Neon Gypsy

Maryland
United States
Neon Gypsy IPA Duclaw Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Neon Gypsy, our 6.5% abv India Pale Ale, new for 2014! It is medium-bodied and clear with a thin white head and crisp mouthfeel. A vagabond blend of 7 different hops dominates with grapefruit and citrus flavors and aromas, accented by notes of pine, that continue to roam your palate long after its clean, hoppy finish. Disconnect, and you will find your way.

Profile

ABV: 
6.5%
IBUs: 
55
Hops: 
Columbus, Simcoe, Chinook, Amarillo, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Sorachi Ace
Malts: 
Pale, Dextrin, Torrified Wheat, Flaked Rye
Judges Review 
Sean Coughlin's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

As expected, the nose is hop-forward -- fresh pine dominates the aroma with a background note of honeydew melon and a kiss of biscuity malt. The light melon and biscuit character create a layer of sweetness to the aroma. A substantial off-white head sits atop a slightly hazy beer of an attractive deep golden color. The head is creamy and dense, lasting for the duration of the beer. The flavor profile is very clean, allowing the hops to take center stage. The medium-high piney hop flavor gives way to a bitter grapefruit pith finish. While pleasant, a touch more brightness and sweetness from flavor hop additions would be welcome. The bitterness is moderate and seems lower than it probably is due to a very soft mouthfeel. The seemingly light ion concentration in this beer's water chemistry results in a beer with zero harness and great drinkability. Overall, a very approachable and drinkable IPA that could use more hop complexity to stimulate the senses a bit more.