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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
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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 cudmud
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours with a cloudy, antique copper and a huge rocky head. The giant head produces some of the best lace that I've ever seen.

Smell: The beer has wonderful hop highlights that give it a big scent of fresh cut grass, citrus and fruits. There are major notes of apples and pears.

Taste: This beer has an amazing blast of hops and malty sweetness. Behind the yeast and hops there is a nice yeast component.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and dry.

Drinkability: This is one tasty beer and has become one of my favorites to enjoy anytime.

cudmud, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of u2carew
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck. Pick up a single at the Craft Beer Cellar.
A) Pours with a big, white head. Slowly settles. Murky bronze colored body. Lacing is big bubbled and semi sticky.
S) Aroma is a superb blend of hops and Belgian-esque notes. Grapefruit. Orange peel. Coriander.
T) A pleasant mix of hops and malt with the hops just a bit more dominant. Citrus notes of grapefruit. Banana. Mellow caramel. Some nutty tones at times. A subtle peppery in the finish
M) Medium body. Crisp. Clean.
D) A delicious Belgian Pale Ale. Definitely drink more!

u2carew, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of morebeergood
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Citizen Public House in the Fenway. Served in a standard pint glass. Very bright orange-yellow color. Thick white head on top, with some good lacing. Smell has a piney aroma to it. I liked the flavor of this beer a lot. It had a wonderfully light hop flavor that melded well with a splash of sugar sweetness. Mouthfeel was substantial but smooth. Really easy beer to drink. This brew would easily appeal to both the lovers of Belgian ales and Pale Ale devotees. A great offering from Ommegang.

morebeergood, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a deep, fairly dark coppery-orange beer that forms a big, fluffy off-white head that takes a few minutes to dissipate and leaves a thick foam behind. As the foam recedes, it trails somewhat thick legs of lacing in moderation down the sides of the glass.
The aroma consists of some fruits of various kinds, tart, tropical and citrus, a lightly musty earthiness, a touch of spiciness, grains and a crackery note, and a touch of something like clove. All of this attests to the unique Belgian yeast strain and a good balance of hops and malts.
With each sip, before the underlying flavors hit it's pretty much fruits, followed by the particular yeast spiciness, giving way to a more citric hops bitterness. All along the way, however, each stage is accompanied by a strong bready malt with that dry, crackery tone, a bit of pine and herbal hops accompaniment, and a bit more of the tropical fruits toward the end. There's also a lingering orange and lemon rind component.
This is a well-carbonated beer that would be a bit too lively if not for the ample smoothness evening it out. The body is on the lighter side of medium, and a semi-dry finish lingers with each sip.
This is another good one from Ommegang.

Brenden, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of kbnooshay
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at MacGregors Penfileld. Body is a gorgeous Gold-Orange color with a half inch beige colored head. Aroma is peppery and flowery. Smells fruity and yeasty with a decent amount of hop flavor. This pretty hoppy for a Belgian pale ale considering that its not considered a Belgian IPA. Fruitiness has slightly metallic quality. Kinda bitter in a weird way. The feel is tingly and slightly dry. This is a decent beer but I can't help but be a little disappointed from Ommegang with this one.

kbnooshay, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of ADWnyc
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Resto in New York City.

A - Very attractive golden and orange color when poured

S - Classic belgian nose, very IPA

T - Slightly bitter but followed by fruity notes

M - Healthy dose of carbonation hits the palette immediately, medium-bodied but refreshing

D - Very drinkable

ADWnyc, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of speter
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange with a huge rocky cream-colored head that never quite fades and leaves lots of nice lacing. A gorgeous beer.

S: Belgian yeast overlaid with Cascade hops.

T: Initially surprisingly bitter, but as the beer opens up a bit, the fruity (green apple and [I swear] passionfruit) and spicy elements of the yeast come to the fore. The malt backbone is just strong enough to balance the bite from both the yeast and hops to yield a very nicely-balanced beer.

M: Fairly light in body, but with spritzy carbonation, yielding a creamier feeling than the body would suggest.

D: A wonderful beer. Most of the Belgian PAs I've had haven't been as fresh as this, and this strikes me as a style where freshness is a definite plus. The only drawback is the price.

speter, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of jlenik
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: a pale golden color with a thick head.

s: smells like an IPA but also a bit fruity. the hops are present but are not overwhelming.

t: clean tasting and balanced. the hops don't jump out right away.

m: a little thicker than I expect but nothing to complain about

d: pretty drinkable. I would be more willing to drink a few of these than some American IPAs ;)

jlenik, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of SkunkWorks
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with a best by date in June, 2011 poured into an Ommegang glass.

Look: hazy tangerine color with a thick, lively, frothy white head that retains incredibly well and leaves behind a huge amount of lacing.

Smell: light orange aroma, a bit of pale malt, and hints of Belgian yeast inspired esters and aromas. There's also a bit of citrusy hops in the aroma as well.

Taste: follows the nose. Light Cascade hop flavor, pale malt, Belgian yeast characters, a bit of orange. Not overbearing on my palate but rather just enough to keep me wanting another sip after each drink.

Feel: medium thin, crisply carbonated, not much bitterness and not dry.

Drink: could easily drink this all night if you wanted to, and I wish I had more than one bottle.

Overall, I'm very impressed by this Belgian Pale Ale. This is perhaps the most interesting Belgian Pale I've had and its among the best Ommegang brews I've had, and that certainly says something. After almost getting through their entire line up, I'm realizing that Ommegang is an amazing New York brewery! I would definitely try this. Cheers!

SkunkWorks, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into tulip glass

Pours a hazed darker apricot color with a frothy white head. Slowly fades into some thinner film with lighter spots of lacing around the glass.

Notes of faint fruit with some almost syrupy sweetness. Lighter touches of yeasty funk.

Begins with a distinct bite of lemony zest and some citrusy sweetness. Other fruits such as apricot and apple are detectable, alongside a bit of spiciness and pepper. Light funkiness with some herbal qualities, especially towards the finish, which is somewhat long and dry.

Medium body, higher carbonation, somewhat dry but not overdone; pretty accurate for the style. Smooth, refreshing drinking, although this is probably better in the spring/summer.

xnicknj, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of cichief
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy gold, with a thick white head, which dissipates quicly.

S- Somewhat hoppy citrus, with a hint of yeastiness.

T- Well balanced between the hoppiness and malt, just enough clove and yeastiness to remind you its in the Belgian style.

M- Very bubbly, but smooth enough.

D- Very drinkable, a few of these would go down well on a warm day.

cichief, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Mancer
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden amber color with a three finger high off-white head. The head was thick and frothy, and lasted at about one finger high, eventually dissipating to a thick and sticky lace. The initial smell of the beer was light citrus with a more pronounced yeast aroma. The initial taste of the beer was light citrus, bread, belgian yeast with a light barley finish. The brew had a medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall, the flavors of the beer were quite pleasant and the beer was well rounded. This was a nice and light beer in comparison to other Ommegang offerings. Definitely worth buying, I know I'll get it again.

Mancer, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absentmindedly poured from a bottle into a Sierra Nevada Becker glass. I poured too aggressively and the head foamed over. I also poured in any yeast that was at the bottom of the bottle. Needless to say, I had a huge rocky head that left lacing galore. The ale is a beautiful cloudy amber. I have another bottle that I will pour properly.

The aromas are strong, and different then I've experienced before in a beer. I get some lemon rind and an unidentifiable spice. Aroma is the most difficult assessment for me in general and this one is really a challenge. I have only been reviewing beer for a year, so I'm a relative newbie. Anyway it smells wonderful, inviting me to take a sip. My first sip yields a pleasant spiced orange rind flavor that lacks the bitterness I associate with American pale ales. It also finishes quite dry on the palate.

The mouth feel is refreshing with perfect carbonation. It would be easy to down a few of these.

I like this ale. The aroma and flavors are completely different than any beer I've had before. I recommend you give this a try. So far it's my favorite from the Ommegang sample pack.

airheadmtrcycle, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Lolli1315
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale golden stray yellow with a massive white foamy head. Lacing can almost immediately be seen sticking to the glass as much as possible. A slightly hazy look to it, but still can be seen through.

S- Yeast characteristics are strong as fruity esters come through. The spicy yeast characteristic lingers as a sweet malt and biscuit sneak through as well.

T- The beginning brings the malt characteristics out with bread and biscuit leading the way. The yeast characteristics appear lending to a noticeable spiciness as some fruit esters and phenols as well. The lingering spice and yeast characteristics stay with the beer into the aftertaste and are accompanied by a slight bitterness that rings out as well.

M- Medium bodied with a smooth carbonation. Leaves the mouth dry when finished.

D- Good Belgian Pale Ale. Not as forward in the flavor profile as some of the others I have had, but nonetheless a good beer.

Lolli1315, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of allergictomacros
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy amber with huge, billowy head of foam.

S - Nose is spicy and fruity with big yeast and tropical fruit. Some bandaid and herbal notes.

T/M - Dry and lightly bitter. Typical Belgian yeastiness and complexity. Stone fruit and bitter orange/lemon.

D - Fairly easy drinking but very, very dry.

allergictomacros, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of donteatpoop
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn it this is a good beer.

Pours a beautifully hazy amber-blonde color with a nice firm cap of white head. Truly beautiful.

Smells great grain, wildflowers, light citrus.

The taste is extraordinary. Beautifully balanced, a nice bite accompanying a floral and citrus hop and a nice dose of grain; all working in perfect harmony.

Must. Buy. Again.

donteatpoop, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of CHickman
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy orange gold in color with a 2-3 finger beige head that was thick and creamy, and lasted a long time; the head looked like a cloud and left good spotty lacing clinging to the glass.

Smells very hoppy up front, with a blast of citrus hops followed by floral hops, yeast, sweet malt, piney hops, coriander, orange peel, lemon zest, brown sugar and then soft whiffs of grains, hay, toast or biscuit and some slight funky-ness; a very nice overall aroma. The hops were the strongest odor, but the malt and yeast seemed to make the general dynamic soft and sweet.

Tastes much more malty than the hop aroma, and the yeast was present in the flavor as well, which includes sweet malt, citrus hops, floral hops, yeast, coriander, orange peel, lemon, light brown sugar, candy sugar, pepper, grains, hay, biscuit, grapefruit, light caramel, wet bread, pear and some very, very light alcohol; this was very complex and the interaction of the malt, hops and yeast gave a very balanced attack on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and almost oily, with a medium body, light, fizzy carbonation and an overall refreshing feel and ease to it.

High drinkability as it went down easy with a long bitter lingering finish that was very tasty. This is a session beer to me as I could drink this all night or with a meal anytime.

CHickman, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Off tap at Grami this beer was a clear golden color with a one finger-thick cap of khaki-colored foam. The retention of the head was good and the lacing impressive in bands that streaked like curtains all the way down my glass. The aroma was of candi sugar, spicy hops, some floral notes, caramel malt, crystal malt and a touch of honey. The flavors were excellent for the style and very much like the aroma in every way. Sweetness from Belgian candi sugar first hit me but buried beneath that was caramel malt, spices, complex Belgian yeast all leading up to a definitive, yet not heavy handed, hoppy finish. Clean. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body medium and the carbonation light.

thekevlarkid, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of OnThenIn
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Two fingers of white fluffy head that last for a while, with a clear copper body. Absolutely beautiful.

S: Tropical fruit aroma. A little floral and a slight hint of bananas. Lots of citrus as well.

T: Very tropical like the nose, with pineapple and citrus fruits. It is strangely musty and spicy. A bit of bready, malty sweetness is present. The bitterness comes in towards the finish and mixed with the spice flavors make this beer a little harsher than I wish.

M: Great carbonation and a medium body, which works well.

D: The mouthfeel and taste would typically lead to an extremely drinkable. Something about the finish throws me off a little though. I really did enjoy this beer though.

OnThenIn, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of JMforman
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not your typical Christmas day beer, but delicious nonetheless.

A- A wonderful golden body with a fluffy white head that lasted the entire drink. One of the finest heads that I've witnessed.

S- Citrus bold and upfront. Must, hay.

T- Orange and lemon zest, must, toasted pilsen.

M- Medium with a fair amount of pepperiness.

D- Quite.

JMforman, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ommegang Brewery--BPA--Belgian-style Pale Ale--Dry Hopped--Limited Edition--2010 25.4 oz. Bottle. 6.20% ABV. 55 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) New Style? IPA BPA CDA? Huge pillowy white foam lace head. Big Bottle Conditioned Sediment. Cloudy fizzy bright orange color. Aromatic Cascade dry hop mild Belgian ester front. Thin textured dry crisp zesty too fizzy Belgian fruit mild citrus refreshing Pale malt body. Balanced hop spice citrus end. Sampled 12/24/2010. Purchased for $7.99 @ Whole Foods--Magnolia, Seattle on 4/21/2010.

philbertk, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
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.

donniecuffs, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 3/28/2010. Bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of light citrus hops, light fruits, orange peel, Belgian yeast, and bready malts. Flavor of sweet fruits and Belgian yeast with some citrusy hops in the finish. Not overly hopped but rather the hops blend well with the base beer. Quite enjoyable!

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden straw color with big pillowy white head. Nose and flavor are pretty congruent: yeast, pears/apples, light malt, and some nice spice notes. MF is light but not spritzy, easy drinker here. Not a perfect example of the style, but definitely enjoyable!

LordAdmNelson, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of JoePat
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pale staw color with a thick white head.

I get a lot of banana and pilsner sweetness along with some orange peel and floral hops.

Floral/perfumey hops, orange peel and a light maltiness.

This beer is dry and epervesent and a little chalky (not in a bad way). A little less drinkable than one would think in a 6% beer.

JoePat, Dec 20, 2010
Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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