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Fatamorgana - Omnipollo

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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.57%
Wants: 30
Gots: 49 | FT: 4
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Sweden

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Dreadnaught33 on 11-28-2013

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Photo of raynmoon
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

If you have yet to try heady topper, just get this instead. I'm sure the price/availability makes it harder to get better reviews but this is just a great beer.

If this were being packaged weekly and out to the masses.... Oh baby

Photo of Teddy_Hopper
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the best smelling DIPA I've ever come across.

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours cloudy and not much head. almost unappetizing but boy is this DIPA fantastic. It starts with some citrus, then some sweetness, then finishes with a long lingering bitterness. It's perfect. At the price I paid for a 12 oz bottle I would expect a great beer. Good thing I had it before and knew what I was getting into.

Photo of BlazerT
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Teku glass. Bottle. Cloudy golden with two/three finger white head. Good lacing. Aroma is excellent - lots of citurs (lemon, orange and definetely grapefruit). The taste is not as intense as flavour, fruity palate with citrus (mainly grapefruit), peach, grapes. Also some bread, cake notes along with straw flavoursMedium bitterness balanced by malts (sweetness). Medium body, thick, dry, medium carbonation. Finish is bitter and long. Definetely one of the best DIPA I've ever tried. Very aromatic, drinkable and thick. But too pricey.

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.22/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Odd appearance like Tang. Very strong lemongrass smell. Very grassy taste, surprisingly sweet and almost no bite.

Photo of tastybeer
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks just like orange juice minus the pulp. Head is modest. Lace is sparse and spotty. He orange juice look makes me think refreshing and delicious....

S: Aroma is a dank party of stinky tropical funk. Sweet bready malts blanketed by a hoppy forest. Light crisp pine over deep dark pungent goodness. It's so aromatics it cleans out the nostrils. It's like a whiff of fresh hop pellets.

T: Super brisk, almost peppery, pine to the head. Mouthwatering juicy fruit.

M: Each sip leaves the mouth feeling encrusted with hop resins. Carbonation is pointy initially and gradually smooths out. Very juicy and very dry.

O: Excellent!

Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murked up straw color with a sliver of beige colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Grapefruit & pine, Orange rind, nose fades rather quickly

T: Follows the nose, pears, melons & bready sweetness up front. Catty bitterness, pineyness, lemongrass, & grapefruit rind, plus pineapple & breadyness as this warms. Finishes with grapefruit rind, dryness, & lemon-grass

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, good balance

A very good take on the style, there are better one for far less $. Glad I got to try it

Photo of smakawhat
3.71/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegalau IPA glass.

Very pale and lemon yellow, unfiltered and opaque body coming out to the pour. Not horribly cloudy, but quite solid with some small pinhead carbonation. Head though is off white, only two fingers and incredibly shampoo soapy with hardly any retention. Big bubbled collar with watery edging, large bubbled head and no staying power or lacing. Looks half turbid, and hardly any head presence. A neat color and not bad, but not a good looking beer by any stretch.

The aroma is full of wonderful tropical hop notes. Mango and peaches with a bit of spicy woody character comes out nicely. Hints of smoke seem to make it as well (Mosaic? Wild guess). Juicy and spicy, mild sweetness if at all and a little bit of dank stinky quality. Quite impressive.

Palate seems to be just lacking. Mild and chewy hop bent with tropical pineapple notes. Slightly watery body, if a bit chalky in the palate as well and slightly flat with a session IPA feel. Aftertaste brings the spice and hop notes centered on the aroma. Large and full hop presence, large amounts grapefruit, and tropic notes.

Overall though, where is the rest of the beer? The density, malt backbone, depth and weight are really missing. For hopheads only, but I want the entire package and there's only one angle on this beer that is done exceptionally well. I want the whole show and it isn't here.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY. This bottle retails for 16.99 at local stores around here- how is it $10 at Acme?

Pours an opaque hazy orange. Lots of residue in this one. 1 inch head, really good lacing down the glass.

Smells incredible. Stuck my nose in the bottle first, then the glass- pungent aromas of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon.

Similar flavor. Unbelievably juicy. All of the fruits mentioned above, with some nice herbal piney qualities that leave a nice, but not lingering, bitterness on the palate at the end of each sip. When I smelled and tasted this one, it honestly reminded me of Heady Topper- this is the first time that's happened since I had HT.

Medium bodied, crisp, low-to medium carbonation. Very drinkable, the 22 oz went down too easy.

Amazing find here, this was one of the best IPAs I've ever had.

Photo of wedge
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky peach colored body, much like grapefruit juice, with a decent head that doesn't last too long. Aroma isn't quite to the level I remember it being on tap, but is still a thick, pungent, fruity melange of hoppy goodness. Grapefruit, peach, lemon, apricot, and flowers with a fair amount of dough to smooth it all out. More deliciously juicy fruit in the flavor...tons of grapefruit pulp, ripe tropical fruit sweetness, and some added piney, grassy greenness. Fresh and zesty. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a suitable resinous bitterness. Just a little bit different than others in this category. Very juicy with lots of fruity sweetness, but at the same time quite soft and dry. Very nice.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours an interesting cloudy light caramel, nearly opaque although the base color is quite light. One finger coarse white head with decent retention and lacing. Great aroma of orange family citrus, piney and citrus hops, tropical fruit, faint bready malt. Medium bodied with active carbonation. Flavor is very citrus; grapefruit, orange, tangerine with citrus and piney hops. Finishes almost dry with grapefruit and lemon rind and herbal citrus bitterness. I usually prefer a heavy malt body for my intense IIPAs, but this one, balanced much more in the direction of hops and hops influenced flavors is great. The cloudy color, nearly like glacial silt in a stream is unusual and makes this more interesting. Nicely done and flavorful. So far, the Omnipollo IPAs have been consistantly fine. These guys have classy bottle designs too.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle out of a wine glass, from notes on 12/31.

A- Murky and bright. As others said, it looks like a really intense murky witbier. Has a nice warm glow to it as well.

S- A very nice blend of citrusy hops, resins, and grapefruit.

T- Wow, this is better than I expected and very nicely hopped. Again, a lot of citrus and grapefruit primarily, with a balance of fresh hops. The finish dries out a bit, and has a spicy taste to it.

M- Somewhat above average for the style. Nice lingering mouthfeel with plenty of depth.

O- After pouring the dregs of this beer, I would caution you to leave it in the bottle. The peppery/spicy aftertaste is largely from the hop pellet leftovers in the brew. I poured the last inch of the bottle w/ dregs in my glass and it was undrinkable. The beer itself is amazingly solid though. Would definitely buy again.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 6.99. No identifiable bottling information. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with about a finger of white head. The bubbles fade to a meager ring around the edge, leaving only a few small splotches of lace. It's cloudy, pale and slightly turbid but hey, looks aren't everything.

The fruit juicy nose is just incredible. Oranges, mandarin, grapefruit, melon, peach and a little sugary malt sweetness. I keep coming back to enjoy the explosion of bright, hoppy scents.

That nose was not misleading. There is an abundance of lively, juicy hop flavors. Grapefruit, oranges, mild peach, faint melon, pine sap, light caramel, cracker, a hint of pepper, some vague mint and a light alcohol essense. The delicious array of flavorful, not just bitter, hops makes this tough to enjoy slowly. The alcohol pops up occasionally but never detracts. Excellent.

Medium, softly resinous feel with moderate carbonation. Long, bitter aftertaste of citrus pulp and rinds with pine and some mild caramel.

I'm typically wary of IPAs from overseas but I'm glad I took a chance on Fatamorgana. Coming from the Heady Topper school of homely but delicious, this excells in the categories that really matter. The price of entry seems a bit daunting but I plan to procure more and dream of a day I might find more cost effective four or six packs on the shelves.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is yellowish orange in color, extremely cloudy, and sports about a finger of rocky white head. I'm not used to seeing IIPAs that are this opaque (unless they're homebrews). It doesn't disturb me and the beer certainly looks tasty, even though I can't see through it. The nose on this beer is wonderful. Lots of fresh oranges, pineapples, and grapefruit.

Light-medium body and a slightly thin feel (for an Imperial IPA), but a delightfully citrusy, hop-forward flavor. There's a slightly grainy sweetness up front, then a rush of intense grapefruit flavors from the hops. The citrus flavors carry all over the palate, scouring away the graininess and blasting through the finish, which is like freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.

Overall, a really good American-Style IIPA (from Sweden!), though a bit pricey for what it delivers. It's definitely worth buying if you enjoy citrusy IIPAs, but I honestly don't think I'll give it a return visit. There are so many terrific beers like this out there right now, a $12 bomber sort of fits in the "have to try that once" category. Still, I'd be very interested in trying other beers from Omnipollo.

Photo of SBrouse90
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent IPA! The owner of the local store claimed it is his favorite IPA so I had to try it. It's a step down from Lawson's and Heady Topper, but still worth it. Get yourself one if you can.

Photo of surfcaster
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Strange cloudy funky yellow/orange with almost a light green hue at the edge of the glass. Really looks like grapefruit juice. Very little head but some lacing stayed on the side all the way down.

S: Bright pungent citrus notes--literally felt the juices start flowing in my mouth.

T/M: Very interesting--big upfront hop bite with citrus all the way with grapefruit and a little lemon but then as you take it to the back, a bit of a pine note. Not much malt. Really different from most IPAs but close in feel to a Heady. Light, dry finish.

O: Interesting--a rarity around my parts that I thoroughly enjoyed. Looks and tastes a bit like someone literally put juice in an IPA. Pricey but worth it for the experience. Recommended.

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wowwwwwwww wow wow yeah wow

Photo of TheBrewo
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We pop a bomber, pouring a cloudy brew of greasy, dirty blond into our oversized tasting snifters. The haze is noticeable even through the bottle itself, with waves of stardust swirling about. It puts up a solid one finger head of slippery, soapy white bubbles, showing nice retention. Lacing is crisp and porcelain, edged like papergirl cutouts. Haze is infinite and forever, with a thin layer of sediment settling to the bottom of each snifter. Carbonation appears to be active. The aroma gives a bright explosion of sleek grapefruity, sappy pine, and soapy hops right off the top, with background powdered chalk, pale and lightly toasted caramel malts, orange juice sweetness, honey tea tannins, sweet ethanol, vanilla extract, coconut husk, coriander and dill weed spiciness, dried dandelions, and chalked Belgian yeastiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is no nonsense, at all, with huge inclusions of piney hops and stinging booziness, with no balance of sweetness to take away from the purity of those forward ingredients. As we sip, the taste begins with massive piney hops, pale and chalked wheatiness, orange and grapefruit skins, raw cashews, plastic phenols, musk and moss, spicy black pepper, lemon seed, and metallic yeastiness. The middle comes to a peak with maple and white sugars, continued pale malt wash, soured wet barley, dill weed and parsley, clayed mineral water, light boozy bite, lemon rind and pith, and dried floral hoppiness. The end hits hard with bitterness of dried twigs, medicinal phenolic bite, potpourri, raw rice macaroni, citric, floral, and grassy hoppiness, dry cotton, bright Belgian yeastiness, boozy fumes, black pepper, garlic powder, and coriander spice, and pickled ginger. The aftertaste breathes of dripping pine sap and oily grapefruity skin hoppiness, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, gravel, sharp coppery metallics, bitter grassiness, chalk, bitter chive greens and leafy herbal freshness, fermented strawberries, standard pale and wheaty malts, light rye bite, and fusel booziness. The body is lightly medium, bordering on thin, and the carbonation is rather high, offering robust prickle to the hard palate. Each sip gives watery slurp and smack, but somehow decent cream and froth to the lip. Glug is quick and oily, with final pop brushing only briefly across the lips. The mouth is cooled, coated, and left dripping with oily bitterness, only to dry into puck and unseen astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks as more of a contemplative sipper.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is its aroma. It shares much of the same freshness as the profiles of Sucks, Heady, and Hop Ranch, with similar spice and oily grit of hops used. The piney zing in the flavoring, however, actually comes as a bit of a surprise to follow. Super pine and booze…like gin. Once we made that connection it was hard to palpate much else. We persevered, and as the beer warmed, the flavoring became much more even. This didn’t do much for the general bittering bite of it, but it helped to balance things, making it easier on the tongue and on the mind. Paradoxically, it seems, the feel thinned as it warmed, exchanging its robustness with the taste. Although this was noticeable it wasn’t much of a bother, as the lighter feel helped justify the hoppy bite and booziness. This is an interesting DIPA in flavor compared to the “hit” items in the states right now, but those of you that appreciate raw, organic bitterness will get the most enjoyment out of it.

Photo of Damian
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pt, 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Pemberton Market, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

Omnipollo consistently has some of the coolest silkscreened bottle graphics on the market, and this beer is no exception. As for the beer, it poured a completely opaque, dull straw yellow. The liquid was topped by a sudsy looking, two-finger, bright white crown that quickly dissolved. Not sure why the head had such poor retention. There was no lacing whatever.

The aroma more than made up for the lackluster appearance. It was super hoppy, dank and quite complex. Catty, Simcoe hops seemed to be the dominant hop variety. Tropical fruits came through strong. Pineapple and passionfruit were most noticeable. Mango notes appeared as well.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was also intensely hoppy. Pithy notes of orange peel dominated initially. Lots of tangerine. Catty, lemony notes were also quite apparent. Again, the simcoe hops were front and center, but they were tempered by a doughy, pale malt backbone. Somewhat tart and fruity in the center with strong pineapple notes. Tons of white grapefruit appeared in the dry, pithy, bitter finish. Spicy hop notes lingered on my palate after each sip. At first, the finish seemed overwhelmingly bitter, but as the malt sweetness came forth it mellowed out a bit.

The mouthfeel was nondescript and pretty disappointing. A bit thin and fizzy on the palate. Sightly creamy.

Omnipollo's Fatamorgana perfectly exemplifies the current brewing trend of creating intensely flavorful and complex double IPAs that are neither too bitter nor too high in alcohol. This is an impressive beer that survived its overseas journey remarkably well. I would be tempted to buy this again were it not for the hefty ($18) price tag.

Photo of dar482
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a super hazy golden yellow.

The aroma is really bright of tropical fruits, pineapple and mango, some light bready malt, and hints of dankness.

The flavor follows with a clean hop flavor. Those tropical notes coming through, grapefruit, sweet pineapple, mango, and then a light bready malt again. A dry finish of grapefruit. Some dankness on the flvor.

The light bready malt and tropical flavors wonderfully remind me of Heady Topper. A surprisingly well made beer.

Photo of sitarist
4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out hazy, straw-like in color, fluffy white head that falls quickly, no lacing to speak of. It is light in color, but opaque. Not much light shines through this cloudy brew. Looks like a wheat beer.

It has a wonderful aroma dominated by hops... grapefruit, apricot, powdered sugar, and herbs. Mainly I smell the grapefruit, and apricot though.

Its has a nice flavor also... grapefruit, and apricot lead the way with a somewhat salty aftertaste.

Its body seems a little light for a DIPA, but not to thin. Coats my tongue nicely before its dry finish.

I contemplated deeply before purchasing this treat; I am glad that I did though. I was lured in by its cloudiness, and floored by its aroma. Very pleasant, but not your typical dipa for sure.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Its quite evident that the Swedes aren't simply content at imulating the hoppy charge that American beer makers dominated. They want a part of the game! And Fatamorgana proves that they are in it to win it!

As the ale opens up with a bright yellow orange-juice appearance, the beer is frothy and hazy as its body is flooded with yeast and hop residue and simply glows with a supple back light. And then its froth is creamy, cottony and sturdy as its tall column of foam is slow to recede and its lace aligns the glass with a webbing effect.

Bright aromas of pungent citrus and tropical fruit abound- white grapefruit, sourish oranges, lemons and mangoes all portray an under-ripened character that is both vibrant and lightly pungent, especially when the herbal complements of lemongrass and pine come out to play.

Savory with honeysuckle and light caramel, the taste kicks off with sweeter impressions. But as the hops set in, the sweetness is relegated to a plumper fruit role as the middle palate is dominated with grapefruit, lemon, orange, pineapple and apricot. Its middle medley is alive with the pulpy goodness of fruit juice, except that the beer finishes dry- bone, dry! Its late bitterness is clean, refreshing and highly palate stripping especially as the bold alcohols add spiciness to the flavor.

Malty-dry to start, the beer's creaminess is largely due to light residual sweetness and exuberant carbonation. But its sweetness is recklessly cast aside as the ale prefers drier tendencies as the ale plummets into a citrus and arid texture to finish. Even its dry warmth is as asset to the beer's reverent drinkabillity.

Fatamorgana is a highly fortified IPA that easily topples the balance that's expected of drier and hoppier ales. But is sublime juicy and ripe character is simply irresistible as the ale haplessly blends with the dreams and aspirations of better beers.

Photo of brockg
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Very hard name to say...but the quality makes up for it \m/

Photo of superspak
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours extremely hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with decent retention, that reduces to a minimal foamy cap. Minimal lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, peach, orange peel, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, wheat, oats, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with huge citrus/tropical hop complexity with moderate malt balance; and big strength. Taste of huge tangerine, grapefruit, mango, peach, pineapple, orange peel, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, wheat, oats, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, peach, orange peel, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, wheat, light honey, oats, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of big citrus/tropical hop flavors with moderate malt balance; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible DIPA. All around awesome complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. An extremely delicious offering.

Photo of Brackh
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy and yellow. Looked super murky and I was a bit worried. Smelled incredible though. Citrus and tropical in the nose. A little hint of pine. Smooth going down. Hardly any bite at all and no bitterness. Has some good carbonation. What I couldn't put my finger on was that it tasted oddly familiar but unique. A good beer. Glad I got to try it. Probably won't be picking it up again based solely on the price tag.

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Fatamorgana from Omnipollo
96 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.