BPA | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewed by:
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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

Pours a deep golden into Ommegeddon glass. Massive 4 finger head and a hazy stream of carbonation bubbles. Smell is pungent fruit and hops.
This beer is nicely carbonated, with medium body and a nice sharp hop bite on the back end. Complex and delicious with good amounts of malt and nice fruity tastes coming through. A well balanced Belgian style IPA.

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Photo of tfitzg2
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of myost88
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance- Hazy Pale straw with a thin but creamy clean white head. Leaves a thin coat of lacing.

Smell- Sweet citrus hop aroma. Mostly pineapple and lemons. Spicey aroma typically associated with Belgian yeasts. I smell a bit of a cinnamon quality, which is a nice touch.

Taste- Lightly bittered but definitely very sweet. Belgian Candy sugar was used I would assume. The spices are nice highlight in the background along with a biscuity maltness. Clove is the prevalent spice but its matched nicely buy a finishing bitter bite.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and pretty highly carbonated. Combined with the spices and hop bite, this makes for a very "Jumpy" mouthfeel. Not a bad thing though.

Drinkability- Ughhh high. Very high. I could easily go for a couple 750s of this or few drafts at my local watering hole. (Looking at you Flying Saucer)

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Photo of cgmees
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.

Poured a cloudy yellow with a frothy white head that has good lace.

Aromas of toffee, yeast and citrus.

Tastes of floral earthy hops with a bit of bitterness with some tangerine/lemon overtones.

Medium to light feel with a airy texture.

Basic Belgian ale

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Photo of JSeabrookeFox
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of irish
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Even overnight in a growler. this beer keeps its lace, carbonation and tawny body. It is "big" enough to make you notice each sip (even when watching a film), but not so big as to prevent drinking tow in a row (although,to my taste, three is a bit too much--so while the beer is true to the style, the style itself inhibits session drinking, to me).

Very hoppy, but in a balanced way true to the style (I mean like mamma bear: not too much and not too little). Like many Belch beers, it pushes the boundaries (in this case, with hoppy-ness) but in a way that stirs admiration and appreciation--this definitely ain't "less filling, tastes great".

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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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Photo of yeep
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of msgraceffa
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of RZachLamberty
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Mubbly
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of sing
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of bestadler
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of kylethebrilliant
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of grawls
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dmitalski
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Wreckoncile
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml into Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a hazy copper/straw gold with two fingers of foam that starts off with big bubbles and begins to condense into more of a stable foam leaving sticky lacing behind.

S - I really enjoyed the nose on this one. Has the scent of a tripel with ample citrus yeast ester notes. It finishes with a spicy yeastiness that yields a touch of a muted pineapple scent. Really enjoyed the fragrance on this beer.

T - The taste is very champagne like, with some slight grapefruit flavor that I didn't capture in the scent. I'm a bit sad that it really lost its other citrusy notes, but the flavor does have some more floral hop notes. The malt and yeastiness seem to have disappeared altogether though.

M - Again, champagne seems to be the comparison for mouthfeel. Very bubbly/carbonated at first, although it tempers down after warming. The alcohol bites at the tongue and I feel that briskness might be detracting from some of the tastes that would otherwise reveal themselves.

O - The scent and appearance are extremely good on this particular BPA, but the mouthfeel seems to mute some of the tastes that I think would otherwise be more apparent, and I was a bit disappointed that the yeast and malt didn't play a bigger role. If you're a champagne fan, however, this is the ideal beer for you.

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Photo of MaxWildwood
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of jayhass
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Color is a light orange hue with a big white head that fades fast.
Aroma is orange peel and lemon grass with a light bubblegum and light piney note.
Taste- Lemon peel with light sweet grainy malt. Light pine from the dry hops that keeps this beer very dry. Some esters and spice from the yeast.

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Photo of rafa1213
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of RedBear84
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip. The color was cloudy amber, likely due to spent yeast sediment being upset. The head was a white mixture of bubbles varied from tiny to midsize giving the visual character of soapsuds. The nose was citrus-like and maybe a bit floral. That being the initial impression, the beer first tasted of sweet citrus and finished with light-medium bitterness that doesn't hang excessively. I like a brewer that knows that a beer is more than hop-water.

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Photo of MJLatimer
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of usechopstix4soup
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pilsner glass, light orange with yellow hue. Very nice head that sustained. Okay amount of lacing.

Smells of coriander, lemon and orange zest, some bread and biscuit notes. Very pleasant smell, subtle hints of other spices.

Taste is subtle just like the smell, surprisingly not bitter like most pale ales. Goes down easy, leaves lingering hints of citrus zests, which I am a fan of.

Body is very thin, would have liked a bit more body but cannot deny how readily it goes down.

Overall, if you are a proponent of subtle tasting beers, this is for you. There are so many faint tastes and smells that you'll have a ball detecting them all day. Personally, I am for the heavy hitting scents that are obvious, but this was not a bad beer if you are a supporter of Ommegang and pale ales.

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Photo of calebroberts811
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Birthday beer; here's the breakdown:

A - Splendidly pretty; poured into a snifter, this beer is sexy. Bright hazy orange, just off-white head with tight bubbles and good retention -- almost meringue like on top.

S - Belgian biscuits, orange marmalade, butter, and a little spice.

T - Refined citrus but not overly tropical - sweetness regulated by the warm yeastiness. Very buttery and clean.

M - Carbonation takes it across the palette and makes for the balanced paradox of this beer. A creamy, yeasty, and slightly citrusy tart is complimented by the bright carbonation. Seriously, with its appearance, this beer puts its mouthfeel forward.

O - Most impressive beer I've had from Ommegang. Thanks for the birthday gift.

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BPA from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,374 ratings