Opa Opa Red Rock Amber Ale

Another day done. Work was a lot of fun today. For some reason, it just had a really good vibe going. I really enjoy the dispatcher that I close with and it just makes the time go by really quickly. I came home to Kate and although I had intentions of getting the backlogged reviews posted, we spend a lot of time laughing and talking. Good times indeed. Onto the brew.

ABV: 6%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A blend of German vienna malt and English crystal malts create this malty and slightly fruity beer. Sweet caramel flavors give way to a surprisingly soft and smooth finish.”

Random: I don’t think I tried this one when I went to the brewpub a few years back.

This brew poured a clear, dark chestnut color that had moderate carbonation visible throughout. It had a finger of pure white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The nose was relatively subtle, but what I did get was pretty malty with a touch of nuttiness. The malt that was present was relatively sweet. The taste was a complete and total malt bomb. It was dominated by sweet caramel malt with some toffee as well. There was some hazelnut as well. This beer was marked by a total lack of balance. The malt was too much for me and needed some hops to improve the flavor profile. The body was a bit watery and undercarbonated. The finish was overly sweet with the same malt that wouldn’t go away. Honestly? Probably one of the worst of the style that I’ve had. I would avoid this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Opa Opa Honesty 47 Pale Ale

I know that I’m going out of order yet again, in terms of the beers that I should be drinking. But, I got a growler of this brew after tasting it at the brewpub and I wanted to drink it while it was nice and fresh. Plus, I think it will go down nice and easy while I’m watching the season finale of Criminal Minds. I seriously love this show. Anyways, onto the beer.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: This brew was a silver medal at the Great International Beer Festival in 2007.

Random: One of my buddies slept with a kitchen knife under his pillow after watching an episode of this show.

This brew poured a clear golden-reddish color with some visible carbonation. The head was about a finger high, pure-white and after dissipating, left some lacing on the glass. The nose presented with a bit of citrus, specifically lemon and grapefruit with a bit of hops. But, the taste isn’t as hoppy as the nose would make one assume. Instead, the citrus comes up front and then a decent bit of malt comes through. It was almost sweet at the end with a little bit of nuttiness too, although it was very subtle. The sweetness continued into the finish. This was a solid beer, although it didn’t pull any surprises. It was crisp and refreshing and went down nice and easy. I could see killing a few of these at a barbecue. It will definitely not be a challenge to kill the growler. If you’re in Massachusetts and can try this, definitely do so.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Opa Opa IPA

Since as I said in the last post, I had to spend the weekend in Massachusetts, I found an excuse to try new beers. I also managed to fit in a trip to a brewpub and a trip to an awesome beer store. This will be the first of many posts from my trip. I also think that I managed to stock the fridge so that I don’t have to go shopping for a few months. Nice! Here’s a brew that I tried at a restaurant in Sturbridge and later went to visit the brewpub. So, let’s get crackin…


ABV: 6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the website, “Once upon a time, in a land far away, a few Greek fellows had a dream. They left their Grecian homes and headed to the New World seeking fame, fortune and adventure. After days of dusty travel, they arrived in the Pioneer Valley. Taken with its beauty and friendly natives, the fellows decided to settle down. Southampton was their new home. They raised their families and, like any good Greek boys, opened a successful pizza restaurant. Life was good. Still something was missing. The call of the wild beckoned. A call they could not resist. Over the hill they went, heading West, in search of their new dream. Early one spring morn they arrived. ‘OPA-OPA!’ they exclaimed with joy, ‘We’ve found it. This will be the best Steakhouse and Brewery in the land!'”

Random: I’ve never heard of this brewery, but it was being sold in growlers in both beer stores that I went to.

This brew poured with a one finger pure white head.  The body was tan and clear, with mild carbonation visible within the body. There was mild lacing left on the glass. The nose was a bit muted with some subtle grapefruit and a hint of grass. This wasn’t what I was expecting from an IPA. But, the taste was completely different. Lots of fresh grapefruit came out instantly on a very light body. I even got a hint of creaminess when the malt came out at the end of the sip. This brew went down too easily and I could easily kill a few. The finish was full of citrus with no apparent booze. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0