island. We were greeted by assistant brewer Jon Gomez who talked in length with us about Great South Bay, their beers, upbringing and goals. We sampled three different types of their beer in addition to the Blood Orange Pale Ale – The Massive IPA, the Blonde Ambition Blonde Ale and the Robert Moses Pale Ale.
Each beer was excellent with a distinct crisp freshness and a full rounded flavor. As of this posting, Great South Bay is only available on draft from the brewery and local restaurants and beer stores. But they are currently in the process of bottling their beer for distribution. Hopefully, their beers will be hitting the stores and bars here in Western New York very soon. Blood Orange Pale Ale – Rating: 93/100.