Paying homage to the historic hop farm that stood on the brewery grounds over 100 years ago, Hop House is an interesting new brew from Ommegang, which tends to produce traditional Belgian-style ales. This one blurs the lines, with noticeable European and American influences—at the core is a lovely Belgian-style pale ale, with a slightly hazy, golden-orange color and a profile of bright citrus, biscuit malt and yeasty spice, while the dry-hopping adds that notorious American angle, with seductive aromas and flavors of fresh-pressed hop, pine resin, orange oil and ripe tropical fruit. Overall, it works, with wonderful balance and interplay of hop and malt character. The medium-weight mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy, with ample carbonation to lift the palate and a pleasing bitterness that stays through the finish.
12 oz/6 pack
American Pale Ale
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Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).