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Leon - Omnipollo

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BA SCORE
86
very good

95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Sweden

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: bark on 04-11-2011)
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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

metter98, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

BEERchitect, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

GRG1313, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

ygtbsm94, May 13, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Knapp85, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +3.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

biboergosum, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

JAHMUR, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

RblWthACoz, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

InspectorBob, May 14, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

ejimhof, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DrBier, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Tone, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

LiquidAmber, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of bark
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

bark, May 19, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

avalon07, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

bluejacket74, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Evil_Pidde, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured golden yellow with two finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, spice, fruit, and fruit hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, fruit, spice, fruit hop, earth, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This was a fairly decent example of the style if I am honest as all of the right flavors and aromas were there and quite pronounced. I was really just hoping that there would be quite a bit more complexity going on. I had just seen a bottle of this on the shelves just before having this one on tap and was quite intrigued. I’m sure it will draw your eye as well… If it does, it is worth trying, but I would do so before buying multiples.

thagr81us, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, lemon citrus and dryer yeasty notes. In the taste, dry yeast, mellow earthiness and a note of dry lemon zest. A small hop bite, but mainly smooth and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry earthy yeasty aftertaste. A nice pale ale, earthy with some lemon citrus.

OWSLEY069, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4/5  rDev +3.9%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of mhaugo
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11.2 ounce bottle decanted into a tulip. 6.5% ABV. “06/11/14” stamped on the crown.
Appearance: Brilliant honey color, with a fizzy white cap. Relatively large, soapy bubbles. There is a thin layer of debris on the bottom of the bottle, but a conscious pour kept that out of my glass (4/5).
Aroma: Sigh… another oxidized beer. That really is the handicap of this style; it just doesn’t live very long. Anyway, beyond the oxidation I get a little dark bread and some floral hops (2.5/5).
Taste: The flavor has been impacted less by the oxidation than the aroma was. It’s a very delicate beer. No flavor really stands out and demands my attention. I get some slightly sweet apple flavor, which is followed by mild hop bitterness after the beer has left my palette. Despite the oxidation, it tastes very clean (3.25/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium-to-high carbonation (3.5/5).
Overall: This is a very nice, easy drinking beer. Of all of the oxidized Belgian Pale Ales I’ve had (there have been many), I would probably be most interested in trying this one again if it was fresh. I get the idea that it might be really good right out of the brewery. But, as it stands here in my glass, I am only moderately impressed (3.25/5).

mhaugo, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

CheapBeerBuzz, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. Best before 6 November 2014.

A: Three fingers of fluffy white head white fade quickly. The body is clear, pale gold. Nice lacing.

S: Dull Belgian yeast. Dry and biscuity, lightly floral, and even less spicy.

T: A straightforward, tasty BPA. Dry and yeasty, fruity and spicy, funky and interesting. Lightly sour, with a dryish endtaste. This grows on me as it warms.

M: Crisp, fruity, and lightly dry-bitter. Like an excellent apple with some herbs on it.

O: Good example of the style, but not one of my favourite beers. Gentle and pleasant, but not compelling. Recommended nonetheless, but I will be looking to other Omnipollo to get my kicks.

AgentMunky, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev +3.9%

thatoneguymike, Aug 25, 2014
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Leon from Omnipollo
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