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

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89
very good

1,336 Ratings
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90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,336
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 70
Gots: 83 | 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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(Beer added by: paulieatworld on 03-17-2010)
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!!!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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)

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.

Photo of drabmuh
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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

Photo of Amalak
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of azorie
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

(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.

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