Nathalius - Omnipollo
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.81/5 rDev +0.8%
We pour a brew of clean golden yellow coloring. This supports a three finger head of white foamy, snowy bubbles, showing great retention. Patterned sheets of lacing are left around the glass as it slowly dissipates, with macro holes of honeycomb popping and buzzing throughout the remaining foam. Haze is wildly pervasive, but no sediment is found. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives sweaty caramel and pale grain as its base malt bill, with fruitiness of banana, passion fruit, and mango, white sugar sweetness, lemon rind and juice, bubblegum esters, grapefruity and green grassy hop oils, black pepper and boozy spiciness, salty porcine freshness, and seaweed. With warmth come more exotic notes of prickly pear and cactus meat fruitiness, wet clay, and jasmine florals. Our first impression is that the flavoring is bright and bold, but the massive bitterness of herb and hop alike take you a bit by surprise. The taste opens with mustard green, insane mustiness, gravel, pencil woodiness and lead, passion fruit, green bananas, fresh avocado oiliness, crystal and Munich maltiness, bitter grapefruity hops, lemon, oily pine bark rind, and white sugar sweetness. The middle comes to a peak with cardboard, wet cotton, bitter grapefruit and orange pith, dandelion petals and flower pollen, shoe polish chemicals, strawberries and fermented kiwi fruitiness, with a more synthetic bite of acetone. The end comes washing through with a spicy nectary quality of fruitiness and herb of hops, bitter cut grasses, pale and amber malt metallics, clover honey, passion fruitiness, juicy bubblegum wetness, black pepper spice, and some green, weedy, twiggy resins. The aftertaste breathes of tonic water bitterness, lemon and lime skin zest, basketball leathers, grapefruity and bitter grassy hops, heavy creamer, celery and leafy kale vegetals, salty MSG flavoring, parsnip root, wet and worn cardboard, and rose petals. The body is medium to thick, and the carbonation is light to medium. Slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop are all decent, with the mouth left feeling full and satisfied. This precedes a brisk, chalky astringency stretching to all corners of the mouth. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back well enough.
Overall, the best thing about this beer is its uniqueness of flavoring, for both the brewer and the style. You will certainly find hints of a classic IPA, such as with the heartiness of the hops, but even those are brightly odd and distinctly bitter throughout, taking an interesting blend to the other more soured, bittered ingredients. The malts fall away quickly, as well, allowing for said ingredients to bring this chemical, biting balance to a tipping point. That said, the beer is quite cleansing and decently refreshing for what it is. The nose shows fair concordance with the tongue, giving a final product that will keep you curious and pensive for the remainder of your night. On a side note, the bottle sports one of the coolest labels we’ve seen in quite a long time, and that too, is fitting to the beer, and to the brewer quite well.
03-26-2014 21:18:08 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev +6.6%
330ml bottle, with one of those aggravating front labels with nothing but 'artsy' imagery, and nothing about the product herein. Less than gratifyingly, the back label proffers this as an Imperial IPA, brewed at De Proef, so, well, there's that.
This beer pours a rather cloudy medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of aggressively puffy, bubbly, and eventually caked ecru head, which leaves some broken pockmarked walled lace around the glass as it evenly fades away.
It smells of pungently pithy grapefruit, orange, and pineapple citrus fruit, acrid lemon pepper, a sassy pine and musty hemp earthiness, and a crackery caramel and biscuity caramel malt. The taste is equally heady in its citrus and pine astringency, bitter and flavourful in equal measure, with a seemingly retreating bready caramel malt, among further dry lemon rind, some peppery spice, and further herbal, leafy hops.
The carbonation is a bit zingy, but settles out after a wee spell, the body a tenuous medium weight, and tacitly smooth, the hops doing well to hold off messing around too much here. It finishes pretty dry, the lingering, and still duly bitter pine needle, citrus rind, and herbal hops not taking any prisoners.
An egregiously bitter (in a good way) DIPA, the hops really just pushing the malt and even the alcohol right off the page, running the table, what have you. Single-minded, one-sided, whatever, it goes down quite swimmingly, especially if you're an unabashed hophead. Nice to see this filter through so many European layers to get to me.
11-12-2013 04:08:29 | More by biboergosum
4.01/5 rDev +6.1%
Just picked up the last 2 bottles at my package store.This beer is awesome! I love all omnipollo beers,some are better than others.But they never let me down.A smokey gold color,with the most unbelievable Bouqet of floral hops.This has to be one of my favorite DBL.IPA.
11-30-2013 19:16:47 | More by TheManintheIronMask
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a cloudy caramel orange with a finger of off-white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Quite effervescent in the pour, but still retains its head. Aroma dominated by pineapple with orange family citrus, caramel malt, pine and grassy hops; interesting. Flavor is quite unusual, with intense citrus hops, light pale malt, citrus and light tropical fruit as well as a flavor I can only describe as a lemon produced by a spruce tree; very tart and resiny. Finishes with intense citrus hops bitterness and residual odd fruit flavor. Medium bodied. I have to say that this skates on the edge of being just too resiny, bitter and odd to work, but I really enjoyed it. It is rather unbalanced and could have used a more robust malt body to support the intense hops, but I kept going back to the glass to try it again both to figure out the flavors and to get that intense hop bitterness. So interesting that although it was almost too intense, I'm going to get another bottle to experience this again.
12-22-2013 04:20:24 | More by LiquidAmber
3.76/5 rDev -0.5%
Incredibly bitter, tropical, citrusy and gra,-a,-a,-assy, Nathalius strives to capture the bitter-dominant taste of American IPA but with higher alcohol and extra hops to counteract the malts that push its strength. Its a challenging IPA with multiple levels of complexity even though its push creates polarizing taste.
Its murky golden-straw appearance its tinged with light peach and honey for a quite appealing color. Upon that builds a creamy, sticky and everlasting foam stance that laces the glass with what seems to be spiderwebs.
Pungent with its musty fruit, mulled grass and pithy citrus scent- the beer is fully hopped; chocked full of lupulin, flower, leaf and stem of the hop bine. It fully utilizes the plant in all its glory and rusticity. Over-ripened citrus notes reel in the tropical fruit punch aromas for something like a grassy cream sickle.
Unlike the aroma, the taste has a glimmer of malt- Its dry bread character is both yeasty, doughy, starcy... but dry! Its sheer hop dominance creates that dryness, carrying with it the bitter grapefruit, pithy orange, dried lime, and resinous pine flavor as early as the middle palate. In the middle of it all, a tart tropical flavor interjects the blend with sour-sweet pineapple, mango, apricot and passion fruit that tempers its harsh grassy and minerally/metalic taste. But as the beer finishes, everything vanishes quickly! ...except for the bitterness. That lasts for everrr!
Medium bodied (I'm surprised its not weighed a bit more), the beer balances much like standard American IPA, but its enormous dryness from both alcohol and hops sneaks up on the taste and dries the palate well before the flavor is fully realized. An unsettled bite gives the ale a lot of mineral scrubbing and vegetative astringency that's easily masked by hop bitterness. Its warm finish is understated as the beer drifts into a beautifully drinking experience.
Omnipollo's Nathalius is a highly vegetative IPA, just as much as it is tropical and citrusy- but those rudimentary tastes don't detract from the drinking experience as much as you'd think. Its added stemmy sharpness really offsets the malt and makes the beer much more of a taste that's expected from lower-strength IPA but in elevated form.
11-26-2013 05:37:06 | More by BEERchitect
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/30/2015. Pours hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, citrus rind, pepper, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of bright/dank citrus/earthy hops with light-moderate malt presence; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, citrus rind, pepper, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, citrus rind, pepper, pine, floral, grass, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of bright/dank citrus/earthy hop flavors with light-moderate malt sweetness; with lightly cloying pine bitterness after the finish which isn’t all that bad. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and resinous/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA. Good complexity of bright citrus/earthy hop flavors with light-moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
03-27-2014 04:34:40 | More by superspak
Nathalius from Omnipollo
85 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.