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

Not Rated.
Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale)Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale)

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

464 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(Read More)
Reviews: 464
Hads: 1,356
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.5%
Wants: 78
Gots: 94 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: paulieatworld on 03-17-2010

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 464 | Hads: 1,356
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light golden body with a crowning soapy white head. A little hoppy aromas. The taste was both yeast and the abundant hops, citrus hops under its power.Spicey, although cloves and pepper spicey. Above average mouthfeel. However, a bomber is too much for me.
On tap 15 months later, and about the same. (300 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, herbal hops, and a slightly funk gym sock aroma. Taste is of malt/grain, grassy hops, and a slight funk on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good Belgian pale ale that is very easy to drink. Not too crazy about the smell though. (538 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head with even solid lace around the glass. Murky, golden with light brown hues.

S: spicey and fruity mostly fig, apple and apricot.

T: spicy but less apple than in the aroma. typical belgian yeast notes with some hops.

M: smooth, lighter side of medium body

Overall: excellent taste and very drinkable. One of the better BPAs. (348 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and poured with a three finger high off white head that slowly died down but consistently covered the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of floral hops, fruits, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of fruits, spices and yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a very high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very drinkable, especially considering its relatively low alcohol content. (578 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at State Line Liquors. Poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Initial pour brings a murky apricot-orange color with a bit of darker orange around the edges. A pretty hard pour brought out a three-finger head that was quite rough and tumbly; really rocky. Single finger persists throughout. Great sticky lacing all over the glass. Big and soapy bubbles.

Initial whiff brings some nice notes of peach and light tropical fruits as well as a bit of light pepper. A bit of very light floral hops comes through as well. Some very mild earthy must in there as well. The taste is some light stone fruits as well as a bit of must and spice. Body is a bit light with low-to-moderate carbonation levels. Glad to have finally gotten ahold of this, but not my favorite. (770 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives the color of light amber and is capped with a very nice head that leaves splotches of lace

Smell: Bready, with peppery yeast complexity and an earthy hop character

Taste: Bready, up front, with apple and pear elements; the peppery yeast makes an early entrance, as well, but by mid-palate, the earthy hops take over; the finish combines all the flavors in a well-balanced blend

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I really like Ommegang's take on the style; the fruity elements, the hop character and the well-balanced finish are very appealing (599 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours honey colored and a bit cloudy into a snifter, with the ommegang signature frothing over the top crazy head. aroma is floral hops and belgian yeast. tastes a little fruity, with a round floral hop finish. really really nice beer to session as it has a lower abv than many ommegang beers and the complexity makes the thirsty man curious for more. on the pricey side, but it is money well spent. update: on tap this is an entirely different beer, for the better. the yeast is almost tropical, and the hops seem more fresh. not to be missed on tap! (551 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When thinking of Belgian Pale Ales, beers like Lefe Blonde come to mind. But here, Ommegang takes a moderately brewed pale ale (American-style perhaps) and ferments with signature house yeast of Belgian origins.

BPA pours a peachy-orange color with significant haze for a diffused glow to occur. Carrying a froathy head that laces well, the beer takes on a decidedly Belgian look. Very nice for both a Belgian ale and an English/American pale ale.

Medium aromas of fruit and spicy tartness emit from the glass. Peaches, appricots, and apples begin to shape the estery blend with a tawny note of white wine, white pepper, and orange peel. The very clean scent of Belgian yeast is backed by a bready/doughybiscuity malt character. Somewhat simplistic and muted in aroma, the beer's cleanliness makes it appealing to the nose.

Flavors follow suit, but with the bready taste and malty sweetness to make first impressions. Mild caramel and cotton candy-ish sweetness compliment the fruity pear and appricot flavors well, however make the beer somewhat rich in taste. Hop flavors come alive a mid palate with a citrusy and earthy blend making me think of both English and American pale ales. Bitterness rises as the malty and fruity flavors subside, all driving toward a drying and moderately bitter and acidic finish. Fruity and bready flavors return in aftertaste to accompany a soft but bitter dryness. Again, clean to the point of simplisticity but safe throughout... just leaving me want a greater depth of complexity.

Early creaminess and richness has a hard time working toward dryness in the finish. The malty weight just seems to sick arround preventing the beer from developing. However, the carbonation subsides and the bitter dryness kicks in the end for a smooth citrus, grassy crispness and somewhat reminding me of mint.

Applauded for its clean yet conservative execution, the beer seemingly has no flaws. But the rich malt character keeps the beer from showcasing the yeasty spice and fruit flavors with the zeal that is demonstrated by other Belgian pale ales. The hop character balances in the finish, but struggles to do so from initial sips until just before the dryish finish. Another tasty beer by Ommegang, just conservative. (2,247 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a hazy golden colored ale, the head was fluffy and white. There was some nice lacing on the glass also. The smell of the beer has some decent aromas of grains, hops and yeast. The taste of the beer is a little sweet upfront that fades into a nice bread like flavor and finishes with a hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel isn't too heavy or carbonated it's a good feel to it. Overall it's a pretty nice Belgian Pale Ale. (438 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of fruity ester and some dry hoppy notes is very interesting. Taste is a nice mix between some fruity ester with a semi-sweet Belgian malt base and some dry hoppy notes. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with great drinkability factor though lacking some minor notes of floral aroma. (454 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Giving a nod to the fine Pale Ales brewed in America today, though never forgetting its classic Belgian roots, BPA is exceedingly refreshing and well-balanced."

--Ommegang website

Sun-splashed tangerine with daffodil colored highlights and several fine bubble streams leading up to a massive crown of whipped cream that easily qualifies as Belgianesque. The foam is nice and sticky, as evidenced by an attractively coated chalice.

Brewery Ommegang decided to go with an American-hopped Belgian pale ale. Well, sort of. Columbus for bittering, Celeia (Styrian Goldings and Fuggles-like) for aroma, Cascade for dry-hopping. Trouble is, the nose is on the weak side and neither hops nor yeast are taking control.

Unfortunately, Belgian-style Pale Ale does not deliver the goods. Oh, it's a decent effort all right, but it doesn't have the chops when compared to the style's top tier. Or even the second tier. More malt would be a good place to start if the brewery is looking to improve this offering.

The combination of American hops and Belgian yeast is one of my favorites... when done right. With respect to BPA, either more hops or a more assertive and estery yeast strain (or both) would have worked wonders. Flavors include untoasted barley, a modest hit of grapefruit peel, and an even more modest clove spiciness. Too tame and not complex enough.

Unlike the head, the mouthfeel is anything but Belgianesque. It's too light for the style and the bubbles are too brittle. It needs to be softer, creamier and silkier. A mere 7 months shouldn't have been enough to result in a negative bottle-conditioning result.

Brewery Ommegang Belgian-style Pale Ale has impressive packaging and looks even more impressive after it's poured. From that point forward, though, it approaches mediocrity... without quite getting there. Allagash would have hit something like this out of the park. (1,889 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Belgian-style bomber, caged and corked, and damned imposing at that.

This beer pours a hazy pale orange hue, with a ton of thin foamy webbed head, which leaves some broad strokes of similarly-constructed lace around the glass as it settles agreeably apace. It smells of spicy, earthy yeast, mild bready malt, sweet estery banana and candy sugar notes, and citrus and bitter leafy hops. The taste is mild pale malt, citrus peel, echoes of the proclaimed tropical fruit, some zippy earthy, somewhat farmyard-borne yeast, and the consistently bitter citrusy, leafy hops. Any extra ABV is well ensconced, and not very evident, if that. The carbonation is average, but tangy and faintly prickly in that Belgian manner, the body medium weight, with an airiness that lends itself well to a hallow smoothness. It finishes with a grainy malt extension, peppered by some latent yeast and citrus hops.

Very Belgian in nature, and it's only my pesky brain telling me that it resembles Unibroue in its homage. Easy to drink if you're in that somewhat down-home, bucolic farm mood that Belgian ale tends to inspires in me. (1,116 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden in color and nearly white as it shined through. Really amazing color here or lack there of I should say. Big white fizzy head of foam then rises up two fingers high and settles down quickly leaving only a light bit of lacing on the sides but tons of carbonation bubbling toward the surface. Aroma is light, fresh grass, lemon zest, hints of grain and light pear all come out but you have to search for them to find them. As I take a sip though a clean, crisp and refreshing ale reveals itself, Very nicely done here on the taste. Light, airy, with a light bitter back to it. It had a touch of bite. Nice clean, easy carbonation and light dry finish, (656 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-orange color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It had a strong yeasty aroma with nice grains and caramel notes.

T - Good caramel flavor with some mild dried fruits and a good spicy/yeasty character.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really tasty Belgian-style ale. (416 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lighter shade of amber with a fluffy one and a half finger bone white head that held well.Phenols dominated the nose for me,spicey with some clove and lemon pith.Flavors are lightly medicinal with some lemon oil,and a bit of funk in the finish.Its good beer but the yeasty flavors are a little bit much for me. (319 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Yard House - Irvine

A: This one pours a cloudy pale orange/amber color with a couple fingers of white head.

S: Lots of pepper on the nose along with a light citrus peel note. Some undertones of banana and other light fruits, maybe apples, offer up a bit more sweetness. Some bread and cracker malt aroma and a light spiciness overall.

T: A lot of similarities between the the flavor and the aroma. Heavy relaince on bread and cracker malts with a big black pepper flavor. An underlying fruitiness which adds some sweetness and depth. A bit more yeastiness to the flavor than I had expected and not as much citrus peel as anticipated.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: This was okay, but nowhere near as good as some of the other Ommegang beers I've had. (790 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $2.69 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, orange-gold body with a tall, proud, airy white head. Splotches of sticky lace on the descent.

Smell: Rustic whole-grain sour dough bread accented by traces of sweetness and a rich array of spicy, fruity, floral notes.

Taste: Bready, coarse-grain maltiness with sweetness hinting at a bit of light caramel as well as a drizzling of basic simple syrup. Next, flavors from both the Ommegang house yeast and American-Slovenian hop mix struggle out competing complexities, giving tastes of pears, lemon peel, acidic grapefruit juice, ground white pepper, cloves, dried herbs, day-old dough, and light underlying cellar-like funk. A generous, though not overblown bitterness is present. Some alcohol warmth bordering the dry, zestful finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation. It's got that smooth and sticky yet also fizzing on the tongue thing going on.

Overall: A nice Belgian-inspired beer where the hops and yeast steal the show. The alcohol is up there, though not entirely disproportionate. Still, I appreciate the 12-ounce portion, instead of having to drain an entire bomber bottle. (1,208 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Ommegang fluted chalice (or whatever the hell this damn thing is called...cervoise? Tulip? Whatever it is, it has the Ommegang logo on it and came free with that bomber boxed threesome.).

Another of my inexplicable collection of BPAs in the fridge. Held up the window (trust me, it's sunny out), the lion rampant or turns a sable against a light, hazy, sunset-like tenne (ah, heraldry). The bright, seemingly ermine suds leave a lovely halo etched along the rim while the liquid drains beneath it. Plenty of smells comin' offa this guy, including some banana, cloves, wheat, damp straw, a tiny bit o' soap, flowers, and sweet woodruff. The cloves, woodruff, and soap stage their vengeance on the tongue, along with a hint of pepper and a splash of citrus peel. A bit of spice drfits on into the distance. It's all pretty light and breezy, fitting nicely with the sunniness outside and in the glass. Currently the top of the BPA heap right now. (957 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A large 750ml all for myself, but from what I hear its a delicious beer.

A: Huge honkin head, 3 fingers takes up about 60% of my La Chouffe tulip glass, which is fluffy, fizzy, and fades semi quickly. Really hazy and tons of bubbles floating up in the pale golden orange color.

N: Starts with a slightly sweet Belgian malt aroma, with some malts, sweetness, little candi sugar, and the sweet aroma that wants to be boozy, and even hints at it, but never really gets there. Behind that is a nice light hopped aroma, with some lemon grass, light Eruo style hops, a very slight citrus, and a very touch of spicy hops.

T: Starts with a slight hoppy bite, with a slight bitterness, some citrus and lemon grass, little spicy hop, and overall nice lighter but tasty hop presence. WIth that is a nice malt presence, with some wheat, little sweet malts, slight candi sugar, touch of sweetness and spicy, again wants to make it taste like its boozy but never really gets there. Again a grassy hop presence comes through. Overall the hops are light and very low bitterness, but a nice taste. There actually seems to be more bitterness from the yeast and Belgian malts.

M: Light to medium body with a ridiculous amount of carbonation, I mean this makes Champagne look like Tomme Arthur made it.

F: Dries off quite a bit, and gets a nice hop presence again. Slightly bitter with more lemon, grassy, lemon-grass (see what I did there), some citrus, zest, and slight spicy hops. A little sticky presence festers in the mouth but doesn't really get overbearing. A bitter lemon zest really comes through on the finish too. Leaves a slight anesthetized feel in the mouth as if it had more booze. It seems to give that feel off a lot, but never gets to it.

Overall a nice flavor, spicy grassy and citrus hops, nice malt presence, an enjoyable beer. I would have liked a little more hop presence personally, but it's freshness is nice too. I wouldn't want to age this. (1,955 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/20/2011 at Rose Alley Alehouse, in New Bedford, MA, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some hops and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a nice burst of hops bitterness for the style that is quickly followed by some mildly sweet flavors of caramel & citrus. Then there are some bready flavors that come from a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style but with a little more hops that you usually get, this is a very good Belgian-style beer a lot of flavor and substance making it worth drinking for a long time. (940 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Cobblestone's in York, served chilled in a pint.

The color is hazy golden w/ subtle tangerine hue and average sized head of white w/ tiny bead and lace that sticks well, clarity/retention are both good. The smell is very herbal, sun tea-like with a subtle citrus and floral accent. The yeast provides a subtle tropical ester. The feel is fruity and smooth malt with a subtle yeast tanginess and bitterness from the American hops. there is a relatively high resinous quality with high carbonation which leads to a semi-dry finish.

The flavor is fairly dry with subtle Belgian yeast and light tropical flavor from the combo of yeast and hops w/ mild spice and lemony tang which goes well with the herbal elements of the hops. The taste has a light astringency and mild phenolic quality w/ subtle pineapple hint w/ gently bitter citrus with mild dry malt accenting into the semi-dry finish. This is a very drinkable beer and very good Belgian Pale ale in general, I prefer the bottle conditioned version personally, but there is plenty of citrus hop flavor and the drinkability is high overall. (1,116 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love Ommegang. Looks great on the pour. Nose is real strong dough and some floral tones. Strong and unabashed flavor. Real in your face, er, mouth, and just doesn't slow down. Consistent and strong delivery. Lots of dough, which may be a turnoff to some people. Either way, this is a good belgian ale. As I would expect from Ommegang. (340 characters)

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with a freshness date.

Color: Clear gold.

Smell: White tea, white chocolate, chalky yeast, peppermint stick, clementine, mango and pita bread.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very dry, very smooth with a crisp bite. Dried grass, yeast, light alcoholic esters, tropical fruit and lemon grass. A bit phenolic, faint honey, more graininess. Dry dusty finish.

Overall: Drinkable obviously. Packed with flavor, high on complexities. The subtle note of Cascade hops works in the dry hopping. Recommended. (509 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY

Pours a hazy burnt sienna, with a finger of white head; decent lacing. Light hops in the aroma, citrus and spice. Light tasting, good balance of citrus hops and sweet malts, with a touch of spice. Light-medium mouthfeel. Nice, crisp, easily drinkable, even if it's not overflowing with flavor. (341 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.