Neon Raptor. At first, the name makes me think initially of a rollercoaster or maybe the next big product marketed for children. But oh no, with a big DIPA about to be sampled, this drink certainly isn’t for kids.
I’ll go back to the beginning: Neon Raptor, well actually “Neon Raptor Brewing Co.” (what a peculiar name for a brewery), I had first seen on Instagram and subsequently purchased it from my good friend at Grunting Growler. He said that this brewery was currently rated in the top five breweries in the UK on Untappd, though take this with a pinch of salt. He hadn’t managed to try any of their beers yet, but like me, was looking forward to it! The first beer that I sampled from this company is called “New Construction Options” – I’ll get back to this in a minute.
This is another brewery that started out via homebrewing. In 2015, the team entered the BrewDog Nottingham Homebrew Contest and they won! If this doesn’t encourage you to take your home-brewing skills further, then I don’t know what will! Now, in 2018, Neon Raptor are installing their very own taproom, which is going to make their beer more accessible and allow them to create a much larger volume!
Mandatory “New Construction Options” Beer Facts
- Untappd Rating: 4.1 (at time of writing)
- ABV: 8%
- Style: DIPA
- Serving: Can, 440ml
I took the can from the fridge and was a little bit nervous… I think that the neon pink-blue logo threw me, as it made me think of clubs serving super-strength cocktails, rather than a new craft brewery. Initial impressions aside, nothing would stop me from opening this tall can. Apart from the logo, the background fitted closely with the beer’s name, which had images of cranes. At this point, I was hoping that this building brewery could be a new regular option within my beer fridge.
The beer poured a deep caramel colour and produced a 2cm tan head. With the can sized at 440ml, it didn’t fully fill the pint glass. The foam head lasted for the majority of the drink, which is always impressive when drinking non-draught beer. The beer had a deep hazy appearance, with citrus aromas coming from the beer top. The bright citrus flavours come through – initially grapefruit and mango – but this then transitions into a fierce bitter-sweet ending, which is truly glorious. There was a warmth of alcohol from its modest 8% ABV, just enough to remind you “Whoa – slow down and enjoy!”.
Rating 4.0/5: “New Construction Options” was a fantastic DIPA. Neon Raptor are regarded as one of the top up-and-coming craft breweries in the United Kingdom and I would certainly recommend getting your hands onto some of their beers! I’ve also got “Ghost Twins” hiding somewhere in my ever-expanding beer mountain – I’m already looking forward to that one.