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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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured a golden body with good head and lace around the glass and had a clean aroma of sweet malt and some belgian yeast strain. Taste is more of the same as the there is a mix of caramel and candy malt as well as that belgian yeast/orange touch; also other fruits like banana or pear or apples (they fall on the sweet side) or grape skin. Medium body that is slightly chewey/bready that finishes dry thanks to hops and carbonation and has a little bit of peppery spice as well. An easy to drink and very good pale ale to have.

clayrock81, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of JayQue
4.15/5  rDev +4%

Poured into my Chimay goblet from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle. Appearance: looks like a beer ad from Beer Advocate mag. Beautiful big frothy white head over a hazy orange body. I didn't notice much lacing, but head retention was very good. Smell was very average for a good Belgian style beer. Noticed a little Belgian yeast/spices but not that pronounced.

Tasted great. Belgian yeast...fruit...apples, pears, some spices (pepper, etc.) and some hoppy goodness at the end!!

Mouthfeel is fairly rich and crisp. This is a Tripel (light), just right for summer-time swilling, exactly what a Belgian Pale Ale should be like. No heaviness or alcohol burn, just a good reminder of what Belgian-style beers are all about in a lighter setting

Drinkability was good...a summertime Belgian. I drank the bomber and would have liked more. I haven't had a bad Ommegang beer yet!!!

JayQue, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of rwf08
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

750 mL bottle poured into an oversized snifter.

A: Nice copper color with a large thick head that dissipates into a 1 finger head. No lacing which I find very odd for this beer and brewery.

S: Beautiful fruity esters dominate with some citrus in the back. No real malt but there is some sweetness. It is like a big fruit salad and sooo goooddd.

T: Stone fruits dominate with some light sweetness from malt and good citrus hops. Very pleasing. I wish I could say more but in the end this is just good and nothing else.

M: Very bubbly and on the lighter side. I like the mouth feel. It goes over down smooth with no harshness. Leaves the mouth a little dry.

D: Awesome! I wish I had picked this up when my store first got it. I will drink this again. A good hot summer's day drink.

rwf08, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of DrJay
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Corked and caged 750. Cloudy orange colour with an inch and a half, fluffy cap of eggshell colored foam. The head fell quickly to a thin layer, then stuck around for a while. A little bit of spotty lacing, but this wasn't long lived. Spicy and phenolic aroma initially, but this mellowed quickly to let other characters come forward - malty bread and yeast, grapefruit, pears. Crackery as it warmed with additional citrus. Moderate bitterness with juicy citrus, sort of a combination of grapefruit, lemon, and orange. Bready, wheat crackers, a bit of tart fruitiness. Mild clove spice and peppery tingle in the finish. Ample carbonation with a medium body, dry, nice texture. Refreshing and tasty. Seems like more of a Belgian IPA rather than a BPA, but either way it's good.

DrJay, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

750ml bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - lots of loose pillowy white foam. the beer is slightly hazy, strong gold in color with active bubbling.

S - hops at first with very freshly cut grass and pine, just a bit of sweetness in the form of lemon rind and citrus juices. carried throughout by light toasted grains and yeast.

T - begins with some almost Hefe-like flavors, fruits and a light clove and peppery spice. cut into sharply by assertive grassy hops, which almost masks everything else that might be going on here. very grainy aftertaste.

M - very light and fluffy, carbonation is strong and tingly. adding a nice refreshing effervescent feel. finishes somewhat clean.

D - with another dimension of hop flavor, this could be outstanding. still very quenching and drinkable. this one can really hit the spot if the mood strikes.

Stigs, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of rapidsequence
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

Corked and caged 750. It was $9.99. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Its a beautiful clear golden color. Lots of tiny bubbles. Big rocky head that never seems to go away. Sticky Belgian lacing.

Smell: Sweet fruit, spicy clove, and citrus hops. The hops don't drown it all out like they might, which is good. Overall though, the smell isnt as big or intense as it could be-- I have to work for it a little.

Taste: Very clovey. Surprising bitterness from the hops here-- a little too much maybe, but its clearly supposed to be Americanized, so OK. Mild sweet maltiness and light fruit esters. A little peppery. More complexity and layering in the flavor than the smell for me. Some grainy bread on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with prickly carbonation. A little resiny on the tongue on the finish.

Drinkability: A good Americanized BPA. Not the best, but solid. I think I enjoyed it more on draft when I was drinking without reviewing.

rapidsequence, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of Dixonian
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Found what may have been the last bottle in the area of this last weekend at Lone Star Beverages in Carrollton. Poured into a Duvel tulip.
Average BPA colour, light gold with some cloudiness. Decent head with some lacing.
Aroma is a bit above average-belgian yeast funkiness and some nice hops.
Above average flavor as well. Some lemon zest and hop spicyness.
I enjoy most Ommengang brews but expected more out of this limited release. Definately not the best BPA out there-decent at best.

Dixonian, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of prototypic
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

BPA is gold in color. It's moderately hazy, and a few copper highlights are noted when held to light. The color is good. The head is large. Very large. Annoyingly large! It's over four fingers deep and retention is very slow. Lacing was sticky and not bad (once it started to descend).

The nose is good. Belgian yeast is noted right out of the gate. I love that, especially when it's with an American brew. It's a little malty, but not quite sweet smelling. Apple and pear are noted. It smells a little spicy. Pepper and light clover are the ones I can identify. Hops are rather strong in the mix. I wasn't expecting that. There's a little citrus grapefruit and orange here, as well as a whiff of something floral. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

The flavor is likewise quite good. Apple and pear fruit flavors kick things off. They're somewhat light, but refreshing. Hops and Belgian yeast follow. The hops add a slight bitter kick along with grapefruit and orange flavors. They're a nice touch and work well. There are some floral and earthy notes weaving in and out. Pepper and clove spices add nice depth. The Belgian yeast flavor is very tasty and just keeps bumping along. Alcohol is blended very well. I'm not getting much of any. Finishes dry with a spicy-bitter combo. Nicely done.

BPA has a light-medium body. Carbonation feels much lighter than expected. I was expecting an excess of bubbles. Not so. Overall, it's fairly smooth. Drinkability is good. BPA is tasty beer that goes down easy. I'm enjoying it. A 750 shouldn't be a problem at all.

BPA is a pretty impressive Belgian Pale. I like the flavor quite a bit. It has an interesting mix of hops and typical Belgian Pale characteristics. It works. I can't say it's at the top of the Belgian Pale style, but it's good stuff. I don't have any real complaints about it. It appeared to be overcarbonated, but it doesn't taste or feel like it so much. No reservations recommending this one. Go grab one!

prototypic, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%

pours a semi-cloudy orange-yellow with above average carbonation, a large white head, and good lacing.

smell is of pepper, spice, a touch of hops, some citrus in the back, and some wheat.

taste is slightly dry, banana, yeast, some spice, and fresh hops, ends a little thick, and dry.

froghop, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

Sammy, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of myost88
4.43/5  rDev +11%

Poured from 750ml bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance- Hazy Pale straw with a thin but creamy clean white head. Leaves a thin coat of lacing.

Smell- Sweet citrus hop aroma. Mostly pineapple and lemons. Spicey aroma typically associated with Belgian yeasts. I smell a bit of a cinnamon quality, which is a nice touch.

Taste- Lightly bittered but definitely very sweet. Belgian Candy sugar was used I would assume. The spices are nice highlight in the background along with a biscuity maltness. Clove is the prevalent spice but its matched nicely buy a finishing bitter bite.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and pretty highly carbonated. Combined with the spices and hop bite, this makes for a very "Jumpy" mouthfeel. Not a bad thing though.

Drinkability- Ughhh high. Very high. I could easily go for a couple 750s of this or few drafts at my local watering hole. (Looking at you Flying Saucer)

myost88, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of DrinkinBoy
4.15/5  rDev +4%

Consumed at Taco Mac (Crabapple).

Ommegang BPA appears a darker straw color. The head is bright white with average retention.

The smell is very nice, and similar to most traditional American Pale Ale. But the notes do lean more towards citrus and bubble gum than pine.

Its taste starts off fairly light, but the mid palate moves into simlar hops notes as the nose (citrus and bubble gum). The finish is pretty sweet for a Pale Ale and it adds a nice complexity.

The mouthfeel is relatively ligt an crisp, and the carbonation is a little high.

Overall, Ommegang BPA is a very interesting Pale Ale. Although most of their products do lean more towards Belgian beers, this one is more relatable to and American Pale Ale. With that said it is super crisp and refreshing, and definitely a very sessionable offering from Ommegang.

DrinkinBoy, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +1%

Beer served in a snifter. Beer is light yellow and clear. Forms a white head with moderate to low carbonation and the head leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is sweet and spicy with hints of citrus and some breadiness from that Ommegang yeast. Very classic aroma. Smells good.

Beer is sweet and slightly dry. Not bitter but nice in the midpalate and good esters giving off the illusion of fruits in my mouth. I wish it wasn't as dry as it is but overall its a nice good beer. I would drink it again.

drabmuh, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Ommegang BPA, On-tap

Appearance: Clear, copper in color, small head, no lace.

Smell: Big time banana aroma from munich malts I imagine. Some toffee and hints at sweetness.

Taste: Toffee, malt, faint caramel. Sugar. The banana prevalent in the nose does not really pull through in the taste. Leafy tobacco hop bitterness rounds it out. Light on overall bitterness and bite, expected a bit more but the subtle Belgian qualities make up for it. A well balanced pale ale with authentic Belgian flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, tingly carbonation, drying, chalky finish.

Drinkability: An easy drinking pale ale. One I would recommend to those impartial to hops. Mellow and good.

Stinkypuss, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of cgmees
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%

750 ml bottle.

Poured a cloudy yellow with a frothy white head that has good lace.

Aromas of toffee, yeast and citrus.

Tastes of floral earthy hops with a bit of bitterness with some tangerine/lemon overtones.

Medium to light feel with a airy texture.

Basic Belgian ale

cgmees, May 30, 2010
Photo of Amalak
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

I had out of a 750 mL, I think, bottle.
A--Gold color and very hazy, opaque. It has a bold foamy head and lacing.
S--Nice floral hops.
T--It has an interesting corn-ish taste. Nice hoppiness and a kind of sweet caramel with a floral undetone. It's very carbonated and quite refreshing.

Amalak, May 28, 2010
Photo of azorie
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

I hate to review Belgian pale ale, because its another catch all type "style" in fact referring to Tim Webb good beer guide one wonders what defines this "style". Going to check the beer judging site before I grade this 1.

750 ml bottle, has a 6 on left side and 9 on the other? is that June 2009, so I bought a old beer? or a beer that can be aged 9 more years???? who cares it tasted fine. ok turns out that is just part of the UPC code, so its best by is blank as I first said it was, I knew I was not that crazy, as I had looked for this date for 15 minutes, anyway.

A: I poured at 45f into a tulip glass. Very nice lacing and the head lasts for over 2 minutes.This may not be a fair review as I have some bottles of Westvleteren blonde and Orval to compare this too, plus the wife is adding her 2 cents into this 1. Still I find it very nice to look at and it is cloudy orange in color and yeast, I always like the yeast in my glass but I did not pour it too hard this time. Looks good to me.

S: Very nice and saison like flowery hop nose hits you first. in fact its funny Saisons are by many just BPA's but that is just belgains you cannot trust those guys. LOL anyway, we loved it, fantastic, a bit hoppy but its American, they always over hop its like why not thing here I think. hop shortage HAHA thing of the past. as it warms lots of banana nise and some cloves its somewhat like a hefe in some ways. I get that guava like wiff, passion fruit, orangy etc. we loved it.

T: wow very nice and citrus hops are the first thing you taste. Then the rest of the fruit package hits you and finishes with a malt backbone, its a tad unbalanced but its to style (whatever that is) anyway that what they were brewing for and its perfect.

M: smooth, carbonated hoppy golden goodness, very nice medium body.

D: easy to drink this 6.2% too bad its a limited and total wine limited release, its the first Ommegang i feel really hits the true in the Belgian style of, for an american beer, and I don't say that very much.

azorie, May 27, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a thick beige head of foam that last for a good bit and the body is a clear light copper with a slight hazy to it. There is a strong sea of bubbles swirling around to the top.
S- This beer has a perfume yeast aroma that is full with a soft spice quality to it. The aroma takes on a new sneaker and fresh hop aroma as it warms but the sneaker aroma is very pleasant. T- This beer has a citrus tart flavor with a hint of lemon zest and a dry pale malt hint which finishes with a green hop flavor accented by a lemon peel quality.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a quick fry prick of fizz in the finish.
D- This beer has a nice blend of yeasty flavors and citrusy hops with are nice and complex themselves. This is a great session beer especially in the warmer months.

rhoadsrage, May 26, 2010
Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
3.63/5  rDev -9%

This just became available in Denver and i couldn't wait to try it. This beer pours a cloudy golden honey color with a alrge foamy white head with fine bubbles. The nose was huge on the orange and corriander but you also get some note of lemon zest and yeast. On the palate you immediately get honey followed by flavros of orange, bread and some slight spice notes. Overall it was a good beer, it is just a little pricey for what it is.

WhatsNewinBooze, May 20, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours a cloudy tea and copper with sunshiney yellow highlights. The head is nice and thick, but very fleeting, gone before you can take a sip.

The beer has a crisp orange peel sorbet with some dried toast fresh from the toaster. With fresh cut grass sprinkled on top.

The taste starts super crisp on the palate and green apple skins, toast, and caramelized candi sugar on the taste buds. The grassy and orange hops take on an effervescence with all the carbonation in this beers palate. Makes them sorbet of sorbet like to me in the middle. The finish is a soft bitterness and dry toasted bread malt.

This is an exceptional tasting BPA, all it needs is some better estectics and its a "5" all the way.

scruffwhor, May 20, 2010
Photo of mjaskula
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

Served in a tulip. The giant white head surprised me almost overflowing the glass. It leaves thick lacing as it reduces to a thick film. The beer itself is a golden, slightly hazy and effervescent.

Aroma is thick spicy with aged hops and belgian yeast. Flavor is crisp and spicy as expected from the aroma. I didn't get much of the tropical fruit claimed by the bottle, but there is some fruitiness in the background. It finishes with a but of hop bitterness and some bready malt character.

Carbonation is high, as evidence would suggest, and it dries up off of your tongue, leaving you wanting more. The overall light character and smooth flavors make this a fairly easy drinking belgian.

mjaskula, May 19, 2010
Photo of Liverpool08
4.03/5  rDev +1%

A beautiful orange/copper color with a small head. Aroma is Belgian yeast but also a little bitter grassy aromas. Taste follows, with some Belgian spices and banana flavors that quickly move into a more bitter grassy taste. This is a nice Belgian to use as a thirst quencher. The bitterness helps move the sweeter spices thru the palate and make this very drinkible.

Liverpool08, May 18, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +4%

A new bottle from Ommegang, naturally a Belgian style. The bottle states this to be a dry hopped Belgian Pale Ale, offering "citrus and tropical fruit aromatics coming from a well balanced hops character. Belgian yeast, five malts, two hops, finished by dry-hopping wit Cascade hops, and warm cellaring".

The beer is a bazy deep copper color, plenty of fine floating sediment and a huge frothy head, maybe 4 fingers worth. The aroma has the Belgian character, kind of smells like a muted Belgian IPA. It smells a little more bitter than it actually tastes, I think the sweetness from the malts tempers it well. Very balanced, crisp, and dry. Not a sipper but not really a chugger either, just easy drinking goodness.

TurdFurgison, May 15, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

A: Fairly dark gold color. Poured a 2 finger rocky white head with excellent retention. Decanted continually. Lots of stick lace.

S: Slightly sweet and citrussy combination of malt and esters. Floral hops and a bit of a yeast funk as well.

T: Biscuity malts transitioned to yeast and spicey, grassy floral hops. Complex, yet an interesting. Finishes dry and warm.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Very complex, yet maintained a nice balance. Dry and very warming.

D: Big flavor and comlexity yet moderate abv make this surprisingly drinkable.

Haybeerman, May 14, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

It's been too long since I've had an Ommegang beer. I definitely need to revisit their flagship catalog. 750 ml corked & caged bottle into a Delirium Tremens tulip (packaged 1/19/10).

BPA pours with a glowing orange body and a bit of yeasty haze. The carbonation is fervent, and supplies the antique-white foam with a uniform supply of bubbles. Lacing clings to the inside of the glass. Great aroma, absolutely nails the style with spicy, musty Belgian yeastiness, white pepper, grassy hops, and tons of citrus fruit. The Cascade dry-hop is noticeable, but doesn't overpower the other aromatic subtleties.

The flavor starts off with Belgian spices and orange peel before giving way to a spritzy pale malt note that suggests bread dough and Saltine crackers. The hops come across as citrusy with a hint of pine and florals, while the yeast adds tropical fruit notes. Mouthfeel is crisp, medium-light in body, and almost too carbonated, but bubbly enough to kick in some zest to the palate. BPA is an easy sipper, and one of the better Belgian Pale's I've come across in recent memory. Distinctly American, but holds true to its stylistic roots. Goes great with a rice dish...recommended!

wagenvolks, May 13, 2010
Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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