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Opa Opa IPA - OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery

Opa Opa IPAOpa Opa IPA

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200 Ratings

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15%

Brewed by:
OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-16-2004)
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Photo of danjohnsonsr


4.93/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass, it showed a healthy, lace head and a medium to dark orange color. The aroma was pleasant and citrus filled. The mouth feel was clean and crisp. The flavor was quite hoppy with just enough malt. Lots of citrus flavor, mostly grapefruit, although some lemon. The aftertaste was bright and lingered just the right length. I will definately drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 20:25:49 | More by danjohnsonsr
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Redbones in Boston.

Pours a burnished copper, on the darker side for an IPA. a small cap dissapears quickly and leaves intricate strings of lace behind. A blast of piney, citrusy American hops welcome me in the nose. Some malt sugars are there too, but leafy hops control things. The taste is immensely hoppy yet highly quaffable. Swathes of pine tar and grapefruit rind abound yet the bitterness isnt mouth puckering. The mouthfeel is medium with crisp, busy carbonation. The finish is bitter and mouthcoating with hop oils, but not to the point of being numbing.

This is a delicious IPA that went incredibly with my pulled pork. Its not a hop giant, but it isnt lightweight either. Drinkability is off the charts.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2007 13:13:15 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of jwc215


4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours orange-copper with nice clarity and a one-finger frothy head that sticks around. Plenty of trailing lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is of citric hops. biscuity undertone.

The taste is of citric, chewy hops upfront. Nice hop progile - citric/tropical/piney. A sweet, biscuity, grainy malt ties the hops together wonderfully. Woody notes peek through. Great blance for the style. Hops dominate, but the malt is not lost. Alcohol very well covered.

Super smooth. On the rich end of medium body. Chewy.

If you like hops, you'll like this one. Hops dominate, but don't lose their balance. IMO - much more in the West Coast tradition, though from the East. Dangerously drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 20:27:42 | More by jwc215
Photo of ppoitras


4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle bought as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" eggshell head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Dense head holds on nicely, with plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma is dominated by citrus hoppiness. Taste starts with a moderate sweet maltiness that gradually cedes the floor to the citrus hoppiness, which shows glints of pine as well. Mouthfeel and drinkability are where this one shines, super smooth and it seems to almost disappear from the glass. Check this one out.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 17:13:31 | More by ppoitras
Photo of cridder


4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Buckwheat IPA from the original brewery in Southampton.
Pours light amber color with nice head and lots of lacing.
Nice hoppy bitter bite when cold. Then gets smoother when it warms. Taste of wheat malt that's present at first, then hops kick in, with even an after bite.
Nose of malt and some citrus in there. Very enjoyable!
Better than most average IPA's. From growler at 5.99 you can't go wrong. 1/7/2011.

Serving type: growler

01-07-2011 07:43:58 | More by cridder
Photo of tchurchill7


4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is far superior in a growler than what I experienced in the bottle. Appearance is a semi copper. What stands out for this beer is the wonderful lacing. Really coating my pint glass from start to finish. Taste is certainly hops with a real nice dry finish. Drinkability is very high with this IPA. Easy to put this growler down! Mouthfeel is also very nice, carbonation is just enough. This is quickly turning into a favorite for me. Recommended!
I was very impressed with the Opa Opa representative that was at my beer store in Gardner, MA. Very informative salesman that has made himself a new customer. I'm enjoying this growler with the Opa Opa pint glass given for buying the growler!

Serving type: growler

10-11-2008 02:45:42 | More by tchurchill7
Photo of Coorskid33

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought as part of variety 12 pack @ Yankee Spirits in Swansea,MA.

Appears~ Color is orange like yellow with minimal visable carbonation. Pretty clear for what it is. Did my best with the pour and got small head.

Smell~ Small head and minimal carbonation released huge and awesome aroma. To me smelled of fruity flowers which was a surprisingly a good thing.

Taste~ Taste as good as it smells. Starts with a kick of malt flavor and ends smooth and hoppy.

Mouthfeel~ Delicious, the way IPA is supposed to be.

Drinkability~ I found it hard to have just one over several taste tests. Overall I was very impressed with this IPA and similar but different to other IPA's brewed in the Northeast. I'll try a growler next time. SOLID IPA!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 17:42:04 | More by Coorskid33
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-05-2005 02:50:08 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of erosier


4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color from the bottle with a really thick white head that sticks to the sides of the glass like a really good IPA should. The aroma is excellent of fresh flowery hops. The taste is excellent - very fresh and fruity from the hops. The bitterness is good, but not overwhelming, especially in the aftertaste. Excellent aftertaste. Very good carbonation and felt good all around, especially going down. One of my favorite IPAs, definately give this a try if you have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 13:38:06 | More by erosier
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from cask at the brewpub July 2005.

This IPA poured a hazy, amber color with sudsy, white foam that settled. The smell was floral, mildly fruity hops with a touch of sweetness and a note of biscuity malt. The taste was lightly sweet, floral hops with a nice base of crystal malt beneath, and a mild hop bitterness. This IPA was very fragrant and seemed more in the style of an English IPA than an American. The mouthfeel was very smooth with medium body and very low carbonation. The aftertaste left a modest but pleasant hoppiness on the palate. This was an excellent IPA from cask, and I will look forward to sampling it on-tap next time.

Serving type: cask

10-14-2005 02:58:11 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of smcolw


4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautifully; amber color, slightly cloudy; Excellent, lasting head that leaves ring lace with each sip.

Mild aroma for an IPA, traditional hop spiciness.

Very slight malt in the initial sip. This gives way rapidly to the abundant hop flavor which lasts through the swallow and aftertaste. Appropriate mouthfeel: the body is spot-on and the carbonation is above my expectations slightly. Quenching.

This is a well-made beer. If it had a stronger aroma, it would be one of my favorites all around.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 23:30:36 | More by smcolw
Photo of fitzy84


4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 16:35:35 | More by fitzy84
Photo of tai4ji2x


4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy amber color with yellowish tint, decent head retention and lacing.

citrusy, mildly piney scent, followed by toasted malts and yeast. a very classic american IPA nose.

flavor is not as bold, unfortunately. still, it's quite nice, with light caramel sweetness, moderately spicy hop kick, and toasted multi-grain bread. moderate bitterness throughout, with faintly resinous finish.

feel is slightly thin, but smooth. moderate carbonation keeps things fresh.

this is actually pretty decent, and nearly sessionable despite the 6% ABV

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 20:07:46 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of JoeCeez


4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a clear amber orange with a foamy two fingered off whit head that fades to leave blotchy lacing

S: lots of citrus and pine, some toasty bready malt, overall a fairly mild aroma

T: starts with slightly sweet biscuits balanced with a very bold citric hop bitterness, mostly grapefruit and pine and a pleasently dry finish

M: medium bodied, smooth and slick, with just the right amount of carbonation

D: very drinkable, nice and bitter and not too syrupy, I could easily drink a six pack in an evening without getting bored

Overall this is a great IPA from an up and coming MA brewery, this is by far my favorite of their three bottled offerings

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 21:09:36 | More by JoeCeez
Photo of jwinship83


4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up while in boston for EBF/NotB. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass. my first beer from this brewery.

A- this one pours out a translucent and darker than expected amber colored body with moderately large bright white head on top. the head takes its time falling and levaes behind large riings of lacing. very nice.

S- the first thing i pick up on in the nose are all the hops this one has in store for me. very pine forward, with a little bit of grapefruit to follow. there are some sweet caramel malts that add some balance at the end.

T- the taste starts out with some sweet caramel malts before moving onto a heavy dose of piny hops. there are also some grapefruit and floral notes, but this one is all about the pine.

M- medium bodied and not overly bitter. well carbonated.

D- very flavorful and almost sessionable in strength. i really enjoyed this one. ill look for it next time in the area for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 01:17:31 | More by jwinship83
Photo of bajshearer


4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a Cask-Conditioned fan, and this was quite good. Albeit served just a hair warm for my taste (hard-core Cask-Conditioned drinkers will likely appreciate it). The Buckwheat IPA meets the Amarican IPA style well - so watch out for those hops!

An excellent brew to complement the Western style of this restaurant.

Serving type: cask

07-23-2005 14:07:15 | More by bajshearer
Photo of bjohnson


4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-21-2007 02:42:38 | More by bjohnson
Photo of Durge


4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A light copper color brew, fairly clear, with a 2 finger off-white head and decent clumps of lacing. The aroma brings out a malty, flowery hops with a hint of buttery nut. The flavor comes closer to a classic grapefruit hops, clean with a great slick feel , but not heavy, easy drinking. Lots of bitter staying power here with tangy carbonation and a touch of orange citrus and clove lurking within. A very nice IPA. It leaves a bit of a sharp bite on your tongue yet there is some sweet malt to sink your teeth into. Highly recommended, a keeper!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 17:59:19 | More by Durge
Photo of billybob


4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice amber orange color with a off white two finger head that held to a quarter of an inch with a fair amount of lacing. smell is citrus and piney. big bready malt taste up front finishing with citrus and grapefruit hops. medium mouthfeel with that hop after taste. not a session beer for me but still a good ipa.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 05:46:01 | More by billybob
Photo of akorsak


4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 00:38:56 | More by akorsak
Photo of tigg924


4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 00:12:16 | More by tigg924
Photo of edchicma


4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2004 20:07:44 | More by edchicma
Photo of WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a piney hop nose that's complimented with pale and light crystal malts. It's dry and bitter. The taste is good. It has a very bitter hop bite along with a solid malt bill. It boasts of pale and bisquit malts. It goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter with a piney hop feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It doesn't blow you hair back, but offers up a wonderful hop blast for those who enjoy hoppy beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 20:55:40 | More by WesWes
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 06:58:49 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radiant tangerine with crystalline clarity. The head is roughly two fingers of lightly toasted khaki that gets the job done. Ripped sheets of lace are beginning to appear and don't look like they'll melt in the next several minutes. A considerable amount of glass coverage in the end results in a well-deserved score increase.

The nose is American hop hoppy, with Cascade being the probable ringleader. That white grapefruity, cheesy, ganja-like aroma is easy to identify once you've smelled it several hundred times. More power would be nice.

Opa-Opa IPA is a solid brew that won't make the style leaders glance over their shoulders. That's okay. Stopping short of tongue abuse is no crime. The generous pale malt backbone and underlying biscuity sweetness make the beer drink like a baby DIPA.

If the barely discernable notches along the side of the label are the 'best by' date, this IPA is several months past its prime. All the more reason to be excited about an offering that is almost certainly much more flavorful when fresh. It would be fantastic if the gentle hop nip that I'm now experiencing was a more grapefruit pithy, resinous hop bite.

It's good to drink an AIPA that has a big enough mouthfeel. This one is at least medium (maybe even medium-full) and is supremely smooth and supple. It's nowhere near DIPA territory, but then it doesn't have to be.

From where I sit, Opa-Opa IPA is good beer because it's primarily pale malted, because it contains abundant ingredients, and because it has a great hop bill. I would be grateful if any of my future trading partners in the Northeast could see fit to toss in a fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 14:33:17 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Opa Opa IPA from OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
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