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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,283 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,283
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 64
Gots: 68 | 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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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev -24.8%

11-15-2011 03:24:09 | More by oline73
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

11-15-2011 02:34:31 | More by Elfastball7
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6%

11-15-2011 00:46:26 | More by djrn2
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kkrez

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2011 23:32:10 | More by kkrez
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LucienDeRubempre

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-14-2011 20:41:09 | More by LucienDeRubempre
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-14-2011 15:15:31 | More by Lawnboy33
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2011 15:13:09 | More by justintcoons
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2011 14:15:23 | More by Rollzroyce21
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2011 13:17:25 | More by EgadBananas
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Justin23060

Virginia

5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer screams quality. The color is a slightly orange golden with a perfect tall off white head that lasted and clung. The smell is mild citrus mixed with that classic Belgian aroma that is not at all over powering. The taste is again citrusy hop and malt. Finished just about in the middle of sweet and dry The bottle promises perfect balance and they have delivered on the promise. There is a slight alcohol warmth too that adds to the medium body of the mouth feel. One of my new favorites. I think this will be on the table for Thanksgiving dinner.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 05:45:03 | More by Justin23060
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

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

Poured chilled in oversize glass

A: hazy copper-peach color; very buoyant head (4 finger); great carb action
S: pleasant, persistent hoppy smell; a tinge of yeast aroma comes through, but it's mostly about the hops
T: very flavorful; as promised, it combines Belgian and pale ale elements, with a sour yeasty profile most prominent; also includes the requisite overtones of pear, banana; aftertaste veers toward the sour and bitter; complex flavor and the alcohol comes through clearly (despite the modest ABV)

An excellent beer, overall

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 03:46:11 | More by Arithmeticus
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diamondc

Texas

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

A: Hazy, golden .. huge head and lots of lacing. Settles down to a cap of foam the rest of the way.

S: Lots of tropical fruit ... mango, pineapple, pears. Grapefruit pith and orange peel lurks underneath.

T: More of the tropical fruit, bubblegum, a surprising amount of bitter citric hop. Malts are typical of an APA, grainy, caramel.

M: Very effervescent, hides the alcohol well, light to medium body.

O: A pretty great Belgian APA. Manages to balance the yeast and hops into something very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 05:37:32 | More by diamondc
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

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

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler Glass

Appearance - This pours a VERY big head; At least 5 finger in width. I don't think I've ever seen a head that big, let alone form that quickly! The head itself is slightly off-white but big and fluffy looking! The beer is a cloudy bright amber appearance with hints of yellow along the edges and leaves behind some great lacing.

Smell - The aroma is very strong yet pleasant with this one, with a very pungent yeast smell combined with floral hops, citrus and a slight banana scent. The glass is about 2 feet away and I can smell it from here!

Taste - A very citrus taste with a yeasty overbite. The hops are definitely there, but they're not as strong as they are in the smell. There's a slight banana taste to it, almost like a Hefeweisen but in a way that mixes perfectly with all the other flavors

Mouthfeel - It has more carbonation than normal, but it still manages to feel very refreshing. The body is actually quite light compared go other pale ales I've tried

Overall - This is easily one of the best BPAs I have tried. This is a BPA that everyone should give a try. It's not too hoppy, but it's subtle enough for those who aren't normally into hops to enjoy this beer. You can tell alot of love was putting into making this beer; From it's appearence, it's smell, all the way down to it's taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 02:33:28 | More by NuclearDolphin
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A voluminous head, four fingers worth, consumes most of the glass... It's white, pillow-like, and fluffy with lots of big chunky bubbles mixed in... A bit of shrinkage before showing solid retention at about two fingers worth... The carbonation is sparse, slow and rises randomly throughout... The color is a slightly muted slightly hazed medium gold... A bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Lots of subtle characteristics combine to yield a fairly complex bouquet... Belgian yeast... Some sweet tropical fruit... Candied sugars... Orange and lemon zest... Fresh wheat notes... White pepper.... Everything is in even amount and each whiff displays new charm...

T - The palette doesn't live up to the wonderful nose... It's not bad, but rather quite average for the style... The hops take on a light euro nobleness... The great sweetness alluded to on the nose is missing in action... A slight spice component... Some wheat notes...

M - Medium bodied... Very slight carbonation... A touch of dryness... Nothing much lasts for too long... Wham, bam, and gone before you know it... A bit of a disappointment...

D - A solid Belgian Pale Ale... The nose is exceptional, but the rest of this brew is solidly slightly more than average in all other categories and you know the saying about being only as strong as your weakest link... Solid, respectable, and worthy, but not much more...

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 22:47:35 | More by philbe311
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zbellino

Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid tier of gold with a light tobacco hue. It really builds a sticky head that grips the side of the glass like cobwebs, even if it takes a while for the head to die down.

The aroma is really light, but sweet in the back of the nose like bananas and cream with a gardener's touch of floral and fir.

Tastes sweet like mango and ruby red grape fruit. A subtle herbaceousness infects this brew. Really, this beer is smooth, and all about the taste.

Overall an accomplishment. Well hopped enough to keep you off the heavier stuff, downright refreshing enough to session on a hot day.

Kudos Ommegang.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 01:46:01 | More by zbellino
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

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

A - mostly clear golden with a steady stream of rising bubbles, tower of soapy white head wasn't going anywhere
S - mix of banana fruity yeast esters, grassy and light earthy aromas, light toastiness
T - banana and pineapple citrus, spicy yeast, fresh grassy and resiny hop flavours, mild malt backbone
M - has the big belgian carbonation kick, a warm spicy feel with hints of hop bitterness with a juicy feel
O - very aromatic and flavourful, a nice blend of belgian and pale ale characteristics that creates its own thing, bright and very easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 03:17:09 | More by joemcgrath27
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movingtrain

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a mission...serious head on top...gorgeous, white, fluffy, and lingering. Copper-orange color, with some yeast sediment floating around a bit...perhaps I gave it too aggressive of a pour...but, overall, this beer looks awesome in the glass.

The aroma first is of orange peel, cardamom, rye, wet wood, and damp leaves. There is a nice funkiness in there, balancing other hints of white grapes, oats, lemon zest, and sage.

The flavor here is right on the money. The pale ale qualities of citrus balanced with an earthy malt are quite present. But, the addition of the Belgian-style yeast gives this ordinary pale something to write home about. It is earthy, floral, and pungent. There are hints of orange peel and other citrus, but also of clove, thyme, and honey.

Overall, this is a fine ale. The Belgian aspects of this beer take it to the next level...there is depth here, and interesting flavors--ranging from the powerful pale pungency, to the down-to-earth farmhouse earthy warmth. This beer is complex, intriguing, and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 22:04:06 | More by movingtrain
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from a bottle at Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY.

Poured a nice burnt sienna color with a tad bit of haziness to it. Small white head that dissipated slowly and left some nice lacing. Spicy, citrusy and hoppy aroma. Tastes of citrus and earthy hops, sweet malts and spices. Well-balanced but not too complex. Pretty standard.

Light-medium mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Drinkable, but I wouldn't have more than one simply because it's not really exceptional. Still enjoyable. Overall, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 00:21:40 | More by MsRif
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy dark golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Streaks and spots of lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with a prominent hop presence along with some zesty spice, pale malt and light fruit notes. Lots of grassy pine along with some coriander and pepper followed by hints of apple and pear.

Medium bodied with some tight carbonation and a strong earthy hop presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a dry finish. Slightly floral with some grassy pine and faint citrus fruit complimented by some peppery spice. Only slightly dry but not very bitter. Countered by some pale malt and crisp, light fruit. Overall, the palate is surprisingly full and it's easy to drink but it's not terribly flavorful or interesting.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 06:14:32 | More by corby112
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured all head, white, slow to recede and quick to re-errupt with subsequent pours. The body emerges from the head an orangy gold almost mustard sauce yellow. Smell is predominately musty yeast and in fact reminds me of some bad wines I've had. There's also some malt smell and a sour aspect that had me expecting a sour taste which didn't happen. Taste is much drier than the smell hinted. There's still the musty yeast but not as strong as in the smell, there's lot's of dominant white pepper, and a light bitter finish.

I agree with some others that this beer may be overdone - the head, the mustiness. It seems they tried to make a powerhouse version of the Belgian original style and it's a little off.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 11:00:21 | More by MoreThanWine
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Light golden orange with a bunch of floating yeast sediment. Monster 3" head with good retention.

S - Subtle scents of orange citrus, sweet malts, and yeast. Earthy.

T - Taste follows the nose, with grassy hops at first, then grainy malts. Good balance. Ends with some Belgian yeast flavor, and a slight hop bitterness.

M - Very smooth and creamy. High carbonation. Medium bodied.

D - Highly drinkable Belgian pale ale. Great balance of flavor. Overall, a very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 05:27:02 | More by mooseo
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a 1/2 finger of white head. Good retention with some lace. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Kind of fruity, kind of hoppy. Citrusy with spices and yeast.

Taste: Yeast, spice, bananas, cloves. A bit of floral and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: A little bitter, but very dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a decent BPA, but nothing exciting. It is what it is. Fairly average to the style. Fairly decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 01:56:09 | More by mothman
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the Potsdam IGA.

A - Giant fluffy, thick white head. Three fingers of nice stuff, and that's just the part that's not on top of the rim of the glass. Cloudy golden with good carbonation. Great thick soapy lace chunks and a good half finger of lace.

S - Sweet spice is fairly strong, citrus. Orange peel and a distinct hop presence mixing with yeast and the good spice is good.

T - Great crackery malt with citrus, yeast, some pear, some hop presence is a good compliment to the flavours going on. The addition of American style hopping is good.

M - Farily strong carbonation, medium body and a nice orangey, hoppy finish. Very smooth.

O/D - A very solid Belgian Pale Ale. Flavourful and balanced with yeasty esters and hops with a good malt backbone to boot. So very drinkable and tasty. Great, like it alot!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 02:29:54 | More by tbeckett
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EnJeiBee

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy golden hue with a thin white head and great lacing

S - It had the sweet, citrusy funky Belgian nose I expected, but none of the hop profile I hoped for (although I realize the style isn't supposed to be overly hoppy)

T - Thin flavor profile similar to the nose. A slightly bready, yeasty Belgian funk with a hit of bitterness upon finish

M - Light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated

O - This was very enjoyable but something about it seemed like it was lacking to me. I felt that the flavor profile seemed watered down.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2011 04:41:55 | More by EnJeiBee
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damndirtyape

Ohio

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

12oz bottle (bottled on 03/25/11, best by 03/2012) poured into a Tulip glass.

Appearance: Very cloudy golden orange with a huge off-white pillowy head. Very persistent foam with lots and lots of lacing all over the place. Fantastic looking beer.

Smell: Clean orange citrus with some grapefruit. At time it reminded me of fresh cut grapefruit. Some very faint yeast mustiness in the background.

Taste: Orange citrus with grapefruit again. Very clean malt right after the initial citrus flavors - not roasty, not really anything other than the right balance of sweetness that is there and gone again before a clean and dry citrus hop finish. Every now and then some of that yeast comes through again, but it is an accentuating note. The citrus hops are the main player here. Equally good when first poured and cold and when it warmed up as well.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, nice and smooth and maybe even a little airy like a good Belgian should be.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite nice - good as a sipper, good with a meal, and quite interesting. I could have another quite easily.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 23:13:49 | More by damndirtyape
Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 1,283 ratings.