Red Rock Amber Ale | Opa Opa Brewing Company

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Red Rock Amber AleRed Rock Amber Ale
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3.59/5
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Red Rock Amber AleRed Rock Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Opa Opa Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
opaopabrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
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#37,343
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
139
pDev:
11.98%
 
 
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 76
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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Photo of zeledonia
2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
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 StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Jason
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head clears out pretty quick to only leave a thin bubbly ring of lace. Tawny color, clear but more orange than red. Sweet toasted malt aroma with biscuity and cracker undertones, hint of citric minty hops in the nose. Smooth and crisp with a medium body. Layers of 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. Biscuity malt middle with a hint of grassiness. Mild fruitiness with a faint nutty yeast. Finishes off with a long drawn out clean toasted grain and sits semi-sweet 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 jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a light brown, four-finger head that goes quickly to a ring and leaving a trace of lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Almost clear amber color. Nose is hops/malts. Flavor is caramel balanced with some bitterness, slight hoppy finish. $1.65 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of Celentano
2.64/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CharlesRiver
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz capped, standard brown bottle. Pours out a slightly cloudy reddish-brown, almost like a dark iced tea. The smell is malty and sweet. A bit on the light side with some chalky notes as well.

Taste is malty and sweet with medium to medium light bitterness overall. Carbonation is on the lighter side with a solid aftertaste. I also pick up some nutty notes and maybe a sweet fruit component. Ending is medium in length.

Overall a solid flavorful beer that is very easy to drink. Maybe due to the low carbonation. This seems like a completely different beer than the same version that I had on tap.

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Photo of edchicma
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, creamy caramel with a decent initial head. Smell is about malt...sweet, almost cloying. Taste is rich and malty, with a creamy texture...as before almost cloying. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, aalmost desert like. Because of the sweetness, I would not want to drink more than one or two...but nice enough for a change of pace from the IPA rut.

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Photo of sraimondi
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice coppery to a bit darker color. Failry fleeting head, but with good lacing through entire glass. Malty with a hint of sweetness on the after taste. Temp was not too cold. Overall, I nice session brew. The only thing I felt could be improved upon is a little too much effervescence for my taste. Will definitely try this one again though.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at the brewpub. 6.0% ABV.

This ale poured a clear, deep red-amber color with tan foam that settled to a thin coating on the beer surface but which clung to the glass, coating it. The smell was malty (crystal and Vienna malt). The taste was malty with Vienna malt predominant with moderate hoppiness to balance. There was a faint malt sweetness on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel was dry overall and smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation. The finish was light and airy. This was a very decent red ale.

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Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy tarnished copper color with a gigantic frothy off-white head that lingers long.

Aroma of sweet bready malt, some floral hints, light toffee and caramel.

Full and even malty flavor, fairly rich but undone somewhat by a metallic undertone. A bit of peppery spiciness riding beneath, no hop profile to speak of.

Full mouthfeel, a little slick. Decent drinkability for the malty goodness, but not a lot of depth here.

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Photo of taez555
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on Cask, yes I said on Cask, at the Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, MA.

Poured a slightly opaque amber/tan body with a very thick off-white tan head.

Taste is simple caramel malt with a classic sour apple cask type sourness and bitterness. Medium to light bodied. Caramel malt and some nice toasted biscuit flavor dominate. Just a faint touch of earth and even citrus hops give this beer a nice balance.

I've had this in the regular bottle and found it be sort of bland, but on Cask this beer is superb. I don't know what it is, but it's huge and full of flavor. This may be one of the best cask beers I've had in a while.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first beer I tasted on my visit. Came in a frosted 12 oz pint glass. Oops! Wont make that mistake again.
The beer arrives in a dark chestnut color with a thin surface layer of beige colored frothy head. Aroma is mild due to the low temp, but as it warms I pick up some caramel and toffee nots with a hint of roasted malt.
First sip reveals an average body with average and tingly carbonation.
Flavor starts caramel and sweet with a brief hit of nuttiness as well. The finish moves to a grassy hop quality that I didnt notice anywhere else in the beer.
It is a very clean and smooth beer that is very easy to drink. This would be a good brew to have a few with your buddies.
Also I learned that the name "Red Rock" is based on the pizzeria of the same name that used to be located either in the same location or nearby.

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Photo of Boto
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught: This one pours a darker reddish-amber color. It was fairly clear with a decent off-white head to it. The aroma was mainly caramel malts. There was possibly a hint of fruits and some spicy hops. The taste is decent enough. A pleasant caramel malt body with a hint of bitterness. A decent drinker.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a roasted, caramel malt scent along with a mild Vienna malt aroma. It's dry with some residual sweetness in the aroma. The taste is decent. It has a sweet, caramel malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with a roasted feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid amber ale. It's a bit on the sweet side for me, but it drinks well and has above average malt character.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfiltered unpausterized hand bottle courtesy of Dennis the second-in-command. Good foaming head, slight amber. Malty and not too bitter. Light Grapefruit. Easy drinking, medium mouthfeel. Appropriate carbonation. A little C hop though more malty aroma.

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Photo of horshack7
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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 ppoitras
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bought as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the clear reddish amber brew. Frothy head holds on nicely, with heavy coating lacing. Aroma is lightly of generic malt and hop character. Taste starts with a slight malty sweetness, quickly replaced by moderate intensity hops that continue for the rest of the experience. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, but I'd wish for a bit more excitement. Overall a somewhat nondescript beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark copper color and crystal clear. Moderate head with a violent pour, dies quickly. No permanent lace as it slides down the glass.

Malty aroma with a touch of sweet caramel. Slightly metalic. No hop.

Reminiscent of a Scotch Ale--lots of crystal malt flavors, slightly sweet. There may be touch of chocolate or burnt malt in the mix. Light hop does provide a little balance. The aftertaste is very short lived. Great body, if not a little thick.

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Photo of steinlifter
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only the 2nd Opa-Opa product that I've tried but it is nice...
Poured clear amber,off white head that left broken lacing down sides of glass, smell was rather sweet, malty aroma, taste is rather bold up front then mellows to a slightly sweet
finish, I detect hops up front followed by a unsweetened tea- like flavor, some malt sweetness, but only slightly.Mouthfeel is medium, fairly well carbonated, and tangy with a fairly dry finish.
the drinkability on this would rate high for me, I think it is a fairly well-done beer, and I wouldn't mind a bit having this again.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of brentk56
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear dark amber color with an ecru head that fizzes away, leaving very little lace

Smell: A lot of caramel and an odd tea-like aroma

Taste: Opens with caramel, but not overly sweet, with the tea-like flavor arriving by mid-palate, carrying a bit of diacetyl; after the swallow, the nutty tea flavor dominates but is relatively short-lived

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; some slickness in the mouthfeel

Drinkability: I'm generally not a fan of ambers and definitely not a fan of this one

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Photo of bigone4
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle brewed in Saratoga Springs, NY for Opa Opa Steak House in Southampton, MA. Freshness date not notched but it was on the label. Nice fluffy off white head with a nice reddish orange hue. Orange and golden colors come out when it is back lit. Mild lace in the pint. Smell is of caramel malt mixed with some mild citrus hop tones in the background. Taste is very well balanced nice caramel malt flavor followed by a subtle hint of dry hops in the finish. This beer has some fruity tones in the aftertaste. Overall a smooth and very drinkable beer. Certainly has potential to be a great session brew. I can see why it was voted a gold metal brew in 2005 at the GIBF. I would drink this enjoyable beer any day of the week.

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Photo of DrJay
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Red Rock Amber Ale from Opa Opa Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 139 ratings