Hop House | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of centurian62
1.96/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

I have to rate this beer based on my preferences. While others may like this one, I found it to be horrendous. I couldn't even choke it down. The aroma was actually pretty good, but when I got the first sip onto my palate, it was defintely not for me. I actually picked up an overwhelming taste of cloves and I cannot stand cloves. It was such an overpowering taste that I had to give it away. If you are not a fan of cloves stay away. If you are a fan of cloves you might really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of CraftyViki
3/5  rDev -21.5%

I enjoy the majority of Ommegangs brews, truly, however this one misses the mark for me.
I do not enjoy the sourness. The zest character I think is what I dislike. If I am in the mood for a Belgian Pale Ale, I go with St. Bernardus.

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Photo of SpecialPatrolGroup
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I hate to do this because Ommegang is fairly local to me and I am a big fan of many of their beers...but this isn't one of those. Just plain boring, bitterness not balanced well and the high hop content doesn't really mesh well with the other flavors in the beer. I honestly took two sips and poured it out. When Ommegang focused on a few solid beers, they were untouchable, but now they are trying to be all things to all people and I think their products are suffering. I'm sure they don't want to brew Hennepin or Rare Vos all day every day, but the difference with those beers and this one is they are delicious

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Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Man, I absolutely love Ommegang's beers. They truly believe in making a world-class Belgian here in the U.S. and it shows. If you've read any of my other reviews, you'll notice that I'm not a fan of hop-based brews. This, unfortunately is a brew designed to accommodate the hop-heads in America. I bought one solely on the fact that Ommegang made it. While I believe that Ommegang can do no wrong, I will quietly disregard this beer as an attempt to satisfy the misguided American palate which seems to believe that beer begins and ends with the advent of the IPA.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

AROMA: Aroma grapefruit hops, pine.
LOOK: Nice white head, pale yellow.
TASTE: Taste is fruity, bitter late. Pine taste also. Alcohol is present.
FEEL: Feel is lively and creamy. On tap at JoJo's."

Not that tasty, but well crafted.

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Photo of Pencible
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like citrus and grassy hops, with some minerals and spicy Belgian yeast.
T: It tasted like minerals and grassy hops, with some citrus zest and spicy Belgian yeast. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was not the best Belgian pale ale. The scent and taste were below average, although the body was decent. The finish was a little harsh, so it wasn't that easy to drink. Not recommended.

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Photo of Beejay
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow straw in color, slightly hazy, with an enormous soft white head.

S: Belgian yeast character shows up in the form of strawberry, raisins, and maybe a touch of champagne. Some light floral notes as well as a little spicy note. Not too much hop character.

T: More bitterness than I would think. The hops come across as herbal and earthy with a touch of tannins. There is a crispness to this, as well as a lemon grass type of flavor before the hops come in to dominate.

M: Medium light in body, with effervescent carbonation.

O: It's a good enough beer, but I'd like some more hop character. This comes out with bitterness a swinging, but not lot of flavor from the hops, and I don't know if the base beer is solid enough by itself.

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Photo of grammodesguapote
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Packaged on 3/10/14, 12 oz. bottle. Beer is a nice light golden color with a classic Belgian cloudiness. Head is large and white, beer is well carbonated. Aroma is bready with notable citrus and floral contributions from the hops. Mouthfeel is dry and somewhat watery. Taste is dominated by an upfront Belgian yeast character and followed by citrus hop flavored and a lingering bitterness. As a pale ale I would say this misses the mark, in the context of a Belgian inspired, dry-hopped ale, this is a good example.

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Photo of garuda
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Golden, cloudy, thick white head has good retention and lacing.

S/T - Quick whiff of juicy hops, then in comes the banana, clove yeast. Taste is more on the grainy side, with some lemon, grass, hay. Finishes with an ambiguous bitterness, abrasive.

M - Light body, high carbonation, voluminous feel. Abrasive on the back end.

O - Bitterness seems out of place with hop flavors lacking a bit.

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Photo of Wilshade
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Belgian Pale Ale
ABV: 6.0%
Glassware: Pint

Appearance: Translucent gold with a luxurious creamy white head

Smell: Citrus dominates with floral notes

Taste: Grapefruit bitter, long lasting aftertaste

Mouth feel: smooth effervescence with a heaviness on the tongue

Overall: My least favorite of the Ommegang stable.

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Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is light, some floral hops. Taste is hops, citrus, some bitterness, not really what I am used to from this style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a decent beer, but not up to the quality I am used to from this brewery.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan, yellow, unfiltered floaters, 1/2 foamy head with lots of lacing.

Smell - Floral fruits, orange, lemon. Belgium yeasts, a little funky sour note. Not picking up alot of aroma

Taste - Bitter hop kick mixed with Belgium yeasts. Minor lemon and orange mix with some spices. Pale malts make up the backbone and add more bitter. A little herbal and dry hop note is present but not very strong. There's a real minor citric fruit flavor that comes out in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets mostly bitter fruits, and some Belgium yeasts. Palate gets some dry hops, pale malts and spices. Aftertaste is dry, bitter and a little watery.

Overall - Underwhelmed by this one. Very basic Belgium pale ale, no special flavors or twist on the style. Flavor is bland and this isn't even a good take on the style. Nothing special here or anything I want to try again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass with classy understated label art and a branded pry-off pressure cap.

6% ABV. Reviewed as a dry-hopped pale ale per the label. Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live. Expectations are well above average given the brewery. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 7 fingers wide. Bone-white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Appears soft. Has a taut but foamy consistency. Retention is excellent - about 10 minutes. Leaves light cobwebby lacing on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes.

BODY: Cloudy yellow-copper of average vibrance. Translucent. Transparent. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible within.

Overall, it's a nice appearance for a pale ale, but not a special or unique one. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's well within expectations.

AROMA: Citrusy bordering on soapy - did this spend too long in primary? Detergent, lemon zest, crystal malts, pale malts, zest, sparkling notes, and crisp pear. Floral hop notes. A hint of bread dough. A kiss of white pepper. Some mild citrus peel. A kiss of crackery malts. It's intriguing, and carries a rind-like hop bitterness, but seems to balance that well with a crystal malt malt base. I'm curious to see how it plays out in the taste, and I do pick up on some saison influence on this purported pale ale.

No overt alcohol or other off-notes are detectable.

Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of average strength and I'm looking forward to trying this beer, but I worry about the soapiness hinted at by the aromatics.

TASTE: The crystal malt and complementary sparkling characteristics do come through, lending this pale ale a somewhat biere de garde/saison-esque twist. IT's surprisingly estery for a pale ale, and I do like most of what they're after with the hops: some floral character, some juicy fruit notes, apricot, pear, and some hop oils. There's a bit of bitter citrus peel/rind, and some effective grassy character. The pale malt base helps keep the varied hop notes in check, aided by a kiss of leavening wheat malt and some dry doughy Belgian yeast, which lends the flavour profile still more flair. There's some subdued white pepper, which I love but want more of, and it stays with the drinker into the aftertaste, tingling on the palate and encouraging the next sip.

Overall, it's a well-balanced pale ale, and while I do like its obvious Belgian leanings, they do make the flavour profile a bit more scattered and unfocused. It's well built, with plenty of complexity and frankly, variety...this isn't your local brewery's generic pale ale. I do wish the white pepper was more prominent, but the present of that note at all is testament to its subtlety. Above average depth and duration of flavour. Average flavour intensity. Very cohesively constructed.

TEXTURE: Effervescent, with sparkling wine-esque characteristics that complement the crystal malt nicely. Aptly dry (a risk that pays off), and perfectly subtly coarse, which helps coax out a bit more nuance from its many flavours. It's well-carbonated - perhaps a bit too much so - and benefits from its assertive medium body and moderate thickness.

This pale ale has presence, if not punch, and the texture supports the taste well and helps emphasize its Belgian leanings. The dryness in particular plays very well with the hop choices and white pepper.

OVERALL: A very drinkable pale ale with committed Belgian influence, this beer will please the discerning drinker. There are bold, calculated choices here, and almost all pay off. I do wish it would avoid flirting with soapiness as much as it does, and more of a commitment to fresh citrusy flavours would help set it off. I'll enjoy finishing the glass, and would certainly pick up a pack of this to bring to a party, but I don't know that it's one of the beer's I'd mention when describing Ommegang's best work. In any case, it's a welcome addition to their lineup, and one I hope to see on shelves year round.

High B-

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Photo of Beaver13
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear straw gold with a monstrous creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is straw with some earthy yeast and a little spice.

The flavor is straw and doughy malts with stale grassy hops and a touch of fruit. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, the first sips were just stale hops and earthy notes, but as I finished the bottle more sweet fruity notes came out that were nice.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Brass Rail deli, enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The color is sunny golden with deep haze and pillowy fluffed up off white head with average bead and random lace. The smell is unique but not necessarily good, it has some belgian spiciness but the hops give a more vegetal almost bell pepper aroma with a light malt accent. The feel is decent yet a little bitter almost to the extent of Belgian IPA with a medium high carbonation and mostly dry finish.

The taste is a little vegetal but more toast with a light hint of spice and gentle yeast which gives a mild woody flavor with slight tangy fruit in the middle and the hops come later with an almost cooked veggie aspect/peppery flavor with residual bitter flavor in the finish.
Overall I was glad I tried this, but probably would not recommend this unless it is something you need to try - it is okay, but has some things I would change to make it more drinkable

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Photo of droomyster
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours a hazy bright golden body with a white foamy head with good retention. Aromas are Belgian yeasty, a hint of bubblegum and tropical fruit, but largely subdued and uninteresting. Taste is surprisingly sour (I expected sweet, based on the nose) and yeasty, with hints of unripened pear and apples. Very dry. Overall not bad, especially if dry Belgians are your thing.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
Poured with medium body and carbonation.
Unmistakeable Belgian character from the yeast blended with a higher hop load than a typical Belgian IPA but lower than an American IPA. Mildly bitter. Some coffee sneaks in the in the lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A decent nose on this ale, prevailing with citrus, hops and a hint of the Belgian derived esters. The palate comes across as dry, but smooths out with an initial hop bitterness, and clean, crisp flavors and effervescent mouth-feel. Hints of pine, subtle resin and mint, finishing with citrus, are present in the lingering after-palate. A pleasant drinker.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear (SRM 6) golden amber with a huge, sudsy white head. After a long while the head turns rocky but never dissipates as it leaves sticky patches of lace on a Cisco Fisheye pint glass.

The aroma is similar to soapy lemon zest with yeasty notes.

The beginning is quite bitter and long. Grapefruit and grass open from the middle and last into a lingering finish. Warmth brings out sweet doughy flavors.

The medium body is well carbonated with a satin texture. Astringency works well with this dry pale ale.

Hop House is okay late on a hot summer day.

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Photo of RecklessKyle
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Pint Glass.

A: Very hazy, deep orange color. Great head and lacing almost makes up for the cloudiness.

N: Strong grapefruit and citrus notes. Hints of pine, yeast, and malt.

T: Tangy dry hop flavor. Bitter and dry up front with a clean finish. Orange and grapefruit notes.

M: Medium to rich. Good carbonation.

O: Good beer. Nothing special though. Good orange flavor and bite but lacking flavor that late hop additions would add.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy-golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of apricots, bready malt, yeast and spices. Body is full, creamy and tangy. Citrusy hops come through on the palate, while pale malt, ripe fruit, yeast provide some balance. Finish is long and dry. It’s not my favorite from Ommegang.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kings Row Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, spice, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, chalk, and Belgian yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a better combination of yeast and hop qualities in the aroma.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty standard. Copperish with brown and yellow tinges, and a roughly 1/4 inch off-white head.

S: An abbey ale foundation with IPA elements at the top.

T: Much like the smell. It's like the combination of a decent abbey ale and a decent IPA. In this regard it is distinctive. The sharper and more floral hops compliment the underlying smooth taste. The combined elements of both styles evoke a sense of warmth, greatly adding to my enjoyment of the beer.

M: A bit of an IPA bite. A swirl of flavors that leave an enjoyable aftertaste.

O: If I were in an IPA mood or an abbey ale mood, I wouldn't go for hop-house. However, as a middle-of-the-road, every-day beer, it's a tasty and unique choice. Nothing earth-shaking, but more enjoyable than your average fare. I'll likely buy again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Specialty Beer Cellar. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear deep golden body. Huge white head. Great retention. Thick collar. Nice lacing.

Smell - Grassy hops. Light Belgian sweetness. Mildly musty.

Taste - Some grapefruit. Grassy hops. Caramel malt. Light belgian sweetness. Lingering grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Very drinkable and flavorful. Always quality from Ommegang.

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Photo of gr0g
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, yellow-orange appearance. A tall head with good persistence forms, leaving tattered lacing. Smells par for the course for a hoppy Belgian, with plenty of bright lemon zest taking the lead. Yeasty with an aspirin bottle note. A little bit herbal and minty.

More of that mint when it first hits the palate, like a mint tea. Bitter but not super hoppy like an AIPA. Dry with a light pilsner malt profile. Some tart apple and pear, then citric hops take over. Carbonation is a bit harsh but otherwise appropriately lively.

I liked this but it doesn't seem as good as the "Fleur de Houblon" hoppy BPA that Ommegang released as a seasonal previously.

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Hop House from Brewery Ommegang
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