I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Ommegang tulip/goblet. It was bottled on 3/14/14 and cost $3.99 ($0.33 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful glowing orange hue. Hazy, but with visible
carbonation. Pours to a large, white, foamy head which laces and retains
Smell: Clean, citrusy/soapy aroma, almost perfume-like. Quite appealing.
Taste: Ommegang is an American brewery that brews traditional
Belgian-style beers, but with “Hop House,” their new pale ale, they’re
really blurring the line between Belgian and American styles. This is
clearly a hop-forward brew, though it’s not especially bitter as it
relies on the hops more for flavor. It’s a very delectable combination
of citrus, stone fruit (especially apricot and cantaloupe), and flowers.
Though it does maintain its inherent Belgian character as the yeast
imparts a subtle taste of pepper and clove-like spice. The base of the
palate is clean and sweet with a gentle fruity/malty combination of
flavors. On the apex there’s a distinct hop bite coupled with a slightly
dry/tingly sensation. It’s almost soapy in a way, though I don’t meant
that as a criticism. This will likely appeal to American hopheads and
Belgian traditionalists alike.
Drinkability: The bottle actually recommends drinking this beer at 40
degrees, though I find it opens up a bit as it warms. At fridge temp
it’s a little refreshing while in the mouth, though there is some
lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is slightly foamy, and definitely
effervescent, but still smooth going down. At 6% ABV it’s quite
efficient for its weight, though I can’t help but wish it were lighter
and more sessionable. Still, Ommegang Hop House is a versatile brew as
it will definitely stand up to a range of meals, or satisfy as a