A-10 Warthog Double IPA - OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
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Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
Served on-tap in a 3-oz. sample glass at the Brewmaster's Tavern adjacent to the Opa-Opa Brewery in Williamsburg, Mass.
A: Poured a sticky, hazy looking burnt orange color with a thin layer of foamy residue. Hop oils can almost be seen floating in this brew like fudge swirl ice cream.
S: Smell is quite pungent in the hop department, with grassy, herbal notes and pine needle being subdued slightly by spiced grapefruit.
T: A big, potent and alcoholic blend of sweet caramel malts and sticky hop characteristics. A slightly bitter and spicy grapefruit flavor can be noted at first, with a musky and burning pine flavor to follow it. Very good, but a sipper indeed.
M: Mouthfeel is full bodied and quite sticky from the hop profile exhibited here.
D: There was a 12-oz. max offering of this on-tap, and probably for good reason. A big, tasty DIPA with a lot of punch behind it. Won't appeal to even some hopheads because it is a little raw still. Others will turn away from the solvent.
I was told by the bartender that this DIPA was at 17%, and it did not taste like that at all, meaning either it's extremely well crafted, or she's just a liar. I'm leaning towards the latter, but still, a very tasty, powerfully hoppy ale with strong alcoholic hop resin flavors masked with sweet and subduing malts.
02-24-2009 00:53:10 | More by Gambrinus1184
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4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
Pours a brilliant deep amber, with a head that gets the hell out of Dodge in a hurry out of fear for its life. Big maltiness, some nuttiness, and citrus hops in the aroma, which is carried deep into your sinuses on fine alcohol fumes.
I've never had a beer that was pissed off before. This one's close. A massive wall of fruity (dried apricots most apparent) and citrusy (maybe some orange marmalade in there?) flavors, tied together with a solid underlying bitterness, assaults the tongue. Mid sip I get flavors of Thai food - maybe Kaffir lime leaves, galangal root? - for just a brief moment. It finishes with a slowly decaying melange of alcohol (no fusels at all - just wafting fumes. Impressive!), grapefruit rind, fruity malt, and toast. It's huge - it's not 10%, but closer to or just over 13% per the owner. But that alcoholic strength is SO well integrated that it's part of the whole. I've had steaks with less chewy mouthfeel. The flavors make it very drinkable, but the towering strength adds circumspection to the "Yeah, I'll have another" urge.
This beer exists somewhere in the H. P. Lovecraft netherworld between huge barleywines and huge DIPAs. And it came out of a brewpub. Impressive as hell.
11-21-2005 01:52:41 | More by sponberg
4.22/5 rDev +11.9%
Thanks to JohnQvegas for the spur of the moment growler trade. This unexpected treat poured typical darker honey amber, under an equally typical darker tan small bubble head and leaving respectable lace on the glass. Hop bomb nose is a harbinger of things to come. Well hopped, yet easy drinking DIPA. Balanced by a nice, smooth undercoating of malt, this one ends up quite enjoyable for hop head and mere mortals alike. Easily my favorite Opa offering to date. This one brakes out of the middle of road malaise which afflicted the other Opa options I have tried. Nice DIPA.
03-21-2009 21:48:34 | More by Billolick
4.22/5 rDev +11.9%
Picked up a growler on our last road trip out west w/ many fine BA's...this was our first stop and did not disappoint.
Pours a clear mahogony color w/ less than a half a finger of bright white head...very little lacing.
Smell is nice...some alcohol in the nose, with cherries, caramel, vanilla and oranges detected.
The taste is real nice...a heavily malted double, more resembling a barleywine IMO. Fruity hops galore, but so balanced that it never hits you like most doubles. The alchol is warming, but has no "burn" to speak of.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and not cloying.
This year's offering is 14% and it still is quite drinkable...I am sharing a growler w/ a few fellow BA's and we could have went through another w/ very little effort.
A fine offering from Opa Opa...look forward to next year's to see how it compares.
10-11-2005 00:29:27 | More by warriorsoul
3.4/5 rDev -9.8%
Honey copper colored with a low orangey-beige head.
Citrusy aroma, some honey and apricot.
Flavors of doughey malt and some surprisingly understated citrusy hops. Morphs to honey and pine, some grapefruit pith notes. Flavors overall are a bit muted and understated. ABV warmth is moderate for the strength of this beer.
Moderate carbonation, even mouthfeel upfront and finishes tingly.
Average drinkability, expected more complexity and richness of flavor.
04-09-2009 11:23:09 | More by far333
3.68/5 rDev -2.4%
I received this growler from ppoitras. It was sent for this cycle of Growling at the Moon - thanks for the opportunity to try this brew.
A - Slight hazy orange-amber colored. One finger of head that reduces to virtually nothing. Speaking of nothing - there was really no lacing left behind from this beer either.
S - Combination of alcohol, hops, and sweetness. At times each one takes control and flexes it own muscle.
T - This definitely should be considered a malty, sweet DIPA. Reminds very much of the last Weyerbacher Double Simcoe I had. I'm not sure what hops were used in this beer, but that is my assessment. The malty sweetness along with alcohol dominate the taste of this beer - it is 11% after all.
M - Smooth at first but the alcohol burn quickly follows. Medium-bodied but the sweetness gives leaves your mouth feeling sticky and syrupy.
D - I like this one, but the alcohol and sweetness would make this a tough one to drink over and over.
11-16-2008 20:50:48 | More by dashirey
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
These bolder beers do get higher ratings. Here, it was fresh which is always a plus in beer, a little head,lace, medium plus mouthfeel. Good balance,not too bitter,a 1.5 rather than a double, which I appreciated, and a dominant taste of grapefruit.Incredible 14% batch. One of their better beers, appealing to all the geeks, and understandibly so.
07-13-2007 23:05:16 | More by Sammy
4.35/5 rDev +15.4%
Opa Opa is great about growlering up many of their styles and distributing them around Boston. The packie near my house always carries a lot of their varieties. I saw this DIPA for the first time and grabbed it. For $16.50 after the $2 deposit, this is an excellent value (assuming you bring the bottle back after you're finished).
Poured into a snifter. Light honey color with a decent 3/4 inch head that retains for a solid 5 minutes before dissipating to a nice sturdy lace.
Hops are at the forefront, with slight pineapple tinge. Some booze comes through, but not unpleasantly so.
Nice fruity hop flavor that doesn't leave your mouth watering from overbearing resins. More of that pineapple comes through as it washes over your mouth. Finishes with a dryish hop flavor in the back of your mouth/front of your throat. I find this to sometimes be an undesirable quality in unbalanced DIPAs (mostly west coast ones), but Opa gets it right.
Super drinkable at 11% ABV. This is very reminiscent of what Southern Tier's Unearthly tasted like in its heyday. For under $15/growler (again, after you bring your bottle back), definitely don't pass this up if you see it on the shelf. Make sure you have friends around though, as it's a bit much to drink by yourself before freshness becomes an issue.
11-14-2010 03:54:50 | More by sawbones420
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
Growler filled at the brewpub. 12.2%
I was very excited to get my hands on this one, after three tries the finally had it (or weren't out- as it is). This is a beast of a DIPA. Tremendously hoppy, a little too dry at the end for my tastes. I prefered it served on a slighty chilled glass, it just seemed to hold the character together better. What the brewer did an outstanding job on was making the monsterous amounts of alcohol in this beer. Was very smooth and very drinkable.
To be honest, this is the best deal in New England for this type of craft beer. $8.00 growler fill with $1.00 deposit.
03-29-2006 03:24:30 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
3.83/5 rDev +1.6%
Pours a dark, cloudy copper, with no head. Smell is distinctly floral jhops, especially as the brew warms. The taste is meant for hops lovers. It remains throughout with some nice citryus nots....alchohol is there too. Mouthfeel has a slightly syrupy quality, but it finishes clean enough. Drinkability is good, considering the high abv.
04-24-2006 02:02:11 | More by edchicma
4.43/5 rDev +17.5%
I had heard that growlers of Warthog had gotten only limited distribution in CT, and had given up on finding it when it turned up on a chance visit to a new liquor store in my area. It was not super fresh, and had been sitting on a room temperature shelf for who-knows how long, but I decided to take home the only growler that I was able to find since hearing about this beer.
It poured a dark amber, slightly cloudy, with a generous light tan head and good carbonation that was still going strong after a glass mid-afternoon, and another in the late evening. It also had a nice sharp citrus smell of hops that came through the slight head cold I seem to have been fighting all winter long.
Taste was very rewarding; nice and hoppy to start, with a strong malty presence through to the finish. I did not find it overly sweet or harshly bitter, more of a floral citrus bite trailing off into a mild caramel sweetness.
In comparing this beer to other offerings of the season, I am tempted to identify Warthog as a less explosive version of the Bigfoot barleywine. Bigfoot is really hoppy for a barleywine, while Warthog is very solidly malty for a double IPA. The big difference is that the alcohol is completely hidden in the Warthog, so that while I find Bigfoot to be an enjoyable "sipper" in front of the fire after shoveling too much snow, the Warthog is almost a "gulper", with no hint that this beer is over 10% ABV.
I am really happy I got a chance to try this beer. I have no idea when I might see it again, but wouldn't hesitate to recommend it highly.
03-15-2009 13:10:11 | More by bgjohnston
2.48/5 rDev -34.2%
Cheesy smell, bad hop notes with little to no malt aroma. Medium body, bitter to style but has a "fake" sweet finish. Definate boozy harshness on the pallette. Cane sugar? Lots of American hop notes, somewhat to resinous. Deep golden color with lots of haze. Expected more out of this beer.
02-08-2011 19:28:11 | More by ComputerBeer
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
64oz Growler served right out of the fridge and poured into various Pint Glasses
A - Poured a very hazy and murky, deep orange amber with some floating and suspended particles as well. Very cloudy with a good amount of carbonation visible a well with lots of chains of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Upon the initial poor there was a large head, perhaps three fingers high which towered over the top. This finally settled down but not before leaving tons of sticky and gooey side glass lace and a small pillow like cushion of off white foam across the remainder of the top. A very classic looking big IPA and a very nice dark color to it overall.
S - The aroma was very big and full of deep resiny hops from the very first smell. I also noticed immediately a hint of alcohol inside of it that was somewhat hot, but this was easily overpowered by loads of hops. Deep rich pine flavors along with lots of floral orange and sugary like tangerine were taken front stage here and really showing off. There was no doubt that this was going to be a very large IPA. It had a very fresh aroma to it; in fact you could almost smell the stickiness to it.
T - The flavor was very nice. To be honest this was a very big beer, clocking in at over 11% ABV and you could tell from the very first taste. It still had some residual alcohol hotness to it, but that was fine, sometimes you actually come to expect it, and this was still a very fine IIPA. Now then, the hops were mouth shattering at times. Deep resin filled tastes, almost made your teeth stick to your gums, and was soo fresh you could chew it. Lots of sugar added to try and balance everything out, bringing out more of an orange like note to it, but this was very big and floral, really pretty classic for the style. The finish as you can probably imagine was long and drawn out and very bitter, the flavor lasting soo long that you were yearning for another sip even several minutes later.
M - This was a very nice and very fresh medium bodied ale. The carbonation as well was very good and lasted well into the end of the session. I was very pleased to here that little bit of a pop and a hiss when I opened the growler, letting me know this one was just bottled and I was going to get to try it the way it was meant to. Excellent oily and resin nature to it and just a really good example of how this one should be done. Never light at all and just a really solid offering here.
D - Well this was a little tricky. First off the flavor, carbonation, and just overall appearance were all excellent, I would have loved to have drunken this one all night long, the only problem with that was it's a touch too strong for all of that. No matter though, this was still excellent, and was definitely a sipper as I threw down two pints and I knew I threw them down, very smooth, almost deceptively so, this one will definitely end up sneaking up on you.
Overall very solid offering here and one I am glad I could try. I am the biggest fan of the style, and really think a lot can be done wit hit. This however was straight up west coast mouth tearing high IBU IIPA, except from the Northeast, you got to love that. I would get this one again any time.
01-29-2008 11:34:53 | More by mikesgroove
4.18/5 rDev +10.9%
I have had this beer both at the Opa-Opa facility in Southampton and for this particular review at the Brewmaster's Tavern in Williamsburg.
It was a dark amber in color with a moderate foam head. Somewhat cloudy in appearance. The nose is mildly hoppy. The attack is very hoppy and the flavor is distinctly hoppy as well, but it is tastefully done and a very pleasant beer. Very smooth mouthfeel feels "velvety" in the mouth.
05-06-2009 17:25:07 | More by Ragingbull
4.5/5 rDev +19.4%
Thanks to hopdog for this. We all loved it so much at the tasting that we went back for seconds!
Appears a hazy amber brown with a 1 finger off white head that lasts. Nice lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of huge biscuity, malty dough. Lots of hoppy complexity going on with with pine resin and citrus.
Taste is of the same aromas in a well done, sugary DIPA.
Mouthfeel has beautiful amounts of carbonation with perfect sweet and bitter notes balancing it out.
03-24-2006 21:59:11 | More by weeare138
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
had this on my first trek out to Opa-Opa. Poured a dark godlen with amber hues. Decent head that left nice lacing. Great aroma, hops springing out of the glass! taste is sweet, but well balanced by the hops. finish is bitter. It kind of felt like a thick, almost chewy mouthfeel and coated the tongue. For a double IPA, this was pretty easy to put down. Dangerously so. Makes me want to go back out again, even though it's a 2 hr drive.
01-19-2008 14:13:32 | More by awall422
4.47/5 rDev +18.6%
Poured into a US tumbler pint glass from a 64oz. store-bought growler that was purchased and consumed on 9/26/09.
A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is a good blend of floral hops, citrus and caramelized malts
T: The taste starts with a strong burst of piney hops, which is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, deceptively strong kick, very good representation of style, I shared a small portion of the growler with someone else but I drank the majority of it and it was very enjoyable. This is definitely the type of beer that is worth drinking throughout the entire evening for as long as you are able to do so responsibly.
09-27-2009 00:34:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.28/5 rDev +13.5%
This was sampled at the CT River Brewer's Festival 2005... 8 oz. mug.
This was a dark amber, clear ale with no head to speak of, and I watched as it was poured. Nothin'.
The aroma was of very strong citrusy hops, caramel, and medium bodied malts. Quite heavy on the hops, but not too out of balance.
Taste was of INTENSE citrusy hops, some pine-like resinous qualities, quite bitter, with a strong malt backbone that was definitely up to supporting the hoppiness.
Mouthfeel was excellent... full and chewy, loaded with hops and letting you know it.
Drinkability was good, but couldn't have too much of this stuff at once.
Now that I know about this place, I have GOT to get out there.
09-13-2005 02:18:12 | More by connecticutpoet
A-10 Warthog Double IPA from OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.