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Leon - Omnipollo

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very good

34 Reviews
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Reviews: 34
Hads: 148
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 21.39%
Wants: 11
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 04-11-2011

Leon is whole-cone hopped and fermented dry using a champagne yeast. The yeast and the hops (Amarillo & Simcoe) in combination with a variety of malts.
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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 148
Photo of avalon07
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden color with a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

A: An incredibly strong, completely alluring aroma of citrus, yeast, hops, and malt.

T: Tasted of citrus (grapefruit, a lot of it), a bit of yeast, hops (more than I expected), and a hint of malt in the finish. A vibrant, powerful, totally lovable flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth, crisp, somewhat bitter finish. Light-bodied.

O: One of best BPAs I've tried in a while. Easy to drinkable, well made, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of ckollias
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this brew out of a Belgian Tulip Glass

A: Light copper hue with a huge, white, frothy head that last forever, leaving a great trail, and ending in a solid persistent lace.

S: Sweet Belgian yeast aroma with hints of fruits.

T: Similar to the smell a sweet Belgian yeast aroma is present with a fruity middle that is slightly tart and finishes a little dry.

M: Medium body and heavy carbonation.

O: Impressive Belgian brew - worthy of a try.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy/cloudy orange/copper colour. Weeds, earthy hops, slightly sweet yeast smell, sort of like a heffe-weizen. Tastes more like a bitter heffe-weizen. Uniquely like a Belgian strong meets a German wheat. A slight alcohol finish.

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Photo of bark
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The smell is very dry with clean bitter flavours, some citric notes and a distinct yeasty-phenolic Belgian note. Hints of minerals, hay and sweet bread.

The colour is gold with a tint of orange; the liquid is clear. The three finger head is white and airy. It leaves lots of lacing when it slowly sinks down.

The taste is first very, very dry with some yeast, bread and bitter hops. American hops (citric, tea, bitter herbs) and some Belgian phenolic/yeasty notes. The aftertaste is very dry, almost astringent with some warming alcohol, green bananas/banana peels, bitter herbs, lemon juice and a mild bitterness. Dry, wheat-y, almost Champagne-like flavours in the finish.

The bubbles are few, but they are strong and almost sharp. The liquid is dry and light.

A unique and extremely refreshing dry beer.

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Photo of Farewell_Transmission
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle of this on a whim, because the bottle is really cool. Poured into a pint glass, huge head. Smell of grapes and maybe a bit of citrus. Hoppier then most of this style. I really enjoyed it. I knew nothing about this brewery, and still don't but look forward to trying their other beers.

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Photo of weltywm
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this beer on a whim, since I had never had a Swedish beer before. Had a deep gold color with about a finger or two of thick white head. The nose was citrusy hops. The taste was an interesting mixture of the same citrusy hops along with some yeast, and a bit of cloves and dry fruit, almost a little bit of funk or farmhouse taste, reminiscent of what I would expect from a saison. A crisp mouthfeel with a nice, dry finish. Overall, a very nice beer that combined a lot of what I value from American and Belgian-style IPAs. Look forward to trying some more of their beer.

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Photo of impending
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


33cl into a tulip. Pours a clear copper gold, yellowish cream colored dense froth clumps and clings.

Aroma is strong of hops which reach from the glass. Grapefruit and pineapple and other sweet yeasty fruits.

Strong grassy grapefruit hop envelopes the flavor from start to finish. Nice dry bite separates the finish which is low in bitter - grass sits in. Tad more than thin lively mouthfeel.

quite tasty, a belgian ipa

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Photo of BrewerB
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up at City Beer Store for $7.99.

Clear and golden with loads of visible carbonation and a thick crop of rocky off-white foam on top. Nice lacing on the glass as the foam recedes. Fruity esters feature prominently in the aroma with sliced pear/apple, a touch of spice. There's also a melon-like fruit blending into the background. Crisp and very dry on the palette with a undercurrent of spiciness/herbal that I'd peg as hop-derived. Low, mostly clean malt profile with a touch of toasted bread. Medium-light bodied with a high level of nearly champagne-like effervescence.

Crisp, refreshingly dry belgian pale ale with intriguing herbal/spicy hop character and an invitingly fruity aroma.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/13/2016. Pours lightly hazy bright golden orange color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, pear, apple, pepper, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, pear, apple, pepper, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spiciness and earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pineapple, pear, apple, pepper, cracker, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy Belgian pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, caged and synthetically corked sturdy-ass bottle. The label seems to depict some random pop-art. And who's this Leon fella?

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with a tower of frothy, thinly foamy, and mostly puffy off-white whipped cream head, which leaves some thorough patchy webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of crisp biscuity pale malt, rather understated musty yeast, dry white wine, muddled, yet still sharp citrus rind, aerosolized black pepper, and herbal, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is again quite edgy in the grapefruit, orange, and dried pineapple fruitiness up front, followed closely by that earthy Belgian ale yeast, crackery pale malt, further white wine must, faint table pepper, and deliciously pungent herbal, leafy, soapy, and softly floral hops.

The carbonation is actually quite lilting and ineffectual by the time it gets to my tongue, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, the hops and/or yeast not up for any tussle here. It finishes off-dry, the malt somewhat straining under the malingering citrus and herbal hops, not to mention the yeast and well fading spice notes.

Belgian Pale Ales are usually more miss than hit for me, but I gotta say, this is pretty tasty, and relatively easy to drink. The complexity of the Champagne yeast providing those subtle vinous characteristics, along with the Yankee IPA hops, goes a long way in distancing this example from the field. Not a particular steal at the retail level, but I'm always content enough in that respect when the goods, are, ya know - good.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out with a really nice looking white foamy head on top that had a really strong lacing and head retention to it. The beer had a slightly hazed golden color to it with lots of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. The smell of the beer was decent, some grains and hops nothing too special in addition to the Belgian yeast aromas in the mix also. The taste was pretty strong on the first few sips. The carbonation and the hops create a very sharp mouthfeel. Overall the more I drank the better it got. I wouldn't have to buy it again but it's not a bad brew.

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Photo of aleigator
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great looking golden color, with a decent head, soon collapsing to a thin layer of lacing.

Smells of a pungent, noble grassiness, with just a tiny spice hint to it. That spicy note is enough though, to open up the nose to the beers smooth yeast qualities, creating a nice flowery depth by blending into herbal hops, which maintain supremacy.

Has a yeast smoothed medium carbonation, with a refreshing mouthfeel to it, due to the well noteable, pleasant hop quality.

Tastes of a stony minerality, resulting from the effervescent carbonation, which remains noteable from the beginning till the end, softened by the emerging, dough yeast. Well entangled into the beers yeast character, herbal hops add a pleasant dryness to the taste, developing into an interesting counterpart to the perfectly dispensed spice quality of the yeast. During the finish, dryness evolves, including even more grass, showcasing the brews pale ale qualities, while yeast and white bread malts act as a smooth, balancing foundation.

This creates an intriguing interplay between the hops and a mineralic aqueous quality, resulting in a tickling dryness, while yeast adds a smooth, spicy softness, without overpowering the hop impression.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Its not like Sweden can sit around and let the rest of Scandinavia churn out new craft beer without them getting into the action. Enter Omnipollo with their artistic Belgian pale ale with juicy American hop character and a dry wine-like backdrop.

And like many of those Franconian pale ales, the pilsner malt shines with a faint haze that burrows into the bright straw-yellow coloration. A short-statured, stark white head tops the beer with a creamy texture that pops and fades quicker than expected. It's champagne-like appearance holds true even with its spritzy head character.

Earthy, grainy, and rustic aromas overshaddow those of the bright citrusy hops- leading the charge are notes of dried wood, stripped grass, white wine must, and an overall dusty aged scent that gives the beer a mature sense. But then there's the zesty hop notes of white grapefruit, pineapple, and piquant herbs that lifts the beer and gives it a fresh scent.

Grainy-sweet flavors of dry crackers and "Grapenuts" cereal gives a glimpse into the unadulturated taste of barley malt. Pile on the grassy, citrusy, and herbal hops and we have flavors of honeysuckle, perfume, and mild detergent taste that take on proportions of dried oranges, limes, and pineapple. Mild must elements allow the beer to read similarly to oak aged chardonnay, except with the underlying barley and hop balance. Finishing with the same dry malt taste that starts it off, the musty acidity sets the closure apart from its upstart.

Medium-dry in texture, the beer offers very little sweetness. Instead the fully attenuated mouthfeel lightens the body and permits the spirited carbonation to carry the beer off effortlessly. Its quick finish is lightly chalky, mildly astringent, and playfully warm while its must and fruit bitterness lingers shortly into aftertaste. It's a very clean taste for such complexity.

Leon is a pilsner-focused Belgian pale ale at its core. And it's the American hop character that gives the beer a little unexpected kick that carries much more punch than the usually delicate noble hops of Germany. Effortless and artistic throughout.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy dark gold color with about an inch and a half off-white head that stayed around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy hops (grapefruit, lemon peel), yeast and some grainy/bready malt. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but the citrusy and bitter flavors are the strongest. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth but has high but also soft carbonation. It's easy enough to drink. It's a good overall brew, I thought it was definitely worth trying. $5.59 a bottle.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high frothy white head that gradually died down, leaving a pillow-shaped patch of bubbles in the center of the glass, a collar around the edge and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of floral, grapefruit, grassy and orange hops in the nose along with some hints of Belgian yeast.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and has an interesting mix of flavors from the hops and has a moderate amount of bitterness. Hints of yeast are also detectable.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is somewhat dry and airy.
O: This is an enjoyable Belgian IPA that uses American West Coast hops.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hops are very pronounced on this with a strong grassy tone with some citrus and spices. Nice Belgian yeast tone to it also. I think that this beer defines Swedish beer; the new beer that is. Hoppy, spicy, earthy, and robust. This is what Swedish drinkers enjoy, and this beer clearly falls into those categories and shows them at their best, though in Belgian form.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a big finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet caramel and lightly grainy malts, grapefruit and citrus hops, Belgian yeast, coriander, lemon zest, and other spices.

T - Sweet caramel and grainy malts, grapefruit, citrus, and light floral hops, some bitterness, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, lemon zest, and some other spices.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a spicy, sweet, and estery finish.

D - Pretty good BPA. Well balanced.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This one is golden with a rather small off-white head. Decent lacings.

S: Spices and yeast, not too offensive. Citric notes. Mostly maltyness.

T: Bready mlidly sweetned malts. Yeast and faint spicyness. Grapefruits, surprisingly enough. Bitterness.

M: Aftertaste is kind of short and a bit sour. Body is medium to full while carbonation is smooth and medium strong.

O: Nice interetation of a BPA with an American hoppy twist.

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Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, slight pale malt, grass, floral hops, and a hint of dry hops. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of dry hops, pale malt, slight hop, floral hops, slight earthy malt, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, complexity, and feel, even thought it is more malty than I'd have liked in a Belgian PA.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy light golden amber. Massive white head with good retention and lots of foamy lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, floral hops, light fruit, a hint of Belgian spicing. Flavor is dominated by lemon and grapefruit citrus and hops, very dry. Finish is dry and very subtle. Aftertaste is actually has more fruit and light malt flavor. Light bodied with active carbonation giving a pleasant mouth feel. A bit on the dry side with rather subdued flavors, but well made and interesting.

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Photo of Zach136
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium intensity citrus and melon notes. Medium bodied and easy to drink. Great expression from the hops, my only complaint is that I wanted more intensity.

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Photo of BlazerT
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Golden, little hasy with big semi-densed white head. Good lacing. Perfect head retention. Aroma is fruity, grassy, citrus with touch of belgian yeast. Alos some spices (pepper) are noticable. Taste at first is ligh bitter, but after a while it turns into medium/strong bitter. Very fruity with some biscuit and grainy notes, but still belgian yeasty character is noticable.
Dry, watery, ligh to medium body, medium carbonation, fresh and crisp palate. Finish is dry and semi-bitter (hoppy). Good, refreshing beer with nice belgian notes.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden with bright white fizzy ring of head. Smells of sweet honey and hint of orange oil. Feels very carbonated and foamy on the tongue. Taste is very subtle, but there is some harsh astringency on the back of the palate that gets scrubbed away by the carbonation. This beer seems to have more texture and feel than it does flavor. As it warms I get hints of chamomile tea with honey on the nose, still no distinct flavor, but I might say mildly herbal and malty (but almost completely dry).

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip: Big, glistening souffle head over light, transparent, honey-gold body with lots of tight, fast nucleation. Maybe it's the suggestion made by the champagne yeast, but almost looks like a glass of the bubbly.

Lightly sweet, honey-like aroma that's kind of reminiscent of American lager, that kind of sugary sweetness with a mildly biscuity, oat bran background. Some light orange & lemon show up.

Taste is also very lightly citrusy, again with the orange & lemon showing up in front of a sharply dry, bitter background, again not unlike champagne. The sweetness is there, too, like a whipped strawberry topping just kind of hovering above that dry base. Subtly complex, but also kind of vapid in a way. The sweetness just seems kind of artificial, but there are other interesting things going on here, & that sugary character doesn't dominate by any means.

Soft on the tongue but crisp, flinty, & sparkling in an almost sharp way around the sides.

Interesting beer, kind of different from anything I've tried before. Part American adjunct lager, part Belgian gold, with a prominent fruitiness. I understand where the beer's going having read up on the 'concept' behind it, & can appreciate it on its own terms. Would love to try some more from Omnipollo.

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Photo of UncleEmu
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Omnipollo Leon Belgian-style Pale Ale
serving type: goblet, old, probably oxidized bottle from Tamura's, Honolulu, HI (July 2015)

A: Right between gold and amber, luxurious head

S: Quite strange. Citrus, peppery from the yeast, some wet cardboard

T: Crackers from the pale malt, pepper from the yeast, and a wonderful mix of hops. I'm picking up melon, grapefruit, apricot (probably from the yeast), and just a hint of sour. As it warms, even more fruit comes out.

M: Kind of off.

O: Definitely too old/oxidized.I'm sure that the beer is amazing fresh.

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Leon from Omnipollo
86 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.