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A-10 Warthog Double IPA | OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery

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A-10 Warthog Double IPAA-10 Warthog Double IPA

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

half-gallon growler courtesy of ppoitras...thanks pete!
Pours a sort of odd color for an IPA, even a Double IPA. Pours a very dark red which, when held up to light, gives way to a slight orange and golden color. Head is pretty good considering that this particular growler was filled from the tap and purchased several days ago (transit times you know). Lacing is impressive and you can still see a very fine, slightly off white lace.
Smell is also very interesting. Almost port-like in character actually. Only port wine with hops. This is very fruity (apples, pears, peaches, grapes, plums) but has a detectable strong hop presence. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming or even really overly evident unless you're looking for it.
Taste is heavily fruity with the same fruits evident in the nose. Hops are much more pronounced, but still not as smack you in the face, kick you in the balls as other DIPAs I've had. This is a very subtle beer, and I like it. Caramel and even a little bit of chocolate are evident as well.
Mouthfeel is obviously lacking a bit as the growler I have is already almost a week old, but still, it's extremely smooth, the alcohol is not evident in the taste at all and this is just a joy to drink.
Overall, this isn't really a Double IPA in my opinion, I honestly don't know what to classify it as, but I know I like it. A very, very enjoyable beer from the brewery with the name that's just as enjoyable to say, Opa-Opa!
Thanks again pete!

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Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hopdog for this. We all loved it so much at the tasting that we went back for seconds!
Appears a hazy amber brown with a 1 finger off white head that lasts. Nice lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of huge biscuity, malty dough. Lots of hoppy complexity going on with with pine resin and citrus.
Taste is of the same aromas in a well done, sugary DIPA.
Mouthfeel has beautiful amounts of carbonation with perfect sweet and bitter notes balancing it out.

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

I was thrilled to see this DIPA show up in the cooler at Southington Wine & Spirits and thankfully it didn't disappoint one bit. A glowing hazy orange amber colord ale with a very big light oatmeal colored head and great lacing. The aroma is piney hops with sweet and briney caramel malt. Very nice. The taste is nearly off the charts good. Thick piney hops blended wonderfully with salty malt, nutty rye, a touch of bubblegum perhaps, some root beer. Mostly it's about a wonderfully guzzleable blend of firm hop bitterness and smooth malt sweetness. I could just finish one pint as quick as I started the next but I guess I wouldn't be standing long at this ABV. Nicely carbonated, just a great DIPA from OPA OPA!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a US tumbler pint glass from a 64oz. store-bought growler that was purchased and consumed on 9/26/09.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a good blend of floral hops, citrus and caramelized malts

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of piney hops, which is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, deceptively strong kick, very good representation of style, I shared a small portion of the growler with someone else but I drank the majority of it and it was very enjoyable. This is definitely the type of beer that is worth drinking throughout the entire evening for as long as you are able to do so responsibly.

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Photo of bgjohnston
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had heard that growlers of Warthog had gotten only limited distribution in CT, and had given up on finding it when it turned up on a chance visit to a new liquor store in my area. It was not super fresh, and had been sitting on a room temperature shelf for who-knows how long, but I decided to take home the only growler that I was able to find since hearing about this beer.

It poured a dark amber, slightly cloudy, with a generous light tan head and good carbonation that was still going strong after a glass mid-afternoon, and another in the late evening. It also had a nice sharp citrus smell of hops that came through the slight head cold I seem to have been fighting all winter long.

Taste was very rewarding; nice and hoppy to start, with a strong malty presence through to the finish. I did not find it overly sweet or harshly bitter, more of a floral citrus bite trailing off into a mild caramel sweetness.

In comparing this beer to other offerings of the season, I am tempted to identify Warthog as a less explosive version of the Bigfoot barleywine. Bigfoot is really hoppy for a barleywine, while Warthog is very solidly malty for a double IPA. The big difference is that the alcohol is completely hidden in the Warthog, so that while I find Bigfoot to be an enjoyable "sipper" in front of the fire after shoveling too much snow, the Warthog is almost a "gulper", with no hint that this beer is over 10% ABV.

I am really happy I got a chance to try this beer. I have no idea when I might see it again, but wouldn't hesitate to recommend it highly.

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Photo of gumper2
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First trip to Opa-Opa with the mission to test this beer.The pour from the tap created a nice head which stayed around during the drink.The aroma was pleasant to the nose which made the next step of tasting come quickly. Right away I could taste the hops and feel the whole taste explosion take over quickly. This beer went down smoothly and I could tell that the high alcohol content could become an issue if I were driving.Overall the beer was very good and what I had hoped for.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received growler from ppoitras for the GaTM 2010

Pours a very dark copper color with a huge four inch slightly off white head. The head was frothy and had very great head retention that subsided very slowly. As it fades it leaves magnificent patches of lacing clinging all over the sides of my glass. Very great looking beer if you ask me and it makes my mouth water just looking at it.

The aroma consisted of very ripe citrus fruit. It has huge amounts of ripe grapefruit as the main attraction, leading is sweet tangy tangerines, and some lemon zest. Sweet caramel malts can be detected along with some pine and pink bubblegum. Overall this beer smells great. So far so good.

The taste starts off with a slightly pine needle bitterness upfront, followed by some citrus flavors of grapefruit and tangerine. Off to the end a pink bubblegum taste is present with caramel malts. Pine needle bitterness fades slowly from the start of your drink but holds it until the finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with slightly higher then average carbonation. Sweet and piney bitterness is left on the palate after you have taken your sip.

Overall I thought this was a pretty great DIPA and if it was available to me I would buy it often. The ABV % could not be detected and this was highly drinkable.

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Photo of sawbones420
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opa Opa is great about growlering up many of their styles and distributing them around Boston. The packie near my house always carries a lot of their varieties. I saw this DIPA for the first time and grabbed it. For $16.50 after the $2 deposit, this is an excellent value (assuming you bring the bottle back after you're finished).

Poured into a snifter. Light honey color with a decent 3/4 inch head that retains for a solid 5 minutes before dissipating to a nice sturdy lace.

Hops are at the forefront, with slight pineapple tinge. Some booze comes through, but not unpleasantly so.

Nice fruity hop flavor that doesn't leave your mouth watering from overbearing resins. More of that pineapple comes through as it washes over your mouth. Finishes with a dryish hop flavor in the back of your mouth/front of your throat. I find this to sometimes be an undesirable quality in unbalanced DIPAs (mostly west coast ones), but Opa gets it right.

Super drinkable at 11% ABV. This is very reminiscent of what Southern Tier's Unearthly tasted like in its heyday. For under $15/growler (again, after you bring your bottle back), definitely don't pass this up if you see it on the shelf. Make sure you have friends around though, as it's a bit much to drink by yourself before freshness becomes an issue.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the brewpub last weekend. Time for a revisit.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" dark beige head over the crystal clear orangey amber brew. Head lasts beautifully, with lacing a bit sparse but delicate. Aroma is powerfully piney hops, with a fruity hoppiness underneath. Taste starts with an intense sweetness of malt, but dominated by hops pine in an instant. Fruitiness does peek out now and again, but it's the power of pine that is king here. Close starts to show the bitter side of things, and the warming alcohol also begins to grab. Mouthfeel is smooth, although drinkability is still limited somewhat by the intensity of the syrupiness and alcohol. But since that's somewhat to style at this time in the world, it's hard to be too harsh. A must try.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was sampled at the CT River Brewer's Festival 2005... 8 oz. mug.

This was a dark amber, clear ale with no head to speak of, and I watched as it was poured. Nothin'.

The aroma was of very strong citrusy hops, caramel, and medium bodied malts. Quite heavy on the hops, but not too out of balance.

Taste was of INTENSE citrusy hops, some pine-like resinous qualities, quite bitter, with a strong malt backbone that was definitely up to supporting the hoppiness.

Mouthfeel was excellent... full and chewy, loaded with hops and letting you know it.

Drinkability was good, but couldn't have too much of this stuff at once.

Now that I know about this place, I have GOT to get out there.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ive been really enjoying these beers from a growler, and this one was no different.

A: Big rich creamy head with a golden orange color with slight haze.

N: Strong hop aroma with citrus, slight grapefruit, touch of pine, a little malt and booze, very nice hop aroma (maybe centennial?).

T: Rich pale malt backbone, then lots of hop oils and hop thickness you have to chew. Pine, citrus and grapefruit predominanty, but not so much west coast style as east coast (which makes sense). A light sweet caramel. More bitterness comes out. A light alcohol taste and warmth, but 11% hidden well behind the thick malts and heavy hops.

M: Thick and chewy with good carbonation.

F: Bitter and slightly dry for the thickness. Long bitter lingering taste and slight syrupy. Pine lingers the most with the nice long bitterness. I think this is their best beer yet.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden body, hint of haze, but overall good clarity, bursting with carbonation streams. Two level fingers of bright white micro bubbles.

Big clean citrus and pine aroma.

Big sweet malty foundation slathers the tongue. Juicy fruit explodes. Bitterness snaps more than bites. Piney finish.

Solid medium-plus mouthfeel.

Damn good DIPA, and this bottle is over eight months old.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JohnQvegas for the spur of the moment growler trade. This unexpected treat poured typical darker honey amber, under an equally typical darker tan small bubble head and leaving respectable lace on the glass. Hop bomb nose is a harbinger of things to come. Well hopped, yet easy drinking DIPA. Balanced by a nice, smooth undercoating of malt, this one ends up quite enjoyable for hop head and mere mortals alike. Easily my favorite Opa offering to date. This one brakes out of the middle of road malaise which afflicted the other Opa options I have tried. Nice DIPA.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler on our last road trip out west w/ many fine BA's...this was our first stop and did not disappoint.
Pours a clear mahogony color w/ less than a half a finger of bright white head...very little lacing.
Smell is nice...some alcohol in the nose, with cherries, caramel, vanilla and oranges detected.
The taste is real nice...a heavily malted double, more resembling a barleywine IMO. Fruity hops galore, but so balanced that it never hits you like most doubles. The alchol is warming, but has no "burn" to speak of.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and not cloying.
This year's offering is 14% and it still is quite drinkable...I am sharing a growler w/ a few fellow BA's and we could have went through another w/ very little effort.
A fine offering from Opa Opa...look forward to next year's to see how it compares.

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Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had 9/26 courtesy of TheManiacalOne - so big THANK YOU goes out to him!

This beer pours a deep copper almost amber color with a monsterous rocky offwhite head. Head retained for a long time leaving nice thick, sticky lacing on the glass. Nose is of citrus hops, some piney notes, a touch of fruit and caramel malts. Taste starts with a big dose of hops - citrus and piney hops hit the tongue first, the middle is filled with caramel malts, finish is slightly bitter with a decent dose of floral hops that I didn't pick up in the nose. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, touch of alcohol going down with a big sticky finish to this beer. If only the ABV were a just a "touch" more reasonable, this would be a highly sessionable beer... regardless, it's a nice one to have a pint or two of and enjoy.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice radiant amber color with a creamy/frothy head that retains. Lacing is quite nice as well.

S-Smells big. At 11% this is expected. Pretty strong citrus and fruity hop flavors going on here. Maltiness and pine are also quite evident. Booze is maksed well in the nose.

T-Pretty strong pine hop assault. Hefty malt balances this beer our quite well. Theres a bunch of citrus in here too. A get some sweet bublegum in there too. Quite tasty. Pretty resiny too. As the beer warms up the booze comes out more.

M-Medium-heavy with a sticky resin feel. Good carbonation.

D-At 11% you gotta pace yourself but I was expecting this beer to taste much boozier. I am pleasantly surprised, am expecting to be pretty fuzzy after the growler.

A bit pricey but worth a try for the local DIPA. Happy to see a pretty respectable big beer come from MA. A pretty good DIPA here.

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Photo of wwheeler
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Warthog dIPA was on-cask at Brewmasters in Williamsburg. It had a lovely reddish brown color, and was very drinkable considering it was a double IPA. The aftertaste was a little sweet, so certainly not a hoppy kick normally associated with an IPA. I haven't had this in a while, but when I did it was from a tap, so from what I remember the cask seemed smoother and richer in flavor. I was told that it had been aged in an oak cask, which I think helped to smooth out the flavor and alcohol compared to the regular Warthog on tap.

Even though the Warthog dIPA may not be on par with other dIPAs (certainly like the ones from the west-coast), it's nice to see that there are some brewers in Western Mass giving it a shot.

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Photo of Ragingbull
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer both at the Opa-Opa facility in Southampton and for this particular review at the Brewmaster's Tavern in Williamsburg.

It was a dark amber in color with a moderate foam head. Somewhat cloudy in appearance. The nose is mildly hoppy. The attack is very hoppy and the flavor is distinctly hoppy as well, but it is tastefully done and a very pleasant beer. Very smooth mouthfeel feels "velvety" in the mouth.

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Photo of rbd13
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, deep amber with two fingers of head. Looks delicious...

Pine cone and alcohol on the nose with some sweet malt...

Very hoppy with clean citrus flavors and maltiness to balance, a bit of red grapefruit...

Medium/dry body with a strong oily hop linger...

This is very drinkable despite it's high ABV, enjoy and beware!

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Photo of awall422
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on my first trek out to Opa-Opa. Poured a dark godlen with amber hues. Decent head that left nice lacing. Great aroma, hops springing out of the glass! taste is sweet, but well balanced by the hops. finish is bitter. It kind of felt like a thick, almost chewy mouthfeel and coated the tongue. For a double IPA, this was pretty easy to put down. Dangerously so. Makes me want to go back out again, even though it's a 2 hr drive.

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Photo of sponberg
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Pours a brilliant deep amber, with a head that gets the hell out of Dodge in a hurry out of fear for its life. Big maltiness, some nuttiness, and citrus hops in the aroma, which is carried deep into your sinuses on fine alcohol fumes.

I've never had a beer that was pissed off before. This one's close. A massive wall of fruity (dried apricots most apparent) and citrusy (maybe some orange marmalade in there?) flavors, tied together with a solid underlying bitterness, assaults the tongue. Mid sip I get flavors of Thai food - maybe Kaffir lime leaves, galangal root? - for just a brief moment. It finishes with a slowly decaying melange of alcohol (no fusels at all - just wafting fumes. Impressive!), grapefruit rind, fruity malt, and toast. It's huge - it's not 10%, but closer to or just over 13% per the owner. But that alcoholic strength is SO well integrated that it's part of the whole. I've had steaks with less chewy mouthfeel. The flavors make it very drinkable, but the towering strength adds circumspection to the "Yeah, I'll have another" urge.

This beer exists somewhere in the H. P. Lovecraft netherworld between huge barleywines and huge DIPAs. And it came out of a brewpub. Impressive as hell.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at the brewpub July 2005.

This A-10 Warthog Double IPA (13% ABV) poured a clear, coppery amber color with off-white foam that settled and almost dissipated completely. The smell was of sweet malt and floral hops together with a touch of grassy hops, and hints of grain and perhaps a note of caramel. The taste was very thickly sweet malt followed by a strong hoppiness. The alcohol came out in the finish together with some fruity hops. Oddly, this double IPA could have used a bit more hops. The mouthfeel was smooth and thick with full body and modest carbonation. This beer was warming with the taste and feel of alcohol in the finish. This was a good and potent DIPA, though not as hoppy as I expected.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

store-bought growler, tasted in early april 2009.

coppery amber with faint haze. lots of light tan head slowly fades into a thin but constant layer. great lacing.

aroma: piney resins (very fresh upfront), with nots of grapefruit. hint of caramel underneath. some more tropical notes as it warms, but somewhat duller than expected/hoped.

taste: sweetness from the caramel meets the sweetness from the yeasty apple esters, into the citrusy hops, which are more of grapefruit rind and piney resins toward the finish, with some medicinal and phenolic notes. moderate to bold bitterness, with more resins into the finish.

medium body, nicely syrupy, with momentary, mild resins in the finish. lightly prickly carbonation can be creamy and fluffy.

a decent surprise. needs 3 or more people to finish the growler though. my brother and i struggled a little...

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brewpub. Pours a translucent orangey gold color with a half inch of head. Lots of lacing. Aroma of pine and tropical fruits hops. The taste is juicy citrus and tropical fruits with some piney/floral bitterness at the finish with some more citrus peel. Some sweet malt flavors as well as a nice warming alcohol presence. Def can taste the 10%ABV. Medium bodied. Overall, a boozey Double Ipa with a nice mix of hops and malts. Worth grabbing again.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

** update 2007 **

they are hitting this beer out of the park. tastes like fresh bigfoot. no more fusel issues. hops are not as strong.. probably because the woody flavors have evened out and there is no need for hop abuse. drinkability, mouthfeel & taste all increased by .5

** update 8/2006 **
sipping the '06 batch tonight.. alot more cohesive and drinkable.. or maybe i can handle the big stuff with more class. who knows. either way, the alcohol has become much more integrated and the hops play a more prominent role.. a nice citrus zest to balance the almost-oaky malts. drinkability score has been increased from 1.5 to a respectable 3.5 as a result. update over. **

a real funny beer to be out in the summertime. 12oz pour

clear but really, really thick. big color separation from peachy in the thin part of the glass to blood red (almost crimson) in the thicker part. nose has a fermented and roasted malt aroma. very dark and foreboding with rubbing alcohol character. hops and strong perfume arise as this beer warms... even the hint of a brandy soaked cherry comes into play here. flavor is huge alongside a perfectly tuned medium body. way too hot on the alcohol, and totally prohibitive in terms of flavor appreciation. sweet caramel, burnt sugar, hops and licorice are all here, but muted. a sipper, reminiscent of several west coast barleywines when fresh. wish this was bottled or barreled to improve with some age.

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