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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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1,304 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,304
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 70
Gots: 77 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paulieatworld on 03-17-2010)
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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Enjoyed in a BPA pint glass

A: Pours a beautiful warm golden color with a slight honey like character to it, slightly hazy character, pours with a ton of white fluffy head that linger nicely for a while, leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass
S: nice citrus hop character with a nice underlying depth that smells like baking bread and a nice wheat like character
T: begins with a nice citrus hop character that is not too extreme but definitely brightens up the mouth a bit, then moves into a bit of depth from the wheat, tastes like it has a bit of a nut character like pistachios maybe, not sure, finishes with a nice brightness
M: medium carbonation tingle, cleans the palate on its way through and leaves a bit of a cold feeling on the palate
O: i really love this brew and i feel that it has become the standard by which all Belgian pale ales should be measured, such quality and such balance, another beautiful one from ommegang

BigPlay1824, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -1%

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.

biboergosum, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a hazy, golden color with two fingers of serious, off-white head. Outstanding retention and lace. The last drops from the bottle were foam that fell out in dramatic clumps.

S: Sweet bread, light fruit, whispers of cider funk.

T: Leads with mellow, Belgian esters before easing into sweet malty flavor, then finishes with a little hop bite and little tart twang. Bit of oak on the aftertaste. Midway through the glass, a distinct apricot flavor comes in-- quite nice.

M: Light and smooth. Carbonation is good but not as dramatic in the mouth as in the glass.

O: What can I say, Ommegang does well every time, and this is no exception. Will be glad to buy this one again.

AmericanGothic, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of Vengeance526
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a large white head that has great retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

Fruity aroma of apple, pear, and lemon upfront with some wheat and light hops in the back.

Taste is also very fruity with apple and pear being most dominant, along with some banana, lemon, and a touch of pineapple. Wheat, grassy hops and Belgian yeast are also present.

Medium body with a lot of lively carbonation. A good BPA overall, very refreshing and another solid offering from Ommegang.

Vengeance526, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Samp01
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

A nice pale golden yellow with a nice long lasting head and good lacing on the pour. Aroma and Taste of citrusy hops, some lemon peel with some sweet fruit spices, some Belgian yeast, and some nice biscuit malt. A nice medium body and crisp mouth feel, and nice carbonation. Finish is sweet citrus hops, lemon peel, sweet fruit spices, some nice Belgian yeast with a nice nutty malty ending for balance. Overall a very nice BPA fruity crisp and refreshing

Samp01, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of PorterLambic
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Pours a hazy, dark yellow color with a big, fluffy, off-white head. Eventually drops to just a scattered film. Good lacing left behind.
Smell is hops first with citrus(mostly grapefruit), peach, vanilla and malt. Nice complexity and pretty well balanced.
Taste is grapefruit, hops, malt, some vanilla and pepper. Better balance than the nose. Pepper is a little more assertive as it warms.
Medium body with a bit less effervescence than one would expect from the head. Finish is fairly drying, though there is a nicely fading grapefruit/pepper/malt aftertaste. Somewhat warming at the back of the throat after it warms for 15 minutes or so.This is a beer that could be sessioned quite easily. All said, a pretty good beer but not the best from Ommegang in my opinion.

PorterLambic, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 23/9/11

A mild haze with enough clarity to see the bubbles floating through a golden orange body, large three finger head after a gentle pour slowly falls to a tall island leaving random patches of lace and I still had foam in my glass after I drank all the liquid

S very fruity with mango, pineapple, apple and pear to go with a healthy serving of Belgian yeast and a little cereal and grassy hops

T thankfully the taste mimics the smell quite well with a earthy woody flavor that's a nice addition too the smell, the fruits not as tropical as the nose but still great tasting stuff

M quite creamy from the bubbles and a little bitter with enough left behind to taste for a while, bubbly but pretty good

O I have little to complain about with this one, quite complex and worth looking for

I could drink this again for sure and for 11$ it's reasonable and a welcome addition to Alberta shelves

wordemupg, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Hazy dark yellow/amber colour with a massive size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 10 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, hops, citrus, malts, yeast

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste lots of hops and citrus mixed with some yeast/bread. There is also a bit of a white grape juice flavour. the beer finishes with a hoppy and grainy bitter aftertaste

Overall – One of the first Belgian pale ales that I've had that had some of the flavours found in a west coast IPA. It really had a lot of that grapefruit/orange/peach flavour. There was also quite a bit of a hop bitterness, which I enjoyed. I'd buy this beer again any time.

spinrsx, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

A- Pours a golden apricot color. Quite hazy. Head is thick and billowy and stays firm at two fingers.
S- The smell is somewhat tame for the style. It's fruity with apricot and lemon being the key notes. There is a bit of a clove character as well.
T- The bottle advertised tropical fruit and even though it didn't come through in the nose it's there in the flavors. There is a pineapple note in addition to the spicyness in the finish.
M- Medium-high carb, medium body. Not as dry as I'd like, though
O- A tasty beer, but as much as I love Ommegang beers, this one was only slightly above par for me

jsprain1, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Tschnab
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

A- a copper orange with a big creamy two inch head, tons of lace rings notch my journey as I take each sip.

S- bananas, bubblegum, bread, fruity tropical notes, hops.

T- this is a pleasant tasting beer! Enough tropical hops to add both zing and sweetness, and then the yeast brings the classic belgian golden ale flavor, but with a new american hoppy twist.

O- tastes to me a little more like a belgian ipa, and I love those. This is yet another great offering from a great brewery.

Tschnab, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

A - Hazy orange with several finger white head that lasts until the end and leaves patchy lacing.

S - Bready pils malt, citrus hops, spice, Belgian yeast.

T - Citrus hops, lemon zest, spicy and herbal, grainy pils malt.

M - On the lighter side, crisp with bright carbonation.

D - Easy drinking with a nice extra hop presence.

brewcrew76, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of JMad
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

I drank this from a tulip...

Pours a muddled golden orange with a lofty, bubbly eggshell head. It smells great, aromas of tangerine and pineapple, some sweet malt, Belgian yeast and lemon meringue. Tastes of bitter lemon and orange peel with some pepper and a hint of clove, the bitter aftertaste is nice. Light with a load of carbonation, very soft bubbles and a dry finish. Wow, I really enjoyed this beer, it might become one of my new regulars.

JMad, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

kylehay2004, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of orlandomag
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%

A 750 bought from a Total Wine, poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A - A very pleasing hazy yellow.

S - Light citrus, pine, banana, very light spice in the background.

T - Again, the light citrus (lemon, orange) is the main focus, followed with varying levels of spice, green apple and malty sweetness. Leaves a nice piney hopness at the end.

M - The mouthfeel is great, somewhere between the two styles this beer is looking to produce. I think the Belgian style lends itself very well to this Pale Ale style as the light and bubbly mouthfeel is perfect for the citrus taste you get from the hops. Finishes nice and dry.

O - A great price (I got it for 5.99!) for a very exceptional beer. I love the play between the Belgian and Pale Ale styles, they really help each other out in the best of ways.

orlandomag, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Wildman
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

This beer poured a very cloudy yellow color and formed a foamy white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of yeasts,citrus lemon, wheat and pepper. The flavor was of hops, Belgian yeasts, bread and a hint of malt. The body was medium light and the finish bittersweet.

Wildman, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev +0.3%

A-pours a hazy golden orange color with a huge foamy white head that has extremely good retention, nice lacing too
S-banana, citrus, spice, straw, and nice yeast aroma
T-orange, spice, and hop bitterness throughout the whole flavor, leaves a clean green spiciness on the palate.
M-medium bodied
O-I'm a huge ommegang fan, and this beer doesnt disappoint. Has great belgian pale ale characteristics, a little extra fruit aroma and taste charcteristics, and is well priced for the quality of the beer.

atr2605, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of johnkale
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

A - wow, the gentlest of pours brings forth a beautiful (slightly clouded due to my misjudgment) light orange brew with the most ridiculous pillowy head I have ever seen, four fingers to start, sticks around for what seems like forever, and leaves great lacing

S - pear and apple, along with a little cut grass, lemon zest, lots of yeast, clove and pepper

T - smooth maltiness, slightly tart, with a lot of green apple, a little fresh hay, some yeasty goodness. there's a nice mineral tang going on here as well, kinda wine-like. dry finish with some citrusy hops

M - sprightly (Spritely), well carbonated with a pretty light body, goes down very smoothly

O - this is a delicious beer, refreshing, with wonderful complexity, a great beer with food

johnkale, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

A big fluffy head with intricate lacing that falls quickly down the sides of the glass. Aroma is very yeasty and spicy. The taste follows suit; hops are somewhat subdued after about a year in the bottle, but it's a nicely balanced flavor as a result. Typical Belgian style yeast profile; nicely sharp and spicy; slightly citric.

Highly carbonated and fizzy; refreshingly crisp and champagne-like. Lower ABV makes for an enjoyable, drinkable brew. Had this one with spicy Thai food and it was a great pairing.

Curious about how this would taste in a fresher bottle; I liked it a lot with the hops on the gentler side, as the flavor was really balanced and the bitterness didn't overwhelm the other taste aspects. The carbonation came close to being too much but wasn't, just barely.

tobelerone, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.95/5  rDev -1%

On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo. Served in BPA branded glass.

A - Light to medium orange with a small amount of white head. Very good lacing.

S - Light citrus, bready notes, Belgian yeast, good apparent hop bitterness.

T - Grassy hops flavours, cloves, some light citrus notes, Belgian yeast.

M - Medium body with a nice chew. Very smooth. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of mltobin
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance is a light golden color with two fingers of white head. The smell of Ommegang`s BPA has sweet malts, spices, orange, grass. While the taste has grains as well as a decent hop profile with some Belgian yeast present as well. MF light-medium, with a similar carbonation level. This is a perfect beer to enjoy a couple glasses of along with a meal.

mltobin, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of brianjay
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

The body appears lively; active bubbles highlighted with a pale orange body and thin head crowing the top of the glass.

Banana is the most powerful aroma in the nose (thank you, Belgian yeasts). Some robust pine and orange scents hang around as well.

Flavors are sweet, but come in late, with fruit exclamations.
Mouth-feel is a light and loose body; it moves uninterrupted over the palate, pushed along with short, crisp carbonation. Finishes very easy.

brianjay, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.15/5  rDev +4%

Bold and fiery amber/orange. Frothy off-white head the lingers and leaves a curtain down the sides of the glass. Aroma is a strong combination of orange and caramel malt along side some mellow, but balanced, earthy yeast. Tart flavor from the yeast upfront which gives way to the caramel toasty malts. That soon gets washed over by some fruity orange and lemon similar to the nose. Finishes with a earthy yeast bite along with some other character, most likely from hops, I can't recognize. Smooth malty body all the way through with a lot of yeast and hops working together nicely.

DrinkingDrake, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Bottled on date printed on the neck. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Wow, Ommegang truly does make some of the best looking beers out there. Pours a beautiful hazy shiny golden, HUGE creamy, fluffy white head and very sticky lacing; picture perfect. I'm really digging the aromas as well, lots of bubblegum, sweet banana and coconut; hops take a backseat. Now once you taste, the hops come alive. Flavors are bittersweet, almost a berfect balance from the bitter hops and fruity yeast. My only beef is that I wish the flavors were a tad sweeter, maybe I'm being harsh. I mean this beer is drinkable, you can almost chug it if you desire. It's very quenching and perfect for the warm weather. Mouthfeel is very nice, smooth, perfect amount of carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed for the most part. It's just one of those beers that really hits the spot. I really like it..

Great brew from Ommegang. I'd recommend for the hotter days, it really quenches.

BB1313, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of mpyle
3.63/5  rDev -9%

Quite pale and golden in color. Relatively clear, but not brilliantly so. Poured a big white head, with a mix of coarse and fine bubbles. Strong retention with a wee bit of lacing.

A gentle bready, biscuity malt character, and a spicy, citrusy hop aroma.

Flavor is a little non-descript, with an acidic taste (from hops?) and a finish that is slightly hoppy and bitter. Some pepper in the bitterness. Taste doesn't live up to the interesting aroma.

MF - Medium body and fairly high carbonation. No astringency or warming.

Overall a bit of a disappointment for me. Neither the Belgian character nor the west coast hop character comes through in the taste - it seems a bit muddled.

mpyle, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of mntlover
4.03/5  rDev +1%

Pours a lightly hazy golden color with a big fluffy white head that falls oh so slow with gobs of lace everywhere.

Aroma is bready malt, tropical fruits, nice grassy hops and light lingering earthy spice notes.

Taste is right in par bready malts with good fruit notes,earthy notes and grass hops, good dose of spice and light funk hints. Pretty nice ale good hop notes on a Belgian Ale, an enjoyable brew.

Mouthfeel is right on par for style.

Overall well done brew, enjoyable and drinkable.

mntlover, Aug 26, 2011
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