BPA | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian-style pale ale

Added by paulieatworld on 03-17-2010

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Photo of Messiinnnaaaa
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang has again outdone themselves. I have a soft spot for Belgian beers and Ommegang never disappoints. On first sight of this beer in the glass I knew I was in for a treat. The color was a hypnotic glowing copper color that bubbled nicely under a creamy fluffy white head. The smell had that signature Belgian aroma with an herbal hint and spicy citrus notes. It has the perfect amount of hop flavor and bitterness that doesn't draw attention away from other flavors highlighted in this beer. I had this beer first just to drink but then my second glass was paired with some phenomenal hot wings and the two were just a match made in heaven.

Probably my favorite Ommegang at this point and I especially enjoyed how easy it was to drink. Sometime with Belgian beers the flavor and/or alcohol presence can make them more of a sip slowly and appreciate kind of beer. BPA has a little less of that overpowering alcohol flavor and a very mellow balanced body that makes it excellent to drink a few with friends or pair with a meal.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Cobblestone's in York, served chilled in a pint.

The color is hazy golden w/ subtle tangerine hue and average sized head of white w/ tiny bead and lace that sticks well, clarity/retention are both good. The smell is very herbal, sun tea-like with a subtle citrus and floral accent. The yeast provides a subtle tropical ester. The feel is fruity and smooth malt with a subtle yeast tanginess and bitterness from the American hops. there is a relatively high resinous quality with high carbonation which leads to a semi-dry finish.

The flavor is fairly dry with subtle Belgian yeast and light tropical flavor from the combo of yeast and hops w/ mild spice and lemony tang which goes well with the herbal elements of the hops. The taste has a light astringency and mild phenolic quality w/ subtle pineapple hint w/ gently bitter citrus with mild dry malt accenting into the semi-dry finish. This is a very drinkable beer and very good Belgian Pale ale in general, I prefer the bottle conditioned version personally, but there is plenty of citrus hop flavor and the drinkability is high overall.

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Photo of kenito799
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Fin du Monde chalice.

Dark golden brew raisesa rocky white head, fades to a ring.

Lovely floral and bubble gum aromas, and asharp tang.

The palate echoes the nose, a grippy tasty tangy brew with a dry lingering hint of bitterness in the finish. They nailed the style but brought it into an American mode. Love it!

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Cafe Hollander Tosa Village and presented, appropriately enough, in an Ommegang BPA glass.

Copper-golden in color with a playful effervescence, BPA forms a generous, rocky white head.

Pleasant aromas of malt, spice, citrus rind and Belgian yeast.

Opens with a sweet, toasted malt foundation and flashes of hop bitterness. Natural spice characteristics come into play before citrus fruits surface: lemon first, followed by orange. Yeast begins to announce its presence. Finishes with a biting accent of white pepper.

Well balanced and refreshing, BPA is a great interpretation of a true Belgian-style Pale Ale. At 6.2% ABV, this beer is extremely sessionable and pairs well with lighter fare -- in my case a grilled chicken salad with bacon and pears.

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Photo of negroobserver
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tall hefeweizen glass.

A: The color is a slightly cloudy golden yellow with orange/pink grapefruit tones. Pours with a large 3-4" head which lingers for about 2/3 minutes and leaves behind moderate amount of lacing.

S: Sweet. Wheat. Spices. Coriander. Light citrus/lemon scent.

T: At first taste, the spicy notes fill the mouth and nostrils. The spices combined with the carbonation present a nice tinging sensation and ends with a light bitter finish.

M: Smooth texture. The carbonation is a little high, but works really well with the beer.

D: THe beer is very enjoyable and well balanced. The bitterness is present but not dominant. The flavors are pronounced and enjoyable. The carbonation is a little higher than I would like, but it doesn't detract from the enjoyable factors in this beer.


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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another beer that I thought that I had reviewed before, but I just decided to pick one up to drink and lo-and-behold I hadn't logged an official review for this one yet, so here we go:

Appearance: Pours a clear and light yellow golden color with a huge 3" head after a very careful pour. The head was level with the edge of the glass when I stopped pouring, and now it is sitting about 1/2" above the rim. There is a huge vortex of bubbles rising, so it doesn't look like the head is going anywhere anytime soon. Some spotty islands of lace are left on the glass after drinking/the head recedes.

Aroma: I initially got a whole lot of spicy and citrus aromatics with lemon-rind leading the way. There is also a lot of dry wheaty aromas in here too. As the head is starting to fall a bit, the hops are really dominating this beer giving it a mildly chalky aroma.

Taste: The flavor is both sweeter and thicker than I thought it would be from the aroma. The hops are playing in the aroma big-time, but they are only in the initial part of the flavor profile. The middle of the flavor is dedicated to the sweet and mildly toasty malts, with the wheat making more subtle of an appearance than it did in the aroma. Man, this beer is all over the map! Though it is medium bodied with high carbonation, the sweetness and citrus do a good job of confusing your palate into thinking this is a slamable beer. If it weren't for the huge burps, this beer would be a really quick drinker.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer and a good example of this style. The nose is a bit like a Tripel-lite, but the flavor is true to style. This disconnect made it a bit unusual for me, but I'm not going to have any trouble finishing this beer as a result or anything. I'll get over it. As for you?...try this beer if you like Belgian beers...you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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 HotHands
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

A - gold in color with some slight haziness and a nice white head.

S - Belgian yeast, citrus, spice, fruitiness.

T - A wonderful blend of Belgian yeast flavors (fruit, spice, etc) well balanced by a nice malt presence, hops, and just a bit of sweetness.

M - Good body, fairly high carbonation.

D - Easily drinkable. This beer packs in a ton of flavor but it's not overwhelming.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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 engagechad
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased as a three pack with other Ommegang beers. Poured into an Ommegang glass.

Poured WAY fizzy, nice light amber, kind of hazy and soapy foam. Smelled great, hoppy with grassy wheat noted. Tasted similar to smell with tongue tickling bubbles and wheaty finish. Felt good and drank wonderful. It was a pleasant beer but I wouldn't really seek it out again.

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Photo of uberez8
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the lovely new Haymarket brewery in Chicago. Poured a nice brownish gold color with a white, one finger head. Not much of a smell to it surprisingly.

I didn't know quite what to expect, Ommegang has been hit or miss for me in the past but at the first sip, I was impressed. A slight hoppy flavor, some what earthy to coppery I'd say, followed by a sweet malty finish, perfectly balanced. The hoppiness lingers just enough to keep all the flavors together, making sure it's not too bitter or too sweet. Nothing I love more than a that perfect balance of sweet and hoppy. I definitely will have keep an eye out for more Cooperstown brews in the future, this BPA has me convinced about them.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/20/2011 at Rose Alley Alehouse, in New Bedford, MA, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some hops and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a nice burst of hops bitterness for the style that is quickly followed by some mildly sweet flavors of caramel & citrus. Then there are some bready flavors that come from a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style but with a little more hops that you usually get, this is a very good Belgian-style beer a lot of flavor and substance making it worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Office in Montclair. Was not whole-heartedly impressed with this offering from Ommegang. Although their artful American-depictions of Belgian-inspired brews are typically precise and on-point, I myself did not reckon this to be an accurate rendition of the style nor a highly drinkable brew despite the modest ABV. Very spritzy and carbonated, on-tap yielding a faint amber-to-golden hue with visible carbonation and a medium-bodied head. Faint aroma of of yeast noticeable with a sugar-sweet mouthfeel. Nothing to write home about.

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Photo of SFrankBrew
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A crisp pale orange. Good head. Leaves a bit of lace. Aroma is probably a combination of Columbus and Cascade hops. Just guessing since my homebrew belgian pale has those. It bit earthy and citrusy. The taste is a nice blend of hops, malts and a bit of spice. The beer is very smooth for a 6% pale. Very enjoyable and drinkable. I will certainly have this one again.

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Photo of MadCat
4.85/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Medium golden color, not perfectly clear, voluminous white head, tons of lacing. Like a darker Duvel.

Smell: Hops, fruit, citrusy, very nice. Hints of spice.

Taste: Absolutely fantastic. More hops, fruit, and citrusy, with some bitterness, with light malt. Hints of spice.

Mouthfeel: Some thickness to it, with a champagne-like carbonation. Quite good. Seems to have similar characteristics to other Ommegang brews, which is excellent in my book. Honestly wish other brews could do what Ommegang does here.

Drinkability: Perfect session beer, if I had more than one bottle in the fridge, I would have opened it. That good and easy drinking.

Overall: Close to perfect. An excellent blend of Belgian styles and Pale Ales. I'm glad this will become a year round offering, because I need more of it.

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Photo of rdub
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the corked bomber into my Duvel tulip. Copper golden color with awesome fluffy head and decent lacing. You can tell Duvel's influence. Piney citrusy smell not normally associated with the Belgian style. Good taste and a nice hoppy front end. I got more IPA from this than BPA. It should be named PAB perhaps. Mouthfeel was nice and drinkability was average.

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Photo of atsprings
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Pit served in a 10oz tumbler a crisp pale orange with a thin diminishing head that leaves just a trace of lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight Earthy citrus hops and a hint of spice. The taste is a nice blend of citrus hops, sweet malts and crisp spice. The beer is quite light, crisp and oh so smooth. This is a very enjoyable Belgian brew, one I would certainly have again.

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Photo of ramseye4
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a generous gift from engagechad. Elegant looking 750ml corked bottle, poured into an Ommegang glass. Came with a description of how to pour. and the proper serving temperature (40 f). Cork went skyrocketing across the room. Pours a pale yellow color with a monster of a head, color and thinness are a bit lackluster. Aroma is much,much better. Belgian yeast hits the nose first, along with citrussy hops, grapefruit, and biscuit. A great combination of Belgian and American styles in the aroma. Lots of breadiness in the taste, with some bitter hops, and citrus fruit. It'ss surprisingly bitter. Lighter body, moderate carbonation and a good bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is outstanding, i could sip this all night and feel refined while doing so. Great beer and worth a try.

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Photo of Chizoad
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks like a typical IPA but with a bit frothier head. Nice.

Excellent nose showcasing the Belgian yeast strains. Definitely a hint of bananas and bubblegum, and hops too.

Total letdown when I tasted it. Almost none of the complexity of the nose is there. Even the hops come out kind of boring, with a mild bitterness that doesn't satisfy. Slightly malty. Sorta tastes like just beer.

Good body and carbonation, but drinkability suffers because it just doesn't taste that great.

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Photo of cudmud
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours with a cloudy, antique copper and a huge rocky head. The giant head produces some of the best lace that I've ever seen.

Smell: The beer has wonderful hop highlights that give it a big scent of fresh cut grass, citrus and fruits. There are major notes of apples and pears.

Taste: This beer has an amazing blast of hops and malty sweetness. Behind the yeast and hops there is a nice yeast component.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and dry.

Drinkability: This is one tasty beer and has become one of my favorites to enjoy anytime.

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Photo of u2carew
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck. Pick up a single at the Craft Beer Cellar.
A) Pours with a big, white head. Slowly settles. Murky bronze colored body. Lacing is big bubbled and semi sticky.
S) Aroma is a superb blend of hops and Belgian-esque notes. Grapefruit. Orange peel. Coriander.
T) A pleasant mix of hops and malt with the hops just a bit more dominant. Citrus notes of grapefruit. Banana. Mellow caramel. Some nutty tones at times. A subtle peppery in the finish
M) Medium body. Crisp. Clean.
D) A delicious Belgian Pale Ale. Definitely drink more!

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Photo of morebeergood
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Citizen Public House in the Fenway. Served in a standard pint glass. Very bright orange-yellow color. Thick white head on top, with some good lacing. Smell has a piney aroma to it. I liked the flavor of this beer a lot. It had a wonderfully light hop flavor that melded well with a splash of sugar sweetness. Mouthfeel was substantial but smooth. Really easy beer to drink. This brew would easily appeal to both the lovers of Belgian ales and Pale Ale devotees. A great offering from Ommegang.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a deep, fairly dark coppery-orange beer that forms a big, fluffy off-white head that takes a few minutes to dissipate and leaves a thick foam behind. As the foam recedes, it trails somewhat thick legs of lacing in moderation down the sides of the glass.
The aroma consists of some fruits of various kinds, tart, tropical and citrus, a lightly musty earthiness, a touch of spiciness, grains and a crackery note, and a touch of something like clove. All of this attests to the unique Belgian yeast strain and a good balance of hops and malts.
With each sip, before the underlying flavors hit it's pretty much fruits, followed by the particular yeast spiciness, giving way to a more citric hops bitterness. All along the way, however, each stage is accompanied by a strong bready malt with that dry, crackery tone, a bit of pine and herbal hops accompaniment, and a bit more of the tropical fruits toward the end. There's also a lingering orange and lemon rind component.
This is a well-carbonated beer that would be a bit too lively if not for the ample smoothness evening it out. The body is on the lighter side of medium, and a semi-dry finish lingers with each sip.
This is another good one from Ommegang.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at MacGregors Penfileld. Body is a gorgeous Gold-Orange color with a half inch beige colored head. Aroma is peppery and flowery. Smells fruity and yeasty with a decent amount of hop flavor. This pretty hoppy for a Belgian pale ale considering that its not considered a Belgian IPA. Fruitiness has slightly metallic quality. Kinda bitter in a weird way. The feel is tingly and slightly dry. This is a decent beer but I can't help but be a little disappointed from Ommegang with this one.

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Photo of ADWnyc
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Resto in New York City.

A - Very attractive golden and orange color when poured

S - Classic belgian nose, very IPA

T - Slightly bitter but followed by fruity notes

M - Healthy dose of carbonation hits the palette immediately, medium-bodied but refreshing

D - Very drinkable

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