Neon Gypsy - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 7
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev +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 +28.3%
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 NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DuClaw "Neon Gypsy"
on tap at Franklin's, Philadelphia, PA

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden amber body beneath a thick white head that drops readily but leaves some nice lace climbing up the side of the glass. (The limited head retention may also be due to a dirty glass).

Aroma: Bang! Citrusy/tropical: grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, pine and pith over a straightforward, gently caramelish malt base.

Flavor: As is often the case, especially in hoppy beers, the flavor follows the aroma. Some grassiness and lemon step in, and the malt is of course fuller, but everything else remains intact. A solid bitterness leads it to a dry finish where the citrus pith and pine help to clean up any residual maltiness that might be left lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, standard carbonation level.

Overall: A solid offering within a sea of available IPAs; and although there are others out there, the tropical aspect of it is a little bit unique.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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 -3.8%
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 -6.3%
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 Immortale25
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottleneck says 05/11/15.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Good standard IPA aroma with some sweet biscuity malt coming through. Hop aroma is a little orangey.

T- Malty and sweet at first but then the bitterness and hop flavor slowly builds. Very drinkable even with the lingering bitterness.

M- Somewhat sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Not bad as far as your typical IPA goes. However, in this new world of ever-increasing hoppy beer quality, this one will undoubtedly be overlooked in the grand scheme of things.

Photo of GlenRockJohnZ
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
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 -25.1%
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 -0.8%
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 +1.9%
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 -27.8%
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 +2.7%

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 -0.5%
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 drwatson32
4.62/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dirty and ball the park for that I have the one of these evening and has compression

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.56/5  rDev -3%
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 +6.3%
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 +10.1%
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 -3.8%
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 +2.2%

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 +7.4%
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 -13.9%
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 +3.3%
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%
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 schoolboy
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is the last of my Du Claw tastings and it looks like I may have left the best for last. This one works nicely.

It looks a little dark in the glass and has a weaker head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is funky and hoppy - a little yeast gone bad smell from too much of everything.

The taste is quite good. It has a nice balance of hops and malt with the hops dominant. The aftertaste lingers long, all bitter.

This good AIPA is a sign that DuClaw may have some other gems in their collection. I will try a couple more, especially if I can find some powerful, big ones.

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Neon Gypsy from DuClaw Brewing Company
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