Ypsi Gypsi | Arbor Brewing Company

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Ypsi GypsiYpsi Gypsi

Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 89
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a firkin at the brewery in Ann Arbor, the beer is a cloudy, hazy, golden-caramel coloring with a filmy, foamy, clingy, off-white head. Nose of subtle citrus, caramel notes, grassy highlights, and subtle resinous notes. Flavors are lemon tart and orange rind forward, with peppery and grassy highlights, and floral overtones. Lemon pepper and oregano notes, too. The body is light and smooth. The aftertaste is grassy and herbal, heavy on the grass. Smooth, slightly dry finish. Good beer.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice light orange color with an off white head. The smell was nice with a lot of citrus and pine coming through. The taste was also nice with burst of flavor in the beginning from the hops and then a nice balance from a sweet malt coming through on the finish. Very refreshing although a little thin and flat.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of juicy citrus hops and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale ale style. All around good complexity and balance of juicy citrus hops and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mchegash
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.5/5
Pours a bright golden-orange, slightly hazy, a little bit of visible carbonation. A thin layer of white head.

Smell - 3/5
Pine/resin hops. Smell is very vinegary, which is not good. Some light malt aroma as well.

Taste - 3.5/5
Some nice light malts, along with some piney-resinous hops and some mellow fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Slightly fuller than medium body, crisp and smooth. Very light carbonation.

Overall - 3.5/5
This was a decent pale ale.

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Photo of patpbr
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a light golden color with a foamy head.
S - It smells malty but I'm not noticing much else.
T - malt and citrus are balanced with a bit of bitterness.
M - medium body with a smooth and clean finish.
O - It's a fine pale ale worth trying.

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Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention oroperties and consistently left a shirt head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of caramel malts and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that it tastes malty but the caramel flavors don't shine through. Notes of citrusy hops are present, and these contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very balanced between the malts and hops.

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Photo of sonnens4
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Somewhat hazy (but not too cloudy) golden amber color--decent sized head slightly larger than 1 inch, lots of lacing after a few sips

Smell: malty (not hops scented), nutty, not floral or fragrant by any means

Taste: mainly malty flavors with a slight undertone of lemon/orange cites

Mouthfeel: a fair amount of carbonation, gives this beer some zing and adds a great complex quality to it--but not too heavy

Overall: Love this! What a refreshing drink, never had it in the bottle but on top this is a winner and my choice when I go out and it's available.

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Photo of kristen56
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of deadchef
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.66/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of mick303
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Beric
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of exzacly_beer
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of shivtim
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
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!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.66/5  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.

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Photo of jeremyd365
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Ypsi Gypsi from Arbor Brewing Company
3.52 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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