Hop House - Brewery Ommegang
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3.58/5 rDev -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.
03-13-2014 22:39:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Appearance: 4 | Smell: 3.75 | Taste: 4 | Mouthfeel: 4.5 | Overall: 4
A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has lots of particulates floating in suspension along with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts off with flavors of Belgian yeast and then has bitter notes of grapefruit and hints of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and very dry on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: Ommegang doesn't lie when they name this beer "Hop House" as it delivers a ton of hop aromas and flavors for the Belgian IPA style. It if didn't have the Belgian yeast in it, you might be thinking that you are drinking a West Coast IPA.
Serving type: bottle
08-28-2014 02:11:49 | More by metter98
3.86/5 rDev +2.4%
Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty yellow/beige color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of dry floral hoppy notes with light rustic malt notes also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by dry floral hoppy notes with some rustic malt and some bitter notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. I actually quite enjoyed the mix between the Belgian ale notes and the hoppy notes.
06-19-2014 02:56:38 | More by Phyl21ca
3.86/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
06-13-2014 04:35:34 | More by BEERchitect
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
Kind of an odd one here. Definitely Belgian in character, but the hops are kicking in on this. Seems quite earthy overall with that almost clay tone I pick up off some of these hopped Belgian ales. Could really stand some smoothing out. But it's a nice enough drinker. Always fine with trying something from Ommegang.
04-19-2014 04:26:59 | More by RblWthACoz
3.89/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
04-14-2014 02:35:52 | More by WVbeergeek
3.81/5 rDev +1.1%
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
06-02-2014 03:54:42 | More by russpowell
3.49/5 rDev -7.4%
Bottle purchased at Brass Rail deli, enjoyed chilled in a tulip.
The color is sunny golden with deep haze and pillowy fluffed up off white head with average bead and random lace. The smell is unique but not necessarily good, it has some belgian spiciness but the hops give a more vegetal almost bell pepper aroma with a light malt accent. The feel is decent yet a little bitter almost to the extent of Belgian IPA with a medium high carbonation and mostly dry finish.
The taste is a little vegetal but more toast with a light hint of spice and gentle yeast which gives a mild woody flavor with slight tangy fruit in the middle and the hops come later with an almost cooked veggie aspect/peppery flavor with residual bitter flavor in the finish.
Overall I was glad I tried this, but probably would not recommend this unless it is something you need to try - it is okay, but has some things I would change to make it more drinkable
03-07-2014 02:21:40 | More by Slatetank
4.26/5 rDev +13%
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.
03-20-2014 23:55:25 | More by jlindros
3.81/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
04-07-2014 04:15:29 | More by StonedTrippin
Hop House from Brewery Ommegang
85 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.