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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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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Added by Todd on 03-03-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Newport_beerguy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -53.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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 thestranger99
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of rbd13
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
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 soze47
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I remembered drinking this beer on tap over the summer and liking it very much. This is a DIPA for sure and has some unique, but not all that remarkable flavors.

Appearance: Very orange, nearly translucent body. Leaves some great lacing.

Aroma: Pretty strong smell, but nothing singularly stands out. There is a pretty high sweet smell, but there are notes of tangerines and oranges too.

Taste: I wasn't expecting the sudden pine hop flavors I got right off the bat, but an almost overwhelming sweetness sets in. This sweetness is unique on its own. As said in other reviews, it is almost candy or bubble gum like. No notes of caramel to me. Resinous, thick citrus rind bitterness tempers the sweetness at the end, almost tasting like orange or Clementine marmalade.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This one starts off very drinkable, especially considering the high ABV on this brew. The oily hop quality gets to be a lot more cloying as this one warms toward the end of the glass.

Overall: My local store said they just got this back in stock, so I think this guy is pretty fresh. It could stand to have a lot more assertive hop flavors to counter the intense sweetness of the malt. However, this is not a bad beer and worth a try if you can catch it on tap. I will probably pass on getting the growler again. At such a high ABV, finishing it is a task!

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Photo of ComputerBeer
2.46/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cheesy smell, bad hop notes with little to no malt aroma. Medium body, bitter to style but has a "fake" sweet finish. Definate boozy harshness on the pallette. Cane sugar? Lots of American hop notes, somewhat to resinous. Deep golden color with lots of haze. Expected more out of this beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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 ZappaCat
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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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3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of loose rocky cream colored foam. A nice translucent orangey copper color fills the glass.

S - Smells rich and caramelly with some light buttered popcorn aroma. Hops are central to the aroma although not as up front as I'd like. Citrusy and grassy mostly, some pineapple and light apricot too.

T - Some alcohol, tons of caramel, a nice hoppy bitterness and some pineapple/tropical fruit character. Well balanced overall...maybe too well balanced for my liking giving a bit too much caramelly malt to be ideal for me. Some malty sweetness mixes in, at times seeming just right, at other times a bit cloying.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Get a light alcohol heat on the inhale and with every sip.

D - Good tasting DIPA...definitely not the best I've ever had, but quite good. Balanced toward the malt more than I'd like to see, but still plenty of hop flavor. Bitterness not quite up to the level that I expect out of a DIPA.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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 Duhast500
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a hazy golden orange with about a finger or two of white foamy head.

The smell is pretty hoppy, some citrus and pine come right out as soon as you get close. There is a little malt flavor hiding in the background.

The taste is hoppy but a thick, feels a little off but still pretty citrusy with hints of grapefruit and some slight lemon. Some piney flavor also is present that leads into a malty sweetness at the end.

The feel of this beer is a little bit thick and somewhat heavier going down then expected. Some good carbonation with a slightly dry feel

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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 jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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 maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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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A-10 Warthog Double IPA from OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 104 ratings