argo0 (11957) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle, just Opa Opa IPA, no mention of Buckwheat) Lightly hazed amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, floral/orange, some apricot. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit/orange, some dusky. Light-medium body, light resin. A mellower IPA, an APA in balance and hop intensity if not the alcohol. In fact, the ABV is all that stops this from being a solid session beer.
jimhilt (2454) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a cream, three-finger, rocky head that goes slowly to a ring and leaves some lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Almost clear amber color. Nose is a fruity hop. Flavor follows the nose with the fruity hoppiness and a bitter finish. Typical IPA. $1.65 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.
Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle under the "Hop Express" label. Orange-golden and still, slightly hazy. Very mild aroma of some earthy hop. The flavor is quite rustic ... tart and dirty, musty and tart with a hop bit, over a frenetic swirl of quality malt. Very nice, thick and charactered hoppy brew. (#3234, 12/3/2007)
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a chill haze light copper with a foamy head and lasts a bit with nice lace. Aroma is good herbal and floral hops with decent citrus american balance- some ligth cascade lemony orange metallicness with some cracker and light toasty malts. Good floral hop flavor and medium caramel sweetness. Mederate hop bitterness- seems a bit too clean and has that character from saratoga where it says it is contracted from. Slight slick finish. At first I didnt lke it at all, now it is pretty drinkable for a regular session IPA.
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2009 My Bottom Line:
Toasted crackers and wooden hops dwell within this lean and clean IPA before a few scattered oranges tag along the levelled grassy bitterness. This is another professional brew from Opa-Opa, but it is outshined by many other quality IPAs available in Massachusetts, imho.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the hazy golden amber.
-The malt structure is a tad crunchy, but rather ordinary.
-Balance is achieved in this simple and drinkable example.
-Carbonation is lively, perhaps masking some of the malts’ flavors.
-This is not aromatic enough for the style.
Bottle and on tap.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, labeled Opa-Opa IPA: transparent orange amber with a spotty-lacing clingy white head. Aroma of fresh grapefruity hops, and sweet toasty pale malt. Starts with a nice slightly caramely maltiness and big crisp resiny hoppy notes toward a balanced bittersweet finish. A nice IPA.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin white head. Good aroma of fruity, floral hops with some spicyness. Good flavor of floral and fruity hops with malt, there’s also a spicy feeling in there and it finishes with bitterness.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
poured into pint. pours a bubbly copper orange with white frothy head. mild sweet hoppy aroma, sweet bitter hops on front with mild bitter finish. nice light IPA, good but subtle with a bitter bite.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught@Redbones. Quite pleasant, typically American IPA, with some piney floral hop notes in the aroma. Palate is piney, with notes of grapefruit and lychee, with some nice bitterness on the end. Had a pint of this and was very satisfied. A nice drop.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle via bmatin08 (thanks!). Pours a semi clear amber with a nice beige head. Nose is floral hops with some subtle honey notes.Taste start sweet, then some nuttiness, some biscuity flavors, and then a strong floral hop presence in the finish. Seems like a cross between an English IPA and an American IPA. I also detect a bit of orange peel and metallic in the aftertaste. Body is medium, carbonation just right, and head has good retention.