With spring finally here, it is time to do some spring cleaning of the beer fridge. The cleaning means getting rid of the single stragglers left over from various six packs sitting on the top shelf of the fridge. None of these stragglers have been in the fridge longer then five months, they have been kept at a constant temperature (roughly 52 degrees) and have received minimal light. This should mean the beers are in fine “drinking shape”.
The first beer in this spring cleaning is the Opa-Opa IPA. I picked up this six pack after a sampling done at a local beer store. I felt the sampling was quite good and the fact a free glass came with a six pack purchase, did not hurt things. (Note to beer sales people: with tastings, include a free glass with six pack purchase… it helps.) Ironically enough I did not use the free glass for this tasting.
Anyway, the easy pour gave a big off-white colored, pillowy head made of small bubbles. There were a ton of these small bubbles coursing through the beer’s clear, amber/orange body. A light grain smell was intermingled with the aromas of pine and citrus. Neither the pine or citrus were dominating each other and made picking either out a slight challenge to the nose.
In the mouth the beer was of medium body and coated the mouth fairly well. I noticed the hop bitterness but not much else. Only after a few sips did I finally notice some citrus and pine, and they were more relegated to the after taste. I enjoy a bitter beer, so I did not find it bad per se, but I definitely found it unbalanced. Some malt to balance the bitterness or a stronger pine/citrus presence would have been nice.
If you enjoy a bitter beer but do not feel like going the high abv route of an IIPA, this IPA could be right up your alley. Some more balance would be a plus though.