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Belt’s Beer Garden BrewFC #10: Bloody Good

A fight between two British beers made with blood oranges: Northern Monk Sharknado & Beavertown Bloody ‘Ell

Coming just a month after the last BrewFC fight, the 10th battle features a pair of blood orange IPAs from England.

As always I have a guest reviewer with me that will help me decide which beer is best – my friend, Taylor who is making her sixth appearance on BBG.

With all BrewFC fights, we will each blindly judge both beers in five categories that total up to 50 points. From there, we’ll add the totals together for a composite score out of 100. The beer with the higher score wins.

The five categories are: Aroma (10 points), Taste (20 points), Appearance (the look of the beer; 10 points), Presentation (the look of the can; 5 points), and Value (5 points).

Those last two categories are impossible to rank blindly, so those have already been scored before the real fight begins.

Now let’s take a closer look at our competitors.

First up, a brewery from Leeds, England - Northern Monk and their Sharknado, an IPA with blood orange and sea salt, which was specially brewed for the global release of Sharknado 5. Matching them with a blood orange IPA of their own is London’s Beavertown and their Bloody ‘Ell.

BrewFC #10

Beer Northern Monk Sharknado Beavertown Bloody 'Ell
Beer Northern Monk Sharknado Beavertown Bloody 'Ell
From: Leeds, England London, England
Style: IPA w/ blood oranges and sea salt IPA w/ blood oranges
ABVIBU: 5.5%/20 7.2%/40
Cost: $4.20 (16 ounce can) $2.80 (12 ounce can)

Now let the battle begin!!

Beer 1:

Judge 1 (Taylor):

Aroma: Aroma is quite tart with some citrus to it. Would like to have had more to it but not bad. 6/10

Appearance: It fizzed quite a bit initially but was a lot darker than I was expecting. I was excited by the somewhat pulpy, slightly hazy look. 8/10

Taste: The tart smell and pulped look didn’t pan out in the taste. There was still some decent flavors, a tart orange mostly, but it wasn’t as tasty as I thought it would be from looking at it. 13/20

Presentation: Uh...this can is cool as hell! It’s simply awesome 5/5

Value: A tad higher but not ridiculous. 4/5

Total: 36/50

Judge 2 (Dave):

Aroma: There was a carbonation burn from the smell alone! I knew it was going to be fizzy. Some citrusy hops, a malty sweetness, and some sour notes. 6/10

Appearance: Dark copper with a pinkish hue. Some decent head/lacing but looks almost as dark as an amber. 7/10

Taste: Slightly bitter hops and a saltiness lead it off before some really tart notes cut into my tongue. Sticky blood orange and lemon coat my tongue. Quite a sweet beer with huge sour bursts that ends slightly dry. 14/20

Presentation: Awesome can. YES PLEASE! 5/5

Value: Like Tay said, it was a tad higher but not outrageous. 4/5

Total: 36/50

Overall: 72/100

Beer 2:

Judge 1 (Taylor):

Aroma: What aroma? I tried to get anything multiple times and never really got much from this beer. 2/10

Appearance: Nothing special here but some wheaty cloudiness so I’ll give it that. 5/10

Taste: Definitely clean tasting but nothing to get too excited about. However, for an IPA it was quite easy drinking and smooth. Some light citrus but otherwise, very plain. 12/20

Presentation: Pretty fun and cooky. 4/5

Value: For the price and the higher ABV, this is a really good value. 5/5

Total: 28/50

Judge 2 (Dave):

Aroma: Very subtle aroma to this one. Picked up some faint orange, grapefruit, and a dash of bready malt. 6/10

Appearance: Bright, slightly hazy straw color with almost no head/lacing. Looks lighter and quite sessionable. 8/10

Taste: Like the smell, this beer was very subtle. It was indeed very sessionable with light notes of blood orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Sweet biscuity malts play well with the fruits and it ends with a slightly sticky resinous citrus flavor and a dash of bitterness. 16/20

Presentation: Like the color but a little macabre for me. 4/5

Value: Reasonably priced and super easy to drink for the high ABV. 5/5

Total: 39/50

Overall: 67/100


In the first ever split decision here on BrewFC, the winner, by a score of 72-67, is....

Northern Monk Sharknado