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Hop House - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 691
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 16
Gots: 118 | 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
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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful hazed orange apricot appearance glowing in my glass clouded off white head forming thick looks like a dimpled biscuit sitting afloat on the body of this beer. Belgian style lacing all day, looks great and a name like Hop House from Ommegang I was sold off the bat. Aroma has citric earthy herbal hops, bitterness is almost caught by your nares...expressive bready/biscuit malts to complement not much in the way of perceived sweetness seems like a beautifully constructed Belgian pale ale. Just a touch of citrus/mango juicy hop character going on here. Flavors combine nicely herbaceous herbal hops, bitter citrus peel, lemony notes with a spicy black pepper blast the yeast spiciness kicks hard I don't know how to keep the yeast out of this glass it seems like part of the dry-hopped BPA experience. Mouthfeel has smooth effervescent carbonation light to medium bodied a touch of slick hop oils all very enjoyable along with that bone dry finish. Overall I can't get enough of a well crafted easy drinking complex ale with moderate alcohol, and high flavor this will get better and better as it warms up outside.

Photo of jlindros
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge quickly rising fizzy pillowy head that hits 3 fingers and forced me to stop pouring prematurely, fades semi slowly with lots fizzy bubbles and fizzy lacing, very hazy sediment laden bright orange honey color.

Nose brings lots of nice Belgiany aromas, floral, grassy and little hay like, hint crackery and hint floral spices, mild citrus rind, bit of esters, touch of a spicy hop with the floral and citrus.

Taste brings a mild sweet malt, caramel copper malt, with little cracker and grainy notes. Quickly into hops, very floral, grassy and mild citrus rind, lighter pith, with fair bitterness. Plenty of Belgian yeast additions, esters, floral spices, more citrus and fruity notes, little hay like doughy note, bit of pear and apple rin skin, hint of grape skin too, nice fruity musty notes. Finish gets pretty bitter, mild pith and rind lingering with mild citrus and floral hops, little grassy, fairly dry and little fruit skin.

Mouth is med bod, effervescent carb.

Overall great, this is exactly what I want in a Belgian Pale, nice floral grassy citrusy hops that aren't overpowering and just destroy the beer, a great Belgian yeast addition with esters, fruit skin, crackery notes, floral, etc, and a nice mild base malt to blend it all together, with a great effervescence. I think people completely miss the point of a Belgian Pale and expect it to be an American pale, like Flying Dog Raging Bitch which is just an American IPA as there is no Belgian note at all in it. I continue to love what Ommegang is doing and glad I can get regular access to most of their beers.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Its got to be hard operating a Belgian-style brewery in America and not be influenced by America's hops. And from that influence arises a strudy Belgian-esque pale ale but with the attention to hops that just might garner IPA praise.

Hop House captivates the eye with its billowing rocky froth and its glowing golden body beneath. While salivation induces, a perfumy waft overtakes the nose and early palate. Big floral tones of lavender and rose wrap around a candied and doughy sweetness to balance the nose and to seduce the tastebuds.

Tangy lemon, pepper and white wine rise in the middle to reinforce the fruit and spice balance that gives Belgian ale such grand popularity. But the taste of America's Pacific Northwest region is alive with hoppy grapefruit, orange and pineapple notes. Fleeting malt sweetness seems to heighten the sense of pepper and hop bitterness.

Grassy and straw-like, the charactgerful ale finishes with champagne-like effervescence, mild wheat balance and a spicy hop bite that grips the throat and is reluctant to release. Its dry and earthy lasting memory returns with echoes of perfume in the beer's aftermath.

If it were a tad higher in alcohol, the beer would easily meet the criteria for Belgian IPA; it probably does already. But with its slight strength, the beer delivers high complexity but in effortless sessionability.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kings Row Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, spice, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, chalk, and Belgian yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a better combination of yeast and hop qualities in the aroma.

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 StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

an excellent example of a belgian pale, but i hope the rumors arent true that this is replacing bpa. this is less distinct to me, not as yeasty and farmy, more in line with convention, although i love the grassy and bitter complex of the hops here. more body too i think than bpa, although the two beers are cut from the same cloth. a bit more of a copper color as well, equally pronounced white head with ring lacing. more grassy than floral, but summery in nature on the nose, some wheat malt may be in here as well. im missing yeasty haze, and although this beer is dry and has a very recognizable belgian yeast character to the finish, it simply doesnt stand out the way fresh bpa always has for me. i know the two beers are minimally different, but i prefer the original.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. It has a very bubbly, foamy texture - even better (or worse), retention is quite good. This head just sticks to the glass, leaving huge blobs of lacing on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: It's called "Hop House"...and the hops don't disappoint. Mainly, they're of the citrusy/fruity variety. There are some solid notes of grapefruit, berries, and mango coming through. Letting it open up will bring the spicy yeast forward, as well as some breadiness. Yes, this works nicely. (3.75)

Taste: It also works down on the taste buds. Starting off with nice grapefruit notes, it quickly transitions to a spicy, bready backbone and then right into its crisp, dry finish. The balance is excellent, as expected from the brewery. It's not complex, but it purports itself very nicely: a drinkable Belgian-style pale ale with a big dose of 'Murican hops. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Very dry, just the way I like it. While there are pockets of astringency that I don't like too much, this still manages to hit a good balance between drinkability and richness. Carbonation is nicely concealed behind the medium-full body. (3.75)

Overall: I don't think Ommegang could make a bad beer even if they tried. This simply proves that point: it's refreshing, it's hoppy, and it's rich all at the same time. And to think this isn't the freshest bottle! See, typical Ommegang quality. (3.75)

3.74/5: American hops in a Belgian-style pale ale are a great thing

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 MadScientist
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A pale golden beer that pours with a very enthusiastic four finger of head, pour gently my friends. There is a slight, glowing haze to beer along with a light orange hue.

S: Aromas of tropical fruit and citrus with a light grassy note. The hop fruit is There is a mild spice aroma.

T: The flavor matches the aroma so it's a hops focused Belgian Pale having tropical fruit and citrus hops flavors dominate with a medium-strong bitterness. There is a light biscuit malt flavor and a slight sweetness in the middle progress to a fairly dry finish.

O: A great

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 Beaver13
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear straw gold with a monstrous creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is straw with some earthy yeast and a little spice.

The flavor is straw and doughy malts with stale grassy hops and a touch of fruit. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, the first sips were just stale hops and earthy notes, but as I finished the bottle more sweet fruity notes came out that were nice.

Photo of Billolick
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle.
Packaged on 11/26/13
Enjoy by 11/2014
Etched onto the neck of the bottle.

Pours light yellowy/near golden amber, looser light khaki head thats a sloooow fader, Leaves thick swathes of low foam and slowly sliding thicker lace.

Yeasty and spicy hop nose.

Bright and flavorful, with Belgian yeast, citric hops, tropical fruit coming to mind. Carbonation on the higher side. All adds up to a complex and highly enjoyable new brew from Omme.

Well worth a try if ya like Belgians and ya like a well hopped pale ale with a nice citric and yeasty snap to it. I'll get a sixer (or a four pack - boo) next time...

Photo of bsp77
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Rich, cloudy orange with massive, frothy, clingy head. Now I have to wait awhile to drink it despite pouring very slowly. Well, I guess I can keep admiring it.

Smell: Smells halfway between a fruity & spicy Saison, and a citrus & pine driven IPA. While still clearly brewed with Belgian yeast, this has a more "American" aroma than anything else Ommegang has made.

Taste: Tastes like a Saison that has been demonically possessed by Humulus Lupulus. Fruity and spicy core with crackery malts, fleshy fruits, clove, pepper and banana. Just a great Belgian malt and yeast backbone. The hops are rich with grapefruit and pine. Somewhat bitter.

Feel: Highly carbonated and effervescent. Body is on the lighter side and refreshing. Very dry finish.

Overall: Sort of a Belgian IPA, but more like a hoppy Saison. I have had a couple of attempts at hoppy Saisons before, and, while tasty, they were a little muddled and confused. This is not; this is superb and underrated on this site IMO.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Packaged on 11/25/13. Best by 11/2014.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge four finger off white head that slowly recedes into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy, earthy, and fairly spicy aroma with good hints of juicy hops and Belgian yeast. Upfront scent of earthy and floral hops with some hints of wet grass and pine. Citrus hop hints of orange, grapefruit, mango, lemon, and pineapple. Big presence of Belgian yeast with hints of clove and pepper. Also some hints of green apple and banana. Pale malt with hints of biscuit, straw, and cracker. A very good Belgian IPA style aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a juicy, earthy, and yeasty Belgian IPA type taste with good notes of hops and Belgian yeast. Good mix of floral, earthy, and citrus hops upfront. Notes of grass and pine. Citrus fruit notes of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, mango, and pineapple. Also some fruit notes of banana and green apple. Belgian yeast with notes of clove and white pepper. Soft pale malt with notes of biscuit, straw, caramel, and cracker. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and juicy with a drying finish.

Overall: A very solid take on a Belgian style Pale Ale. Good mix of Belgian yeast and lush hop flavors.

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
Poured with medium body and carbonation.
Unmistakeable Belgian character from the yeast blended with a higher hop load than a typical Belgian IPA but lower than an American IPA. Mildly bitter. Some coffee sneaks in the in the lingering aftertaste.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Packaged on 11/26/13.

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow with a full white head sitting on top. After a couple minutes the head finally dissipates leaving some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Very nice hop aroma right off the bat. Nice citrus fruitiness to the hop. Can still get some malts in the background giving it some crackery breadiness. Belgian yeasts come through mildly.

T: Belgian qualities come through more in the flavor than aroma. Nice yeastiness that adds a bit of a spiciness. Hop bitterness is certainly there adding a bit of fruitiness. Malts add a touch of sweetness along with that bready quality.

M: Light to medium body with an effervescent feel. A touch sticky from the hops but still easy drinking. Crisp and refreshing finish.

Overall as Ommegang says this is a Belgian American love child. Does have a nice bittering flavor that sets it apart from other belgian pale ales on the market.

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 tastybeer
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another spectacular looking beer from Ommegang. Giant chunky pile of white foam atop a lovely light orange colored beer. A big bubbly layer remains once the bulk of the head subsides. Sticky patches all around the glass.... Aroma is loaded with juicy grapefruit, lemon-lime, floral, banana pudding, and a soft dusting of coriander spice. Mouthwateringly forward fruit. Taste is very Belgian IPA. Sweet white bread grains, lemon, grapefruit rind, touch of passionfruit, creamy banana, zesty spice, and hop bitterness mingled with festive carbonation. Dry, brisk, very lightly resinous, and still creamy smooth. Overall a very nice Ommegang Belgian spliced with an IPA. Fruity, perky, warm, and welcoming with a nice amount of (far from overwhelming) bitterness. Good stuff.

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 Alieniloquium
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Specialty Beer Cellar. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear deep golden body. Huge white head. Great retention. Thick collar. Nice lacing.

Smell - Grassy hops. Light Belgian sweetness. Mildly musty.

Taste - Some grapefruit. Grassy hops. Caramel malt. Light belgian sweetness. Lingering grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Very drinkable and flavorful. Always quality from Ommegang.

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazed amber with 2+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Very nice head retention & lacing

S: Pears, leafy hops; grapefruit

T: Leafy hops, white grapes, & pears up front. Leafy hops, faint grapefruit & pineapple, dryness & grassiness mix with pear as this warms. Finishes with grapefruit, dryness, leafy hops, & a little pineapple

MF: Medium bodied, delicate carbonation, nice balance

Easy to drink, but was hoping for more in-your-face hoppyness, not sure how old this is. No discernible dating code on the bottle I can see

Photo of Gmann
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color, almost amber. The white head is fluffy and large, settles into a light cap leaving some webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and fruity. Clove and juicy fruit come through in the nose. Some apple and tropical fruit notes. Good grassy hop notes in the back end. Good BIPA notes

There is more of a balance in the taste as the hops pop through more. Fairly strong grassy and peppery hop flavors, some resin. The malt is crackery, perhaps slightly bready. The yeast provides nice clove and juicy fruit notes.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Good balance between sweet and bitter. Finishes quite dry.

A very good Belgian IPA. Good balance between the hops and yeasty phenols. It could be a touch lighter in the malt.

Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

7.26..Pours dirty gold, dark tinged, heavy white foam and lacing. Pine and grassy nose, oily too. Spicy bite, malt beneath. Hoppy bit, below the surface. Very good. Fresh tasting.

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 Samp01
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a large long lasting white fluffy head, some lacing seen. Pine citrus hops and fruity notes fill the senses with some spiced fruity flavor, yeast and pale malt. Palate is a medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp. The ending is sweet spiced fruity notes, yeast, pale malt with some good dry hopped citrus pine hops. This is a nice session style, good drinking and refreshing brew.

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Hop House from Brewery Ommegang
85 out of 100 based on 691 ratings.