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

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,371 Ratings
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,371
Reviews:
465
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.78%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
104
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,371 |  Reviews: 465
Photo of felixljr
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of jaasen64
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Ommegang mixed 8-pack

A- Wow the head on this is ridiculous. Tried pouring slow, but I guess it was still a little too aggressive. Takes a long time to recede. Brilliant gold, very translucent, tons of carbonation, pearly white head. Intense lacing.

S- Citrus, a little bit lemony, a bit of hops, slightly sweet.

T- Sweet, citrusy- a bit lemony (not too strong), slightly hoppy, a little bit yeasty. Sweet, slightly citrusy aftertaste.

M- Fairly light bodied, above average carbonation, well balanced.

O- This was an interesting beer. I could tell right from opening it that it was going to be an aggressively carbonated beer. The head on this beer was very interesting- foamed very fast (probably one of the most intense heads I've encountered before) and took a peculiar shape that had great retention. One word of advice is to be very careful when pouring. Overall this beer was very good for a pale ale. Nice slightly sweet, well balanced taste.

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Photo of Farky87
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of VaterRoss
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tumbler, BB 2/2012

Appearance is a hazy yellow with some orange, very active carb. Huge white bubbly head. Smell is sweet and yeasty. Taste doesn't match up to smell expectations: dry, slightly sour finish, bitter, and a bit yeasty. Also has a light citrus hoppiness. Dry/sourness borders on this beer being a sour. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly, med-high carb.

Interesting beer but ultimately too dry and sour for my tastes, perhaps best left as a complement to food on a hot day. If only the taste matched the awesome smell.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/18/11, darn i even bought this when a rep was in the store. I thought this was much fresher. Anyways lets see how it is.

Pours a classic nice fluffy three fingers worth of pillowy white head. Slightly hazy golden body with champagne like bubbles coming of the bottom. Nice lacing and very good retention.

Smells of bready belgiany yeast, banana, clove, hints of tropical fruit, passion fruit or mango. This is one of the best parts of this beer.

Tastes like a pilsner at first, bready malts, banana, clove and pepper. Some white grape and light grassy hops round out this finish. Initially when this was served it had a noticeable metallic taste, as it warmed up this for the most part went away.

Medium thin body, high carbonation with a firm dry finish.

Overall this is a refreshing crisp, fairly hoppy beer. The metallic taste I detected was a bit off putting but was muted as it warmed. I love the belgain bottle presentation and the pop of a cork makes this purchase seem like a good value. The smell and look are fairly classic while the taste is more hoppy and pleasing to my american palate. I'd love to try this fresh, the date is clearly stamped on the neck.

$8 a 750

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, bright golden color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks around.

The scent is of sweet citrus and yeast. Light notes to toasted malts.

The taste was of citrus, some yeast, some toasted malt, a light earthy hop bitterness, and some spice.

Light body, smooth and quite dry, moderate carbonation.

This was an average BPA, there was quite a bit to taste but I felt the flavor was a little too thin.

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Photo of rodney45
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: Had on tap at the Peculier Pub. NYC

A: Dark gold with a creamy off white head with thick lacing.

S: Malt, clove, pear, cherry and pine tree.

T: First flavor notes are of crystal and pilsner malt blend. Noble hop, corriander, black pepper are the secondary flavor profile. Slight hints of orange zest. Dry aftertaste.

M: Light to medium body with high carbonation.

O. A decent, but not great offering from a brewery ive come to know and love. I guess its an acceptable example of a belgian pale, but it doesnt really do the brewery justice. Being a homebrewer, I would have tried to smooth the pepper hop profile and balance the noble hops a little better. Not bad, just not one of Ommegang's better beers. Mouthfeel is a little too carbonated for a standard BPA and it isnt adequately spiced to consider it a good belgian fit. Not as good as the Ommegang Rare vos.

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Photo of h0gg
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Bockerdoppel91
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of timbobandit
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of UDbeernut
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dutch. Golden hue capped by a nice head with good retention, slightly cloudy. Smell is full of flower and light cracker. Well balanced by light malt, slightly cutting bitterness from flower, light grass and hay. Light to medium bodied..

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of xdefeatsy
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of thecheapies
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ridiculous pour into my Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip. Absurdly creamy meringue head slathered in angular clumps. Hazy amber body with warm hues. Spectacular.

Semi-spicy yeasty aroma with a mild double orange liqueur note. Earthy and a little musty. Complex and inviting.

Spicy yeast, black pepper, grapefruit pith, oyster crackers, some sea saltiness... this is effing marvelous. Nice citrus element from the dry-hopping. Super dry semi-bitter finish. Getting a smudge of unripe banana in that yeast strain. Very round character. I'm seriously impressed. My only complaint: a bit too sweet up front.

Great chewy bubble all throughout. Spritzy, dry, medium-bodied, everything I could ask for in this beer.

This is a tremendous Belgian Pale. I love this. Man, I gotta have another Orval sometime soon. Not my favorite style, but now I'm not sure which is my favorite example.

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Photo of Sparger
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MeisterSmudge
5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of udubdawg
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

In interesting dilemma presents itself immediately: this is a very good beer. however I'm not certain how good of a Belgian Pale Ale this is. Oh, I know all about the Belgians eschewing "styles" but they've even got BPA in the name of the beer. What it comes down to is I think of Belgian Pale Ale as a "malty" style, with restrained yeast flavors, perhaps the least "Belgian" of the Belgian ales. This beer is instead decidedly "yeasty" with ample yeast components in spice and especially fruit.

Pours quite clear, light peach/orange color, large rocky off-white head lasts a long time and leaves excellent lacing.

Full spicy and fruity aromas, yeast-based with tons of tropical fruit, lighter citrus and also some citrusy and spicy hop aromas. Enticing. Small amounts of pale malt, perhaps a tiny bit if something like biscuit, and quite a bit of alcohol comes out as it warms.

Spicy and especially fruity flavors abound, tickling across the palate in a light fashion with the high carb. Moderately full mouthfeel, leaves a bit of a sticky sweet aftertaste. Clean pale malt shows up now and then, perhaps something a bit richer and more kilned, and then yeast takes over again. Light hop flavor and firm bitterness that lasts into finish. Light alcohol flavor and warming, especially as I near the end of the bottle and it warms a bit.

I went back and forth and decided on "good" or better aroma/flavor/mouthfeel scores with an "average" overall score to show how it was out of style instead of "average" taste/aroma/mouthfeel scores and "excellent" overall. Basically this beer seems almost like an underattenuated Belgian Golden Strong or even tripel, with slightly less carbonation and of course not nearly as dry. Borders on Belgian IPA as well. It is a very good beer I can recommend to anyone who enjoys the flavor profile of those three styles, but if I want a Belgian Pale Ale I'll stick with Rare Vos. IMO BPA should be a "table" beer and this is bordering on a bit strong for that description.

my compliments to the brewer on a skillfully made beer...I want whatever yeast strain they use to get this great fruitiness!

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Blackmajic
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of bens0n
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden yellow color with a ton of chunky yeast flakes. There is a massive amount of creamy and foamy head that cakes the glass with tons of lacing.

This beer smells like a typical belgian ale, nice and yeasty, not much hop action going on, just some mild grainy bread tones with a little bit of subtle sweetness.

Flavor wise its got that yeasty backbone with some subtle hop sweetness in the middle with a nice dry, crisp finish.

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Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,371 ratings.
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