Brut IPA
Brewery Ommegang

Brut IPABrut IPA
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Style:
IPA - Brut
Ranked #13
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,512
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 7.36%
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
141
From:
Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  5
Gots
  13
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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rajendra82 from Georgia

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The body of the beer was pale yellow in color, and hazy, and the head was massive, measuring at three plus fingers thick, and crowning above the rim of the tulip glass. The look reminded me a lot of Duvel. The smell was masked by the massive head, and I could barely detect the apple like aroma. The taste was quite interesting, with a flavor hard to pin down. I would say almost green apple topped with cheddar, and formed into a bubblegum. The feel was very delicate and creamy, with the pillow like head caressing the tongue on each sip, and bursting as it dissipated. I am having this next to a Sierra Nevada Brut IPA, and the two are very different.

Jan 19, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 11/20/2018. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy pale golden straw color with a 2 finger very foamy and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big mandarin orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, red apple, passion fruit, mango, melon, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, cracker, corn, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate corn/malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big mandarin orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, red apple, passion fruit, mango, melon, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, cracker, corn, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, woody, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of mandarin orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, red apple, passion fruit, mango, melon, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, cracker, corn, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate corn/malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Very crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. High carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.3%. Overall this is an outstanding Brut IPA. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate corn/malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the moderately bitter/resinous/drying finish, not aggressive. Awesome Mandarina Bavaria, Calypso, and Citra profile. Very vibrant, dank, and earthy balanced hop complexity; with a solid pils malt/grainy backbone. Zero residual sweetness from crisp dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. Feels like champagne more so than any other Brut IPA I've had yet, with the carbonation levels and very clean finish.

Jan 16, 2019
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fmccormi from California

4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz bottle to an oversized, tulip-ish wineglass (Hill Farmstead’s classic globe). This has a bottling date of … I don’t know. There’s a faint packaging note printed in grayish ink below the bottom-right edge of the back label that reads, “81925W2122346.” So who knows. What I DO know is that this is a recent release, and it was purchased from a cooler and transferred soon after to a refrigerator.

Appearance (4.0): Effervescent, this beer certainly is. It pours out three full fingers of delicate, crackling bone-white foam that dissipates with the same glassy fragility as the foam first took. It caps a chill-hazed, light yellow-golden body, capped with a quickly softly dying inch or so of that foam. It’s connected, briefly, to segments of a wispy, broken collar all around the edge of the glass, but it falls apart here and there and collapses into the head. Beautiful, but ephemeral, in a way that suits the style.

Smell (4.25): As with a lot of the other Brut IPAs I’ve had so far, this throws off a brilliant minerality that rings with wet pebbles and pinot grigio, picking up even parts of underripe pear, brash blades of green grass, and bracing yellow grapefruit zest. As it opens up a bit, notes of floury biscuit crust, a very polite touch of herbal ganja, and the ghost of tangerine pith take shape in turns.

Taste (4.5): Whoa, okay, so this is trending in the direction of bright, bracingly mineral- and pith-forward Brut IPAs. It’s extraordinarily crisp, opening up with wet river pebbles, fresh-cut grass, a gently phenolic tone, and brassy but tasteful citrus skin—a bit like underripe kumquat blended with grass and ultra-dry pinto grigio. You know what, though? I’m into it. As per the style, there’s basically no malt character left here: the skeleton of baking soda biscuits and the ghost of southern dumplings got scared and ran out of the room together, leaving a few dusty footprints and a “fuck you” celebratory dump on the floor. I guess. Do you kind of get what I mean? Maybe you do, or maybe you stopped reading after the second line of the “Appearance” section. Either way, I like it. No sign of booze. Just effervescent mineral tones.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Extraordinarily dry. But that’s what you signed up for now, isn’t it? The body is light, to say the least, washing in with a swishy, lighter-than-water kind of feel buoyed by hyperactive but never foamy and never tingly or prickly carbonation—it’s just a very fine grit of soft, full bubbles that race the body on its way in and lift it up on its way out. The finish is dry, but never parching and never astringent.

Overall (4.25): It seems to me that everyone’s still trying to figure out what they want Brut IPAs to be, and this is exemplary for this particular vein of Bruts. Some brewers are adhering to this line of extremely dry, mineral-forward iteration of Brut IPAs, and while some are making something great out of it (hello Ommegang, I’ve missed you out there in the desert) others aren’t quite sure what they want the beer to be (in terms of wide releases, see Stone’s recent Enjoy By 01.01.19 Brüt IPA). Ommegang, not surprisingly (to me) made something good out of a hop-minded recipe that relies on a fermentory twist more in line with Belgian styles than American. I’m not sure they’ve made anything really exceptional in the classically American hop-forward beers (though I never did get to try Neon Rainbows … I was curious about that one), and I’m not sure that this one is grabbing any headlines. But, it’s very, very good, and I think they may be onto something. Recommended for those who know they enjoy or haven’t tried but are curious about Bruts.

Dec 24, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, translucent bubbly straw in appearance with a huge soapy white head. Great retention, with rings of lacing.
Aromas of lemon, pear, green apple skin, green grape, hay, and coriander. The aroma is subdued but refreshing.
Big flavors of lemon peel, honeydew melon, green grape, pear, and green apple skin upfront, followed by white crackers, a hint of honey, and white flowers petals. The dryness kicks in mid-palate and grows to intensely dry by the finish. Closes out with notes of coriander, bell pepper, fresh green grass, and lingering lemon pith.
The mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Medium-light-ish bodied, very highly carbonated, pillowy and quick-moving on the palate, before abruptly finishing extremely dry, crisp, and clean.
Of the brut IPAs I've had thus far, this one best nails the "champagne" comparison. Very well done.

Jan 09, 2019
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jhsmbeerboy from New York

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Mar 07, 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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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 23, 2019
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mrovelli from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 22, 2019
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PaleAleWalt from New York

3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 05, 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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eire from Alaska

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

May 25, 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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chicagoish from Pennsylvania

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

May 09, 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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Daniellobo from District of Columbia

3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 01, 2019
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Edy-Cantarero from New York

4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Apr 14, 2019
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craigdb from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apr 05, 2019
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Saylor from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tastes more like a saison than IPA. I’m not an IPA fan, nor am I sure of what a Brut IPA should taste like. This came to me in a trade FYI

Jun 04, 2019
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RiceOwls27 from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jul 22, 2020
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digitalflood from New York

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

Apr 23, 2019
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.9%
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

Mar 27, 2019
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've only had 1 other brut and I wasn't really a fan, but it's comforting knowing that Ommegang brews one, so it'll probably be pretty good

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a massive (3+ finger) rocky white head that fades very slowly and leaves patchy lacing. Very alive in the glass

A lot of tangerine up front in the aroma, backed up by orange, melon, a touch of honey, and citrusy hops

Starting off the taste, I get some more bitter hops than the nose suggested but nothing too crazy. Some grassy hops mix with light tropical fruit at first, still primarily tangerine with subtle grapefruit. The swallow turns both the fruit and hops up, with the hops becoming oily and resiny, which pairs well with the vinous and acidic notes of apple skin. Light bready malts bring it together for a wonderfully balanced beer

A light medium body is paired with sparkly carbonation to lead to one of the most refreshing beers I've had in a long time. Finishes almost entirely dry and crisp, but there is still some sweet juiciness to it

Damn, this was really good! I never really thought I'd be a huge fan of the style, but now I think I need to search for the more acclaimed examples of the style.

Sep 11, 2020
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jmbranum from Oklahoma

4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from Homeland Grocery store in Oklahoma City, poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass.

Some slightly malty, mostly hoppy aroma. Flavor is very dry (per style) but also some citrus, spices, pineapple, . Crisp very carbonated mouthfeel.

Wednesday at 12:08 AM
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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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robebo44 from Virginia

3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sep 24, 2019
Brut IPA from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 141 ratings