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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: 76
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 philbe311
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A voluminous head, four fingers worth, consumes most of the glass... It's white, pillow-like, and fluffy with lots of big chunky bubbles mixed in... A bit of shrinkage before showing solid retention at about two fingers worth... The carbonation is sparse, slow and rises randomly throughout... The color is a slightly muted slightly hazed medium gold... A bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Lots of subtle characteristics combine to yield a fairly complex bouquet... Belgian yeast... Some sweet tropical fruit... Candied sugars... Orange and lemon zest... Fresh wheat notes... White pepper.... Everything is in even amount and each whiff displays new charm...

T - The palette doesn't live up to the wonderful nose... It's not bad, but rather quite average for the style... The hops take on a light euro nobleness... The great sweetness alluded to on the nose is missing in action... A slight spice component... Some wheat notes...

M - Medium bodied... Very slight carbonation... A touch of dryness... Nothing much lasts for too long... Wham, bam, and gone before you know it... A bit of a disappointment...

D - A solid Belgian Pale Ale... The nose is exceptional, but the rest of this brew is solidly slightly more than average in all other categories and you know the saying about being only as strong as your weakest link... Solid, respectable, and worthy, but not much more...

Photo of zbellino
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid tier of gold with a light tobacco hue. It really builds a sticky head that grips the side of the glass like cobwebs, even if it takes a while for the head to die down.

The aroma is really light, but sweet in the back of the nose like bananas and cream with a gardener's touch of floral and fir.

Tastes sweet like mango and ruby red grape fruit. A subtle herbaceousness infects this brew. Really, this beer is smooth, and all about the taste.

Overall an accomplishment. Well hopped enough to keep you off the heavier stuff, downright refreshing enough to session on a hot day.

Kudos Ommegang.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - mostly clear golden with a steady stream of rising bubbles, tower of soapy white head wasn't going anywhere
S - mix of banana fruity yeast esters, grassy and light earthy aromas, light toastiness
T - banana and pineapple citrus, spicy yeast, fresh grassy and resiny hop flavours, mild malt backbone
M - has the big belgian carbonation kick, a warm spicy feel with hints of hop bitterness with a juicy feel
O - very aromatic and flavourful, a nice blend of belgian and pale ale characteristics that creates its own thing, bright and very easy to drink

Photo of movingtrain
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a mission...serious head on top...gorgeous, white, fluffy, and lingering. Copper-orange color, with some yeast sediment floating around a bit...perhaps I gave it too aggressive of a pour...but, overall, this beer looks awesome in the glass.

The aroma first is of orange peel, cardamom, rye, wet wood, and damp leaves. There is a nice funkiness in there, balancing other hints of white grapes, oats, lemon zest, and sage.

The flavor here is right on the money. The pale ale qualities of citrus balanced with an earthy malt are quite present. But, the addition of the Belgian-style yeast gives this ordinary pale something to write home about. It is earthy, floral, and pungent. There are hints of orange peel and other citrus, but also of clove, thyme, and honey.

Overall, this is a fine ale. The Belgian aspects of this beer take it to the next level...there is depth here, and interesting flavors--ranging from the powerful pale pungency, to the down-to-earth farmhouse earthy warmth. This beer is complex, intriguing, and delicious.

Photo of MsRif
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from a bottle at Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY.

Poured a nice burnt sienna color with a tad bit of haziness to it. Small white head that dissipated slowly and left some nice lacing. Spicy, citrusy and hoppy aroma. Tastes of citrus and earthy hops, sweet malts and spices. Well-balanced but not too complex. Pretty standard.

Light-medium mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Drinkable, but I wouldn't have more than one simply because it's not really exceptional. Still enjoyable. Overall, recommended.

Photo of corby112
3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured all head, white, slow to recede and quick to re-errupt with subsequent pours. The body emerges from the head an orangy gold almost mustard sauce yellow. Smell is predominately musty yeast and in fact reminds me of some bad wines I've had. There's also some malt smell and a sour aspect that had me expecting a sour taste which didn't happen. Taste is much drier than the smell hinted. There's still the musty yeast but not as strong as in the smell, there's lot's of dominant white pepper, and a light bitter finish.

I agree with some others that this beer may be overdone - the head, the mustiness. It seems they tried to make a powerhouse version of the Belgian original style and it's a little off.

Photo of mooseo
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Light golden orange with a bunch of floating yeast sediment. Monster 3" head with good retention.

S - Subtle scents of orange citrus, sweet malts, and yeast. Earthy.

T - Taste follows the nose, with grassy hops at first, then grainy malts. Good balance. Ends with some Belgian yeast flavor, and a slight hop bitterness.

M - Very smooth and creamy. High carbonation. Medium bodied.

D - Highly drinkable Belgian pale ale. Great balance of flavor. Overall, a very enjoyable brew.

Photo of mothman
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.

Photo of tbeckett
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the Potsdam IGA.

A - Giant fluffy, thick white head. Three fingers of nice stuff, and that's just the part that's not on top of the rim of the glass. Cloudy golden with good carbonation. Great thick soapy lace chunks and a good half finger of lace.

S - Sweet spice is fairly strong, citrus. Orange peel and a distinct hop presence mixing with yeast and the good spice is good.

T - Great crackery malt with citrus, yeast, some pear, some hop presence is a good compliment to the flavours going on. The addition of American style hopping is good.

M - Farily strong carbonation, medium body and a nice orangey, hoppy finish. Very smooth.

O/D - A very solid Belgian Pale Ale. Flavourful and balanced with yeasty esters and hops with a good malt backbone to boot. So very drinkable and tasty. Great, like it alot!

Photo of EnJeiBee
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy golden hue with a thin white head and great lacing

S - It had the sweet, citrusy funky Belgian nose I expected, but none of the hop profile I hoped for (although I realize the style isn't supposed to be overly hoppy)

T - Thin flavor profile similar to the nose. A slightly bready, yeasty Belgian funk with a hit of bitterness upon finish

M - Light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated

O - This was very enjoyable but something about it seemed like it was lacking to me. I felt that the flavor profile seemed watered down.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled on 03/25/11, best by 03/2012) poured into a Tulip glass.

Appearance: Very cloudy golden orange with a huge off-white pillowy head. Very persistent foam with lots and lots of lacing all over the place. Fantastic looking beer.

Smell: Clean orange citrus with some grapefruit. At time it reminded me of fresh cut grapefruit. Some very faint yeast mustiness in the background.

Taste: Orange citrus with grapefruit again. Very clean malt right after the initial citrus flavors - not roasty, not really anything other than the right balance of sweetness that is there and gone again before a clean and dry citrus hop finish. Every now and then some of that yeast comes through again, but it is an accentuating note. The citrus hops are the main player here. Equally good when first poured and cold and when it warmed up as well.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, nice and smooth and maybe even a little airy like a good Belgian should be.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite nice - good as a sipper, good with a meal, and quite interesting. I could have another quite easily.

Photo of ryanonline
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours an enormous white head with some serious foam action going on. it has a hazy golden straw color with some darkness to it, almost amberish.

the smell is terrrific, very fruity and yeasty, sort of an apricot and tropical fruit scent with some bready yeast.

the taste is a bit more hoppy and bitter, with the malt character seeming to lean a bit more toward caramel. the finish is slightly dry and bitter with a distinct yeast cake-like flavor.

the mouthfeel is a bit more light bodied than i am used to, and the carbonation, a touch more prickly.

very drinkable, flavorful but not overpowering, complex yet not confusing, all while being relatively light.

overall quite a nice bpa, not unexpected from ommegang. delicious!

Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with a big head that fades slowly to ample lacing.

S: Mild aroma of citrus, fresh grain and some sweetness.

T: Taste is a bit muted. A mild malt sweetness, a bit of bread and a pleasent bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Light body, smooth with a good balance and an intangible character.

O: Very enjoyable, an easy drinker. I am not familiar with Belgian Pale Ales but will check them out in the future.

Photo of plfahey
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden in color and relatively clear with an impressive off white head which collapses down to a nice stand of dense creamy foam. Nice lacing as well.

Aroma-Big floral notes from the dry hopping with cascades. Next comes herbal green tea and white pepper aromatics, with light tangerine and lemon notes and a charming bit of pear. Underneath all the yeast and hop character, there's a background note of bready malt. Perhaps the slightest vegetal hop note, but I only catch it now and then, and when it appears it's quite faint. Simply sublime.

Flavor-Citrus burst up front with orange and lemon rind, followed by white pepper and earthy yeasty goodness. A bit herbal, a bit spicy, and very rustic, it finishes dry with moderate hop bitterness and distinct herbal, pine, and spice notes. Whatever yeast they used in this, it gives it a ton of character, and it kicks a lot of ass.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderately high, prickly carbonation. Smooth and almost effervescent as it races across the tongue.

It's no wonder that this is quickly becoming Ommegang's flagship beer. It's delicious, complex, refreshing, and moderately sessionable (at least as far as Ommegang's beers go). This is an awesome beer style that isn't brewed nearly often enough, and this is a fine example. Love it.

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 BigPlay1824
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Samp01
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of PorterLambic
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jsprain1
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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