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Neon Gypsy - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Boone757 on 04-22-2014

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Ratings: 268 | Reviews: 35
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Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Taste is of grapefruit, citrus rind, and pale malt. The body of the brew was a nice mix of the hops and the malt. The end taste of this tasty brew is bitter and dry. The dryness stayed a while. I have other American IPAs that I prefer including a couple from DuClaw, but this is certainly worth a try.

Photo of Runofthemiller
4.71/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great IPA. Very citrusy. One of DuClaw's best. Better than Serum.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Clear copper body with a nice pencil thick head that lasts for a decent amount of time.

S: The hops dominate, but they aren't super powerful. Actually, the meld pretty well with the malts that permeate towards the end.

T: Straight hops that have an odd flavor, with an interesting malt profile as well. A bit sweet and malty, which seem to dominate as it warms. Slightly resinous on the aftertaste.

M: Smooth, with a bit of froth and no sharp carbonation at all.

O: A nice, solid IPA from DuClaw, and actually my first regular IPA that I've had from them.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, some grapefruit. Taste is bold and bitter, pine, a bit unbalanced, dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Tangerine pour with a healthy, oatmeal colored head atop with a quick-paced and glass consuming effervesce within. Good clarity, very light haze, while the head retention was sturdy in its stay. Thick, solid band of foam lace.

S: Lightly dry oranges and pine for aroma of moderate intentions. Dry barley stalks on the trail.

T: Flavor showed bitter orange peels and dry grapefruit. There was a quick flash of hop spiciness, sweet malt pine and spicy oranges all combining with a bittering floral hop nature. Dry hoppy spiciness lingers there-after a bit on the tongue with a toasted malt dryness.

M: Body feels creamy, mid-fullness, dry and bitter.

O: Overall a pretty good wallop of hops, dry, bittering and spicy with a good lingering effect. Fairly good drinkability. One of the better duclaw beers ive had.

Photo of GlenRockJohnZ
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft, (and later as growler) @Glen Rock Mill Inn. Presents with good amber color, nose is hoppy with strong tones of citrus, mostly grapefruit. Mouth feel is good, although finish is a little thin. Very smooth and drinkable-more of a session IPA than a thumper. Very acceptable offering from DuClaw. Definitely would order again

Photo of BGsWo22
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

ok beer could have been better

Photo of jmaharaj
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Probably my favorite duclaw beer so far. unspectacular in appearance or aroma, this beer delivers on the tongue. a good firm malt base with some wheat like notes, and piney dank hops that taste ofpepper, pine and cow dung (in a good way). nice resiny body and not too agressively carbonated.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden honey in color with moderate to heavy amounts of gentle active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a very thick layer (almost a finger thick) covering the entire surface of the beer and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with moderate aromas from the hops - citrus/grapefruit pith and pine/resin stand out.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavors of grainy and caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness and a light flavor of biscuit malts as well. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of hops - citrus/grapefruit pith and pine/resin. The hops impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness to the beer.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I thought this was a pretty nice combination of hops to give the citrus + pine aromas and flavors that kept this IPA pretty interesting. Not overly sweet, just a light amount of sweetness and the approachable amount of alcohol make this beer pretty easy to drink and enjoy. Definitely worth grabbing again.

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Just ok for me too many other good Iowa out there

Photo of Gavage
3.77/5  rDev +3%

Orange oin color with a 1" head that slowly falls. Pine and citrus are the main aromas. Caramel, pine, orange, some grapefruit, and a moderate bitterness creates a good flavor profile. Not over the top, but an extremely easy to drink IPA.

Photo of JayQue
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice IPA. I've had 3 other beers from this brewery and, with the exception of Sweet Baby Jesus, they have been enjoyable.

Pours a bright light copper color, slightly hazy. It takes a hard pour, but you get a good sized off-white head for your efforts. Good lacing on the glass.

Smell is mild IPA, some bitterness and citrus and piney aspects.

Tastes pretty good. The label says there are 7 different hops involved with this beer. There is strong evidence of both citrus and piney hops. Hops win out over malt but there is a balance with some sweet caramel malt. Overall a moderate bitterness is the primary flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich enough for the style. Nice bitterness, but there is some balance here too.

Good AIPA, nothing exceptional, but still a solid beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed dirty orange color with soapy white head and plenty of lacing. The smell is actually bitter, but also with pine and citrus. Not afraid to say its an IPA, this is the kind of gypsy I can grow accustomed to.

The taste is piney with grapefruit rind and strong, earthy bitterness in full force. Grapefruit, orange and perhaps even some lemon flavors in this brightly hoppy brew. Malt base is pale and caramel like with just enough sweetness to bring somewhat of a balance. Finishes with a small hop bite. Light bodied ale with medium carbonation.

Overall, this is an enjoyable IPA that goes down smooth. Delivers on the IPA promise.

Photo of jancona
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A wonderfully balanced IPA - nice juicy foundation with peach and apricot, a touch of orange. Just enough citrus hop pokes through - nice creamy texture.

Photo of MarkLinton1
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was on the fence with Neon Gypsy during the first sip. By the time I finished I was in love. Extremely well structured beer with just the right balance of slightly sweet and hop bitterness. Citrus notes, carmel, lemon rind and even a hint of garlic. Can't wait to have another.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: An orange pour with not a lot of transparency, left a nice two finger off white head at the top, and a nice lacing around the glass as you drank it.

S: Orange zest is very present up front, slight hints of grapefruit and lemon as well.

T: Up front just like the nose, lots of orange and grapefruit coming through right in the beginning with slow trails of floral hops and some spice, leaving the finish slightly dry.

M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, dry.

O: Strong hops, and bitter, not a bad IPA, refreshing and not a bad taste at all. This brewery is starting to surprise me with some of their brews.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Pour a golden orange with a medium sized head produced on the pour. Hazy clarity shows some light carbonation.
The aroma is very hoppy with an overall wet, dank and resiny smell.
The taste is malty with subtle hops. It is quite bitter and finishes sweet and clean.
Smells good and could use a slight flavor kick, but pretty good.

Photo of JohnFriction
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By far my favorite DuClaw beer besides the Blood Orange release. Very citrusy, primarily grapefruit. Smooth and delicious, not excessively high ABV. Great beer!

Photo of dstanmyer
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Out of a bottle, this IPA pours a nice orangy color and has nice typical hop floral aroma. Hop bitterness is intense and not nearly as smooth and balanced as many of the great IPA's out there. The finish highlights the bitterness and noticeable alcohol taste. Merely average for an IPA

Photo of FickleBeast
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. Bottled 4/11/14.

Pours a hazy orange color with a finger of sticky foam. Aroma is a bit bready, with a lot of potent citrus and pine flavors to back it up.

First sip is quite viscous on the tongue. A lot of bitter flavors rush forth, but there is a solid amount of sweetness to back it up. Firm piney bitter finish - a touch on the harsh side. This has quite a bit of hop flavor, but somehow it doesn't work together harmoniously.

This is a solid IPA, good for scratching that hop itch. Glad I'm drinking this fresh, as I can sense this would go downhill quickly if those piney hop flavors were not there.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Finally, a beer from duclaw that I appreciate. Only took forever.

There is a consistency here that is good. Nice hop-influenced twang. A bit heavy on pine. Which really shows the more it warms. Like I said, finally a beer from duclaw that I appreciate.

Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this at Wegmans enjoyed chilled in an IPA glass from the bottle.

The color is golden amber with light haze as is apropos for the style with thick white head with fine bead, lace clings in a ring. The smell is fruity in a citrus way with a tropical tinge of aromas which bring a light mango and grapefruit smell with light malt accent. The feel is very good with tangy fruity and slightly juicy texture with medium bitterness and mild sweetness with moderate carbonation and light astringent aspect with mild alcohol in the semi-dry finish.

The taste is very good with a nice mid of citrus fruit and tropical hop flavor with grassy element and mild malt sweetness -not the most expressive hop but light tangy and dry finish with some lemony flavor. Overall I was pleased with this -A good American IPA with nice hop flavor and sufficient bitterness level.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an orange amber color with a rocky two finger head of white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention hanging on for quite some time, eventually fading to leave an decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite big of caramel and some nice tropical fruit aromas of tangerine and pineapple. A bit of a bready and doughy smell are mixed with the sweet smells along with some other aromas of a hop nature being there as well. The hop aromas are mainly of a grapefruit and a pine and grassy smell, producing a rather sweet and fruity aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a quite bready and somewhat sweet flavor upfront due to tangerine, pineapple, and apricot flavors. Right from the start there is also a good showing of some grapefruit hop with the grapefruit growing stronger as the taste moves on. While there is plenty of caramel in the nose, there is not as much in the taste with just some lighter flavors that persist throughout the taste. Toward the middle of the taste profile, pine hop flavors begin working their way onto the tongue, accompanied by a bit of a grassy hop flavor. These two hop tastes get stronger as the taste advances to the end, and when mixed with the rest of the tastes, leave one with a rather pleasant hop blended and moderately malty and sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side for a brew of only 6.5 % with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both are quite nice for the mix of sweet, malty and hop that the brew possesses and makes of a very smooth drinker.

Overall – A quite pleasant and very drinkable IPA at a more moderate abv. (at least in terms of IPA’s). A rather good go too standard IPA.

Photo of tillmac62
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOD 11/26/14. Pours a cloudy amber. Normal head volume, outstanding lacing and retention.

Nice nose of citrus hops (grapefruit, pineapple, orange) and an underlying bit of spicy pine over a rich caramel and biscuit sweetness.

Medium bodied with a rich smoothness, a bit of oil and a touch of creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, rather complex and superbly balanced. It begins with a blend of hop flavors over caramel that begin to separate towards the middle after the caramel fades. Grapefruit leads, followed by pineapple and orange. The middle produces a nice piney bitterness over a distinct grapefruit rind character. The finish is a slow fade of the bitterness flavors against a faint receding sweetness of a biscuit nature. Considering this is 5 months old as I rate it, fresh should be approaching world class.

Photo of Bremont2016
1.57/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Drain pour. Easily the worst beer Duclaw has brewed. There Oak aged beers are awesome but ththere Ipa's leave a lot to be desired.

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Neon Gypsy from DuClaw Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.