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Op & Top - Brouwerij De Molen

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83
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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DeanMoriarty on 09-20-2010)
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Reviews by CHADMC3:
Photo of CHADMC3
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow body with orange hues beneath the massive, rocky, and foamy head, which eventually fades but leaves a constant creamy lacing clinging to the glass.

Aromas offer crystal malt with a touch of straw and earthy hop bitterness. As it warms the hops become much more floral and herbal.

The flavor offers much greater hop bitterness, floral, herbal and earthy. Also, the pale malts and grain come through as it warms. The hop bitterness really lingers and is actually prickly at the finish, which I believe to be more of the floral/herbal notes.

The carbonation is abundant with medium body and a really dry finish.

This beer through me off a bit. It is pretty darn good but at times really seemed to border between ESB and English IPA if that’s possible. I seem to detect more of the malt presence, especially in the nose than many other reviewers.

CHADMC3, Jul 08, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of farundrpar
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

farundrpar, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is grassy hops, apples and grain. The flavor is a mix of apples and lemons, as well as some grassy, grain and wheat. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Pretty good overall.

Mora2000, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of Hammarby
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don't really rate anymore and this bottle had been stored in a much too warm place, so my try out was not ideal in any way. But the tastes was so exceptional I had to share my thoughts about this beer. I would really like to try it again under better circumstances.

Color: cloudy/opac light amber with a white foamy top with big bubbles that stays forever.

Mouthfeel: light to below medium body.Carboration bubbly.

The above can be a result of the beer being stored too warm for a long time.

Smell: Phenols and a hint of honey.

Taste: Lily of the valley! First a touch of pez and sunblock, then more flowery tones. Bitterness. Lots of grapefruity tones. A bit of honey and wax. Aftertaste first of koriander then umami and dill. A kind of soapy quality. Still interesting.

By no means even remotely close to a IPA.

Hammarby, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Another offering with a Danish-only label with granted, an English listing of ingredients, but speaking for we non-brewers, WTF?

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves a low ebb of pock-marked lace around the glass as it duly sinks away.

It smells of floral, citrusy hops, bready caramel malt, and some further grassy, weedy bitterness. The taste is more sweet caramel/toffee malt, muddled orange and grapefruit fruitiness, and capable leafy, earthy hops.

The bubbles are fairly sedate, but not out of things entirely, the body medium light in weight, and just smooth enough. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt quite softened, amongst a still active citrus and leafy hop presence.

A decent enough IPA, old-world style, with a whiff of those new-fangled hops, so all is well here. Nothing overbearing, nothing underwhelming, just a nice, drinkable, somewhat hoppy ale.

biboergosum, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

mdaschaf, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of adamcthomp
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

adamcthomp, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of aztraz
1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

aztraz, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Mattgruv
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Mattgruv, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of floral and bitter hops with light citrus notes. Taste is also dominated by quite strong floral and citrus notes with a semi-astringent finish. Dry caramel malt backbone can be felt though is not particularly dominant. Body is about average with good carbonation and no alcohol. Nothing earth shattering but easily drinkable and enjoyable.

Phyl21ca, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a hazy medium coppery amber with a massive half glass head that slowly dissipates leaving massive lacing. Foamed a bit out of the bottle. Pleasant aroma of bready malt, citrus and grassy hops, light orange. Flavor is orange citrus and citrus hops, mild caramel malt, earthy mint family herbs, finishes with grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied. A grassy, somewhat subdued IPA, but well flavored for the ABV. This does lean in profile to classic English IPA style, but North American Northwest hops are also evident. Nice variation on an IPA and tasty for a session ale.

LiquidAmber, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of RuudJH
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My local liquor store has a nice selection of brews from De Molen.
This is my first encounter with Op & Top, from a 33 cl bottle.
I'm expecting a mild but hoppy beer.

Looks amber/orange colour, beige head, very solid fluffy with good lacing. Good carbonation, murky brown when poured completely.

Smell very fresh: a little pine, some apricot, melon, citrus.
Taste is very much the bitterness of hops. Very spicy and strong.
Reasonably smooth, with a dry bitter finish, lingering.
Good body on this. Refreshing, but demanding.

Overall, I would say the aroma has more complex character than the flavour delivers.
Still an good brew in this style.

RuudJH, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of CookstLiquor
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a deep orangey yellow. There are a ton of floral hop notes (and a hint of orange marmalade) in the nose. So it's not surprising to encounter a very big hop presence on the palate. It's not at all unbalanced and in fact the fine carbonation helps make this very drinkable.

CookstLiquor, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of TobiasGoth
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance
Dark yellow to light amber. Foggy and murky like a fishersman’s early hours. Airy head.

Aroma
Yeasty, spiky and sweet/tangy, doesn’t leave a single lingering thought.

Flavor
Citric and reminding me of a soda pop I once had. Wheaty and breadlike half way through. A stark finish as the bitter Premiant hops dominate last third.

Mouthfeel
Light medium and carbonated like a spa/jacuzzi.

Overall impression
De Molen is slowly making their name known to beer enthusiasts. A great brewery but truthfully this one didn’t make me bubble with joy. The Premiant hops dominates the last third of the flavor experience and leaves me with too many raised hairs on the back end of my tongue.

I love the label design on this one though, a De Molen-classic . Old school and clean, that’s how I like it!

TobiasGoth, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of dipso123
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

dipso123, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Jose9e
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Jose9e, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of mitlinks
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

mitlinks, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Deep golden color, hazy appearance. White, rocky, small bubbled, froth. Not so wide crown. Good retention. Earthy & spicy aromas, citric notes. Gentle clean bitterness, citric fruit touch. Smooth palate, oily texture. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Hints of honey in the middle with citric zest hues. Pleasant session beer. Close to English bitter Style.

GONZALOYANNA, Jun 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

kevgod, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Caudalie
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a riedel magnum red wine glass

A: Intense, dark golden color

S: Pretty nice, hoppy, citrus, grassy. Lovely

T: Light, refreshing, all I'm looking for in a beer. I just want to drink this everyday, it's a thirst quencher, with a nice controlled bitterness at the end, and mostly dominated by hop flavors.

O: I love this beer. The Vuur and Vlaam is even more impressive, but this is less of a tasting beer, more like a afternoon pool party beer.

Caudalie, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of vhmf1978
4/5  rDev +8.4%

vhmf1978, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, bottled on february 2011

A- Golden to orange, quite hazy. Nice, huge bubbled but somehow enough persistent head

S- A hint of grain and then a very delicate though quite faint hop aroma, with citrus and some floral notes

T- Mild grainy malts and then of course hops: citric, with some pine notes A hint of peach in both taste and aftertaste. Not very bitter, even for an english IPA

M- Quite a big body for a 4.5% ABV beer, with a bit of burnt malts character to it, due in part to high carbonation; not much in line with the beer's delicate character in my opinion

O- An english IPA with some american hop flavours in the mix. Highly drinkable and refreshing; good as a summer beer

Cozzatoad, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of rarbring
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is hazy and dark brass colored, a white head that settles rather quickly but leaves good lacing.

The smell is citric, grape-fruit, floral, pine needles and hay. Some sweet toffee tones as well.

Starting sweet, brown sugar and dextrose, red grape-fruit-juice, some lemon zest and grass.

Little carbonation, soft small bubbles, rather watery feeling, a small body and dry finish.

Not bad, maybe more American than English in the IPA style.

rarbring, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of jmtpi
4/5  rDev +8.4%

jmtpi, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -18.7%

nmann08, Jun 21, 2014
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Op & Top from Brouwerij De Molen
83 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.