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Ypsi Gypsi - Arbor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 12.93%

Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jeremyd365 on 08-08-2012)
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Photo of StoutHunter


2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of Arbor's Ypsi Gypsi a couple days ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. Arbor Brewing company is pretty solid, so when I saw a newly bottled beer from them at the store I thought I should give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I really like the label on this beer, the artwork is nicely done and it's pretty eye catching, no problem with that. It poured a really hazy golden color that took on a nice orange hue when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing. This beer looks good, it's a little cloudy for the style, but the head and lacing is really nice.

S- The aroma starts off with a decent amount of malts have a lower amount of medium sweetness and impart some bready, grainy, and cracker like aromas followed by a slight plastic like aroma that felt out of place. Up next comes the hops which smell pretty citrusy along with some light floral aromas that show up more on the finish. The aroma was ok but that plastic aroma seemed unnecessary, that made it pretty average,

T- The flavor seems to be somewhat similar and it starts off with the malts that have a lower amount of sweetness and impart a grainy and cracker like flavor. Up next comes the hops which seem to be earthy with some slight citrus and floral flavors mixed in as well. Towards the end comes some lighter plastic like flavors with a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness and it had a grainy, earthy and a plastic like aftertaste. The flavor was a little below average, it was going in the right direction for an American Pale Ale, but the plastic flavors really hurt the taste of this beer.

M- Not that smooth, crisp, slightly dry, on the lighter side of being medium bodied, with a pretty high amount of prickly carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't that good, it could have been smoother and the high amount of prickly carbonation really hurt it.

Overall I didn't really care for this beer and I thought it was a below average example of the style, it just had too many problems to be a good American Pale Ale. This beer didn't have great drinkability, between the prickly carbonation and the off flavors it didn't go down smooth and one is enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance, it looked pretty nice in my pint glass, but unfortunately that was the highlight of this beer. What I liked least about this beer was the plastic aspect and the prickly carbonation, those were the downfall of this beer. I might try this beer again to see if this was an off bottle, but I'm not very motivated to buy another one anytime soon and I wouldn't recommend this to anyone looking for a good American Pale Ale. All in all I was disappointed in this beer, Arbor is pretty solid, but this was a major let down, I expected much more from this brewery, better luck next time guys, this beer was a miss. So far this is my least favorite beer from Arbor Brewing company.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 03:40:21 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of zeledonia


2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up on a trip to Ann Arbor. My first beer from Arbor. Tasted 11 November 2013.

Pours a clear medium orange amber. The clarity reveals a few bubbles rising up. 1.5 fingers of off-white head, dense and foamy. Great retention, loads of lacing.

Smell is rather dull. It's a mix of mildly sweet caramel malts with a very herbal, grassy hop aroma. The hops definitely dominate. It's fine, just not all that interesting.

Taste revelas what I dislike about many pale ales and IPAs. To me, it feels under-malted and over-bittered. It's got a potent hop acidity that brings little but bitter, and it's empty underneath that, providing no support or balance. It's everything I don't like about this kind of beer, and little that I do like about it.

Feel is pretty nice. Medium-bodied, fluffy carbonation My favorite part of the beer.

An odd mixed bag. The feel and appearance are really nice, but the smell and taste are not. On balance, beer needs to taste good, and this one doesn't.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 04:40:37 | More by zeledonia
Photo of shivtim


2.79/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Got a bottle from Kalamazoo while visiting Michigan.
Poured into a pint. Clear straw/yellow. White head. Macro looking.
Nose is nice. Delicate hops balanced with malts. Bready / doughy. Almost like a hoppy yeast dough. Nice combination of smells.

Taste is a let down. Stale dry hops, artificial/metallic flavors. Watery. I wish this one tasted as good as it smells!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 23:59:56 | More by shivtim
Photo of exzacly_beer


3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Was attracted to this beer by the label and title. Arbor Brewing Co. has a wide variety, which for some reason makes me skeptical. Overall, this is a pretty good beer. Pretty good. Sits nicely in the mouth, full body of yeasty flavors, round and interestingly balanced with good aftertaste.

Ypsi Gypsi would be a great beer for the adventurous.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 18:44:16 | More by exzacly_beer
Photo of WoodBrew


3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Ypsi Gypsi is ok...I think the bottle I'm part-taking in is a bit over primed. The color was clear copper with bubbly white head that is leaving a nice ring lace. The smell is more malty than hoppy. The taste is starts crisp then malty, then bitter. The mouthfeel is medium in body with big carbonation. Overall it was ok...not crazy about it.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 01:15:07 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of kristen56


3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color, with orange/amber hints to it. Medium thick head. Scents of citrus are very apparent, as well as the hops coming through. The taste is citrusy and there is a strong aftertaste. Tastes a bit like nature, if that makes sense. A lot of carbonation.

I'm a big fan of IPAs, but on days when I want something still hoppy yet citrusy as well, I'll reach for one of these.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2014 19:12:55 | More by kristen56
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright amber gold, some carbonation, a good film of whitish tan film and lacing. Pretty good head retention.

S - lots of lemony citrus, floral sweet and cherry notes. Some grainy and grassy notes that come forward. The hops have pretty much full reign here, mostly juicy tart citrus, its not got enough malt balance imo.

T - has a sharp start, a bit of an astringent bitterness, lemony, cereal grains, a bit of a thin malt body, biscuity sweetness, good carbonation and a crispness on the finish. Not enough weight for an APA it seems, lemony and biscuity, but not much else going on. Finish is crisp and cereals.

M - light bodied, refreshing with a slight bitter tartness and a crisp finish. A lot of of carbonation that coats the palate completely. Pretty drinkable and fairly refreshing.

A somewhat average pale, too much carbonation, and not enough malt base to give some real complexity. A light body and grassy citrus hop character. Refreshing and decent feel to it eventually, but there are more interesting options out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 23:01:33 | More by mick303
Photo of deadchef


3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: nice golden color. Good clarity.
S: citrusy hop aroma
T: balanced malt to hop. Pushing the boundaries of a pale. West coast style.
M: nicely carbed. Light lingering bitterness.
O: overall a great session beer. However I've caught a few that taste off like they had oxygen introduced.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 02:10:03 | More by deadchef
Photo of SportsandJorts


3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: goldish orange color. pretty hazy. huge off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a lacing on the top and sides

Smell: hops, not sure what kind. good maltiness

Taste: hops mainly citrus but some other ones in the mix. pale malts. maybe some toastiness

Mouthfeel: fairly light. some bitterness

Overall: good middle of the road pale ale. not the best i have ever had but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 23:35:26 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of BMMillsy


3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with fluffy head. Nice lacing going on. Smell is very pleasant with sweet citrus hops and very light. The taste was disappointing. All the flavors are there, but this was a bit watered down light citrus and not much else. Could use a little more hop bite and malt sweetness. Ok offering from ABC, and I think they could improve on this in the future with a bit more flavor. I really liked the flavor profile, it was just so faint. Excellent label--make the beer stand up to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 23:17:39 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of jeremyd365


3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy orangey amber with a solid thick off-white head. Smell is citrus but overall pretty weak, even with my nose right up in its business. Mouthfeel is solid--medium bodied with the bitterness coming through. Taste is a very subtle pale, with the hops pleasant but not too strong. Overall a nice pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 23:15:16 | More by jeremyd365
Photo of Beric


3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap, 1L stein
Served: 24 July 2013

Appearance: A solid golden color with some hints of red. A good one finger head that quickly dissipates because of the size of the glass. Some bubbles sticking around on the edges. Crystal clear. Looks tasty.

Smell: Sweet malts complimented by some citrusy hops. The hop presence isn't astounding in the nose, but its definitely there.

Taste: Certainly not a hop bomb, but a nice take on the style. Reminds me a bit of SNPA with the overall flavor profile, though I do think that this one probably has a slightly sweeter malt profile than the SNPA. The hops are mostly citrusy, with some bitter grapefruit-like notes coming through. The beer tastes clean and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation gives the beer some depth and body. Not as carbonated as a pils, but certainly nothing in comparison to a stout either. The carbonation was actually maintained through most of the 1L serving size, with only the very absolute bottom (the last cm from the bottom or so) tasting a bit watery.

Overall: Honestly, I think this one is a bit underrated here. I think it's a solid offering from Arbor Brewing's Ypsilanti Location (Corner Brewery) and is a nice, flavorful session beer. Compared to their other low ABV options, I think this is a solid choice.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2013 03:04:07 | More by Beric
Ypsi Gypsi from Arbor Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.