Red Rock Amber Ale | OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery

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Red Rock Amber AleRed Rock Amber Ale

Brewed by:
OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-18-2004

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Photo of RingoBro
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased a growler from the local package store. Poured into a Samuel Adams Pint Glass.

A - Deep amber color with half a finger of white, foamy head. Retains well with fairly nice lacing throughout.

S - Roasted malts and citrus. Not much there though.

T - Sweet malt with a hint of coffee. Kind of a syrup-y taste.

M - Medium body with a dry finish.

Overall, a good brew. Very drinkable and I'll probably purchase again.

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

the fact that a professor I really respect bought me one at a conference makes this better than it really is. a generic amber, sweet and thick in the English vein, but a bore too. oatmealy in body and texture, sweet and denser than most, filling, big. you could have told me 9% abv and I wouldn't have questioned you, this is a gut rotter, and a weight gainer. I see it as an imposer English red type, but one that still doesn't taste bad, just unremarkable in that made for production way. not to be critical or anything, but this beer is an afterthought. I like the sturdy feel actually, but one is enough, and that's not a desirable trait in a basic amber right?

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Photo of scotorum
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A draft pint at their Brewmaster's Tavern, with dinner.

a: A deep amber, no head by the time it arrived at my table.

s: Light malt.

t: Malt reminiscent of British pale ales of old. Little hop bite to speak of. Quite similar to Shipyard Chamberlain Ale.

m: Light to moderate, smooth and mellow.

o: A malty treat. I love these, the heavier and more malty/yeasty the better, even in summer, especially with food.

This is Opa Opa's foundation brew, and one I'm going to stick to each time I visit this tavern until colder weather makes their excellent King Oak Milk Stout irresistable again.

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Photo of horshack7
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazy amber to copper with a foamy head on top around one finger thick.

Aroma: Carmel malts, piney, light citrus notes. A little touch of caramelized sugar. Twinges of chocolate malts as well.

Taste: Fairly malt forward that has a bready sweetness mixed with chocolate and caramel malts. Some piney and grapefruit notes. A little bit of a floral dryness but it's well balanced. Mouthfeel is nicely smooth.

Notes: Very drinkable well balanced great for anytime of year. Cheers.

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Photo of zeledonia
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at a friend's wedding. Tasted 10 September 2011, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium coppery amber, with a big fluffy cream-colored head. Great retention and good lacing. Unfortunately, the appearance is the highlight of the beer.

Smells rather bland. A bit of malt fulness, some grassy hops, but not a whole lot there. And what is present isn't impressive.

Flavor is balanced, with some sweet caramel malts and dull grassy hop flavors. Rather bland and uninspiring.

Mouthfeel is weak. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Watery finish. Flat and blah.

This beer is blah all around. I can't find anything to hate about it, but I can't find much to like about it either. It's balanced in the way that tepid water is - not offensive but not really enjoyable either.

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Photo of whisperjet
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a reddish brown with a nice white head. Retains well but leaves minimal lace.

S: rich and malty. Roasted malts and coffee beans with nice citrus undertones.

T: sweet and rich. Strong bitter coffee and toasty cereal malt are dominant. Nice genuine ale taste.

M: medium bodied with light carb.

D: not incredibly.impressive but a nice tasting ale. Would buy again

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Photo of sjverla
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Rich maltiness, leathery at first. Hints of pine and citrus and brown sugar. Subtle notes of alcohol. Pleasantly complex, but not stunning.

Appearance: Honey-brown. Nice amber highlights. Not much head and hazy, though possibly over-chilled.

Taste: A strong prune aroma was the first part of tasting. Very fruity--Fig Newtons all the way. Slightly bready, pleasantly carbonated and substantial. Though the hops smelled noticeable, the don't seem to play a huge role here.

Overall: Pretty good. Not bad. Not thrilling. I do dig the figgyness though.

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Photo of birdyone
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice color. brown with a reddish hue. minimal spider webbing.

mild ale aroma. nothing special.

taste, again nothing special, but can't really find anything wrong with it. it's flavorful, without being overpowering. slight hint of coffee, I think.

mouthfeel: wet and smooth. no aftertaste. no harshness.

it's a mild enough beer where I can see myself kickin' back and drinking a few with some friends. good enough to pour and muse over (for at least half), but not so good that drinking from the bottle would be a sin.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this 12oz single for $1.71 at Harvest Fine Wine, West Hartford CT. Born on 121609, so it's a bit over a year old (I've had it for about 6 months). Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A moderate pour of this clear copper brew gives a thin creamy tan head. Abundant carbonation is seen clinging to the inside of the glass. I should have poured with a little more rigor.

Smell is mild, slight caramel-y malt sweetness and a faint mixed hop.

Taste is thick with toasty malts, fairly sweet with a slight dried cherry edge, maybe a touch of smoke. Moderate amount of hop is present to provide an average level of bitterness, but it is mostly generic and unremarkable. Finish is somewhat tannic and leathery.

Feel is moderately thick and a bit fizzy.

Overall a pretty standard ale. Boring as all hell, but that's generally my opinion of this style.

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Photo of cbutova
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't reviewed many Opa Opa beers, a local brewery that I usually don't get too excited for.

A- Dark red-brown with a small light tan cap that fizzes out pretty quickly. A small ring around the edges leaves just a tiny amount of lace.

S- Slightly tart dark fruit on top of a sweet caramel backbone. A bit of toasted nutty hints going on as well.

T- Toasted caramel malt with dark fruit (cherry, raisin) mainly. Some citrus and grassy hops. A bit grainy too. A bit of an apple note. Yeast lends some bread in the finish.

MF- Light body that is nice and creamy. High carbonation suits the somewhat light flavor. Very slight bitterness.

DB- Not a super complex beer but one that can definitely hold it's own. Drink smoothly and refreshingly with a solid, balanced flavor.

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

A- Clear, reddish-brown with a tan head that fades quickly; doesn't stick.

S- Slightly fruity and caramel malt smell.

T- Vienna malts stand out with some caramel flavor coming in towards the middle. There is a mild but balancing hop flavor present; leaves a slight and quick bitterness that is clean in flavor.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Not a bad American red, but nothing amazing; having this fresh from a growler is a nice plus though.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

Does it seem like more and more brewpubs are getting into bottling their beer? Off-premise sales is becoming a very viable option for many brewpubs in the US.

The head clears out pretty quickly and only leaves a thin bubbly ring of lace. Tawny color, clear but more orange than red. Sweet toasted malt aroma with biscuity, green hay and cracker undertones, hint of citric/minty hops in the nose. Very smooth and crisp with a medium body. Layers of sugary caramel and toasted grain unfold from the malt as this beer warms up a little. Hops stay modest but enough bitterness is present with a flowery citric flavor that lingers for a good while. Biscuity malt middle with a hint of grassiness. Mild dried-plum fruitiness with a faint nutty yeast. Finishes off with a long drawn-out clean-toasted grain and sits semisweet on the palate.

Very well balanced with complexities in the malt that don't deter this beer from being any less drinkable. Its certainly worth a try.

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Photo of DrJay
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep coppery red colour with a thin beige cap. Quite a bit of lacing considering the short head, decent retention too. Malty aroma, grain and caramel, not much in the way of hops at this point. Low, but refreshing, bitterness gave balance to the malty sweetness. A bit grassy, caramel, short finish. Decent texture, fairly dry, medium bodied with average carbonation. A decent beer, and certainly easy drinking, but nothing out of the ordinary for a red ale.

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

A - Clear dark orange/amber with minimal head. What is there laces well though.

S - Smells like crisp hops with some malty caramel tinge. A cherry tartiness to it. Kind of mellow and subdued overall though.

T - The cherry disappears on tasting it...It's interesting. More of a granny smith apple kind of flavor or perhaps cranberry even with bready caramel. Crisp as ever. The hops are there and add a pleasant mellow bitterness that supplements this beer's tart flavor in compliment to the sweet caramel tinges.

M - Medium bodied. and crisp dry finish. Not overcarbonated like some red ales.

D - Very drinkable. I could drink this all summer. Good beer!

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Photo of DNICE555
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at flatbread with Larsonstyle. Amber body with a small head. Smells fruity. A light ale with sour and candy notes. Very sweet for a amber ale. Very few hops. Different than any other amber ale I've ever had. Pretty smooth mouthfeel with a light feel to it. This one is a light offering that went down pretty quickly as there is not much in the way. The sour bite and sweet kick to it actually was a positive. I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again but it was decent. It was our third and final round which was "on the house." I didn't let the freeness of the beer play into my review... even though a free beer does taste so much better.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep amber color with nice orange hues when held to light. Spotty lacing with about a finger of off-white head.

S: Lots of malty grain - pretty subdued overall. Biscuit, bread, caramel malt, and a touch of sweet fruit. It's all really faint, though.

T: Similar to the nose: biscuity, slightly sweet malt. Hints of dark fruit save the taste from complete mediocrity.

M: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

D: Not a bad drinking brew, but nothing special.

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Photo of phantomwyse
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep tawny color, slightly opaque with touches of brown. Takes the head a while to build, but finishes with about a finger of dense khaki froth.

S: Caramel with light chocolate overtones, raspberry, and fig.

T: Toffee, light roast coffee with a lot of cream, simple syrup, molasses.

M: Medium bodied, starts with a brief coating and end dry.

D: Interesting for the style. Nice flavors, a good winter beer.

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Photo of atremains
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this before in growler form. Got this one one out a gift pack for christmas. Pours an orange amber with a very small fizzy head that effervesces away immediately, reducing to nothing. Carbonation is visible. Smell is sweet. Toffee and caramel, bready and something wacky that smells old and unpleasant. Taste is also sweet and bready, a lot of malt, some wine-like qualities. The unpleasant smell is not in the taste. The mouthfeel is not very carbonated as the bubbles suggest, and is a bit slimy. Not a bad drink, and at a good price not a bad choice.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opa-opa is one of those breweries that was always very bland and I was never really impressed. That was until I had some beers from the growler finally. They were much better than the bottles. So the other day I asked the son of the father-son brewery team and he explained to me that they had a different company for bottling previously, and had very recently switched. So this bottle I have is from the new bottling. Here comes a hopeful review.

A: Pours a light 1 finger head that dissipates at a somewhat quick rate. It's a pretty clear reddish-amber orange color, not as red as I expected.

N: The nose is better than I remember, more lively. A nice malty aroma with some toasted malts and darker malts. It has a slight sweet malt aroma, but not that syrupy malt extract aroma that I remember from before. There's also a very slight hint of some spicy hops.

T: Wow, much different. Almost as if they changed the recipe. It's got quite a bit of toasted flavors, nice dark malts, and even some porter roasted malt flavors. It has a deep rich flavor with a slight malty sweetness. No extract flavors this time. The slight creamy toasted/roasted/smoked malt flavor adds a nice touch, almost bringing it into the porter domain. A very slight spicy hop taste also comes out, along with a slightly chewy malt taste.

M: Nice body with good carbonation.

F: A slight bitterness and semi dry. Still somewhat spicy and chewy. The porter malt flavors and other dark malts seem to linger for a few seconds, then fade like a distant memory and my mouth is clean without any after effects, although the creaminess does have a bit of a lasting impression. The finish could have been a little longer, but it is a pretty refreshing beer because of that. A much nicer beer than I remember, and fresh. It's almost as if they completely changed the beer. I can't wait to try the IPA now. If you haven't tried Opa-Opa lately, you just plain haven't had it.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy red to brown color with lots of carbonation. Has very thin non aromatic head, scent is mostly fruit and sweet malts.

Taste is nice and smooth, Mostly malty up front and in the middle, very german tasting, fruity and slightly metallic but also has the smoothness of a light brown ale to it. Hops make a small appearance on the tongue, but you have to like malty beverages to truly enjoy this brew.

drinks pretty easy but too malty for my taste so i can only have a couple.

but an all around decent brew

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Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 12/11

A: This beer pours a cloudy reddish amber color with about a 1/4 inch of white head to it. Head recedes immediately and doesn't leave much lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is very sweet - caramel malts are big on this one! There are also light bready notes too.

T: Taste is caramel malts and toffee on the forfront lending to a bit of a sweet but biscuity flavoring through the middle. The finish has a touch of citrusy hops but also another appeareance of caramel malts leaving you with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

M: Medium body, low carbonation, creamy with a sticky finish.

D: A nice brew for sure, relatively well balanced, the sweet aftertaste make this one that I could enjoy one of and call it a day.

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

Picked up a six pack for $8.99 at Walsh. Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark ruby red color. Thin white head. Nice presentation. Smell was somewhat peppery with a hint of earthy undertones. Really liked the flavor of this beer. Hearty malt flavor. Bit of hops on the back of the palate. Dry, crisp finish. One of the more smoother amber ales I have ever tried. I'd opt to buy more Opa Opa brews based on the quality of this beer.

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Photo of stephens101
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tomas77 for this extra! Pours a clean amber with a bit over one finger of dirty white head. Retention is fairly good and a thin stripe of lace is left behind. Smell innocuous with malts, very subtle hops and tea leaves all roaming around aimlessly. Taste of very sweet malts with a hint of spice and some "red-hots" candy sweetness that makes for an interesting ending which doesn't necessarily change the overall weakness on the palate. A slight bitterness is noticed in the aftertaste. Mouth-feel is light-bodied and there's a fair amount of carbonation. There's nothing overtly wrong with this beer, but then again, there's nothing really that exciting either.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.54/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint glass pour. BB: October '10 ...Pretty generous there.

A clear & deep brown amber color. Soapy half inch of tan head.

Smells of really buttery toffee, newspaper clippings, earth, & some leafy hops to legitimize it all.

Taste is lots of toasted caramel, soot, & vegetable-y hops. Malty sweet & steely upfront, the bitterness grows stronger as the beer finishes its run. End is very earthy/dirty & full of burnt margarine & eggs. Better then a straight on oil slick, as I've experienced before with this brand. Not potent enough to leave me in total disgust I guess. Like a mild poison.

Feel is decently carbonated, slightly gritty, & even a touch chalky if you wallow in it a bit. A less then pretty brown more so then the amber/red listing I think.

I could probably manage to swallow another bottle if left to my destructive self, but don't expect me to write anything else constructive.


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Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: brownish red, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: All I get is some toasted malt

Taste: Better than the smell--caramel, toasted malt, some earth and hops towards the middle

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, smooth, sweet start slightly bitter middle with a sweeter end, can feel the high carbonation

Drinkability: I could session this based off of taste. Slightly sweet for the style, but it tastes good.

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