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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 BeerNinja007
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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 +7.1%
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 +6.6%
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 -3.8%
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 -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 TommyW
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 +9.1%
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 +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 Deuane
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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 -2.2%
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 +4.4%
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 -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 theghost3
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +5.8%
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 +9.9%
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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Photo of Darkhorse09
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Run of the mill IPA. Had on tap at Redbones in Somerville MA.

A - Thin, non foamy white head. Disappears pretty fast. Amber yellow color, decent looking beer.

S - A little lemony on the already hoppy nose. Nothing too complex here and slightly subdued.

T - Get the lemon and some grassy hops. All very casual.

M - Smooth. just the right amount of carbonation. all wrapped up in a neat little package that does not push the boundaries of the style. quite light bodied for an IPA, IMO.

D - Very drinkable, with a good mouthfeel. not too heavy either.

Nothing exciting about this IPA. Good all around beer.

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Photo of batty
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To start out, I personally love this beer. Had it on tap last week and loved it, so picked up the six pack. I feel like the tap version definitely was better than this bottle, but still good. I'll try to keep this review to this bottle version in front of me now.

A: orange-amber gold, slightly brassy looking. head was a bit hard to come by, and slips to lace quite quickly. could do with much more imo.

S: a little caramel malts (maybe some vienna/munich-like stuff as well) coupled with a good hop front, complete with orange and grapefruit. a bit much on the malt side, and not strong enough for my preference.

T: a bit over-malty for my taste, though I remember the on-tap version being much less so. again, some caramel/vienna/munich like flavors, a touch nutty, but well hopped with good citrus flavor.

M: pretty smooth, not too much carbonation, good,

D: decently high

by the end of this review I'm thinking perhaps what I had before was a very different batch from this one - or maybe just the fresher on tap difference, but looking at the reviews, it appears repeatability is not their high point, so perhaps I shouldn't be too surprised. still respectable.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours into pint glass darker than most ipa's a golden brown hue. head forms nicely and lingers on top for a while. has a floral/citrus aroma at 1st then the carmel malt seems to cut through. A well balanced pale ale, doesn't seem hoppy enough to be considered an IPA, however the bitterness creeps through the malts as it's very subtle. Very drinkable i'd pair with seafood, especially if you're at a raw bar!

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Photo of jackorain
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark tan to light brown, some chill haze. Slight off-white head that hung around a respectable amount of time that left a modicum of lace as it fell.

Orangey citrus hops up front, caramel malt follows.

Sweet and sour from the caramel malt and orange and lemon citrus hops. Bitterness is not over the top but present. The bitterness stays around for quite a while and in fact intensifies as the palate dries out after the swallow

This is a medium bodied beer with a moderate carbonation.

Not bad overall,but not one of my favorite IPA, out of the oh, say 250 I've tried.

Thanks For Reading

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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 BigCheese
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit darker and more amber than most ipas, big head and decent retention considering moderate alcohol content. One thing i noticed about this ipa is that it seems to be quite smooth considering its abundance of fruity (slightly lemon) hops, good session ipa which isnt common, great summer ipa, will buy again.

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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 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 ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. This IPA appears a hazed deep amber color with about an inch of lingering dense bone white foam. The head leaves a thin lace on my glass with each passing sip. Nose and flavor consist of grassy hops, citrus such as lemon, toasted biscuits, a tad floral. Just about medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Went down nicely. I was a bit saddened when my two bottles were belly up.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Born on date 4/2009. I don't usually shop at Martignetti's too often any more, but this time Opa Opa had their beers out. I liked the IPA - was nicely dry-hopped - and picked up a 6er. The rep tossed me an Opa Opa pint glass, so that's what this is fillin' up right now.

Nicely-carbonated IPA with good head retention and decent lacing. Head is more or less eggshell-colored and about 2/3 finger. Color is classic IPA - lighter than bourbon, darker than honey.

Real nice floral hopping here with a kick of grapefruit - more rind than pulp, but that comes through well here. Malt can be discerned more in body and depth - it smells a little viscous if that's possible. Slight sweetness from caramelization, too.

At first I get a little tinniness on this one. It's almost certain to go away; what's underneath is a little more grassy hop profile alongside an even malt presence - a little honey...maybe more butterscotch than caramel. Tinniness burns off as expected and hoppiness becomes more floral with the expected grapefruit rind emerging. Not bad...not bad at all.

Palate feels a little tight from the bitter grapefruit rind pucker, but that's by design. Malt backbone imparts just enough weight and sweetness to make the finish slightly balanced. Still very hop forward but nicely done.

Pretty sure this one is mission accomplished for them. Maybe a little more straightforward than say a Stone IPA but this is a back-to-basics hop bomb regular strength IPA. Full-bodied enough not to create a nasty rind burn but a big enough IBU kick to get the point across. I would like to see this in the local bottle selection of restaurants around here - would provide a nice alternative and incentive to Drink Local. Solid!

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