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Hop House - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 753
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 26.7%
Wants: 17
Gots: 150 | FT: 1
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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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Photo of grammodesguapote
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Packaged on 3/10/14, 12 oz. bottle. Beer is a nice light golden color with a classic Belgian cloudiness. Head is large and white, beer is well carbonated. Aroma is bready with notable citrus and floral contributions from the hops. Mouthfeel is dry and somewhat watery. Taste is dominated by an upfront Belgian yeast character and followed by citrus hop flavored and a lingering bitterness. As a pale ale I would say this misses the mark, in the context of a Belgian inspired, dry-hopped ale, this is a good example.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of cratez
4.05/5  rDev +6%

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.

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 enticing flavours and aromas. Drying, spicy, and fruity, just like a good BPA should be.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of Beric
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Dwkasper
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Good hoppiness with strong Belgian yeast finish. I tend towards IPAS and really enjoyed this beer at first. Halfway through the bottle and the hops went away. Style is great but not my preference.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

12oz bottle into a tall pint glass.

Orange yellow body with decent side white head. Carbonation and lacing pretty nice.

Getting a clean hop aroma on the nose, mostly of a floral type. No belgian yeastiness.

Taste was as you would expect from the nose. Not overpowerinf hops, very subtle. Some sweet maltness in the background.

Mouth was around medium, a tad dry on the finish.

Overall, a fairly enjoyable drink, but likely wont look for this one first on the racks of Ommegang.

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Photo of Samp01
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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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Photo of CraftyViki
3/5  rDev -21.5%

I enjoy the majority of Ommegangs brews, truly, however this one misses the mark for me.
I do not enjoy the sourness. The zest character I think is what I dislike. If I am in the mood for a Belgian Pale Ale, I go with St. Bernardus.

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Photo of JRed
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Bubbly, darker shade of gold topped with marshmallow head that floats around. Aroma of sharp tropics, citrus rind, zest, and grass. Tastes of pine, grass, lemon skin, sour pineapple, wildness, and a faint flavor of sea salt towards the finish. Finishes surprisingly clean. Medium bodied with high carbonation.

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Photo of droomyster
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours a hazy bright golden body with a white foamy head with good retention. Aromas are Belgian yeasty, a hint of bubblegum and tropical fruit, but largely subdued and uninteresting. Taste is surprisingly sour (I expected sweet, based on the nose) and yeasty, with hints of unripened pear and apples. Very dry. Overall not bad, especially if dry Belgians are your thing.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear straw gold with a monstrous creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is straw with some earthy yeast and a little spice.

The flavor is straw and doughy malts with stale grassy hops and a touch of fruit. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, the first sips were just stale hops and earthy notes, but as I finished the bottle more sweet fruity notes came out that were nice.

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 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

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%

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

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Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

7.26..Pours dirty gold, dark tinged, heavy white foam and lacing. Pine and grassy nose, oily too. Spicy bite, malt beneath. Hoppy bit, below the surface. Very good. Fresh tasting.

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Photo of rangerred
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium gold with a huge billowy white head. I made the mistake of pouring this a bit too fast and was very surprised at the amount of head. Excellent head retention with huge chunks of lacing.

Aroma is very spicy and 100% Belgian as should be expected from Ommegang. Lots of coriander with hints of orange and lemon peel and lots of yeast. Some light bready malt in the background.

Flavor is very spicy, more so than I was expecting. Tons of coriander like the aroma but I can also pick up what seems like ginger. Light orange peel and peach. The malt is very hidden and really just about buried under the yeast esters. Some caramel and cracker. Mouthfeel is smooth with abundant sparkling carbonation. Crisp clean finish.

Overall, another great beer from Ommegang. I'm not sure this brewery even makes a bad beer. While the yeast could be tuned down a bit, all around it is quite nice.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Specialty Beer Cellar. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear deep golden body. Huge white head. Great retention. Thick collar. Nice lacing.

Smell - Grassy hops. Light Belgian sweetness. Mildly musty.

Taste - Some grapefruit. Grassy hops. Caramel malt. Light belgian sweetness. Lingering grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Very drinkable and flavorful. Always quality from Ommegang.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was served from the tap at Monk Beer Abbey in Royal Oak, Michigan. It arrived in one of their beautiful house snifters, showing a golden pumpkin orange coloring, and sporting a one and a half finger tall head of cream colored bubbles, retaining excellently. Patterned lacing was left around the glasses. A chill haze cut clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be medium. The aroma gave dusty pale and amber malts, thick Belgian yeastiness, bright floral and soapy hoppiness, hints of lemon cleaner, magic marker phenols, freshly cut lawn, mothballs, and a bright lactic creaminess. The taste gave much of the same, with refreshing and juicy soapy, mossy, nectary, and floral hop blends, aside a palate of crisply toasted pale malts, amber and wheaty grain grit, metallic and savory Belgian yeastiness, walnut shell and oils, Graham cracker crust, light buttery diacetyls, honey sugars, plastic phenols, and bittering citric rind. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave great cream, froth, slurp, smack and pop, due in part to the persistent head, with the mouth left thickly coated, warmed, and gentled pulled into a pucker. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank very well.

Overall, we’ve been trying to get this one under out belt’s for over a year now. Having lived an hour from Ommegang for quite some time, we always actively seek out every one of their new releases. This beer reminded us of just how incredible they are as premier brewers. The base beer is full, warming, and hearty, but what makes it fantastic is the thick layer of oily, organic hoppiness that they float overtop of it. The interplay between the decidedly Belgian malt bill and yeasty zest with the fresh floral and bitterly soapy hoppiness is both highly enjoyable and thoroughly refreshing. This was the best beer of a long night of tasting, and something we hope they will continue to stock. This is Ommegang’s most memorable in recent memory, and should encourage them to keep their hop game evolving.

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Photo of benloho
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a light orange copper color. Clear but you can see little "floaties" in the beer. Finger of head. Looks like a Belgian Pale Ale in the glass. Smells of strong citrus and grapefruit peel. Definitely smells dry-hopped and lives up to the "Hop House" name. The taste is a solid Belgian pale, with a nice yeasty spice and a strong hop character. Tropical and citrus notes. The beer is very crisp and refreshing. Really great brew and a bit different from the rest of Ommegang's lineup. Definitely has the core of a Belgian ale with the American hoppyness and I really like it. It is exactly what it claims to be and I have to give props for that. I would classify this more as an IPA than pale ale however.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a hazy golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades very fast leaving only a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a mix of a biscuit smell along with a good showing of some spice aromas of coriander and clove along with some aromas of a pepper nature mixed within. A slightly sweet and bitter orange peel is there as well as some floral hop notes.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather crisp bready and biscuit flavor mixed with a light orange sweetness and a little bit of a grapefruit hop flavor upfront. As the taste advances the orange fades from the tongue with the grapefruit getting stronger in nature as the flavor advances to the end. Along with a strengthening of the grapefruit also comes a developing of spice flavors of coriander and clove as well as a light yeasty and hay-like taste. While the orange upfront fades, it is later replaced by some fruity flavors of a grape and apple nature. A pine and floral hop flavor join the taste at the very end leaving a nice crisp and decently hopped and spiced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is of average thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. For the blend of hop and crispness of the brew the feel is rather nice as it supports the hop all while keeping it more refreshing and crisp.

Overall – A pretty tasty Belgian dry hoped pale ale overall with a bit more spice bite then the norm and that is on the crisper and side. A pretty good one to at least try.

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Hop House from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.