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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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 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 Omnium
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours hazed gold with a ton of head, fades to some mild lacing.
S - Big juicy orange notes in this one, some mild earthy scents, some light toasted bread malt, which is kinda odd, but ok.
T - Again lots of orange, but lots of big sweet caramel and bread malt, moderate acrid bite.
M - Cloying sweetness, chewy.
O - Just an ok IPA, good orange, but thats all it has goin on for it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

decent ipa, nothing special. why does this beer look so crappy? clear golden with a thin white film, no head or rising bubbles, a regular dead beat. smells fine, balanced but still hop forward, weirdly light for an ipa, but smelling of fresh hops, pungent, which I mandate sometimes, and this hit the spot for that, but the taste was only okay, lacking the freshness and oily resinous beauty that makes this style memorable when its done well. I slammed one, but it still didn't feel drinkable, it felt like a dis in some ways, like an "I don't have time for your curious palate". what the hell man? I don't wanna hear that when ive got something pertinent to say. ya know? its one of those guys, and while its good, and serves an "I need a beer" purpose, it lacks the dignity that make a good dude a good dude.

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Photo of scotorum
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft pint with dinner at the Brew Master Tavern in Williamsburg, where they make most of it, and where it was offered on the menu as "Buckwheat IPA."

a: Clear gold with a white foam ring but no head and little lacing.

s: Very mild citrus.

t: Hops forward, relatively powerfully so for a single IPA, but not much malt backbone of interest. Slightly thin.

m: Light to moderate.

o: Since it is local I wanted this to be better than it was. But it's not bad, the hops make themselves known. Decent to good, but not outstanding. According to the experts it was probably the wrong brew to have with my turkey dinner, but it worked well enough for me. .

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Photo of 57md
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light cloudy copper with a thin layer of head. The nose is only slightly hoppy. The upfront flavor is bready malt which is accented by a decent dose of hops on the finish. All-in-all, the body is a bit heavy for an IPA.

In a blind taste-test, I’d call this a hoppy ESB. That said, it is still a decent effort. If truth in advertising does not rank high on your list, give this offering a try.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mix a six pickup. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours bright orange amber with a light layer of foam on top. See through. Modest grapefruit nose, malt too. Lighter side. Light hop, thin malt. Citrus embedded. Grapefruit peers through. Very mild, but still good.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
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 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 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 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 VelvetExtract
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a glowing copper color. Aside from the chill haze, the beer is transparent. Smaller head. Head leaves some light lace rings.

S-Lighter hoppiness. Pretty fruity and a bit juicy. To me, more citrus than pine. Light but pleasant. Light bready and caramel malt balances out the aroma.

T-More bitter than expected. More pine than in the nose. Unfortunately, the juicy fruitiness found in the nose is somewhat lost on the palate. Balanced but the bitterness and pine is the most stressed flavor. Better than I expected however.

M-Strong carbonation. A tiny bit slick. Dry. Lighter feel. A light and sessionable IPA thanks in most part to the feel.

O/D-This is quite like Long Trail's IPA. Not very similar in the flavor but both are good 12 pack beers because they are lighter bodied, easy-drinking, but still have just enough hoppiness to keep me at least modestly interested in the flavor. Good but not great.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 9 September 2011, reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear orange amber, with a 2-finger white head. Average retention and lacing.

Smell is full and bitter, but well-balanced. Citrusy and sharp, with grapefruit rind as the most prominent aroma.

Taste is more bitter and less citrus than the smell. Less balanced, with a straight long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, good carbonation.

A decent IPA, with good citrus notes. Strong on the grapefruit, and a little bitter for my tastes, but solid.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was also on tap at the 2010 ACBF. The beer poured out as a decent looking golden color with a bubbly white head on top. The smell of some hops blended pretty well with the malts. The aroma is actually pretty nice on this brew. The taste of the beer is decent for a standard IPA. The mouthfeel of the beer was drinkable, it was clean and crisp, had a lighter body to it. Overall this was a pretty solid IPA for the common beer lover.

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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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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 ToasterChef
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly chilled bottle is poured into a pint glass.

The is a good, basic IPA. The flavor profile is world shattering but is enjoyable and stands up to (my) scrutiny. Bitter hops remind of forests and twigs. Crystal sugars and caramel malts provide a good base. The liquid is the color of a copper kettle. Plenty of carbonation can be seen rising within, rising towards the large off-white foam head. The hop aroma is not overwhelming, but is solid. Hops are forest-like. Some sweetness can also be smelled. An average weight body and carbonation levels are standard, and the beer is only slightly sticky upon my lips. Overall, I like this beer. It seems like a solid and enjoyable local, but probably not one I would go out of my way for; but if I found some in my travels, I wouldn't avoid it.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this prepackaged growler at State Liquors in Worcester Mass.

Poured this from the growler into my Wormtown Pint glass. Clear golden body with sporadic bubbles. Frothy white head that faded into a film leaving lacing on the sides of the glass.

Bready malt with some floral aromas. Hints of grapefruit and pine.

Bready malt right away with a metalic taste of hops. I do get some floral and grapefruit and a very dry bitter finish. A decent tasting IPA.

Light body, leaves the lips a little sticky and the mouth dry. Carbonation is noticeable but not prickly. It feels okay nothing special.

This is a decent IPA, nothing special; the aromas and flavors are kind of weak. It's not a horrible brew, it's just something I won't go out of my way to have 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 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 BennyL1
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe

A - The appearance is pretty much standard for an IPA. Pours a nice amber color with a bit of foamy white head. Nice lacing along the glass.

S - Citrus notes upfront (grapefruit) with a sweet malt background. Once again, pretty standard for the style but still good.

T - Hops up front with the citrus notes leading the way. The malt sweetness really comes through leaving barely any bitterness. The bottle is about 4 months old so that could possibly be why.

M - Body on the lighter side with good carbonation. Nice and smooth on the way down.

D - I wouldn't mind trying this one again when it is nice and fresh. Not bad as is, just nothing that really stands out.

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Photo of Stockfan42
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler to my cape cod beer glass. Pours an amber orange body with a chunky sticky head that sticks to the glass.

Has a floral hoppy aroma with a fruity kick. Not very strong, but nice.

At first your mouth is attacked by bitterness. As it goes down you start to taste it's fruity side. Some grapefruits, lemon zest. A sweet malty finish with hops all throughout. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is very creamy. A bit of carbonation going on as well, and goes down light. A whole growler should hit the spot quite well.

Overall a very tasty and bitter ipa. Always a good selection.

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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 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 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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