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Hop House - Brewery Ommegang

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85
very good

625 Ratings
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Ratings: 625
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 9
Gots: 96 | 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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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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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass with classy understated label art and a branded pry-off pressure cap.

6% ABV. Reviewed as a dry-hopped pale ale per the label. Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live. Expectations are well above average given the brewery. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 7 fingers wide. Bone-white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Appears soft. Has a taut but foamy consistency. Retention is excellent - about 10 minutes. Leaves light cobwebby lacing on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes.

BODY: Cloudy yellow-copper of average vibrance. Translucent. Transparent. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible within.

Overall, it's a nice appearance for a pale ale, but not a special or unique one. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's well within expectations.

AROMA: Citrusy bordering on soapy - did this spend too long in primary? Detergent, lemon zest, crystal malts, pale malts, zest, sparkling notes, and crisp pear. Floral hop notes. A hint of bread dough. A kiss of white pepper. Some mild citrus peel. A kiss of crackery malts. It's intriguing, and carries a rind-like hop bitterness, but seems to balance that well with a crystal malt malt base. I'm curious to see how it plays out in the taste, and I do pick up on some saison influence on this purported pale ale.

No overt alcohol or other off-notes are detectable.

Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of average strength and I'm looking forward to trying this beer, but I worry about the soapiness hinted at by the aromatics.

TASTE: The crystal malt and complementary sparkling characteristics do come through, lending this pale ale a somewhat biere de garde/saison-esque twist. IT's surprisingly estery for a pale ale, and I do like most of what they're after with the hops: some floral character, some juicy fruit notes, apricot, pear, and some hop oils. There's a bit of bitter citrus peel/rind, and some effective grassy character. The pale malt base helps keep the varied hop notes in check, aided by a kiss of leavening wheat malt and some dry doughy Belgian yeast, which lends the flavour profile still more flair. There's some subdued white pepper, which I love but want more of, and it stays with the drinker into the aftertaste, tingling on the palate and encouraging the next sip.

Overall, it's a well-balanced pale ale, and while I do like its obvious Belgian leanings, they do make the flavour profile a bit more scattered and unfocused. It's well built, with plenty of complexity and frankly, variety...this isn't your local brewery's generic pale ale. I do wish the white pepper was more prominent, but the present of that note at all is testament to its subtlety. Above average depth and duration of flavour. Average flavour intensity. Very cohesively constructed.

TEXTURE: Effervescent, with sparkling wine-esque characteristics that complement the crystal malt nicely. Aptly dry (a risk that pays off), and perfectly subtly coarse, which helps coax out a bit more nuance from its many flavours. It's well-carbonated - perhaps a bit too much so - and benefits from its assertive medium body and moderate thickness.

This pale ale has presence, if not punch, and the texture supports the taste well and helps emphasize its Belgian leanings. The dryness in particular plays very well with the hop choices and white pepper.

OVERALL: A very drinkable pale ale with committed Belgian influence, this beer will please the discerning drinker. There are bold, calculated choices here, and almost all pay off. I do wish it would avoid flirting with soapiness as much as it does, and more of a commitment to fresh citrusy flavours would help set it off. I'll enjoy finishing the glass, and would certainly pick up a pack of this to bring to a party, but I don't know that it's one of the beer's I'd mention when describing Ommegang's best work. In any case, it's a welcome addition to their lineup, and one I hope to see on shelves year round.

High B-

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Hop House from Brewery Ommegang
85 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.