OPA-Oklahoma Pale Ale | Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

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OPA-Oklahoma Pale AleOPA-Oklahoma Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 94
Photo of BeerPalateSensei
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Method- Straight from bottle, Cellar temperature.

Appearance- Hazy, peachy, light amber. Cream colored head. Overall, looks nice.

Smell- Bitter, rich, piney smell.

Taste- Overwhelming pine tree flavor. A lasting, unpleasant bitterness. Becomes more bearable after a 2nd bottle. (and I typically like bitter beers) Imagine hops + pine needles. Not pleasant.

Mouthfeel- Pleasant, lightly carbonated. However, the ale almost coats the inside of your mouth with a slick feeling that won't go away.

Overall- Fails in one of the most important categories, taste. But hey, if you love the taste of earth and pine needles, this might be your holy grail.
The other categories are above average, but it's hard to appreciate the nice things about this beer when it tastes like your chewing up pine needles.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Appearance is hazy and orange with thin head and some retention. The nose smells of dated herbal hops and pine with modest malt presence. Unfortunately, this bottle doesn't appear to have a bottle date, so its hard to say how dated or fresh it is. The taste has a bit of sharpness from the bitter herbal hops with not a whole let else going on. The finish is somewhat boozy for the style. Mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation. Overall, this brew is below average for the style. Again, not sure if a fresher bottle would yield a more positive review, but as it stands, this is an uninspired APA.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.84/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Shit, I stop paying attention for a couple months and all of a suddenly (as my brother would colorfully put it) Choc distributes to my area. Fair play, I s'pose. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises mixed greens, flowers, light sweetgrass, and a few drops of honey. The taste brings in more of the same, but the proceedings are dominated by a new-coming pall of spicy pine resin, something that really doesn't jive with anything else, much less my tongue. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda slick feel. Overall, this stuff just didn't do it for me, mostly due to that weird spicy green character. Pass.

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Photo of JasonMcDrinky
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Not a bad beer, but way too bitter for my buds. I've never been a fan of cloudy beers that aren't browns, the look just is t appealing. It does have a crispness and fairly clean finish, which is nice since the bitter and sour hits pretty hard up front. Seems like a good beer to pair with funky cheese or greasy BBQ, alas, I had neither at the time.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The OPA is decent...I'm not sure I got a fresh bottle or not. It was off the Binny's singles shelf. The beer seemed as thou it was going to be an over primed bottle....but I was able to pour it without much flare up. The beer poured a slightly hazy gold with decent white head that is leaving a lace. The smell is more malty than hoppy. The taste is a okay....I believe this is call a pale ale because of color....not so much as for hops used. The mouthfeel was medium in body with big carbonation. Overall its a good beer. I'd like to try it again just to see if the bottle I had was extra primed.

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Photo of csiewert
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - nice clear copper color with a finger of thick off white head that retains very well and laces somewhat

S - fruity and floral hops, fresh and clean... Very pleasant... Slight bready Munich malt notes as well

T - very bitter... and not in a good way that a pale/ipa should... Almost completely overpowering. Would like a cleaner hop presence here as it wipes out most of the other flavors. If you can get through it, there are strong fruity hop flavors (grapefruit particularly) and some bready malt.

M - over carbonated... While this helps with head retention, burns the tongue... Lingering astringency also not appealing

O - there is potential here for an awesome pale ale... Tone down on the early addition hops and back off the carbonation

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A clear yellow/gold with a 1 finger off white head. Dissipates in about a minute or two. Fair retention with good lacing throughout the drink.

S- Hops up front. Citrus and floral. Grapefruit and lemon. A very hoppy smelling pale ale. Some sweetness and bready notes in the end. A good smelling beer here.

T - Hop forward like the smell. Quite citrusy. A more robust hop level than i am used to in a pale ale. The hop profile is nice, but the malt body just doesn't seem to stand up well to it. The unbalanced nature of the beer seems to create a lingering astringency that is very hard to overlook.

M- Light to mid body. A little thin and oily. Moderate carbonation with a dry finish. The bitterness at the end is a little off IMO as mentioned in the taste section.

O - I feel Choc is really close to brewing a simply terrific pale ale here, but the hop presence seems to crush the rest of the flavor and create an unbalanced astringency. I thought it wasn't bad and would probably drink again, but with a few tweaks this could be a damn fine brew.

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Photo of bump8628
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly clouded copper with a nice collar of white foam that leaves a few specks of foam on the glass. Toasted malt is accented with a hit of predominately piney hops balanced by a soft caramel note. Some citrus and grass come out as it warms up. Nothing to complain about, but also not much to keep me coming back. There's too much good beer on the shelves, even in Oklahoma, for OPA to make a big impression.

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Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden-amber body with an exceptionally attractive and creamy, durable head.

S:Smells like a pilsner with a slightly high malt/hops ratio.

T - Starts mildly bitter but bitterness starts building in the finish. Mixed hops (Euro hops?) throughout but no strong hop note other than an unfortunate long-lasting, earthy bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-light body, medium-high carbonation.

O: Decent, but leans to the less fruity and more earthy ends of the APA spectrum.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a generous white head that laces well and a deep orange-golden hazy color. Aroma is piney, spicy hops and whiffs of grass, dill and grains. Flavor is hop forward with pine, spice, grass and a solid malt backdrop. Mouthfeel is light, slick yet weirdly a bit astringent. Overall a solid choice, enjoyable but a bit rough and one-dimensional in some spots.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass. Two finger of head, good lacing. A dark and cloud straw colored body which looks really nice up to the light.
It has a solid pine and grapefruit smell to it.
Taste pine and lemon. Varying degrees of bitterness but it's all bitter, and the good kind. Long-lasting after taste of pine tree.
Smooth, almost creamy, body. Low carbonation. Goes down easy.
A bolder pale ale, some might think it's an IPA. Pretty good and balanced.

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Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up a Biergarten in Jenks, cheers Freddy!

Pours a chill-hazed amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head.

S: Some phenols & wet grains, breadyness, grapefruit & pineappple. Below average head retention & lacing

T: Sweet breadyness, some peppery notes & yeasty notes, grapefruit & slight grainy astringency up front. Finishes with much grapefrut & wet cereal notes

MF: Light bodied, slight carbonation, some warming & coarse notes

Not sure why this is called an APA, this has more of a Belgian/Franco slant to it with some American hops pulling it slightly away from that style

Easy drinker, the Belgian slant of this works for me...

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oklahoma Pale Ale poured honey-blonde, hazed, and just a bit shy of two fingers worth of off white tight foam. This beer laced beautifully with a tight webbing of micro bubbles leaving pronounced rings with each sip.

Aroma is typical of the sort. Pronounced grapefruit peels, green grass, and honey bisquits.

Flavor is very similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Nice floral hops, honey, bisquit dough, and a bit peppery once it's down. Very good.

Light to moderate texture with ample carbonation. This one left my throat a bit irritated as some beers do, not too bad though.

A good beer overall.

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Photo of tronester
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden, with a small creamy white head. Smells of some lemon peel and a hint of grain. Taste begins with an herbal, leafy flavor, followed by some mild sweetness. Then a hint of aspirin, and a ton of lemon. It finishes off with a huge grassy component. Mouthfeel is rich, nice low carbonation. Overall an excellent beer, nice hop flavor, but sturdy malt to back it up.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  An airy cloud of 1/2 inch bone colored head that hovers over a body with the appearance of hazy pale apple cider.  Head recedes to a milky top with with nice, rather thick, clingy lacing. 

S:  The nose opens up fresh and full of sunny citrus hops, mangos, apricots, sourdough bread, and dried hay. Pale malts, honey sweetness and subtle yeast contribute to this vibrant nose. 

T/M:  Mouthfeel is unique light but at the same time the bitterness clouds the palate and creates a film to provide a much fuller feeling body.  Prickly carbonation and herbal hops combined with a sweet citrus bitterness.  Sun scorched grass, cereal grains, dehydrated marshmallows, and the ever encompassing persimmon bitterness. Finish is slightly chalky and dry with a lingering copper taste. 

O:  Well done!  This is a hopped up APA that is sure to please. At first I was unsure but the further into it I got the more I liked it.  The mouthfeel is something I've never experienced before but was really enjoyable.  Another solid offering from Choc. 

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber body with a 2 finger head that creates sudsy lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Sweet citrus, very floral, mint leaves, mild pale malt.

T - Floral and green herbal hops right up front, dried grapefruit peel, hints of lemon, dry pale malt, bitterness starts building through the finish in the form of herbal tea tannins. The finish is dry with a floral aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderate soft carbonation.

A nice dry-hopped Pale Ale with plenty of hop flavor. The citrus was alot drier than the nose let on. Lots of floral and herbal goodness, ABV is hidden very well. A solid drinker.

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Photo of Vashtar
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a nice brown, a bit dull

Descent smell. The high hops cause it to smell as much like Everclear as it does beer.

The appearance is medium, dull brown.

This is the best pale ale I've ever had.

The mouthfeel is like a condom wrapping around the tongue.

The is the only pale ale I've ever partially enjoyed, but it's still too hoppy and I wouldn't have it again. Compared to preferred styles, I'd give this a 2.5

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Photo of TheStoutLord
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy golden with large thick head. Poured in a tulip. Some bubbles. Looks really good.

S: Floral and hoppy. Some citric tones.

T: Moderately hoppy with strong floral and fruit tastes. Some citric flavors bring up the end but its very sweet throughout. Reminds me of apples and grapes really. Very refreshing for a hot spring day. This is a Pale Ale I would give someone to introduce them slowly into hoppy beers.

F: Light bodied, bitter hop sting on the tongue but that gives way to a smooth finish.

O: Very good pale ale. Bridges the gap between light ales and IPAs very well.

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Photo of Bworfus
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer!

Though very hoppy for a pale ale. Woud easily pass as an IPA. But it's an OPA after all, and maybe that's what they are like?

Copper, orange, hazy appearance.

Fruity smell, some butter and herbs.

Bitter and tangy and very smooth in your mouth. Citrus and pine in the hops, clear water, straightforward clean and still gritty pale malts.

Very pleasing breakfast beer. Best consumed with some Oklahoma Joe's BBQ.

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OPA-Oklahoma Pale Ale from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
3.6 out of 5 based on 94 ratings.
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