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IPA - Imperial
3.73 | pDev: 12.06%
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Tone from Missouri

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy gold color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight alcohol, strong hops, yeast, citrus, slight earthy malt, grass, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness and subtle astringency. Tastes of slight alcohol, strong hops, yeast, citrus, slight earthy malt, grass, and a hint of wheat. Overall, too bitter and too sharp, but good appearance and complexity.

Dec 27, 2015
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Marius from Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw golden colour, hazy, with a nice head, not much lacing. Smells citrusy and resinous. The taste is lacking on hop flavors (though I do have a 6 months old bottle) and is very bitter.

Nov 15, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to ROBD for hooking me up with a bottle of this. IIPA brewed with rice and corn.

A- Releases from the 12oz into a tulip glass with a fairly hazy deep golden body. A large cap over two fingers with good retention and a thick frothy-foamy texture. Pillows of lace at the top and thick webs beneath.

S- Intensely herbal hop aroma with a large dose of citrus zest coming with that. Has a certain musty dankness as well as notes of pale fruits and grains. Grassy and spicy.

T- Hops are pungent and pretty much decimate the palate at this juncture. They carry a bitter herbal and perfumy feel that is hard to get past at times. Oranges, bitter lemon zest, floral, peppercorn, earthy, dry grassy and fruity hops. Light crackery grains and bread like beneath the bitter hop explosion.

MF- One of the foamiest and highly carbonated Double IPAs I have ever had. Thick and creamy body. Gives it an effervescence and really triggers a bitter decimation of the taste buds.

For me it is hard to get past the high carbonation piggybacking on the intensely herbal and perfumy grassy hops. It all comes off as extremely bitter in the end and I find some of the more subtle, inviting flavors are lost.

Feb 05, 2015
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from Omnipollo, whom I have unofficially labeled as "the Swedish Mikkeller".

A - 330ml pours out a nice bright orange with some pleasant haze to it. White head starts at a couple fingers, ends as a mostly full cap, bits of lace are left behind.

S - Some pretty pungent earthy, grassy, vegetal hops. Like, roots in soil type of earthiness. Suggestions of lemon and pineapple lie beneath, along with kind of musty/oldish sweet malts.

T - A brash assault of hops, yet more complexity and harmony than the nose. More tangy and peppery citrus fruits (lemon, grapefruit, tropical) coming through here. Vegetal notes have mostly ceased but it still delivers a heaping dose of leafy floral and earthy resin. Malt is a little more buried here but there is some light crackery and caramel presence.

M - Nice smooth and biggish feel, good swishy carbonation, a bit abrasive with the bitterness which lingers and gets tiring but not at an overkill level. Pretty good plethora of hop flavors with some slight malt backbone.

O - Pretty good but somewhat astringent, particularly in the earthy/grassy department.

Jan 11, 2015
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours an orangeish hazy amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white fluffy head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Pungent, floral hop aroma as per the Northern European IPA signature. Brashly musty and fumy with some moderately strong alcohol.

T- Bitterness sinks in hard and brings with it a very lemony, tangy hop flavor. It has an almost cleaner-like chemical taste to it but I actually kind of like it. Alcohol is decently hidden.

M- Dry, lingering hop bite with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- This ain't half-bad. A little misplaced abrasiveness but, in the end, it's tasty if you're in the mood for a little abuse. Definitely not worth the money I spent on it though.

Oct 23, 2014
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CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33 cl bottle poured into a tulip glass. Interesting approach to a DIPA ... Brewed with adjuncts to accentuate the hop flavors and keep the body light, not unlike a few world class examples of the style that feature hefty sugar additions. Anyhow, has a classic orange-yellow amber color and an initially massive frothy white head that does settle down some. Very bright citrus aroma, navel and blood oranges, kumquats, tangy Vitamin C tablet, overripe papayas, underripe pineapple, flower petals, coriander seed, strawberry-kiwi fruit chews, peppercorns, starfruit ... All kinds of weird and wonderful scents are assailing the olfactory bulbs and I've yet to take a sip. On the palate the citrus still comes through, although things get decidedly herbal, flinty, vegetal, and dare I say dank (what does this term mean?? Depends on who you ask!).. Minerals and some toasted crusts come though, medicinal juniper and pine needles, strong flower water, bitter licorice root and sundry witch cauldron herbage, and any fruits from the nose take a decidedly green turn. A hint of onion. Its not bad really, but the contrast between sweet vibrant nose and earthy resinous taste is jarring. Wow. Body is indeed on the thin side for the style and the carbonation is brisk. Finish does not dissipate quickly and is essentially an ultra-dry continuation of the root cellar and forest floor flavors cataloged earlier. This one is indeed a wild ride. Insanely bitter. One wonders how purposive this beer was ... Did these guys intend to deliver such a nose-mouth dichotomy? I am not in a position to judge. As Charlie Papazian says, "relax ... don't worry"...

Oct 16, 2014
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.72/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured a somewhat clear (not translucent) golden body with two finger well-carb'd head that died slow and left lace down glass.
A sour, dirty hop aroma that gives off not just citric but almost a sour fruit/veggie aroma and even that grassy aroma one can get from cheap macros.
Light to medium bodied, this beer is all about the hops as a bread/cracker malt base that comes across as grainy, and sweet caramel and sweet fruit notes are buried under dry, bitter, dirty/spicy, earthy hops that even come across sour/tart/funky.
Not a bad beer but not my favorite for an IPA because the hop bitterness is strong enough to nuke my taste buds and basically dry them out before I can even finish my beer, which naturally leads to a very dry, almost tart, finish as I find myself not wanting to finish the beer due to my tongue feeling like I just ate burnt toast and I need water.

Sep 07, 2014
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AgentMunky from New York

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A: Three fingers of head churns and fades. Hazy auburn with effervescence.

S: Citrus and herbal. A whiff of onion, a strong strain of sweet malt, pleasant fruit.

T: Surprisingly spicy/herbal/floral. It's....obnoxiously full of coriander, roots, raw onion, bitter flower petals. Perhaps this was a super-hoppy beer than become too old? I still think they've added flowers or spice or *something* to make it so bizarrely herbal/earthy. Generally pleasant-hoppy aftertaste.

M: Generous but not overwhelming.

O: This is one of my least favorite Omnipollos yet, but it's still tasty-ish. Not recommended. Wouldn't have again.

Jul 24, 2014
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with an imposing, bubbly white head.

S: Aromas of navel orange, mandarin orange, kumquat, lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, grass, herbs, minerals, and biscuit are present on the nose.

T: Assertive notes of mandarin and navel oranges, lime, lemon, kumquat, tangerine, grapefruit, caramel, honey, crackers, biscuits, minerals, herbs, grass, and bready yeast fill the mouth. The finish is bitter and long with plentiful notes of yeast, herbs, grass, lemon, lime, and orange.

M: Medium-bodied and oddly dry for the style. There is a subtle hint of chalkiness that develops around mid-palate and lingers through the fade. Carbonation is extremely active and intense. Very airy in texture for a DIPA.

O: For the most part, this is a very solid and respectable DIPA. I would recommend it to fans of the style who are looking for something a little different.

Jul 06, 2014
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beergoot from Colorado

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light yeast sediment cloudiness and amber yellow body sporting a thick, lasting, chunky, white head. Pepper, lemon, and grassy aroma. Strong bitterness from the start; fair malt juiciness to rein things in a bit; leather. Medium-light body; smoothly effervescent; dry finish.

A tongue ripping IIPA with the bitterness screaming for attention and not really letting go. The brewery's web site states this beer is brewed with rice and corn which probably accounts for a relatively lightweight quality to the body and the strong hop bitterness throughout. There appears to be some traditional malt qualities present, and a bit more would have been welcome to balance things out more, but if intense hop bitterness is what you crave, this beer will deliver.

May 26, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mar 27, 2014
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TheBrewo from New York

3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Mar 26, 2014
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Strong aroma is quite hoppy and has a firm yeasty overtone, very like a yeast cake or package. Pours a hazy, bubbly solar yellow with a thick eggshell head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor is hoppy and quite bitter and yeasty, with a hint of fruit. Hmmm - rice and corn? Maybe that’s why it tastes rather differently from other Imperial IPAs I have sampled. Finish is hoppy, quite bitter - unfortunately, bitter in a nasty way - and quite yeasty. Not Omnipollo’s best, but give it a fair shake.

Dec 24, 2013
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eduardolinhalis from Switzerland

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a London Pride pint glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy dark yellow to orange color forming a big creamy and soapy white head. Good retention and lots of soapy lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Very hoppy in the nose. American hops. Fruity, citric and pinny. Strong notes of pale malts too: Reminds me Maris Otter but I suppose that this is a combo of pale and lighter crystal malts. Notes of tropical fruits, mainly mangoes. Very flowery... Yeasts have a quite earthy profile

T: Follows the nose. Strong notes of hops and pale malts. Again, reminds a combo of pale malts and Maris Otter malts. Interestingly, it seems to be brewed with corn and rice. I suppose that corn and rice might be a good combination, sometimes. Upfront is dry, citrus and pinny followed by an intense and stingy bitterness. American profile hops. I would dare Chinook and maybe Simcoe... Really bitter and earthy in the end. Quite pleasant to an IPA lover like me

M: Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Earthy and pinny aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Quite intense American IPA made in Scandinavia. Good stuff... :)

Dec 23, 2013
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Dec 22, 2013
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TheManintheIronMask from Connecticut

4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Nov 30, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Nov 26, 2013
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Mbager1114 from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked this up at cable beverage in bardonia new york and paid 7.99 for a 12 oz bottle yea it was very pricy but this was hands down one of the best double ipas i have ever or ipas ive had in general. So fruity and unexplainable very refreshing top notch hop characteristic like lagunitas i am not a home brewer so i cant point out every little ingredient but out of 120 different ipas i have tried in the past year this was hands down one of the best next to pliny the elder heady topper and laguntas sucks.

Nov 20, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Nov 12, 2013
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into tulip 1/11/13

A hazy golden orange with lots of tiny particles, enough clarity to see a couple bubbles but I know there's plenty in there because a massive head has great retention and leaves several partial rings deep down the glass

S very tropical nose, mango, pineapple, passion-fruit, grapefruit, and lemon, has some pine and toffee and something strange in the background I can't quite place, burnt rind maybe?

T dry cereal and the rinds stronger then the nose, much stronger, everything I smells still there in one form or another but there's less tropical notes, has some spicy herbal notes as it warms. I like it but there's something there I just can't place, nothing bad just strange and its bugging me that its so unfamiliar to me

M medium bodied, quite gritty, somethings burnt on the finish and I just don't understand what it is, I do recognize the piles of rind that lingers with it

O good beer but a few tweaks could make it great, there' something about this one that confuses me but its not offensive so I'll let it slide

I'm not getting any of the Proef yeast that I was expecting but I am getting something strange that I can't pinpoint in its place, I might just buy a second bottle just to figure this one out

Nov 02, 2013
Nathalius from Omnipollo
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 75 ratings