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

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

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Ratings: 1232
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: paulieatworld on 03-17-2010)
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Photo of TheDudeRules


2.1/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into my Surly pint glass.

Hazey honey color with 45 feet of head. It's running down the side of my glass actually. As the head subsides it kinda looks like swiss cheese as holes develop in the froth. Very little to no lacing. Sediment is suspended throughout. Spicy citrus on the nose. The banana bread smell that all Belgians seem to have for me. Taste consists of citrus and spice mixed with banana bread. Pretty much horrible. Can't stand Belgians. I picked out the taste notes, but really it tastes like an old gym sock. I was hoping that the pale ale part of the beer would save this for me. Sadly it was all around fail.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 22:21:57 | More by TheDudeRules
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pour was light copper with a one finger head. Head was slow to dissapate and left slight lacing on the glass throughout the drink.

Smell was tart with citrus floral in the front of the nose and slight hop spice in the rear of the nose. Mixed in was the standard import smell you get from lagers for some weird reason.

The front of the beer was nearly non-existent the hops were very prominate in the mid and the rear of the drink. Slight hop oil finish but still clean with a slight sweet aftertaste.

All and all a very drinkable beer, quite refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2011 01:34:24 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of Altrurian

New York

2.9/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A voluptuous, bright white meringue-like head floats atop a slightly hazy, pumpkin-colored brew. The head slowly dissipates, revealing a handsome cling.

The aroma is of hops, with a suggestion of mango.

The beer is satisfyingly full and effervescent in its physical presence on the palate, but for all this promising buildup, its flavor disappoints. It is understated to a fault. Lacking fulsomeness, it is refreshing, I suppose, but veers, if anywhere, toward the metallic. There is a pleasant, but oh-so-mild, hoppy aftertaste, almost imperceptibly seasoned with pickled spiced lemon. Alas, its BPA is not this esteemed brewer's most appealing product, if you're looking for a beer with a robust and definite character.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 23:25:01 | More by Altrurian
Photo of skberke


3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild smell, mild taste, mild color, mild beer. This pale golden ale poured with a lovely white head of compact bubbles punctuated by larger clusters of bubbles. The nose has strong malt character with a mild floral aroma underneath. The taste is crisp, dry, and refreshing with a slightly hoppy finish. It would make a good session beer, but it's a little boring for my taste.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2010 00:46:44 | More by skberke
Photo of sgoro


3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 19:17:05 | More by sgoro
Photo of corby112


3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy dark golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Streaks and spots of lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with a prominent hop presence along with some zesty spice, pale malt and light fruit notes. Lots of grassy pine along with some coriander and pepper followed by hints of apple and pear.

Medium bodied with some tight carbonation and a strong earthy hop presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a dry finish. Slightly floral with some grassy pine and faint citrus fruit complimented by some peppery spice. Only slightly dry but not very bitter. Countered by some pale malt and crisp, light fruit. Overall, the palate is surprisingly full and it's easy to drink but it's not terribly flavorful or interesting.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 06:14:32 | More by corby112
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 02:26:33 | More by dsa7783
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

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 01:18:02 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of HalfFull


3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 05:37:15 | More by HalfFull
Photo of mactrail


3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 06:15:26 | More by mactrail
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 07:10:32 | More by azdback
Photo of Nay


3.23/5  rDev -19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 23:33:04 | More by Nay
Photo of frankiepop


3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 06:30:19 | More by frankiepop
Photo of jwinship83


3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 03:31:03 | More by jwinship83
Photo of gfreed


3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 01:28:43 | More by gfreed
Photo of Krakistophales


3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark orange with a white fluffy head that sticks around

S: A strong hoppy character, a grassy/earthy sort of hop with hints of spice and a bit of a sweet malt backbone.

T: A grassy hoppiness at first, moving into an earthy, muddy aftertaste. Pretty one note.

O: This one is okay, but I would stick with IPAs instead.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 06:37:09 | More by Krakistophales
Photo of DIM


3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: This was a clear golden color, a bit on the dark side. It poured with a big fizzy head that left light lace in its wake.

s: Strong mineral components plus some peppery lemon zest. I also noticed some faint tropical fruit phenols.

t: Very dry overall, I tasted rough, earthy grains, pineapple, and bitter citrus up front. Towards the finish I found a mineral flavor and a long, lingering clove note that became a chore after awhile.

m: Medium chewy body and very active, fizzy carbonation.

o: Overall I enjoyed the smell more than the taste. That clove at the end just wore me down. Not bad, but I expected more from Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 10:42:31 | More by DIM
Photo of goblue3509


3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 19:02:55 | More by goblue3509
Photo of ehammond1

3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 03:37:34 | More by ehammond1
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a 1/2 finger of white head. Good retention with some lace. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Kind of fruity, kind of hoppy. Citrusy with spices and yeast.

Taste: Yeast, spice, bananas, cloves. A bit of floral and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: A little bitter, but very dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a decent BPA, but nothing exciting. It is what it is. Fairly average to the style. Fairly decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 01:56:09 | More by mothman
Photo of TheMultiYeast


3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wish I read the best by date on the bottle before purchase. Bottled 6/21/11/. Best by 6/2012/. Opened 12/28/12/.

Pours hazy gold with a big foamy white head and lots of lacing.

Belgian yeast and mild spice in the nose. Restrained hops, mint, orange/citrus notes.

Spice notes and phenols upfront, yeasty, less citrus than nose.

Tight carbonation, fairly light body.

Would love to try this again from a fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 06:00:50 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of tigg924


3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1.5 inch head, orange/yellow in color, cloudy

Smell: citrus hops, clove, lemon, and orange

Taste: dry citrus hops, clove, lemon, touch of orange and coriander

Mouthfeel: light bodied, slightly bitter start getting progressivly more bitter, high carbonation

Drinkability: Above average for the style. A nice and bitter sipper. Could have a couple but not likely to purchase again for the price.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 15:34:25 | More by tigg924
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a bottle of this from Boonton Liquor Outlet in Boonton, NJ. Into a stemmed Stone IPA glass, it poured a translucent, highly-carbonated golden copper, with three fingers of white, that retained and laced well. Smelled of apple and pear; fragrant, but not very bitter or herbal at all. The taste was very floral in nature; big apple flavor with a thin dry bitter finish. Very thin, highly-carbonated feel. Not a very dynamicly-flavored beer to being with, and the poor texture just killed it for me. As such, I didn't find this to be very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 23:24:47 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of dyoung3


3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Iron Horse Taproom, Washington DC.

Appearance: On the lighter side, straw colored - nice consistent, long-lasting head.

Smell: Nothing too surprising - although I did get more hop character than I wanted and less Belgian-yeast aroma than I could of hoped for. Citrus peel, pine needles, etc.

Taste: This is a full-bodied beer disguised as a session brew. Alcohol was not evident and bitterness was the number one most noticeable trait in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel, nicely carbonated.

Overall I think this is a good beer but being personally overwhelmed with lupulin lately I can't say this is as "Belgian-esque" as I would have wanted. I pictured more clove, spices, banana, coming through and all I got was a normal tasting Pale Ale. Respectable beer, just sort of sounds like their marketing this beer to both Belgian lovers and Pale Ale lovers with the end result of a beer for Pale Ale lovers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 04:56:43 | More by dyoung3
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange-yellow with three fingers of white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Some spice and clove notes followed by bubblegum and a floral, mint-like aroma. Then come some orange and citrus hop aromas, finishing with a light yeast smell. Very nice.

T: Some spicy notes at first followed by a somewhat piny bitterness with a touch of citrus rind flavor. The finish is bitter with just a touch of yeast flavor. Some bubblegum flavors peek out every now and then.

M: Medium-light body with high carbonation, this beer is nicely crisp though the bitterness detracts from it some.

O: A decent beer, but unfortunately the wonderful complexities of aroma don't translate very well to the flavors. It smells amazing but the flavors do not meld well at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 12:28:35 | More by n2185
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