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

BA SCORE
89
very good
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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Ratings: 1,371 |  Reviews: 465
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light golden body with a crowning soapy white head. A little hoppy aromas. The taste was both yeast and the abundant hops, citrus hops under its power.Spicey, although cloves and pepper spicey. Above average mouthfeel. However, a bomber is too much for me.
On tap 15 months later, and about the same.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head with even solid lace around the glass. Murky, golden with light brown hues.

S: spicey and fruity mostly fig, apple and apricot.

T: spicy but less apple than in the aroma. typical belgian yeast notes with some hops.

M: smooth, lighter side of medium body

Overall: excellent taste and very drinkable. One of the better BPAs.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, herbal hops, and a slightly funk gym sock aroma. Taste is of malt/grain, grassy hops, and a slight funk on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good Belgian pale ale that is very easy to drink. Not too crazy about the smell though.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours honey colored and a bit cloudy into a snifter, with the ommegang signature frothing over the top crazy head. aroma is floral hops and belgian yeast. tastes a little fruity, with a round floral hop finish. really really nice beer to session as it has a lower abv than many ommegang beers and the complexity makes the thirsty man curious for more. on the pricey side, but it is money well spent. update: on tap this is an entirely different beer, for the better. the yeast is almost tropical, and the hops seem more fresh. not to be missed on tap!

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a hazy golden colored ale, the head was fluffy and white. There was some nice lacing on the glass also. The smell of the beer has some decent aromas of grains, hops and yeast. The taste of the beer is a little sweet upfront that fades into a nice bread like flavor and finishes with a hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel isn't too heavy or carbonated it's a good feel to it. Overall it's a pretty nice Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and poured with a three finger high off white head that slowly died down but consistently covered the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of floral hops, fruits, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of fruits, spices and yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a very high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very drinkable, especially considering its relatively low alcohol content.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When thinking of Belgian Pale Ales, beers like Lefe Blonde come to mind. But here, Ommegang takes a moderately brewed pale ale (American-style perhaps) and ferments with signature house yeast of Belgian origins.

BPA pours a peachy-orange color with significant haze for a diffused glow to occur. Carrying a froathy head that laces well, the beer takes on a decidedly Belgian look. Very nice for both a Belgian ale and an English/American pale ale.

Medium aromas of fruit and spicy tartness emit from the glass. Peaches, appricots, and apples begin to shape the estery blend with a tawny note of white wine, white pepper, and orange peel. The very clean scent of Belgian yeast is backed by a bready/doughybiscuity malt character. Somewhat simplistic and muted in aroma, the beer's cleanliness makes it appealing to the nose.

Flavors follow suit, but with the bready taste and malty sweetness to make first impressions. Mild caramel and cotton candy-ish sweetness compliment the fruity pear and appricot flavors well, however make the beer somewhat rich in taste. Hop flavors come alive a mid palate with a citrusy and earthy blend making me think of both English and American pale ales. Bitterness rises as the malty and fruity flavors subside, all driving toward a drying and moderately bitter and acidic finish. Fruity and bready flavors return in aftertaste to accompany a soft but bitter dryness. Again, clean to the point of simplisticity but safe throughout... just leaving me want a greater depth of complexity.

Early creaminess and richness has a hard time working toward dryness in the finish. The malty weight just seems to sick arround preventing the beer from developing. However, the carbonation subsides and the bitter dryness kicks in the end for a smooth citrus, grassy crispness and somewhat reminding me of mint.

Applauded for its clean yet conservative execution, the beer seemingly has no flaws. But the rich malt character keeps the beer from showcasing the yeasty spice and fruit flavors with the zeal that is demonstrated by other Belgian pale ales. The hop character balances in the finish, but struggles to do so from initial sips until just before the dryish finish. Another tasty beer by Ommegang, just conservative.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Belgian-style bomber, caged and corked, and damned imposing at that.

This beer pours a hazy pale orange hue, with a ton of thin foamy webbed head, which leaves some broad strokes of similarly-constructed lace around the glass as it settles agreeably apace. It smells of spicy, earthy yeast, mild bready malt, sweet estery banana and candy sugar notes, and citrus and bitter leafy hops. The taste is mild pale malt, citrus peel, echoes of the proclaimed tropical fruit, some zippy earthy, somewhat farmyard-borne yeast, and the consistently bitter citrusy, leafy hops. Any extra ABV is well ensconced, and not very evident, if that. The carbonation is average, but tangy and faintly prickly in that Belgian manner, the body medium weight, with an airiness that lends itself well to a hallow smoothness. It finishes with a grainy malt extension, peppered by some latent yeast and citrus hops.

Very Belgian in nature, and it's only my pesky brain telling me that it resembles Unibroue in its homage. Easy to drink if you're in that somewhat down-home, bucolic farm mood that Belgian ale tends to inspires in me.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives the color of light amber and is capped with a very nice head that leaves splotches of lace

Smell: Bready, with peppery yeast complexity and an earthy hop character

Taste: Bready, up front, with apple and pear elements; the peppery yeast makes an early entrance, as well, but by mid-palate, the earthy hops take over; the finish combines all the flavors in a well-balanced blend

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I really like Ommegang's take on the style; the fruity elements, the hop character and the well-balanced finish are very appealing

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of fruity ester and some dry hoppy notes is very interesting. Taste is a nice mix between some fruity ester with a semi-sweet Belgian malt base and some dry hoppy notes. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with great drinkability factor though lacking some minor notes of floral aroma.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-orange color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It had a strong yeasty aroma with nice grains and caramel notes.

T - Good caramel flavor with some mild dried fruits and a good spicy/yeasty character.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really tasty Belgian-style ale.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/25/2012. Pours very cloudy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice frothy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big pear, apple, lemon, pepper, grass, hay, earth, bread, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of lemon, pear, pepper, grass, orange zest, apple, hay, earth, clove, herbal, bread, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, grass, herbal, earth, pepper, clove, bread, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of flavors; no cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian pale ale! Very well balanced with nice complexity; very smooth and crisp to drink. Really enjoyed this, will be on the lookout for some fresher bottles for sure.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at State Line Liquors. Poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Initial pour brings a murky apricot-orange color with a bit of darker orange around the edges. A pretty hard pour brought out a three-finger head that was quite rough and tumbly; really rocky. Single finger persists throughout. Great sticky lacing all over the glass. Big and soapy bubbles.

Initial whiff brings some nice notes of peach and light tropical fruits as well as a bit of light pepper. A bit of very light floral hops comes through as well. Some very mild earthy must in there as well. The taste is some light stone fruits as well as a bit of must and spice. Body is a bit light with low-to-moderate carbonation levels. Glad to have finally gotten ahold of this, but not my favorite.

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