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

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1,373 Ratings
Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale)Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the tap in a shaker pint at Flanny’s.

Dark, cloudy honey color. The frothy one-finger head of white seems as if it will linger forever, but eventually leaves behind walls of sticky lace as it becomes a thin, lingering top layer.

Lots of pepper, pear juice, hints of sourdough, floral lavender and honey in the nose. Marked by a lovely, soft sweetness.

The flavor is the nose reflected, equally heavy with pepper, and lighter bits of sweet pear syrup, wheat bread, lavender and other Belgian flavors.

A moderate amount of bubbles massage the tongue as the beer moves, but it holds together well. The medium-light body is crisp on the tongue, with a slightly drying finish. Pretty crisp and quenching.

Nothing out of the ordinary here — Ommegang makes good Belgian-style beer. BPA is a smooth, thirst-quenching beverage.

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Photo of sgoro
3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glassware - Tulip

A - Pours a hazy amber color with abundant yellow tinted foamy head - 2+ inches.

S - I don't get too much in terms of aroma. Maybe a faint lemon scent but that's about it.

T - I'm not getting much in terms of hops. There is a little bit of spice coming through but not much of a finish on this one.

M - Light bodied with nice carbonation.

O - I thought this beer was alright. It got a little better as it warmed but it almost tasted watered down. I'll probably pass buying another bottle. Would like to see if it improves a little on tap.

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Photo of wampahoofus
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A cloudy dark yellow. Fairly decent head retention. Lots of lacing. It is very pretty in the Ommegang glass.

Smell - Sweet and fruity armoa.

Taste - There is a lot happening here. The dominating flavor is the fruity esters with just a bit of bitter hop bite in the background. Just a bit. There is a lot of spice on the finish. It is kind of a orange peel and clove combo leaning more to the orange zest. There is some other spice hanging out in there that is hard to describe.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is crisp and light. The spice lingers afterward...

Overall - This is a rather refreshing brew with lots of subtle complexities. It is a nice hot day brew when you want something that will refresh but still offers something more.

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Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap @ buster

A- pours a hazed golden yellow color with a 2 finger head that slowly recedes ..lacing sticks to side of glass

S- was fresh bananas,clove,pepper ,bubblegum, and some citrus/lemon grass

T- was very good ... lots of fresh fruits like bananas and apples ,hints of clove mixed with mixed with nice floral hops with a slight bitter edge but good..a dash of funk

M-medium carbonation,crisp and tart with slight hop bitterness

O- very good easy to drink refreshing and tasty ..very recommended

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Photo of goblue3509
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a big pillowy head which recedes to a tight head and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is spicy with hints of citrus and a nice sweat smell to it. The smell is a little subdued. The taste has a nice yeasty sweetness along with belgian spiciness. In the middle comes a citrus hop bite. The bite is subtle. There is more citrus than hop at the back end. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall its a good beer it is mainly spicy and yeasty with hints of other flavors it solid but nothing left me needing more.

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

A: pours pale yellow orange, and clear. The head was between two and three fingers thick, white, with minimal lacing.
S: a very light buttery aroma. followed by dry malt and a touch of yeast.
T: no butter, light malt sweetness, a little bit dry, very crisp. Good floral and lightly grassy hop.
M: bubbly carbonation, clean and light.
O: I like this a little more on tap but out of the bottle it great, balanced and simple.

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Photo of epicness
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Slightly hazy golden-orange color with a two finger head. The head fades slowly down to about one finger and doesn't really recede past that. Fairly sizable lacing is left on the glass while drinking.

S: Spice and clove notes dominate the smell. There are also tropical fruits and bubblegum scents present as well. It's a very nice smelling beer. They usually don't smell this good in my opinion. After smelling it, I could not wait to taste it.

T: The forefront of the taste is dominated by an initial spicy citrus flavor. Also present is bit of herbal hoppy bite in the middle and an earthy bitterness on the end.

M: This is a medium bodied beer with fairly lively carbonation. I'd probably rate it as a medium to high carbonation. A very crisp beer. It's very drinkable. I only had one of these but I could have definitely had a few more of them easily. Great tasting beer and easy to drink it.

O: This beer impressed the hell out of me. I wasn't really even looking to have a Pale Ale when I had it, but Ommegang is a fantastic brewery from my experiences so I couldn't resist. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone regardless of the style of beer they favor. I'd give this beer a very confident two thumbs up.

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

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. A large (3-finger) ivory head settles on top of a clear, dark golden/orange-ish body. Great retention of the long-lasting head. Leaves behind foamy splotches of lace and a fluffy pillow of foam in the center of the glass.

S: Bready yeast. Tropical fruit and citrusy (think oranges) hops. Touch of spiciness as well. Nice nose.

T: Bread doughy malt up front, along with some fruitiness. Finishes with a dry, lemony hop bitterness, with just a touch of spice.

M: Carbonation is a bit too sharp, but doesn't take away from the overall experience. Call it medium in heft.

O: Very good. Enjoyable.

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Photo of cocogan
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the blue door.

Visual: Gold w/ orange hue. No head, no lacing

Nose: Wheat, honey, lemon

Taste: Wheat, apples, lemon citrus, white wine, honey. Balanced finish, slight pine and floral.

Mouth: Light on the tongue

Drunkability: Good summer drink, bit too fruity to drink multiples.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
2.23/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into my Surly pint glass.

Hazey honey color with 45 feet of head. It's running down the side of my glass actually. As the head subsides it kinda looks like swiss cheese as holes develop in the froth. Very little to no lacing. Sediment is suspended throughout. Spicy citrus on the nose. The banana bread smell that all Belgians seem to have for me. Taste consists of citrus and spice mixed with banana bread. Pretty much horrible. Can't stand Belgians. I picked out the taste notes, but really it tastes like an old gym sock. I was hoping that the pale ale part of the beer would save this for me. Sadly it was all around fail.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a big two fingers of frothy white head. The head fades slowly down to a still sizeable layer leaving behind some great lacing.

S - The aroma is a mix of some citrus fruits and spices. There is also some nice sweet malts and some strong yeast aromas.

T - Starts off with some citrus fruit flavor and some light spices. There is also some yeast hanging around in the background. Through the middle, the yeast gets a bit stronger and some banana and bread come through. The finish is a mix of citrus, spices, and banana that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Has a nice slightly dry character that is especially nice as the beer finishes. The finish has some banana and sweet flavors that linger.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are really nicely balanced and work together very nicely. Everything works together nicely, and the banana flavor mixed in is really nice.

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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 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 elgiacomo
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by April 2011. Lets see how well this holds up.

Pours lightly hazy yellow/gold with a large three finger foamy white head that holds a very good cap and leaves some rings of lacing behind.

Aroma is orange citrus, some peaches, grassy and herbal, some banana, yeast and bread. A bit of funk comes out with a strong swirl being the only distractor in an otherwise fine aroma. Good strength.

Flavor is lemon and orange citrus, banana and a bit of bubblegum, some grassy hops, fair malt sweetness which is balanced by some bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, a bit oily, good carbonation.

Well, color me impressed considering this is a bit over one year old and has held up quite well. Couldn’t pass up the single on the discount rack for 99 cents, definitely will seek out a fresh sample and update this review then.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz pour at Three Penny Taproom. Hazy orange gold with some thin white head on top. Leaves some spotting but not great retention. Nose is full of oranges; orange rind, orange juice and especially orange soda. Palate is crisp up front and then a little wooly texture comes out. Flavors of mixed citrus, a little note of sea salt(!), and freshly moved grass.

Decent brew but would like a touch more bitterness. A little sweet as is.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden-orange with an enormous (like, taking up two thirds of the glass enormous) head that takes its time going down. Seriously, I like a nice head on a beer as much as the next guy, but this is ridiculous.

S- Bubblegum and tropical fruits like mango and kiwi dominate. It's tough to tell if these flavors are coming from the hops or are byproducts of the yeast. Whatever the case, they're very nice.

T- Juicy fruit gum at the front with an earthy, herbal hop bite in the middle. The finish is dry with an almost dirt-like taste (it's much better than it sounds) and a moderate bitterness.

M- On the light side of medium and highly carbonated.

This beer impressed the heck out of me. I really enjoyed the hop character, which was strong but not to the point of being a Belgian IPA. This was something completely different from what I was expecting (a weak tripel) and I'm almost disappointed that I only got a 12 oz. bottle instead of the 750 ml one. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy light ruby-gold with a huge three finger foamy white head. Great retention on the head with very sticky lacing.

S - Candied sugars, bananas, and sweet bready malt. Light pine hop aroma afterwards. Peppery phenols with further hints of pear and apple.

T - Initially dominated by Belgian yeast and sweet fruit which rides out to a dry, slightly boozy and piney hop finish. Earthy aftertaste with lingering hints of apple, banana and grain.

M - Medium chewy body with a little too much carbonation.

D - Very balanced and drinkable. I tend to savor Ommegang brews though.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY

Pours a hazy burnt sienna, with a finger of white head; decent lacing. Light hops in the aroma, citrus and spice. Light tasting, good balance of citrus hops and sweet malts, with a touch of spice. Light-medium mouthfeel. Nice, crisp, easily drinkable, even if it's not overflowing with flavor.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a translucent to hazy goldenrod with a firm 2-3 finger almost gushing white head, leaving tons of lace, very good head retention.

S: Lime peel, orange peel, coriander and white pepper. Yeasty and attractive Belgian smells.

T: Quite a yeasty taste. Bitter spice on the back end with a lot of citrus peel. Noticable hop character, hay and earth, appealing, this would make a great food beer.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth with soft but biting at times carbonation, very easy drinking.

O: This is fantastic domestic Belgian style beer. Great flavours, blind I could believe this is Belgian-made which is always a plus. Well done Ommegang.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into my hennepin glass, which i believe is the same as the BPA one. it just has a different logo.

A- this one pours out a translucent golden orange colored body with a tall bright white head on top. the head really takes its time falling, and leaves behind solid rings of lacing.

S- the initial whiff brings forth belgian yeast. after that i get some grainy malts and just a touch of toasted bread. some lemony hops towards the end, with some grapefruit mixed in as well. not as hoppy smelling as i would have guessed.

T- the taste starts out with grainy malts and that hint of toasted bread that i could smell. after that i get some belgian yeast and some pepper. lots of lemon and grapefruit hops at the end. more that i would have guessed from the nose.

M- the body is on the lower side of medium. the carbonation is a little on the high side.

O- not as hoppy as i was hoping for. this seems stuck somewhere in between a belgian style beer and an american style one. not offensive, but also not something ill be picking up again.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, belgian yeast, hops,

taste: grass, hops, belgian yeast, spice

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: interesting pale ale with a kick of spice and grassy hop flavor.

the CPJ

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a light pale amber color with a small white head. Nose is a bit hoppy and malty.

Taste is very crisp an clean with a nice spiciness from the yeast. There's a pretty creamy thick mouthfeel. Overall it's very easy drinking and tasty.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear straw color with sediment floating around. HUGE head on a careful pour. Covered with foam for the duration of the drink.

Smell - Light citrus and slight yeasty funk. A fair amount of bread in the nose, also. Smells bright, but not hoppy, really.

Taste - Very similar to the nose. Slight lemon flavor to start, followed by breadiness. There's a hop bitterness that lingers for a bit after the flavors fall off.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, light body. The finish is dry with the hop bitterness. No residual sugars here at all to give it any weight.

Overall - It's not dominant in any flavor profile, but hey, it's refreshing. I finished playing soccer in 90 degree weather and this sure looked good in my fridge. Hit the spot for refreshment.

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

Poured from a bottle out of the Ommegang gift pack and chilled in the beer fridge at 45 degrees into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip). Bottle says "serve at 40". Oh well.

A: Typical Belgian style - fine foamy head sits atop a hazy golden orange body of liquid.

S: Spicy floral notes (rose petals!) hit the nose first, followed by some mellow citrus. Not overly complex, but light and pleasing. Floral notes stand out the most.

T: Slight peppery feel up front during the initial sips brings some light fruit and a very mild bitterness, leaving the palate clean and dry. A nice warming alcohol brings up the rear.

M: Highly carbonated body (typical of the style) suits the beer well and carries the flavors nicely around the palate. Goes down smooth and clean.

O: Definitely not Belgian, but a good representation of an Americanized Belgian ale. A bit surprised at the warming alcohol at only 6.2%, but it was a welcomed bonus. Overall a solid ale and worth the price.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Commonwealth Lounge in Newport Beach, on to the beer:

Pale gold is the color of this Ommegang offering. Only a small patch of thin foam sits on top as I received my serving, eventually going away and leaving a few spots of lace on the glass. Its nose is clean and surprsingly hoppy since it calls itself a Belgian styled pale ale; crisp pine is the easiest to pick out of the bunch, floral and melon trail alongside.

It's a hybrid. BPA borrows characteristics that define both the American and Belgian schools of brewing. The American side brings to the table a clean profile, cuts of pine, orange, and vague citrus. The Belgian side, while light, pulls in faint apricot (presumably from the yeast). As the beer goes down, it leaves a little "hoppy bitter" aftertaste.

Whatever this is, it is a joy to drink. After finishing my glass, I kept thinking of Eisenbahn Pale Ale, which is what BPA reminds me of most.

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Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,373 ratings.
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