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Hop House - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
85
very good

556 Ratings
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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 8
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: madtrixter787 on 12-14-2013)
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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%

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

ThisWangsChung, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  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.

StonedTrippin, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of jlindros
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

jlindros, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

oberon, 20 minutes ago
Photo of cratez
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

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 (very Noble-like in character).
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 big noble hop flavours and aromas. Drying, spicy, and fruity, just like a good BPA should be.

cratez, Yesterday at 06:32 PM
Photo of majorbase2
3.91/5  rDev +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!

majorbase2, Yesterday at 03:11 AM
Photo of drdiesel9483
4.28/5  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.

drdiesel9483, Friday at 01:34 AM
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.25/5  rDev +13%

PittBeerGirl, Monday at 03:19 AM
Photo of Dicers
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Dicers, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of Beric
3.91/5  rDev +4%
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.

Beric, Oct 19, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

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Hop House from Brewery Ommegang
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