Opa Opa IPA - OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-16-2004

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Reviews by bjohnson:
Photo of bjohnson
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the girlfriend (eheff) for bringing this back from western Mass. Shared with a friend.

A: Pours a clear copper amberish color with a nice white head. Thin retention and nice sticky spider web like lacing.
S: Grapefruit and other citrus fruit hop notes. Sweet bubblegum. Floral hop presence with a bit of tea leaves also.
T/M: Citrus and grassy hop flavors. Toasted grain with slight sweet caramel malt notes. extra long bitterness that has a stinging lip smacking affect on the palate. Bitterness lasts a long time, well into the finish.
D: Excellent example of the style. Smooth and easy drinking. This is what makes up a fine session IPA in my opinion. I enjoyed this more than other IPA's as the malt notes don't take over the hop profile in the aftertaste as other IPA's do---the hop profile stays dominant.

More User Reviews:
Photo of porterman66
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good IPA, I guess. I shouldn't rate these though since I'm not a big fan of IPAs

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

While the distribution offices are listed in Florida, the Opa-Opa brand started off as a brewpub in Southampton, MA, and now has distribution points in both Massachusetts, Florida and Connecticut with the help of contract brewing in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Frothy rocky sea foam head stays thick and afloat even after several sips. Superb head retention here. The appearance is of a very hazy orange-amber color which is most likely due to the hops and minimal filtering. Slightly pungent oily, juicy citric and wildflower hop aroma with some sweet malt in the back. Big on smoothness with a moderate carbonation and medium body. Hop bitterness takes over the palate right from the start with a pungent oiliness, flavors of grapefruit zest and raw pine sap come to mind. There is some malt character underneath the hops, toasted biscuit and animal-feed grain flavors come through middle to end. The hop flavor just does not want to let go, even the finish is a long drawn-out encore with a semisweetness that is mostly masked.

Its great to know there is another east coast IPA that can hold its own to any West Coast hop bomb. This is some old school craft beer here--drink and learn.

Photo of blitz134
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color, filtered obviously. Very small thin white head on the pour.

Fairly balanced aroma. A little grainy, husky malt flavor. A touch of grassy, herbal hopping, a touch english possibly. Fleeting hints of citrus hops.

Flavor has a good dose of malt, grainy and some biscuit. Hops hit after the swallow, again a little grassy and herbal. Finish is a bit earthy with hops and malts. Pretty balanced. Definately a decent malt backbone here, this isn't American two-row.

Lighter mouthfeel, inline with what is appropriate. A bit of crispness from teh carbonation, which unfortunetly never supported a nice head.

Easy enough to drink. Refreshing enough for me at the moment.

Photo of tigg924
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a golden brown, medium to high head, fairly decent amount of carbonation

Smell: light grapefruit and some florals

Taste: light sweet melon and a bit of grapefruit

Mouthfeel: very smooth, a bit sweet for an IPA, and crisp in the finish

Drinkability: I could easily have a six of this. This is an excellent IPA if you do not like IPAs too bitter. I will be looking for this again

Photo of far333
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale orangey copper-colored, with an inch of fluffy orangey yellow meringue on top. Incredible retention. Streams of bubbles rise quickly from bottom to top.

Aroma of floral and citrus hops.

Flavor seems muted or not even present on the front of the tongue, and slowly builds as the beer flows through the mouth. Hops are mostly floral, not too big, mixed with some fading malt, finishing a bit piney. Some brown sugary malt emerges in the aftertaste.

Smooth and full mouthfeel, richness followed by carb tingles, very bubbly, sorta gassy. Fairly drinkable, but not overly hoppy and not very complex.

Photo of OStrungT
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a thin off white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a slight lace.

This beer has a floral hop aroma. Very subtle. It has a slight grassy aroma. Some lemony citrus aroma is also present.

This beer tastes citrusy. Some lemon mixes in with some grass. This beer tastes floral. As with the aroma, the taste is very subtle.

This beer is crisp, and refreshing. It goes down easy, leaving a floral aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. Not to high in alcohol, and a nice mild flavor.

Overall: Thanks go out to BuckeyeNation for giving me the chance to try this one. This beer was pretty good. Nothing life changing, but a good solid IPA.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opa-Opa- IPA

A- Clear amber red/ brown with a small filmy head and filmy lacing.
S- Bold bitter pine hops with a sweet toffee malt.
T- Bitter oily pine needle hops blended nicely with a sweet buttery caramel/ toffee malt.
M- Buttery sweet malt quickly dominated by bitter sweet pine hops.

Overall- Quite solid IPA. A good beer to try from Opa-Opa.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a slightly hazy, golden amber with a rather thick and creamy head that dissiptes slowly and leaves plenty of sticky foam behind.

This is a very herbal and earthy scented IPA, not fruity at all, This one is all herbal, earthy hop and amild buttery malt.

The flavor is the same, This is not a fruity, or floral IPA...were talking Herbal, earthy, hardy, good balance of malt. Me like!

This ia medium mouth feel, very crisp with a nice bite on the tongue.

highly drinkable IPA.

Photo of jmz62565
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy light orange with a medium white foamy head,alittle light colored though. Decent head with decent lacing. The smell is nice with a strong scent of bread yeast and citrus hops. The taste is crisp with some hop bitterness and then citrus flavors. Not bad,along with a very strong bread yeast flavor this is a first class IPA. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well. A good solid beer that you should try.

Photo of BennyL1
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe

A - The appearance is pretty much standard for an IPA. Pours a nice amber color with a bit of foamy white head. Nice lacing along the glass.

S - Citrus notes upfront (grapefruit) with a sweet malt background. Once again, pretty standard for the style but still good.

T - Hops up front with the citrus notes leading the way. The malt sweetness really comes through leaving barely any bitterness. The bottle is about 4 months old so that could possibly be why.

M - Body on the lighter side with good carbonation. Nice and smooth on the way down.

D - I wouldn't mind trying this one again when it is nice and fresh. Not bad as is, just nothing that really stands out.

Photo of Magpie14
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: clouded yellowish gold with caramel edges. The top consisted of foam and fizz that disappeared very fast and left one skinny strip of lace with a few blasts of speckles. Reminds me of a deeper tinged Hefeweizen

S: lemons, tea leaves, and floral notes. Not very pungent, even for minimal standard IPA's. A little more hop shock in the nose would be nice

T: strongest presence is managed by citrus lemony grapefruit hops with big herbal tea flavors. The back end is sort of awry with a artificial sugary lemon flavor. I can also pull out some soft pine notes that cut through. Pale malt profile holds very light biscuity character

M: a solid body profile in the medium category. Comes off creamy at times otherwise it remains smooth

D: I dare to say this bottle was not very fresh...at all. I could see this brew making a good stand in the IPA category, but for now I pass

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a handfilled unpasterized bottle, courtesy of the brewers. It pured a foamy and slightly amber colour. C hop aroma. Good bitterness and satisfying finish. Very drinkable IPA. Fruity citrus, piney resiny. A bit high on carbonation.

Had this on cask as well and the grapefruit flavour came out. It was a top cask, a 4 plus.

Photo of Ezone024
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours into pint glass darker than most ipa's a golden brown hue. head forms nicely and lingers on top for a while. has a floral/citrus aroma at 1st then the carmel malt seems to cut through. A well balanced pale ale, doesn't seem hoppy enough to be considered an IPA, however the bitterness creeps through the malts as it's very subtle. Very drinkable i'd pair with seafood, especially if you're at a raw bar!

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This place is out of the way, which is a shame because their beer is fantastic. I mean, I live in Western Mass and this place is out of the way. When I finally arrived I was disappointed that their double IPA was out, I guess it’s that good.

A super fragrant offering. Dried berries along with a huge blast of pine and citrus, this is a very nice example of an English IPA with and American twist.

Big hop flavor. On par with many West Coast IPA's, there is a fair amount of bitterness that accompanies it, but it is nicely balanced with he hops.

Fresh beer is best. This is a big beer, but holds up nicely to all the "elements" it possesses. A great beer.

Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mix a six pickup. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours bright orange amber with a light layer of foam on top. See through. Modest grapefruit nose, malt too. Lighter side. Light hop, thin malt. Citrus embedded. Grapefruit peers through. Very mild, but still good.

Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid overall IPA. Poured a nice amber appearance with distinct floralm hop presence. The hops were conisistent throughout the taste...with a very nice dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium with a dry, but smooth quality. Drinkability is good, due to the lack of any overall harshness ..easy on the palate.

Photo of egy
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle with a best by date of March 2011.

A - Hazy amber/orange with a one finger head that last a few minutes and a few sips

S - Sweet and hoppy. A slight floral hop note is there but it's mainly citrusy

T - A big hit of sweet citrus hop flavor hits you at first, and never really goes away. This beer is surprisingly potent.

M - Good amount of carbonation to be paired with the sweet hop flavor. Almost a citrusy juice type texture.

D - Honestly I enjoy this beer but haven't found my self drinking more than two in an evening, either I want something different, or I'm just no loner interested...

Photo of akorsak
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a recent trade with jamie2dope.

A: The IPA looks deep red from a distance before revealing a copper amber color. A half-a-finger of head blanketed the ale on pour; it has since dissapated away.

S: The nose generally lacks aroma. Some grainy bread notes emerge but the hops offer nary a scent.

T: A sip makes up for the lackluster nose, lots of flavor jumps out from the get-go. Full-bodied grains create a dark bready, almost rye, flavor. THe first wave of malt is followed immediately by a nice blast of grassy, herbal hops. Citrusy rind adds an additional layer of hop flavor, a nice addition to the herbal notes. Finish is good 'n' hoppy, pleasantly bitter long after the sip is gone.

M: The grassiness of the hops makes this a good sipper, lots of flavor to enjoy.

D: I'd gladly pound down a few of these over a couple of hours. From the OPA OPA site, it looks like a thick steak would help greatly.

Photo of philbe311
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - One fingers worth of tightly packed and even creamy tan head... Solid retention... Loads carbonation throughout - starts slow at the bottom and quickly speeds up as it reaches the top... An amberish copper color which is slightly lighter at the bottom and slightly darker at the top...

S - A subdued hoppiness upfront... Melon... Caramel... Malt... Well balanced and mildly enticing, but a bit timid overall...

T - A nice malty beginning... Biscuit... Caramel... Flowery tones... A sharp pungent grapefruit hoppiness rises to the forefront and burns the tongue... Metallic aftertaste...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly chewy... Lots of carbonation... Bitterness brutalizes the tongue... Sturdy...

D - A potent hop assault, especially considering it only weighs in at 6% ABV and the single IPA status... Far from my favorite in the category and probably not something I would reach for in the future, but it is a representation of the style that deserves some consideration for BA near and far...

Photo of fitzy84
4.24/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle at the Table and Vine sampling. The drink had a dark amber appearance with slight lacing. The aromas were particularly strong in spices, citrus aromas and hops: really solid. The taste had a similar flavoring as the smell, but there was more of a good, subtle bitterness to it. Good body, not too light or heavy: brought out the flavors. Overall, pretty darn good.

Photo of TeddyBG
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from growler into Pint glass.

A: copper colored with off-white head that lasts. Good lacing.

S: Grapefruit! Other hoppy aromas.

T: Citrusy hops flavor certainly dominant here. Cannot really pick-up much else.

M: Well carbonated. No weird aftertastes.

D: Not sure I'll be able to polish this growler off tonight. I like the flavor, overall, but it just seems heavy to me. Maybe it's the Kung Pao Chicken that accompanied my first two glasses. Another good beer from Opa squared.

Photo of theghost3
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LarryG for this extra. Pours a bright copper with a 1-finger white head. Medium lacing.

Smell is a nice balance of sweet citrus & some piney hops with some malty scents. Taste is somewhat sweet from the caramel malts & citrus flavor, and there's a subtle bitterness at the end from the piney hops. There is a slight metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp, medium-bodied.

This is a very drinkable IPA. Maltier than a lot of the West Coast IPAs, but that's not necessarily a drawback.

Photo of jjmunro
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Andover Liquors to help pass a well-placed snowday without any essays to grade.

A - Clear dark amber pour with a small, quickly disappearing head with some lacing.

S - I didn't get much of a hop aroma out of the smell. It was present, but nothing stood out.

T - Sweet, grapefruity and lemony with the hop bitterness lingering on the tongue. The malt profile is not prevalent; hops certainly overpower the malt, but it somehow comes across as balanced for the style

M - Hops stick around a little too long for my liking

D - After my first, I rushed for a second. Three is stretching it a bit. However, for a beer billed as hop-packed, it definitely can pass as a session beer.

Photo of PEBKAC
1.72/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Passed over these guys a lot because I know of the endurance required to take care of growlers through five hours of bus & train rides. Twelve ounce bottles pack & stack really well in luggage though. A couple of their staples is more then enough to bring home though.

Born on date missing a notch. Assured to be relatively fresh.

Poured into my Sly Fox tumbler. Slightly chill-hazed honey amber. Off-white, sticky, cobweb lace.

Smell is muted herbals, wet grass, & oil.

Quite buttery taste. Margarine more like it. A decently toasted bread malt & some faintly grassy/floral hops, but the slickness of this is not appetizing. Weak carbonation isn't helping any either.

Not a fan.

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Opa Opa IPA from OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
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