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Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale)Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale)

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1,345 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,345
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 90 | FT: 1
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: paulieatworld on 03-17-2010

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Ratings: 1,345 | Reviews: 463
Photo of ehammond1
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear auburn, orange, and golden. Tight, thin white cap with consistent lacing down the glass.

Muted and far-away aromas. Not a lot going on at all, unfortunately. Some sweet hop and bready malt character, but there isn't a lot here.

Flavor follows the nose, unfortunately, though it's more bready than it is hoppy--there's just not a lot going on. Better than average, and there's nothing at all unpleasant--it's just boring, plain, and simple.

Medium mouthfeel. Ample carbonation.

An average, simple, Belgian pale. There are better options at similar price ranges.

Photo of goblue3509
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a big pillowy head which recedes to a tight head and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is spicy with hints of citrus and a nice sweat smell to it. The smell is a little subdued. The taste has a nice yeasty sweetness along with belgian spiciness. In the middle comes a citrus hop bite. The bite is subtle. There is more citrus than hop at the back end. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall its a good beer it is mainly spicy and yeasty with hints of other flavors it solid but nothing left me needing more.

Photo of gfreed
3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy lemony yellow, giant white head, etc. Just what you would expect from this style in general. Some nice lemons in the nose, and a face full of yeast-- this is a beer from Ommegang, of course. Lightly fizzed, which provides a decent bite; nice for a summer day. Yeast and peaches dominate the taste, and of course a smack of hops that comes close to the upper limits of my tolerance but is not excessive. Not but not zowie.

Photo of frankiepop
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a dry hoppy beer that reminds me of an IPA. I am not a lover of dry bitterish IPA beers so the review here will not be great nor a trashing.

Looks nice fuzzy head.

This is a very dry unsweet beer. Quality clean taste that is good for pale beer likers. Taste like a lager. Nothing special to me.

Odor is OK.

I recommend you listen to the band Kiss with this beer. I figure Kiss lovers will enjoy this beer. Did you know Kiss sold more albums than the Beatles? Gene Simmons likes to remind the world of that often.

Photo of jwinship83
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into my hennepin glass, which i believe is the same as the BPA one. it just has a different logo.

A- this one pours out a translucent golden orange colored body with a tall bright white head on top. the head really takes its time falling, and leaves behind solid rings of lacing.

S- the initial whiff brings forth belgian yeast. after that i get some grainy malts and just a touch of toasted bread. some lemony hops towards the end, with some grapefruit mixed in as well. not as hoppy smelling as i would have guessed.

T- the taste starts out with grainy malts and that hint of toasted bread that i could smell. after that i get some belgian yeast and some pepper. lots of lemon and grapefruit hops at the end. more that i would have guessed from the nose.

M- the body is on the lower side of medium. the carbonation is a little on the high side.

O- not as hoppy as i was hoping for. this seems stuck somewhere in between a belgian style beer and an american style one. not offensive, but also not something ill be picking up again.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Nay
3.24/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another crushing disappointment from Ommegang. Looks good, hazy, pale, super long lasting head, but aroma is plain, lacking Belgian spiciness, Brett, hops, or even pleasant yeasty or malt aromas. Flavor is a big let down, with a touch of slightly cardboardy twang that bad homebrew sometimes gets. Finishes dry and fairly bitter, but I just can't see finishing this beer. What part of this beer is Belgian again?? Should have chucked some Brett in here to at least give it some interest. Sad.

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light amber with a touch of orange. Very pretty with a nice head. Rather coarse carbonation in the mouth. Almost delicate in its modest flavors. Quite tart, partly from all the carbonation, like a Saison cut with club soda. Slight beery aroma. Somewhat lemony followed by a touch of dirty funk, and ending with a long bitterness. Dry flavor doesn't allow much fruit to come through.

Personally I like the Great Divide Belgica and Hades for this kind of style. Or a Saison with more malty interest. This is just quite austere and chalky. Quite a mineral aftertaste.

Photo of azdback
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Great Divide Pint glass. I guess I didn't take enough care in the pour because all I got was foamy head. Two fingers of beer and two hands of head. As I await the downfall of this overdone head I notice that the color of the beer is a pretty cloudy yellow. Quite a lot of tiny carbonation bubbles add to this never ending, bright white and rocky head. Lace is super sticky.

Smell is as expected. Grassy and sourdough bread. Musty Belgian yeast. Some bright smells of maybe a sour apple?

Taste is mostly of Belgian yeast, grass or wheat. I've never been able to describe the Belgian flavor very well, it just tastes musty. Dark, wet basement like. There is even a bit of a metallic taste. Overripe blood orange.

Mouth is bright and light as the style suggests. I don't drink very many of this style because I don't like them, but as the style goes it's spot on.

Overall I must say I didn't enjoy this, but it's not the beers fault. It is the style's fault. I only try these when they are free or extras in a trade because I can't stand the Belgian yeast and malt bill flavor. I know I am on the outside with this opinion, but I don't care. I will never trade the cellar for a Westy, cause I promise you I will hate it. Thanks to merc7186 for the extra. I very much appreciate the beer.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no apparent bottling information. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a gigantic four fingers of head, on a fizzing cloudy pale golden colored body. Looks almost lager-like in color, but with an enormous fizzing doughy fluffy head with excellent retention. A little bit of spotty lacing on the sides.

S - Can definitely smell the Cascade hops that went into this. Very fruity. Pineapple smell for sure.

T - Hops are still apparent, but are thrown into the background by the Belgian yeasts and malts. Still very fruity tasting, nonetheless. Carbonated, but not overly so.

M - Dry feel. Slightly sticky with some green apple sugar taste lingering around in the background. Perhaps a tad bit too carbonated for my liking, but not distracting.

Overall, a nicely balanced beer. Simple, yet moderate and highly drinkable with a nice 6.2% abv. Not a personal favorite, but definitely worth trying.

Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) ---3.5/5

Photo of HalfFull
3.17/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a branded BPA glass. Pours a deep golden yellow with an inch or so of resilient white foam. Offers good retention and sticky lacing.

Nose is pretty simple and straightforward with pale bready malts and a light hop profile. Yeast notes that draw me to this style are seriously absent, instead you get a lot of gummy nothingness. The aroma isn't bad, it just plain isn't, save a subtle spice and a hint of grain.

Flavor is a bit better but expands only slightly upon the aroma void. The same bready pale malts are accompanied by a bit of spice but offer little variety and clarity. The feel is thick and cottony in nature which doesn't allow for any lingering flavors on the finish.

An interesting though not gratifying beer from Ommegang. I guess I would expect a better beer, something with more pronounced yeast notes and a cleaner and brighter flavor. This brew is easy and unobtrusive, though perhaps to a fault. I generally prefer this brewery's offerings bottle conditioned though I don't envision an improvement here as the pour was the best aspect and not lacking whatsoever.

Photo of dsa7783
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Office in Montclair. Was not whole-heartedly impressed with this offering from Ommegang. Although their artful American-depictions of Belgian-inspired brews are typically precise and on-point, I myself did not reckon this to be an accurate rendition of the style nor a highly drinkable brew despite the modest ABV. Very spritzy and carbonated, on-tap yielding a faint amber-to-golden hue with visible carbonation and a medium-bodied head. Faint aroma of of yeast noticeable with a sugar-sweet mouthfeel. Nothing to write home about.

Photo of sgoro
3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glassware - Tulip

A - Pours a hazy amber color with abundant yellow tinted foamy head - 2+ inches.

S - I don't get too much in terms of aroma. Maybe a faint lemon scent but that's about it.

T - I'm not getting much in terms of hops. There is a little bit of spice coming through but not much of a finish on this one.

M - Light bodied with nice carbonation.

O - I thought this beer was alright. It got a little better as it warmed but it almost tasted watered down. I'll probably pass buying another bottle. Would like to see if it improves a little on tap.

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Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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