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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,316 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,316
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 71
Gots: 79 | 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 StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours honey colored and a bit cloudy into a snifter, with the ommegang signature frothing over the top crazy head. aroma is floral hops and belgian yeast. tastes a little fruity, with a round floral hop finish. really really nice beer to session as it has a lower abv than many ommegang beers and the complexity makes the thirsty man curious for more. on the pricey side, but it is money well spent. update: on tap this is an entirely different beer, for the better. the yeast is almost tropical, and the hops seem more fresh. not to be missed on tap!

StonedTrippin, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with a freshness date.

Color: Clear gold.

Smell: White tea, white chocolate, chalky yeast, peppermint stick, clementine, mango and pita bread.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very dry, very smooth with a crisp bite. Dried grass, yeast, light alcoholic esters, tropical fruit and lemon grass. A bit phenolic, faint honey, more graininess. Dry dusty finish.

Overall: Drinkable obviously. Packed with flavor, high on complexities. The subtle note of Cascade hops works in the dry hopping. Recommended.

Jason, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few samples of this at last weekends Steel City Big Pour, when I saw bottles of it at D's afterward I was inspired to grab a bottle for myself. Pours a beautiful slightly hazed glowing golden amber hue. Bright off white head forms large bubbles nice and thick four finger depth with chunk scattered lacing. Aroma contains sharp citric, deep floral, and tropical fruit juice. Dry acidic note tickles the nares along with spicy yeast layer, pale biscuit malts bring some mild bready edges. Overall flavor is excellent, I don't think Ommegang does much wrong. Fruity citrus/mango infused mix of hop notes, dry bitterness rules but spicy yeast and biscuit malt with a hint of caramelization balances enough to make this incredible. Mouthfeel is effervescent, dry finish ample sturdy bitterness throughout a beautiful experience that I plan to experience again. Drinkability overall was great a top notch version of a rarely well done style at least here in the US micro brewing scene...been excited to try this since I heard about it.

WVbeergeek, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

nickfl, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/20/2011 at Rose Alley Alehouse, in New Bedford, MA, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some hops and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a nice burst of hops bitterness for the style that is quickly followed by some mildly sweet flavors of caramel & citrus. Then there are some bready flavors that come from a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style but with a little more hops that you usually get, this is a very good Belgian-style beer a lot of flavor and substance making it worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love Ommegang. Looks great on the pour. Nose is real strong dough and some floral tones. Strong and unabashed flavor. Real in your face, er, mouth, and just doesn't slow down. Consistent and strong delivery. Lots of dough, which may be a turnoff to some people. Either way, this is a good belgian ale. As I would expect from Ommegang.

RblWthACoz, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev -6%

russpowell, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Cobblestone's in York, served chilled in a pint.

The color is hazy golden w/ subtle tangerine hue and average sized head of white w/ tiny bead and lace that sticks well, clarity/retention are both good. The smell is very herbal, sun tea-like with a subtle citrus and floral accent. The yeast provides a subtle tropical ester. The feel is fruity and smooth malt with a subtle yeast tanginess and bitterness from the American hops. there is a relatively high resinous quality with high carbonation which leads to a semi-dry finish.

The flavor is fairly dry with subtle Belgian yeast and light tropical flavor from the combo of yeast and hops w/ mild spice and lemony tang which goes well with the herbal elements of the hops. The taste has a light astringency and mild phenolic quality w/ subtle pineapple hint w/ gently bitter citrus with mild dry malt accenting into the semi-dry finish. This is a very drinkable beer and very good Belgian Pale ale in general, I prefer the bottle conditioned version personally, but there is plenty of citrus hop flavor and the drinkability is high overall.

Slatetank, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A large 750ml all for myself, but from what I hear its a delicious beer.

A: Huge honkin head, 3 fingers takes up about 60% of my La Chouffe tulip glass, which is fluffy, fizzy, and fades semi quickly. Really hazy and tons of bubbles floating up in the pale golden orange color.

N: Starts with a slightly sweet Belgian malt aroma, with some malts, sweetness, little candi sugar, and the sweet aroma that wants to be boozy, and even hints at it, but never really gets there. Behind that is a nice light hopped aroma, with some lemon grass, light Eruo style hops, a very slight citrus, and a very touch of spicy hops.

T: Starts with a slight hoppy bite, with a slight bitterness, some citrus and lemon grass, little spicy hop, and overall nice lighter but tasty hop presence. WIth that is a nice malt presence, with some wheat, little sweet malts, slight candi sugar, touch of sweetness and spicy, again wants to make it taste like its boozy but never really gets there. Again a grassy hop presence comes through. Overall the hops are light and very low bitterness, but a nice taste. There actually seems to be more bitterness from the yeast and Belgian malts.

M: Light to medium body with a ridiculous amount of carbonation, I mean this makes Champagne look like Tomme Arthur made it.

F: Dries off quite a bit, and gets a nice hop presence again. Slightly bitter with more lemon, grassy, lemon-grass (see what I did there), some citrus, zest, and slight spicy hops. A little sticky presence festers in the mouth but doesn't really get overbearing. A bitter lemon zest really comes through on the finish too. Leaves a slight anesthetized feel in the mouth as if it had more booze. It seems to give that feel off a lot, but never gets to it.

Overall a nice flavor, spicy grassy and citrus hops, nice malt presence, an enjoyable beer. I would have liked a little more hop presence personally, but it's freshness is nice too. I wouldn't want to age this.

jlindros, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ommegang BPA ..."part of the Duvel family of fine ales"

"This fine pale ale offers citrus and tropical fruit aromatics coming from a well balanced--yet ample--hop character. It uses our own Belgian yeast, five malts, two hops and plenty of patience. Finishing touches include dry-hopping with Cascade hops and warm-cellaring."

POP! goes the cork, and away we go...

Highly clouded, burnt orange coloration, half inch head, snowy white, rocky and bumpy, lace=leaving and long lasting.

Lovely aromatics, lemon and yeast, abundant spice, very peppery, with hops aplenty. Don't want to take my nose away from the glass.

Tasting it: Hops are dazzling on the palate, a torrential downpour, a blitzkrieg bop of hops, peppery, with a lemon twist. Zesty, spritzy, light bodied and easy drinking. Mouthfeelnever quits with the hops and the spice. Pilsner malts keep it bouncing below.

This would be a fantastic food beer, so more's the pity I haven't anything better than frozen pizza. Better than that, it's an excellent drinking beer. I'm a bigger fan of Ommegang's heartier ales, but this was a fine attempt at the style. Only drawback is the flavor thins out much too early, leaving me wanting.

feloniousmonk, Dec 13, 2010
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.

drabmuh, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -24.8%

oline73, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY

Pours a hazy burnt sienna, with a finger of white head; decent lacing. Light hops in the aroma, citrus and spice. Light tasting, good balance of citrus hops and sweet malts, with a touch of spice. Light-medium mouthfeel. Nice, crisp, easily drinkable, even if it's not overflowing with flavor.

Rifugium, May 22, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light amber with a touch of orange. Very pretty with a nice head. Rather coarse carbonation in the mouth. Almost delicate in its modest flavors. Quite tart, partly from all the carbonation, like a Saison cut with club soda. Slight beery aroma. Somewhat lemony followed by a touch of dirty funk, and ending with a long bitterness. Dry flavor doesn't allow much fruit to come through.

Personally I like the Great Divide Belgica and Hades for this kind of style. Or a Saison with more malty interest. This is just quite austere and chalky. Quite a mineral aftertaste.

mactrail, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an excellent pale malt scent along with a dry, fruity yeast aroma. The hop character is crisp and bitter and really compliments the Belgian yeast esters. The taste is great as well! Wow, what a serious hop flavor. It's dry and bitter with a serious amount of yeast character. The malt bill is relatively simple and it acts as a base for what is a terrific example of hops and Belgian yeast compliment each other. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It's one of the best Belgian/American pale ales on the market.

WesWes, Apr 26, 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 jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured into an Ommegang glass:
On the neck - packaged on 01/24/2011, best by is, unfortunately, unclear, consumed on 06/09/2011 - reviewed from notes.

Pours bright goldeen with champagne-like bubbles forming a tall, foamy head that slowly descends, leaving wispy lacing.

The smell is fruity - citric (grapefruit/orange) and tropical (banana)with some floral/herbal notes.

Maltiness is laid-back with hops and yeast strain showing through - in a nice way. Very tasty if you like a Belgian yeast strain combined with plenty of American hops. Never too sweet, finishes dry.

The feel is creamy yet crisp. Very smooth.

A well-made BPA with hops and yeast showing over the malt (though it is enough to be noticeable). A dry BPA - nice, especially on a warm day. This should be a "regular" rather than a "limited" edition, IMO.

jwc215, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev +0.3%

DrunkinYogi, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Here's my updated review from having this on tap:

Modest head but it leaves a combination of blanket and ring lace. The color is dark gold and is lightly hazy.

The smell is a blend of pale malt, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

Fits the category well with a superior balance of the pale malts and a (stronger than the smell) hop pepper. Distinctive Belgian yeast is present but not overpowering. The finish features clove and white pepper.

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4.5 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0

Huge starting head. As it settles, it leaves less lace than one might expect. Leaves a dome. Still, there is plenty of spots on the glass side. Hazy, golden color.

Fresh pale ale smell consisting of lighter malt and floral hop. Very mild Belgian yeast in the background.

More yeast in the flavor. Starts with a mild grainy malt flavor but ends with a sizable hop bitterness bite. The body is on the full side but the carbonation is also high. There's also some tartness to the flavor.

smcolw, Mar 03, 2013
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.

Gueuzedude, May 05, 2010
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +0.3%

oriolesfan4, May 22, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a translucent to hazy goldenrod with a firm 2-3 finger almost gushing white head, leaving tons of lace, very good head retention.

S: Lime peel, orange peel, coriander and white pepper. Yeasty and attractive Belgian smells.

T: Quite a yeasty taste. Bitter spice on the back end with a lot of citrus peel. Noticable hop character, hay and earth, appealing, this would make a great food beer.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth with soft but biting at times carbonation, very easy drinking.

O: This is fantastic domestic Belgian style beer. Great flavours, blind I could believe this is Belgian-made which is always a plus. Well done Ommegang.

Halcyondays, May 18, 2011
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 corby112
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.

corby112, Oct 27, 2011
Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 1,316 ratings.