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

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

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of abrethanson
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at "The Green Hut" in Downtown LA for lunch. Paired with Korean BBQ sando.

A: Pours a clear pale straw with golden yellow / orange hues. Carbonation floats skyward towards fluffy white (1) finger head which takes a seat on top for quite some time. Leaves ring after ring of lacing on improper glassware (pint glass). Very stylistic looking.

S: I have no sense of smell.

T: Stylistic and well-balanced. Taste is light, crispy, refreshing. Biscuit, straw, grain, earthy, highlights. Just enough hop bitterness / citrus to make it interesting and well balanced with light malt / honey sweetness. Finishes fairly dry and leaves a little sweetness on the end. The more I drink the more the hops pull through. Alcohol is hiding out like Eric Snowden - we know it is there but cannot grasp.

O: Meets style (outside of the smell). Even though I was quite impressed with this brew I am not sure I would drink again because nothing stands out. Just a solid and sessionable beer. Not sure what you could do to make this beer better.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ommegang BPA has an initially thick, fizzy, root beer-like, off-white head, some thin lacing, and a hazy, orange-golden appearance, with lots of tight bubble streams and an enormous amount of brown grit noticeable at the bottom of the glass and beer bottle. The aroma is full, with sweetness, citrus pulp, bread, hop zing, and even a strange leather feature. Taste is of all those, with a grain husk, slight sour aspect, and even a sharp bitterness down the sip. Mouthfeel is medium and prickly, and Ommegang BPA finishes champagne dry, crisp, sweet, fairly refreshing, and easily drinkable. Overall, this is delicious, and strongly recommend it.


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Photo of Act25
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a leffe chalice, my pour has a nice chunky head that lasts, but not much lacing. Very cloudy, lots of suspended yeast. Medium amber brown. Pale Ale Classic, but nothing special.

S: Subtle but complex. White tea, pepper, flowers, and expected belgian yeast smell balanced by malt. More bread, pepper crackers and malt than most Belgians.

T: Like the smell, but more rich in the complexity. A bit of honey and a bit of citrus from the hops. Crisp, bitter, and refreshing. Well done, complex, to savor. Great w food, in this case, yellow tomato, garden lettuce sauteed with onion, yellow pepper, lemon, lemon olive oil and a splash of the beer, rosemary, and pine nuts.

M: Clean, smooth, and refreshing. Nice crisp finish. Invites the next sip. Very good.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks ago at Top Hops, having never had this before. Seeing that this was available via the 12-oz. bottle, I wanted to give it a go since I've gotten back into the Ommegang beers as of late and I wanted to see if they were as good as the popular offerings that helped get me into the craft beer scene. Sure enough, this certainly fit that beer and even though the alcohol wasn't light enough to be considered a session brew, this was extremely easy to enjoy and held up extremely well versus its European counterparts.

The pour to this was one of most amazing I've ever seen in a beer - hands down. The hazy golden hue was a joy to behold and the head just would *not* quit. I had to let it settle for quite some time and the outer edges gave way before the center, leading to wonder weather it was something lifted from an ice-cream float. Much of it stuck around as lacing rings on the upper half of my pint glass but there were less of them to be seen as I worked my way through this. There was a decent amount of carbonation here as the bubbles almost looked like they were etched in amber and the flavor was just right in terms of balance, as a nice full body balanced out the myriad of flavors. Lots of banana, sour funk, grass, clove with a hint of apricot and wheat under it combined for a bright mouthfeel from start to finish. This was light enough to feel like champagne while still packing enough to savor, although I had to pace myself a bit through this.

The alcohol wasn't that discernible either, until I had pretty much finished this off. It's my fault that I ended up pouring the yeast at the bottom of the bottle out and finishing all of the contents off. This was just as good as I anticipated and a crisp, clean beer for the warm weather that's finally made its way up to my neck of the woods. Not to be missed by anyone who appreciates good Belgian beer, regardless of its origin.

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Photo of FLima
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden color with lots of thick head with an eternal retention, and leaving a wall of laces.
Aroma of Belgian yeast with notes of oranges and brown sugar.
Very pleasant flavor, a citrusy hoppy layer over a sweet malty spiced and condiment base. Notes of coriander, pine, pineapples and grapefruits.
Dry aftertaste with a lingering citrus bitter taste.
Medium body with good carbonation and an effervescent sensation.
Great “reinvention” of a Belgian Pale Ale, in my opinion (or palate) correcting the excess sweetness and lack of bitterness, resulting in a more balanced and fun beer.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a finespun hazy gold with refined foam and good retention. The nose is sour lemon with a little funk way in back. Soft creamy head. Banana, soft fruits, spice, toffee malt. Sparkling taste, very dry with medium carbonation. It’s a little heavier than it looks. The alcohol is not perfectly hidden but darn awful close! It’s a pale ale so the sour bite from the hops is just good punctuation. In an over sized wine glass this ale has graceful poise.

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Photo of klkatz
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

smells like a belgian... well not a real belgian but you know... malty, fruity, nodes? a bit of a spice smell.... 4.75

appearance is a cloudy amber... i like that

taste... wow.. indescribable in that it fits many molds.... yet doesn't fit any.... well done Ommegang...

taste - woody, hoppy... crisp and clean, smokey, a bit bitter... and citrusy....

mouthfeel is decent... good to milk this one on warm night in a screened in porch... if only I had a screened in porch....


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Photo of tittymcj
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Medium brown. Pale looking, with a bit of golden around the light and edges. Lots of head on the top that sticks to the glass for quite a while.

S: Typical belgian yeast smell but with a bit more malt than normal. A bit of corn and wheat smell, more than usual.

T: This is where the difference between belgian and IPA comes in. Definitely a bit of citrus from the hops used here. Not as strong a yeasty taste as usual. Crisp, a bit bitter, and refreshing.

M: Very clean, smooth, and refreshing. Nice crisp feel as it finishes. The citrus doesn't hang around, and you're ready for another sip in a few seconds. Very good.

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Photo of patpbr
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Orange and a bit dark with a white head that has good retention and lacing.
Smell - Floral, citrus and yeast
Taste - Balance of hops and yeast. Citrus, lemon and bread. Sweetness and spice is present as well. complex. Nice use of Cascade hops.
Mouthfeel - light carbination and a medium body with a dry finish
Overall - Bottle caught my interest, the beer kept my interest. Will try it again.

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Photo of CardiacNP
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ommegang Belgian style Pale Ale BPA Brewed in Cooperstown NY

Aroma citrusy orange with light grain notes and slight green apple

Appearance a nice hazy golden pour with a white head and good glass lacing

Taste mildly sweet fruit with sublet grains and some bitterness. Well balanced

Mouthfeel. Moderately carbonation a little fizzy Overall another great beer from

Omnegang. Have been impressed with most of their offerings

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Photo of Jacurdy60
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy golden brown color with a massive white, creamy head and pristine retention. Foam coats the entire glass as I sip and leaves a nice patchwork of lacing. Looks exceptional

S-Lemon and other citrusy notes. Spices and zesty hops have a subtle presence as well. Nothing really knocks your socks off in the nose, it's fairly subtle.

T-Sweet hops, and citrusy fruits precede a bitter yeast finish. Well balanced and simple

MF-A touch too carbonated, but it finishes fairly smooth

O-A GOOD pale ale. Nothing exceptional, but for sure one I'd buy again. Notes in the nose and on the palate were just too subtle. I feel like it needed more in your face features.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a single 12 ounce bottle into my official "Ommegang" tulip glass. Lets see now it holds up. Kind of excited to be trying of another fine beer from this brewery.

Appearance: pours a fine, amber, yellow hue. Very hazy. Produces a great, white frothy head that literally lingered until halfway through this review. Leaves great lacing all the way down until i finished. Superb for a Belgian ale. Moderate bubbles.

Smell: first scents are very slight hints of yeast and hops. A strong aroma of citrus and pine-like scents. Not enough malts in this brew. It was refreshing in a sense, but some more flavors could've helped I.e. more malt flavor.

Taste: quite nice upon first sips. Refreshing rush of citrus and some grapefruit peel. Not very thick, and more of a addition of malts could've solved that. Quite thin body. Also, as it goes down, some very slight hint of peach can be detected. Slightly creamy, but could've been more apparent in adding more malts.

Mouthfeel: light carbonation and pretty light body. Finishes smooth, but not much flavors left behind. Somewhat spicy, but could've done more.

Overall: I had high hopes coming into this beer. I wasn't bad, but certainly not the best. From the start, it seemed promising from an impressive pour, but turned out to be just mediocre. Ommegang is an impressive brewery, but this beer needs a little more work, if they decide to. I may try this again, if its on tap. I wold recommend this beer to a friend, but warn them not to be fooled by the impressive body. Cheers!

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Photo of NODAK
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma here is a peppery, spicy, mildly estery mix....definitely Belgian but leaning more towards the spicy/pepper qualities than anything.

Pours a dark golden in the glass...head is pretty ample, although it dies down rather quickly.

Nice notes of clove and pepper on the body, good estery sweetness as well. Small note of citrus there along with a slight twinge of bitterness on the finish. All in all pretty light Belgian fare here, as you'd likely expect from a BPA.

Solid, nothing spectacular or wrong with this beer. Can't fault it in any way, although my personal taste is for fuller more complex Belgians.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Murky dark golden appearance with decent head. Darker than a regular pale ale. Citrus hoppy aroma characteristic of regular pale ales. Great drinkability. Combines the best of a Belgian style ale with the best of a pale ale creating a refreshing beer that is lighter than a normal pale ale while retaining its classic characteristics. Amazing.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with bottling date and "best by" date printed on the neck. Served in an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Deep, gold color with a slight orange tint. White 2 finger head that dies out rather quickly. Lacing is not that great.

Smell: It's an herbal, musky smell. With a distinct malt sweetness plus a yeast hint.

Taste: Very full and herbal flavor that balances out really well with the sweetness from the malt and the perfect hop bitterness note.

Mouthfeel: Feels dry and doesn't have that much carbonation. It goes down smooth, and is fairly drinkable.

Overall: Refreshing and easy to drink. It has just enough complexity to be interesting but not overwhelming. A very nice American attempt that stacks up nicely against the Belgians. It doesn't quite trump them, but it's still a great brew.

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Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Here's my updated review from having this on tap:

Modest head but it leaves a combination of blanket and ring lace. The color is dark gold and is lightly hazy.

The smell is a blend of pale malt, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

Fits the category well with a superior balance of the pale malts and a (stronger than the smell) hop pepper. Distinctive Belgian yeast is present but not overpowering. The finish features clove and white pepper.

4.5 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0

Huge starting head. As it settles, it leaves less lace than one might expect. Leaves a dome. Still, there is plenty of spots on the glass side. Hazy, golden color.

Fresh pale ale smell consisting of lighter malt and floral hop. Very mild Belgian yeast in the background.

More yeast in the flavor. Starts with a mild grainy malt flavor but ends with a sizable hop bitterness bite. The body is on the full side but the carbonation is also high. There's also some tartness to the flavor.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a hazy light golden amber color with a huge white head and good lacing

S-yeasty bread, lemongrass, earthy, slight funky notes

T-tart lemon, bready malt, pepper, coriander, decent bitter hoppy finish

F-medium body with nice carbonation, crisp mouthfeel

O-a solid Belgian pale ale with good drinkability, a little pricey though

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured for a bottle into a tulip glass, Strog head with excellent retention. Pale orange in color. Stiff foamy peaks. Slight fruity aroma, not overpowering though. Pleasant enough tasting. Somewhat typical for a pale ale. Mout hfeel is a little too rough for my taste. very pleasant finish though. A very good beer but wouldn't be my first choice to have again.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Bloomingdale, IL
Date: Best by 03/20/2013
Glass: Tulip

Pours a towering head of very dense foam, made up of frothy and small bubbles, excellent retention. Lacing is substantial, huge: large clumps stick to all surfaces of the inner glass. Body is a golden orange color, somewhat hazy, with light bringing out brighter orange and yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible through the 50% opaque body, aggressive and streaming.

Aroma is of pale malt sweetness, slightly bready, with overlying hop-influenced pineapple and mild lemon rind. To generalize: bright, mildly sweet, somewhat sharp, bitter, and fruity.

Front of palate finds bright, sweet, and fruity flavors, with apples and unripe pears being major flavors along with lightpale malt sweetness/graininess and a hint of Belgian yeast. Mid-palate is slightly grainy and doughy, malty with moderate hop bitterness. Back of palate notes semi-sweet malts, with notable biterness, yeast, and mild unripe pears and mealy apple. Aftertaste is of lingering, sharp bitterness with hints of Belgian yeast and grain.

Body is medium-light with fairly aggressive carbonation, leading to a consistently fizzy mouthfeel that gradually becomes foamy across the palate. Closes semi-dry with little residual stickiness lingering across the palate.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a corked bottle into a St Bernardus chalice.
Pours a bright gold with big head.
Aroma of citrus, grass field, floral hops, old melon rind, something slightly tart.
Big carbonation and full mouthfeel.
Flavors of crisp hops, modest malts, slight minerals, black pepper...let me give it 5 minutes...'s a pale ale! Has that touch of British brewing with Belgian yeast. Funky and complex, decent enough though not my first choice (or second, or...) from Ommegang.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Upon pouring this beer, I found myself looking at a great looking glass full of orange-amber liquor with a big, fluffy head.

Nice fruity nose with an apparent oak is very faint but pleasing with no hops and little malt in the aroma. Very complex with white tea buds and white chocolate with citrus undertones. Probably more but I drank this while on the tail end of a cold and my sniffer was still a little out of whack.

Upon my first sip, i found this beer is more carbonated than I thought initially. Fruit is there, but there are hardly any hops. Not sure if this was what the brewery was going for, but it does well in allowing other flavors profiles to come through instead of being over powered by bitterness like most American Pale Ales.

Finish is dry and slightly chalky, leading to a yearn to have another sip.
While it is not what I imagined for this beer, I do enjoy a bit of surprise when I open a new beer. Definitely drinkable and enjoyable but unfortunately not worth the big price tag ($17 for a four pack) to ever buy again.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no apparent bottling information. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a gigantic four fingers of head, on a fizzing cloudy pale golden colored body. Looks almost lager-like in color, but with an enormous fizzing doughy fluffy head with excellent retention. A little bit of spotty lacing on the sides.

S - Can definitely smell the Cascade hops that went into this. Very fruity. Pineapple smell for sure.

T - Hops are still apparent, but are thrown into the background by the Belgian yeasts and malts. Still very fruity tasting, nonetheless. Carbonated, but not overly so.

M - Dry feel. Slightly sticky with some green apple sugar taste lingering around in the background. Perhaps a tad bit too carbonated for my liking, but not distracting.

Overall, a nicely balanced beer. Simple, yet moderate and highly drinkable with a nice 6.2% abv. Not a personal favorite, but definitely worth trying.

Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) ---3.5/5

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Photo of GilGarp
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled into a tulip glass.

BPA is a slightly hazy golden yellow color with thick white head. It is slow to settles and leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is mild but characterful with tropical fruits, citrus, and subtle spice.

Flavor is bolder than I expected but nicely balanced. It has a healthy dose of buttering hops but also a solid malt bill. It's pale malts, as you would expect, but it adds a nice light sweetness to even out the bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and assertively carbonated, which seems about right for the style.

Overall an excellent Belgian pale and one I should have discovered long ago. I've passed it up too many times.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear gold with two-finger, white, frothy head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Pretty good lacing.

S: Orange citrus and hops.

T: Moderate sweetness and light to moderate bitterness. Grass and spice. Citrus flavors. Finishes with toasted malt.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp.

O: The nose was disappointing, but everything else about this beer was good.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Thick foamy head that sticks to the glass all the way down. Lacey. Color is a very light amber. Beautiful

S - hops, orange zest, mild yeast

T - mild malt first, the crisp orange zest followed immediately by bitterness, and a dry finish. You can tell there's more alcohol than an average Pale Ale

Mouthfeel- light, foamy head adds nice texture of almost a creaminess to it.

Overall - I'm no fan of Pale Ale's, granted I haven't had many, but I'm trying to branch out, and damn this is a good one. It's those Belgians man, they can make any style better.

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