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Leon - Omnipollo

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BA SCORE
87
very good

115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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Sweden

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BeerZack
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of impending
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-

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
cheers
jd

Photo of BrewerB
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of profondo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of weltywm
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Leon from Omnipollo
87 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.