Hop House - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 109
Hads: 720
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.14%
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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 BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (1,364 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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". (372 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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 (543 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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! (811 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

RJT (445 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (901 characters)

Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.87/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,537 characters)

Photo of garuda
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,125 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/7/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, earthy hops, Belgian yeast, some citrus and some spice.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast backbone quickly follow. The hops presence is strong but subdued and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid flavorful beer to drink for along time. (806 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
Poured with medium body and carbonation.
Unmistakeable Belgian character from the yeast blended with a higher hop load than a typical Belgian IPA but lower than an American IPA. Mildly bitter. Some coffee sneaks in the in the lingering aftertaste. (262 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (776 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best before 01/2015, bottled 01/07/14. Poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Hazy/cloudy golden yellow. Massive 1" thick persistent rocky foam. Big chunks of lacing here and there. Plenty of bubbles coming up through the beer.

Smell: Orange and citrus.

Taste: Rich citrus, but not orange citrus - lemon, grapefruit, and some tropical fruits. There is a quick transition from that rich citrus hop flavor to a hint of something Belgian, and then some cracker/bready malts. The finish has some herbal and leafy notes, a hint of mint, and some more citrus flavors. A beer with a lot of amazing flavors - a perfect fusion of a Belgian Pale and a highly aromatic IPA.

Mouthfeel: Slick, smooth, not at all sticky on the teeth. Carbonation is not spicy or fizzy, really just right in complement to everything else.

Overall / Drinkability: I'm very impressed with this beer. Very well done and if there was a such thing as an American Belgian India Pale Ale, I suspect this would be the benchmark for the style. It definitely has aspects of a Belgian Pale, but the full hop flavor is all AIPA. Dangerously drinkable - wish I had bought a six pack. (1,172 characters)

Hop House from Brewery Ommegang
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