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

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A-10 Warthog Double IPAA-10 Warthog Double IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 03-03-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
100
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
17.69%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

These bolder beers do get higher ratings. Here, it was fresh which is always a plus in beer, a little head,lace, medium plus mouthfeel. Good balance,not too bitter,a 1.5 rather than a double, which I appreciated, and a dominant taste of grapefruit.Incredible 14% batch. One of their better beers, appealing to all the geeks, and understandibly so.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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 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 smcolw
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Impressive head right out of the growler. Leaves excellent spider-web lace. Orange-amber and slightly cloudy.

Surprisingly mild hop aroma, but it is very attractive--a nice cross between floral and bitter.

The alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Good hop bite as one would expect. Creamy body with a decent carbonation. This is really a very easy DIPA to drink--quite deceptive based on the decent balance.

Addition:
On 4/12/13, I tried the bottle version of this. Here are some of the differences I noted in this taste:

A-It bubbled out of the bottle.
S-the same
T-Stronger alcohol presence
M-Thinner with a high level of carbonation.
O-More extreme

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

64oz Growler served right out of the fridge and poured into various Pint Glasses

A - Poured a very hazy and murky, deep orange amber with some floating and suspended particles as well. Very cloudy with a good amount of carbonation visible a well with lots of chains of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Upon the initial poor there was a large head, perhaps three fingers high which towered over the top. This finally settled down but not before leaving tons of sticky and gooey side glass lace and a small pillow like cushion of off white foam across the remainder of the top. A very classic looking big IPA and a very nice dark color to it overall.

S - The aroma was very big and full of deep resiny hops from the very first smell. I also noticed immediately a hint of alcohol inside of it that was somewhat hot, but this was easily overpowered by loads of hops. Deep rich pine flavors along with lots of floral orange and sugary like tangerine were taken front stage here and really showing off. There was no doubt that this was going to be a very large IPA. It had a very fresh aroma to it; in fact you could almost smell the stickiness to it.

T - The flavor was very nice. To be honest this was a very big beer, clocking in at over 11% ABV and you could tell from the very first taste. It still had some residual alcohol hotness to it, but that was fine, sometimes you actually come to expect it, and this was still a very fine IIPA. Now then, the hops were mouth shattering at times. Deep resin filled tastes, almost made your teeth stick to your gums, and was soo fresh you could chew it. Lots of sugar added to try and balance everything out, bringing out more of an orange like note to it, but this was very big and floral, really pretty classic for the style. The finish as you can probably imagine was long and drawn out and very bitter, the flavor lasting soo long that you were yearning for another sip even several minutes later.

M - This was a very nice and very fresh medium bodied ale. The carbonation as well was very good and lasted well into the end of the session. I was very pleased to here that little bit of a pop and a hiss when I opened the growler, letting me know this one was just bottled and I was going to get to try it the way it was meant to. Excellent oily and resin nature to it and just a really good example of how this one should be done. Never light at all and just a really solid offering here.

D - Well this was a little tricky. First off the flavor, carbonation, and just overall appearance were all excellent, I would have loved to have drunken this one all night long, the only problem with that was it's a touch too strong for all of that. No matter though, this was still excellent, and was definitely a sipper as I threw down two pints and I knew I threw them down, very smooth, almost deceptively so, this one will definitely end up sneaking up on you.

Overall very solid offering here and one I am glad I could try. I am the biggest fan of the style, and really think a lot can be done wit hit. This however was straight up west coast mouth tearing high IBU IIPA, except from the Northeast, you got to love that. I would get this one again any time.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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 Dicers
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Gonzoillini
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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 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 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 maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ppoitras for shipping a growler of this my way as part of a great Secret Santa box. Had to delay the unveiling somewhat, but now it's popped open to share with neighbors & friends for the evening's festivities.

Opens with a satisfactory hiss & pours with a nice white head, proof that it has suffered little from its imprisonment in its glass cell. Light amber for a DIPA. Smell is unaggressive for the style, but with a faint sweet, lemony, almost Dawn-like aroma.

Somehow, the Warthog managed to conceal the hops from the nose, because they're definitely in there. The first blast is unwashed hops with an accompanying country twang of soapy bitterness coming quick behind; but there's something just a touch off. The malts are too prominent for this hophead, quickly beating the hops into submission & allowing the caramel melt to slide into the backside of the taste profile. It's an odd tandem: the hops stick to the roof of one's mouth, but the aftertaste is of the malts. Huh. Interesting.

Overall, a good brew & an interesting interpretative dance on the style. The hops are a touch too much bitter & a touch too little tasty, & that weird end profile...well, I'll be glad to get other's impressions of this. I like it!

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Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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 kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of braican
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Masters
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Boto
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ CT River Brewfest: This was a pretty impressive beer. It poured an orangish color without much head. The nose was a fairly potent but not overpowering wiff of piney hops. The taste is pretty hoppy, but not overpowering in spite of being strong. A nicely balanced concoction.

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Photo of kwjd
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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A-10 Warthog Double IPA from OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 100 ratings.
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