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Hop House - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 113
Hads: 740
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 26.96%
Wants: 17
Gots: 144 | FT: 0
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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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Beer added by: madtrixter787 on 12-14-2013

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$ 2.79/12 oz bottle at Lager Mill
Undated bottle at 40 degrees into Duvel snifter
Aroma of conifers
Head large (7 cm), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing to a broken 2 mm layer
Lacing good, irregular rings and islands of medium bubbles
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor of resinous hops, slightly bitter, dry; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, dry, lively carbonation

A pleasant pale ale, somewhat atypical because of the dryness. The aroma, appearance, and palate are all good, but the monoflavor becomes rapidly boring.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

6/21/14-Bottle: Pours hazy yellow gold color with a ton of sediment floating around in it and a massive pillow-y 2 finger snow white head that faded slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing coating the sides. Clearly this is the beer I expected from Ommegang and not the abortion that I was served the other night in the Bronx which was definitely not the same beer, so this review will be based on the bottled version and I leave the notes from that other crap below for my own reference and amusement.

Smells of floral hops, herbs, light caramel, fruit like pear or apple, citrus hops, lemon zest, grass and a light yeast funk. Aroma is very earthy and herbal, with a strong citrus presence and hoppy tea leaf or minty notes that also has funk come in and out of the dance.

Tastes like it smells with floral hops, herbs, lemon zest, grass, coriander, light caramel, fruit like pear or apple, citrus hops, yeast funk, piney hops, tea leaf, faint clove, bubblegum and dry crackers or lightly toasted grains. Earthy and herbal, the dry hops show through and add nice flavor and the Belgian essence.

Mouthfeel is light but still on the chewy side, with light zesty carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter aftertaste that has a sweet grainy flavor after the dry bitterness fades.

Overall a very good beer. I'm glad I tried it out of the bottle and did not accept that what I was served and drank the other night was the beer I just had. This was a nice light drinking Belgian Pale Ale that was flavorful and hid the ABV completely. Whatever crap I drank the other night was nowhere near this tasty beverage. I would certainly have this again

6/19/14-On tap at Tosca in the Bronx, NY: Pours clear yellow gold color with a small white head that faded fast, leaving zero lacing which was very surprising and disappointing.

Smells of caramel, malt, pear, cereal like Frosted Flakes and light citrus hops with a kiss of lemon zest. Smells like an adjunct lager, so unless the bartender made a mistake this is pretty lame smelling.

Tastes like it smells, with caramel, sweet malt, apple skin, cereal, citrus hops, light lemon, graham cracker, light floral hops and herbs or tea leaf. Like it smells, it tastes like a slightly tastier adjunct lager, which like the aroma was pretty lame. I seriously hope the bartender made a mistake otherwise this is a total flop.

I need to try this from a bottle as I can't imagine Ommegang would put out a beer this bad and lacking any true flavor.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at Hops & Vines Asheville. Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains very well before slowly dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Thick, fluffy resilient lacing.

S- Very fruity nose with a nice helping of rich Belgian yeast and pleasant hop aroma on the back end. Actually quite awesome.

T- Flavor has that yeasty twang to it that I like so much and the moderate hop bitterness does a great job complementing it. Good hop burps.

M- Tangy with a slightly milky texture. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- This offering by Ommegang stands out as one of their best IMO. It nails that Belgian richness of flavor and aroma while being accentuated by the increase in hops. Great stuff.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another really nice, well-balanced beer from Ommegang. This is a pretty "Belgian" beer and is most certainly worth your time. Hop heads and Euro-dorks alike. Pretty dusty straw color with good head. Dry and hoppy this is a creamy easy drinker with a dry finish. On the whole there is a very herbal hop flavor but the main characteristic this beer has is "even-keeledness".

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Photo of tastybeer
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another spectacular looking beer from Ommegang. Giant chunky pile of white foam atop a lovely light orange colored beer. A big bubbly layer remains once the bulk of the head subsides. Sticky patches all around the glass.... Aroma is loaded with juicy grapefruit, lemon-lime, floral, banana pudding, and a soft dusting of coriander spice. Mouthwateringly forward fruit. Taste is very Belgian IPA. Sweet white bread grains, lemon, grapefruit rind, touch of passionfruit, creamy banana, zesty spice, and hop bitterness mingled with festive carbonation. Dry, brisk, very lightly resinous, and still creamy smooth. Overall a very nice Ommegang Belgian spliced with an IPA. Fruity, perky, warm, and welcoming with a nice amount of (far from overwhelming) bitterness. Good stuff.

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Photo of wedge
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy solid gold color with the standard huge, lumpy Ommegang head that billows up over the rim. Aroma is a blend of hops and yeast for the most part...fruity grapefruit, lime, and peach, herbs, grass, and flowers over a pastry-like sweetness. Crisp, dry hoppy Belgian flavor. Lemon, herbs, peppery yeast, floral hops, citrus rind, light cracker-like grain. Dry, refreshing, and easy to drink. Tasty! Should probably be in the Belgian IPA category if we're going to recognize that as a style.

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

I have seen this many times but never gotten despite normally being a fan of Ommegang. Finally picked one up as part of a mixed 6 from Ye Old. Excellent looking beer, cloudy with a great head that stuck around and grabbed the glass. Smell was outstanding but no overly strong. Mixed feelings about the taste. Did not have the bang of an IPA but smooth and drinkable without the overwhelming bitter aftertaste that can turn me off. Overall I enjoyed the beer very much, but not enough to buy regularly unless I could find it at a good cost.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a large, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big, almost bracing aroma of hops, citrus, and a floral quality.

T: Tasted of hops (a large amount), a hint of yeast, the floral quality, and a shot of citrus thrown in. I didn't pick up the grassy quality other reviewers did. Much hoppier than a BPA from Belgium, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.It's a light, vibrant, complex flavor.

M: Given the amount of hops, it's no surprise this beer has a bitter mouthfeel and finish.

O: On the whole, this is a different take on the BPA, and certainly won't appeal to everyone. Nonetheless, a pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep golden color with a soapy white head and lace. The aroma has some grassy, herbal notes and a rustic, spicy Belgian yeast

In the taste, malty and sugary, hoppy with soap, herbs and citrus playing along with spicy yeast and notes of pear or white grape. Light acidity and almost Bretty. Dry, crisp and satisfying. Light to medium body.

Overall this is a nice Belgian pale. You can tell this is a clone if true Belgian ale, it has a distinguished taste and follow through.

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Photo of Act25
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another great one from Ommegang.

A: Pours a huge, rising pillowy head that hits 3 fingers and forced you to stop pouring. fades slowly with crusty orange lacing, topping a yeasty, orange honey body.

S: Plentiful nose brings Belgian aromas: floral, grassy and very hay like, with floral spices, citrus rind, esters spicy hop of floral and citrus.

T: Follows smell with sweet malt, cracker and grain. Quickly into hops, floral, grassy and mild citrus rind, lighter pith, with fair bitterness. Plenty of Belgian yeast, floral spices, citrus and fruity notes, much hay, fruit skin, fruity musty notes. A bit cidery. Complex, wine like.

MF: Finish is nicely bitter, mild pith and rind lingering with citrus and floral hops, and fruit skin.
Mid bod, effervescent carb.

Overall great, pay attention to Ommegang!

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Photo of rlee1390
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy orange, one finger head head that tries to leave some lacing, not much carbonation.

S-Wheat, earthy spices, grass and lemon tad bit of citrus as well.

T-Starts with a good deal of grassy malt and lemon. Wheat as well. Light citrus. But the Belgian characteristic are the the main part.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation, with a crisp dry finish.

O-A the hop flavors are there but never seem to mesh perfectly with the grassy belgian notes.

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

Ommegang Hop House has an extremely thick, quickly-rising, pillowy, off-white head, a mostly clear, very bubbly, deep gold appearance, and globs of foam left behind. The aroma is of yeast, sugar, hop oil, farmhouse funk, horse blanket, sugar, and spiced bread. Taste is of sugary malt, hints of citrus and fruit, lots of hop bitterness, hop oil, and grain husk. Mouthfeel is medium, and Ommegang Hop House finishes semi-dry and easy going.


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Photo of thecheapies
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light amber with cold haze. Collar of half-whipped meringue on top with smear lacing.

The combination of hops and malt in the nose smells strangely like Dairy Queen ice cream cake! Musty malts, Funfetti, toasty kiss, vine berries, pomme, and herbal citrus. Uncanny. Phenomenal.

More cake icing creaminess with tangerine and almond notes. Bubblegum, amber ale malt, Belgian yeast ripeness, citrus twang, and sweet cake-y finish. So unique. Kind of hoppy, but really, just supremely balanced. Excellent fresh and on-tap.

Easy to drink. Spritzy like a pilsner, but more restraint is shown. Body has a little more oomph than your standard summer brewski. Lovable.

This beer really blew me away. Excellent one-of-a-kind ale.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a balloon glass.
Cloudy apricot in color, with a big, fluffy head of off-white foam. Very nice looking beer.
Aroma-Aromatic Belgian spices, subtle hop note
Taste-White grapefruit and pear, herbal hops. Well-balanced and almost Saison-like. Very nice food beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: lightly hazy orange hue with a strong effervescence and 3+ fingers of pillowy ivory foam. Attractive, but the head is quite inconveniently large.

Smell: rich lemony-yet-resiny hops atop a sweet Belgian pale ale classic aroma. I think the elements work together quite well indeed.

Taste: hops have the same lemongrass and light conifer flavor with a big, sweet malt underneath. There's even a hint of chalkiness which I really like. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge mouth-filling carbonation. Satisfying!

Overall: I like this beer a great deal. Someday I'll have to try it side-by-side with Fleur de Houblon, which I loved.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan, yellow, unfiltered floaters, 1/2 foamy head with lots of lacing.

Smell - Floral fruits, orange, lemon. Belgium yeasts, a little funky sour note. Not picking up alot of aroma

Taste - Bitter hop kick mixed with Belgium yeasts. Minor lemon and orange mix with some spices. Pale malts make up the backbone and add more bitter. A little herbal and dry hop note is present but not very strong. There's a real minor citric fruit flavor that comes out in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets mostly bitter fruits, and some Belgium yeasts. Palate gets some dry hops, pale malts and spices. Aftertaste is dry, bitter and a little watery.

Overall - Underwhelmed by this one. Very basic Belgium pale ale, no special flavors or twist on the style. Flavor is bland and this isn't even a good take on the style. Nothing special here or anything I want to try again.

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Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A decent nose on this ale, prevailing with citrus, hops and a hint of the Belgian derived esters. The palate comes across as dry, but smooths out with an initial hop bitterness, and clean, crisp flavors and effervescent mouth-feel. Hints of pine, subtle resin and mint, finishing with citrus, are present in the lingering after-palate. A pleasant drinker.

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

Pours out an apricot body with a bit of haze. Head starts off huge, but dies down. Strong, earthy, grassy hops in the nose with light yeast esters and grain body. I get a whiff of brett, possibly. Flavor has some bready maltiness and toasty grains up front. The hops come in full force with long-lasting bitterness. Hops bring some herbal and grassy flavors. Overall more bitter than aromatic. Body is moderate, with lively carbonation. I would kind of like this to be lighter on the tongue. Solid beer, but doesn't hold a candle to some of the great hoppy Belgians.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up recently at the Bottle King down in Livingston. Wasn't sure what to expect of this beer as this seemed like it was a Belgian Beer with an American Twist to it. Although the hops could have been more pronounced, this had a great feel to it in terms of taste and mouthfeel and this went down so easily without feeling weak or watered-down. The yeast influence was here but never did this feel feel sour or funky and it's a good session beer even thought he alcohol is just a bit too strong to be considered as one.

Nice golden pour to this with a pronounced, foamy head and not a lot of cloudiness to this. Nothing had to be swirled out of the bottle either and the carbonation was more than sufficient. Lots of grass, clove, and chalk in the nose with the latter being quite pronounced in the taste. A good amount of yeast here along with some earthy hops underneath that. The mouthfeel was slightly oily without having any resin to it left a nice coating on my mouth once after each sip. A little bit of peppery spice could be detected here as well, which gave this a nice and subtle kick.

I couldn't taste the alcohol here either and I only felt it once I finished off this bottle. If it were possible to create a new style of beer that combined the taste of a BPA with the strength and more aggressive hops of an American counterpart, this would be a good start. Not strong, overly bitter, or potent, this beer would please both Ommegang fans and hopheads alike. This new direction on a standard was worth the effort.

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Photo of garuda
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Golden, cloudy, thick white head has good retention and lacing.

S/T - Quick whiff of juicy hops, then in comes the banana, clove yeast. Taste is more on the grainy side, with some lemon, grass, hay. Finishes with an ambiguous bitterness, abrasive.

M - Light body, high carbonation, voluminous feel. Abrasive on the back end.

O - Bitterness seems out of place with hop flavors lacking a bit.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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