Neon Gypsy - Blood Orange
DuClaw Brewing Company

Neon Gypsy - Blood OrangeNeon Gypsy - Blood Orange
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IPA - American
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3.66 | pDev: 12.57%
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Neon Gypsy - Blood OrangeNeon Gypsy - Blood Orange
Notes: This clean, clear golden IPA is medium-bodied with a thin white head, crisp mouthfeel, and moderately strong 6.5% ABV. Blood Orange Neon Gypsy blends the grapefruit, citrus, & pine notes of 7 hops with the tart sweetness of blood orange juice for a flavor profile that roams your palate long after the beer’s bittersweet finish. Now pop the top, 'cause ... it's bloody refreshing!
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Sable from Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Giving DuClaw Brewing a second chance (They were responsible for the reprehensibly blasphemous chocolate peanut butter porter I couldn't finish). There may be a chance for redemption, here. Neon Gypsy isa blood orange IPA, so they've added more orange flavor to the nature occurring citrus of an IPA. There's a real tang to the flavor, and by that I mean Tang. The drink of the astronauts. The hops get lost in the shiny, bright orange flavor. The color is an orange Amber, but there is a lot of sediment. For a while it was looking like the beer equivalent of a snow globe. The scent strongly precedes the flavor ... It was perceptible across the room. Subtlety is not this beer's long suit.

At least I was able to finish this.

Feb 26, 2018
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Oddly enough I got mine at the same Havertown Giant as the last rater ...small world. Light orange amber just about see through brew with a decent white head. Really strong scent of oranges along with slight citric hops and a malty back. The taste really starts with the blood oranges and there is some malt and bittering hops in there. You get a somewhat bready malt finish that is more noticeable as it warms. It's sort of a bit astringent on the finish also. The feel is pretty creamy with medium carbonation. My biggest beef with this beer is that the blood orange doesn't blend all that well with the rest of this brew.

Dec 01, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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

DuClaw Brewing Company "Blood Orange Neon Gypsy"
12 fl. oz brown glass bottle, "PKG103117 #bloody REFRESHING"
$2 @ Giant, Havertown, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Less than a month old on this one, I got lucky. It's poured a two-finger thick head of foamy off-white atop a slightly hazy amber-orange-almost-copper colored body with visible particulate in suspension. Some people don't like the floaties but they don't bother me, and the head seems to be holding up very well so there's that. The aroma definitely suggests blood orange so there's that as well. I'm not finding any hops but I like it as it is, they might be there or they might not, adding more citrus but I just don't find them. ... ... I stepped away for a moment and I've come back to find that I still have a pretty solid eighth to quarter inch head. Nice. OK, the taste again reveals blood red orange, particularly upfront, although it carries through and then lingers in the finish as well. It's definitely an IPA underneath though. I'm not sure what the IBUs might be but it's solidly bitter. As for the grain it's hard to tell as well, I'm guessing a fairly basic golden malt with just a light bit of caramel... the blood orange is just too strong to really get a take on it. It's medium to medium-light in body and crisp, which explains at least a little of the head retention, it's got some carbonation to it. Oh and I just noticed that there's some really nice lacing as well. I'm not sure how to rate the appearance given the particulate in suspension. I'd give it a 4.25 if it was clear, or even close, so I guess it deserves a 4. Overall it's somewhere around there as well. I love the blood orange, and that it's as intense as it is, but at the same time I'm not sure I'd want to have two in a row. Maybe I would, or maybe it might be a little too much for a second serving. Still, it's decent. It's something different and so it's interesting, and the citrus leaves it very refreshing.

Nov 29, 2017
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a custom shaped grip glass: color is gold, some floating sediment, head is off white with fine bubbles.

Aroma is quite citrusy with a pithy rind like aroma, which is both from the heavy dose of citrus juice and hop selection, i would guess. Toasted malt intermingles.

Taste is similar with a bit more malt character: citrus rind and juice are noticeable, malt is toasty hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel is good with moderate carbonation and just the right amount of bitterness.

Overall a good citrus ipa with strong citrus/blood orange rind component and just enough maltiness.

Oct 02, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - wow, this one's marketing shtick is a little, shall we say, tame for the course, eh?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent disintegrating ice floe lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of sugary orange flesh, fresh-squeezed red grapefruit juice, gritty and grainy pale malt, further lemon/lime soda notes, and some restrained leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is like a weak Screwdriver with pine needles dunked into it - big orange, grapefruit, and what mainland Europe calls citron fruitiness, a hint of vodka-like booze warming, and resinous pine - all washed over some rather meek grainy and bready pale and caramel malts.

The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-coddling frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and generally smooth, with perhaps a touch of phenolic fruit-addled alcohol messing up the new paint job here. It finishes off-dry, and still big and fruity, the mixed citrus character really showing some sauced-up lingering legs.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough fruity and hoppy offering from this producer of big and brash brews (at least in my admittedly limited experience). Refreshing, relatively easy to drink, and with just the right amount of booziness to remind one that this isn't one for the kiddies.

Jun 08, 2017
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HopOnTheCraftBeerTrain from Maryland

2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Somehow got a bottle the other day, so clearly it can still be had, although I am local to the brewery. Poured into my tulip glass.

Look: Beautiful amber color, that almost reminds of a hazy apple juice. Thin white head that disappeared almost immediately and barely returns when swirled.

Smell: Fruity nose, although not as strong as Heavy Seas Tropicannon, which I feel like this beer was trying to model itself after. Not a lot of hop presence on the nose, which is rather disappointing. Smell a lot of apple and blood orange. The lack of head probably did not help get the full smell either.

Taste: Big letdown. There is only a slight hop taste on the palate and the fruit flavor is not as predominant as it is on the nose. There is also a strange finish to the beer that is not pleasant.

Feel: Basically kind of rough, despite the fact it is not a high alcohol beer at 6.5%. That strange finish does not help either. I love IPA's and their bitterness, but this just does not hit the mark in terms of being very drinkable.

Overall: Quite disappointing to be frank. I expected it to have a nice citrus pop via some peels and hops, but it just did not exactly pop with either. While there is some bitterness, it does not feel natural and just winds up being a rather unremarkable IPA. I had no idea until I reviewed this beer that it was retired, but needless to say, I can totally understand why Duclaw did that.

If you are looking for a citrus IPA in Maryland, get Heavy Seas Tropicannon or Flying Dog's Bloodline. It's not perfect, but has a strong citrus flavor and is a heck of a lot more drinkable than the Blood Orange Neon Gypsy.

Jun 06, 2017
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BeerSexLove from Virginia

2.64/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I wanted to like this beer simply because I'm weak for names, labels and the idea of exotic citrus which is what prompted this impulse buy.

I liked the golden hue, the scent was orange/grapefruit/pine, and the initial taste pulled my pallet, citrus to piney, bittersweet with a lingering metallic "piney" tinge....I'm not a fan of such an after taste which would make me inclined not to drink it again. I support its retirement.

May 06, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish tulip

L: Clear medium golden-copper pour. 1 finger of foamy white head. Nice lacing. Looks solid.

S: Citrus.. blood orange... and citrus. Did I mention citrus?

T/F: Some grains up front and the dominant flavor is a somewhat off-putting orange/citrus mashup. A bit earthy... not a lot of hop complexity, and any bitterness is lost in the sweet juice. The blood orange dominates the flavor... and not in a good way. Medium to thin in body... good carbonation, finish is orange and semi-sweet.

O: Not my thing and wouldn't get it again. Too much 'blood orange' and not enough 'IPA'.

Mar 28, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a lager glass.

This IPA has a clear, orange-amber body. Lots of carbonation is evident. The off-white head is moderate in size, very durable, and leaves lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

The fruity and floral aroma carries more citrus (mainly orange, of course) than hops, but the flavor is hop dominated. While the aroma has some suggestion of artificial orange (think orange candy), this is not an issue with the flavor. The flavor is a mix of hops, orange juice, and orange peel, with hints of grapefruit, pineapple, pine, cut grass and faint herbs all present. Medium-low bitterness.

Lively medium-high carbonation in a near medium body.

Overall: a step up(?) from regular Neon Gypsy which is a fine IPA on its own.

Mar 17, 2017
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jeffdr123 from Florida

3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark golden beer. I don't smell or taste the orange as strongly as some other reviewers did. But there's a slight sweetness that softens the heavy hops. Poured at the Brew Hub.

Jan 19, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As I continue to winnow through the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, I am finding beers that I do not even remember purchasing! In fact, I have so many DuClaw beers hanging around that I am embarking on a horizontal tasting for the next few days. This should be interesting.

From the bottle: "This crisp, clean IPA blends the grapefruit, citrus, and 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. Now pop the top, 'cause ... it's bloody refreshing!"; "Respect_the_Fluid".

I Pop!ped the cap & decided to resume respecting the fluid with a gentle pour. I know that this one was a semi-recent purchase, but since I do not remember precisely when I bought it, I figured that gentility might be in order. Once in the glass, a not-so-gentle swirl raised a finger of foamy, tawny head that slowly fell away to wisps. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the dank quality of its predecessor, Neon Gypsy, but underlain by a gentle sweetness that cut through some of the miasma, although not readily identifiable. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was still hampered by a bitter pithiness of citrusy lemon and grapefruit, but the semi-sweetness of the blood orange offset it to some extent, although they could have intensified the orange flavor without any complaint from yours truly. Finish was dry, but not as intensely bitter & unpleasant as Neon Gypsy, again thanks to the inclusion of the blood orange juice. It is more damning with faint praise on my part. I just think that they need to revisit the Neon Gypsy recipe and then it and all of its adjunct brethren will improve, but until then ... I am not much of a fan.

Jan 07, 2017
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Beejay from Virginia

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

A: Orange brown in color, with tons of chunkies floating about. A nice sized light tan head, but the floaties, while I normally don't mind a few... seem particularly off-putting in this one.

S: Lots of citrus. Grapefruit, orange peel, and tangerine, with a slight bready flavor in the finish.

T: Bright orange flavor, almost going towards an orange cream soda.. That is followed by grapefruit, and bitter orange peel, finish is more sweet orange.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O: Overall decent, but like a few of their beers this heads really close to being a gimmick...

Dec 03, 2016
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Lucular from Maryland

2.23/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I'm not getting a lot of blood orange flavor - or aroma - from this beer. It's pretty sweet and malty and the hops mostly contribute a floral attribute. Meh.

Nov 07, 2016
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ppvora from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cold 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass (sorry).
Appearance: Copper color, 3 fingers of head, some aeration, tiny bit of cloudiness.
Aroma: Exotic flowers, malt, hops. The flower aroma is gorgeous.
Taste: Hops, a good bit of an "orange cream soda" type of taste (not unpleasant), fruit, some bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Some lingering bitterness, but not in a bad way.
Overall: A decent IPA, with a lovely aroma which builds expectations. However, the orange cream soda taste doesn't quite deliver on the built expectations. Still, a decent IPA.

Aug 28, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of blood oranges and grapefruit are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of blood oranges along with notes of grapefruit and some hints of pine towards the finish. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked how the flavors of blood oranges were well balanced with the grapefruit and pine flavors imparted by the hops.

Serving type: bottle

Jul 18, 2016
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Caveworm from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blood Orange Neon Gypsy | DuClaw Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick and off-white , with web-like lacing, and a clear medium amber body.

Smells like juicy citrus(the blood orange?) with some milder "pine" hops

I taste a very well-done blend of the previously mentioned blood orange and pine hops, along with a milder biscuit malt backbone.

The mouthfeel here is medium-light with mild carbonation.

I'll rate Blood Orange Neon Gypsy | DuClaw Brewing Company with an overall 4.5. Hits the spot on a scorching, humid day with impressive gateway appeal for the uninitiated.

Jul 17, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/11/2016. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big blood orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light honey, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops, blood orange, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big blood orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light honey, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of blood orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange rind, pine, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops, blood orange, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and fairly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruited IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops, blood orange, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Jul 16, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at the table paired with the second course of the banquet at HomeBrewCon. Huge citrus form the fruit and the hops, firm bitterness light bready maltiness. Different but pretty good.

Jun 25, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a shaker, the beer is a bright, orange-copper coloring with a foamy, clingy, white head. Nose of subtle tart raspberry and orange, with a subtle piney hops character. Muted aromas. The flavor is bitter and resinous forward, wet grass and pine pitch, on a toasted backbone, with some tropical fruit notes in there, too. Smooth, mid-bodied, with a tart citrus and piney hops aftertaste. Some pepper spice showing up, too. Oily slick, dry finish. Tasty.

Jun 19, 2016
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dadafan2003 from Indiana

3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

5/10/2016 bottle date. First bottle was pour carefully into a pint glass. Immediately saw a ton of sediment and I'm not sure if that is normal for this beer. Copper color nice hoppy citrusy smell. I was surprised the taste was much more earthy and bitter with just a hint of citrus/orange. A bit disappointed.

Jun 19, 2016
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Packaged 03/10/16. Pours a translucent copper hue with a loose, half-inch, cream-colored head that disperses into a tight band around the shoulders. Nose is fairly subdued but the blood orange does come out as it warms. There's also a hint of biscuit malt and an earthy quality. Taste is earthy and herbal upfront. Blood orange is detectable, but barely, and there's a medicinal bitterness that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a bit too bitter for my sensibilities. Not something I need to revisit unless it's on-cask.

Jun 11, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, bright orange/tan in color with one inch head. Smell is fresh picked orange. Taste is big orange, pale malt, and a touch of pine towards the end. Tasty, one of the most orange forward beers I have had. Very tasty. I will get this again.

Jun 05, 2016
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear orange gold beer with a white head that leaves random gobs of lacing behind. The aroma is oranges and sweet malt with a with some pine. The taste is fairly sweet with a strong orange oil flavor and sweet, caramel notes. There is a nice piney, bitter finish at the end. This is a fairly solid fruity IPA.

May 04, 2016
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 4/11/16. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours golden with nice clarity; creamy white head that slowly fades leaving great retention and solid lacing. The aromas are full of citrus. Lots of orange and tangerines. Some bready malts in the mix. The flavors are also full of citrus. More orange notes. Slightly earthy with some fresh grass. Fresh pine is in the mix as well. Caramel malts are there. Solid bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's very fluffy and easy to drink. Smooth stuff.

This is a solid "Fruit IPA". These kind of beers are definitely trending, and this one is a solid example. It drinks like a beer and not a fruit cocktail. It's clean and refreshing. Works during the warm weather.

Apr 16, 2016
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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 106 ratings