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Hop House - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 113
Hads: 739
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 26.96%
Wants: 17
Gots: 143 | 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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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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Photo of JamesStreet
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of bnes09
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Hop House from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.