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Opa Opa IPA | OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery

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Opa Opa IPAOpa Opa IPA

Brewed by:
OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-16-2004

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Photo of PEBKAC
1.72/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Passed over these guys a lot because I know of the endurance required to take care of growlers through five hours of bus & train rides. Twelve ounce bottles pack & stack really well in luggage though. A couple of their staples is more then enough to bring home though.

Born on date missing a notch. Assured to be relatively fresh.

Poured into my Sly Fox tumbler. Slightly chill-hazed honey amber. Off-white, sticky, cobweb lace.

Smell is muted herbals, wet grass, & oil.

Quite buttery taste. Margarine more like it. A decently toasted bread malt & some faintly grassy/floral hops, but the slickness of this is not appetizing. Weak carbonation isn't helping any either.

Not a fan.

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Photo of necrat
2.08/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It poured a copper dark yellow, mustard color.

It had very little smell to it. I almost had to get my nose wet to smell anything from it. Pine and citruis notes on what exsists for smell.

It had a unusual taste to me. Different from other IPAs Ive had. A staleish taste. Makes me wonder if I got a bad bottle. It almost tasted like soap straight from the bottle. There was some citrus to the taste, but soap I tasted more.
A little grapefuit aftertaste

It had OK mouthfeel, not over carbonated, not under. It was OK...

I don't think I'd buy this again.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. An extra courtesy of portia99. Thank you!

A: Pours a clear amber color with half a finger of off-white head that recedes quickly into a collar around the drink and some trace film patches on top of the brew. Quick bubbles up the glass, but not enough to keep a lively head. Has a little bit of lacing during each sip, though.

S: Has some floral and grassy character, with a noticeable caramel and pilsner malt scent. Maybe some bread, too. Not a very pungent nose.

T: Floral hops strike first, presenting a nicely bitter initial taste. Caramel and pilsner malt varieties comprise the mid-taste while the bitterness remains strong, but the finish is mostly grass and floral hops, with bitterness lingering into a slightly sticky aftertaste.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, with low carbonation. Could use a little more bubbly to keep it lively, since the flavors are a bit muted anyway, owing to a watery composition.

D: I'm not too fond of the hop varieties found here, as I prefer more citrus-based flavors. This is a nice example of how East Coast IPAs seem to differ from our West Coast varieties, but I think, all things considered, I prefer the homegrown stuff...

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Photo of PDXHops
2.59/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. Impressive streaky and soapy lacing atop the orange body, and the retention ain't bad, either.

Nutty and leafy aromas with some mild herbal and citric undertones. Bitterness is just fine, but the flavors scream not IPA, but (a hoppy) ESB. Leafy, nutty, oily, toasty and a bit pungent. A touch of grapefruit zest. There's certainly nothing wrong with an IPA that's not all pine and citrus; the malt profile seems to be chiefly the source of style confusion here. Tasty enough, but not something I'd look to for a hops fix.

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Photo of ForrestChess
2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

its only my 2nd time having this beer and its not as good as i remembered it being the only other time i drank it about a year ago. Def a distinctive enough flavor but not particularly outstanding in any way i didnt think. Had on in a glass and another right from the bottle. def better in a glass.

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Photo of HP1975
2.64/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear, light amber color with little diminishing white foam head.
S: Harsh grain notes with some kind of Trappist undertone The overall effect is suggestive of a hybrid hops bill using both modern (i.e., Amarillo) and traditional (Columbus) American cultivars. A chemical hops quality that is unpleasant.

T: Begins dry, Acidity takes over to where established flavors are still evident; flavor qualities generally become less intense. The finish is mildly bitter and malty with a neutral character of base grain.

M: Thin slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This IPA seems to be assembled for mass appeal; a gateway to the style. It threatens to offend the senses and sensibilities of this student of hops by not supporting the low hop quality with bland malt notes. There will likely be a showdown looming when it hits sports bar draft lines next to Harpoon IPA.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jdhilt
2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a cream, three-finger, rocky head that goes slowly to a ring and leaves some lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Almost clear amber color. Nose is a fruity hop. Flavor follows the nose with the fruity hoppiness and a bitter finish. Typical IPA. $1.65 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A hazy copper that shows off an orange glow when held up to the light. The ecru cap stood firm and retreated slowly. Some delicate lace sticks here and there.

The nose is malt dominant. Sweet biscuit and shortcake with some fruity esters and toffee. The hops add layers of herbal/medicinal notes, grapefruit, and pine needles.

The hops step forward a little bit more on the palate. Lightly bitter pine needles and soft fruit. Toffee and biscuits holding down the back end.

Medium-light body with nice carbonation. A light lingering bitterness coupled with toffee and citrus.

An easy drinker for sure, but just not in love with this guy. Not on the "never again" list but definitely not something I am craving again.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at a recent homebrew club meeting, the beer pours a amber color with a small white head. the smell is not overly hoppy, but not underhopped. the taste falls away and there is very little hope flavor or bitterness if any. the mouthfeel is medium boddy with moderate carbonation. overall not a good beer, will not buy.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy raw sienna color. 2" head settles down to 1". I can slightly smell the hops, and taste them too, but like I've said lately in other reviews they really just strike me as ordinary IPA, it's not like this stands out of the crowd.

This is petty but I was a litte put-off by the cowboy and stage coach label. Granted this is brewed in a steakhouse but it's in Massachusetts - and since I'm from Kansas I feel a right to question its cowboy pedigree, partner.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy golden color. A half finger of white head with some lacing.

S: Kind of a tight nose. not really getting much in the way of hops. The malt comes through more in the nose.

T: Starts off with a nice sweetness. Then goes into a little bit of a corn taste. Finishes bitter.

M: Lighter in the body than I like an IPA.

D: Easy to drink just no real reason to. Not something I would be seeking out again.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know what it is about Opa Opa but the cowboy theme really gets to me.

Clear, dark hay color with a large, persistant foamy head. Ample lace and retention.

At first pour the foam smelled of light grain and clove but as that faded a hoppy lemon scent persisted. Some vinegar/olive oil in there as well.

Tastes like Lipton lemon iced tea with mild hop presence. Fairly crisp.

It's not bad, it just doesn't fit my taste. If you like lemony IPA's (Sweetwater comes to mind) than this is for you. Would go great with a salad.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: clouded yellowish gold with caramel edges. The top consisted of foam and fizz that disappeared very fast and left one skinny strip of lace with a few blasts of speckles. Reminds me of a deeper tinged Hefeweizen

S: lemons, tea leaves, and floral notes. Not very pungent, even for minimal standard IPA's. A little more hop shock in the nose would be nice

T: strongest presence is managed by citrus lemony grapefruit hops with big herbal tea flavors. The back end is sort of awry with a artificial sugary lemon flavor. I can also pull out some soft pine notes that cut through. Pale malt profile holds very light biscuity character

M: a solid body profile in the medium category. Comes off creamy at times otherwise it remains smooth

D: I dare to say this bottle was not very fresh...at all. I could see this brew making a good stand in the IPA category, but for now I pass

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Photo of philbe311
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - One fingers worth of tightly packed and even creamy tan head... Solid retention... Loads carbonation throughout - starts slow at the bottom and quickly speeds up as it reaches the top... An amberish copper color which is slightly lighter at the bottom and slightly darker at the top...

S - A subdued hoppiness upfront... Melon... Caramel... Malt... Well balanced and mildly enticing, but a bit timid overall...

T - A nice malty beginning... Biscuit... Caramel... Flowery tones... A sharp pungent grapefruit hoppiness rises to the forefront and burns the tongue... Metallic aftertaste...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly chewy... Lots of carbonation... Bitterness brutalizes the tongue... Sturdy...

D - A potent hop assault, especially considering it only weighs in at 6% ABV and the single IPA status... Far from my favorite in the category and probably not something I would reach for in the future, but it is a representation of the style that deserves some consideration for BA near and far...

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Photo of deereless
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep copper with a ruby hue, medium head on a hard pour - 4.00, S: Dry grain aromas, what I do pickup in terms of hops is earthy and herbal, mild for an IPA, without knowing I would guess this is an English IPA rather than an American IPA though I do pick up some grapefruit as the beer warms - 3.00, T: Quite dry and extremely bitter, like the nose the flavor is quite herbal, a little woody, faintest touch of biscuity sweetness, strong grapefruit zest - 3.00, M: Medium bodied - 3.25, D: After reviewing the beer I looked at other reviews and realize my impression is markedly different. This is a apparently an American IPA though everything about it would have lead me to believe otherwise - 3.00

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at J. Timothy's in Plainville, Conn.

A: Poured a reddish gold color with an off-white head which left behind some lacing. Looked like a nice American IPA.

S: Smell is definitely of citrus hops and pine needles. There's a faint smell of malt, but not enough to stand out over the hops.

T: Taste is not amazing, but rather, less hoppy than I was hoping it to be. I've got to say, it has good balance for an IPA, but not enough IPA hops for me.

M: It's not a heavy brew; medium-bodied with a slight hop burn in the cheeks.

D: I could probably drink a few of these, but would probably move on after one if there were other IPAs or interesting brews available. Not bad, but not the best.

This is the first Opa Opa brew I've had, and my friend claims she has a growler of some Opa Opa product, but doesn't know what it is. (I told her to read the damn label, yet I digress) It was interesting enough to get me to try more Opa Opa, but not interesting enough to make me get it again, amidst a sea of other American IPAs.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear bright copper body with a foamy offwhite head and soapy lace

Scent is fresh bread with a touch of honey

Taste is sweet bready malts with a light citrus and floral hop note. Grapefruit and a touch of pine.

Mouth is slick medium.

Not a bad ipa but not among my favorites.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours copper amber with an off-white head, some light lacing.

Some pine aromas, and some thick sweet toasted malt aromas.

An unbalanced beer. Wants to be an IPA, but the strongest point is the malt. Caramel, maybe even some cocoa. Then pine hoppiness, but not enough to cut thru the malt. Too sweet, too unimpressive when it comes to the hops. Decent, but missing some edge to it. Sweet, soft, pine/bitter, sweet again. A weaker IPA.

medium bodied, nothing astringent or having a bite. Missing some carbonation.

Overall, no bad, but there are plenty of much better IPA's out there. The beer fridge consisted of this, Dales Pale Ale and Racer 5. Racer 5 disappeared, then the Dale's. then this. Not a bad 3rd place, but missing alot. An ok brew and a mediocre IPA.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear medium golden color with a huge meringue head that prevented me from pouring this in one shot. Smells of citrus and a hint of pine. Heavy on the grapefruit and lemon with a fairly solid bready sweet malt backbone. The flavor follows the aroma bread citrus and pine with a faint hint of wild yeasty phenols. Medium body with a huge amount of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Not a bad brew, nothing special, but nothing objectionable either.

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Photo of TeddyBG
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from growler into Pint glass.

A: copper colored with off-white head that lasts. Good lacing.

S: Grapefruit! Other hoppy aromas.

T: Citrusy hops flavor certainly dominant here. Cannot really pick-up much else.

M: Well carbonated. No weird aftertastes.

D: Not sure I'll be able to polish this growler off tonight. I like the flavor, overall, but it just seems heavy to me. Maybe it's the Kung Pao Chicken that accompanied my first two glasses. Another good beer from Opa squared.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a clear orange with a then foamy white head. Some small lacing.

The smell is a citrus flavor with some piney hop feel but is slightly musted.

The taste is a bit sweet with a bit heavy citrus hop flavor, also have some fruit flavor like lemon and grapefruit. Has a nice ry finnish.

This beer has a medium body and is smooth with not too much carbonation. Goes down pretty good and is very drinkable.

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Photo of Ralelen
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Opa-Opa IPA is now in bottle form here in Connecticut. I was unaware that this was from the South Hampton location seeing as the bottle says it was brewed in Saratoga,NY. I guess it was contract brewed at Mendocino Brewing Company, but I digress.

Nice hop aroma to start out the glass, a bit of citrus, grapefruit, and a hint of toffee. The head started out nice but then quickly says goodbye. Nice color, very dark gold to amber.

On first taster you get some malt sweetness then BAM! a ton of hops! The hoppiness wains towards the end of the glass, but maybe my taste buds just got totally destroyed? :P

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Photo of TangTKE402
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an Opa Opa IPA holiday pint glass (beer and glass were both Christmas gifts!) Mostly clear, with a pale-straw coloring, a thin white head with a slight froth left on the glass. A touch of haze and effervescence.

S: Bready, with a slight hop finish. Some banana, a little wheat germ, and grass all appear on the nose.

T: This beer has a stronger look than one might outwardly judge. A good malt-forward character, with a hop finish that focuses more on dryness than on flavor. Some notes of metal, booze, raisins, whole grains, rye, and citrus rind appear in the character of the beer. Bitter and bready are the words I would describe this beer.

M: Watery and metallic, this has a tinny, hollow feel to it overall. It does expand a bit in the mouth, but the fore and back are empty. Middling at best.

O: Not a bad beer, and certainly not one I'd turn down if offered, however I wouldn't go out of my way to get one. A perfectly serviceable IPA.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into standard pint glass. (Opa Opa none the less) Poured a nice gold copper with a white foamy head. The head disappeared quickly and left only a ring around the edge. Aroma was slighty bitter at first, but got much better once it completely warmed up. Smelled wheaty, with a hint of citrus. Tasted similar, a wheaty coppery feel. Very easy to drink. Slighty bitter at first, but cleaned up very nicely, went down very smooth in the end.

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Photo of haggis
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty malty for an IPA. Got it at a place that was offering Opa growlers cheap, so that has to be factored in. Not as savagely hoppy as many American IPAs. Poured with medium life to it, head was quick but diminished faster, but there is a semi-decent foam clinging to glass. Not bad. Place offers growler for $5.75 so will be back, but I'm thinking that price has affected the full grade here.

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