Fatamorgana | Omnipollo

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4.23/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Omnipollo
Sweden
omnipollo.com

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Drawing inspiration from the fidelity of a saison — rustic, alluringly cloudy and crisp — this imperial IPA was brewed using oats and wheat. Dry-hopped twice and completely untouched post fermentation to preserve aroma and flavor.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,914
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
658
pDev:
8.51%
 
 
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53
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139
Trade:
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Reviews by Ivegotmule:
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Its quite evident that the Swedes aren't simply content at imulating the hoppy charge that American beer makers dominated. They want a part of the game! And Fatamorgana proves that they are in it to win it!

As the ale opens up with a bright yellow orange-juice appearance, the beer is frothy and hazy as its body is flooded with yeast and hop residue and simply glows with a supple back light. And then its froth is creamy, cottony and sturdy as its tall column of foam is slow to recede and its lace aligns the glass with a webbing effect.

Bright aromas of pungent citrus and tropical fruit abound- white grapefruit, sourish oranges, lemons and mangoes all portray an under-ripened character that is both vibrant and lightly pungent, especially when the herbal complements of lemongrass and pine come out to play.

Savory with honeysuckle and light caramel, the taste kicks off with sweeter impressions. But as the hops set in, the sweetness is relegated to a plumper fruit role as the middle palate is dominated with grapefruit, lemon, orange, pineapple and apricot. Its middle medley is alive with the pulpy goodness of fruit juice, except that the beer finishes dry- bone, dry! Its late bitterness is clean, refreshing and highly palate stripping especially as the bold alcohols add spiciness to the flavor.

Malty-dry to start, the beer's creaminess is largely due to light residual sweetness and exuberant carbonation. But its sweetness is recklessly cast aside as the ale prefers drier tendencies as the ale plummets into a citrus and arid texture to finish. Even its dry warmth is as asset to the beer's reverent drinkabillity.

Fatamorgana is a highly fortified IPA that easily topples the balance that's expected of drier and hoppier ales. But is sublime juicy and ripe character is simply irresistible as the ale haplessly blends with the dreams and aspirations of better beers.

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Photo of teromous
3.06/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't see a bottle date listed on this can.

Appearance: The beer has a nice large white creamy textured head. The color of the body is wonderful with this light golden sunshine color that is amplified by the opaqueness of the beer. By all accounts this would be an outstanding looking beer if it weren't for the colossal amount of crud that is floating in the glass. It looks like a fermenter dreg smoothie. Even before the beer is held up to light there are countless white spots that are visible from the edge of the glass. Holding it up to the light just amplifies the number of suspended solids you can see. It's like extra pulp orange juice. It has fantastic lacing.

Aroma: While opening the can I got this burs of fresh hop aroma. Approaching the surface I mostly get this mix of mango and chicken broth. It's a hop aroma of decent strength but it's a bit odd.

Taste: The flavor jumps in to save the day with this beer. It starts out with this lemon character which is accentuated by this light herbal flavor which is similar to mint. It has a bright citrus finish which gives it levity.

Mouthfeel: Dry but textured. The beer is very drinkable despite any aversion the appearance might induce. The alcohol content is non-present even though the can states it has an "ALC 8% BY VOL."

Overall: At first, the appearance is off-putting enough for me to not buy this beer again, right from the get-go. In drinking the beer I was slightly won over a bit by its light and lemony character. While it is good, it is not quite good enough to warrant it as something special enough to ignore its appearance. If you consider trying this beer my recommendation would be to just pour it and drink it without looking at it.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

UGH what happened? Last year this beer was the best dipa that I'd ever tasted! It even beat out pliny! It seems as though this new 22 oz format has created but a shadow of this beer's former glory.

This, and I really hate to say this, tastes like *gasp* it could have been brewed by *second gasp* SIERRA NEVADA.

OH GOD. THE TORTURE. THE HUMILIATION.

WHAT WENT WRONG?!

It used to be more hazy, with more lemon pith, stronger hop juiciness with less bitterness, an aroma to die for, and no soapiness whatsoever which this has in DROVES!

OK, I might be a bit extreme in my criticisms. Its still a great dipa, its just well... a bit under world class. It looks like it might have been filtered more (less hazy) and tastes like the hops might have been dealt with less... delicately. In any case this is almost an insult to one of my favorite dipas. It still has that almost saison quality with the slight spiciness but everything is just a bit off. Less balance, less juicy, less full bodied and flavorful.

Sorry to say that I was disappointed, I'll throw this out and keep my 12 oz bottle from last year in my collection.

Do try this however, it really is great, just not.... AS great.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

If you have yet to try heady topper, just get this instead. I'm sure the price/availability makes it harder to get better reviews but this is just a great beer.

If this were being packaged weekly and out to the masses.... Oh baby

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Gold with a white head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is booze and hops with very little else present to me. It kinda tastes fruity and malty with a nice hop bitterness. This beer tastes better than it smells. Not a bad brew.

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Photo of Teddy_Hopper
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the best smelling DIPA I've ever come across.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Hazy golden blonde. 1 finger lose white head. Light carbonation.

Nose
Peach, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, mango, papaya, and candy sugar.

Taste
Tangy guava, pineapple, mango, and peach. Grapefruit zest and pine resin. Candy sugar maltiness with a light aspirin flavored bitterness.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, airy, tangy, and smooth with a light bitterness.

Overall
I'm not really feeling the tanginess of this beer...

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Photo of my_knew_craft
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jalop
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smutty33
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of braugon
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eppCOS
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy sun-orange with some good sticky lacing to it.
S - The aroma was intriguing, a little citrus topped with breadiness...not your typical DIPA.
T - This is on the very smooth side of a large IPA, like a hazy Stone but without a lot of the carbonation...
M - Not much carbonation, but I really enjoyed this (to my surprise).
O - Not a huge DIPA, but quite smooth - hides the alcohol effectively. Watch out!

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Photo of inspektor
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Mplsbrew
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - A hazy light orange/honey color. Bubbly two finger head
Smell - Citrus, fruity, grapefruit, yeast
Taste - Citrus, Belgian yeast type saison notes, grapefruit, grassy, herbaceous

Overall - Good but not worth the price tag!

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Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ShriverMO
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of abrodsky
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jamison85
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dopen993
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 poured into tulip.

L. Light stew in color, crystal clear. Finger of head with light lacing.
S. Some nice yeast and bready notes. Reminds me of a nice Pilsner, no real hop presence that I am picking up.
T. Light pine notes with some citrus mixed in. Again no real hop flavors. Slight bitterness on the back end.
F. Very light body with nice carbonation.

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Photo of lucasj82
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GuitarIPA
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - golden color
A/F - Grapefruit, citrus and pine on the nose and the tongue
F - medium body
Attractive lacing throughout.
Very enjoyable, surprised to learn it was made in Sweden

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Photo of akopczyk
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Fatamorgana from Omnipollo
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 658 ratings