Monday, August 22, 2011

Brewery Ommegang - BPA - Belgian-style Pale Ale

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass

The Belgian-style Pale Ale from Ommegang, the brewery that does everything 'Belgian-style' pours a hazy orange body with a warm golden glow. Rushing carbonation rises from the center of the glass. The head is massive, emphasized by the shape of the tulip glass. The foam is airy and cloud-like in off-white with large carbonation bubbles. The spicy nose is accentuated on the head of the beer and carries oily orange peel essence.

BPA comes off fresh, despite its huge spicy notes. Coriander is paired citrusy orange sweetness. Fresh malts provide a sweetness to balance the spice character to create an herbal and leafy characteristic to the beer. Meanwhile, dry hops add big aromatics. The mouthfeel is crisp with solid carbonation, but surprisingly leads to a slick finish that is slightly boozy with a bit of backend heat. The beer is very drinkable, but not exactly in the sessionable range.

Final Verdict: A-

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