Review: Omnipollo Fatamorgana Imperial IPA

Omnipollo is a bit different from most breweries as they are a travelling brewery based out of Sweden, travelling around the world collaborating with breweries with their recipes, brewing the most sought after and trending styles, and winning awards while doing it. Today's beer, Fatamorgana Imperial IPA is brewed at Swedish-based brewery Dugges Bryggeri.

Fatamorgana is described as: 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.

Appearance: Even before I opened the bottle, I could see a good amount of sediment floating around in the bottle, so I had to gently swish it around so it would blend in well rather than having a big clump of sediment at the very end. I was expecting a bit of a gusher when I opened the bottle, but thankfully it was quite tame. The beer pours a very hefty, orange juice-like appearance with a moderate amount of white head on top. So far, this looks reminiscent of a NEIPA to me.

Appearance: The whiff of tropical aromas brings me back to when I wasn't sick of the overbundance of New England IPAs (so back in March?). This has a rich presence of orange, pineapple, guava, and mango. There's a light oatiness in there, a bit of a floral hop presence (like alfalfa). I'm really liking this so far.

Taste: Again, I'm getting a liberal tropical presence - oranges, guava, pineapple. This time, I'm getting a much larger dosage of the oatiness, giving off a rich cereal presence, followed by a decently bitter hop profile that gives off some pine, some floral notes... good amount of bitterness.

Overall Thoughts: I'm tired of NEIPA-style beers but this one was tasty enough that I wish they were more like this. Well, actually.. this is an Imperial IPA, topping out at 8.0% ABV. I'm feeling a bit of heat from this beer from the few sips I've had.. eep! Very tropical, smooth, easy to drink, surprisingly boozy at the end.

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