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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This beer is brewed for those who appreciate the pure pleasure of the Hop. The malt comes through, but its not long before the hops take over! Aromatic, bitter and a bit strong, this beer graduated from the more is better school.

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3.2
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Bottle, no mention of the buckwheat but the description matches up. Poured a nice amber hue with a thin white head which had no retention. Pine like aroma with some mild malt notes. Flavor was nicely hoped but never over powering. Somewhat light on the palate. A nice crisp drink that.

3.3
bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2008
(Draft) Pours a clear amber body with a small white head. Aroma of orange, florals, caramel, apricot, and light grass. Flavor of hops (orange, grapefruit) and caramel malt with a bitter finish.

4.1
PhatB420 (841) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2009 One of the best IPA’s I have had.Smooth, hop filled and excellent all around. This is definaltey an IPA to try. But there is a world of difference between bottle and from a growler. Please do an IPA justice and go from a growler, its impeccable.

3
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Bottle at Travis’ (El_Duderino) house. Pours with an amber body topped by a meidum thick head with little lacing. It’s slightly sweet yet bitter with a woody, hayey hop note. Medium and slightly dry.

3.5
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2007
(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.

3
jimhilt (2621) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 7, 2007
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.

3.6
Braudog (6803) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2007
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)

3.3
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2007
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.

3.2
MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2007
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.

3.7
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2007
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.


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