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 ThisWangsChung
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. It has a very bubbly, foamy texture - even better (or worse), retention is quite good. This head just sticks to the glass, leaving huge blobs of lacing on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: It's called "Hop House"...and the hops don't disappoint. Mainly, they're of the citrusy/fruity variety. There are some solid notes of grapefruit, berries, and mango coming through. Letting it open up will bring the spicy yeast forward, as well as some breadiness. Yes, this works nicely. (3.75)

Taste: It also works down on the taste buds. Starting off with nice grapefruit notes, it quickly transitions to a spicy, bready backbone and then right into its crisp, dry finish. The balance is excellent, as expected from the brewery. It's not complex, but it purports itself very nicely: a drinkable Belgian-style pale ale with a big dose of 'Murican hops. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Very dry, just the way I like it. While there are pockets of astringency that I don't like too much, this still manages to hit a good balance between drinkability and richness. Carbonation is nicely concealed behind the medium-full body. (3.75)

Overall: I don't think Ommegang could make a bad beer even if they tried. This simply proves that point: it's refreshing, it's hoppy, and it's rich all at the same time. And to think this isn't the freshest bottle! See, typical Ommegang quality. (3.75)

3.74/5: American hops in a Belgian-style pale ale are a great thing

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Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

7.26..Pours dirty gold, dark tinged, heavy white foam and lacing. Pine and grassy nose, oily too. Spicy bite, malt beneath. Hoppy bit, below the surface. Very good. Fresh tasting.

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Photo of rangerred
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium gold with a huge billowy white head. I made the mistake of pouring this a bit too fast and was very surprised at the amount of head. Excellent head retention with huge chunks of lacing.

Aroma is very spicy and 100% Belgian as should be expected from Ommegang. Lots of coriander with hints of orange and lemon peel and lots of yeast. Some light bready malt in the background.

Flavor is very spicy, more so than I was expecting. Tons of coriander like the aroma but I can also pick up what seems like ginger. Light orange peel and peach. The malt is very hidden and really just about buried under the yeast esters. Some caramel and cracker. Mouthfeel is smooth with abundant sparkling carbonation. Crisp clean finish.

Overall, another great beer from Ommegang. I'm not sure this brewery even makes a bad beer. While the yeast could be tuned down a bit, all around it is quite nice.

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

This was served from the tap at Monk Beer Abbey in Royal Oak, Michigan. It arrived in one of their beautiful house snifters, showing a golden pumpkin orange coloring, and sporting a one and a half finger tall head of cream colored bubbles, retaining excellently. Patterned lacing was left around the glasses. A chill haze cut clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be medium. The aroma gave dusty pale and amber malts, thick Belgian yeastiness, bright floral and soapy hoppiness, hints of lemon cleaner, magic marker phenols, freshly cut lawn, mothballs, and a bright lactic creaminess. The taste gave much of the same, with refreshing and juicy soapy, mossy, nectary, and floral hop blends, aside a palate of crisply toasted pale malts, amber and wheaty grain grit, metallic and savory Belgian yeastiness, walnut shell and oils, Graham cracker crust, light buttery diacetyls, honey sugars, plastic phenols, and bittering citric rind. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave great cream, froth, slurp, smack and pop, due in part to the persistent head, with the mouth left thickly coated, warmed, and gentled pulled into a pucker. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank very well.

Overall, we’ve been trying to get this one under out belt’s for over a year now. Having lived an hour from Ommegang for quite some time, we always actively seek out every one of their new releases. This beer reminded us of just how incredible they are as premier brewers. The base beer is full, warming, and hearty, but what makes it fantastic is the thick layer of oily, organic hoppiness that they float overtop of it. The interplay between the decidedly Belgian malt bill and yeasty zest with the fresh floral and bitterly soapy hoppiness is both highly enjoyable and thoroughly refreshing. This was the best beer of a long night of tasting, and something we hope they will continue to stock. This is Ommegang’s most memorable in recent memory, and should encourage them to keep their hop game evolving.

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

Beer pours a light orange copper color. Clear but you can see little "floaties" in the beer. Finger of head. Looks like a Belgian Pale Ale in the glass. Smells of strong citrus and grapefruit peel. Definitely smells dry-hopped and lives up to the "Hop House" name. The taste is a solid Belgian pale, with a nice yeasty spice and a strong hop character. Tropical and citrus notes. The beer is very crisp and refreshing. Really great brew and a bit different from the rest of Ommegang's lineup. Definitely has the core of a Belgian ale with the American hoppyness and I really like it. It is exactly what it claims to be and I have to give props for that. I would classify this more as an IPA than pale ale however.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a hazy golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades very fast leaving only a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a mix of a biscuit smell along with a good showing of some spice aromas of coriander and clove along with some aromas of a pepper nature mixed within. A slightly sweet and bitter orange peel is there as well as some floral hop notes.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather crisp bready and biscuit flavor mixed with a light orange sweetness and a little bit of a grapefruit hop flavor upfront. As the taste advances the orange fades from the tongue with the grapefruit getting stronger in nature as the flavor advances to the end. Along with a strengthening of the grapefruit also comes a developing of spice flavors of coriander and clove as well as a light yeasty and hay-like taste. While the orange upfront fades, it is later replaced by some fruity flavors of a grape and apple nature. A pine and floral hop flavor join the taste at the very end leaving a nice crisp and decently hopped and spiced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is of average thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. For the blend of hop and crispness of the brew the feel is rather nice as it supports the hop all while keeping it more refreshing and crisp.

Overall – A pretty tasty Belgian dry hoped pale ale overall with a bit more spice bite then the norm and that is on the crisper and side. A pretty good one to at least try.

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Photo of Scrapss
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip from the bottle.

A: A medium-light golden hue with a translucent, not transparent, cloudy appearance. Nice lacing lasts a while and a 1/2 finger head stays forever.

S: White peppery notes are consumed in a yeasty, bready nose. There is some mild malty notes that round it out, and, as the name implies, there are hops. Mild floral hops.

T: Sweet malts, some floral, tropical hops notes. Spicy yeast, with peppery biting notes and smoothness all around. It meshes these quite well into a very pleasant experience.

M: medium bodied and smooth, velvety finish that languishes then bursts into a slightly metallic lemon-funky finish. Unique experience.

O: This is a nice example of the style. Not overbearing in any way and very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Yellow-golden in color - cloudy but can see through. Huge 2.5 - 3 finger head that lasts. Great lacing

s. Spices - coriander (ommegang calling card), yeast, other spices

t. HORRAY! Coriander is not overwhelming. Some grapefruit on the finish.

m. Excellent. Smooth and well carbonated.

o. Like this one a lot. Good crisp beer for a hot day. Would revisit - best Ommegang I have had.

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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 Ozzylizard
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$ 2.79/12 oz bottle at Lager Mill
Undated bottle at 40 degrees into Duvel snifter
Aroma of conifers
Head large (7 cm), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing to a broken 2 mm layer
Lacing good, irregular rings and islands of medium bubbles
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor of resinous hops, slightly bitter, dry; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, dry, lively carbonation

A pleasant pale ale, somewhat atypical because of the dryness. The aroma, appearance, and palate are all good, but the monoflavor becomes rapidly boring.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of CHickman
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

6/21/14-Bottle: Pours hazy yellow gold color with a ton of sediment floating around in it and a massive pillow-y 2 finger snow white head that faded slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing coating the sides. Clearly this is the beer I expected from Ommegang and not the abortion that I was served the other night in the Bronx which was definitely not the same beer, so this review will be based on the bottled version and I leave the notes from that other crap below for my own reference and amusement.

Smells of floral hops, herbs, light caramel, fruit like pear or apple, citrus hops, lemon zest, grass and a light yeast funk. Aroma is very earthy and herbal, with a strong citrus presence and hoppy tea leaf or minty notes that also has funk come in and out of the dance.

Tastes like it smells with floral hops, herbs, lemon zest, grass, coriander, light caramel, fruit like pear or apple, citrus hops, yeast funk, piney hops, tea leaf, faint clove, bubblegum and dry crackers or lightly toasted grains. Earthy and herbal, the dry hops show through and add nice flavor and the Belgian essence.

Mouthfeel is light but still on the chewy side, with light zesty carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter aftertaste that has a sweet grainy flavor after the dry bitterness fades.

Overall a very good beer. I'm glad I tried it out of the bottle and did not accept that what I was served and drank the other night was the beer I just had. This was a nice light drinking Belgian Pale Ale that was flavorful and hid the ABV completely. Whatever crap I drank the other night was nowhere near this tasty beverage. I would certainly have this again

6/19/14-On tap at Tosca in the Bronx, NY: Pours clear yellow gold color with a small white head that faded fast, leaving zero lacing which was very surprising and disappointing.

Smells of caramel, malt, pear, cereal like Frosted Flakes and light citrus hops with a kiss of lemon zest. Smells like an adjunct lager, so unless the bartender made a mistake this is pretty lame smelling.

Tastes like it smells, with caramel, sweet malt, apple skin, cereal, citrus hops, light lemon, graham cracker, light floral hops and herbs or tea leaf. Like it smells, it tastes like a slightly tastier adjunct lager, which like the aroma was pretty lame. I seriously hope the bartender made a mistake otherwise this is a total flop.

I need to try this from a bottle as I can't imagine Ommegang would put out a beer this bad and lacking any true flavor.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at Hops & Vines Asheville. Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains very well before slowly dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Thick, fluffy resilient lacing.

S- Very fruity nose with a nice helping of rich Belgian yeast and pleasant hop aroma on the back end. Actually quite awesome.

T- Flavor has that yeasty twang to it that I like so much and the moderate hop bitterness does a great job complementing it. Good hop burps.

M- Tangy with a slightly milky texture. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- This offering by Ommegang stands out as one of their best IMO. It nails that Belgian richness of flavor and aroma while being accentuated by the increase in hops. Great stuff.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of TheDoctor
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another really nice, well-balanced beer from Ommegang. This is a pretty "Belgian" beer and is most certainly worth your time. Hop heads and Euro-dorks alike. Pretty dusty straw color with good head. Dry and hoppy this is a creamy easy drinker with a dry finish. On the whole there is a very herbal hop flavor but the main characteristic this beer has is "even-keeledness".

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Photo of tastybeer
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another spectacular looking beer from Ommegang. Giant chunky pile of white foam atop a lovely light orange colored beer. A big bubbly layer remains once the bulk of the head subsides. Sticky patches all around the glass.... Aroma is loaded with juicy grapefruit, lemon-lime, floral, banana pudding, and a soft dusting of coriander spice. Mouthwateringly forward fruit. Taste is very Belgian IPA. Sweet white bread grains, lemon, grapefruit rind, touch of passionfruit, creamy banana, zesty spice, and hop bitterness mingled with festive carbonation. Dry, brisk, very lightly resinous, and still creamy smooth. Overall a very nice Ommegang Belgian spliced with an IPA. Fruity, perky, warm, and welcoming with a nice amount of (far from overwhelming) bitterness. Good stuff.

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Photo of wedge
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy solid gold color with the standard huge, lumpy Ommegang head that billows up over the rim. Aroma is a blend of hops and yeast for the most part...fruity grapefruit, lime, and peach, herbs, grass, and flowers over a pastry-like sweetness. Crisp, dry hoppy Belgian flavor. Lemon, herbs, peppery yeast, floral hops, citrus rind, light cracker-like grain. Dry, refreshing, and easy to drink. Tasty! Should probably be in the Belgian IPA category if we're going to recognize that as a style.

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazed amber with 2+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Very nice head retention & lacing

S: Pears, leafy hops; grapefruit

T: Leafy hops, white grapes, & pears up front. Leafy hops, faint grapefruit & pineapple, dryness & grassiness mix with pear as this warms. Finishes with grapefruit, dryness, leafy hops, & a little pineapple

MF: Medium bodied, delicate carbonation, nice balance

Easy to drink, but was hoping for more in-your-face hoppyness, not sure how old this is. No discernible dating code on the bottle I can see

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have seen this many times but never gotten despite normally being a fan of Ommegang. Finally picked one up as part of a mixed 6 from Ye Old. Excellent looking beer, cloudy with a great head that stuck around and grabbed the glass. Smell was outstanding but no overly strong. Mixed feelings about the taste. Did not have the bang of an IPA but smooth and drinkable without the overwhelming bitter aftertaste that can turn me off. Overall I enjoyed the beer very much, but not enough to buy regularly unless I could find it at a good cost.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a large, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big, almost bracing aroma of hops, citrus, and a floral quality.

T: Tasted of hops (a large amount), a hint of yeast, the floral quality, and a shot of citrus thrown in. I didn't pick up the grassy quality other reviewers did. Much hoppier than a BPA from Belgium, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.It's a light, vibrant, complex flavor.

M: Given the amount of hops, it's no surprise this beer has a bitter mouthfeel and finish.

O: On the whole, this is a different take on the BPA, and certainly won't appeal to everyone. Nonetheless, a pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep golden color with a soapy white head and lace. The aroma has some grassy, herbal notes and a rustic, spicy Belgian yeast

In the taste, malty and sugary, hoppy with soap, herbs and citrus playing along with spicy yeast and notes of pear or white grape. Light acidity and almost Bretty. Dry, crisp and satisfying. Light to medium body.

Overall this is a nice Belgian pale. You can tell this is a clone if true Belgian ale, it has a distinguished taste and follow through.

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Photo of Act25
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another great one from Ommegang.

A: Pours a huge, rising pillowy head that hits 3 fingers and forced you to stop pouring. fades slowly with crusty orange lacing, topping a yeasty, orange honey body.

S: Plentiful nose brings Belgian aromas: floral, grassy and very hay like, with floral spices, citrus rind, esters spicy hop of floral and citrus.

T: Follows smell with sweet malt, cracker and grain. Quickly into hops, floral, grassy and mild citrus rind, lighter pith, with fair bitterness. Plenty of Belgian yeast, floral spices, citrus and fruity notes, much hay, fruit skin, fruity musty notes. A bit cidery. Complex, wine like.

MF: Finish is nicely bitter, mild pith and rind lingering with citrus and floral hops, and fruit skin.
Mid bod, effervescent carb.

Overall great, pay attention to Ommegang!

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Photo of rlee1390
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy orange, one finger head head that tries to leave some lacing, not much carbonation.

S-Wheat, earthy spices, grass and lemon tad bit of citrus as well.

T-Starts with a good deal of grassy malt and lemon. Wheat as well. Light citrus. But the Belgian characteristic are the the main part.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation, with a crisp dry finish.

O-A the hop flavors are there but never seem to mesh perfectly with the grassy belgian notes.

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

Ommegang Hop House has an extremely thick, quickly-rising, pillowy, off-white head, a mostly clear, very bubbly, deep gold appearance, and globs of foam left behind. The aroma is of yeast, sugar, hop oil, farmhouse funk, horse blanket, sugar, and spiced bread. Taste is of sugary malt, hints of citrus and fruit, lots of hop bitterness, hop oil, and grain husk. Mouthfeel is medium, and Ommegang Hop House finishes semi-dry and easy going.


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Hop House from Brewery Ommegang
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