Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

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89
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1,371 Ratings
Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale)Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by paulieatworld on 03-17-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,371
Reviews:
465
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.78%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
104
For Trade:
1
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of lovindahops
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having a lil bpa for ending the day

A- appearance is hazy orange with a massive head of foam that will not slow down. Carbonation is ripping through the beer

S- some spices and mild citric tones in it. Not as overpowering as I like. Need more of a yeast whack like other bpas

T- more tangerine and citric flavors that emerge. A little more flavor is near the exit, but to me it's more like a pale ale than a belgian pale ale. It's not horrible, I just love that bready yeast presence in my bpas

M- great carbonation. Tastes great in the mouth

O- I will definitely try one of these if they are around, but I really need that sassy belgiam yeasty when I select a bpa

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Photo of n2185
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange-yellow with three fingers of white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Some spice and clove notes followed by bubblegum and a floral, mint-like aroma. Then come some orange and citrus hop aromas, finishing with a light yeast smell. Very nice.

T: Some spicy notes at first followed by a somewhat piny bitterness with a touch of citrus rind flavor. The finish is bitter with just a touch of yeast flavor. Some bubblegum flavors peek out every now and then.

M: Medium-light body with high carbonation, this beer is nicely crisp though the bitterness detracts from it some.

O: A decent beer, but unfortunately the wonderful complexities of aroma don't translate very well to the flavors. It smells amazing but the flavors do not meld well at all.

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Photo of iadler
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

A- Hazy gold with a two finger head that leaves some lines of retention.

S- The belgian qualities are quite noticeable in the nose with banana, clove, vanilla, peppery spice and some subtle citrus and grass hops and a bit of biscuit malt.

T- The belgian side is again much more pronounced with a heavy dose of banana, clove, vanilla and spice as well as some biscuit malt. There is some citrus notes of grapefruit and orange, but they seem to get lost in the taste and clash with some of the belgian flavors.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Has a slight crisp mouthfeel.

O- Thought it was a decent beer but girlfriend couldn't stand it. She wanted to start a profile to describe her feelings for this beer. It seemed unbalanced, maybe it could use more of a citrus presence or a bigger malt profile, but some of the flavors didn't mix well in my opinion.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

one of the few bottle that made it out to poland while i was there and unfortunately one of the least successful i've had by this brewery. a nice head of white on a golden mildly cloudy body. nose is dominated by citrus ans sugarcane. this was a beer with a one dimensional palate of pineapple candy that would sit on the tongue and not clear like expected by a exceptional BPA. had a similar lack of zest as an old hennipen. palate was lemon tea overly sweet, pineapple, and a mild apple tart then a finish of a wave of sweetness that lingered.

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Photo of emsroth
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

App: Huge head (due to perhaps an overactive pour). Slightly cloudy pale golden color.

Smell: Strong hop aromas. Tropical fruit mixed with firm metallic bitterness.

Taste: Strong hop profile throughout which seems to be the focus of this brew. As it warms a honey malt comes in the middle. Finishes dry with crisp pilsner malt. Floral and herbal flavors with a touch of alcohol and citrus show in the finish. The cascade hops are a nice touch and make themselves known, but not my preference for the style.

Refreshing light-medium body with tight carbonation.

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Photo of StephenRich
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you have been following this blog, it really should be no surprise by now that I love what Brewery Ommegang creates; I've posted very positive reviews earlier on both their Three Philosophers Quadrupel, and the magnificent Adoration. Both of these beers are very rich and hearty though, and with summer around the corner I jumped at the chance to try Ommegang's newest beer, their Belgian Pale Ale (BPA).

The BPA is the first in a series of six new specialty beers to be released by Ommegang in 2010, as such it was brewed in limited quantities but has spread all across the U.S. Ommegang plans to test this range of beers to create a house beer; somewhat of an entry beer; an accessible beer for the general public. The goal is to create satisfying beers with ripe flavors, moderate ABV, and at a reasonable price to try to entice non-beer aficionados to get their hands wet.

Normally I would quaff at this idea, but it does make sense. Artisan distilleries, for example, will make several vintage whiskies aged 18, 21, or more years. But they will also produce a house whisky; a "reserve", or "select" designed to meet the needs of the entry level consumer. And for a brewery like Ommegang, whose Belgian inspired beers are all extremely flavorful, a beer like the BPA will help people walk their way into great beer rather than forcing people to dive in head first.

Ommegang claims that they have worked hard for a very long time trying to crack the code for accessible beers with distinctive character, and that the BPA has done it.

It is available right now in 750ml corked bottles, and on draft wherever it is sold. As mentioned, it has a moderate alcohol level at 6.2% abv, and regardless of the beer's purpose and destiny, it is a Belgian Style Pale Ale brewed by some of the best American-Belgian brewers in the world. It has been brewed with five specialty malts, and hopped with Columbus, Celeia and Cascade hops. It is of course bottle conditioned using Ommegang's signature yeast.

It was a fitting afternoon when I opened this beer, probably about 17C outside, sunny, and I was by the beach grilling some chicken wings. I opened this bottlecool, around 10C (50F) and poured it into a few tuliped glasses to share with my friends. It formed a soft golden copper beer with orange and opaque amber yellow hues. It is hazy, with a hugely airy and pillowy off white head and raised itself about two inches above the beer.

The nose is very classic with light citrus zest, tropical fruity esters, pale malts and a hint of herbal hops. It does have a nice bouquet of floral spice and biscuit also, but overall is not very potent, not compared to most Ommegang beers, but it is very pleasant.

I went right into the BPA and was instantly refreshed by effervescent pale malt sweetness, floral and lightly crisp hops, the citrus zest of grapefruit and orange, and a lightly earthy yeast character. It all came in softly with elegant presence rather than aggressive power. Hops are mellow and soft, but the Cascade hops definitely add the necessary bitter and quenching characteristics which are essential to balance out malt sweetness and floral aromas.

The mouthfeel was excellent, and perfectly Belgian. Spicy to the touch, crackling and delicate carbonation, and the sting of hops makes it a great beer for the summer. The finish is light, no alcohol is noticeable, and is very refreshing. It paired perfectly with my chicken wings and beach front weather.

I do have to try to be unbiased though, because I prefer the richer more flavorful Belgian Pale Ales, however this is a very good beer. If you are just getting into the world of real beer, this is a great introduction. However, if you have been around Ommegang's lineup before and love the hugely aromatic and massively flavorful beers, this may be too weak for you.

The next in this series is called Tripel Perfection, and is undoubtedly a Belgian style tripel. I will also be looking for one of those for a summer afternoon.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a bottle of this from Boonton Liquor Outlet in Boonton, NJ. Into a stemmed Stone IPA glass, it poured a translucent, highly-carbonated golden copper, with three fingers of white, that retained and laced well. Smelled of apple and pear; fragrant, but not very bitter or herbal at all. The taste was very floral in nature; big apple flavor with a thin dry bitter finish. Very thin, highly-carbonated feel. Not a very dynamicly-flavored beer to being with, and the poor texture just killed it for me. As such, I didn't find this to be very sessionable.

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Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-cloudy orange-yellow with above average carbonation, a large white head, and good lacing.

smell is of pepper, spice, a touch of hops, some citrus in the back, and some wheat.

taste is slightly dry, banana, yeast, some spice, and fresh hops, ends a little thick, and dry.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No enjoy by date.
Slow pour into a standard pint glass.

A: A huge, four-finger plus head developed during the pour. The very large head was light beige and comprised of very large bubbles. The brew is golden with an orange hue and just a little cloudy with plenty of carbonation bubbles raising to the top.

S: The aroma is citrusy and fruity consisting of orange and lemon with a touch of pine. Some malt and yeast backbone come through, too.

M: A light body that is very crisp and clean.

T: A good balance of yeast, hops, and malt; but, nothing really stands out. Just a little bit of a funky, sour yeast taste.

O: This beer is just okay. A good tasting and well-balanced pale ale with a twist of sour and funky Belgian yeast. This beer is something between a pale ale and a sassion.

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Photo of DIM
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: This was a clear golden color, a bit on the dark side. It poured with a big fizzy head that left light lace in its wake.

s: Strong mineral components plus some peppery lemon zest. I also noticed some faint tropical fruit phenols.

t: Very dry overall, I tasted rough, earthy grains, pineapple, and bitter citrus up front. Towards the finish I found a mineral flavor and a long, lingering clove note that became a chore after awhile.

m: Medium chewy body and very active, fizzy carbonation.

o: Overall I enjoyed the smell more than the taste. That clove at the end just wore me down. Not bad, but I expected more from Ommegang.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kind of a so-so beer for me. Pours alright - a bright yellow color. Big time floral smell and it comes through in the taste as well. It's very dry, with notes of grass, grain & lemon. Complex, yet quite drinkable. Definitely on the lighter side, but it's not very refreshing. Other folks might take to it a little better than me I would understand.

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Photo of goosemop
3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of dyoung3
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Iron Horse Taproom, Washington DC.

Appearance: On the lighter side, straw colored - nice consistent, long-lasting head.

Smell: Nothing too surprising - although I did get more hop character than I wanted and less Belgian-yeast aroma than I could of hoped for. Citrus peel, pine needles, etc.

Taste: This is a full-bodied beer disguised as a session brew. Alcohol was not evident and bitterness was the number one most noticeable trait in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel, nicely carbonated.

Overall I think this is a good beer but being personally overwhelmed with lupulin lately I can't say this is as "Belgian-esque" as I would have wanted. I pictured more clove, spices, banana, coming through and all I got was a normal tasting Pale Ale. Respectable beer, just sort of sounds like their marketing this beer to both Belgian lovers and Pale Ale lovers with the end result of a beer for Pale Ale lovers.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wish I read the best by date on the bottle before purchase. Bottled 6/21/11/. Best by 6/2012/. Opened 12/28/12/.

Pours hazy gold with a big foamy white head and lots of lacing.

Belgian yeast and mild spice in the nose. Restrained hops, mint, orange/citrus notes.

Spice notes and phenols upfront, yeasty, less citrus than nose.

Tight carbonation, fairly light body.

Would love to try this again from a fresh bottle.

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Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1.5 inch head, orange/yellow in color, cloudy

Smell: citrus hops, clove, lemon, and orange

Taste: dry citrus hops, clove, lemon, touch of orange and coriander

Mouthfeel: light bodied, slightly bitter start getting progressivly more bitter, high carbonation

Drinkability: Above average for the style. A nice and bitter sipper. Could have a couple but not likely to purchase again for the price.

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Photo of Krakistophales
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark orange with a white fluffy head that sticks around

S: A strong hoppy character, a grassy/earthy sort of hop with hints of spice and a bit of a sweet malt backbone.

T: A grassy hoppiness at first, moving into an earthy, muddy aftertaste. Pretty one note.

O: This one is okay, but I would stick with IPAs instead.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured all head, white, slow to recede and quick to re-errupt with subsequent pours. The body emerges from the head an orangy gold almost mustard sauce yellow. Smell is predominately musty yeast and in fact reminds me of some bad wines I've had. There's also some malt smell and a sour aspect that had me expecting a sour taste which didn't happen. Taste is much drier than the smell hinted. There's still the musty yeast but not as strong as in the smell, there's lot's of dominant white pepper, and a light bitter finish.

I agree with some others that this beer may be overdone - the head, the mustiness. It seems they tried to make a powerhouse version of the Belgian original style and it's a little off.

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Photo of mothman
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a 1/2 finger of white head. Good retention with some lace. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Kind of fruity, kind of hoppy. Citrusy with spices and yeast.

Taste: Yeast, spice, bananas, cloves. A bit of floral and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: A little bitter, but very dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a decent BPA, but nothing exciting. It is what it is. Fairly average to the style. Fairly decent drinkability.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear auburn, orange, and golden. Tight, thin white cap with consistent lacing down the glass.

Muted and far-away aromas. Not a lot going on at all, unfortunately. Some sweet hop and bready malt character, but there isn't a lot here.

Flavor follows the nose, unfortunately, though it's more bready than it is hoppy--there's just not a lot going on. Better than average, and there's nothing at all unpleasant--it's just boring, plain, and simple.

Medium mouthfeel. Ample carbonation.

An average, simple, Belgian pale. There are better options at similar price ranges.

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Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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