that Ommegang, Boulevard and Firestone Walker are all owned by Duvel,
it’s not surprising that each brewery might start to brew beers with the
other’s label on it. Nirvana IPA bears the Ommegang label even though
it is brewed by Boulevard in Missouri. Can this even really be
considered an Ommegang beer, then? After all, it does taste a lot like
Single or Double Wide IPA. This is a standard, no-frills American-style
IPA. I’d expect more bang for the buck considering the brewer[s]
I poured a 12oz bottle into an Ommegang goblet. It had a best by date of 10/9/15 and cost $2.60 ($0.22 per ounce).
Appearance: Very hazy pale orange hue. No carbonation bubbles visible.
Pours to a large, fluffly, dim white head which retains and laces quite
Smell: A clean, almost soap-like scent. Definitely a floral bouquet to the nose.
Taste: I’ve drank almost every beer in Ommegang’s portfolio, so I can
always recognize their beer when I try it, but this doesn’t have their
je na sai quais factor. Much like the aroma, the hop taste is all
flowers, perfume and soap. It’s like the IPA equivalent of a Bath &
Body Works. The bitterness is quite tame; only 60 IBUs according to the
website, but it feels much weaker than that. I do notice some
piney/herbal character emerges as the beer warms, though it doesn’t seem
to complement the floral hops all that well. A bit of lemon lollipop
and butterscotch candy flavors are also evident. An interesting
sweetness component I guess. Overall, this is a fine American-style IPA
but is nothing like an Ommegang beer because it has no Belgian character
at all and is not bottle-conditioned, either.
Drinkability: I wasn’t surprised to see the 6.5% ABV on the bottle
label, though I was surprised the beer did not seem to take complete
advantage of that potency. Ommegang Nirvana IPA drinks and feels like
something in the 5-6% range. Though flavorful, it is not what I would
consider robust per se. I will admit drinking it is easy and pleasant.
The mouthfeel is crisp and well carbonated and it finishes extremely
clean with no alcohol presence whatsoever.