Hop Continuum No. 1 - Blood Orange Gypsy IPA
DuClaw Brewing Company

Hop Continuum No. 1 - Blood Orange Gypsy IPAHop Continuum No. 1 - Blood Orange Gypsy IPA
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
American IPA
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 7.82%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
133
From:
DuClaw Brewing Company
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  9
Gots
  45
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Hop Continuum No. 1 - Blood Orange Gypsy IPAHop Continuum No. 1 - Blood Orange Gypsy IPA
Notes: The first foray into our Hop Continuum Series, our flagship IPA infused with blood orange juice, proved so popular that it transcended the series to stand on its own outside as a worthy companion to the original Neon Gypsy. Notes of grapefruit, citrus, and pine from a blend of seven hops balances the tart sweetness of blood orange juice for a flavor profile that roams your palate long after the beer’s bittersweet finish.
View: Beers
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 133 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of woodychandler
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Continuuming to winnow away at the confounded Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody and this surfaced! I promise to be gentle, baby!

From the bottle: "This crisp, clean IPA blends the grapefruit, citrus, & pine notes of 7 hops with the tart sweetness of Blood Orange for a flavor profile that roams your palate long after the beer's bittersweet finish. Pop the top and ... enter the continuum!"; "Respect the Fluid"; "Craft Be Cherished. Rules Be Damned."

I did, indeed, Pop! the top and engaged the fluid inside in a gentle pour that raised three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head that left loads of sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a slightly-hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). The nose was pleasant with notes of the titular blood orange commingled with light pine & grapefruit. This could easily have been over the top, but it was evincing restraint, at least on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was intensely pine & orange, like taking one each of those jelly mint leaves and a jelly orange slice, putting them in your mouth and biting down. What, you never did that as a kid? My maternal grandmother always had a jar of them out when I was little. The finish was semi-dry with the orange lending it an unexpected (but pleasant) sweetness. It is precisely these kinds of beers that renew my interest in being a self-avowed hophead!

 1,383 characters

Photo of rjd722
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at DuClaw brewpub in Arundel Mills, MD. Beautiful deep-orange golden haze, slight foamy head that didn't hang around too long. Weak floral hops smell with a blood orange twist. Taste is a delicate balance of sweetness and bitterness, nice job on the blend of fruit and hops. I like the blood orange trend going on right now and this represents a great offering in the club.

 377 characters

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.01/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a nice looking orange color with a slight haze and plenty of soapy lacing arching the glass very well. It looks like a fantastic unfiltered IPA. The aroma smells like artificial grapefruit flavor, or fermented grapefruit skin. Not really the hoppy grapefruit notes that come naturally in an IPA, this is just overkill.

The taste is like grapefruit juice with a few dashes of bitters in it, some pine comes through at the end and helps it a bit, but really the fruit flavor added here seems more distracting than complimentary, with flavors clashing of pine and heavy sweet grapefruit citrus flavor derived from Blood Oranges.

Soft, smooth mouthfeel that is complimentary and aids in drinkability. In the right setting these would drink like Sunny Delight.

Overall, its an average at best IPA, but did we need more Blood Orange beer around? Had this offering been advertised or presented more as a fruit beer I would have rated it completely differently and much higher. The fruit takes away from it being an IPA, almost bringing it into an entirely different style category. Call me weird, it seems that every one else is spiking their American India Pale Ales with fruit punch nowadays, but I just don't get it.

 1,227 characters

Photo of JohnFriction
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 6-pack when near Baltimore for a work trip. This is one of my favorite IPAs from any brewery and definitely my favorite DuClaw so far! Perfectly balanced between the traditional American IPA profile and the strong blood orange character. Flying Dog's blood orange offering is a pale substitute for this one. I just wish I could find it again.

 359 characters

Photo of hopsputin
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: its a bright hazy burnt orange with a 1/2 finger solid tan head

s: loads of sweet citrus right up front. orange peel, mango, pineapple, passionfruit, strawberries. there is a sweet toffee malt backbone in here as well that really helps to smooth out the flavor and a hint of some nicely fresh baked dough. the smell does have a small medicinal aroma on the end to it

t: immediately i notice the much more bitterness than i would have guessed from the aroma. the bitterness comes from a combination of grapefruit and pine. there is then a nice juxtaposition with that juicy sweet fruit - pineapple, apricot, mango, and the very faintest hint of peach. it finishes with a real nice malt sweetness, and some of that piney bitterness. there is some blood orange in here too as well

m: medium mouthfeel - slightly syrupy. not that much carbonation

o: pleasantly surprised with this one. it has a real nice balance of bitterness to sweetness, and a nice mouthfeel. refreshing, yet not light. my one note would that this is a bit too bitter

 1,051 characters

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a few weeks back up in Totowa, having never had this before. I tend to think that there are too many IPA's on the shelf and as enjoyable and citrus-filled as this was, it didn't quite rise up above the crowd. It did go down easily and with the alcohol fairly low and recessed, this was a nice buy as a single bottle and for the warmer weather that's finally getting up this way!

The pour to this was nice as the beer had a cloudy, copper hue to go along with a nice head and a good amount of carbonation. Lots of blood orange in the nose (as to be expected) along with some pine and earthy notes, which were drowned out by the citrus in the taste. Sharp, somewhat sweet, and sticky enough, the mouthfeel was good but too juicy and overpowered by the tang of the citric pith. Some caramel malt in the taste balanced this out nicely and for the amount of bitterness in this, this had a very wet feel to it that allowed the beer to go down relatively easily.

I could feel just a hint of the alcohol by the time I finished this off and had there been another bottle here, I probably would have given that a go to. Hopheads won't be disappointed by this one but you'd have to be a fan of the blood orange to really want to seek this out. There's almost no such thing as a bad IPA but with so many better choices out there, why seek this one out in particular? Fine for a try but nothing outstanding.

 1,411 characters

Photo of topofthehops
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I've lived in the Baltimore area since 2009 but never really embraced DuClaw ... until now. This brew really opened my eyes. It's absolutely delicious, so much so that I apparently need to revisit the rest of this brewery's offerings. Despite its relatively modest ABV (relative, at least, to the over-the-top stuff I usually prefer), this a full-flavored, hops-forward IPA. But the blood orange makes it special. It's prominent in both the aroma and flavor and elevates this to must-try status. I offered it last night at a my belated 60th birthday party (no gifts, please, unless it's beer), and even my cousins, who brought a cooler of their beloved Dos Equis (?), gave it a thumbs up. My 22-year-old son loved it (that's my boy!). I see that it's "limited," so do yourself a favor and get it now ... although I certainly hope it will become a DuClaw staple. ALL PRAISE THE BLOOD ORANGE!

 895 characters

Photo of Kyle_Rampage
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Super tasty, citrus, stone fruit and slight floral with a medium to low sweetness. Big piney hops. Clean with a lingering hoppy finish that is pleasing.

cheers!

 162 characters

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really wanted to try this since blood orange seems to be the new beer fad. Slight floaties in the glass with a good orange tinted beer and a 1/4 inch of head. Good lacing.
Smell is citrus based and hoppy with a good malt base. Taste is ballanced hop bitterness with blood orange juice which is very powerful making for a very good fruit beer.
Mouthfeel is smooth it's heavy but refreshing with the juice.

Overall it's the most intense Blood Orange Juice taste sweet with a bitter edge. Man I love these guys beers!

 516 characters

Photo of Beejay
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A pale apricot in color with haze in the glass, and a nice tan head that slowly crumbles into a rocky terrain.

S: Fresh grapefruit, and a nice orange zest aroma. Just a barrage of orange and citrus peel. Nice.

T: Wonderfully sweet orange flavor, followed by a decent burst of bitterness in the form of citrus fruit.. The finish is long, and bitter with more orange flavor, and a slightly flowery finish.

M: Medium in body, with high carbonation, decent cling in the finish from the hops.

O: Overall this is delicious, like an bitter adult orange creamsicle. Lovely and interesting.

 593 characters

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head, that died down, leaving a patchy head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of blood oranges are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of blood oranges. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If you like blood oranges, you'll probably like this beer as there are aromas and flavors of them from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

 686 characters

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Pours a mostly transparent reddish/amber beer with a cream colored frothy 2 finger of head. Head retention is about 2 minutes. Firework lacing around the glass.

S. Juicy! Some nice hop aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, slight pine and then a good amount of blood orange, It smells really nice actually.

T. More of a sweet bready malt profile in the flavor. But the hops are still there some. Blood orange is prevalent. Getting more piney hop than anything. Some bitterness and grassy aftertaste. It's nice.

M. Medium bodied. 5 out of 10 in a scale. Feels a lil heavier like a DIPA. Carbonation is nice. Slightly dry aftertaste.

O. A nice, different APA/IPA. I wish the blood orange and hops came out as much taste wise as in the aroma. But still very flavorful. All in all it's a nice APA that I would drink again.

 880 characters

Photo of thedoubler55
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A dark orange, blood orange I should say, a good amount of off white head at the top and left a little bit of lacing around the glass as you drank this one.

S: Ton of blood orange on the nose, super sweet notes coming through, some biscuit notes as well.

T: The taste at first is nothing but blood orange, kind of taste like an orange creamsicle, super hoppy and good bitterness as well.

M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, not to sticky.

O: I would say this is not a bad beer, but the blood orange I think was a little to much for me, now being a citrus fan you would think I would have enjoyed this, but the blood orange I feel was a little over the top. A well balanced beer, just think a little less blood orange would have made this brew fantastic.

 772 characters

Photo of gopens44
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent effort from DuClaw. Very similar to Grapefruit Sculpin in nose and taste. The citrus nature comes out without being overly contrived, and certainly not too sweet either. Really give this one a try!

 207 characters

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Holy blood orange on the nose! Wow! Almost smells like candy a bit too. Flavor is nice. Decent hop influence. There is quite a lot of the blood orange though. Whereas it's nice enough, it borders on being a bit too much. And it kind of sends this into the fruit beer category and well away from IPA. Still a very nice beer though. Pleasant drinker. May be my most appreciated beer from Duclaw to date.

 401 characters

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a chill-hazed amber color. The head is a finger high, and white in shade. While a very creamy looking head, it doesn't have amazing retention. Some lacing is left on the glass, too. (3.5)

Smell: I was half expecting the blood orange to stay in the background, behind a wall of generic DuClaw IPA mediocrity. Nope - this is a blood orange bomb. It has the right amount of hoppiness hidden behind the fruit to balance its sweetness, too. I'm impressed how vivid and natural these fruit notes come across - as far as I'm concerned, (aromatically) it's the best fruit beer/IPA merger I've come across yet. (4)

Taste: There are tons of blood orange notes at first. I mean, wow. Then some of the hops come through - Mosaic shines, mainly. Berries around the middle transforms into a semi-malty finish, laden with additional onion-y Mosaic notes. I should come out and say it, I don't like Mosaic one bit: to me, it tastes like straight-up onion. Still, everything else about this brew is successful. It's fruity, juicy, decently balanced, and fairly quaffable. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy, and sweet from both malts and orange. It does feel creamy on the tongue, though. Carbonation is decent yet gentle enough. (3.75)

Overall: While I personally have a problem with the Mosaic hops in this one, I shouldn't knock this one objectively - it's a great hybrid of a fruit beer and IPA. It's also DuClaw's best effort with an IPA to date. But, because it's loaded with Mosaic, I won't be buying this again. I'll still recommend this one to others. (3.75)

3.8/5: Nice mix of hops, malt, and blood orange

 1,645 characters

Photo of Omnium
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear gold with a nice finger of dense soapy head, little lacing.
S - Loads of fresh blood orange, grapefruit, papaya, white grape, tangerine, and a slight hint of some fruit cocktail, grains, slightly artificial, but enticing.
T - The blood orange in this is very prominent and its delicious, there's also plenty of grapefruit flavor as well. Very light pale malt, and a lot of bitterness goin on.
M - Lingering bitterness and a medium feel, not bad.
O - My biggest problem with this is the aroma smells very "processed" if you will, but that being said...this for sure is the best thing DuClaw has done in the IPA realm yet. I hope this hop continuum is a sign of good things to come.

 712 characters

Photo of justintcoons
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Golden with a 1/2 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Holy blood orange! Straight up!

Taste
Authentic blood orange juiciness. Grapefruit pith, florals, and dry pine. Very light malt reminiscent of dried biscuit. A light touch of onion and Fruity Pebbles cereal.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, and semi-dry with a medium bitterness.

Overall
Beyond the blood orange it's very perfumey and floral. This is pretty much exactly what DuClaw set out to do.

 563 characters

Photo of gillagorilla
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a MD snifter (bottled on 1/19/15)

A: Golden copper with nice bit of lacing and a collar.
S: Fruity with a bit of alcoholic fumes that go well with the hops here. Tons of blood orange.
T: Deliciously hoppy and lots of fruit in there. Seriously, it's like someone poured some Blood Orange juice into this. This is all kinds of fresh and juicy.
M: Lots of carbonation. Nice bit of rough foam.
O: This is probably the freshest DuClaw beer that I've had and possibly the freshest regular beer. Quite good and excited to see where they go with this series.

 587 characters

Photo of Bretwink
4.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just got this beer today and I can say it is one of the best ipa I have had . Very bitter but yet sweet at the same time . You can definatly taste the blood orange in every sip.

 177 characters

Hop Continuum No. 1 - Blood Orange Gypsy IPA from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 133 ratings