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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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Ratings: 1,345
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 76
Gots: 91 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
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
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mjaskula
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of wedgie9
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from 750mL bottle. Pours a cloudy tan orange with a thin beige head. Hoppy nose with that signature Belgian yeasty smell that always reminds me of lemon and biscuit. Palate is super mellow with the hops taking a back seat. Lemon zest, biscuit, black pepper, and light hops flavor round out the palate. The carbonation is very high with a sticky texture and a rather short finish. This is an easy drinker that will go great with foods.

Photo of Ego
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

slightly cloudy and tawny-gold hue with a full finger of absolutely white head, lots of carb bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass, lacing is great as well as head retention. this is a good lookin brew.

non pine hop aroma, bready with honey, malty with a hint of must, coriander with a touch of orange, it smells chewable.

taste etc...
refreshing with the smack of carbonation, mild bitterness coated with light honey notes, coriander/orange flavor asserts in the aftertaste, the yeast just adds a whole new level to this brew, it gives it such a distinct tone of complexity. You have this slightly bready-musty dry flavor caressed with the hop signature and spiciness.... really nice. the more you sip the more the dry hopping really entices your nose and palate.

great beer here. Not an all day drinker but something great to have after or during a summer meal amongst friends. The spiciness would add to many types of fare, bbq to thai.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Ommegang fluted chalice (or whatever the hell this damn thing is called...cervoise? Tulip? Whatever it is, it has the Ommegang logo on it and came free with that bomber boxed threesome.).

Another of my inexplicable collection of BPAs in the fridge. Held up the window (trust me, it's sunny out), the lion rampant or turns a sable against a light, hazy, sunset-like tenne (ah, heraldry). The bright, seemingly ermine suds leave a lovely halo etched along the rim while the liquid drains beneath it. Plenty of smells comin' offa this guy, including some banana, cloves, wheat, damp straw, a tiny bit o' soap, flowers, and sweet woodruff. The cloves, woodruff, and soap stage their vengeance on the tongue, along with a hint of pepper and a splash of citrus peel. A bit of spice drfits on into the distance. It's all pretty light and breezy, fitting nicely with the sunniness outside and in the glass. Currently the top of the BPA heap right now.

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

I picked up a bottle from Abe's Cold Beer for $9-10 and split it with a couple friends. The beer appeared a slightly hazy amber with a tall white head that left lacing. At first I was struck by the delicate bready malt and candy character, then I was amazed by the citrus and apricot hop flavor. That's quite a pairing of malts and hops in a Belgian pale, but the flavors are expertly balanced and sublimely subtle. Find this beer. It's not quite like anything I've tried straight from Belgium, but there's no doubt about its heritage.

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

I poured this one from a 750ml brown bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a medium-dark gold color with a big, lively 2" white head. The head took a few minutes to drop to a solid but thin cap. Lots of sticky Belgian lace left behind on my glass.

S= I found the aroma to be mainly sweet and citrusy malt/ester complex, grassy and flowery hop aroma, and chalky yeast funk. All around pleasant and interesting.

T= Light bakery malt sweetness lead into a beautiful marriage of yeasty goodness and spicy/grassy/floral hop complexity. Wow. I am so impressed by the balance yet sheer complexity of this beer. Finished dry and left me wanting more immediately.

MF= Well attenuated putting this to the lighter side of medium bodied. Crisp but not quite effervescent carbonation.

D= This was a really pleasant surprise. I have never had a bad Ommegang beer, but hadn't been wowed by them in a while. This beer hits right in my sweet spot and I will be seeking this out again and again!

Photo of funkybier
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taste -
Balance towards floral/spicy hops and yeast
Fruity banana yeast esters round out the hops
Finish is quite dry

Smell -
Fruity yeast and spicy hops dominate

Color -
Light golden/orange

Head -
Medium/light that quickly dissipates to thin and long lasting lacing

Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger white cap. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of light malts with large amounts of grassy and slightly spicy hops. Also present are good amounts of ripe pears and lighter amounts of clove.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp and light malt flavors kick things off. Coming in shortly thereafter are robust hop flavors with good amounts of herbal and light citrus tones and lighter amounts of grassiness. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens a bit and good amounts of pear flavors seep out. The light fruit flavors carry through to a mildly bitter and crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I'm once again not let down by Ommegang. A well done BPA that's well worth a shot, better now than later.

Photo of jrallen34
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Map Room into a pint glass. Murky yeasty gold with a nice white head, good retention and lacing. The aroma is nice with light hops, taste has the hops a bit stronger but easy to drink. Nice easy to drink balanced ale but I wouldn't go out of the way to drink it.

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

A big amount of chill haze has formed in this beer since I put it in the fridge two days ago. A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces almost four-fingers worth of nicely tanned foam. The head slowly falls with pillowy mounds of froth that leaves a rocky surface on the top fo the foam. The beer is a murky, light amber color that shows a rich haze and lighter copper hues when held up to the light. Earthy yeast notes mix with spicy herbal hop aromas followed by citrus hop notes in the first whif of the aroma. My second waft of the aroma sees me noticing tropical fruit hop notes much more with notes of lychee, floral peach and perhaps a touch of kumquat or tangelo zest. Earthy, spicy malt character is accentuated by fruity fermentation notes, and spicy phenolics; this last is a touch musty, a hint of medicinal, with some solid, supporting clove aromatics. The malt becomes more noticeable as my nose adjusts to the hops, toasted whole grain bread aromatics, rye crackers and fresh crushed grain notes all are apparent. In addition to the hops, there are other fruit notes of pear and perhaps a light melon like character. The aroma on this is interestingly complex, and I am quite enjoying the interplay of Belgian yeast, American Hops and malt.

Sweet grapefruit hop flavors are noticeable as the beer first hits my tongue. The beer dries out quite a bit as it rolls across my tongue though; the malt character is overall dry, but the hops accentuate an up front sweetness that just lingers on the palate even in the long finish. Both the peppery carbonation and the hops provide a biting, bitter note that is found throughout the flavor profile, but especially lingering in the finish. Touches of pine and a definite herbal edge also linger towards and into the finish of each sip. The malt contributes a soft dough-like flavor, some toasted cracker notes as well as a rustic, crushed grain character that lingers in the finish. It is interesting that the fermentation character accentuates a lychee / tropical fruit flavor from the Cascade hops. The texture of this beer is fizzy from the ample carbonation, but well tamed by a creamy texture; overall this is quite quaffable and certainly light enough to be what I was expecting labeled as a BPA. Fermentation spice notes of clove (this is actually quite big and mixes quite well with the hop character), woody black pepper and pink ginger play a bigger and bigger role as the beer warms up.

In a world were there are few commercial examples of American hops and Belgian inspired yeast strains (especially under 7%) this is a really nice beer. I can't see this standing up if a lot more of these get made though. As it is though, I am thoroughly enjoying this beer. My biggest complaint is that the malt seems to muddle things a bit; it does add complexity, but seems to get in the way of the crisp hops and interesting yeast character, though it does add extra complexity, which isn't really needed in a beer chock-full hops and yeast character. This would also be a bit lighter and more refreshing without the extra malt character; and I don't think that would be a bad thing.

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