Brut IPA | Brewery Ommegang

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Brut IPABrut IPA

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: American Brut IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 111
Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of DanielAron
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.92/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +1%
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

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Photo of zeff80
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of officerbill
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of descobar
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a 16oz snifter.
Look: pours straw colored with a inch-thick white bubbly head that rapidly settles into about 1/4" and then eventually to 1/8". the beer is not perfectly clear as I would have expected, instead it has a consistent light haze that does not allow you to look through the beer in the glass. No lacing.
Smell: Citrusy, honeydew melon, mandarin, maybe pineapple. extra light biscuity malts. estery yeast almost Belgian-like.
Taste: super light malt sweetness, tangy citrusy fruity flavors. pretty assertive bitterness which seem above the 49 IBUs.
Feel: medium light body, oily resiny texture, effervescent carbonation and pronounced astringency. Finishes short and dry with a lingering bold bitterness.
Overall: I've tried a few Brut IPAs already and despite being a hop head, I am not 100% convinced. I guess I miss the maltier backbone of standard or WC IPAs or the smoothness of the NEIPAs. But I can still enjoy this one. Now that I think about it, it seems like a cross between a light malt IPA and a Belgian saison.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours pale straw with a frothy white head that settles to a firm layer and laces nicely.

S: Citrus zest, floral, slightly grassy, fruity undertones, and crackery malt.

T: Zesty citrus, lime, tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit, grass notes, fruity side slowly opens up, apricot, pear, lychee, mango, and peach, rounded out with crackery malt. Bone dry finish.

M: Light to medium body, moderately lively carbonation.

O: I'm still not a big fan of this style, but this is probably the best Brut IPA I've had so far.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't see myself going after any other Brut IPAs. I think it's a pretty silly style. This beer reminded me a lot of Stillwater Extra Dry but not as good. That beer is a crisp, light, hoppy saison which works. This beer is supposed to be an IPA but barely resembles one. Definitely crisp, light, well carbonated, but unfortunately has a bit of a chemical character that I can't identify. i found the aftertaste off-putting. nb

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Photo of malrubius
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Hazy very pale yellow straw with lasting head and an a little lace. Grapefruit grass and light farmhouse aroma. Light tropical fruit sweetness with grass and medium light grapefruit grassy dry finish. Light body lively but soft and not fizzy. Probably the best Brut IPA I've had.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not really a fan of this style of beer. Very very dry aftertaste that I’m not fond of. However this is my first brut IPA I’ve tried so that being said I’m not sure if all of them have that dry of a finish so my rating of 3.75 (taste) stands.

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Photo of good_to_sea
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours with a tall, white head. Aggressive carbonation. Very pale, hazy yellow.
Smell: Toast, citrus, lemon, orange.
Taste: Lemon, some piney herbal flavor. A bit of malt sweetness on the finish.
Feel: Crisp, seltzer-like carbonation.
Overall: Very mild flavor, extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear yellow color with a huge head in spite of very careful pouring. Smell was hop dominated with almost no malt or corn and the taste followed as it was all hop bitterness with little grain to balance. The very high carbonation level led to a nice mouthfeel and the finish was quite dry as expected for this style. Overall I have had a number of examples of this emerging style and this has been by far the most hopped and carbonated. If that's what you're looking for this one is for you. Otherwise not so much.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, settles hazy. Two and a half finger ghost white head slowly dies down to foamy islands.
The aroma and taste match up fairly well. Wheaty, yeasty, citrus and floral.
Delicate mouth feel, prickly hop presence. Dry finish.

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Photo of donspublic
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip, monster 2+ finger cream colored head, great retention and lacing. Pale yellowish golden in the glass, pretty clear, slight chill haze. Constant source of bubbles from the bottom, even 10 minutes after I have poured. Clean smelling, getting grain and an almost lemony/citrus scent. Taste is crisp, almost pilsner like (not as much as Sierra Nevada's). Getting cracker malt, lemon, mild grapefruit, light grassy notes and a crisp dry finish. High carbonation increases the bitterness, which isn't too much, but scrubs the tongue. Great drinking beer, bought this to take to the sushi bar and it delivered. This style was just created to go with food. Great palate cleanser

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Photo of jhsmbeerboy
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Like a dry champagne crossed with an IPA. A proper pour gives a pleasant light foamy head that quickly dissipates. High carbonation, excellent mouthfeel. Taste is lighter but also sharper than most IPAs. Subtle sweet aroma that opens as it warms, taste of hops and pronounced citrus. At first with a sweet aftertaste, but as I drank there seemed to be more of a lingering bitterness that made me want to offset it with something else, leading to the thought that this beer will really shine if paired with food. Seafood should be ideal. Cheese. I'd had dinner so after half a glass, I paired it with a slice of lemon tart for dessert, which worked great. Can see nursing one through a whole dinner, a little goes a long way. Not a beer I want to have more than one of at the bar, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Slight foggy straw yellow appearance with a dense creamy frothy white foamy head. Smells real floral and delicate with almost crisp green apple notes, some white grape, green melon, peppercorn spice, light pale malt, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes real crisp and dry, almost vinous with white wine-esque notes, white grape, lychee, apple, lemon, lime, green melon, peppercorn, mild light pale malt, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, crisp and clean with moderate dry carbonation. Overall a real nice brut IPA.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint.

Lightly hazy pale-straw. Huge 3 fingers of loose white head. Lively carbonation.

Pear, Champagne, grapefruit, orange, and grain.

Champagne, orange zest, lemon zest, and grapefruit zest. Slight pear and apple with a light cereal grain backbone.

Light bodied, uber-crisp, well carbonated, and extra dry.

Very dry and sparkling. Ommegang got the mouthfeel 100%.

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Brut IPA from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 111 ratings