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 bsp77
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Rich, cloudy orange with massive, frothy, clingy head. Now I have to wait awhile to drink it despite pouring very slowly. Well, I guess I can keep admiring it.

Smell: Smells halfway between a fruity & spicy Saison, and a citrus & pine driven IPA. While still clearly brewed with Belgian yeast, this has a more "American" aroma than anything else Ommegang has made.

Taste: Tastes like a Saison that has been demonically possessed by Humulus Lupulus. Fruity and spicy core with crackery malts, fleshy fruits, clove, pepper and banana. Just a great Belgian malt and yeast backbone. The hops are rich with grapefruit and pine. Somewhat bitter.

Feel: Highly carbonated and effervescent. Body is on the lighter side and refreshing. Very dry finish.

Overall: Sort of a Belgian IPA, but more like a hoppy Saison. I have had a couple of attempts at hoppy Saisons before, and, while tasty, they were a little muddled and confused. This is not; this is superb and underrated on this site IMO.

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Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap @town hall lanes

A-pours a hazy golden color with a white frothy head nice amount of lacing
S-juicy hop smell with some earthy funk spice and lemon bread smells
T- quite hoppy with notes of tropical and pine there is a small amount of belgian yeast which adds a musty trait notes of pepper and other spices
M-crisp with a bitter pine hop finish
O- this brew has traits of both a BIPA and a saison

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An inviting looking beer with a tall frothy white head, golden color and great carbonation. I don't know if this was bottled conditioned but there is a load of sediment that i can see in this semi clear beer.
The aroma is dominated by the breweries house yeast and that's mostly what I'm picking up. Yeasty esters have a spicy, earthy smell. I didn't pick up much hops either. This is a BPA so I wasn't really expecting anything like an APA but still as stated on the label it is dry hopped so I should be able to smell something I think. But I don't. Yeast and malts aplenty.
The taste is like the nose with yeasty esters having an earthy spicy taste. Malts are sweet. Quite dry and bitter well into the aftertaste.
A good beer either way you look at it.

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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 MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Packaged on 11/25/13. Best by 11/2014.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge four finger off white head that slowly recedes into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy, earthy, and fairly spicy aroma with good hints of juicy hops and Belgian yeast. Upfront scent of earthy and floral hops with some hints of wet grass and pine. Citrus hop hints of orange, grapefruit, mango, lemon, and pineapple. Big presence of Belgian yeast with hints of clove and pepper. Also some hints of green apple and banana. Pale malt with hints of biscuit, straw, and cracker. A very good Belgian IPA style aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a juicy, earthy, and yeasty Belgian IPA type taste with good notes of hops and Belgian yeast. Good mix of floral, earthy, and citrus hops upfront. Notes of grass and pine. Citrus fruit notes of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, mango, and pineapple. Also some fruit notes of banana and green apple. Belgian yeast with notes of clove and white pepper. Soft pale malt with notes of biscuit, straw, caramel, and cracker. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and juicy with a drying finish.

Overall: A very solid take on a Belgian style Pale Ale. Good mix of Belgian yeast and lush hop flavors.

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Photo of Huffs
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a Sam Adams glass with a nice full and thick head developing, tan, with good retention and lacing. Appearance was a hazy with a golden color. Aroma had strong notes of citrus, yeast and some floral accents. Tasted floral and grassy with some hop notes. Medium, bubbly mouth feel with a slight bitter aftertaste, almost metallic.

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Photo of Durge
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian pale ale shows a nice clear amber gold with a muscular snow white head and lots of puffy lacing. The aroma brings a clean grassy wheat hop that is very refreshing and hits a definitive floral quality as well. Delicate but sure. The flavor follows suit with a crisp grass but a gentle floral sweetness to balance this into something much more commendable than the previous reviews generally recognize. It's pretty simple but I love it. Born to be served cold and probably best enjoyed in the heat of the summer months this brew captures some bready grain with tasteful hops that will clearly satisfy the hop cravings of most hop heads like me. The body is pretty much light but it delivers a high carbonation that makes for a very refreshing, crisp feel. I really like this concoction and hope it will be available during the summer months ahead.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Brewery Ommegang's Hop House last week for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I think Ommegang's a pretty good brewery and I like hoppy Belgian style Pale Ales, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up, so it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The label looks nice, it's got that typical label layout for Ommegang and the shiny metallic like background makes it a little eye catching. It poured a nice hazy golden color that took on a nice golden orange color when held to the light with three and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of nice sticky lacing behind. This was a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart some nice floral and citrusy hops with the fruity citrus hops seeming to stick out the most and they impart a nice citrus rind, orange and other citrusy fruit like aromas. Up next comes the Belgian yeast that adds some nice banana, slight bubble gum and some pretty noticeable clove aromas with a little more citrus rinds in the background. Towards the end I get a grainy, sweet malt and wheat like aromas. This beer had a pretty good aroma, the hops worked well with yeast.

T- The taste starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the yeast being the first to show up and it imparts all those Belgian yeast aspects that I got in the aroma, but they are lighter and don't stick out as much and it's followed by a grainy and slightly bready flavor. Towards the end comes the hops which impart those same floral and citrus hop aspects with the citrus fruity hops still stick out the most, but not by much and the hops don't seem to show up as much as they did in the aroma. There's a medium amount of bitterness that linger for a little bit with a grainy and citrus rind like aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish the yeast and the hops showed up as much as they did in the aroma.

M- Smooth, clean, pretty crisp, a little dry on the finish, a little refreshing, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and a pretty good example of a hoppy Belgian style Pale Ale, it had all the aspects that I look for in the style when It came to the aroma, but when I got to the taste I found it to not be as bright and vibrant as the aroma was. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, clean, a little refreshing, not too filling, and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these but I might want to switch it up after that and I think it would make for a nice beer to enjoy in the spring time. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, it was very nice and i liked how fruity and vibrant it was. What I liked the least about this beer was that that the taste wasn't more like the aroma, it just seemed a little too light and dull after that really nice aroma. I might buy a couple more bottles of this, but i'm not in any hurry and I would recommend it to anyone who likes hoppy Belgian Style Pale Ales. All in all I liked this beer, but I don't think it had that special something to set it apart and make it really memorable. I like the idea of a hoppy Belgian Pale Ale and I think that the citrus hops can work really nice with the Belgian Yeast. This isn't my favorite Ommegang beer and It's not my favorite Belgian Pale Ale. Nice work guys, this beer was pretty solid, keep it up.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, mixed citrus juice and tropical fruit, bready malt and hints of Belgian spicing. Flavor is biscuit malt, citrus hops, light stone and tropical fruit, light Belgian yeast and spicing. Medium bodied. An interesting Belgian / American hybrid, with the hoppy pale ale taking the forefront, but with nice Belgian yeast character in the background. An interesting converse of a Belgian IPA with the Belgian character at the fore. There is an interesting earthy, peppery flavor in the finish that is probably clove interacting with the hops. A very nicely made pale ale with interesting flavors from both inspiring styles. I enjoyed this a lot.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Deep golden color with darker brown hues. Mildly hazy. Towering rocky white head is doggedly persistent. Foamy and clumpy lacing firmly affixes itself to the glass.

S: Floral hop aromas. Pithy citrus smells of white grapefruit and tangerine. Plenty of doughy yeast. Ghostly hints of white pepper and spice. Soft grain.

T: Yeasty with a white pepper and clove spiciness. Doughy and a bit earthy. Malts lend a bit of toasted crust. Hop bitterness is formidable. Grassy, oily, green. Flashes of grapefruit. Pithy and floral too. Clamping bitter finish with some grain and toast.

M: Medium bodied. Firm malt body. Hop oils. Crisp carbonation.

O: A little more bold, bitter, and rough than Fleur de houblon, and a little bigger all around too. The label offers a smattering of pairing suggestions, including pizza and burgers. I disagree. This is not a pizza or burger beer. At least not under normal circumstances. Some sort of creative 'artisan' pizza or burger maybe. I can see it meshing well with an arugula laden salad.

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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 AgentMunky
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in footed glass at Ale Arsenal.

Clear with heavy lacing. Great hops. Citrus peel. Bitter. The taste is engaging and interesting. Citrus heavy, with good carbonation and a Belgian-y finish. Belgian yeast is floral, spicy, and vaguely sweet. Finish is clean and lightly grainy. Very strong effort. Will have again. Highly recommended.

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Photo of denver10
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear. yellowish golden with a nice white head. Aroma offers some cloves from the spicy belgian yeast, some citrus and its rind, and some cracker from what I figure comes from a decent dose of pilsner malt. Flavor pretty much follows suit but the general citrus is a more distinct lemon and orange I found. A crisp, light active mouthfeel. Overall, nothing innovative or unique about this beer. Just a very nice, well constructed, highly drinkable Belgian ipa. Would definitely drink again, I dug it.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best belgian Pale Ales I have had. A strong yeast profile combined with robust hoppiness make this a unique take on the style.

Pours a hazy straw color into a pint glass. Good size bubbly white head with good retention and some light patches of lacing.

Aroma is inviting. The Belgian yeast stands out but there is some light fruit, mostly apples and a strong grassy and citrus hops presence as well.

Taste is more of the same. Big yeast presence and the citric hops are more pronounced. The other part of the aroma are there in the taste as well.

Mouthfeel is rich and tart. Very nice.

I will be drinking this one again!!!

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Photo of Gmann
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color, almost amber. The white head is fluffy and large, settles into a light cap leaving some webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and fruity. Clove and juicy fruit come through in the nose. Some apple and tropical fruit notes. Good grassy hop notes in the back end. Good BIPA notes

There is more of a balance in the taste as the hops pop through more. Fairly strong grassy and peppery hop flavors, some resin. The malt is crackery, perhaps slightly bready. The yeast provides nice clove and juicy fruit notes.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Good balance between sweet and bitter. Finishes quite dry.

A very good Belgian IPA. Good balance between the hops and yeasty phenols. It could be a touch lighter in the malt.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A pale golden beer that pours with a very enthusiastic four finger of head, pour gently my friends. There is a slight, glowing haze to beer along with a light orange hue.

S: Aromas of tropical fruit and citrus with a light grassy note. The hop fruit is There is a mild spice aroma.

T: The flavor matches the aroma so it's a hops focused Belgian Pale having tropical fruit and citrus hops flavors dominate with a medium-strong bitterness. There is a light biscuit malt flavor and a slight sweetness in the middle progress to a fairly dry finish.

O: A great

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Photo of fmccormi
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a fat, stubby tulip; a bottling date of October 28, 2013 / freshness date of October, 2014 is printed in black ink on the neck of the bottle, making it 11.5 weeks old, or a bit over two and a half months (“PKG ON 10/28/13 BEST BY 10/2014”).

Appearance (4.25): Not surprisingly, the pour yields a thick, fluffy head (3+ fingers) of custard-colored foam, capping a hazy, apricot-golden colored body with a steady stream of bubbles rising from the base to the surface. The head dies down slowly, leaving a scattered suds and legs, please a few very thick, chunky arcs and bits of collars where the head’s sat for a bit.

Smell (4.25): This has a great combination of fruit esters, spices, and citrusy hops, underscored by Ommegang’s signature yeast aroma: honeyed biscuits, lemon zest, fresh-cut flowers, a mixture of light clove, black and white pepper, pear juice, and some pineapple flesh. The hops show some limeade and passionfruit, which kind of fly under the radar, with so much fruit character coming from the yeast.

Taste (4.0): It largely follows the nose, but more gently, placing more emphasis on some light, tart hop notes. Dry, lightly starchy biscuits, some sweet orange flesh, and tart lime zest populate the front and middle, floral tones throughout, grassy bitterness that picks up in the mid-palate and carries through to the finish fill it out. Moderate white pepper, black pepper, and light clove and coriander all float along underneath everything else. It’s got a very good flavor and fits the style well, but it feels a little less robust than some Belgian Pales.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Like other Ommegang beers, this has a solid, full carbonation that foams up easily and tingles all over lightly. This one also has a light- side of medium-weight feel, dry body and a solidly dry, moderately resinous finish. Very, very easy to drink.

Overall (4.25): I mean, generally speaking this is really my kind of beer. I love Belgian Pale Ales, I love Ommegang, and I love deft dry-hopping. It’s exceedingly easy to drink, with an excellent aroma, appearance, feel, and very good flavor, but it feels like they dialed back the spice and yeast character of BPA and emphasized the hop notes, swapping noble hops for more American-ish ones. Either way, I really do dig this beer. Now I just want to try it super-super-fresh, and/or with an alternate dry-hop regimen.

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Photo of cbutova
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Always to see new small format offerings from Ommegang. They always bring a quality product but I don't always wanna shell out the big bucks.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle into a standard snifter with a fairly hazy, deep golden-orange body. Head immediately starts to form upon pouring and builds up to several fingers high with a thick, whipped creamy texture. Very nice retention. Lace rings start as soon as the foam begins to fall and a huge blanket coats most of the glass as I sip.

S- Hops are strong but the yeast is just behind it in an aroma with good overall strength. Hops have an overall feel of citrus but some stone fruit and spicy hints are noted as well. Those last two could be yeast which overlaps well with a spicy Belgian feel, tangerine and an herbal feel.

T- As with the nose, a good balance is struck between yeast and hops. The yeast feels sort of like a French Saison type strain with notes of peppercorn, lemon zest, cooking herbs and spices, tangerine stone fruit and a light pear fruit quality. Hops mix in well with orange citrus, slight tropical fruit and some spicy herbal characteristics.

MF- Super high carbonation but it isn't bothersome as the body is superbly creamy in texture. This helps accentuate those hop and yeast volatile compounds nicely allowing them and a light bitterness to linger on the palate for some time.

Reminds me of a homebrew I once made and some of the hoppier Stillwater offerings. The yeast seems in the French Saison range but not quite as spicy in a way.

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Photo of Zraly
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale gold with a two finger head into a St. Bernardus chalice. Nice hop note come forward. Looks decent.

A bit of funk coupled with citrus hops makes for a pleasant quaff. Earthy and has a chalky quality to it. It's clearly a Belgian style pale ale so it is pretty true to form. Yeast are suspended. Carbonation is generous and adds to its session-like characteristic. Medium-boded with a fairly dry finish.

Nice with a cheese plate with figs. Wouldn't be bad either with NY style pizza or a good burger.

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Photo of Billolick
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle.
Packaged on 11/26/13
Enjoy by 11/2014
Etched onto the neck of the bottle.

Pours light yellowy/near golden amber, looser light khaki head thats a sloooow fader, Leaves thick swathes of low foam and slowly sliding thicker lace.

Yeasty and spicy hop nose.

Bright and flavorful, with Belgian yeast, citric hops, tropical fruit coming to mind. Carbonation on the higher side. All adds up to a complex and highly enjoyable new brew from Omme.

Well worth a try if ya like Belgians and ya like a well hopped pale ale with a nice citric and yeasty snap to it. I'll get a sixer (or a four pack - boo) next time...

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Packaged on 11/26/13.

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow with a full white head sitting on top. After a couple minutes the head finally dissipates leaving some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Very nice hop aroma right off the bat. Nice citrus fruitiness to the hop. Can still get some malts in the background giving it some crackery breadiness. Belgian yeasts come through mildly.

T: Belgian qualities come through more in the flavor than aroma. Nice yeastiness that adds a bit of a spiciness. Hop bitterness is certainly there adding a bit of fruitiness. Malts add a touch of sweetness along with that bready quality.

M: Light to medium body with an effervescent feel. A touch sticky from the hops but still easy drinking. Crisp and refreshing finish.

Overall as Ommegang says this is a Belgian American love child. Does have a nice bittering flavor that sets it apart from other belgian pale ales on the market.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours a handsome bright yellow with an amber depth. Hazy and has plenty of yeast floating around in it that settle to the sides of the glass. A luscious thick head of white foam that is slow to fall and leaves fantastic lace. Nose is bright and fruity. Tropical pineapple, orange and lemon. Citrus peel and a nice little bit of honey to sweeten all that a little more. As it warms a some spice notes come out on the nose. Taste is dry and delicate with a traditional belgian bearing. It has that farmhouse dryness but no astringency. The fruits are not as well defined on the palate and fall back to an overall fruity and floral character with a good spice that develops later in the drink. It finishes dry and palate cleansing with a nice long after taste and a surprising bitter. The bitter on this while it won't knock you down is surprisingly strong. This is a classic belgian style pale ale and the dry hopping has given it a keen lightness. Bit of pepper in the finish too. Very good.

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Photo of jhouder4
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a refrigerated bottle into a tulip (Duvel) glass. Two inch head on pour but settled into light, foamy one inch head. Light carbonation throughout with a rich golden color.

This is a HOPPY beer, rich hoppy smell with some citrus (grapefruit?) and a slight honey smell.

Goes down really smoothly and doesn't have the hoppy bite of an IPA but the hop taste is huge in the after taste. When let sit to room temp the hop blast may be a little off-putting but otherwisea great beer!

I'd recommend for anyone who likes the occasional IPA for the hoppy taste but isn't a religious IPA drinker.

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Hop House from Brewery Ommegang
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