Leon | Omnipollo

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163 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Omnipollo
Sweden
omnipollo.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by bark on 04-11-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
163
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
15
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26
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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out with a really nice looking white foamy head on top that had a really strong lacing and head retention to it. The beer had a slightly hazed golden color to it with lots of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. The smell of the beer was decent, some grains and hops nothing too special in addition to the Belgian yeast aromas in the mix also. The taste was pretty strong on the first few sips. The carbonation and the hops create a very sharp mouthfeel. Overall the more I drank the better it got. I wouldn't have to buy it again but it's not a bad brew.

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Photo of nmann08
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, caged and synthetically corked sturdy-ass bottle. The label seems to depict some random pop-art. And who's this Leon fella?

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with a tower of frothy, thinly foamy, and mostly puffy off-white whipped cream head, which leaves some thorough patchy webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of crisp biscuity pale malt, rather understated musty yeast, dry white wine, muddled, yet still sharp citrus rind, aerosolized black pepper, and herbal, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is again quite edgy in the grapefruit, orange, and dried pineapple fruitiness up front, followed closely by that earthy Belgian ale yeast, crackery pale malt, further white wine must, faint table pepper, and deliciously pungent herbal, leafy, soapy, and softly floral hops.

The carbonation is actually quite lilting and ineffectual by the time it gets to my tongue, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, the hops and/or yeast not up for any tussle here. It finishes off-dry, the malt somewhat straining under the malingering citrus and herbal hops, not to mention the yeast and well fading spice notes.

Belgian Pale Ales are usually more miss than hit for me, but I gotta say, this is pretty tasty, and relatively easy to drink. The complexity of the Champagne yeast providing those subtle vinous characteristics, along with the Yankee IPA hops, goes a long way in distancing this example from the field. Not a particular steal at the retail level, but I'm always content enough in that respect when the goods, are, ya know - good.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/13/2016. Pours lightly hazy bright golden orange color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, pear, apple, pepper, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, pear, apple, pepper, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spiciness and earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pineapple, pear, apple, pepper, cracker, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy Belgian pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

White head with lace. Lots of head. Golden orange.

Very typical Belgian IPA. Very fruity with lots of carbonation. The champagne yeast shows. Belgiany. Zest and spice.

Note really for me.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of dcmchew
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cork & cage bottle. First glass has a clear light amber color with frothy, off-white head. Aroma has sweet malts with a caramel touch and some floral and slightly spicy belgian yeast. Taste starts balanced with some yeast notes like grass and hay, not funky at all, just clean farmhouse notes. Finishes hoppy and quite bitter. Aftertaste is hoppy and dry. Body is quite smooth with soft carbonation. I didn't expect that when I saw the huge head it formed. Really nice example of a belgian yeast and american hops combination.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, slight pale malt, grass, floral hops, and a hint of dry hops. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of dry hops, pale malt, slight hop, floral hops, slight earthy malt, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, complexity, and feel, even thought it is more malty than I'd have liked in a Belgian PA.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Grainy with a minor ester and phenol character... Okay Sweetish with a bigger hit of yeasty phenols and balanced apple/pear essence.. Seems overblown for the ABV.. not interesting just a shotgun blast at "should be good".

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Leon from Omnipollo
3.88 out of 5 based on 163 ratings.
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