Opa Opa IPA | OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery

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Opa Opa IPAOpa Opa IPA

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OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of danjohnsonsr
4.92/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass, it showed a healthy, lace head and a medium to dark orange color. The aroma was pleasant and citrus filled. The mouth feel was clean and crisp. The flavor was quite hoppy with just enough malt. Lots of citrus flavor, mostly grapefruit, although some lemon. The aftertaste was bright and lingered just the right length. I will definately drink it again.

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Photo of IIPAHOP
4.63/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent IPA. This beer is well known. It has a great taste with a smooth drink. Medium body color. Just heavy enough to give it that full bodied taste. Always a fovorite

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.52/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Redbones in Boston.

Pours a burnished copper, on the darker side for an IPA. a small cap dissapears quickly and leaves intricate strings of lace behind. A blast of piney, citrusy American hops welcome me in the nose. Some malt sugars are there too, but leafy hops control things. The taste is immensely hoppy yet highly quaffable. Swathes of pine tar and grapefruit rind abound yet the bitterness isnt mouth puckering. The mouthfeel is medium with crisp, busy carbonation. The finish is bitter and mouthcoating with hop oils, but not to the point of being numbing.

This is a delicious IPA that went incredibly with my pulled pork. Its not a hop giant, but it isnt lightweight either. Drinkability is off the charts.

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Photo of jwc215
4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours orange-copper with nice clarity and a one-finger frothy head that sticks around. Plenty of trailing lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is of citric hops. biscuity undertone.

The taste is of citric, chewy hops upfront. Nice hop progile - citric/tropical/piney. A sweet, biscuity, grainy malt ties the hops together wonderfully. Woody notes peek through. Great blance for the style. Hops dominate, but the malt is not lost. Alcohol very well covered.

Super smooth. On the rich end of medium body. Chewy.

If you like hops, you'll like this one. Hops dominate, but don't lose their balance. IMO - much more in the West Coast tradition, though from the East. Dangerously drinkable!

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Photo of cridder
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Buckwheat IPA from the original brewery in Southampton.
Pours light amber color with nice head and lots of lacing.
Nice hoppy bitter bite when cold. Then gets smoother when it warms. Taste of wheat malt that's present at first, then hops kick in, with even an after bite.
Nose of malt and some citrus in there. Very enjoyable!
Better than most average IPA's. From growler at 5.99 you can't go wrong. 1/7/2011.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle bought as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" eggshell head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Dense head holds on nicely, with plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma is dominated by citrus hoppiness. Taste starts with a moderate sweet maltiness that gradually cedes the floor to the citrus hoppiness, which shows glints of pine as well. Mouthfeel and drinkability are where this one shines, super smooth and it seems to almost disappear from the glass. Check this one out.

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Photo of Coorskid33
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought as part of variety 12 pack @ Yankee Spirits in Swansea,MA.

Appears~ Color is orange like yellow with minimal visable carbonation. Pretty clear for what it is. Did my best with the pour and got small head.

Smell~ Small head and minimal carbonation released huge and awesome aroma. To me smelled of fruity flowers which was a surprisingly a good thing.

Taste~ Taste as good as it smells. Starts with a kick of malt flavor and ends smooth and hoppy.

Mouthfeel~ Delicious, the way IPA is supposed to be.

Drinkability~ I found it hard to have just one over several taste tests. Overall I was very impressed with this IPA and similar but different to other IPA's brewed in the Northeast. I'll try a growler next time. SOLID IPA!

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Photo of tchurchill7
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is far superior in a growler than what I experienced in the bottle. Appearance is a semi copper. What stands out for this beer is the wonderful lacing. Really coating my pint glass from start to finish. Taste is certainly hops with a real nice dry finish. Drinkability is very high with this IPA. Easy to put this growler down! Mouthfeel is also very nice, carbonation is just enough. This is quickly turning into a favorite for me. Recommended!
I was very impressed with the Opa Opa representative that was at my beer store in Gardner, MA. Very informative salesman that has made himself a new customer. I'm enjoying this growler with the Opa Opa pint glass given for buying the growler!

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This place is out of the way, which is a shame because their beer is fantastic. I mean, I live in Western Mass and this place is out of the way. When I finally arrived I was disappointed that their double IPA was out, I guess itÂ’s that good.

A super fragrant offering. Dried berries along with a huge blast of pine and citrus, this is a very nice example of an English IPA with and American twist.

Big hop flavor. On par with many West Coast IPA's, there is a fair amount of bitterness that accompanies it, but it is nicely balanced with he hops.

Fresh beer is best. This is a big beer, but holds up nicely to all the "elements" it possesses. A great beer.

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Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color from the bottle with a really thick white head that sticks to the sides of the glass like a really good IPA should. The aroma is excellent of fresh flowery hops. The taste is excellent - very fresh and fruity from the hops. The bitterness is good, but not overwhelming, especially in the aftertaste. Excellent aftertaste. Very good carbonation and felt good all around, especially going down. One of my favorite IPAs, definately give this a try if you have the chance.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from cask at the brewpub July 2005.

This IPA poured a hazy, amber color with sudsy, white foam that settled. The smell was floral, mildly fruity hops with a touch of sweetness and a note of biscuity malt. The taste was lightly sweet, floral hops with a nice base of crystal malt beneath, and a mild hop bitterness. This IPA was very fragrant and seemed more in the style of an English IPA than an American. The mouthfeel was very smooth with medium body and very low carbonation. The aftertaste left a modest but pleasant hoppiness on the palate. This was an excellent IPA from cask, and I will look forward to sampling it on-tap next time.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up while in boston for EBF/NotB. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass. my first beer from this brewery.

A- this one pours out a translucent and darker than expected amber colored body with moderately large bright white head on top. the head takes its time falling and levaes behind large riings of lacing. very nice.

S- the first thing i pick up on in the nose are all the hops this one has in store for me. very pine forward, with a little bit of grapefruit to follow. there are some sweet caramel malts that add some balance at the end.

T- the taste starts out with some sweet caramel malts before moving onto a heavy dose of piny hops. there are also some grapefruit and floral notes, but this one is all about the pine.

M- medium bodied and not overly bitter. well carbonated.

D- very flavorful and almost sessionable in strength. i really enjoyed this one. ill look for it next time in the area for sure.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy amber color with yellowish tint, decent head retention and lacing.

citrusy, mildly piney scent, followed by toasted malts and yeast. a very classic american IPA nose.

flavor is not as bold, unfortunately. still, it's quite nice, with light caramel sweetness, moderately spicy hop kick, and toasted multi-grain bread. moderate bitterness throughout, with faintly resinous finish.

feel is slightly thin, but smooth. moderate carbonation keeps things fresh.

this is actually pretty decent, and nearly sessionable despite the 6% ABV

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Photo of fitzy84
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle at the Table and Vine sampling. The drink had a dark amber appearance with slight lacing. The aromas were particularly strong in spices, citrus aromas and hops: really solid. The taste had a similar flavoring as the smell, but there was more of a good, subtle bitterness to it. Good body, not too light or heavy: brought out the flavors. Overall, pretty darn good.

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Photo of JoeCeez
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a clear amber orange with a foamy two fingered off whit head that fades to leave blotchy lacing

S: lots of citrus and pine, some toasty bready malt, overall a fairly mild aroma

T: starts with slightly sweet biscuits balanced with a very bold citric hop bitterness, mostly grapefruit and pine and a pleasently dry finish

M: medium bodied, smooth and slick, with just the right amount of carbonation

D: very drinkable, nice and bitter and not too syrupy, I could easily drink a six pack in an evening without getting bored

Overall this is a great IPA from an up and coming MA brewery, this is by far my favorite of their three bottled offerings

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Photo of bajshearer
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a Cask-Conditioned fan, and this was quite good. Albeit served just a hair warm for my taste (hard-core Cask-Conditioned drinkers will likely appreciate it). The Buckwheat IPA meets the Amarican IPA style well - so watch out for those hops!

An excellent brew to complement the Western style of this restaurant.

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Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours beautifully; amber color, slightly cloudy; Excellent, lasting head that leaves ring lace with each sip.

Mild aroma for an IPA, traditional hop spiciness.

Very slight malt in the initial sip. I get a bit of sweet caramel. This gives way rapidly to the abundant hop flavor which lasts through the swallow and aftertaste. Appropriate mouthfeel: the body is spot-on and the carbonation is above my expectations slightly. Quenching.

This is a well-made beer. If it had a stronger aroma, it would be one of my favorites all around.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the girlfriend (eheff) for bringing this back from western Mass. Shared with a friend.

A: Pours a clear copper amberish color with a nice white head. Thin retention and nice sticky spider web like lacing.
S: Grapefruit and other citrus fruit hop notes. Sweet bubblegum. Floral hop presence with a bit of tea leaves also.
T/M: Citrus and grassy hop flavors. Toasted grain with slight sweet caramel malt notes. extra long bitterness that has a stinging lip smacking affect on the palate. Bitterness lasts a long time, well into the finish.
D: Excellent example of the style. Smooth and easy drinking. This is what makes up a fine session IPA in my opinion. I enjoyed this more than other IPA's as the malt notes don't take over the hop profile in the aftertaste as other IPA's do---the hop profile stays dominant.

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Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A light copper color brew, fairly clear, with a 2 finger off-white head and decent clumps of lacing. The aroma brings out a malty, flowery hops with a hint of buttery nut. The flavor comes closer to a classic grapefruit hops, clean with a great slick feel , but not heavy, easy drinking. Lots of bitter staying power here with tangy carbonation and a touch of orange citrus and clove lurking within. A very nice IPA. It leaves a bit of a sharp bite on your tongue yet there is some sweet malt to sink your teeth into. Highly recommended, a keeper!

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Photo of billybob
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice amber orange color with a off white two finger head that held to a quarter of an inch with a fair amount of lacing. smell is citrus and piney. big bready malt taste up front finishing with citrus and grapefruit hops. medium mouthfeel with that hop after taste. not a session beer for me but still a good ipa.

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Photo of tigg924
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a golden brown, medium to high head, fairly decent amount of carbonation

Smell: light grapefruit and some florals

Taste: light sweet melon and a bit of grapefruit

Mouthfeel: very smooth, a bit sweet for an IPA, and crisp in the finish

Drinkability: I could easily have a six of this. This is an excellent IPA if you do not like IPAs too bitter. I will be looking for this again

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Photo of bjoyce12
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dive in Worcester,MA. The single best aspect of this beer is the aroma. It has a knock-your-socks-off IPA nose. One of the strongest I've smelled from an IPA. My expectations were set high for a strong hoppy presence given the aroma, but was disappointed. Not a bad IPA, some good hops in there, but nothing outstanding. A good solid IPA choice, but there are better tasting ones out there.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a slightly hazy, golden amber with a rather thick and creamy head that dissiptes slowly and leaves plenty of sticky foam behind.

This is a very herbal and earthy scented IPA, not fruity at all, This one is all herbal, earthy hop and amild buttery malt.

The flavor is the same, This is not a fruity, or floral IPA...were talking Herbal, earthy, hardy, good balance of malt. Me like!

This ia medium mouth feel, very crisp with a nice bite on the tongue.

highly drinkable IPA.

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Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid overall IPA. Poured a nice amber appearance with distinct floralm hop presence. The hops were conisistent throughout the taste...with a very nice dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium with a dry, but smooth quality. Drinkability is good, due to the lack of any overall harshness ..easy on the palate.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to the NE traders who send me all of these fine growlers. I scored this one along with a few others from OPA recently. This one was served in several pint glasses and consumed on 11/02/2008.

The pour was decent enough with a rich and somewhat light amber color. A nice clarity to it let a decent sized head of maybe two inches pick up and settled down into a thin crown across the top.

The aroma was charged with hops. Rich notes of citrus hops were dominating the profile as one might have expected. As it warmed there was a nice touch of biscuit like malts that started to kick in and provide a good bit of balance to it. Rich flavor here with a biting and crisp hop flavor that started with that crisp flavor across the tongue, mellowing mid palate to provide some balance to it as it passes through, with a nice bready and biscuit like malt. Slamming back into a fresh, floral, orange and pinapple flavor that dried out the palate toward the finish. Smooth, easy carbonation and a nice light to medium body really made this one a very nice, sessionable, IPA.

Overall quality man, that is about all I can say for this brewer. Everything I have had has just been top notch quality. I would have any of these again, anytime.

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