Hop House - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 691
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 16
Gots: 117 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: madtrixter787 on 12-14-2013

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Ratings: 691 | Reviews: 106
Photo of jwjon1
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Why did it take so long for me to try this beer? Belgian yeast drive the profile, which is quite nice, and hops dominate a very dry finish lingering with fruity esters. Must be a fresh bottle, as I'm getting very minimal malt backbone, and I like it. Belgian Pale Ale all the way. Rated to style, I'm hard pressed to think of a better American-made iteration (admittedly there aren't too many well distributed versions to compare against). But even outside of style, this is quite nice. Very nice in fact. Shame on me for not trying this earlier.

Photo of Wilshade
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Belgian Pale Ale
ABV: 6.0%
Glassware: Pint

Appearance: Translucent gold with a luxurious creamy white head

Smell: Citrus dominates with floral notes

Taste: Grapefruit bitter, long lasting aftertaste

Mouth feel: smooth effervescence with a heaviness on the tongue

Overall: My least favorite of the Ommegang stable.

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very quick review. A bit yeasty, a bit hoppy, all of it in perfect balance. This is one of my major go-to brews.

Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Golden hued, 1-1/2 fingers of fluffy white head.

Smell: Da funk of a Belgian plus da hops of an American pale ale.

Taste: The funk hits first, estery goodness, then the hops follow. Some lemon maybe, and pineapple, too.

Feel: Well carbonated like a Belgian, a little syrupy like an APA.

Overall: I get the impression that Ommegang brewed this to join the "APA/IPA" parade that is dominating beer nerdery. A very nice effort on the part of one of my favorite brewers. Overall = 4.00

Photo of AJacob81
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

What a criminally underrated beauty this is. Pours golden orange, 3 fingers of perfect meringue head and legs from here to Sunday, lacing everywhere. The nose is orange peel and coriander, fruity Belgian esters and an abundance of floral, fruity hops. The palate follows suit, w a lingering, juicy finish and subtle astringency from the hops. Mouth feel is silky and resinous. Maybe others aren't getting this fresh, or maybe the new generation of citrusy hop bomb pales and IPAs is indeed ruining too many palates, but this is easily the best Belgian pale I've had outside of Orval, and the scores its receiving here baffle me. Ommegang, please keep making this and don't change a thing.

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

No bottle date

Look - Hazy, almost opaque honey amber with a huge fluffy white head. Decent distribution, good retention. Good lacing. 4 paws.

Smell - Lots of Belgian yeast. Banana, clove, white pepper, coriander, citrus. Mostly yeast, with very subtle hop character, a bit of grass and pine. 3.75 paws

Taste - Very balanced, bits of papaya and clove. Slightly bitter finish. 4 paws.

Feel - Medium bodied, easy drinking, low carbonation, tingle on the tip of the tongue. 4.25 paws.

Overall - A very good beer, but I never know what to expect from a Belgian IPA (meaning it's hard to compare against others, and hard for me to judge to style). 3.75 paws.

Photo of bcolwelljr
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good taste and feel. Pours nicely great color. Solid pale ale from a solid brewery.

Photo of puboflyons
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 13, 2015.

Slightly foggy, golden yellow pour with tremendous white fizzy head.

Those aromas are textbook Belgian toast, Belgian sugar, pear, and yeast. But for something calling itself "Hop House," I did not pick up much in the hop nose.

Medium chewy body.

The taste is also nice and toasty, malty, yeasty, and biscuity. A hint of orange peel and a mild bitterness to finish. I mean this really does a nice job hitting the mark for the style but still a but less vibrant.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- yellow-golden pour with huge white, billowy head. Huge lacing as well.
S- lemon, orange, honeysuckle, Belgian yeast
T- like the nose, but the Belgian yeast really peaks through. I love Belgian yeast, but it just seems a bit out of place here. Maybe if it wasn't do prominent.
M- medium with high medium carbonation.
O- not bad overall just more of a Belgian pale ale with tons of the Belgian yeast dominating.

Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is light, some floral hops. Taste is hops, citrus, some bitterness, not really what I am used to from this style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a decent beer, but not up to the quality I am used to from this brewery.

Photo of bnes09
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful, hazy, golden-orange color. Dense white head forms a thick blanket over the brew. Large, intricately shaped lace patches.

Hoppy, citric, floral aroma with lots of yeast mixed in.

Aggressive, spicy, oily, soapy, grapefruit hop flavor. Solid wheat and honey malt body tries to balance. Funky yeast. Dry, spicy finish. Good depth of flavor, just slightly off-balance.

Medium bodied. Grainy texture. Harsh carbonation. Dry feel.

Photo of baconfromwalmart
2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Really dissapointed with this one. Kind of tastes like underboob sweat...

Photo of TBoneJones
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my pint, this beer is very hazy and cloudy, a yellow-orange color with a foamy white head that sticks around. Residue even, but it looks refreshing enough.
Smells funky of soapy leather and some perfumed hops.
Tastes zesty and and lemony, with rind and a slight spice/ herbal, some sweet malts underneath it all and still with a fairly dry and peppered finish. A hint of grapefruit, less so of orange. This isn't bad at all. It works well today as we hit 70F in Texas.
Crisp and medium carbonation.
Tastes good in an earthy-herbal-peppery way of resfreshment.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Strong raging effervesce within a pale orange body. A rim breaching 3+ inch mushroom capping was ivory toned, well retaining, with large, cavenous soapy pockets along the walls.

S: Fresh aroma, wet sliced lemon and grapefruit, sweet malt nature for balance with some fresh banana and green melon.

T: Banana fruit, wheat, with a pepper ting opens things up. Grapefruit-grassy hops, heavy american ipa style influence, dry hopped with a spicy-herbal complexity. Pine-barley with a creamy, peppery-dry orange peel finish.

M: Crisp carbonation, lightly creamy, dry, light to medium body depth.

O: Overall nicely dry hopped, good dose of american hops and belgian yeastiness, fruity with a good complexity, yet softly balanced in harmony. Lingering bitterness.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ommegang "Hop House"
12 oz./355 ml brown glass bottle, "PKG ON 01/07/14 BEST BY 01/2015"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Carefully poured so as not to disturb the lees, Hop House displays a mainly clear golden-amber body beneath a three-finger thick head of rocky off-white head that slowly settles into a dense 1" thick cap. The yeast pour will bring it to a fully cloudy orange and brass appearance with visible particulate in suspension. The head retention is excellent, and the lacing left about the glass is almost as good.

In the nose it's floral, softly piney, and delicately fruity combining soft citrus and tropical fruit notes with more of the usual fruitiness you get from yeast (tangerine, pineapple, mango, papaya, lemon, peach, apple, red berries).

The first sip informs you that it has a light-medium body and a very fine-bubbled, gently effervescent carbonation that gently caresses the tongue. It's 'smooth' but it lets you know it's there.

In the flavor it's both spicy/peppery and gently citrusy over a grainy malt base, and each of the components display themselves clearly but also work with each other to combine as 'one'. Only a moderate bitterness is needed as the spiciness and gently tart fruit work together to balance the lightly sweet, grainy malt.

It doesn't have quite the slap that some Belgian-style hoppy pale ales do, but the trade-off to that is that its balanced refinement leaves it just that much more drinkable: it's complex without being overtly full in flavor, and that keeps your interest as you progress through it, continually looking for more subtleties.

Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of pine, hops, hint of yeast, slight floral, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, Belgian yeast, hops, slight floral notes, hint of alcohol, and a hint of spice. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body.

Photo of Antc2382
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Soapy appearance and mouthfeel- delicious brew; hoppy but so drinkable, a new favorite

Photo of grammodesguapote
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Packaged on 3/10/14, 12 oz. bottle. Beer is a nice light golden color with a classic Belgian cloudiness. Head is large and white, beer is well carbonated. Aroma is bready with notable citrus and floral contributions from the hops. Mouthfeel is dry and somewhat watery. Taste is dominated by an upfront Belgian yeast character and followed by citrus hop flavored and a lingering bitterness. As a pale ale I would say this misses the mark, in the context of a Belgian inspired, dry-hopped ale, this is a good example.

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a small tulip glass a hazed apricot-like color with a big blooming white head that sticks like glue to the glass as it settles ever so slowly.Some citrus and yeasty spiced notes in the nose but it's pretty light.Bright citrus notes up front on the palate with some peppery notes in the finish,quite dry.Not bad,quite tame compared to many of the style.

Photo of cratez
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

Ommegang Hop House - 6% ABV Belgian Pale Ale - Consumed October 14/2014.

A: Cloudy golden yellow with four fingers of white froth and globs of lacing on glass. A few bubbles in the body. Head and lace retain for duration of beer. An attractive brew.

S: Spicy yeastiness, wheat husk, soapy hop, melon fruit, alcohol esters, unripened banana, black pepper, some phenols and lemony notes as well. Nice hop-forward nose.

T: Yeasty-spicy-wheaty flavours upfront, black pepper, melon fruit, phenols and green banana mid-palate, balanced hop bitterness precedes a long, ultra-dry finish. A flavourful and satisfying quaff, and exactly what I expect for the style.

M: Crisp, medium-bodied, oily middle, spicy-peppery carbonation, mild hop bitterness transitions to a bone-dry finish. Excellent palate.

O: A well-exectued hoppy Belgian pale with enticing flavours and aromas. Drying, spicy, and fruity, just like a good BPA should be.

Photo of majorbase2
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light orange color with a big white foam head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice, thin level head with a small amount of lacing. Aroma is a pleasant burst of fresh citrus, with grapefruit, orange and lemon zest, mango and a bit of grassiness and floral hops. You can nearly taste the citrusy goodness. The taste is similar, with some tangy lemon and orange zest and a bit of citrus hops. The yeast and wheat slowly poke their head in, revealing the interesting nature of this semi-crossover beer. The floral notes are quite noticeable, and pair nicely with the kick from the combination of zest and hops. Nothing too complex going on here. The citrus hops come through a bit more as it warms, creating a very pleasant sweet citrus aftertaste. Par for the style, high carbonation. A bit watery. Very easy to drink. Mouth wateringly refreshing. Overall all a pretty good brew from a brewery that I don't seem to be as big of a fan as everyone else. I hope this one will help me change that!

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - poured into a sniffer with slight head. Has a golden pretty transparent and shows slight carbonation. Leaves good lacing.
Smell - good Belgium malt smell and earthy slight citrus smell.
Taste - good malt to hop balance but of course with a great hop taste. Taste a lot like the smell.
Feel - slight creamy taste, medium carbonation, clean taste.
Overall - great Belgium pale ale, I'd have it again.

Photo of Beric
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle
Served: 18 October 2014

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle at a party, but the bottle label is pretty great.

Smell: As soon as I cracked the cap I got a huge whiff of hops, and I knew this beer was going to be good.

Taste: Big clean hoppiness with a decent maltiness as well. You could tell this was a dry-hopped pale ale rather than anything else, since the hops were really present and not interfered with massive maltiness from other beer styles (like a DIPA, for example). Good beer all around, and one I really enjoyed.

Feel: Medium body with good carbonation.

Overall: Not sure why the rating on this one is only 3.75, as this is a really solid dry hopped pale ale. I would get this again and would recommend it.

Photo of Dwkasper
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Good hoppiness with strong Belgian yeast finish. I tend towards IPAS and really enjoyed this beer at first. Halfway through the bottle and the hops went away. Style is great but not my preference.

Photo of MikeWard
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

12oz bottle into a tall pint glass.

Orange yellow body with decent side white head. Carbonation and lacing pretty nice.

Getting a clean hop aroma on the nose, mostly of a floral type. No belgian yeastiness.

Taste was as you would expect from the nose. Not overpowerinf hops, very subtle. Some sweet maltness in the background.

Mouth was around medium, a tad dry on the finish.

Overall, a fairly enjoyable drink, but likely wont look for this one first on the racks of Ommegang.

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