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Bourbon Barrel OPA (Oklahoma Pale Ale) - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

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Bourbon Barrel OPA (Oklahoma Pale Ale)Bourbon Barrel OPA (Oklahoma Pale Ale)

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BA SCORE
84
good

25 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StaveHooks on 11-09-2013)
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Reviews by Hopswagger:
Photo of Hopswagger
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: Cloudy apricot body with a creamy white head. Some specks floating around and slight effervescence streaming toward the top.

S: Dry straw, toasted non sweet coconut, pine resin, clove, aged mellowed out bourbon, fresh leather and timid of tropical fruit.

T/M: Dry straw and hop presence with a balanced kiss of booze. Orange peel, pilsner malts, spices, mineral water, hints of pine and astringent bourbon. Mouthfeel starts off creamy then transitions to a sparkling water feel and finishes assertively dry.

O: Taste is overall pretty much bitter unlike the more juicy fruit forward nose. Although I haven't had many bourbon aged pale ales this is the best one so far. With that said its still not a great profile IMO. The bourbon plays a supporting role to the base pale ale which is nice and decently balanced. I thought the bourbon was too grainy and lacked the sweet mash flare I was wanting.

Hopswagger, Jan 11, 2014
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memphischas, Jul 30, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

neat beer thanks to furealz (Reddit).

Pours a big fluffy slightly fizzy almost 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, with bubbles streaming up, leaving nice big bubbled lacing, super hazy slight coppery orange color.

Nose is pretty nice, a big bourbon aroma, barrel juice mostly, with barrel rounding vanilla and a bit of buttery oak, but with that is nice hops, floral fruity hops with a mild citrus and a nice tropical fruit guava, as well as an apricot and pear like fruit, and a nice tangerine like citrus at the end.

Taste starts with another blend of barrel and hops, spicy chewy hops to start, little pine, with an earthy quality, into a mild citrus and tangerine again, and very little tropical fruit with again that light guava and hint mango, as well as mild stone fruit too. Lots of barrel too, vanilla and buttery barrel with some nice smooth barrel juice bourbon without the heat which is nice too. Quite smooth as it all blends nicely. Malts add a touch of a creamy feel and hint of grainy malt. bitterness is fair and increases as it goes, with a little orange citrus coming through towards the finish. Finish is dry and bitter, bitterness really ramps, with more apricot like stone fruit, little tangerine citrus, hint of pine and spicy hop, and more bourbon barrel juice and buttery oak.

Mouth is med bod, touch creamy, lots of carbonation and perhaps a bit too much as it gets a little distracting.

Overall quite nice, a great blend of hops and bourbon barrel that I would initially expect to clash or at least just not meld well, but instead they seem to really go well together. Reminds me of the first time I had Burton Baton from Dogfish Head, the really interesting characters blended well, this is better than that too, pretty tasty.

jlindros, Dec 01, 2013
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EF4, Mar 04, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Orange with a thin white head. Looks more like a wheat.

Hops (cascade, maybe?), musty.

Definitely an APA, not overly aggressive on the hops. The bite is eased and rounded off by the barrel flavor, bourbon however is not apparent. Straight forward with a bit of citrus, not really anything in the way off spice. A sunshine beer.

If it was crisp, the barrel age did away with that.

pants678, Dec 14, 2013
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CTJman, Jan 21, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy burnt gold, rather thin but persistent head of white foam. Barrel doesn't jump out on the nose, only a gentle vanilla note comes out amid the piney and herbal hops. The wood is more apparent on the palate - full on oak at first, with more vanilla and charred sugar, whiskey. Hops take a backseat here, classic American hops - citrus, pine, and grass. Warm, toasted biscuit malt. Sharp woodiness and tannins linger on the finish with a little ethanol note. I applaud the effort of doing something different with a barrel aged beer, namely picking a lighter style to put in the barrel. The beer itself is well done and the oak level nice. The barrel character and citric hops begin to clash a little towards the end of the glass, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

bump8628, Nov 20, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice hazy dark orange huge with a definite bourbon undertone. Super fluffy three finger head fades to leave lots of nice lacing. Just great.

S - Aroma or light bourbon vanilla and oak intermix with tons of juicyfruit and fruit punch. Holy cow. The nose...it is one of the greatest things I have ever smelled. Juicy fruit gum, Hawaiian punch, pineapples. My god..I want this as a car air freshener so I can smell it when I drive, and as a candle so I can smell it though out my house. This is unreal!

T - Taste I guess is a let down after that mind blowing nose. Lots of smooth, creamy bourbon, vanilla, pineapple, mango, light orange, nice bitter finish that does battle with the smooth oak and vanilla of a barrel. Delicious

M - Mouthfeel is great. Alcohol hidden nicely, gently carbonated, lingering bitter finish. Very nice.

O - Okay, yah..where the heck did this beer come from? Insane how good the nose is on this. Should be criminal. Wish that nose was in the taste mouth but my goodness is this a well executed beer.

rudzud, Nov 18, 2013
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sneezye, Jan 12, 2014
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ldhughes3, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of Bierlerner
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle and into a Choc snifter

A - golden pour with a nice bright white head. Lacing and retention is nice.

S - instant bourbon and fruit. A little peppery spice and wet hops.

T - white grapes, orangey citrus, grapefruit, sharp hops, and sweet bourbon. Interesting and delicious. As it warms, the hops get a little more bitter, the fruit a little less bright, and the bourbon a little less sweet. Transforms into a different beer and is equally fantastic.

M - creamy, tingly, medium body, and dry finish.

O - the 6pack didn't last long. Very pleasurable twist on the OPA that everyone enjoyed here. Now I need to get more!

Bierlerner, Nov 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber orange with an off white sudsy cap that clings to the edges of the glass. Solid sheets of lacing blanket the glass. Very impressive lacing and retention. It doesn't get much better.

S - Bright grapefruit flesh, fresh green leafy hops, hints of peppery spice, earthy pomegranate, orange peel, hints of wood, candy sweetness, hints of golden raisins, some yeast comes out as it sets.

T - The flavor follows the nose with grapefruit flesh, sweet and bitter, bright and vibrant grapefruit with leafy green mixed in. A faint pale malt lingers in the background. Finishes with dominate grapefruit pith, bitter and dry.

M - Medium body, creamy lush feel, medium carbonation, very dry finish

This tastes like the base beer with extreme dryness which could be placed from wood aging. The C hops play very well off the pale malt creating citrus wonderland. World class in terms of looks, while providing a very nice mouthfeel. Wish there was a little more bourbon flavor.

StaveHooks, Nov 09, 2013
Bourbon Barrel OPA (Oklahoma Pale Ale) from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
84 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.