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Red Rock Amber Ale - OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

130 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-18-2004

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Ratings: 130 | Reviews: 75
Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Trumbull Kitchen in Hartford, Conn.; into an Opa-Opa Trumbull Kitchen pint glass, nonetheless.

A: Poured a clear, tawny orange with a slight reddish tinge and a very slight head of white foam which served to leave a decent lace, but no head retention.

S: Smell is mostly sweet malt with a bit of musky, citrus hop in the nose.

T: Taste is nicely sweet and balanced. The sweet caramel malt is quite tasty and well-balanced with the slightly citric-floral hop bite. The taste isn't overwhelming, but it's simplistic and enjoyable.

M: Mouthfeel is a little creamy and sticky, but there's no problem taking big quaffs of this brew.

D: A good flavor and what seemed to be a relatively average ABV would make this brew a great session beer; it accompanied by seafood pad thai quite well.

A good example of the style, but not one to stand out. Certainly worth a try, and enough to make you want to search out a growler of it; I know I'd like to have one hanging around.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

Does it seem like more and more brewpubs are getting into bottling their beer? Off-premise sales is becoming a very viable option for many brewpubs in the US.

The head clears out pretty quickly and only leaves a thin bubbly ring of lace. Tawny color, clear but more orange than red. Sweet toasted malt aroma with biscuity, green hay and cracker undertones, hint of citric/minty hops in the nose. Very smooth and crisp with a medium body. Layers of sugary caramel and toasted grain unfold from the malt as this beer warms up a little. Hops stay modest but enough bitterness is present with a flowery citric flavor that lingers for a good while. Biscuity malt middle with a hint of grassiness. Mild dried-plum fruitiness with a faint nutty yeast. Finishes off with a long drawn-out clean-toasted grain and sits semisweet on the palate.

Very well balanced with complexities in the malt that don't deter this beer from being any less drinkable. Its certainly worth a try.

Photo of Jason
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head clears out pretty quick to only leave a thin bubbly ring of lace. Tawny color, clear but more orange than red. Sweet toasted malt aroma with biscuity and cracker undertones, hint of citric minty hops in the nose. Smooth and crisp with a medium body. Layers of caramel and toasted grain unfold from the malt as this beer warms up a little. Hops stay modest but enough bitterness is present with a flowery citric flavor. Biscuity malt middle with a hint of grassiness. Mild fruitiness with a faint nutty yeast. Finishes off with a long drawn out clean toasted grain and sits semi-sweet on the palate.

Very well balanced with complexities in the malt that don't deter this beer from being any less drinkable. Its certainly worth a try.

Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: brownish red, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: All I get is some toasted malt

Taste: Better than the smell--caramel, toasted malt, some earth and hops towards the middle

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, smooth, sweet start slightly bitter middle with a sweeter end, can feel the high carbonation

Drinkability: I could session this based off of taste. Slightly sweet for the style, but it tastes good.

Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy tarnished copper color with a gigantic frothy off-white head that lingers long.

Aroma of sweet bready malt, some floral hints, light toffee and caramel.

Full and even malty flavor, fairly rich but undone somewhat by a metallic undertone. A bit of peppery spiciness riding beneath, no hop profile to speak of.

Full mouthfeel, a little slick. Decent drinkability for the malty goodness, but not a lot of depth here.

Photo of jmz62565
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange red with a medium tan foamy head. A nice looking beer with a head that leaves good lacing. The smell is sweet malt, hops, and some floral notes. The taste is all malt. Sweet malt and a crisp hop aftertaste leaves this a clean refreshing beer. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well. A good session beer that would go well with any BBQ.

Photo of Seanish
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack of Opa Opa Red Rock Ale at the encouragement of a good friend of mine, I was not at all disappointed. I'm just starting to get a taste for beers beyond mainstream as I'm 3 months legal so bare with me....anyways

The beer pours an light amber with a reddish hue. My first was from the bottle but I ound it better out of a glass. The aroma is not very strong, there is only faint sweet smell. The taste is where it shines. It's very balanced, the malts and hops complimenting eachother without either overbearing. The mouthfeel is very good and after a good sip it leaves a slight taste of the hops on your palate.

Overall I find it to be a very enjoyable beer, a full flavor without overindulging the senses. I hope to visit the brewery/restaurant soon.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfiltered unpausterized hand bottle courtesy of Dennis the second-in-command. Good foaming head, slight amber. Malty and not too bitter. Light Grapefruit. Easy drinking, medium mouthfeel. Appropriate carbonation. A little C hop though more malty aroma.

Photo of Ezone024
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy red to brown color with lots of carbonation. Has very thin non aromatic head, scent is mostly fruit and sweet malts.

Taste is nice and smooth, Mostly malty up front and in the middle, very german tasting, fruity and slightly metallic but also has the smoothness of a light brown ale to it. Hops make a small appearance on the tongue, but you have to like malty beverages to truly enjoy this brew.

drinks pretty easy but too malty for my taste so i can only have a couple.

but an all around decent brew

Photo of jmerloni
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear dark orange/amber with minimal head. What is there laces well though.

S - Smells like crisp hops with some malty caramel tinge. A cherry tartiness to it. Kind of mellow and subdued overall though.

T - The cherry disappears on tasting it...It's interesting. More of a granny smith apple kind of flavor or perhaps cranberry even with bready caramel. Crisp as ever. The hops are there and add a pleasant mellow bitterness that supplements this beer's tart flavor in compliment to the sweet caramel tinges.

M - Medium bodied. and crisp dry finish. Not overcarbonated like some red ales.

D - Very drinkable. I could drink this all summer. Good beer!

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
2.67/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2005 Great International Beer fest gold medal winner...really? Who else was there? Seriously disappointed with this offering. Notched November 2006, not too old, but it seemed old. Flat body, with virtually no head, even after an aggresive pour. Slightly fruity on the nose, but a little stale at the same time. Mouth was strange. Was akin to a draft beer that was poured from a dirty line. The ABV seemed very weak, kind of at a lost of words...

Photo of edchicma
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, creamy caramel with a decent initial head. Smell is about malt...sweet, almost cloying. Taste is rich and malty, with a creamy texture...as before almost cloying. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, aalmost desert like. Because of the sweetness, I would not want to drink more than one or two...but nice enough for a change of pace from the IPA rut.

Photo of jonable
2.41/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Seeing their growlers appear a few month back around the pioneer valley i became curious. The area has been good to us so far, BBC, Paper City ect... So i picked up a sixer of Red Rock Ale, with its cowboy backed by a wyoming like setting. Right there i was curious, last i checked Southampton, MA wasn't Jackson Hole, Wyoming and cowboys don't roam around out here. However, i tried to remain open, maybe they're trying not to come off as small time.
With extior aesthitics aside i focused on what i was really after, the sweet amber nector within.
The Beer poured nicely with a decent head. They definitly locked down the tradional 'Amber Ale' color.
However i quickly became disatisfied with a rather bland/weak mouthfeel and a taste a kin to a macro brew.
Maybe a sample straight from the souce would change my mind about this brew. For now, i'll pass on the Red Rock

Photo of fitzy84
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle at the Table and Vine sampling. The drink poured into a dark red appearance with creamy lacing. Thin head at first, but thins away eventually. Sweet malts and yeast were sensed as general aromas from this drink. The tastes were almost syrupy sweet with a fruity and woody texture to the beverage. Solid body with a low, subtle carbonation. Overall, a great Red Ale.

Photo of scottg
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium amber with a one finger white head with great retention and solid lacing. The aroma and taste are dominated by caramel, chocolate and lemony hops which are well balanced. Medium body and carbonation with a clean mouthfeel. Very solid ale, makes me want to sample more from this brewery.

Photo of PEBKAC
2.54/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint glass pour. BB: October '10 ...Pretty generous there.

A clear & deep brown amber color. Soapy half inch of tan head.

Smells of really buttery toffee, newspaper clippings, earth, & some leafy hops to legitimize it all.

Taste is lots of toasted caramel, soot, & vegetable-y hops. Malty sweet & steely upfront, the bitterness grows stronger as the beer finishes its run. End is very earthy/dirty & full of burnt margarine & eggs. Better then a straight on oil slick, as I've experienced before with this brand. Not potent enough to leave me in total disgust I guess. Like a mild poison.

Feel is decently carbonated, slightly gritty, & even a touch chalky if you wallow in it a bit. A less then pretty brown more so then the amber/red listing I think.

I could probably manage to swallow another bottle if left to my destructive self, but don't expect me to write anything else constructive.

:|

Photo of Ragingbull
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark copper more than red in color. Minimal amount of white head. No real discernable nose. A refreshing and fruity attack. The flavor is light and a bit fruity as well. The hops is very gentle and the malt body is pretty light. Its a simple beer that drinks like something that would go down nicely on a dining patio on a hot day.

Photo of mountdew1
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into standard pint glass. A nice dark red color with a thick amber head. Head started off frothy and then became bubbly before leaving traces. Smelled slightly sweet with hints of grains. Tasted spicy, but smooth and not bitter. Went down very easily. Pleasant beer.

Photo of erosier
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall a very delicious beer. Nice amber color with tints of red to give an interesting color. Very nice aroma of fresh hops that really captures american ales. The taste is sensational. A very hoppy and malty beer that blends the two natural flavors extremely well. Overall an excellent beer. Try this if you get the chance.

Photo of blatherbeard
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well then, i had never heard of Opa Opa before i found this little beer shop just outside of Acton. If i like this, he also has growlers.

A red amber color, no head at all when poured. Im beginning to apreciate a little head(watch those dirty thoughts!!) and i have to say it was dissapointing but the color was beautiful.

Very smooth aftertaste but a bit of a bitter first bite. Not bad, just not as i expected. Very summery tasting for an amber beer.

The smell is a bit flat, just kind of a beer smell.

Very drinkable, it has the amber color i love, but smooth like a summer beer. Almost no hoppy taste which is good for me, im not big on strong hops beer.

Overall a tasty a bit better than avg beer.

Photo of geexploitation
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color, with lots of thick browns in the middle, and very little head. Fairly still. The nose is fairly mild, with a slight, scratchy hop aroma with some citrus undertones and little in the way of malt character. On the palate, rich, juicy hops that are perfectly balanced with a fine toasted malt character. The finish is citrusy and almost juicy, with a honed acidity that helps the finish maintain its dryness. Mouthfeel is well balanced between some slick malts and acidic hops; it's an effective mixing of elements. Overall, this is an excellent beer. Very good for the style, and well executed in every way.

Photo of RingoBro
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased a growler from the local package store. Poured into a Samuel Adams Pint Glass.

A - Deep amber color with half a finger of white, foamy head. Retains well with fairly nice lacing throughout.

S - Roasted malts and citrus. Not much there though.

T - Sweet malt with a hint of coffee. Kind of a syrup-y taste.

M - Medium body with a dry finish.

Overall, a good brew. Very drinkable and I'll probably purchase again.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seriously, what's with the cowboys?

Ruby red color with a respectable tan head. Speckled lace and fair retention.

Aroma is of toasty, fruitcake malt with craisins and Stop N Shop grape jelly.

Black cherry up front with a toasty merlot and craisin bitter finish. Has a rolling bitterness that I'm a fan of. Hearty is the first word that comes to mind.

I could see why this is brewed by a steakhouse as this beer begs for a shank of something.

Photo of cbutova
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't reviewed many Opa Opa beers, a local brewery that I usually don't get too excited for.

A- Dark red-brown with a small light tan cap that fizzes out pretty quickly. A small ring around the edges leaves just a tiny amount of lace.

S- Slightly tart dark fruit on top of a sweet caramel backbone. A bit of toasted nutty hints going on as well.

T- Toasted caramel malt with dark fruit (cherry, raisin) mainly. Some citrus and grassy hops. A bit grainy too. A bit of an apple note. Yeast lends some bread in the finish.

MF- Light body that is nice and creamy. High carbonation suits the somewhat light flavor. Very slight bitterness.

DB- Not a super complex beer but one that can definitely hold it's own. Drink smoothly and refreshingly with a solid, balanced flavor.

Photo of KBoudreau66
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty much the only American Red I've ever tried. I've seen this beer poured dozens of times (considering I worked at the brewery) from the tap, and the bottle. I've noticed that when it has been poured on draft it has tended to be a little bit more red in color then when it is poured from a bottle. I also happen to know that Opa Opa brews their beer in at least three different places maybe more now but I'm unsure, so there will be discrepancies in the appearance depending on where it was brewed. It smells of malts, citrus, bread and subtle hops. The tast is similar with the malts and citrus standing out the most, but there is a nice hop flavor added to the mix. It is medium bodied a little bit fizzy. I have no frame of reference in regards to American Red Ale's, but I do know that this is a good brew that is worth a shot. Give it a try.

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Red Rock Amber Ale from OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.