Spyhop | O'Connor Brewing Co.

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Summer

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Hoptimus-Prime:
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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Photo of prototypic
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Spyhop pours a light gold, almost straw color. It’s very hazy. There might be a few yeast particles swimming around. Backlighting gives it a brighter, light yellow look. It’s topped with a white head that stands over a finger tall. Retention was on the shorter side. Lacing was sticky, but lighter in volume. It looks pretty good.

The nose is an interesting mix of spicy notes and citric hops. It’s a little weak in terms of strength, but it smells pretty good. It kicks off with a spicy Belgian yeast scent. There’s a little clove, coriander, maybe chamomile. Hops are easily noted. They smell citric. Grapefruit, lemon, and orange scents are present. The hops and spices seem to blend fairly well although the spices seem stronger. Smells a tad sweet and sugary. Alcohol is blended pretty well. Not bad. I’m intrigued.

The flavor is about on par with the nose. Belgian yeast is very strong and very spicy up front. It’s tasty, but it is spicy. If you’re averse to spicy beer, you may not be into this one. Chamomile, clove, pepper, and coriander are all apparent. Hops jump into the mix fairly quickly. They have a nice, strong mix of citrus flavors. Pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and lemon are noted. The hops aren’t quite as strong as the spicy flavors. A little more balance would be better. It’s still nice and bitter though. A little sugary sweet on the tail. Alcohol is there, but isn’t all that noticeable. Finishes spicy, hoppy, and dry.

The body is medium. Carbonation is relatively light and soft. It goes down pretty easy. It’s a little spicy, but it’s still pretty drinkable.

Spyhop is my second beer from O’Connor Brewing Co. Frankly, it’s appreciably better than El Guapo IPA. It’s not perfect, but it is good. Personally, I’d prefer a little less spicy flavor. That would provide more balance between the spicy and hop flavors. Still good stuff. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of hophugger
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden color with great head and decent lacing. Aromas of pine, citrus and slight sweetness. Taste of grapefruit rind, some stone fruits and nice hop bitterness. Nice clean finish with lingering honts of citrus and citrus peel...

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robebo44
3.09/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RichPino
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bitterandtwisted
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scott_McCool
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lillitnn92
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drned
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBorsato
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Skillet
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of timc13
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Carbon_Hops
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JayQue
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Each O'Connor IPA is better than the last. Great Dismal Swamp is mediocre. El Guapo is fairly good,, especially on tap. Spyhop is pretty solid, Pours a hazy straw gold color into a pint glass. The head is good sized and lasts pretty long. There are light patches of lacing on the glass. Smell is pretty robust. Citrus hops predominate.

Taste is pretty similar to the aroma but even stronger. There is a good blast of hops bitterness up front. A strong citrus hops presence is there but some balance there as well as it is not just a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel might e a hair thin up front but becomes less of an issue the more you drink. Hoppiness takes care of everything..

This is a worthwhile IPA, would look forward to another one.

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Photo of teromous
4.79/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Style: White IPA

A: Hazy light golden color with a thin fluffy white head. The head reminds me of a doily where you can see beer through the vacant spots in the head, and there is a fancy lining where the head meets the glass. Some spotted trails and pock-marks of lacing remain on the glass.

S: Huge bold hop aroma. It smells fresh, and I do mean fresh. Forget hop-bag fresh, this smells like I'm smelling hops still on the bine. Amazing uplifting scents like lemon meringue and dank earthy hops. It probably sounds crazy but it's an addictive smell.

T: Wow. Ok this list will be long. At first I get this light vanilla flavor, some fresh corriander-like taste, loads of citrus rind, grapefruit, then there is this pine needle twang followed by a cream flavor, followed by a funky shrub flavor, then a bit of mint...it pretty much explodes with flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is like War and Peace. If you haven't read it then you're like me, but you know it's big and it has a title that is very contradictory. At first the beer feels smooth, but then it bites back not once, but twice. There's the initial bite of bitterness...ouch. Then there's the next one, hot-damn. I wouldn't say the beer is something you could sit down and enjoy, but it's like looking piece of artwork. There's so much going on, you haven't figured out if you even like it yet. You're still trying to figure out where the nose is, and what that strange red thing is in the corner. By the time you realize you've been staring at it for the past half-hour you realize that it's about appreciation. I appreciate this beer for its complexity, and I hope it never changes.

O: Overall I can honestly say that I really enjoyed the beer for the crazy thing that it is. Really it is not the same old tired AIPA. The beer says "White IPA" and has a harmless image of a whale breaching. I don't know what the hell the brewery was thinking, because they should have added some crazy octopus with a flaming swordfish and some crabs dancing crabs, because this thing is nuts with flavor.

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Photo of Ysgard
4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at 80/20 Burger Bar in Norfolk and The Porch in Virginia Beach

I am a fan of El Guapo, especially on Tap. This is on a different level.

Cloudy white tinged with a touch of gold. persistent but tiny blanket of head. Lace to spare.

Dank Dank Dank hop aroma, with tropical notes, and hints of tangerine.

Piney Herbal Grapefruit pushing back into a wheaty twang, ending with Mango, underripe pineapple, and a hint of ... coriander? Breathing in after, taste of dankness (almost catty). As the pint winds down, a light malty pilsner-esque sweetness thinks about coming out and see's it's shadow.

A bit of boozy bite with the carbonation. Surprisingly drinkable, but a bit of a bite.

I hope this does like Great Dismal and sticks around a long time.

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Photo of avalon07
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Had this on-tap at Capital Ale House - Midlothian, poured into a snifter glass. Had a golden yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Good lacing.

S: A decent, but not great aroma of hops, citrus fruit, malt, and tropical fruit.

T: Tasted of a bit of malt (mostly in the finish), a bit of citrus fruit (lemon, orange peels), a lot of bitter hops (almost overdone), and some tropical fruit as well. In general, this is a pretty likable flavor. It's definitely loaded with citrus fruit, but also a ton of hops. But this latter element almost throws it off. Nonetheless, tasty stuff.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a flawed, but somehow likable, beer. Worth a look.

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Photo of Skellbop
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThomasAWilson2
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bdanysh
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Spyhop from O'Connor Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 35 ratings