Sunday, May 22, 2016

Dark Horse Rain in Blood Review

Name: Dark Horse Rain in Blood
Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 11.7

There are many things I enjoy aside from craft beer and one of those things is heavy metal. Though I'm not the world's biggest Slayer fan (that title belongs to a friend of mine), I do find their music to be quite awesome and perfect for when I'm out running or when I'm driving home from work. So leave it to Dark Horse Brewing to create a beer inspired by one of Slayer's most famous albums "Reign in Blood" and a tribute to Slayer's late guitarist, Jeff Hanneman

I give to you Rain In Blood, an APA made with blood orange juice. Look, even the label pays homage to Slayer's eagle logo, but complete with Dark Horse's own twist of art style. Now Slayer actually has their own beer called Slayer 666 Red Ale which is made Sweden (Ironic considering Slayer is based out of California) but it currently isn't available in my area so this will have to do for now.

Appearance - Very hazy dark orange color with no visible carbonation. The head is pretty thin for the most part with some decent retention and the lacing itself is also moderate.

Aroma - Faint orange & citrus aroma with with some toffee maltiness with some light raisin notes on the end.

Taste - The taste is quite similar to the nose. You've got some faint orange & mild citrus hop aroma in the front with some toffee malts towards the middle while the back of the palate is mainly light raisin notes. It's worth noting that the blood orange is mild at best, which does become more prevalent as it warms up but you have to dig for it.

You know, considering the quality that I usually expect from Dark Horse, I was expecting something a bit more robust,particularly with the blood orange aspect but even then the rest of the beer comes across as rather lackluster. As it stands, it's merely a mediocre beer that would be easier to recommend if the price were taken down a couple extra dollars but I use the term "easier" loosely.

Dark Horse Rain In Blood - 6/10

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