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.



  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 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!

  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!