OPA-Oklahoma Pale Ale - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
2.69/5 rDev -25.9%
Method- Straight from bottle, Cellar temperature.
Appearance- Hazy, peachy, light amber. Cream colored head. Overall, looks nice.
Smell- Bitter, rich, piney smell.
Taste- Overwhelming pine tree flavor. A lasting, unpleasant bitterness. Becomes more bearable after a 2nd bottle. (and I typically like bitter beers) Imagine hops + pine needles. Not pleasant.
Mouthfeel- Pleasant, lightly carbonated. However, the ale almost coats the inside of your mouth with a slick feeling that won't go away.
Overall- Fails in one of the most important categories, taste. But hey, if you love the taste of earth and pine needles, this might be your holy grail.
The other categories are above average, but it's hard to appreciate the nice things about this beer when it tastes like your chewing up pine needles.
10-16-2013 19:52:26 | More by BeerPalateSensei
2.8/5 rDev -22.9%
Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.
Shit, I stop paying attention for a couple months and all of a suddenly (as my brother would colorfully put it) Choc distributes to my area. Fair play, I s'pose. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises mixed greens, flowers, light sweetgrass, and a few drops of honey. The taste brings in more of the same, but the proceedings are dominated by a new-coming pall of spicy pine resin, something that really doesn't jive with anything else, much less my tongue. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda slick feel. Overall, this stuff just didn't do it for me, mostly due to that weird spicy green character. Pass.
09-22-2013 07:00:28 | More by TMoney2591
2.86/5 rDev -21.2%
Poured into a snifter. Appearance is hazy and orange with thin head and some retention. The nose smells of dated herbal hops and pine with modest malt presence. Unfortunately, this bottle doesn't appear to have a bottle date, so its hard to say how dated or fresh it is. The taste has a bit of sharpness from the bitter herbal hops with not a whole let else going on. The finish is somewhat boozy for the style. Mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation. Overall, this brew is below average for the style. Again, not sure if a fresher bottle would yield a more positive review, but as it stands, this is an uninspired APA.
07-08-2013 05:05:00 | More by homebrew311
3.23/5 rDev -11%
The OPA is decent...I'm not sure I got a fresh bottle or not. It was off the Binny's singles shelf. The beer seemed as thou it was going to be an over primed bottle....but I was able to pour it without much flare up. The beer poured a slightly hazy gold with decent white head that is leaving a lace. The smell is more malty than hoppy. The taste is a okay....I believe this is call a pale ale because of color....not so much as for hops used. The mouthfeel was medium in body with big carbonation. Overall its a good beer. I'd like to try it again just to see if the bottle I had was extra primed.
12-01-2013 02:08:16 | More by WoodBrew
3.35/5 rDev -7.7%
A - nice clear copper color with a finger of thick off white head that retains very well and laces somewhat
S - fruity and floral hops, fresh and clean... Very pleasant... Slight bready Munich malt notes as well
T - very bitter... and not in a good way that a pale/ipa should... Almost completely overpowering. Would like a cleaner hop presence here as it wipes out most of the other flavors. If you can get through it, there are strong fruity hop flavors (grapefruit particularly) and some bready malt.
M - over carbonated... While this helps with head retention, burns the tongue... Lingering astringency also not appealing
O - there is potential here for an awesome pale ale... Tone down on the early addition hops and back off the carbonation
12-22-2012 19:59:00 | More by csiewert
3.38/5 rDev -6.9%
A- A clear yellow/gold with a 1 finger off white head. Dissipates in about a minute or two. Fair retention with good lacing throughout the drink.
S- Hops up front. Citrus and floral. Grapefruit and lemon. A very hoppy smelling pale ale. Some sweetness and bready notes in the end. A good smelling beer here.
T - Hop forward like the smell. Quite citrusy. A more robust hop level than i am used to in a pale ale. The hop profile is nice, but the malt body just doesn't seem to stand up well to it. The unbalanced nature of the beer seems to create a lingering astringency that is very hard to overlook.
M- Light to mid body. A little thin and oily. Moderate carbonation with a dry finish. The bitterness at the end is a little off IMO as mentioned in the taste section.
O - I feel Choc is really close to brewing a simply terrific pale ale here, but the hop presence seems to crush the rest of the flavor and create an unbalanced astringency. I thought it wasn't bad and would probably drink again, but with a few tweaks this could be a damn fine brew.
03-18-2013 02:42:33 | More by Bosoxfan20
OPA-Oklahoma Pale Ale from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
82 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.