Hop House | Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
3.78/5
802 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by madtrixter787 on 12-14-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,026
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
802
pDev:
10.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
164
Trade:
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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

an excellent example of a belgian pale, but i hope the rumors arent true that this is replacing bpa. this is less distinct to me, not as yeasty and farmy, more in line with convention, although i love the grassy and bitter complex of the hops here. more body too i think than bpa, although the two beers are cut from the same cloth. a bit more of a copper color as well, equally pronounced white head with ring lacing. more grassy than floral, but summery in nature on the nose, some wheat malt may be in here as well. im missing yeasty haze, and although this beer is dry and has a very recognizable belgian yeast character to the finish, it simply doesnt stand out the way fresh bpa always has for me. i know the two beers are minimally different, but i prefer the original.

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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has lots of particulates floating in suspension along with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts off with flavors of Belgian yeast and then has bitter notes of grapefruit and hints of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and very dry on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: Ommegang doesn't lie when they name this beer "Hop House" as it delivers a ton of hop aromas and flavors for the Belgian IPA style. It if didn't have the Belgian yeast in it, you might be thinking that you are drinking a West Coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Its got to be hard operating a Belgian-style brewery in America and not be influenced by America's hops. And from that influence arises a strudy Belgian-esque pale ale but with the attention to hops that just might garner IPA praise.

Hop House captivates the eye with its billowing rocky froth and its glowing golden body beneath. While salivation induces, a perfumy waft overtakes the nose and early palate. Big floral tones of lavender and rose wrap around a candied and doughy sweetness to balance the nose and to seduce the tastebuds.

Tangy lemon, pepper and white wine rise in the middle to reinforce the fruit and spice balance that gives Belgian ale such grand popularity. But the taste of America's Pacific Northwest region is alive with hoppy grapefruit, orange and pineapple notes. Fleeting malt sweetness seems to heighten the sense of pepper and hop bitterness.

Grassy and straw-like, the charactgerful ale finishes with champagne-like effervescence, mild wheat balance and a spicy hop bite that grips the throat and is reluctant to release. Its dry and earthy lasting memory returns with echoes of perfume in the beer's aftermath.

If it were a tad higher in alcohol, the beer would easily meet the criteria for Belgian IPA; it probably does already. But with its slight strength, the beer delivers high complexity but in effortless sessionability.

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3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty yellow/beige color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of dry floral hoppy notes with light rustic malt notes also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by dry floral hoppy notes with some rustic malt and some bitter notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. I actually quite enjoyed the mix between the Belgian ale notes and the hoppy notes.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 1/20/2014. Pours fairly cloudy bright golden amber color with a 3 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon zest, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, pear, light banana, clove, pepper, floral, grass, light bubblegum, cracker, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, yeast ester, and moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, pear, light banana, clove, pepper, light bubblegum, floral, grass, bread, cracker, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spice and floral hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, pear, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of hop, yeast ester, and moderate malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian IPA. All around good balance and complexity of hop, yeast ester, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Hop House from Brewery Ommegang
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