El Guapo Agave IPA | O'Connor Brewing Co.

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El Guapo Agave IPAEl Guapo Agave IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

Added by gatorguy on 07-16-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
233
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
82
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 233 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by Zraly:
Photo of Zraly
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had this on tap at Gordon Biersch, one of the guest taps. Poured into a Nonic pint glass. Decent copper color with minimal head. Decent lacing.

The hops were not evident up front; the faintest smell of them lingered with the malty note that predominated the flavor. The hop note that did develop was earthy and mild with a touch of citrus toward the finish. For style, I thought there was a bit too much booze in the finish -- I'd prefer a dry, hoppy note to end each sip.

I think there is potential but overall it seems a bit off-balance. A touch more hops will bring out the better nature of this ale's angel.

7/11/2013

Had at brewery, seems fresher and cleaner.changed ratings a bit.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of heyart
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of tigg924
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
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 mkrass
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mjh0527
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of briandaube
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mustangjoe
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of riotinmyskull
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Mazarate
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of aapike86
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of syntheticwings
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Skabiski
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smartin121356
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of prototypic
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.

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Photo of VAbrookiechaser
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Photo of tabascosigned
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of geewowz
4.37/5  rDev +15%
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 hophugger
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 !!!!

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Photo of DKHNOVA
2.32/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of rvajohn
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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El Guapo Agave IPA from O'Connor Brewing Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 233 ratings.
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