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Opa Opa IPA - OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-16-2004

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Photo of jjmunro
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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 barleywinebrewer
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must be missing something. Opa-Opa steakhouse and brewery??? Didn't notice that till I went to review this beer. I think a road trip is in order. Oh, yeah, the beer - solid reddish brown beer wiht a strong citric aroma and flavor profile. paired this up with a nice pasta dinner and garlic bread dinner. Yup, I'd have another one.

Photo of tigg924
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
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 aerozeppl
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy golden color. A half finger of white head with some lacing.

S: Kind of a tight nose. not really getting much in the way of hops. The malt comes through more in the nose.

T: Starts off with a nice sweetness. Then goes into a little bit of a corn taste. Finishes bitter.

M: Lighter in the body than I like an IPA.

D: Easy to drink just no real reason to. Not something I would be seeking out again.

Photo of Coorskid33
4.36/5  rDev +22.1%
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!

Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Brewpub: This one pours a clear, slightly orange amber color. Mine had no head on it at all. The aroma is mainly grapefruit hops. A faint bit of malts coming through. The taste was along similar lines. Mainly grapefruity hop flavor, with a decent bite. Pretty well balanced with a good malt backbone to it. Some maltiness comes through. Pretty decent.

Photo of OStrungT
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to the NE traders who send me all of these fine growlers. I scored this one along with a few others from OPA recently. This one was served in several pint glasses and consumed on 11/02/2008.

The pour was decent enough with a rich and somewhat light amber color. A nice clarity to it let a decent sized head of maybe two inches pick up and settled down into a thin crown across the top.

The aroma was charged with hops. Rich notes of citrus hops were dominating the profile as one might have expected. As it warmed there was a nice touch of biscuit like malts that started to kick in and provide a good bit of balance to it. Rich flavor here with a biting and crisp hop flavor that started with that crisp flavor across the tongue, mellowing mid palate to provide some balance to it as it passes through, with a nice bready and biscuit like malt. Slamming back into a fresh, floral, orange and pinapple flavor that dried out the palate toward the finish. Smooth, easy carbonation and a nice light to medium body really made this one a very nice, sessionable, IPA.

Overall quality man, that is about all I can say for this brewer. Everything I have had has just been top notch quality. I would have any of these again, anytime.

Photo of jdoncbus
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Dec. 07. Received in a trade and forgot about it; d'oh.

Poured into a Sam Adams BL glassware (take pride in your beer). Color is golden brown, little carbonation, & thin head. Not a lot of lacing but leaves an oily film.

Sweet carmel malt pokes out in the nose, obviously time has dulled much of the hop aroma. Regardless, I can make out some lemongrass, pear, pine resin, pepper, and brown sugar.

Cane sugar and malt controls much of the profile with biscuit & grains. Bitter hops appear and slowly makes gains on the malt. Honeycomb and pine are present, the mouth is left quite dry and a bitterness lingers.

I am still kicking myself in the ass for not downing this one fresh. After 11 months in storage it still holds up but obviously the citrus bouquet has weakened.

Photo of thespaceman
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA member RayMcCusker for this, traded on a Saranac Black Diamond Bock.

Appearance: Nice light mahogany in color, a nice head that dissapates quickly, leaves a beautiful round of lacing.

Smell: Citrusy/Grapefruit florals are well placed, a hint of raw-honey, gentle hoppiness in the nose.

Taste: Hop explosion, nice and balanced, fruit flavs stand out beyond a nice malty profile with a good hop backbone. Nice grapefruit twang with a hint of spice makes this one stand-out IPA.

Mouthfeel: Decently carbonated, the body stays in tact on the tongue, this one has a great finish to it.

Drinkability: Overall, I'm glad Ray gave this one to me to try, this is a well balanced IPA that isn't too flamboyant, but not boring either. An excellent hoppy profile really makes this one a stand out.

Photo of JoeCeez
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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

Photo of chuckd123
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have now had 4 of these over the last month or so. 2 lonely ones still in the fridge. I have been really into IPA's, DIPA's and more recently barleywines for a while. The theme = hops rule. This is an above-average example of the style, but not a great one.

Poured into a DFH snifter, a dark amber color with maybe 1/4" of head. Lacing didn't really last either, not that stickiness you like to see of a hopped up IPA.

Smell was like a softened, somehow filtered version of floral-y hops. Alcohol not particularly present at first smell.

Taste was good, a decent mixture of the hops with a slight grapefruit backbone. Malt not really present, and alcohol hidden.

Mouthfeel was nothing special, felt like an average ale -- not harsh, not gritty, just a good beer feel if that means anything.

Drinkability is pretty good -- nothing overpowering here to wear you our prematurely, and low alcohol makes it one to drink all afternoon watching a football game.

Overall a pretty good IPA, but not in the same league as the top dogs.

Photo of csmiley
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to ph2001 for sending this one to me.

A - Pours goldish-orange in color with minimal head. Maybe a quarter inch at most. Retention is average. Lacing ends up being impressive as the beer level eases down the glass.

S - Combination of pine and citrus up front. Citrus holds a slight lead with notes of grapefruit. Hints of bubblegum are present about midway. Some malty breadiness is at the end and stays in a very distant background.

T - Fruity hops hit the palate first. Definitely grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Mild pine backs up the fruit. Alcohol is noticeable midway but stays quite mild and warming. Cooked caramel and white bread finish up the flavor.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is bitter and thick. This really lingers. Might even be a little chewy. The finish just does not work for me.

D - Drinkability is average. This IPA seems to have a good solid base but I think some slight improvements could be made. Head, finish, drinkability, etc. Alcohol is hidden well. Not bad overall but not one I would seek out agian.

Photo of tchurchill7
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
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!

Photo of gford217
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of JoeMayo poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly opaque golden amber with a fluffy white head that lingers as a cap for the duration and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is of floral and citrus hops and a hint of spices on a bready malt base. The taste is similar to aroma with a big citrus hop kick up front before giving way to the biscuity malt base. The spices show up in the finish with a bit of pepper in there as well. The mouthfeel is fairly light and with the interesting spicy aftertaste. This is a unique and tasty IPA and one that I enjoyed.

Photo of jmz62565
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
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 tayner
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. there is a spot for freshness date on the bottle but nothing was marked.

Poured into my warsteiner glass a slightly hazy maple syrup amber color with a white head that is leaving sticky lacing.

smell is abundant pine and citrus hops. there is a background of pale malt hidden in there as well.

Taste is hop oils galore. Lots of pine and citrus pithy hops. very floral yet some earthy hop notes as well. Not sure what variety of hop(s) is used, but it is one of the kinds that gives me wicked heartburn, I feel it from the first taste.

Enough carbonation to keep it from being overly oily and thick for an IPA.

If you like sessionable hop bombs as opposed to the imperial variety, this is one to try. Crawling with hops but light on the alcohol at only 6%. worth a try if you like them flowers.

Photo of happygnome
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a transparent orage color with about a half inch of head that dissapears not too quickly but when it does it leaves a ring of lace around the edge of the glass
s: citrusy and piny hop bitterness in the nose as well as a sweet pale malt aroma
t: sweet pale malt flavor for a fraction of a second then the citrusy and piny hop bitterness takes over and and then the sweet malt flavor again at the finish
m: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this brew very nice

Photo of everetends
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 12 oz bottle is thanks to tprokop7. Poured into a shaped pint glass.

A: Poured a creamy golden color with about an inch of head. No real retention to talk about though and there are no real sticky lacing that I am used to from IPAs. This is a bit disappointing.

S: Smell is of some citrus and floral hops, with some creamy malt, and a touch of spices. The aroma is subtle, but pleasing.

T: Taste is some nice floral hops that have a hint of metal to them (pleasant metallic), some buttery malt, a hint of pepper or some like spice. Has a really nice balance.

M: This a creamy brew that is medium bodied brew. It really has a nice creaminess to it that coats the mouth, making the flavors very pleasant and lingering. Carbonation is a little low but the creaminess makes up for this.

D: This beer is very well balanced and has a nice body to it. This brew is simple but nice. It would be very easy to kill a sixer of this and the ABV is perfect for a refreshing brew with some flavor. This is not going to knock you down or knock your teeth out with in your face hops, but it has a nice balance. I am down with this beer.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle courtesy of ryscott. Thanks!! Poured into a DFH-logoed traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy, bright orange-gold bodied beer. A mild pour yields a good one-and-a-half finger head, white, slightly uneven. Sparse carbonation. Retention is average, but the lacing is swiss-cheese like - very neat looking.

Aroma: Buttery malts dominate, but there's a good amount of vegetal, leafy hop presence. Nothing outstanding here, but it's solid.

Taste: Now that's interesting. Very dry, which enables the bitterness to come through a little bit more without it being overhwleming. It's not a hopbomb though - there's lots of citrus and leafy, herbal notes, delicately balanced with those dry, roasted malts. The malts themselves are nice and actually relatively complex, in my opinion - lightly astringent toast, caramel, and buttery toffee. Citrus becomes more prevalent as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full bodied, good, even head, very nice. Leaves a bit of an afterfeel - a light hop oil feel. Not distracting though.

Drinkability: A great easy-going IPA, not cloying or sweet, alcohol is perfectly reasonable. A very refreshing beer!

Photo of RocketFrog
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Poured a clear orange with very little head and minimal lacing. Not a lot of bubbles evident.

Had a fairly typical "IPA" smell. Some leafy hops but not too strong.

The hops did come through in the tasting. Some grapefruit in there and fairly dry finish with a little bit of alcohol warmth in the back of the throat.

Medium bodied ale that would be fine as a session beer. Overall a decent American IPA, just nothing to really grab on to.

Photo of JDV
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle courtesy of jwale73. Thanks!
Pours an attractive semi hazy amber orange with a short lived whitish head. Smell is mild and pleasant fruity and grassy hops and some sweetness as well. Taste is fruity and sweet with malty grapefruit juice like flavor and a nice hop flavor and bitterness following to finish. Has a nice solid bitterness and a bit of a dry grapefruit flavor. Average to slightly full body and moderate carbonation and pretty easy to drink. Nice IPA.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a murky apricot color with ample bubbles clinging to the inside of the glass that sustain a rough off white film. The head fades to nothing after a short while.

Smells of ginger bread cookies, pineapple and pine trees with a metallic zip to it.

The base of this beer seems centered around a distant, sweet and fruity peach and green grape with a touch wheat bread. This is dominated by a piney sting that had a touch of oxidized aluminum to it.

Feels clean and substantial with a faint but cumbersome carbonation.

An easy to drink IPA, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of eberkman
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, clear copper with a thin white head that vanishes quickly. Perhaps an overly passive pour.

Nose of floral and citrus hops.

Caramel malts up front give way to strong, piney and grapefruity hops at the back end. Mouthfeel was a little flat -- perhaps I've had this one sitting aroudn in the fridge too long.

A serviceable but far from great IPA. I'd never turn one down, but it doesn't stand out either.

Photo of FatSean
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nice red-orange color. Poured into a 14oz pint glass with a thin head that quickly dissipated

Smells like citrus hops and some spice. Very promising!

Taste is definitely hops up front fading to a nicely balanced finish. Nothing too powerful. The lingering hop flavor is a bit simple, but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I would expect. It works with the distinctive finish...a thicker beer might be too much on the palate.

This beer is very drinkable. I would love this on a humid Connecticut evening.

Opa Opa IPA from OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
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