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Hop House | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by madtrixter787 on 12-14-2013

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Photo of biegaman
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Like all Ommegang beers, Hop House looks picture-perfect. Its clear, golden body has a fetching sheen and bleach white, perfectly molded head that sits stoically at about a finger's thickness. Bubbles are lively throughout and refuse to tire. Mind you, keep the sediment out if you want to fully enjoy the appearance.

When a classic Belgian-style producer releases a pale ale with "hop" in the name, one thing comes to mind immediately: Orval. I'll admit I opened this bottle secretly hoping for something along those lines, the closer to that iconic ale the better. Well, it may not have the Brett but it sure is dry-hopped...

And we're not talking just the old-school Styrian Goldings here. Bravo and Columbus - both more flamboyantly fruity American varietals - are used as well. The resulting aroma has underlying elements of earth, whole-leaf florals and spice, but also a markedly tropical, almost bubblegum fruitiness.

Hops have their way on the palate too. Its 54 IBU are surprisingly formidable for a beer with such a pleasant, inviting air. That blend of pale malts is broad enough to hold its own but doesn't interfere with the earthy, spicy bitterness; to get the finish just scoop fresh hop cones into your mouth like popcorn.

The grassy, floral hop notes more traditional in a Belgian Pale stand up surprisingly well to the more zestful lemon peel impressions imparted by the US varietals. Blindfolded, I'd have a tough time telling you if this was made in the States or in Belgium (and that's typically the case with this brewer).

Ommegang has got to be one of the most consistent and high quality microbreweries over the last 10+ years. They are responsible for some of the early and highest rated Belgian-style ales made Stateside and their newer brands, like Hop House, are equally fantastic. They're still at the top of their game.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: yeast, spice/herbal - clove?; lemon zest; a hint of pine;

T: lemon up front; a little pine in the middle; back to tart lemon at the finish; mild bitterness in the aftertaste;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; very dry finish;

O: although I didn't particularly like the combination, the aroma is quite complex; nice refreshing flavor; great feel;

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Rastal Teku glass from a 12 oz bottle on December 11, 2015. Look is hazy deep orange with a thick head and lingering lacing. Smell is grapefruit, citrus, pine, yeast and malt notes. Taste is orange, grapefruit, yeast and dry hop favors. Feel is medium in body with slightly bitter and dry finish.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang never seems to disappoint. This is yet another winner.

It opens overflowing with foam. I had warmed it just a tad and that may have disturbed the residents. It's a lovely yellow with nice head. The aroma is a strong hops and yeast mix. Very nice.

The taste is dry and bitter for sure, but with loads of yeast flavor in there too, keeping it from being one of those one dimensional, boring ales. This one works.

Highly recommended for a Belgian pale that is nicely over the top and American.

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Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World on 11/14/15. Served cool (not cold) in a Duvel tulip.

Look: hazy honey amber. Thick white head, decent lacing.

Smell: Soft malt, lemon zest, clove like yeast.

Taste: dry husks of grain

Feel: chewy, thick

Overall: another fine ale by Ommegang

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

hazy pour, fluffy head of foam, great retention and lacing. lots of sediment hanging out towards the bottom of my glass.

nose is yeasty with floral notes. super drinkable and crisp - nice balance between hoppy flavors and malt backbone. no single taste is overwhelming, but the flavors blend together to create a pleasant and refreshing flavor. would definitely buy this beer again!

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Photo of Samlover55
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass, big creamy head that stayed until the beer was done
L- was very hazy as result of the yeast but i really liked the peachy color
S- although its called hop house the aroma was more yeasty
T- I really enjoyed the taste as it is a belgian ale, which had an orangey flavor with the noticeable yeast and yet the subtle notes of the dry hops really rounded out this great beer
F- the feel was creamy, not so carbonated but definitely not flat
Overall very good offering from Ommegang this is the first time i've had on of their beer but i'll be back after this one

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Photo of BB1313
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by June 2016. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy chunky eggshell white head that doesn't fall leaving great retention and sticky lacing. Some sediment/floaties. The aromas are very floral. Fresh flowers. Some grass. Yeast is there, but allows the hop aromas to be present. Some pine in the mix as well. The flavors are very earthy. Strong sharp bitterness with a solid malt backbone. Fresh pine needles. More fresh grass. Some orange and grapefruit notes. The hops shine. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's creamy too. Very sharp and crisp.

This is a nice Belgian pale ale. They allow the hops to shine. It's rare to see Ommegang work with hops, but they weren't shy with them in this case. Good stuff.

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Photo of RecklessKyle
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Pint Glass.

A: Very hazy, deep orange color. Great head and lacing almost makes up for the cloudiness.

N: Strong grapefruit and citrus notes. Hints of pine, yeast, and malt.

T: Tangy dry hop flavor. Bitter and dry up front with a clean finish. Orange and grapefruit notes.

M: Medium to rich. Good carbonation.

O: Good beer. Nothing special though. Good orange flavor and bite but lacking flavor that late hop additions would add.

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Photo of Roguer
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Incredibly murky brew (just tapped), like a dark banana smoothie. Large off white head with excellent retention and lacing.

Crisp and fresh aroma, hoppy with pine and citrus, and with a sweet touch of yeast behind.

Flavor follows: grassy, citrus peel, pine; dry spice; yeast; grainy malts.

Medium feel, exceptionally lively, and very drinkable.

This is an unattractive but very nice brew. It isn't particularly novel or unique, but it's enjoyable.

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Photo of CrenshawThorpe
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Murky with sediment, I laughed at the instruction to pour gently, swirled and dumped the full contents of the bottle into the glass. I refuse to kneel before the iron fist of bottle instruction tyranny because I am a dawn rider at the gates of oblivion and I am not a serf.

Pornographic yellow colonies of sludge speckled the head.

It's Ommegang: Belgian style, bottle-conditioned beer but this time with a healthy and satisfying dose of hops, but nothing overpowering; enough that you can taste it, but nothing approaching an IPA or anything like that.

Those who find other Ommegang beers too sweet for their palate should give this a shot.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear (SRM 6) golden amber with a huge, sudsy white head. After a long while the head turns rocky but never dissipates as it leaves sticky patches of lace on a Cisco Fisheye pint glass.

The aroma is similar to soapy lemon zest with yeasty notes.

The beginning is quite bitter and long. Grapefruit and grass open from the middle and last into a lingering finish. Warmth brings out sweet doughy flavors.

The medium body is well carbonated with a satin texture. Astringency works well with this dry pale ale.

Hop House is okay late on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into Ommegang tulip

A- slow pour produces a huge foamy and frothy head that fills half of the glass and retains long after the pour, eventually leaving some sticky lacing as it finally settles, golden in color with an orange hue

S- spicy Belgian yeast gives some earthy notes with a hint of pepper spicy, fruity hops give aromas of melon & orange, powdery close with a bit of grass

T- peppery spice up front compliments an earthy powdery yeast that is quickly followed by fruity hop notes of ripe melon, orange peel & pear. Dry finish with more yeast and a grassy linger

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel than continues into an almost chewy finish

O- easy drinking and well rounded, a good Belgian Pale

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Brewery Ommegang. Smell is a nice hoppy pale ale. Taste is surprisingly strong floral and bright hops. Bitter aftertaste almost verging on IPA. yb

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Photo of TH28
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. No code date. Appearance: Dark golden with orange tint, hazy, with a thick frothy white head. Aroma: Grassy, earthy, floral hop notes stand out. Hint of citrusy yeast esters. Taste: Sweet bready malt quickly turns to a sharp citric bitterness. grassy hop flavor hits on the swallow. Apple and pear yeast flavors appear as well Mouthfeel: Medium with some creaminess and a sharp carbonation. Finish: Dry an sticky on the tongue, with lingering bitterness, and flavors of fresh cut grass, apple, and pear. Overall: Wow. Amazing blend of a Belgian Pale Ale, with crazy American hopping. Hops dominate the nose, but the Belgian yeast comes thru well in the taste.

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Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge head from a reasonably gentle pour from a bottle. The frothy head recedes slowly and in a rocky fashion. Cloudy, orange-amber color. A chunky, blanketing lace covers the entire side of the glass.

Soft floral hop aroma with a bit of paler malt in the background. No Belgian yeast like I'm used to.

Very much a blend of an American and Belgian pale ales--neither dominating the other. Here, I can detect the distinctive Belgian style yeast. The hop is far stronger and more biting than the smell suggests. This is a hop heavy beer--not well balanced. Long, lingering hop laden aftertaste. A bit watery with a proper carbonation.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold under a pillowy persistent 3” light cream colored foam collar. Even after a few minutes a large mound of foam floats on top.
S: Spicy earthiness with traces of yeast and some light, slightly over ripe fruit. Definite grassiness as it warms up with traces of mint.
T: Complex layered flavors. Soft mildly biscuit malt, orange, pear, tropical and stone fruit, hints of pepper with a bitter hop accent on the finish. A little light sweetness that is well balanced by the hop additions and there is an assertive but not overbearing bitter accent on the finish. Finishes dry.
F: Very creamy, medium body, medium carbonation, very soft.
O: I like this as well if not better than any of the import Belgian Pale Ales I have had.

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Photo of leantom
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really well made beer, like everything from Ommegang. Here goes:

A: Clear yellow-orange. Has a ton of carbonation, a great head, and leaves significant lacing. Good.

S: Lots of floral and tropical hops. Grass, flowers interspersed with pineapple, lemons, and oranges. Very good.

T: Good hops, but the yeast is significantly muted. I get some bready yeast, but it's just too faint. However, the hops make the beer taste quite good (they follow the nose).

F: Good carbonation and mouthfeel.

O: A solid beer. Wish it had more of that yeasty Belgian taste, but it's still good.

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Photo of Pencible
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like citrus and grassy hops, with some minerals and spicy Belgian yeast.
T: It tasted like minerals and grassy hops, with some citrus zest and spicy Belgian yeast. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was not the best Belgian pale ale. The scent and taste were below average, although the body was decent. The finish was a little harsh, so it wasn't that easy to drink. Not recommended.

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Photo of jwjon1
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Wilshade
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of AJacob81
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Hop House from Brewery Ommegang
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