Op & Top | Brouwerij De Molen

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Op & TopOp & Top

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 46
Reviews by ChrisCage:
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4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a hazy golden/copper color with a boatload of suspended yeast! The head is white in color and has plenty of retention that eventually settles into a thin filmy patchwork over the brew. Lacing is rather subdued and there is a fair bit of tight carbonation rising to the top! Overall a fine looking brew!

S- Toasty caramel malts make up the bulk of the sweetness, followed by citrus notes, slight floral tones, and semi sweet creamed bread. Finish is of mild floral bitter hop cones that is somewhat honeyed. Very nice smells!

T- Flavors that are modestly tart....a blend of citrus fruits and creamy biscuit yeast. Cookie like dough in sweetness due to the cara barley and the tart robust finish really compliments and balances......Earthy herbal notes and leafy!

M/O- This is a very sociable beer and is highly drinkable overall. Medium to full bodied and there is plenty of zesty carbonation that explodes morsels of flavor all over the palate! This reminds me very much of a nice proper English Session Bitter and I would have no problems enjoying this throughout an evening and would also like to try this on a hot summer day on the patio. Recommended! Prost!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of farundrpar
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is grassy hops, apples and grain. The flavor is a mix of apples and lemons, as well as some grassy, grain and wheat. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Pretty good overall.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of vinivini
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RickyS
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hammarby
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don't really rate anymore and this bottle had been stored in a much too warm place, so my try out was not ideal in any way. But the tastes was so exceptional I had to share my thoughts about this beer. I would really like to try it again under better circumstances.

Color: cloudy/opac light amber with a white foamy top with big bubbles that stays forever.

Mouthfeel: light to below medium body.Carboration bubbly.

The above can be a result of the beer being stored too warm for a long time.

Smell: Phenols and a hint of honey.

Taste: Lily of the valley! First a touch of pez and sunblock, then more flowery tones. Bitterness. Lots of grapefruity tones. A bit of honey and wax. Aftertaste first of koriander then umami and dill. A kind of soapy quality. Still interesting.

By no means even remotely close to a IPA.

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Photo of AxlSkull
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Another offering with a Danish-only label with granted, an English listing of ingredients, but speaking for we non-brewers, WTF?

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves a low ebb of pock-marked lace around the glass as it duly sinks away.

It smells of floral, citrusy hops, bready caramel malt, and some further grassy, weedy bitterness. The taste is more sweet caramel/toffee malt, muddled orange and grapefruit fruitiness, and capable leafy, earthy hops.

The bubbles are fairly sedate, but not out of things entirely, the body medium light in weight, and just smooth enough. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt quite softened, amongst a still active citrus and leafy hop presence.

A decent enough IPA, old-world style, with a whiff of those new-fangled hops, so all is well here. Nothing overbearing, nothing underwhelming, just a nice, drinkable, somewhat hoppy ale.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with off-white head. Aroma has a lot of aromatic hops reminding me of white grapes and herbs. Taste starts also fruity with grapes, green tea and the same herbal note from the aroma. Popping bitterness but not too strong. Body is light, making the beer very easy to drink. Really good one overall.

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Photo of adamcthomp
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of aztraz
1.5/5  rDev -59.6%

Photo of Wasawat
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jezi89
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mattgruv
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of floral and bitter hops with light citrus notes. Taste is also dominated by quite strong floral and citrus notes with a semi-astringent finish. Dry caramel malt backbone can be felt though is not particularly dominant. Body is about average with good carbonation and no alcohol. Nothing earth shattering but easily drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a hazy medium coppery amber with a massive half glass head that slowly dissipates leaving massive lacing. Foamed a bit out of the bottle. Pleasant aroma of bready malt, citrus and grassy hops, light orange. Flavor is orange citrus and citrus hops, mild caramel malt, earthy mint family herbs, finishes with grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied. A grassy, somewhat subdued IPA, but well flavored for the ABV. This does lean in profile to classic English IPA style, but North American Northwest hops are also evident. Nice variation on an IPA and tasty for a session ale.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My local liquor store has a nice selection of brews from De Molen.
This is my first encounter with Op & Top, from a 33 cl bottle.
I'm expecting a mild but hoppy beer.

Looks amber/orange colour, beige head, very solid fluffy with good lacing. Good carbonation, murky brown when poured completely.

Smell very fresh: a little pine, some apricot, melon, citrus.
Taste is very much the bitterness of hops. Very spicy and strong.
Reasonably smooth, with a dry bitter finish, lingering.
Good body on this. Refreshing, but demanding.

Overall, I would say the aroma has more complex character than the flavour delivers.
Still an good brew in this style.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a deep orangey yellow. There are a ton of floral hop notes (and a hint of orange marmalade) in the nose. So it's not surprising to encounter a very big hop presence on the palate. It's not at all unbalanced and in fact the fine carbonation helps make this very drinkable.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TobiasGoth
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark yellow to light amber. Foggy and murky like a fishersman’s early hours. Airy head.

Yeasty, spiky and sweet/tangy, doesn’t leave a single lingering thought.

Citric and reminding me of a soda pop I once had. Wheaty and breadlike half way through. A stark finish as the bitter Premiant hops dominate last third.

Light medium and carbonated like a spa/jacuzzi.

Overall impression
De Molen is slowly making their name known to beer enthusiasts. A great brewery but truthfully this one didn’t make me bubble with joy. The Premiant hops dominates the last third of the flavor experience and leaves me with too many raised hairs on the back end of my tongue.

I love the label design on this one though, a De Molen-classic . Old school and clean, that’s how I like it!

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Photo of dipso123
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Jose9e
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of BdM
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Op & Top from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 118 ratings