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

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89
very good
1,373 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:
1,373
Reviews:
466
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.78%
 
 
Wants:
91
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104
For Trade:
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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
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 chinchill
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

undated 12 ounce bottle served in pint glass. Appreciate the serving instructions on the label.

Appearance: Pours with a hazy, light orange-gold body and a towering airy bone head ... so much head, I could not get the entire bottle in my pint glass without waiting and drinking. Robust carbonation is also evident in the beer itself. Settling of the head is slow (at least for someone waiting to taste this beer) and leaves blotches of sticky lace on the sides.

Smell: Citrusy hops hit first, from a little distance. Closer sniffing reveals spicy and floral notes, and hints of lightly baked sour dough bread. Nice complex mix of aromas.

Taste: Nice mix of hops, malt yeast and other flavors. Not as yeasty or spicy as some "Belgian style" brews. {This is good thing}. Hints of lemon, generic citrus, pepper, and orange peel. Excellent sweet/bitter balance with little sourness. I also liked the malt/hop balance. Clean and brisk -- not terms that usually come to mind for Belgian style beers.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. High carbonation is soft, and more obvious by sight than on the tongue. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: A fine Belgianesque beer with enough hops to make a real difference in flavor and bitterness. Nicely avoids over spicing, but is a little bit over-carbonated.

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Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lighter shade of amber with a fluffy one and a half finger bone white head that held well.Phenols dominated the nose for me,spicey with some clove and lemon pith.Flavors are lightly medicinal with some lemon oil,and a bit of funk in the finish.Its good beer but the yeasty flavors are a little bit much for me.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A large 750ml all for myself, but from what I hear its a delicious beer.

A: Huge honkin head, 3 fingers takes up about 60% of my La Chouffe tulip glass, which is fluffy, fizzy, and fades semi quickly. Really hazy and tons of bubbles floating up in the pale golden orange color.

N: Starts with a slightly sweet Belgian malt aroma, with some malts, sweetness, little candi sugar, and the sweet aroma that wants to be boozy, and even hints at it, but never really gets there. Behind that is a nice light hopped aroma, with some lemon grass, light Eruo style hops, a very slight citrus, and a very touch of spicy hops.

T: Starts with a slight hoppy bite, with a slight bitterness, some citrus and lemon grass, little spicy hop, and overall nice lighter but tasty hop presence. WIth that is a nice malt presence, with some wheat, little sweet malts, slight candi sugar, touch of sweetness and spicy, again wants to make it taste like its boozy but never really gets there. Again a grassy hop presence comes through. Overall the hops are light and very low bitterness, but a nice taste. There actually seems to be more bitterness from the yeast and Belgian malts.

M: Light to medium body with a ridiculous amount of carbonation, I mean this makes Champagne look like Tomme Arthur made it.

F: Dries off quite a bit, and gets a nice hop presence again. Slightly bitter with more lemon, grassy, lemon-grass (see what I did there), some citrus, zest, and slight spicy hops. A little sticky presence festers in the mouth but doesn't really get overbearing. A bitter lemon zest really comes through on the finish too. Leaves a slight anesthetized feel in the mouth as if it had more booze. It seems to give that feel off a lot, but never gets to it.

Overall a nice flavor, spicy grassy and citrus hops, nice malt presence, an enjoyable beer. I would have liked a little more hop presence personally, but it's freshness is nice too. I wouldn't want to age this.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/20/2011 at Rose Alley Alehouse, in New Bedford, MA, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some hops and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a nice burst of hops bitterness for the style that is quickly followed by some mildly sweet flavors of caramel & citrus. Then there are some bready flavors that come from a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style but with a little more hops that you usually get, this is a very good Belgian-style beer a lot of flavor and substance making it worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light amber with a touch of orange. Very pretty with a nice head. Rather coarse carbonation in the mouth. Almost delicate in its modest flavors. Quite tart, partly from all the carbonation, like a Saison cut with club soda. Slight beery aroma. Somewhat lemony followed by a touch of dirty funk, and ending with a long bitterness. Dry flavor doesn't allow much fruit to come through.

Personally I like the Great Divide Belgica and Hades for this kind of style. Or a Saison with more malty interest. This is just quite austere and chalky. Quite a mineral aftertaste.

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

First had: on tap at Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY

Pours a hazy burnt sienna, with a finger of white head; decent lacing. Light hops in the aroma, citrus and spice. Light tasting, good balance of citrus hops and sweet malts, with a touch of spice. Light-medium mouthfeel. Nice, crisp, easily drinkable, even if it's not overflowing with flavor.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Russian River tulip. It poured cloudy and orange amber in color. A thick, foamy white head fills the top inch of the glass. Nice head retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a nice mix of crisp light fruits, earthy Belgian yeast and zesty, floral hops. Everything feels pretty well balanced and comes together well. The hops started to come out more as it warmed giving it a little more of a citrusy, lemon zest presence.

The taste also has a relatively bold citrus hop presence to it with notes of lemon zest, orange peel and a little grapefruit to it. The belgian yeast adds an earthy spice that lingers well into the finish. The crisp light fruits give it some needed balance towards the sweet side.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being on the higher side, but also delicate and a little silky. Overall, it's a very good beer of the style. I really like the use of the citrusy American hops in it. It's well balanced, easy drinking and one of my favorites of the style. Very solid beer all around.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $2.69 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, orange-gold body with a tall, proud, airy white head. Splotches of sticky lace on the descent.

Smell: Rustic whole-grain sour dough bread accented by traces of sweetness and a rich array of spicy, fruity, floral notes.

Taste: Bready, coarse-grain maltiness with sweetness hinting at a bit of light caramel as well as a drizzling of basic simple syrup. Next, flavors from both the Ommegang house yeast and American-Slovenian hop mix struggle out competing complexities, giving tastes of pears, lemon peel, acidic grapefruit juice, ground white pepper, cloves, dried herbs, day-old dough, and light underlying cellar-like funk. A generous, though not overblown bitterness is present. Some alcohol warmth bordering the dry, zestful finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation. It's got that smooth and sticky yet also fizzing on the tongue thing going on.

Overall: A nice Belgian-inspired beer where the hops and yeast steal the show. The alcohol is up there, though not entirely disproportionate. Still, I appreciate the 12-ounce portion, instead of having to drain an entire bomber bottle.

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Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
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 Jason
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with a freshness date.

Color: Clear gold.

Smell: White tea, white chocolate, chalky yeast, peppermint stick, clementine, mango and pita bread.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very dry, very smooth with a crisp bite. Dried grass, yeast, light alcoholic esters, tropical fruit and lemon grass. A bit phenolic, faint honey, more graininess. Dry dusty finish.

Overall: Drinkable obviously. Packed with flavor, high on complexities. The subtle note of Cascade hops works in the dry hopping. Recommended.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden in color and nearly white as it shined through. Really amazing color here or lack there of I should say. Big white fizzy head of foam then rises up two fingers high and settles down quickly leaving only a light bit of lacing on the sides but tons of carbonation bubbling toward the surface. Aroma is light, fresh grass, lemon zest, hints of grain and light pear all come out but you have to search for them to find them. As I take a sip though a clean, crisp and refreshing ale reveals itself, Very nicely done here on the taste. Light, airy, with a light bitter back to it. It had a touch of bite. Nice clean, easy carbonation and light dry finish,

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Cobblestone's in York, served chilled in a pint.

The color is hazy golden w/ subtle tangerine hue and average sized head of white w/ tiny bead and lace that sticks well, clarity/retention are both good. The smell is very herbal, sun tea-like with a subtle citrus and floral accent. The yeast provides a subtle tropical ester. The feel is fruity and smooth malt with a subtle yeast tanginess and bitterness from the American hops. there is a relatively high resinous quality with high carbonation which leads to a semi-dry finish.

The flavor is fairly dry with subtle Belgian yeast and light tropical flavor from the combo of yeast and hops w/ mild spice and lemony tang which goes well with the herbal elements of the hops. The taste has a light astringency and mild phenolic quality w/ subtle pineapple hint w/ gently bitter citrus with mild dry malt accenting into the semi-dry finish. This is a very drinkable beer and very good Belgian Pale ale in general, I prefer the bottle conditioned version personally, but there is plenty of citrus hop flavor and the drinkability is high overall.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Yard House - Irvine

A: This one pours a cloudy pale orange/amber color with a couple fingers of white head.

S: Lots of pepper on the nose along with a light citrus peel note. Some undertones of banana and other light fruits, maybe apples, offer up a bit more sweetness. Some bread and cracker malt aroma and a light spiciness overall.

T: A lot of similarities between the the flavor and the aroma. Heavy relaince on bread and cracker malts with a big black pepper flavor. An underlying fruitiness which adds some sweetness and depth. A bit more yeastiness to the flavor than I had expected and not as much citrus peel as anticipated.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: This was okay, but nowhere near as good as some of the other Ommegang beers I've had.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear straw color with sediment floating around. HUGE head on a careful pour. Covered with foam for the duration of the drink.

Smell - Light citrus and slight yeasty funk. A fair amount of bread in the nose, also. Smells bright, but not hoppy, really.

Taste - Very similar to the nose. Slight lemon flavor to start, followed by breadiness. There's a hop bitterness that lingers for a bit after the flavors fall off.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, light body. The finish is dry with the hop bitterness. No residual sugars here at all to give it any weight.

Overall - It's not dominant in any flavor profile, but hey, it's refreshing. I finished playing soccer in 90 degree weather and this sure looked good in my fridge. Hit the spot for refreshment.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Ommegang fluted chalice (or whatever the hell this damn thing is called...cervoise? Tulip? Whatever it is, it has the Ommegang logo on it and came free with that bomber boxed threesome.).

Another of my inexplicable collection of BPAs in the fridge. Held up the window (trust me, it's sunny out), the lion rampant or turns a sable against a light, hazy, sunset-like tenne (ah, heraldry). The bright, seemingly ermine suds leave a lovely halo etched along the rim while the liquid drains beneath it. Plenty of smells comin' offa this guy, including some banana, cloves, wheat, damp straw, a tiny bit o' soap, flowers, and sweet woodruff. The cloves, woodruff, and soap stage their vengeance on the tongue, along with a hint of pepper and a splash of citrus peel. A bit of spice drfits on into the distance. It's all pretty light and breezy, fitting nicely with the sunniness outside and in the glass. Currently the top of the BPA heap right now.

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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 WVbeergeek
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few samples of this at last weekends Steel City Big Pour, when I saw bottles of it at D's afterward I was inspired to grab a bottle for myself. Pours a beautiful slightly hazed glowing golden amber hue. Bright off white head forms large bubbles nice and thick four finger depth with chunk scattered lacing. Aroma contains sharp citric, deep floral, and tropical fruit juice. Dry acidic note tickles the nares along with spicy yeast layer, pale biscuit malts bring some mild bready edges. Overall flavor is excellent, I don't think Ommegang does much wrong. Fruity citrus/mango infused mix of hop notes, dry bitterness rules but spicy yeast and biscuit malt with a hint of caramelization balances enough to make this incredible. Mouthfeel is effervescent, dry finish ample sturdy bitterness throughout a beautiful experience that I plan to experience again. Drinkability overall was great a top notch version of a rarely well done style at least here in the US micro brewing scene...been excited to try this since I heard about it.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,373 ratings.
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