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 BeerNemesis
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang BPA "Limited Edition 2010". 750 ml. 6.20% ABV

Pours into a Duvel tulip a deep, opaque tangerine orange. The head is billowing 3" -- rocky and white as snow. Lacing is minor. It's a bit surprising that the head doesn't stick well on the side of the glass. This is a little more orange that would be typical of a BPA, but it's a wonderfully delicious hue and I'm inclined to appreciate such good looks.

On the label:
"This fine pale ale offers citrus and tropical fruit aromatics coming from a well balanced -- yet ample -- hop character. It user our own Belgian yeast, five malts, two hops, and plenty of patience. Finishing touches include dry-hopping with Cascade hops, and warm-cellaring."

"All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare" - Spinoza

Strong notes of citrus (tangerine, orange peal, pineapple, and a touch of lime), grape, and serious yeast. It's clean and fresh with some spiciness thrown in for good measure.

Very much yeast on the first intake speckled with all manner of pepper spices. Sweet citrusy fruits hit in about the middle, but they're not cloying due to the addition of bitter hops. Finish is dry and tart with some lingering hop bitterness. The balance is tipped a bit to dry and bitter for my liking, and the dry hopping is quite evident, especially towards the end.

Clean and medium-bodied. Carbonation is strong from the get go. It ends dry and bitter.

There is an unusually balanced bitterness that doesn't quite have a sweet counterbalance. The dryness works well on the finish, but I found the aftertaste took chalky and bitter. I think I would have enjoyed this more with a semi-sweet food. Overall though it is definitely worth drinking, and it has a decent level of complexity to ponder.

I liked the color, the preponderance of yeast flavor, and the presentation of the bottle. The bitterness and tartness was a bit overpowering. Alcohol is barely noticeable in the taste.

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Photo of bobsy
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Intrigued to try this one. I saw a bottle by at Premier Gourmet, but I was really limited on what I could carry, so I gave it a miss. Glad to see it on tap when we stopped by Coles for dinner.

Burnished gold pour with an off-white head. great retention and lace. Clean pale malt aromas mix in with zesty citrus and clove. Really great clean flavour would make this an ideal summer brew. Pale malt provides a great backbone for mild funk, lemon, orange, pineapple and a slight pepperiness. Just enough hop bite to satisfy my craving. Medium-light body with a pillowy carbonation.

Really quite simple for what it is, but extremely satisfying for it. The kind of beer that I could drink a hell of a lot of, and a great addition to the style.

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Photo of Naugled
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in tulip goblet

gorgeous head, silky, off white, climbs out of the glass. Orangey abmer color with a very slight haze. Not great carbonation but good.

Spicey nose, clove mostly. No malt in the nose, some very subtle earthy hop notes as it warms, but thats it for the hops.

Has the classic belgian ale flavor, somewhat spicey subtle sweetness, and has a firm bitterness. Ever so slight tartness with a lingering hop bitterness.

Good mouth feel, clean and well balance, doesn't linger except for the bitterness. Soft carbonation fizzes on the palate.

Good drinkability, if they could tame that late bitterness it would help the drinkability of this, and perhaps it could use a bit more hop flavor, maybe up the dry and finishing hops and lower the bittering hops.

I didn't get the hops that the other reviewers describe. Could be just my bottle I may try again.

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Photo of Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild amber color with a thick head into my tulip. Very nice presentation. Long time since I had anything from Ommegang.

Aroma is full of citrus from the hops and spice from the yeast. Grapefruit comes to mind. As it warms up and settles, aroma becomes even more appealing.

Taste is full of spice and grapefruit and even a hint of bready malt underneath. All about the hops and yeast here though. A bit crisp as well.

Carbonation is up there but not too high. Slightly crisp but finishes a bit dry. Alcohol warmth is there but isn't anywhere it shouldn't be (6.2%).

Very drinkable BPA. Pricey but worth the try. Definitely something to savor.

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Photo of scootny
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer that should be available at all times in all ways. A huge head superb retention and solid lacing combine to make a a beautiful looking beer. Smell follows suit with a melange of tropical fruits especially banana, grainy malt goodness, yeasty breads, bubblegum, and peppery spiciness. So much fragrance going on you could spend the night sniffing. Citrusy hops and light caramel notes. Taste is a follow through of the nose with a touch of vanilla, tart green apples, pears and grapes. The dry hopping gives a clean and grapefruit tinged finish with a dry quenching feel. A crisp and prickly carbonation adds to that quenching aspect and really brings this one close to perfect here as there is a creamy fullness to what is a medium light brew. Drinkability is also close to perfect and I may revise my score in that direction after I acquire a few more of these for the near future. What a great brew! Low enough abv that I drank the whole thing and did not feel hammered or greedy.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on 1/19/2010, best before January 2011. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a frothy inch and a half white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is citrus (tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange peel), yeast, pine hops and a bit of cloves. I think the taste is pretty similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some candi sugar and peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and is well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth, refreshing and very easy to drink. It's a good beer today, and would be even better on a hot day. And for $6.99 a bomber, it's a good beer at a good price.

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Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Henrici for this corked and caged 750 mL bottle. I'm never one to turn Ommegang down.

A: The ale, poured into my Unibroue tulip, explodes in a rush of white foam. The dense, craggy head, over 4 fingers at the first shot. As the foam washed away, only a few patches of lace were left behind. The underlying ale is a hazy golden hue.

S: The nose borders on that of a Belgian IPA. The dry-hopping comes through with a vengeance, driving citrusy rinds with a dash of pine oiliness. I never expected such a strong aroma from an Ommegang ale (paint me very shocked). Matching the hops are sweet fruits and sugars from the Belgian yeast and peppery zest. High marks for the nose (even though it is too lively for a Belgian Pale Ale).

T: The Belgian flavors are much fuller in the first sip. A twist of funk, very mild, with a shot of anise starts things off. Candi sugars are present but in short supply, allowing the funky sweetness to rule the day. Lemony citrus hops are pleasantly bitter, a sharp counterpoint to the Belgian flavors. I'm gonna throw my weight behind the hops for the best aspect of the ale. Their citric bite is refreshing, leaving lemon zest in my mouth long after each sip is gone. Damn, I like this beer, from the sickly sweet Belgian to the citrus-to-the-bone hops.

M: The mouthfeel starts off with requisite Belgian sweet funk, a bit alarming but not out-of-place here. The hops, oh the hops sing. The lemony citrus, rind and all, is great.

D: The ale straddles the divide between Belgian Pale Ale and Belgian IPA. The hops are the winner, so much flavor packed into one bottle. Delicious.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After being super blown away by this one in the bottle, I jumped at the chance to have one on tap at the Gingerman in NYC when I saw it on the list. Headed there last night for a quick snifter before dinner plans in the city and right after work.

A - Had the same attractive honey color and the nice head for the glass, but it was a bit crowded in the bar and also on the darker side so it was tough to get a really great look, but certainly was on point for how I remembered it looking from the bottle.

S - The nose seemed to hold a heavier hops vibe than the bottle. I had remembered this being more subtle and felt that the tap pour was good, but not nearly as impressive smelling as the bottle.

T - Much like the nose, the hop flavor was way more upfront from the tap than the bottle. I much prefer the hops on the subtle side, and this one was a bit on the bitter side, but still delicious.

M - The beer felt great in my mouth.

D - Loved it. Only wish I had time for 2.

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Photo of medic25
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Hennepin glass. Hazy orange color with a thick, fluffy white head. Aroma is a combination of hops and Belgian yeast. Mild hoppy flavor up front that becomes sweeter as the drink goes on. Incredibly drinkable beer! I'm hoping this becomes a year-round offering from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of ATPete
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked/caged

Pours a hazy yellow/orange color, some floatys hang out at the bottom of the bottle and a large fluffy snow white head sits at the top of the glass. Fresh hop aroma right up front paired with the signature Ommegang yeast note. Some banana, some spice, lots of hops. Good balance, perfectly carbonated and very drinkable. This is a style i dont mind seeing more of, i really enjoyed this new limited offering from Ommegang.

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Photo of gfreed
3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy lemony yellow, giant white head, etc. Just what you would expect from this style in general. Some nice lemons in the nose, and a face full of yeast-- this is a beer from Ommegang, of course. Lightly fizzed, which provides a decent bite; nice for a summer day. Yeast and peaches dominate the taste, and of course a smack of hops that comes close to the upper limits of my tolerance but is not excessive. Not but not zowie.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahh, Ommegang. Always excited to try their new brews. Served chilled in an Ommegang chalice, from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Ommegang BPA pours out a murky, almost rusty gold color. A somewhat easy pour yielded about two fingers of bright white, fluffy foam. Head retention was great. Slowly faded into a thin pillow of lace that complety coated the glass. By the looks of it, it is well carbonated.

Smell: Nice, spicey nose. Bits of cloves. Light notes of citrus around the edges, with some floral hoppy notes. Sweet smelling malt to back up the hops. Smells somewhat grainy. Not too bad.

Taste: Nice flavor. Very simple, but quite tasty. Again, floral hops with a bit of a medicinal touch. Grainy malt balances out the hops. Sweet with an almost sugary feel to it. Slightly yeasty and earthy. A bit spicey, cloves and white pepper corns. Finishes dry with another soft hint of hops. Tastes pretty good but seems to be missing something.

Mouthfeel: Thin, almost watery mouthfeel. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable brew in my opinion. Not a bad brew at all. Would be great on a hot day.

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Photo of bruachan
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice head you have there. frothy but the beligian ringlets show through. the liquid itself is a hazy light amber color

great lemony/spice aroma. the dry-hopping has produced an excellent hop aroma typically unknown to a belgian pale

the flavors mirror what my nose itself enjoyed: malt sweetness provides a workable springboard for some delicious hop contributions. lemony, tea-like. distinct apricot flavor, too. bitterness is subdued (it seems awkward to have a strongly hop-flavored and hop-aromaed, dry-hopped brew that isn't strongly bitter!)

classy brew. classy

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grabbed this at Half Time.

A:Fairly clear golden color with a touch of yeast floating around. Poured with a finger and a half of white head that disipated to a thin cover. Excellent lacing.

S: Big yeast smell right up front. Then the hops are right behind it. Lots of citrus. Little bit of lemon. The yeast and hops work really well together. Excellent nose.

T: Wow. Really nice beer. The hops are really up front. Bitterness up front. Then the yeast comes through. Very nice balance. The dry hopping comes across nicely.

M: Very light and refreshing. Prickly carbonation.

D: Very nice beer. This should be a year round beer for them. Really excellent on the first truly warm day in upstate NY. For the price 8.99 I was satisfied. Again it begs the question How do beers that come from Belgium cost less? Still excellent beer all around.

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Photo of Gmann
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a hazy golden honey color with a lovely rocky white head that left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is light, sweet, and floral; perfect for a spring release brew. There is some clove, bubblegum, and honey scents; spot on for the style. The taste is of pale malt sweetened with candi sugar, very light yeasty flavor. Some light clove and lighter coriander which transitions into a lemony tartness. There is also some light grassy hops towards the end. On par for the style, good Belgian flavors that are subtle. Moderate body with plenty of fizzy carbonation, quite burpy. Nice balance on the palate. This is a good BPA. Good flavors with a drinkable ABV. Drinks light and crisp. Not too much coriander flavor which Ommegang does on occasion. Could use more yeasty flavor. Great spring/summer brew.

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Photo of Estranged
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

popped a 75 cl bottle and poured into a pilsner glass.

a: beautiful CLEAR amber color- honey like. frothy white, billowing head, very finely carbonated.

s: hard to pin down actually, but the inital odor i'd describe as a very "earthy" aroma: stickey and wet. smelled similar to the forest floor after a spring rainfall.

I also detected minor citrus notes: tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, and even a little pear.

t: initally sweet, very sweet. then i tasted a mild hop bitterness, followed by a refreshing medly of citrus flavors, which linger for a good amount of time.

mf: light, lager-like. crisp and clean. a very pleasent lingering bitter/citrus medly.

d: very drinkable. light and refreshing. excellent immediate alcohol buzz at 6.2 abv.

overall, and excellently crafted beer, imo. very drinkable and satisfying.

note: the second half of the bottle was more cloudy and bitter becuase of bottle conditioning yeast sediment. The first half (much sweeter) of the bottle was almost entirely different than the second half (more bitter), which imo, made for a very interesting sampling expereince.

kudos once again, Ommegang!

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Photo of popery
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap, City Beer Store. Good enough but kinda boring.

A: Bright light brown to gold, just a bit cloudy. Nice white head.

S: Fairly subdued. Mostly Belgian yeast, light grain and mild citric hops. Some fruitiness and spice. The yeast is fairly earthy and it probably would have more complexity in a bigger beer, but it seems sort of restrained here.

T: Well-balanced but no real hook. This beer just isn't quite up to better versions from Belgium.

M: Good, clean feel. Very light hop bite.

D: Quite drinkable. Again, I just would have preferred a bit more to make me want a second glass. Somewhat forgettable, ultimately. I don't mean to be harsh - there's very little to criticize specifically about the beer, really. It just didn't hook me in. I'm kinda surprised to see all the raves so far. Perhaps, the bottles have more oomph.

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Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Served in an Ommegang BPA glass (sort of similar to a misshaped pilsner glass). Clear gold with a minimal white head. Little retention or lacing.

S: Smell is distinctly European, with the aroma of noble hops and grain. Maybe the slightest hint of yeast.

T: Dry grains. Sourdough bread. A very tame yeasty sourness with a sufficiently bitter finish.

M: Lighter in body with appropriate carbonation.

D: A decent drinker. Tame. A gentle, yet still pronounced, hop aroma and appreciable bitterness, but very light on the typical Belgian funk.

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Photo of JMC_TM
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian Pale Ale pours a bright golden amber with a huge fluffy white head. The nose starts with a healthy portion of pineapple and piney hops, and is followed by some citrus fruits and then in the background some Belgian yeast. The taste follows the aroma nicely with plenty of citrus hopiness, tropical fruits, and a more prominent Belgian yeast spiceyness. This BPA finishes nicely with a little bit of lingering bitterness and an 6.2% abv.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased at Stop N Shop for too high a price, truth be told.

Chose a tulip glass assuming the head would be massive, I was right. The cork came out violently, but the beer didn't gush. Pale gold with a lot of active carbonation. Excellent retention with gobs of foam adorning the glass.

Unripe pear, a little peach in the nose. Strong flowery hops. Even though this was dry-hopped with Cascades, I seem unable to pick them out.

Grainy sourdough-bread underpinning here, yeasty. Bitter and dry, a little crushed aspirin. I don't know that I really smelled much in the way of American hops, but I taste their bright citric contribution...which if this was only dry-hopped with Cascades, would I be able to taste them? Weird, maybe I'm confusing taste with smell here. At any rate, this is one tasty beer. The dryness with that citric hop makes it seem uplifting, light and nimble on its feet.

Yes, yes, YES! It has that soft Belgian feel that you typically only get with real Belgians.

Ommegang has a winner here. This is clearly a very well-done beer, within an under-appreciated style. To say this goes down easy, especially with the reasonable ABV, is an understatement. This brewery has always done a good job replicating Belgian styles, but I think this one takes it to a new level. This isn't just a repro, it stands with the finest BPAs out there short of Orval.

I paid too much for this bottle, but considering how good it is, I can't say I wouldn't go back for another. Recommended, but would love to get it at a lower price point.

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

Typical Ommegang presentation, caged and corked bomber, $8.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Medium golden amber, semi clear with a olive oil almost greenish hue. The head is HUGE, slow to fade to a loose fluffy froth merainge. Leaving more loose and thick lace all the way to the top of where the head once was. Pineapple and resiny hop nose, nice, amirillo? Tasty, hoppy, tropical fruity, toss in some light Belgian spiceyness/yeastyness, including the lovable nutty note from the final yeasted up pour. Yum. Great to see another offering from slow to expand their line Omme. Nice job here, nice new beer to enjoy right now and surely as part of some enjoyable summer lunches.

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Photo of avalon07
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bomber to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of long-lasting, foamy/creamy head and good lacing.

S: A sweet, pleasant aroma of citrus, malt, spices and Belgian yeast.

T: Tasted of citrus, cloves, Belgian yeast, malt and other spices. Very focused, pretty complex, and extremely flavorful.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied. A little on the bitter side.

D: One of the more drinkable beers I've tried recently and one of the best Belgian Pale Ales.

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Photo of paulieatworld
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BPA is The second release in Ommegang's "Specialty Beer Initiative"

Pours a hazy golden orange with billowy suds forming two to three fingers high and then quickly receding. Typical belgian yeast esters on the nose, including a good bit of candi sugars, dried apricots and some subdued clove. Smells quite like a tripel, really. Medium body with a soft and delicate mouthfeel, holding some tangerine, navel orange, banana-like phenols, finishing with the slightest prick of hops. An interesting take on this version. Ommegang sure is one of the best, if not the best, at domestic Belgian replications, and this is a solid offering. Best way I can explain this is that it has the esters of a Tripel and the phenols of a Witte. I would have liked for this to have been a little cleaner. The label boasts that it's been dry hopped with Cascade, yet there's not a whole lot of citrus or pine on the end, which is a bit disappointing. I get brewing in subtleties, I would have just like to seen a bit more bite here. Nonetheless, a refreshing limited offering from some of the pioneers of Belgium brewing in America.

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