Wednesday, January 23, 2013


So long and thanks for all the fish!

Promotional picture of BPA and Glass

Beer Reviewed: BPA
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Brewery: Brewery Ommegang


I’m approaching this review with considerable sadness, because the BPA is my last bottle that is part of the Ommegang series of posts. I’ve really enjoyed the eight beers I’ve had the opportunity to review, some more that others, but each bottle opening is filled with more anticipation than the last because of the great experiences over the last few weeks.

I’ve been so taken by the Ommegang offerings that my family is considering taking a weekend in Cooperstown to see the brewery and the Hall of Fame. If you are interested as well, I would suggest checking out the “Bed and Brew” package they offer with The Inn at Cooperstown.

With regards to this BPA, I am expecting a beer that is fairly traditional and I’m thinking it will be similar to the Duvel Rustica that I’ve reviewed previously. The brewer description points out dry-hopping and fruity notes. I love fruity beers, so that is pretty enticing to me, and I don’t think I’ve had dry-hopped beer lately, so I’m psyched to check that out.

I’ll admit to a little confusion, given the anticipated hoppy-ness of this beer. The IBU rating assigned by the brewery is 21, which I wouldn’t consider too high, so can it be hoppy, but not very bitter?

Now let’s jump ahead to after the enjoyment and see what it entailed ...

Drinking Men on Stilts

The Beer

Beer characteristics

Quantitative parameters of beer character

  1. As I mentioned above, the IBU rating given by the brewery is a 21, which is a little surprising because I would expect a dry-hopped beer to be a bit more bitter. This is not the case at all, which adds to my surprise and enjoyment. I’ll be relying on the dry-hop-resistant Hitchens Taste Scale for this rating and put this at about a +2, but it’s more citrusy that bitter.
  2. The alcohol is 6.2% alc/vol and not very noticeable at all. I discussed the aftertaste below and how there is a slight alcohol flavor, but I’m being picky and it’s almost not worth mentioning.
  3. The color is a golden yellow with a fair amount of cloudiness. It can compare to an American Pale Ale or an IPA. According to the SRM, this would be around 6 on Lovibond.

Tangerine Dreams

Qualitative parameters of beer character

  1. The aroma is probably the most citrusy that I’ve tasted from them. It’s not inly orange, but more like a tangerine or a clementine. That’s pretty cool and I’m a bit surprised the orange is that strong.
  2. The flavor reflects the aroma very well. The citrus, orange and clementine flavor is very pronounced and certainly dominates over whatever hoppy-ness I was expecting.
  3. The aftertaste isn’t strong and the flavor exits quickly. If I wanted to be very picky, I would say the I taste a slight alcohol and citrus lingering aftertaste, but it is very slight.
  4. The mouthfeel is a little tingly, but settles down and leaves you to consider your next sip.
  5. The carbonation is back to what I’ve grown to expect from their corked bottles. A good initial pop, and it stayed bubbling in the glass.
  6. The temperature is cold and I intend to drink it fast enough that it won’t warm up much.


I really learned a lot over that last few weeks drinking the beers from Ommegang. They have created a very enthusiastic fan, bordering on fanatic, and if I’m ever uncertain what to drink, I’ll make sure I have at least a couple of their beers on hand.

This BPA really surprised me because of the strong fruity, citrus flavor. As mentioned, I’m a fan of fruity beers, but that’s usually a blueberry or lambic ale, but this orangy goodness is now very high on my list.

I certainly recommend this beer, but try a selection from Ommegang and tell me what you think.  

- Enthusiast

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