Brut IPA
Brewery Ommegang

Brut IPABrut IPA
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Style:
IPA - Brut
Ranked #16
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,543
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 7.11%
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
135
From:
Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  4
Gots
  12
SCORE
88
Very Good
Brut IPABrut IPA
Notes: Ommegang Brut IPA is brewed with pilsner malt and flaked corn and hopped and dry-hopped with Mandarina Bavaria, Calypso, and Citra varietals, followed by a two-week bottle conditioning process to achieve exceptional levels of carbonation. It pours a light straw color with crystalline clarity. Aromas of dank, resinous pine, grapefruit, and pineapple precede a lively effervescence and a crisp, dry finish.
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dmacxxl from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great look with a bright straw color and lots of bubbles. Billowy thin head. Great light mouthfeel and dry finish. The resinous hop flavor is solid but seems to clash with the rest of the experience.

Mar 11, 2020
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hardy008 from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale straw color with a huge billowing head of foam. I need to let it settle down a while before pouring more in the glass. a lot of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Has excellent retention and lacing. The aroma has lemon, citrus zest, floral hops, and Belgian yeast. I can taste lemons, citrus zest, Belgian yeast, and pepper. Moderate hop bitterness with a dry finish and a light mouthfeel. Nicely made.

Feb 16, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: A whole five fingers of foamy white head even on a careful pour, though it dissipates fairly quickly. Slightly hazy yellow, not quite as pale as champagne.

Smell: Strong piney and citrusy hops, apples, grapefruit, pineapple.

Taste: Begins with a quick burst of pineapple and grapefruit that quickly gets taken over by a sweeping yet understated hop bitterness and pine flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin and highly carbonated.

Overall: This is my first time with this unique style. I think I would prefer it if they reduced the bitterness a tad to let them fruitiness and character of the hops shine through more.

Dec 08, 2019
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viking77 from Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty head, frothy white tiny bubbles. Scent not discerned. I prefer ipa that has more piney or citrus taste than this— not sure that I’m a fan of this style.

Nov 23, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like the classy looking label artwork, great use of color & style. The pour is light yellow (similar to pear juice) with a lively head of foam. The taste is lemon, slightly vegetal, wth dry twangy finish. The thing that I like about this IPA is that you can drink 3 to 4 months past the best by date & still holds up imo. This is one of the better Brut IPA's that I've had. Cheers! B

Nov 20, 2019
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kojevergas from Colorado

2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: It's 11.2 or 12 fl oz...the bottle doesn't list its volume. Brown glass. Crown cap.

Currently #17 in the Top Rated American Brut IPAs list.

APPEARANCE: Pours champagne like with its carbonation and effervescence, filling up the entirety of my nonic pint with white foam despite a slow side-pour. Overcarbonation is possible. As the head dies over ~9 minutes, the clear pale yellow body is revealed. Looks filtered/clean.

Not a great looking beer overall, but not unappealing.

AROMA: Dried fruit peel. Graininess. Floral hop aromatics. Mineral-forward water. 2-row/pale malt. Dry starch.

Not particularly pleasant, inviting, or even hop-emphatic. Suggests a dry depleted simplistic beer with a dull hop profile.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Lemon tang. Minerals. It's a dry depleted beer with minimal hop presence...I don't see why any IPA fans would applaud it. Fails to showcase any specific hop varietal well...I just get subdued lemon and vague grassiness with maybe some generic floral hop character in there too.

Smooth, dry, thin, depleted, unrefreshing, light-bodied. Soulless, simple, shallow. There isn't much here to latch onto. It's well-carbonated if we're damning with faint praise.

OVERALL: Drinkable, sure. But it's an IPA with poor hop pungency, horrible flavour duration, and painful simplicity. And why a brewery that was committed to Belgian styles and tradition for so long is now brewing a Johnny come lately substyle of American IPA is beyond me. No one will love this, and no one will hate it. It's just a shrug of a beer I don't see any inspiration behind whatsoever. I guess Ommegang is throwing shit at the wall and seeing what sticks?

C (2.88) / AVERAGE

Oct 17, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a hazy light amber with a large white head that lasts.in the nose, it is a bit grassy and citrusy. In the mouth, the dryness comes through, with the sharp impact of malt and hops.

Aug 31, 2019
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Samlover55 from New York

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into IPA glass
Pours light clear straw with bubbly white head
Smells like champagne for whatever it's worth, some funk as well
Taste is equally funky and not much else going on
Feel is as advertised real dry and bubbly.
Overall this drinks more like a Brett beer than a Brut IPA

Aug 18, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice little Brut pours a
clear straw color with a nice head of white foam that settles to a thick
big bubbled ring, thin light layer, and shows some very nice lacing.
Nose of grapefruit, white grapes, subtle sweet malts. and herbal
hop notes. Flavors expand on the nose with soft wheat and
sweet corn notes awash in grapefruit, white grapes, and zesty
herbal hops. Excellent mouth feel; medium light body, crisp,
refreshing, effervescent, and finishing lightly dry and
moderately herbal.

Overall a solid little brew from a great little brewery!

Cheers

Aug 09, 2019
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sjrider from California

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle , a not quite clear light lemony straw color with billowy white head leaving blotchy lacing. Nose is mild grass and lemony citrus, slightly earthy. Taste follows more or less with lots of carbonation and an almost dry finish. Steady hand required on the pour or the head will overwhelm the glass.

Aug 03, 2019
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brut IPA brewed by Brewery Ommegang, with an ABV of 6.50% This American Brut IPA pour out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a nice light gold amber color with a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is Rich with hop bitterness mixed with spices. You also pick up a nice amount of earthy grains and malts in the smell as well. So far, Brut IPA is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You pick a good amount of hop bitterness mixed with earthy notes. The ending of this brew is nice an smooth. The body of this IPA is a solid medium, there is nothing overpowering about this brew it has a super nice balance to it. It is really hard to pick up on the 6.50 ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The mouth feel is Bold, Hoppy, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Brut IPA a solid 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the opportunity too. Brewery Ommegang, did a real nice job with American Burt IPA.

Aug 02, 2019
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best before 05/13/19. Lot #111318. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Slow pour yielded a mostly clear pale straw beer with a nicely thick head that slowly died back to a thick ring and some skin across the top. Some islands of lacing noted. Plenty of fine bubbles noted rising up in the beer, much like a glass of champagne.

Smell: White grape & citrus. Very strong white grape aroma.

Taste: White grape and citrus rind, no malt sweetness - maybe a bit of cracker like malt in the middle - and a crisp bitter finish of pine and citrus with more white grape notes.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and lots of brisk carbonation that scrubs the tongue clean.

Overall / Drinkability: My first beer for the style and yes, it really does seem like a IPA combined with characteristics of dry champagne. Quite enjoyable and refreshing - definitely something I should pick up again. I wouldn't want more than one in an evening, but combined with the right food, this beer should be excellent. Not sure what to pair it with though - I'll have to experiment. A very good beer.

Jul 21, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pour a very slightly hazy goldenstraw with a two finger head; solid retention along with dots and dashes of lace

Smell: Vinous and grassy with hints of melon and sulfur

Taste: Dry and vinous, from the outset to the finish with melon, grass and sulfur, emerging in the middle; the finish is crisp and dry

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: My first Brut IPA and I could see liking this more if not for the sulfur

Jul 16, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brewery Ommegang "Brut IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BESTBY6/17/2019"
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Carefully poured to leave the lees behind it's a just slightly hazy. The body is light-yellow in color beneath a short head of bright white that drops away quickly. Plenty of effervescent bubbles can be seen rising quickly inside the glass. The aroma is floral, citrusy, and resinous over a grainy, Pilsner malt base. It's enticing. On to the flavor... it very much follows the aroma. It's kind of like a Pilsner except that there's some orange and lemon flavor to it - although I sometimes get a bit of lemon in Pilsners as well. It's got some malt to it but it is also very "dry". The bitterness is quite firm. If they were going for something that was Champagne-like they've achieved it. Unfortunately I don't find it really compelling. The first few sips were good but now it feels vapid. There's some pine, and orange and pineapple in the finish, along with the lingering bitterness. I can imagine drinking this alongside food, maybe some sharp or buttery cheese, or something rich like foie gras, but I wouldn't want to just enjoy a pint of it on its own. I'm not even that interested in what I've got left in my glass right now. In the mouth it's medium-light in body and crisply effervescent. Overall it's OK, and it certainly represents the Brut IPA style but I've always found them a little off balance and this is no exception.

Review #6,613

Jul 07, 2019
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a light orange-gold body crowned by a lofty, airy, white head.

Smell: Floral, fruity notes of orange, lemon-lime, even some pineapple and pine atop straw-like maltiness.

Taste: Light pale malted barley with a touch of white bread, a little grain and a hint of powdered sugar sweetness. Tangy citrus incursion, minute tropical, pine hints. Medium bitterness. Has an overall amiable citrus quality leading to a touch of marmalade and crackery grain on the smooth yet spirited finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Highly carbonated.

Overall: Sufficiently dry, wonderful effervescence and a pleasant hop character.

Jun 30, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy, lightly green with whitish gold color. Frothy head which leaves chunky blotches on the glass.

Predominately hoppy but the pale malt shows up in a dry way.

Dry enough to make the malt have a grapefruit essence. Relatively thin, enhanced by the elevated carbonation. Lasting finish with a clean aftertaste.

Jun 28, 2019
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is super light straw, a bit of hazy likely remnants of the bottle conditioning process, head presents 2+ inches thick and then dissipates to solid top with some great lacing.

Smell is a bit subdued, mainly light malt some biscuit, feint piney and citrus rind hops.

Taste is clean, crisp malt, dry and then moving to some earthy/piney hops, hint of citrus rind; hop flavors seem to have mellowed, but i don't get that off note that I've experienced in other brut ipas that reminds me of light beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, well carbonated on the pour but it quickly softens but the hop bitterness lingers well - where you would expect this style to present.

Overall this is likely the best example of the brut ipa style in terms of clean flavors and mouthfeel, hops are subdued, but i think my bottle is a bit aged.

Jun 23, 2019
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DanielAron from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful bright yellow with a massive white rocky head. Some malt and hops on the nose. It's very light with, as the name would suggest, a very dry finish and bitterness lasting for a long while.

Jun 16, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 6/3/19, so just inside the wire here.

Pale straw yellow body. Big foamy bright white head which persists in some form throughout. Good lacing.

Quite hoppy aroma, and a little catty.

Initially lively and bitey on the tongue, then this goes away leaving a slightly dry somewhat sour bitterness. And in all of this, there is the occasional hint of sweetness.

Mouth medium, finish dry and bitter.

Overall, nowhere near as dry as the other brut ipas I've tried, and quite bitter. Enjoyed this one.

Jun 02, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

magic here again from ommegang, one of the best brut type i have had from a technical standpoint since this style took off, and i expected nothing less from these guys, who always stand out in quality even if the recipe is odd. this is just a great beer, but the hops only tell part of the story, fresh and fruity and vinous and forward and dymanic as they are. its all about the fermentation here, so clean and so dry, its insane, a new high water mark for one of these in that respect, its bright as can be, full of character, but pulls a full disappearing act on the swallow, amazing! carbonation is through the roof, and this really does drink like elegant champagne. its not flavorless either, its lightly belgian, perfect for this style, i love it in flavor and feel. the hops are killer too, like an extra noble sort of thing, oranges and a simcoe citrus intensity whether simcoe is in here or not, a pepper note too, spicy green hops, but enough fruity delicacy for this to stay balanced and light even without much of a grain profile. fresh herbs and flowers in a vase, lemongrass, maybe a nelson or even sorachi lemon note, vanilla, tea leaves, pure sex. its so fresh and delicious, stands out so much from the crowd, and finally is a brut ipa with the professional level execution and refinement i have been wanting from the style. puts 99.9% of the rest of them to absolute shame. world class example of what this style is all about.

Jun 01, 2019
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JayQue from Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Brut IPA. Might as well come from a brewery that I really like!!!!! Based on trying this beer, a Brut IPA is a dry Saison with a hoppy element. If they are all like this, this is a pretty good style. Poured a light straw yellow color with a delicately bubbly, big foamy white head. Head retention is excellent and there is plenty of light lacing on the glass. Aroma and flavor are very lemony with plenty of Belgian yeast (like you would expect from Ommegang). Unlikemost Ommegang beers there is a citrusy, hoppy bitterness that follows the Saison-like qualities. Mouthfeel is light and tart. the lemony/yeasty flavor pair up nicely with the mild citrus bitterness. This is a great summertime brew, will probably have a few more of them

May 16, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a cloudy, straw yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of spices, yeast, grains and citrus. Spicy with lemon, citrus and toasted caramel. Almost saison-like.

Apr 27, 2019
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mactrail from Washington

3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This pours with a huge foam-up in the IPA glass. Pale golden color. It's very prickly and highly carbonated. The main aroma and taste is some kind of Belgian yeast. Scratchy in the throat with a little astringency. Green tea bitterness and a leafy, herbal flavor. I think overall I'd prefer a brisk Saison with a modest dose of hops. From the 12 oz bottle purchased in the far Northwest.

Apr 11, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into Ommegang stemware. Best By 5/13/19.

A pop of the cap yields a bubbly champagne foam coming up to the top of the bottle (like my homebrew) and then poured it yields a hazy pale yellow body with a tall fluffy head. There's something very effervescent about the whole look.

Aroma of lemons and strong hay and dry grass, just like a Saison.

Flavor is much the same, except with a particular crispness and effervescence making the lemon rind pop even moreso. Funky yeast as well, much like a Saison.

Feel is crisp and effervescent, with an uncommonly dry finish (what's the FG here, 1.001?).

Overall, my first Brut IPA and it's okay. I think I'm seeing why IPAs should be conditioned in kegs not in bottles, this was a lot like most of my homebrew.

Apr 10, 2019
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officerbill from New York

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I usually prefer darker, malty ales and wheat beers and tend to avoid hop forward beers. Brut IPA's have such mixed reviews that I was hesitant to try Ommegang's offering. I shouldn't have been.
This is damned good beer.

It pours a pale gold with a tall, white, foamy head that quickly turns to lace. Lots of carbonation with small bubbles continuing to rise after pouring (like a sparkling wine).
The smell is citrus, yeast, and hops
The taste is almost grapefruit (not candy or artificial like in some shandies or radlers) with some lemon or orange zest and fresh hops.
Crisp and clean, tart and dry, but not sour or bitter.
At only 6.3% ABV this is a great warm weather beer and will definitely be in my summer rotation.

Apr 10, 2019
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 135 ratings