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

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

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1,373
pDev:
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Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review of a beer I have had many times before. It is very important to pour into the proper style glass for me- must be wide mouth to allow beer to breath. I poured into Ommegang chalice and let sit for a few minutes. This beer looks good when poured- it will foam too much in a narrow glass.

Aroma is nice- a reasonable balance of malt & hops

Feel gets better with time in the glass as carbonation goes away. I wish it had a little less from the start

Taste is good and also gets better with time. Wish I tasted a little more Belgian yeast. Not my favorite Belgian style- this may be why

Not Ommegangs best, but I will continue to buy and drink more. It is a good value when put on sale at the local grocery store- Wegmans.

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

In the Ommegang signature glass. (Flute, Snifter, Who knows?)

A: Excellent clarity and head retention. The head is huge and fluffy. Leaves a thick lacing that is hard to come by as it settles into a permanent one to two finger head. Pure golden color that has a wonderful stream of bubbles rising through it even without an etching.

S: Citrus and slight spice hit the nose first. Plenty of malt with a bit of hop aroma are a constant backdrop. Yeasty esters add a fruitiness. There is a very slight horse blanket to it as well.

T: Good, but not excellent. The hops are a bit to heavy for the style, but not by much. Plenty of malt character in it with bit of spice added by the yeast. Plenty of character in the brew, but it could use a little bit more depth.

M: Carbonation in high, making it a very crisp beer. Could be a bit smoother.

D: Quite good here. Not sessionable because the malts and hops are not balanced enough, but still plenty good.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy marigold color in the center with maize edges. Not sure if it's a naturally massive foam head of if my girlfriend give it too hard a pour. Regardless BPA sports a huge, foam cone like a big pile o' mashed 'taters. Upon second pour it is in fact a naturally occuring monster head. Monster head produces lacey painting and a couple particularly large dollops ride down the glass completely intact. Flawless.

Aroma is yeasty spice, sharp citrus hops, with tropical fruit, apricot, and tangerine sweetness. Little bit of barnyard. One of the hoppier Belgian pale ales I've had, you can smell the resin.

Fairly dry. Tastes good but nowhere near as flavorful as the aroma would indicate. Bready malt with golden pear and apricot sweetness offset a menthol, herbal hop character. Mouthfeel fells heavy.

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Photo of daledeee
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice sampler pack of 3 750's and a glass.

I tried the BPA first. It poured a half glass of liquid and a half a glass of head. Really bright dark gold with beautiful head and lacing.

Nose is citrus leaning on rind and spicy. The hops could be part of the spice.

The taste is really a treat. Nice citrus with a huge dose of Belgian hops and a finish of more Belgian hops to match.

Great balanced taste with nice carbonation and mouth feel. Alcohol is medium strength and drinkable. Drinkable in the Duvel catagory. This stuff is good.

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Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy copper color with a large thick head that dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles. Head leaves pretty much no lacing at all.

S- Smell is pretty much exactly what I expected. Smells of citrus, fruity esters and yeasty.

T- Tastes is a bit of sweetness from the malts and citrus hops. A bit of yeast toward the end.

M- Light in body and on the higher side of carbonation. Maybe a bit on the dry side.

D- Really good and easy to drink. Not quite sure how often I'd drink this one but I wouldn't turn it down either.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pours a vibrant amber with about two to three fingers of dirty white head that's there for the long haul and leaves a good amount of lacing. Poured into a ommegang brewery chalice.

S: citrusy hops and biscuit presence, large pine notes. Grassy and very hoppy.

T: grassy and pine like, with an even amount of malt to balance the beer. Fruity, curacao oranges and plums.

MF: very effervescent and smooth, not to heavy but not watered down.

D: an awesome offering from ommegang at a fair price. A great beer and a quick re buy

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on-tap a few times-but I guess I haven't reviewed yet. I picked up a great Ommegang gift set with 3 750s and the official Ommegang glassware! SO 750 ml bottle poured into my Ommegang glass.

A-Body is a uniformly translucent golden yellow hue. Pours with a 3 finger + foamy white head. Head slowly fades to 1 finger and leaves LOTS and LOTS of lacing behind in the glass. Translucency is minimum.

S- Nose is somewhat mild but offers a profile typical and good for the style. Belgian candi sugar, mild soft, floral hops, lemon, and sweet bready yeast.

T- Flavor is very good-stronger and more balanced than the nose. Upfront is a mild lemon and tropical fruit flavor with a sweet backbone. Spiciness and breadiness slowly come through just before the finish and intensify. Floral hops accent the finish. What lingers is a touch of floral hops and a moderate amount of peppery spice as well as a hint of sugar and citrus.

M- High carbonation and lightweight drinkable body. Body is slightly juicy.

D- This is a very good BPA overall. Its drinkable, almost sessionable, and full of flavor. Another fantastic brew by Ommegang-one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang BPA...in a bottle...at Resto in NYC.

Appearance-a hazy golden orange with an offwhite head that rises and falls, sticking around in the large glass.

Smell-spicy hops, bit of wheat, cumin spice, sugar, malt is there but doesn't hold a candle to the rest.

Taste/Mouthfeel-medium mouthfeel, peppery spice up front but balanced with notes of orange, cascade hops come through, notes of pine, breaded malt is there, finishes smooth with a peppery finish.

Drinkability-balanced flavors no real issues.

Overall-well done, a unique beer, not sure it's worth all of the considerable hype it's gotten but Ommegang is continuing to make great beer. Cheers.

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Photo of aranheaney
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an Ommegang Chalice:

A-Golden, straw-hay cloudy that has massive head (in this tiny glass) that hangs on an inordinately long time

S-good apricot, fruit, malt and caramel

T-nice, bread-like with a good finish

M-very clean, the ABV is just right

D-good, but like with all Ommegang offerings, this is not for sessiining,,,

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Photo of dcx10music
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy gold with some orange tints. A very significant pure white head that takes a while to subside. Good, but nothing special.

S - Lots of citrus fruit and grassiness. It smells nice enough, but it's quite intense, even a little off-putting at first.

T - Not nearly as fruity as the scent would indicate. It's quite bitter, with a slight sourness as it comes to a close.

M - Quite nice. Light and easy to drink without passing over into the realm of wateriness. Not perfect, but very close.

D - It feels really nice going down. Not too boozy, and very very refreshing. Quenches my thirst without weighing me down.

Notes - This beer kept me on my toes the whole time, but sometimes the surprises held me back from enjoying it for what it is. Still, a very nice BPA that's well worth revisiting.

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A slightly hazy yellow with a rocky white head.

S: Fruity hoppy nose.

T: Biscuity tones with malty notes and good hops bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Notes: At 6.2ABV, probably not the best session beer but one of the best pale ales that I have had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of emsroth
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
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 GDBEERMAN
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into 12oz Ommegang tulip:
A: Pours a light golden body, that has a good amount of carbonation active. The head is a bright white that has a large foamy character to it. Pours a two finger height and hold very well, all the way till the glass is gone and needs refilling. The lacing is left from the retreating head in a draping fashion. The lacing left from each sip is a not left in a layered pattern, but that of a smooth line down the glass.

S: This lively aroma shows notes of a lemon, grassy, Belgian yeast. A very nice and powerful aroma that shows a lighter character, but still is a higher intensity. A very pronounced clove and bready character that I find in the Belgian yeast.

T/M: The front is a crisp and bold welcome to the refreshing world of Belgian Pale Ales. The burst of flavor hits quickly and only mellows out towards the end of the lingering finish. The body is a joyful, fruity hop profile with a complexity that is very refined. The hops balance with a underlining malt bill that shows a good mouthfeel and adds a nice silky texture to the overall feel. The BPA is on the lighter side, but the mouthfeel shows a good thickness. Once washed away there is a nice dry hoppy linger that adds a another layer into this well rounded brew.

D: Well rounded, with a nice start to finish. A really nice savoring brew, that is a nice stylistic take.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.66/5  rDev -8%
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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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich Amber with a white head.

Smell was fresh with bitter citrus and that sweet belgian smell.

This tasted very good - a nice balance of bitter and sweet to keep things interesting. First time I have tried the style it was interesting having an assertive bitterness with the belgian sweetness. I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of noel2977
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Foggy copper... no sediment, but copper. Doesn't look 'rich; thin head, dissipates neatly. Looks like it should have a nice level of carbonation to it.
S - a rich aroma bouquet...ripe tropical fruit with slight floral bouquet to it. It makes me want to taste it immediately without restraint. Perhaps a hint of lemon in within.
T- Malty, but not overbearing, then mingling with that tropical fruit/barlett pear, which crescendos nicely. This isn't as cold as it should be, but certainly does not lose any part of the taste profile. Malty - not a deep malty flavor, but it tends to dominate but doesn't overbear, dances nicely with the pear flavor. Not overly complex.
M - Creamy - somewhat mouthcoating, but in balance with the overall brew,
D - It's a bomber... I don't think I'd have more than one.

Interesting BPA... bought in a three pack sampler from Costco Delaware for $19. For that price... its worth stocking up.

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Photo of Sreidy12
4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a magnum into an ommegang tulip glass.

Appearance: Nice hazy golden color. Thing white head that leaves lacing all over the inside of the glass.
Smell: Smelled of floral hops and pear. Quite a potent, inviting aroma.
Taste: Tasty floral hops and pear, tastes like it smells. Some spice as well from the yeast. Delicious!
Mouthfeel: Although fairly high in carbonation, this beer is anything from thin. Evenly coats the palate.
Drinkability: Drinkable indeed. Not overly complex that it requires careful sipping, but not a simple chugger either. Very respectable brew.

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Photo of Rayek
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Uptown Brothers in Denver. Served in a flute.

A: Deep gold with fairly active carbonation and a pronounced haze. A dense eggshell cap has nice retention and leaves a nice sheet of lace.

S: Quite fruity. Aromas of pear, straw and green grape dominate. A clove and coriander spiciness rounds things out.

T: Pale fruits from the nose meld nicely into the initial flavor. A pepper and clove bitterness provides nice balance. It becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Toward the end, a mild sourdough tartness shows up and lingers through the finish.

M: The body is medium-light and slightly grainy. Carbonation feels about right.

D: The light body and relatively low ABV make this beer an easy drinker. The flavor has a nice complexity that grows as it warms.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Giving a nod to the fine Pale Ales brewed in America today, though never forgetting its classic Belgian roots, BPA is exceedingly refreshing and well-balanced."

--Ommegang website

Sun-splashed tangerine with daffodil colored highlights and several fine bubble streams leading up to a massive crown of whipped cream that easily qualifies as Belgianesque. The foam is nice and sticky, as evidenced by an attractively coated chalice.

Brewery Ommegang decided to go with an American-hopped Belgian pale ale. Well, sort of. Columbus for bittering, Celeia (Styrian Goldings and Fuggles-like) for aroma, Cascade for dry-hopping. Trouble is, the nose is on the weak side and neither hops nor yeast are taking control.

Unfortunately, Belgian-style Pale Ale does not deliver the goods. Oh, it's a decent effort all right, but it doesn't have the chops when compared to the style's top tier. Or even the second tier. More malt would be a good place to start if the brewery is looking to improve this offering.

The combination of American hops and Belgian yeast is one of my favorites... when done right. With respect to BPA, either more hops or a more assertive and estery yeast strain (or both) would have worked wonders. Flavors include untoasted barley, a modest hit of grapefruit peel, and an even more modest clove spiciness. Too tame and not complex enough.

Unlike the head, the mouthfeel is anything but Belgianesque. It's too light for the style and the bubbles are too brittle. It needs to be softer, creamier and silkier. A mere 7 months shouldn't have been enough to result in a negative bottle-conditioning result.

Brewery Ommegang Belgian-style Pale Ale has impressive packaging and looks even more impressive after it's poured. From that point forward, though, it approaches mediocrity... without quite getting there. Allagash would have hit something like this out of the park.

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

Poured from bottle, into goblet.

A- Poured milky/cloudy gold into goblet, TONS of milky white head that stays throughout the length of the brew. Steady carbonation, leaves heavy lace. mmm, Belgian Lace.

S- Smells strong of hops and a bit fruity, can't pin it down, but fruit comes to mind.

T- It hits your lips with a cool, frothy goodness (usually leaving a little on the upper lip). It goes down very smoothly. This brew hugs your taste buds with hoppy and floral aftertastes that are enjoyable even when the beer is gone.

M- Mouthfeel is amazing. A lot of carbonation, plus the little head you get in there combines into a great creamy drink. Great!

D- Drinkability is ridiculously good. If this stays around, it may be my Go-To beer.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to tulip. Best by date of 04/2011. Sampled shortly after its release.

A: Pours with a huge, 4 finger mousse-like head. Deflates slowly and unevenly while clinging to the glass's edge, resembling a a bright white snow dune. The body is medium-light orange-cream in color and 90% opaque, even when held to light. A fair amount of randomly slung lace remains on the glass. Yet another gorgeous brew from Ommegang.

S: Above average malts of hay and straw backed up by breadcrust. Dry hopping with Cascade provides strong notes of orange, lemon and floral qualities. The yeast imparts delicate aromas of must and new leather. This nose is nearly perfect.

T: Additional notes of peach and mango sweeten the bouquet and develop further on the tongue. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter with some spicy yeast phenols. Mild paper comes through as well. The balance of flavors are phenomenal.

M: Again, perfection. And this is a style I'm not particularly wild about. The body is full, the texture is thick and creamy with a mineral-ness that suits the fizzy carbonation well. Finishes lightly chalky with a pleasant bitter backdrop.

D: Highly palatable and highly drinkable. I'll purchase the BPA every time it is released.

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 8/13/10.

Thanks to pmsawyer for sharing! Poured from a 750 into a couple of pint glasses this brew appears a hazed light orange stained shade of yellow. Two fingers worth of white fluffy foam appear and stick all over the glassware.

The aroma is a spicy hopped mixture coming across herbal like mint mixed with orange peel. Some yeasty notes blend throughout the aroma as well. Some grainy malt sweetness that plays well with the spiciness of the hops fills the nose that comes together forming some all inclusive candy-like aroma.

The taste of this offering is both grassy and herbal from the hops. A lingering dry grain character fills out a solid backing for this brew that meshes well with the herbal and spiced character of the hops and the yeasty notes that are evident.

Moderately carbonated over a light feeling brew. Pleasant lingering herbal hops stick and last inside the mouth. I've never been a huge fan of Belgian pales but this one is nice.

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Photo of hreb
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL champagne-corked bottle, Best By date omitted. Served cold-ish in Chimay wide-mouth chalice. Beer pours beautiful bright blond color, slightly hazy with a thick creamy white head that lasts. Distinct aroma of yeast and caramel -- reminds me exactly of Leffe.

The flavor, however, is something else. Citrusy orange hops, a sour edge of funk. There's no residual sweetness to be found here. Grapefruit. Yeasty. Super dry mouthfeel. Cascade (more pale ale than India) over the top and finish. Carbonation is exactly where it should be.

This beer is extremely well executed, but the sour and bitter flavors are a little over powering for my taste.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 into my Hennepin glass.

Pours a clear deep gold color, bordering on a light amber with a massive fluffy white head that slowly fades to a thin layer, which hangs on for awhile.

Smells of Belgian yeast with some mild hop notes in the background. Also some bready notes in there. The nose is actually surprisingly good and probably the highlight of this beer.

Taste is sweet with an almost banana-like sweetness... don't get me wrong, it doesn't actually taste like bananas, but it does have that level of sweetness. Also plenty of bread and grains in the background. Finishes slightly bitter with a lingering sweetness.

Some prickly carbonation on the tongue, but in general the mouthfeel is on the watery side. I could drink more of this, but I don't think I'll make an effort to seek it out again.

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Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,373 ratings
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