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Barley’s Blood Thirst Wheat

Barley’s Blood Thirst Wheat
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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 3   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Winner of our 14th annual Homebrew Competition in 2009. Lloyd Cicetti’s Wheat Beer with Blood Oranges is a citrusy and supremely refreshing with floral notes thanks to Sicillian blood orange zest added to the brew kettle and puree added during and after fermentation. This hefeweizen has hints of fruity esters and spice from Bavarian wheat yeast.

It’s difficult to find out just when oranges were introduced into what is now Italy. From their travels to the southern and eastern reaches of their Empire, the Romans knew of them, and oranges are occasionally depicted in Roman art.

However, it is generally accepted that citrus fruits were first cultivated in Sicily during the Arab period, in the ninth and tenth centuries.

The modern English word orange, like the Italian arancia, probably derives from the Arabic naranj. Oranges are native to tropical Asia, particularly the Malay region.

Cultivation of oranges gradually spread through China and India to east Africa and then to the Mediterranean region. The trees enjoy a mild climate, sunny weather and good drainage. An occasional frost or chill does not harm them.

Blood oranges are so called for their red flesh and deep red juice. When ripe, their skin may also be reddish, at least in part. In the British Empire, blood oranges were called "Maltese" oranges, and are closely related to Jaffa oranges. In Sicily, the most popular blood oranges are the Tarocco, the Moro and the Sanguigno, the latter cultivated extensively in the western part of the island as the Sanguinello of Paternò and Adernò. Though consumed in salads and desserts, blood oranges are favored for their distinctive red juice which, as it happens, is exceptionally healthy, being rich in antioxidants.

The blood orange is considered particularly Sicilian, perhaps because it is not as widely cultivated in Calabria, Spain or Greece. It is worth mentioning that, as regards citrus fruits generally, Italy is one of the world’s largest producers of lemons, most of which are harvested in Sicily. It was this citrus production that earned the hills and valleys around Palermo the name "Conca d’Oro" (golden seashell) in the Middle Ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1872) - Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2015
A very impressive beer, though I’d probably call it a Wheat Ale over a hefeweizen because it lacks the distinct yeast character. The blood orange is very well-integrated and quite pungent. It’s a bit "fruit beery" for me but it’s quite well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2015
Draft at the brewery, this was well done, strong blood orange flavor in the fore front. Then light wheat. Taste is all orange, sweet orange on a dry wheat beer. Very nicely executed. Finish is distinctly blood orange.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bulk_Carrier (3011) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2015
On tap as part of a discounted flight. Sample glass. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with slim faint yellow hues arranging themselves in and out on the body. Light carbonation was somewhat seen rising. The smell had the blood orange up front and didn’t really allow much else there. The taste was mainly orange fruity sweet. Strong orange aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation comes across pretty strong. Overall, not a hefeweizen, no qualities of a true one exists in this beer. However, being that the blood orange does come across as pure and authentic, I’m slightly at a loss for how to put my numbers on this one. Leaves me scratching my head a bit because I liked it for what it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weihenweizen (2474) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2015
On tap at the downtown brewpub. Cloudy light orange with big off-white head. Aroma is oranges, medium body, medium carbonation, and thin small-bubble lacing. Taste is fruity (mostly oranges) and wheaty. Easy to drink and good beer. The best of their beers I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzuriel (1556) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2014
On tap at barley’s brewing in Columbus Ohio. The color of this brew is copper with a hint of red. Hazy with a good head of lace. Nose is crisp, a touch acrid and full of orange zest. Taste is crisp amd clean wheat beer with a nice but not overpowering orange aspect. Not my favorite style, but this beer is very nice. The orange flavor is not over sweet. Quite natural.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (5896) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Sampled at the brewpub. Very opaque golden orange. Wheat and oranges are smelled. Nice fruit is tasted first including oranges. Crispness is pleadant. This is very refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (9084) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Taster on tap at the brewpub. Totally hazy, slight orange color. Thin off-white head, some loose bits of lace. Great orange and zesty flavor up front, some light banana. Medium body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Grapefruit flavor. Good zest, light tangy. Tasty, impressive fruity wheat beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OsuStu (146) - - MAY 31, 2014
Draft. Looks like a glass of grapefruit juice and tastes a bit like it. Aroma is all citrus. Sour of grapefruit and sweetness of oranges. Refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (7422) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2014
Draft at Barleys in August 2012 notes. Pours a slightly hazy orange golden color with a small white head that doesn’t last. The aroma and flavor have orange citrus, slightly tangy, grass, pale wheat malts. On a hot summer day this is a maybe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
magikarp (15) - - MAR 21, 2014
Color of grapefruit juice. Light wheat beer with a hint of blood orange. Very refreshing on a summer day.

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