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 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 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 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 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 Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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 Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma has a nice amount of hops into nose and they're just right. A bit of biscuit malt underneath them as well.

Taste starts out with grassy hops upfront followed by biscuit malt in the middle. Bitterness is light and easy.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop bitterness and biscuit malt. Beer goes down easily and with no harsh flavors, etc.

A decent IPA for what it is. It's not going to knock your boots off but I'd have another, possibly on tap one day.

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Photo of Jayli
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep, slightly hazy copper color. A half finger of white head sits atop the beer, but it recedes very quickly - not much lacing to speak of. Nose is a bit mild, but it is spicy, and mixture of pine in there, with a bit of breadiness. Taste starts with a bit of malt sweetness undertones of bread/biscuity flavoring and then filters in to a burst of pine and spice, a bit of citrusy hops give a bite to the finish of this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decent carbonation, and goes down nicely. I've had better of this style, but wouldn't turn this one away.

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

Pours light amber with a thin white head dissipating into a filmy cap.
Not much in the smell department...citrus and a floral hops.
Very bright citrus and a hops punch that fades quickly to a watery hops and lager-like flavor.
Thin on the palate and again a bit watery but pleasant none the less.
Very drinkable with a nice balanced flavor. This is a good choice for the warmer weather and would be great at an afternoon BBQ.
I've had this out of as growler but I think I prefer it out of a bottle. Nice beer!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
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 KBoudreau66
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I worked at Opa Opa 3 years ago and stayed for about a year. Working there is what opened me up the world of microbrews beyond Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada and Magic Hat. Opa Opa's version of an IPA pours a mid toned copper color with a white head that dissipates. It leaves some lacing down the glass.
It has the aroma of earthy hops, citrus and sweet malts.
It comes through with hops but the sweet malts come through a little bit stronger then I would like for an IPA. I used to think that this was a decently hoppy beer when I first tried it but now that I have tried it again I've come to realize that it isn't as hoppy as I had once thought. It is medium bodied with some carbonation.
Overall this is a decent IPA. It's not a bad brew but it's not an extraordinary one either. However, it is affordable at $6.99 for a 6-pack.

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

Purchased at Andover Liquors to help pass a well-placed snowday without any essays to grade.

A - Clear dark amber pour with a small, quickly disappearing head with some lacing.

S - I didn't get much of a hop aroma out of the smell. It was present, but nothing stood out.

T - Sweet, grapefruity and lemony with the hop bitterness lingering on the tongue. The malt profile is not prevalent; hops certainly overpower the malt, but it somehow comes across as balanced for the style

M - Hops stick around a little too long for my liking

D - After my first, I rushed for a second. Three is stretching it a bit. However, for a beer billed as hop-packed, it definitely can pass as a session beer.

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

I must be missing something. Opa-Opa steakhouse and brewery??? Didn't notice that till I went to review this beer. I think a road trip is in order. Oh, yeah, the beer - solid reddish brown beer wiht a strong citric aroma and flavor profile. paired this up with a nice pasta dinner and garlic bread dinner. Yup, I'd have another one.

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Photo of tigg924
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
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 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 Coorskid33
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought as part of variety 12 pack @ Yankee Spirits in Swansea,MA.

Appears~ Color is orange like yellow with minimal visable carbonation. Pretty clear for what it is. Did my best with the pour and got small head.

Smell~ Small head and minimal carbonation released huge and awesome aroma. To me smelled of fruity flowers which was a surprisingly a good thing.

Taste~ Taste as good as it smells. Starts with a kick of malt flavor and ends smooth and hoppy.

Mouthfeel~ Delicious, the way IPA is supposed to be.

Drinkability~ I found it hard to have just one over several taste tests. Overall I was very impressed with this IPA and similar but different to other IPA's brewed in the Northeast. I'll try a growler next time. SOLID IPA!

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

Draught @ Brewpub: This one pours a clear, slightly orange amber color. Mine had no head on it at all. The aroma is mainly grapefruit hops. A faint bit of malts coming through. The taste was along similar lines. Mainly grapefruity hop flavor, with a decent bite. Pretty well balanced with a good malt backbone to it. Some maltiness comes through. Pretty decent.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a thin off white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a slight lace.

This beer has a floral hop aroma. Very subtle. It has a slight grassy aroma. Some lemony citrus aroma is also present.

This beer tastes citrusy. Some lemon mixes in with some grass. This beer tastes floral. As with the aroma, the taste is very subtle.

This beer is crisp, and refreshing. It goes down easy, leaving a floral aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. Not to high in alcohol, and a nice mild flavor.

Overall: Thanks go out to BuckeyeNation for giving me the chance to try this one. This beer was pretty good. Nothing life changing, but a good solid IPA.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 jdoncbus
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Dec. 07. Received in a trade and forgot about it; d'oh.

Poured into a Sam Adams BL glassware (take pride in your beer). Color is golden brown, little carbonation, & thin head. Not a lot of lacing but leaves an oily film.

Sweet carmel malt pokes out in the nose, obviously time has dulled much of the hop aroma. Regardless, I can make out some lemongrass, pear, pine resin, pepper, and brown sugar.

Cane sugar and malt controls much of the profile with biscuit & grains. Bitter hops appear and slowly makes gains on the malt. Honeycomb and pine are present, the mouth is left quite dry and a bitterness lingers.

I am still kicking myself in the ass for not downing this one fresh. After 11 months in storage it still holds up but obviously the citrus bouquet has weakened.

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

Thanks to BA member RayMcCusker for this, traded on a Saranac Black Diamond Bock.

Appearance: Nice light mahogany in color, a nice head that dissapates quickly, leaves a beautiful round of lacing.

Smell: Citrusy/Grapefruit florals are well placed, a hint of raw-honey, gentle hoppiness in the nose.

Taste: Hop explosion, nice and balanced, fruit flavs stand out beyond a nice malty profile with a good hop backbone. Nice grapefruit twang with a hint of spice makes this one stand-out IPA.

Mouthfeel: Decently carbonated, the body stays in tact on the tongue, this one has a great finish to it.

Drinkability: Overall, I'm glad Ray gave this one to me to try, this is a well balanced IPA that isn't too flamboyant, but not boring either. An excellent hoppy profile really makes this one a stand out.

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Photo of JoeCeez
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a clear amber orange with a foamy two fingered off whit head that fades to leave blotchy lacing

S: lots of citrus and pine, some toasty bready malt, overall a fairly mild aroma

T: starts with slightly sweet biscuits balanced with a very bold citric hop bitterness, mostly grapefruit and pine and a pleasently dry finish

M: medium bodied, smooth and slick, with just the right amount of carbonation

D: very drinkable, nice and bitter and not too syrupy, I could easily drink a six pack in an evening without getting bored

Overall this is a great IPA from an up and coming MA brewery, this is by far my favorite of their three bottled offerings

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Photo of chuckd123
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have now had 4 of these over the last month or so. 2 lonely ones still in the fridge. I have been really into IPA's, DIPA's and more recently barleywines for a while. The theme = hops rule. This is an above-average example of the style, but not a great one.

Poured into a DFH snifter, a dark amber color with maybe 1/4" of head. Lacing didn't really last either, not that stickiness you like to see of a hopped up IPA.

Smell was like a softened, somehow filtered version of floral-y hops. Alcohol not particularly present at first smell.

Taste was good, a decent mixture of the hops with a slight grapefruit backbone. Malt not really present, and alcohol hidden.

Mouthfeel was nothing special, felt like an average ale -- not harsh, not gritty, just a good beer feel if that means anything.

Drinkability is pretty good -- nothing overpowering here to wear you our prematurely, and low alcohol makes it one to drink all afternoon watching a football game.

Overall a pretty good IPA, but not in the same league as the top dogs.

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Photo of csmiley
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to ph2001 for sending this one to me.

A - Pours goldish-orange in color with minimal head. Maybe a quarter inch at most. Retention is average. Lacing ends up being impressive as the beer level eases down the glass.

S - Combination of pine and citrus up front. Citrus holds a slight lead with notes of grapefruit. Hints of bubblegum are present about midway. Some malty breadiness is at the end and stays in a very distant background.

T - Fruity hops hit the palate first. Definitely grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Mild pine backs up the fruit. Alcohol is noticeable midway but stays quite mild and warming. Cooked caramel and white bread finish up the flavor.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is bitter and thick. This really lingers. Might even be a little chewy. The finish just does not work for me.

D - Drinkability is average. This IPA seems to have a good solid base but I think some slight improvements could be made. Head, finish, drinkability, etc. Alcohol is hidden well. Not bad overall but not one I would seek out agian.

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Photo of tchurchill7
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is far superior in a growler than what I experienced in the bottle. Appearance is a semi copper. What stands out for this beer is the wonderful lacing. Really coating my pint glass from start to finish. Taste is certainly hops with a real nice dry finish. Drinkability is very high with this IPA. Easy to put this growler down! Mouthfeel is also very nice, carbonation is just enough. This is quickly turning into a favorite for me. Recommended!
I was very impressed with the Opa Opa representative that was at my beer store in Gardner, MA. Very informative salesman that has made himself a new customer. I'm enjoying this growler with the Opa Opa pint glass given for buying the growler!

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Photo of gford217
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of JoeMayo poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly opaque golden amber with a fluffy white head that lingers as a cap for the duration and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is of floral and citrus hops and a hint of spices on a bready malt base. The taste is similar to aroma with a big citrus hop kick up front before giving way to the biscuity malt base. The spices show up in the finish with a bit of pepper in there as well. The mouthfeel is fairly light and with the interesting spicy aftertaste. This is a unique and tasty IPA and one that I enjoyed.

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