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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

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Added by Todd on 10-16-2004

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Ratings: 235 |  Reviews: 130
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a handfilled unpasterized bottle, courtesy of the brewers. It pured a foamy and slightly amber colour. C hop aroma. Good bitterness and satisfying finish. Very drinkable IPA. Fruity citrus, piney resiny. A bit high on carbonation.

Had this on cask as well and the grapefruit flavour came out. It was a top cask, a 4 plus.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Knapp85
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
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 brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a pillowy white head that retains well and leaves a few dancing patterns of lace

Smell: Primarily piney, with a biscuity malt underneath

Taste: Opens rather biscuity, with the piney flavors emerging, big time, by mid-palate; never before have I tasted an IPA which soclearly splits the tongue's tasatebuds into two segments - up front, the biscuit and in the rear, the piney biterness; after the swallow, the segmentation continues, with the bitterness taking off in a medicinal, aspirin-like dimension for which I don't care

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting IPA and I can see why it has sparked widely divergent reviews

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jlindros
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the review for the red I did recently, Opa-Opa was great in the growlers and very bland in the bottles. Recently I asked the rep from the brewery about it and he mentioned the outsourcing for the bottles, and how it was not done well and they had recently changed bottling locations. Not sure where it's done now, but the red ale was much better (almost a different recipe which leaves me suspicious). Hope this one is better too.

A: Pours a nice large 2 finger head that retains pretty well. A beautiful amber orange pale color with tons of bubbles floating up through the semi clear color.

N: Some nice hops, slight citrus, chewy hop aroma, slight juicy hops, not super heavy on the hops but nice. Some light crystal malts and other sweet malt aromas. Some crisp ale aromas. Nose is semi light.

T: Starts with a malty backbone. Some nice crystal malts and other sweet malt flavors, similar to the nose. Then some light hop flavors come through, spicy, chewy hops with hints of fruit and citrus. It has a strong bitterness, but not as much on the hop flavor. A nice chewy hop feel though. The spicy hop character adds an interesting feel to it as well. It also has a slight buttery taste, not sure if that should be there.

M: Medium body, semi light, with great carbonation and slightly spicy hops.

F: Finishes semi dry and very bitter. It gets even more bitter on the finish, very bitter in fact. That with the dryness really takes something from the mouth. However, there isn;t much hop taste on the finish, or the taste for that matter. Its more like a strong pale without much hop taste.

Well, the red ale was much better with the new bottling, but their IPA is still pretty bland. I think they just don't do the IPA as it should be done, its mostly just bittering hops without the nice hop aroma or flavor. Too bad since their DIPA is awesome.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is good blend of citrus, caramelized malts, and floral hops.

T: The taste starts with a bitter burst of hops that fades out a little quickly and leaves sweet flavors of caramel & citrus. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it's a beer that's worth drinking for a while but there are several better IPA's out there.

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Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
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 BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radiant tangerine with crystalline clarity. The head is roughly two fingers of lightly toasted khaki that gets the job done. Ripped sheets of lace are beginning to appear and don't look like they'll melt in the next several minutes. A considerable amount of glass coverage in the end results in a well-deserved score increase.

The nose is American hop hoppy, with Cascade being the probable ringleader. That white grapefruity, cheesy, ganja-like aroma is easy to identify once you've smelled it several hundred times. More power would be nice.

Opa-Opa IPA is a solid brew that won't make the style leaders glance over their shoulders. That's okay. Stopping short of tongue abuse is no crime. The generous pale malt backbone and underlying biscuity sweetness make the beer drink like a baby DIPA.

If the barely discernable notches along the side of the label are the 'best by' date, this IPA is several months past its prime. All the more reason to be excited about an offering that is almost certainly much more flavorful when fresh. It would be fantastic if the gentle hop nip that I'm now experiencing was a more grapefruit pithy, resinous hop bite.

It's good to drink an AIPA that has a big enough mouthfeel. This one is at least medium (maybe even medium-full) and is supremely smooth and supple. It's nowhere near DIPA territory, but then it doesn't have to be.

From where I sit, Opa-Opa IPA is good beer because it's primarily pale malted, because it contains abundant ingredients, and because it has a great hop bill. I would be grateful if any of my future trading partners in the Northeast could see fit to toss in a fresh bottle.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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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Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of jwc215
4.48/5  rDev +26.2%
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 Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to tai4ji2x for this one.

Pours a nice hazy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little foamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing. The nose is mostly malty, with some hops, a touch of citrus. The taste is on the malty side, but there is a nice little touch of hops and citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little IPA, glad to have got a chance to try it.

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky medium copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light sweet malt, orange and some whit pepper.

The taste consisted of a grainy malt with a lingering spicy herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and spicy IPA.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a piney hop nose that's complimented with pale and light crystal malts. It's dry and bitter. The taste is good. It has a very bitter hop bite along with a solid malt bill. It boasts of pale and bisquit malts. It goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter with a piney hop feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It doesn't blow you hair back, but offers up a wonderful hop blast for those who enjoy hoppy beers.

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Photo of Zorro
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through sinstaineddemon and Secret Bunny '08 BIF.

Mildly chill hazed amber colored beer with the orange tinge that has come to be called "IPA Orange." Good strong off-white head.

Sweet malty aroma with a little herbal and a little citrus in the aroma. Little bit of caramel candy and a good yeast aroma, still expected more pine and citrus.

The taste starts out neutral and a little malty with a solid bitter finish. This becomes quite dry while still remaining malty, nice trick. Little woody and herbal with a faint butter flavor, seems a bit more English than American style to me.

Mouthfeel is good.

OK ale but I think a lighter more dry hopped flavor would help here. Still if I am ever at the OPA Steakhouse & Brewery I will give this another try.

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Photo of tigg924
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
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 jdhilt
2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
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 VelvetExtract
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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 akorsak
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a recent trade with jamie2dope.

A: The IPA looks deep red from a distance before revealing a copper amber color. A half-a-finger of head blanketed the ale on pour; it has since dissapated away.

S: The nose generally lacks aroma. Some grainy bread notes emerge but the hops offer nary a scent.

T: A sip makes up for the lackluster nose, lots of flavor jumps out from the get-go. Full-bodied grains create a dark bready, almost rye, flavor. THe first wave of malt is followed immediately by a nice blast of grassy, herbal hops. Citrusy rind adds an additional layer of hop flavor, a nice addition to the herbal notes. Finish is good 'n' hoppy, pleasantly bitter long after the sip is gone.

M: The grassiness of the hops makes this a good sipper, lots of flavor to enjoy.

D: I'd gladly pound down a few of these over a couple of hours. From the OPA OPA site, it looks like a thick steak would help greatly.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
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 Fettpopps
2/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of ppoitras
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
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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