Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thirsty Thursday: Opa Opa Kix Pale Ale


But first: a quiz! What's your Beer IQ, courtesey of MSN?
I got about half right, and learned a thing or two! It's interesting, so I don't want to give away any of the facts...So just take it already!

So I picked up this growler, which I had never gotten before. It's a half-gallon (64 ounces - a bit over 5 beers) and it was a very reasonable price, I believe $6.99. Opa Opa is a MA brewery. There are lots of rules about growlers - keep them cold, still, and drink within 2 days of opening. That's not gonna happen, however, a few days after first opening and it is still in decent shape. The Opa Opa Kix Ale is an American Blonde Ale, which is a malty, fruity, lager-like beer.

A) Pale straw. Clear. Sudsy head quickly disappears.
S) Not strong, light malts, lemon.
T) Watery, but also somewhat sweet and lemony with a slight bitter aftertaste.
MF) Thin, decent carbonation.
D) Definitely high - it's a light and refreshing beverage, easy to drink and would be refreshing on a hot summer day.

It's not bad, and I enjoy the novelty (for me) of a growler, but overall it's boring and watery. I like the name Opa Opa though (my grandfather was called Opa) so I'd give another one of their beers a shot for sure. Their Warthog Double IPA sounds particularly delicious.

C

2 comments:

  1. I am drinking Kix ale right now - a growler which I expect to finish between myself and, er, me. I agree with everything you said about it other than the boring part..it is a perfect summer ale, and those things ain't easy to create..

    I recommend 3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale, by the way; it is my favourite beer of all time, and I've drank plenty, believe me!

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  2. MMM...I'll check out Monts Flanders. If for no other reason than the name reminds me of, well, Flanders.

    Thanks for reading and posting!

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