fishonmyplane (353) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A ridiculously strong brew which hides its ABV pretty well. But, it takes a lot of malt to produce that ABV... the result is that this is not really a pure imperial IPA. It has a caramel sweetness that brings it into American strong ale territory. It’s hoppy and bitter, but well-balanced by the alcohol & malty sweetness. Earthy, spruce hops and chewy malts with flavors of bread and caramel. A little rosemary and nutmeg. They are crazy for not putting the ABV on the label.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Rocky large off-white head atop cloudy apple juice body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, some pine, lemon, light alcohol astringency, bread. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some orange, pine, light alcohol. Somewhat soft medium-full body, some resin, alcohol presence fairly tame given the ABV.
jbruner (1998) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in a trade thanks to Phatdog1! Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with fluffy off-white head that leaves good lacing. Atoms is strong caramel malt and booze up front, slight piney bitterness behind. Taste is more balanced, nice malty notes balanced by a bitter hoppy bite and a hint of boozy burn on the way down. This was probably awesome when it was fresh, but this was bottled last November, a little booze heavy and the hops have died off.
Pith (123) - New York, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours slightly opaque light yellow-gold with white head, high carbonation. Aroma- grass hops and slight orange citrus, mildly sweet. Taste-
Start- sweet orange, high carbonation
Middle- bitter grass with a bit of earthy dirt
End- sweet earthy and a bit malty caramel
Finish- bitter but not inhibiting taste.
Good balance of the malt background with the high hops that lend a smooth bitterness. The ABV is surprising as it’s virtually undetectable until you feel the effects at the end of the pint.
williamstome (756) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy gold pour. Not much aroma, but very strong hoppy aroma, with a lot of alcohol in the flavor. Sharp, strong mouthfeel.
Theydon_Bois (7005) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Opa Opa, Southampton, 20/05/13.
Clear pale golden with a thin off white cap which stays for the show.
Nose is hops, orange, grapefruit, light pine, malt.
Taste comprises hops, orange, bitter grapefruit, caramel malt.
Full bodied, lightly warming alcohol in the finish, alcohol well integrated.
Solid enough DIPA, I really doubt as to whether this batch was 13.75!?! No world beater but a decent enough stab at the style.
BroSpud (1596) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Southampton restaurant. This is by far the best thing I have tasted from Opa Opa. A Double IPA on par with the greats. The high ABV is very hard to detect until you feel it as there is very little alcohol burn or taste of a typical high ABV brew.
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - APR 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a golden apricot, with a slight fog, and 2 fingers of cornsilk head which leaves a soapy lacing. Smell is nutty, with super sweet caramel malts, red fruits, scotch and zesty bread dough notes. Taste starts very sweet, with chewy caramel malts, then segues into Portuguese sweetbread and pine nuts, before taking on an earthy hop finish of Thai basil. Mouth is very chewy, with the lingering bitterness. Medium-to-full body.
bbbeer (543) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange with medium small off white head. Aroma citrus hops and grainy malts. Full body. Some alcohol. Flavor strong citrus hops at first, then bread-like malts, on the sweet side really although plenty of hop bitterness as well. Huge flavors. Not entirely harmonious. Good though.
jkwood04 (3438) - Connecticut, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours dirty brown/amber with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of a lot of citrusy hops, some caramel and light malts, and bread. Flavor about the same. Average to smooth texture. A decent beer, but I wish I had a fresher bottle to drink.