El Guapo Agave IPA | O'Connor Brewing Co.

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El Guapo Agave IPAEl Guapo Agave IPA

Brewed by:
O'Connor Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

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Photo of greengorilla
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at a restaurant in Virginia Beach while visiting there. I had never heard of the brewery, but I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this beer. It smells great. It had just the right amount of bitterness, with a nice grapefruit finish. I wish that I had access to more of these.

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not too bitter and an overall smoother drinking beer. This is definitely a beer that I could drink again in the summer or in the winter.


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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color, nearly clear. Moderate head but it leaves a lattice of lace.

Spicy, white pepper nose. A bit of toasted malt.

Amber ale malt start. I get a dry, white pepper swallow and finish. Decent body with a higher level of carbonation.

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Photo of stevoj
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Draft at Yard House-Springfield. Medium amber pour with soft creamy head. Gentle floral hoppy aroma, more hoppiness in taste. Pretty smooth throughout, except for a funky metallic finish.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: pours light Amber body with small white head with ok R&L
S: sweet, earthy smell with some citrus notes
T: sweet, earthy rind taste with some sweet, agave notes
M: light and refreshing
D: nice, drinkable beer

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Photo of geewowz
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I read "made with agave nectar" and was worried, but the beer is just a solid tasty strong IPA. Maybe after three your clothes fly off, but I won't find out tonite.

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Photo of Beers-es
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap: beautiful clear copper with a couple fingers of dense, off-white foam. Smell is kind of standard malty IPA, with a touch of floral hops. Taste follows, nice balance. Good beer.

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Photo of thebeers
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber orange with thick white head. A mix of pine and pineapple in the aroma. Very sweet, with caramel malt and agave syrup in the flavor, a touch of orange and pine, and mild hop bitterness. Medium to heavy bodied with a little syrupyness to the mouthfeel. If you're looking for a very sweet IPA, this is your thing.

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Photo of gopens44
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rating to style, this is pretty much very dead on. Bitter in a nondescript way while being both subtle and noticeable. Nose is a bit fruity, more than I'd have thought for an English style but overall this was a very enjoyable ride.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Came across this beer while traveling to Norfolk/Virginia Beach for work (Oct. 2015). Wanted to pick up something local and got a sixer at the local gas station.
Aroma - Floral and fruity. Drinks heavy. Nice flavor but not very complex. I get same notes from sip to swallow. Also seems a little flat sometime in both flavor and feel. With some swigs the texture can be a little oily. Overall average.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle into mug at peter chang's, virginia beach, oct 16 2015

a: opaque orangey amber with off-white head

s: lots of sweet malt with lesser grass, pine and grapefruit

t: a malty sweet beer with the hops taking a back seat. sweet caramel, hints of sweet agave, slight dank pine, ripe grapefruit. bitter finish

m: i find the mouthfeel to be a bit light for the high abv. moderate carbonation

o: a good, sweet IPA. paired well with the salty, slightly-spicy chinese food

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Photo of cyguyjg
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I found the agave to be understated and, in my opinion, that's a plus rather than a criticism. The alcohol is understated as well - another plus. This ale is very smooth with a pleasing taste.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Grapefruit and light tangerine. Solid hop bitterness and biscuity malt backbone. No agave to speak of. Not a sweet IPA by any means. Almost has an English IPA tilt

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Photo of BobbyBill
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a great "Go To" beer for me. See it on draft a lot when I'm at the Beach. Goes really well with nachos and bad decision making. Good flavor, not an upper-echelon IPA but it drinks well.

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Photo of tigg924
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours with 1/4 inch head, clear copper color. Taste is citrus--tangerine, pine and light agave at the end. Wish the agave was more pronounced, but this is a solid IPA.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was celebrating with some friends and found this new variety on tap at the bar. We ordered a pitcher and poured into the standard bar pint glasses. Everyone was drinking away missing all the finer qualities of this beauty, while I was actually taking a moment to consider all of its components and writing them down on my phone to post here on beer advocate. It has a respectable 7.5% ABV and 70 IBUs and boasts the arguably unique component of Guava.

Look-With stunning clarity one can see the golden, but deep amber color to this beer. I see copper hues in the light and the head completely vanishes inside a minute.

Smell-It has a great malt base which is ripe with hops and the guava smell is just noticeable.

Taste-I get a brief grainy caramel based malts with a toasted spiciness. The middle palate quickly picks up on some grassy and citrus hops with a noticeable guava component that manifests itself among the hops. I get tangerine, clementine, and orange peel zest which are clearly from the citrus and grassy hops. It finishes spicy and bitter, but clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel-It is a medium-bodied caramel-based malt brew with guava and plenty of hops.

Overall-It is excellent and refreshing for any good hop head to enjoy. It is well-balanced and creamy. Enjoy!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a crystal clear, caramel coloring, with a foamy, fluffy, clingy, white head. Nose of resinous and peppery hops, rich caramel, and sugary sweet agave. Flavors are tangy sweet forward, with caramel, grapefruit, and melon, followed by a sugary sweet and floral kick from the agave. The backbone gets the hops character, heavy on the resin and grassy notes. Smooth, dry, and crisp, with a roasted, rustic sweet aftertaste. Clean, dry, crisp finish, with a subtle floral and sugary linger. Good beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I may be the odd one here on BA, but craft brewers who opt to make an English Style IPAs seem alot more consistent than what we get when they try to Amerize it. O'Connor did the style justice and this is a very nicely balanced and flavored IPA. Sweet malty and hoppy in balance, but no bitterness in the finish. At 7.5% its about at the perfect ABV for feel in a standard IPA as well. Enjoyable and recommended.

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Photo of Seejae
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

What seems to be a gimmick IPA is anything but. Amazing balance between the hops and sweet agave. Terrific beer that I wish were always accessible to me

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a darker copper color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. Retention isn't very special, but it has a soft texture and good thickness. Streaks of lacing adhere to the glass. (3.25)

Smell: It says the style is English IPA, so I expect fruit esters...and fruit esters I get. Notes of apricot, peach, and marmalade provide a great ballast to the grapefruit-forward hop profile. Agave doesn't dominate the nose by any means, but I definitely get a little bit of the stuff, along with some vanilla cream and caramel from the malts. I really enjoy the nose here: I always like British ale esters paired with some American hops (see also: Jaipur, Thornbridge). (4)

Taste: It starts off citrusy from the hops. On the other hand, I'm disappointed to find that the yeast profile here seems neutral rather than estery. Ah well. The middle of the beer is malty, providing cream, caramel, and toffee; it finishes with an herbaceous bite and some agave sweetness. Despite my slight disappointment, this does work nicely. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Just like honey, agave gives the beer some initial sweetness, but a dry finish. Translation: it's sweet, but not oppressive. Along with lively carbonation, this goes down fairly easily. (3.5)

Overall: An 85 for this is right on the money - this is very likable, but not quite elite. The agave isn't a gimmick, instead it adds a dimension that aids this IPA above the ranks of averageness. Definitely a worthy example of the style. (3.5)

3.61/5: Not that unique (agave notwithstanding), but rock-solid execution

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Photo of jonwiseman
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Managed to walk the line between sweet and bitter. Excellent agave taste yet unmistakable as an ipa. El Guapo is a medium bodied beer with grassy citrus nose, notes of sweet caramel and finishes with a smooth but strong bitterness. This beer just managed to break into my personal top ten if not top five. Well Done!!!!

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Photo of MUTINY
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my first real attempt to review a beer properly on here.

Drunk from a very fresh bottle poured into a wine tumbler.

A: Stunning golden/orange hues. Head is eggshell white & seems to dissipate quickly. Can't speak to retention & lacing as much due to the glassware being used.

S: Lively. Nice balance between grapefruity citrus hoppiness & mellow caramelly malt. Very inviting nose, screams: DRINK ME!

T: Again, lively & balanced. Somewhat bitter citrus hits hard first, followed by exactly enough malt to provide a counterpoint on the palate. I'd say the agave is subtle but detectable, not a gimmick, just a refined usage. It provides a sweetish lead-in to the bitter, somewhat lingering finish. All good things here, ABV is masked well & despite the longish dry finish this beer is truly refreshing.

M: Near perfect for the flavors here. The carbonation is right where a lively IPA should be, especially with the subtle agave sweetness. The malt could perhaps provide a bit more body here, if only to provide a bit more textural complexity through the finish. But I'm picking nits here.

O: I'd had this locally where I used to live & they've just recently started shipping to my current stomping grounds. Nothing has changed with this brew, it is as consistent & enjoyable as ever - I'm a happy guy to be able to pick this one up on the regular.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

dark golden orange in color. Fairly clear in appearance. Smells like Two Hearted. Hmmm. Kind of tastes along the lines of two hearted, but a touch less flavor and more bitter.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at O'Connor Brewing Company. I like the agave bite and the bitterness on the tongue. This is a solid IPA, with a nice grassy, hoppy resonance that really makes this brew shine.

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Photo of ordybill
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a nice hop and citrus aroma. Appearance- Pours a golden color with some orange highlights. Has a small white head. Taste- Has a great hop flavor that is well balanced with the grapefruit citrus flavor Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation Overall- A really good beer, highly recommended.

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