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El Guapo IPA - O'Connor Brewing Co.

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El Guapo IPAEl Guapo IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | 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:
70 IBU

(Beer added by: gatorguy on 07-16-2011)
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Reviews by obywan59:
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obywan59

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

From notes.
Sampled at the Chesapeake Grill on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Golden orange with a 3 finger off-white head and sticky lacing.

Very floral, sweet and hoppy. Over ripe citrus.

Redolent of hops. Floral w/ light bitterness. Citrus. Rather sweet malt, Faint bitterness in the end.

Light to moderate in body, but still warming.

Very flavorful and citric. I liked it better than the Great Dismal IPA.

11-13-2013 02:37:14 | More by obywan59
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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.

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Extra in a trade with themeadhatter. Thanks man!

Pours a copper orange, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like toasted malts, sweet grain, and piney hops.

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El Guapo IPA from O'Connor Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.