Opa Opa IPA | OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery

Opa Opa IPAOpa Opa IPA
235 Ratings
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 PDXHops
2.59/5  rDev -27%
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 +7.9%
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 -2.8%
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 -20.3%
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 +19.7%
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 -1.4%
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 +7%
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 +25.9%
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 -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 MoreThanWine
2.94/5  rDev -17.2%
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 BeerNinja007
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this 12oz single for $1.54 at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT. Born on 122109, so nearly 10 months old now. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Foggy copper brew gives an orange halo against a light. The head is a decent 1" tan cake that retains its height as it settles, creating pockets and caverns thorough the structure. Smell is semi-sweet biscuit/shortcake, a fair bit of unidentifiable hop, with a good dose of clean fruity esters... raspberry. In the mouth the hop and fruit combines to come across as a pungent sour raspberry. A bit of biscuit is present but plays only a supporting role. Mouthfeel is a spritzy carbonation, fizzy but not offensive, moderately thick, mostly dry. Finishes with pepper and lingering hop which, without the raspberry, turns out to be grapefruit rind. Some spots of thin sticky foam grace the glass throughout.

Pretty good IPA at a good price. I tend to like them on the pine and grass part of the hop map, not a big fan of grapefruit (reminds me of vomit). But that's just personal preference (some people like vomit).

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Photo of egy
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle with a best by date of March 2011.

A - Hazy amber/orange with a one finger head that last a few minutes and a few sips

S - Sweet and hoppy. A slight floral hop note is there but it's mainly citrusy

T - A big hit of sweet citrus hop flavor hits you at first, and never really goes away. This beer is surprisingly potent.

M - Good amount of carbonation to be paired with the sweet hop flavor. Almost a citrusy juice type texture.

D - Honestly I enjoy this beer but haven't found my self drinking more than two in an evening, either I want something different, or I'm just no loner interested...

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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 BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

While the distribution offices are listed in Florida, the Opa-Opa brand started off as a brewpub in Southampton, MA, and now has distribution points in both Massachusetts, Florida and Connecticut with the help of contract brewing in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Frothy rocky sea foam head stays thick and afloat even after several sips. Superb head retention here. The appearance is of a very hazy orange-amber color which is most likely due to the hops and minimal filtering. Slightly pungent oily, juicy citric and wildflower hop aroma with some sweet malt in the back. Big on smoothness with a moderate carbonation and medium body. Hop bitterness takes over the palate right from the start with a pungent oiliness, flavors of grapefruit zest and raw pine sap come to mind. There is some malt character underneath the hops, toasted biscuit and animal-feed grain flavors come through middle to end. The hop flavor just does not want to let go, even the finish is a long drawn-out encore with a semisweetness that is mostly masked.

Its great to know there is another east coast IPA that can hold its own to any West Coast hop bomb. This is some old school craft beer here--drink and learn.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.23/5  rDev -9%
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 TommyW
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark red/copper with a white head leaving a nice lacing.

S- Piney hops over a buttery malt backbone.

T- Nice malt presence with some faint caramel notes and a big piney hop taste.

M- Medium body with a nice carbonation.

D- A solid IPA for sure.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opa-Opa- IPA

A- Clear amber red/ brown with a small filmy head and filmy lacing.
S- Bold bitter pine hops with a sweet toffee malt.
T- Bitter oily pine needle hops blended nicely with a sweet buttery caramel/ toffee malt.
M- Buttery sweet malt quickly dominated by bitter sweet pine hops.

Overall- Quite solid IPA. A good beer to try from Opa-Opa.

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Photo of danjohnsonsr
4.92/5  rDev +38.6%
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 Deuane
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Bright copper orange with a massive off-white head that reduced to a thin cap and left heavy lacing.

S-Light citrus hop aroma, including orange, grapefruit and tangerine with a lightly sweet biscuit malt backing.

T-Citrus hop flavour up front with the aforementioned fruits involved combined with a lightly sweet biscuit malt backing. Not a malty sweet as some IPA's and this helps the hops take the lead.

M-Medium-light bodied and fairly sharp. Good lingering hop bitterness with a drying finish.

D-Solid. Easy drinking and rather light with a defined hop forward presence. Nothing here that will blow yours doors off but certainly not undesirable. A nice fall back IPA. This would be a good "go to" refrigerator beer to have in your arsenal if Opa-Opa would happen to be your local.

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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 DrJay
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, clear orange with a fluffy, eggshell/light beige cap. Good head retention with clumpy lacing. Lots of hop aroma, including grapefruit, tangerine, citrus zest, a bit floral, with faint biscuit malt. Solid bitterness that lingered a bit in the finish. Lots of hop flavour up front, citrusy grapefruit, tangerine, and resin. The flavour fell away a bit towards the end leaving only bitter citrus rind/pith. Medium bodied with well integrated carbonation, some dryness. A solid, hoppy IPA.

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Photo of deereless
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
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 theghost3
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LarryG for this extra. Pours a bright copper with a 1-finger white head. Medium lacing.

Smell is a nice balance of sweet citrus & some piney hops with some malty scents. Taste is somewhat sweet from the caramel malts & citrus flavor, and there's a subtle bitterness at the end from the piney hops. There is a slight metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp, medium-bodied.

This is a very drinkable IPA. Maltier than a lot of the West Coast IPAs, but that's not necessarily a drawback.

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Photo of selecter70
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe it won't win any IPA prizes, or extreme beerfests, but OpaOpa's IPA is one damned good IPA in the Anglo-New Anglo tradition, not so much the Wrong Coast style (which I like as well). The quality in question is malt. This is a maltier than typical IPA offering, which appeals to be. Also, the water quality seems excellent, which adds to this clean & refreshing ale. A clean golden pour leads to a golden brown brilliance with 1/2 finger beige-white head & some, not much lacing thereafter. The aroma is definitely spot-on IPA with floral hops, but also nutty malt & grapefruit. The flavor leans into the citric lemon with biting pine hops, but not in an overwhelming way, as rich toasty malts a la a good Octoberfest round this guy out. Crisp & light to medium bodied with good carbonation, slight oil but clean & bright. Not the best but damned good!

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass. Purchased from Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA. Born on date was April 09.

A - Golden with good clarity and a moderate beige head. Nice lacing.

S - Piney hops with some nice toasted malt.

T - Piney and citrusy hops offset partially by a solid toasted malt. More hop bitterness than hop flavor. It has a nice bite to it.

M - Creamy and smooth with a low to moderate carbonation.

D - Lots of flavor yet very smooth and easy to drink. Pretty impressive for a northeast IPA.

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Opa Opa IPA from OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
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