Blood Orange is a unique fruit that imparts a distinct flavor profile to beer brewing. Known for its vibrant crimson color and sweet-tart taste, Blood Oranges bring a citrusy and slightly bitter note to the beer. The flesh of the fruit has hints of raspberry, strawberry, and even pomegranate, which adds complexity to the brew. This infusion of flavors contributes to an overall refreshing and zesty experience.
When used in beer brewing, Blood Orange greatly influences the taste by adding a burst of citrusy freshness. It enhances the aroma while balancing out sweetness with its natural acidity. Additionally, it brings some bitterness that complements hoppy beers or balances out sweeter malt profiles.
The application of Blood Orange in beer brewing can be versatile. It can be used in various styles such as IPAs (India Pale Ales), wheat beers, sour beers, and Belgian-style brews. Its properties include high levels of Vitamin C and antioxidants along with distinctive pigments derived from anthocyanins found in their peel.
1 < 8 < 36 °L