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

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A-10 Warthog Double IPAA-10 Warthog Double IPA

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OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 03-03-2005

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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 99
Photo of Hophead101
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

drank on 12.13.08 at home. recieved this from ppoitras in the Nov/Dec 'growling at the moon'.

nice reddish copper color - clear - quite a nice looking and inviting beer. decent foamy head but didn't last too long. smell was a malty hop smell. you can definitley smell the alcohol in the background as well.

taste is strong malty alcohol. creamy and buttery. nice taste once the alcohol zing subsides. and it really only hits you on the first taste. the 11% is definitely not hidden - but it doesn't alter the taste or appreciation for this beer. can't drink a whole lot of them, but am definitely enjoying it.

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Photo of dashirey
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I received this growler from ppoitras. It was sent for this cycle of Growling at the Moon - thanks for the opportunity to try this brew.

A - Slight hazy orange-amber colored. One finger of head that reduces to virtually nothing. Speaking of nothing - there was really no lacing left behind from this beer either.

S - Combination of alcohol, hops, and sweetness. At times each one takes control and flexes it own muscle.

T - This definitely should be considered a malty, sweet DIPA. Reminds very much of the last Weyerbacher Double Simcoe I had. I'm not sure what hops were used in this beer, but that is my assessment. The malty sweetness along with alcohol dominate the taste of this beer - it is 11% after all.

M - Smooth at first but the alcohol burn quickly follows. Medium-bodied but the sweetness gives leaves your mouth feeling sticky and syrupy.

D - I like this one, but the alcohol and sweetness would make this a tough one to drink over and over.

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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 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 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 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 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 hoppymeal
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in the double Trouble GIF. Pours dark amber to brown in color with a big fluffy cream colored head that slowly chunks up and leaves a small amount of lacing. Aroma is on the sweet and sugary side with some cotton candy and some black pepper. More candy comes through in the taste with a pink bubble gum sweetness that shows just a hint of citrusy orange behind it. This is followed by a peppery and piney hoppy bitterness and a decent size alcohol bite in the finish. Definitely a big malty body on this one, rich and slightly syrupy, but this is definitely well balanced by a good bitterness and a not so shy alcohol content. Very nice dipa, I really like them with the big rich maltiness, the candy and gum flavors in this were quite strong, only thing that may have been better for me was the aroma, as there wasn't a ton of hop aroma and I usu love to bury my nose in a good dipa aroma. Thank you Cooperrip for the opportunity.

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Photo of edchicma
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cloudy copper, with no head. Smell is distinctly floral jhops, especially as the brew warms. The taste is meant for hops lovers. It remains throughout with some nice citryus nots....alchohol is there too. Mouthfeel has a slightly syrupy quality, but it finishes clean enough. Drinkability is good, considering the high abv.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the brewpub. 12.2%

I was very excited to get my hands on this one, after three tries the finally had it (or weren't out- as it is). This is a beast of a DIPA. Tremendously hoppy, a little too dry at the end for my tastes. I prefered it served on a slighty chilled glass, it just seemed to hold the character together better. What the brewer did an outstanding job on was making the monsterous amounts of alcohol in this beer. Was very smooth and very drinkable.

To be honest, this is the best deal in New England for this type of craft beer. $8.00 growler fill with $1.00 deposit.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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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