El Guapo IPA - O'Connor Brewing Co.

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El Guapo IPAEl Guapo IPA

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very good

24 Reviews
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Reviews: 24
Hads: 149
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 5
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'Connor Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gatorguy on 07-16-2011

70 IBU
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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 149
Reviews by Ysgard:
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4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

EDIT: I've run into a few old bottles. They age into a nice barleywine, but very sweet. I can see where folks might be getting old bottles. For some reason the distributor was charging more for a local 6er than most national labels. Caused these to sit past their prime. Best on tap still, but a fresh bottle is quite good.

One of my personal favorites from a local brewery.

A: Clear and golden, light white head that laces but doesn't tend to get overly foamy.

S: Citrus, nectar, tropical fruit. Bright is this IPAs stock in trade. Almost like a baby Hopslam.

T: Delicious. Malt sweetness isn't really present, instead theres a nectar-like sensation, with solid hop finish, and tropical and citrus flavors dancing around the middle with the nectar flavors. The Agave really plays well with the hops in this guy. It's change a bit, as I understand that some of the american hops were in short supply last year, but it seems they have it nailed back down.

M: Light, sometimes almost too light to support. Not a detractor at all, but not noteworthy. I feel like I want to get a touch of toasty/crackery malts to tie back the agave.

O: I love this beer when its on, and even when it was adjusting to market hops availability, it was still above average by quite a bit. I love this like my first taste of hopslam, but I can get this super fresh all year round. (1,367 characters)

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

El Guapo is an interesting collision of copper and orange. When held to light, it looks more orange. It’s very clear. No haze. An off-white head sits on top and rises to about a finger or so in height. It recedes rather quickly, leaving a moderate coat of sticky lace clinging to the glass. Looks alright.

I’m not crazy about the smell. It features a very strong sweet caramel scent up front. Whether it’s English or an American IPA, that doesn’t work so well. It just masks a lot of the other good stuff. It does have a citric, fruity scent to it. It smells sweet. That must be the agave. It features some light citric hop scents of grapefruit and orange. They really fight for space in the wealth of caramel malt though. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but isn’t overwhelming. All in all, it’s not bad. Not very good either. Average it is.

The flavor is a bit above average. Not very good. The caramel malt base is just too much. It’s very sweet and overwhelms the flavor profile. There are some citric, fruity flavors. Grapefruit and orange hop flavors are present. It’s not exactly bitter. The malt base is too much of an equalizer. There’s an interesting flavor to it that’s a little reminiscent of honey. I suspect that’s the agave. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through too strong. It’s not warm or hot. Finishes with a sweet caramel taste and just a hint of fruity notes. Eh. Just okay.

The body is about medium. Carbonation is rather light and soft. It has a pretty good mouthfeel. Given the wealth of caramel malt, that’s not a huge shock.

El Guapo is just an okay beer. The agave flavor is interesting, but does little to compete with the overly strong caramel malt presence. Toning that down would go a long way to improving this one. It’s worth a try. Stick with a single bottle, if possible. (1,847 characters)

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4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

I have re-rated this beer now that I have had it in the bottle as opposed to on tap. Much better flavor, sweetness and hoppiness in the bottle. Nicely balanced, with just the right amount of sweet agave to bring a pleasing balance to this very nice IPA From VA !!!! (265 characters)

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El Guapo IPA from O'Connor Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.