Great Beyond
Brewery Ommegang

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,239
ABV:
8.8%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,547
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 7.09%
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
227
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Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
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Notes: In our rich river valley, embraced by forests and mists, a wondrous world of brewing happily exists.

Here, our dear brewers—blessed with a singular way of seeing—kneel at the altar of craft seeking to build harmony in all that they do, and this fine double IPA, while infused with their passion for brewing, to these beliefs remain true.

In Great Beyond, we offer our silky double IPA, brewed with American ale yeast and a heavenly array of fine hops—offering juicy, resinous, fruity aromatics and flavors.
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Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Having been inspired by my recent purchase of a bottle of their Fleur de Houblon, I am systematically drinking up my Brewery Ommegang beers, with this being the last of the lot.

From the bottle: "Visit us for daily tours & tastings"; "Part of the Duvel Family of Fine Ales"; "Pour slowly so as not to disturb the yeast sediment, but with enough vigor to create a luxurious head and release the rich bouquet."; ""Where Heaven met Earth and stayed a while."; "In our rich river valley, embraced by forests and mists, a wondrous world of brewing happily exists. Here, our dear brewers—blessed with a singular way of seeing—kneel at the altar of craft seeking to build harmony in all that they do, and this fine Double IPA, while infused with their passion for brewing, to these beliefs remain true. In Great Beyond, we offer our silky Double IPA, brewed with American ale yeast and a heavenly array of fine hops—offering juicy, resinous, fruity aromatics and flavors."

I Pop!ped the cap & again began a slow, gentle pour as per their directions. Once I saw even the slightest movement of lees in the bottle, I stopped what I was going and set the bottle down. An in-glass swirl raised just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was an interesting mélange of earthiness from the malt, coupled with the usual suspects of pine resin, lemony bitterness and cantaloupe melon. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but highly carbonated, very scrubby bubbling on the tongue. It is one way to scour off those old, weak taste buds! There was a good bit of fusel heat associated with this one, backed up by the earthiness of the malt and the primary hops flavors being melon & lemon. Phew. Finish was hot & dry and now I got the pine resin in earnest! Whatta drink.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.97/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice apricot-honey color with a pillowy head of 1 finger. Lots of lace left behind in broken clouds.

Very soft aromas, I'm getting some juicy orange, melon, and guava. Slight alcohol heat and grape vine.

Oh wow. This is all heat, no sweet. A heavy caramel malt back bone, pine, vodka soaked citrus rinds, chalk, and suggestions of hot peppers. This is rather offensive.

Very carbonated, with lots of resins. Heat, heat, heat.

Overall, this was not a good experience for me. I only paid 50 cents for it out of the bargain bin, so I'm not all that upset. But this was way worse than the nose and appearance would have suggested. Drain pour it is.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/17/17 (Chicago). 12 Oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. Cloudy blonde pour, generous two finger cloudy head, Sweet aroma of citrus, pine and hops. Very bitter taste , which I really like, offset slightly by pine and citrus. Very dry, medium texture, very smooth drinking. Overall very good double IPA, and if you like bitter, you poured the right beer!

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Photo of GHow
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

OmmeGang – Great Beyond.
This beer has grown on my taste buds. Golden color to match the earthy hop aroma and flavor It has it a shocking bitterness at first but maybe I have grown accustomed To it. The earthy flavor is not for all as it leaves a tongue coating but what really hooked me is the great sale price. 5.99 a 6-pack at my local discounter. No one is beating that at the moment.

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Photo of arizcards
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead 4-15-17 for $3.49 and stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured orange with a beautiful white head with the initial pour.

Nose had hints of citrus.

Taste was citrus up front, some tropical in the middle, and heavy pine in the after taste over a big malt base.

Mouthfeel was old school DIPA, very heavy bodied and smooth.

Overall a solid beer that i would have again.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a nice amber color and a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A solid aroma of hops, citrus, pine, malt, and some other light fruit.

T: Tasted of a surprising amount of pine (for an East Coast DIPA), light malt notes, a tinge of a bready quality, lots of hops, citrus (orange), some grapefruit, and a little pepper as well. An exceptionally well-balanced flavor; the hops play well with the fruit elements. Complex and flavorful.

F: A good shot of carbonation with a vibrant finish. Medium-bodied.

O: DIPAs aren't exactly what Ommegang is known for, but they did a good job with this one. Very drinkable.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy golden orange with a massive fluffy, creamy white head. Retention is near perfect, with sheets of cloud-like lacing left behind.

S: "Smells like HOPS!" was my first reaction. Pungent grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, mango, earthy dankness, stinky green onion, and pine rend apart the nostrils. The malt backbone is big, toasty, bready, with a slight caramel touch.

T: Huge orange and grapefruit rind punish the palate with fervent citrus bitterness, hops like citrus oils oozing across the tongue. A delicate pineapple sweetness dances across the palate, lending some welcome relief from the onslaught of hop insanity. A pillowy malt backbone of warm and rich toasted brown bread holds up this fruity masquerade, caving way at times to a familiar mango sweetness. It finishes abruptly with a smack of pine sap to the mouth, and the stinging sensation of freshly chopped onion. It's massive, it's dry, it's stupendous.

F: Thickly coarse and bready as per expected, with a rolling carbonation that makes it flow with deadly drinakability. A liquid feast.

O: Belgian styles? Psh. Yes, everybody knows that Ommegang is great for that. But what most people don't know is that Ommegang slays at the hop game. This monster could crush most West Coast DIPAs without a second thought. It's ferociously bitter and dank, but strikingly delicious. I highly recommend this tremendous brew!

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Photo of HipCzech
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Hazy golden amber with lush, dense head of white foam that recedes to bubbly cap and spare lace

Smell: Cracked grains, zesty citrus; grassy, spicy hops and yeast.

Taste: Biscuit malt body with lightly honeyed body, spicy and resinous hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with creamy feel and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nice, moderately malty base shows off nicely spicy hops for a relatively complex but balanced brew.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a burnt orange color with a sustaining finger’s worth of white foamy head. Subtle brisk sliding lacing runs down the glass. The smell started off with some bright citrus, sweet melon, subtle peach, light honey, lemongrass, and then some white pepper. It all comes together sweetly in the flavor with the white pepper underscoring the underneath of the beer. Semi-dry sweet aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionable sort of feel surrounding my tongue. Overall, DIPA, yes, I can see it and with an Ommegang sort of twist. I’d have again.

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Photo of ordybill
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy dark gold color with a large white head. The aroma is citrusy hops. The taste matches the nose.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It turns out that the allure of hops is too great for Brewery Ommegang to ignore. As the beer world swirls with lupulin-this and double-that, the usual Belgian beer makers place their foot firmly in the deep end of the IPA pool.

Great Beyond pours pale gold and cast with a fine haze. As a voluminous head mounts, its creamy white froth floods the nose with citrus, light tropics and a bold array of grassiness and spruce. Malt flavors are of pie crust, honeysuckle and the likeness of fresh dough.

And as the scant sweetness recedes further, the hops take a firm hold on the middle palate. Bright orange, pink grapefruit, and a medley of tropical pineapple and mango align on the tongue for a juicy and radiant taste. Its bitterness comes late while the fruit turns herbaceous with the resinous taste of torn pine cones and fresh grass clippings.

Spicy in its bitterness and late dryness, the medium bodied beer retains just enough malt weight to support the hops but without trying to balance them. Peppery and a light solvent tucks conveniently behind the hops before a long afterglow of citrus pith and pine sap resonate powerfully onward.

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

The head of the Great Beyond looks incredible. Its body is a hazy medium yellow, which is appealing to me. Its taste is very good, but the bitterness is not quite balanced. I don't know. The problem for me is that the bitterness sticks to the tongue more than anything else. I can still feel it. Overall, this is a solid, above average beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang flute glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine one finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of pale malt, citrus hops, lemon and light orange citrus. Flavor is pale malt, citrus and piney hops, lemon and grapefruit citrus; finishes with a flavorful pine resin and citrus rind hop finish, lightly floral and somewhat estery. Medium bodied with light creaminess. I was surprised to see an IPA from Ommegang and like others, thought it might be with a Belgian twist, but this is a straight forward North American IPA leaning towards a West Coast style. It is somewhat standard citrus/piney IPA at the start, but the finish is very herbal and aromatic. The pine is resinous in a lighter, more intense way than any other big IPA I can remember. The finish is surprisingly complex with fine, lingering herbal pine and citrus hops. Not what I expected, but a very pleasant surprise. The finish flavors really made this one for me. I'm a fan of Ommegang, and this opens new territories for this Belgian oriented brewery.

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Photo of mpyle
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale amber color. Poured a big creamy white head with good retention.

Slight apple cider nose at first, then some more earthy hops as warmed.

Earthy hop flavors dominate, fairly light on malt. Was surprised by lack of Belgian character...should have read the label first. Increasingly hop bitter as warms.

Light-medium body, medium carbonation. Definite but not unpleasant alcohol warming.

Weird tasting for a DIPA with what seemed more like a British hop flavor profile. Weird offering coming from this brewery, and definitely not their best.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a very nice burnt orange with a thick foam. It smells pretty intensely of sweet malts and floral hops. It tastes quite sweet with most of the bitterness coming at the very end. I was wondering whether Ommegang would throw a Belgian twist but as far as I could tell this is a pretty standard DIPA, in the traditional US interpretation/definition of the style.

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Photo of Fee
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bitter but not overwhelming, this double IPA is actually smooth on the tongue. Good aroma for the beer and this one keeps a good head with a decent pour. I really good hoppy beer that has a surprisingly smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Gavage
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 1" head that lasts. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: citrus and cracked pepper comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, lemon zest, grapefruit, cracked pepper, and fresh crackers with a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish with some dryness late.

Overall: a super DIPA that is well balanced and is very tasty. Grab this one if you see it.

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Pours a cloudy medium golden/copper color. Two fingers of creamy white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Resinous pine and spice mixed with grapefruit.

T/F: Grainy malts make up the backbone of the beer and there's a little malt sweetness before a bitter hop profile kicks in. Citrus peel and loads of pine. Sharp and peppery... mixes well with the generous carbonation. Some grapefruit and very faint tropicals in the finish. More on the pine/herbal end. Medium in body. Nice bitterness.

O: A pretty solid west-coast leaning DIPA from a brewery I'd only associated with Belgians. Very tasty and one I'd definitely pick up again.

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Photo of TigerSoul
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Let me provide a welcome relief from a recent review on here that utilized every descriptive term known to man... crackers, biscuits, tangerines, pepper, pine... seriously? My lord, let's keep it simple: this beer is outstanding. Buy it. Drink it. Share it with other people who love a strong IPA. Highly recommended. Whether or not you like papaya and passion fruit.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 5/6/2016. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, melon, passion fruit, papaya, citrus peel, pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, melon, passion fruit, papaya, citrus peel, pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, melon, passion fruit, papaya, citrus rind, pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness/carbonation, increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, bready/grainy, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden; a mild warmth lingers after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the ABV. Really nice and juicy on hops; with a nice malt backbone that is never sweet. Fairly aggressive, but not overwhelming on bitterness. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle undated. Poured into IPA glass. It pours a golden-amber with one finger of milk-white head and lacing with good retention. It smells of floral hops, lemon, melon, and pine needles. It has a nice malt base but the resinous hops fairly explode on the palate, bitter and biting. Toward the finish there is a nice blend of tart lemon/grapefruit and a hint of sweet melon and a peppery spice that could be expected from an Ommegang offering. This ale is medium-bodied, with lively carbonation, and its 8.8% ABV gives it substance without overpowering. Overall, it's a nice, balanced DIPA, well-crafted and interesting, as one would expect from Brewery Ommegang.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle born on 9/30/16 best by 3/2017, poured into a tulip glass. Cloudy orange with brown/amber highlights, a half finger head that retains for a few before moving to a thin lace.

Aroma is first mango and pineapple, then citrus, then peppery, piney, and minty. Taste is herbal tea, lemon, grains, and earth. Carbonation is medium, the feel at times is smooth, and at moments a tinge sharp.

Overall, I am not sure what to make of it. I looked up the hops, and the Calypso and Mandarina Bavaria seems to explain the strong tea and herbal notes, which dominate the taste and finish. It's different, and will challenge your pallet to adjust. I would recommend trying it, especially if you are into tea and herbal earthiness, as they will overwhelm the initial tropical citrus you encounter in the nose and initial taste.

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Photo of Dukies222001
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid double I would prefer to taste a little more hops but decent brew. Not overly appealing look but smelt really good. Actually smelled hoppier than it tasted, weird.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy golden color with a massive off white head that sticks around as a one finger rocky cap for the duration and leaves webbed rings of lacing all over the glass.

Smell is dominated by sweet malt. There is some floral hops, mango, grassiness and grapefruit lingering in the background.

Taste is much more hop forward yet still balanced, thank god. All of the flavors from the smell are apparent with the addition of dank pine making for a wonderfully bitter finish.

Feel is medium bodied, sticky and resinous. Hop oils coat the palate long after the sip is finished.

Overall a very good beer. The smell reminded me of an outdated Lagunitas Sucks, so I was pleasently surprised it tasted nothing like that.

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Photo of donspublic
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip, nice 2 finger cream color head recedes into a soapy head that hangs around a while, no lacing. Bright golden in the glass, little hazy, some yeast particles. Smells of caramel sweetness, some pineapple, mango and citrus in there also. Taste is a semi sweet bitterness on the front, with some caramel sweetness in there along with some resinous pine, somewhat semi dry finish. This is more in the dank camp, it just has an earthiness about it. Nice thick mouthfeel going on, hides ABV well.

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Great Beyond from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 227 ratings