Opa Opa IPA - OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
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Reviews by bjohnson:
4.1/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
02-21-2007 02:42:38 | More by bjohnson
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3.5/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
07-07-2010 01:09:19 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.6/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
02-26-2008 02:36:29 | More by blitz134
4.03/5 rDev +12.6%
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
01-25-2009 00:12:16 | More by tigg924
3.58/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-12-2007 23:58:23 | More by far333
4/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
12-14-2008 00:10:01 | More by OStrungT
3.98/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
03-23-2010 22:50:55 | More by NJpadreFan
4/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
02-22-2008 06:58:49 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.98/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
08-30-2008 04:00:16 | More by jmz62565
3.5/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
02-04-2011 03:51:22 | More by BennyL1
3.08/5 rDev -14%
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
04-11-2009 15:42:11 | More by Magpie14
3.78/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
07-12-2007 01:00:31 | More by Sammy
3.95/5 rDev +10.3%
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!
07-23-2009 23:23:43 | More by Ezone024
Opa Opa IPA from OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
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