October 2016. 330 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet. BB date 30.04.15. ABV is 8%. Brewed by Omnipollo at De Proef Brouwerij. "Single Hop Galaxy" is not mentioned on the label. Slightly hazy deep golden to orange colour, large to moderate white head. Aroma of citrussy and piney hops. Fresh and fruity flavour first, seems to have kept well. The finish is drier, resinous and "dusty", very bitter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"...
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.
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.
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.
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.