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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Reviews by wiseguy142:
Photo of wiseguy142
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as a graduation present. Had never heard of this brewery before so I was excited to get a growler of something totally new.

Pours a solid copper with a rocky head that fizzles down quite quickly leaving some trembling bubbles on top.

Aroma of chocolate and British malts. Heavy on both, but they don't seem to be blending together very coherently.

Taste follows up my intuition from the aroma. The chocolate malt, although there's not a ton of it, is dominating the taste of the beer and not allowing the subtleties of the other British/Vienna malts to come out cleanly. I've seen this in other microbrews before and don't really get it.

Heavy and soapy mouthfeel. I'd say get rid of some of that chocolate, drop the mash temp, get some more hops in there and let the other malts steer the flavor around.

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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 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 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 TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Doomcifer
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Jason
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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 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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Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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 LXIXME
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dewey0603
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange red with a medium tan foamy head. A nice looking beer with a head that leaves good lacing. The smell is sweet malt, hops, and some floral notes. The taste is all malt. Sweet malt and a crisp hop aftertaste leaves this a clean refreshing beer. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well. A good session beer that would go well with any BBQ.

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

Picked up a six pack of Opa Opa Red Rock Ale at the encouragement of a good friend of mine, I was not at all disappointed. I'm just starting to get a taste for beers beyond mainstream as I'm 3 months legal so bare with me....anyways

The beer pours an light amber with a reddish hue. My first was from the bottle but I ound it better out of a glass. The aroma is not very strong, there is only faint sweet smell. The taste is where it shines. It's very balanced, the malts and hops complimenting eachother without either overbearing. The mouthfeel is very good and after a good sip it leaves a slight taste of the hops on your palate.

Overall I find it to be a very enjoyable beer, a full flavor without overindulging the senses. I hope to visit the brewery/restaurant soon.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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 brokentee
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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 blknikon
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tenacioustomato
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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 Enriquehopnog
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
2.67/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2005 Great International Beer fest gold medal winner...really? Who else was there? Seriously disappointed with this offering. Notched November 2006, not too old, but it seemed old. Flat body, with virtually no head, even after an aggresive pour. Slightly fruity on the nose, but a little stale at the same time. Mouth was strange. Was akin to a draft beer that was poured from a dirty line. The ABV seemed very weak, kind of at a lost of words...

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Photo of edchicma
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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 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 jonable
2.41/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Seeing their growlers appear a few month back around the pioneer valley i became curious. The area has been good to us so far, BBC, Paper City ect... So i picked up a sixer of Red Rock Ale, with its cowboy backed by a wyoming like setting. Right there i was curious, last i checked Southampton, MA wasn't Jackson Hole, Wyoming and cowboys don't roam around out here. However, i tried to remain open, maybe they're trying not to come off as small time.
With extior aesthitics aside i focused on what i was really after, the sweet amber nector within.
The Beer poured nicely with a decent head. They definitly locked down the tradional 'Amber Ale' color.
However i quickly became disatisfied with a rather bland/weak mouthfeel and a taste a kin to a macro brew.
Maybe a sample straight from the souce would change my mind about this brew. For now, i'll pass on the Red Rock

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Photo of fitzy84
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle at the Table and Vine sampling. The drink poured into a dark red appearance with creamy lacing. Thin head at first, but thins away eventually. Sweet malts and yeast were sensed as general aromas from this drink. The tastes were almost syrupy sweet with a fruity and woody texture to the beverage. Solid body with a low, subtle carbonation. Overall, a great Red Ale.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium amber with a one finger white head with great retention and solid lacing. The aroma and taste are dominated by caramel, chocolate and lemony hops which are well balanced. Medium body and carbonation with a clean mouthfeel. Very solid ale, makes me want to sample more from this brewery.

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