Beer Profile: Ommegang Hop State New York

Profiled by Maria Devan

Pours with plenty of haze. You can see the particles in suspension producing a dappled effect on a golden orange body. A fat cream colored head. Head had fantastic retention and fell off rocky and clinging for dear life.

Nose is subtle but forceful. Biscuit malt and a woodier earthier hop scent. From the color I was expecting bold fruit. Instead I got a light scent from melon rind.

Light floral. taste is succulent. Juicy but not crisp. The malt is very soft and the hops show off a bit of spice rather than fruit. The floral comes out as the beer warms and so does some shy fresh orange. There is a yeasty scent right at the top of this nose that I am not sure they wanted there. It’s earthy. There is faint caramel in this that simply and without fanfare underscores the biscuit in this malt. This finishes spicier rather than fruitier. The finish is deceptively dry and I am happy about it. I think this a good pale ale.The dryness in this beer shows off the lightest touch of candied orange peel and grass in the finish.

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Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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mdMaria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY, atop a steep hill. Except when one time on St. Patty’s Day when leprechauns tried to slap skates on her and roll her down the hill, she only walks down it. She has been reviewing beer for many years, even with many homebrewers and other beer critics across the nation, on the web. She’s known as “The Girl Next Door” in her You Tubes. We are very lucky to have her here at PGA.