Fatamorgana | Omnipollo

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Brewed by:
Omnipollo
Sweden | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Dreadnaught33 on 11-28-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
550
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
20.81%
 
 
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47
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We pop a bomber, pouring a cloudy brew of greasy, dirty blond into our oversized tasting snifters. The haze is noticeable even through the bottle itself, with waves of stardust swirling about. It puts up a solid one finger head of slippery, soapy white bubbles, showing nice retention. Lacing is crisp and porcelain, edged like papergirl cutouts. Haze is infinite and forever, with a thin layer of sediment settling to the bottom of each snifter. Carbonation appears to be active. The aroma gives a bright explosion of sleek grapefruity, sappy pine, and soapy hops right off the top, with background powdered chalk, pale and lightly toasted caramel malts, orange juice sweetness, honey tea tannins, sweet ethanol, vanilla extract, coconut husk, coriander and dill weed spiciness, dried dandelions, and chalked Belgian yeastiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is no nonsense, at all, with huge inclusions of piney hops and stinging booziness, with no balance of sweetness to take away from the purity of those forward ingredients. As we sip, the taste begins with massive piney hops, pale and chalked wheatiness, orange and grapefruit skins, raw cashews, plastic phenols, musk and moss, spicy black pepper, lemon seed, and metallic yeastiness. The middle comes to a peak with maple and white sugars, continued pale malt wash, soured wet barley, dill weed and parsley, clayed mineral water, light boozy bite, lemon rind and pith, and dried floral hoppiness. The end hits hard with bitterness of dried twigs, medicinal phenolic bite, potpourri, raw rice macaroni, citric, floral, and grassy hoppiness, dry cotton, bright Belgian yeastiness, boozy fumes, black pepper, garlic powder, and coriander spice, and pickled ginger. The aftertaste breathes of dripping pine sap and oily grapefruity skin hoppiness, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, gravel, sharp coppery metallics, bitter grassiness, chalk, bitter chive greens and leafy herbal freshness, fermented strawberries, standard pale and wheaty malts, light rye bite, and fusel booziness. The body is lightly medium, bordering on thin, and the carbonation is rather high, offering robust prickle to the hard palate. Each sip gives watery slurp and smack, but somehow decent cream and froth to the lip. Glug is quick and oily, with final pop brushing only briefly across the lips. The mouth is cooled, coated, and left dripping with oily bitterness, only to dry into puck and unseen astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks as more of a contemplative sipper.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is its aroma. It shares much of the same freshness as the profiles of Sucks, Heady, and Hop Ranch, with similar spice and oily grit of hops used. The piney zing in the flavoring, however, actually comes as a bit of a surprise to follow. Super pine and booze…like gin. Once we made that connection it was hard to palpate much else. We persevered, and as the beer warmed, the flavoring became much more even. This didn’t do much for the general bittering bite of it, but it helped to balance things, making it easier on the tongue and on the mind. Paradoxically, it seems, the feel thinned as it warmed, exchanging its robustness with the taste. Although this was noticeable it wasn’t much of a bother, as the lighter feel helped justify the hoppy bite and booziness. This is an interesting DIPA in flavor compared to the “hit” items in the states right now, but those of you that appreciate raw, organic bitterness will get the most enjoyment out of it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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 FriedSlug
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
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 Jack_Malts
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +8.4%
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 Teddy_Hopper
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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 braugon
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JayGreezy
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of doomrain
4.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JakerLou
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mmcurran
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Meyers1023
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy golden yellow with a fingers worth of white head. The smell is sweet, a good amount of citrus, and some floral notes. The taste is extremely hoppy but not as bitter as you'd expect from the flavor. You get a lot of citrus and pine in the flavor with a good malt finish. The feel is a little thick which hides the carbonation. This is an excellent beer but very deceiving. From the smell and flavors you'd expect a different feel and bitterness but what they've done works well.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours cloudy and not much head. almost unappetizing but boy is this DIPA fantastic. It starts with some citrus, then some sweetness, then finishes with a long lingering bitterness. It's perfect. At the price I paid for a 12 oz bottle I would expect a great beer. Good thing I had it before and knew what I was getting into.

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Photo of NickandToni
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Happy Birthday bottle of liquid gold from a good friend who knows my current roundhouse. Did not let me down. Right off the bat, I would buy this when I see it. Delicious.

L- Unpolished gold
S- Fruit/Citrus/Pine/Pleasant mustiness
T- Crisp pine leading to a bowl of tropical fruit
F- Clean with a dank pleasantness
O- Keep it coming, a high recommendation within this category. On my radar for sure

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Photo of Marius
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best double IPA I have ever had. It smells of tropical fruits and pine, and the taste is in the same note. Extremely well balanced and drinkable, with less of the malty sweetness or thickness in body that DIPAs usually posess.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy tangerine colour. Light hop nose, a little sweet, hint of citrus and musty. Well blended malts, floral and citrus hops, a little bitter and earthy at the end. Surprisingly crisp and citrusy for a big beer.

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Photo of rsquared59
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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