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

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89
very good

1,316 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1,316
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 71
Gots: 79 | FT: 1
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of StephenRich
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you have been following this blog, it really should be no surprise by now that I love what Brewery Ommegang creates; I've posted very positive reviews earlier on both their Three Philosophers Quadrupel, and the magnificent Adoration. Both of these beers are very rich and hearty though, and with summer around the corner I jumped at the chance to try Ommegang's newest beer, their Belgian Pale Ale (BPA).

The BPA is the first in a series of six new specialty beers to be released by Ommegang in 2010, as such it was brewed in limited quantities but has spread all across the U.S. Ommegang plans to test this range of beers to create a house beer; somewhat of an entry beer; an accessible beer for the general public. The goal is to create satisfying beers with ripe flavors, moderate ABV, and at a reasonable price to try to entice non-beer aficionados to get their hands wet.

Normally I would quaff at this idea, but it does make sense. Artisan distilleries, for example, will make several vintage whiskies aged 18, 21, or more years. But they will also produce a house whisky; a "reserve", or "select" designed to meet the needs of the entry level consumer. And for a brewery like Ommegang, whose Belgian inspired beers are all extremely flavorful, a beer like the BPA will help people walk their way into great beer rather than forcing people to dive in head first.

Ommegang claims that they have worked hard for a very long time trying to crack the code for accessible beers with distinctive character, and that the BPA has done it.

It is available right now in 750ml corked bottles, and on draft wherever it is sold. As mentioned, it has a moderate alcohol level at 6.2% abv, and regardless of the beer's purpose and destiny, it is a Belgian Style Pale Ale brewed by some of the best American-Belgian brewers in the world. It has been brewed with five specialty malts, and hopped with Columbus, Celeia and Cascade hops. It is of course bottle conditioned using Ommegang's signature yeast.

It was a fitting afternoon when I opened this beer, probably about 17C outside, sunny, and I was by the beach grilling some chicken wings. I opened this bottlecool, around 10C (50F) and poured it into a few tuliped glasses to share with my friends. It formed a soft golden copper beer with orange and opaque amber yellow hues. It is hazy, with a hugely airy and pillowy off white head and raised itself about two inches above the beer.

The nose is very classic with light citrus zest, tropical fruity esters, pale malts and a hint of herbal hops. It does have a nice bouquet of floral spice and biscuit also, but overall is not very potent, not compared to most Ommegang beers, but it is very pleasant.

I went right into the BPA and was instantly refreshed by effervescent pale malt sweetness, floral and lightly crisp hops, the citrus zest of grapefruit and orange, and a lightly earthy yeast character. It all came in softly with elegant presence rather than aggressive power. Hops are mellow and soft, but the Cascade hops definitely add the necessary bitter and quenching characteristics which are essential to balance out malt sweetness and floral aromas.

The mouthfeel was excellent, and perfectly Belgian. Spicy to the touch, crackling and delicate carbonation, and the sting of hops makes it a great beer for the summer. The finish is light, no alcohol is noticeable, and is very refreshing. It paired perfectly with my chicken wings and beach front weather.

I do have to try to be unbiased though, because I prefer the richer more flavorful Belgian Pale Ales, however this is a very good beer. If you are just getting into the world of real beer, this is a great introduction. However, if you have been around Ommegang's lineup before and love the hugely aromatic and massively flavorful beers, this may be too weak for you.

The next in this series is called Tripel Perfection, and is undoubtedly a Belgian style tripel. I will also be looking for one of those for a summer afternoon.

StephenRich, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of haazer
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- The best part of the beer for me. Very cloudy amber color with orange hue. A thick head forms at the top, very thick. Takes quite a while before it settles down to a white ring. Blotches of the ring remain on the sides of the glass as you drink.

S- Has the distinct belgian yeast smell. A wonderfull smell at that. I detect a slint hint of lemon also.

T- Wasn't really blown away with this. I taste bread, slight lemon, and a tiny hint of hops. Rather mediocre mix for me though, nothing strong stands out.

M- Real dry feel. Slightly crisp.

D- Goes down easy. Pretty smooth despite being dry. Could have a handful of these no problem.

Overall an ok brew. My first from Ommegang. Looking forward to trying others.

haazer, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of skberke
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild smell, mild taste, mild color, mild beer. This pale golden ale poured with a lovely white head of compact bubbles punctuated by larger clusters of bubbles. The nose has strong malt character with a mild floral aroma underneath. The taste is crisp, dry, and refreshing with a slightly hoppy finish. It would make a good session beer, but it's a little boring for my taste.

skberke, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with some yellow highlights. A 2" head lasts a long time. Spotty lacing develops during the session.

Smell: yeast, sugary sweetness, caramel, and some floral bitterness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: yeast, caramel, lemon zest, oranges, green grapes, pears, and a mild floral bitterness creates a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Long lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer was very easy to quaff and satisfied the tastebuds. Great beer from Ommegang.

Gavage, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Sam21
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork/cage limited edition release 750 into tulip.

Appearance - Pours clear amber color with a large fluffy white head. Leaves chunky wispy lace. Brilliant looks in general.

Smell - Subtle pear/banana fruitiness and spicy clove.

Taste - Ommegang's signature house yeast adds a familiar spiciness which is complemented by a subtle fruitiness and a nicely balanced moderately hopped finish. No lingering bitterness. A mixture of clove and subtle fruit.

Mouthfeel - Very soft and fluffy.

Drinkability - Simple, well balanced, and easy to drink. Can't explain it any better.

Sam21, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy golden-lemon coloring is filled with a dense showering of carbonation. On top lied a eggshell white head, 3 fingers high, that was rocky and dense and well lasting. Stratified rings line the glass for a lacing with a modest thickness. Inside lied a turbid haze. The rocky head, coloring, and visual lacing all add up for a better then good visual appeal.

S: My first thought was lemon meringue on the nose. Soft compliments of cascade hops produce fresh citrus tones. When agitated there were hints of solvent, perhaps from the alcohol, mixed in with some lemon-straw on the fade. Light mentions of hops and yeast on a soft delivery left me wishing there was a bit more offered here.

T: Citrus flowers with a backing of pale grains opens things up. A mixture of fruitiness (dry pineapples & oranges) along with some juicy pears probably compliments of the yeast . In the middle of the palate were indications of melons and some fruit juices before finishing out with a light warming of fruit, citrus and alcohol. Eloquently smooth in delivery with a seamless transition of flavors. Overall a very fine tribute to brewing craftmenship went into this beer.

M: Light bodied, over time the overly active carbonation settled down becoming lax giving you a smooth and relaxing feel in the mouth. Soft boozy notes of citrus alcohol warm the tongue and inner cheeks.

D: Exceptionally smooth going down making for a wonderful experience. A big beer with session like quality and smoothness and only a modest show of the 6.2%abv that only adds to the overall flavor.

beerthulhu, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of BigJim5021
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orangish-gold with a big white head that lasts for the duration. Tons of lacing. Just a great looking beer.

Aroma is light tropical/citrus fruit and bready yeast. Definitely lighter than the flavor, but still pretty nice.

Flavor is a phenomenal mix of Ommegang's tasty house yeast, Cascade hops, pale malt and a refreshing sourness.

Mouthfeel is sharp and just as refreshing as the flavor. It finishes super-duper dry.

Drinkability is huge. Sessionable it is not, but I could polish off a couple 750s in a sitting with little problem. This honestly might be my favorite Ommegang beer at this point. I'm pretty stoked that it's being worked into the regular lineup.

BigJim5021, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of jpweisel
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750ml bottle from BuyRite on 72 in NJ.

Pours a cloudy orange amber into glass. Nice and good lacing. I loved the crisp, light flavor. Great for a hot summer day. This is a well balanced beer and you can taste hints of both the Wheat and the Belgian Styles.

Ommegang has been surprising me a lot lately. I have always liked their beers, but the last few I have had I will get again and again.

jpweisel, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of mstyne
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750ml bottle from Beverage Mart on NY 66. No dating that I could discern. "Cleared at the Brewery".

Pours an excellent cloudy orange amber into my Unibroue ... fancy glass. Significant head, nice lacing. Flavor is very nice, light, crisp. Has some of the elements of a wheat beer with those of a straight up belgian ale. Well balanced spice/citrus.

After a long day at the office, this was really nice to come home to. Would definitely have this one again. Well done, Ommegang.

mstyne, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Heinen's. Love this style, love this brewery, let's hope this one slays it like the Adoration did last winter.

Looks really, really nice in my tulip. Cloudy orangeish gold with a huge four finger head. The head settles down into a pillowy topping on an orange-pineapple beauty of a beer.

Smell is nice, typical BPA aromas done well. You've got your spicy esters from the yeast that give some corriander, clove, and pepper notes. And you've got a bright tropical hops that give some orange and pineapple. And some Belgian candy sugar sweetness under it all. Nice one, but the two components could be just a touch more complimentary.

Taste is also quite nice. The star of the show is the tropical bright hops. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and some wonderful C hop brightness. Yeast adds spices, mostly pepper and clove. Malt is sweet and bready with just a touch of toasted cracker underneath.

Mouthfeel is light with great carb. A nice finish and feel. No noticeable alcohol at all. I polished this off myself quite easily. Now that this is going to be year round, I can see it being a staple of my BPA choices. Very nice new offering from Ommegang!

jampics2, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a white head. Thea aroma is yeast, lemons, oranges and alcohol. The flavor is very similar. I get notes of grassy hops, yeast and oranges. The beer is very hoppy for a beer of this style. The bitterness is low to medium and the hop flavor is very apparent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Josephkeene
4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bomber.

Pour's yellowish orange, unfiltered with large head normal to the style of Belgium ales.

Smell from a distance isnt anything amazing, once closer there is a light hint of candy and hops.

Taste is amazing, large carbonation but this isnt a issue. Taste starts with Candy and ends with Hops. Nothing more or nothing-less could be better for the Style.

I really love this beer for a new offering from Ommegang it's a ale worth trying.

Josephkeene, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 06, 2010
Photo of rwf08
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
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.

Sammy, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of myost88
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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
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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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