Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Beers with Peps: Brew Review- 21st Amendment Down to Earth


Welcome back from Omnipollo week. Hope you enjoyed reading my reviews of that great Swedish brewery? This time we leave Europe and head to the states. The following beer I actually picked up whilst visiting family in Boston. The sole reason for wanting this beer was due to the can art. It just puts a smile on face and I can't help but love it!

Details

Name: Down to Earth
Style: Session IPA
Brewery: 21st Amendment (Website)
Country: USA
Price: $12 (US) for 6 cans
ABV: 4.4%

Commercial Fluff:
"Whether you have a long mission behind you or a full afternoon ahead, this session IPA will help keep things real. More relaxed than an IPA, but with all the hop aroma and flavor. Down to Earth is our Tribute to unsung heroes and unplanned adventures. Down to Earth is the natural evolution (pun intended) of Bitter American, our original session ale. We thought it would be fitting to bring our space chimp home and let him chill. Down to Earth is available year-round in six-pack cans and on draft and pairs nicely with a variety of things, including lunch."
Own Opinion

Sight: Pours a Golden straw yellow with a foamy white head that lasted for the whole drink.
Aroma: Quite sweet with aromas of pineapple, grapefruit and other tropical inspired sense. Rather pleasing.
Taste: A good crisp mouthfeel full of citrus pith, piney resin and a pepper spice on the tongue. Finishes with a good strong bitterness. Really enjoyable.
Would I buy it again? Yes. After destroying the six pack I can say I would buy again. It makes for a great lazy afternoon drink and is perfect for boardgames and house parties!

What more can be said. This is a perfect example of a Session IPA, lower alcohol but still packs a massive punch! This beer is true competition to my favourite Session IPA called Neck Oil by Beavertown Brewery.
I plan on a two more trips to the USA this year and I expect to buy more of this on those trips.

So have you tried this beer? What did you think of it? Hit me up here or on google+ I would love the feedback. Cheers.


Thursday, 9 June 2016

Beers with Peps: Brew Review- Omnipollo Hynopompa


And so the time has finally arrived: Day five and the final day of Omnipollo week and my final bottle to sample from them. It's been so much fun going over these beers again and I have enjoyed it so much. For those only arriving today or following a link here is a quick recap:

Omnipollo Week

Day One: Nebuchadnezzar IIPA
Day Two: Mazarin APA
Day Three: Fatamorgana IPA
Day Four: Zodiak IPA
Day Five: Keep reading!

So which beer to finish the week on? The answer was quite easy it had to be the only non pale ale in this collection Hynopompa.

Details

Name: Hynopompa
Style: Imperial Stout
Brewery: Omnipollo (Website)
Country: Sweden but brewed in Brouwerij de Molen in Holland
Price: £4 (England Price)
ABV: 11%

Commercial Fluff:
"Hypnopompa is our imperial stout brewed with almost 100 kilos of marshmallows and Tahitian vanilla beans (the size of cigars). Low carbonation and boiled a bit extra for good measure, this is a beer strictly for the stout inclined.
Drink now or age for many years."- Henok

Own Opinion

Sight: Pours a pitch black with minimal head, as you can see in the picture. What head is there is a mocha tan colour, clinging on to the glass with all it's strength.
Aroma: Aroma is alcoholic, burnt/roasted malts and a weak hint of vanilla.
Taste: Inky tongue covering liquid. With little to no carbonation it really coats your tongue. The flavour is very sweet, from the sugary malts and the vanilla. But this soon passes as the alcohol really pushes through to the front. Surprisingly it has left my mouth feeling slightly dry and a hint of coffee bitterness.
Would I buy it again? Maybe. I would buy it again because it's rare to see where I live now. But if I was in London or New York my hand would be heading to something else I feel. It is an interesting beer and some great flavours, but it's not quite there for my palette. Definitely want to try a barrel aged version of it.

And with that we have reached the end of Omnipollo week. It's been a blast going through these beers and I'm sad to see it come to an end. Never fear though for there will be more reviews soon and another brewery week (eyeing up some Jester King). So lets finish here. Thanks for reading and as always give me a plus 1 if you enjoyed the sort read.

Cheers!

Monday, 6 June 2016

Beers with Peps: Brew Review-Omnipollo Zodiak


Work really took a toll on my blogging this weekend! But I'm back with day four of my Omnipollo reviews week.. If you haven't seen the previous posts here are some quick links: Mazarin, Fatamorgana & Nebuchadnezzar. I've really been enjoying these beers, so much so I am starting to save money for a holiday back to Europe to visit the bar. But that is a tale for a different time, onto the next beer......Zodiak.

Details

Name: Zodiak
Style: IPA (India Pale Ale)
Brewery: Omnipollo (Website)
Country: Designed in Sweden but brewed at De Proefbrouwerij in Belgium.
Price: £3.99 (England price)
ABV: 6.2%

Commercial Fluff:
"Our house IPA. A blend of grains, untouched post fermentation and aspiringly hopped with Simcoe, Citra and Centennial."-Henok

Own Opinion

Sight: Pours a wonderfully murky golden yellow, with a good strong white head. Looks great.
Aroma: Quite a malty smelling beer compared to the others. But there is some big hitting aromas of pineapple, passionfruit and peach. Mouth is watering just getting ready to try this beer.
Taste: Surprisingly sweet, the malt aroma from earlier must have left a lot of sugars behind in the beer. But the hops break through filling your mouth with tropical fruit flavours before departing leaving a good bitterness on the tongue.
Would I buy it again? Yes. 

Once again Omnipollo have proven their skill in making pale ales. Though heavier in malts and sweetness, this beer is very well rounded out by the choice of hops. The aroma is amazingly sweet and juicy and the taste is like a fruit pastel. So a pretty great home run again. Compared to their other beers the packaging is not my favourite but that is really being picky about this stuff. I look forward to trying to get some more in the near future.


I'm sad to see just one omnipollo beer left to speak about, but it's a fun beer to finish on. So be sure to check back. If you enjoyed this review please share or +1 it. Thanks for reading.



Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Beers with Peps: Brew Review- Omnipollo Fatamorgana


Hey drinkers and welcome back to day bottle three of Omnipollo week. This time we turn our attention to Fatamorgana. First thing to note with this bottle is the eye catching artwork, of a setting sun. With the bottle being brown, the crazy bright pink and yellow really help for this to standout on a shelf. The other bonus to this beer is that it is a bigger bottle. So prefect for sharing. Must be noted for this review I did not share (whoops).

Details

Name: Fatamorgana
Style: Wheat/Oat IIPA
Brewery: Omnipollo (Website)
Country: Sweden but brewed by Pub Dog Brewing USA
Price: £6.50 22 fl oz bottle
ABV: 8%

Commercial Fluff:

"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."---Henok (brewer)



Own Opinion

Sight: As it pours from the bottle you can't miss the cloudy yellow coloured liquid. The cloudiness of the brew is the effect of the oats and wheat. It also settled with a good lively head. As the picture shows it looks quite striking with the light shining on it. 
Aroma: The aroma is very gentle. Tropical fruits are main attraction with a subtle grapefruit and peach aroma, along with the tiniest hint of straw. It smells very refreshing for an 8% beer.
Taste: A smooth gentle beer. There is a lemon and peach freshness to it, but it finishes with almost a mango light bitterness. A very well rounded and intriguing beer.
Would I buy it again? Yes. It was so refreshing, this beer would suit me perfectly on a hot summer day. The aromas, flavours and finish are gentle enough to make you want more. Whilst it's 8% kick lets you know you've been drinking. Properly my favourite Omnipollo beer so far, just pushing past the Neb.

So have you tried this beer? What are your thoughts on it.



Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Beers with Peps: Brew Review- Omnipollo Mazarin


Time for round two of the Omnipollo week! This time we are paying visit to Omnipollo's Mazarin, a beer produced using oatmeal as the base. So before I reveal too much let's jump in.

Details

Name: Mazarin
Style: APA (American Pale Ale)
Brewery: Omnipollo (Website)
Country: Designed in Sweden brewed in Belgium by De Proefbrouwerij.
Price: £3.25 England for a bottle
ABV: 5.6%

Commercial Fluff:
Mazarin is my take on a “thinker’s beer”. Rather than being big and undecipherably complex I wanted to create something that would calm a hop yearning nerve without fuddling the brain too much. In other words, a lavishly hopped ale of judicious ABV — an Extra Special Pale Ale if you will. 
In fact, so extra special that it snatched a gold medal at the Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2013. 

Henok

Own Opinion

Sight: Similar to the 'Neb' this beer pours a hazy, cloudy orange and settles with a thin white head. Definitely a cloudy beer.
Aroma: Packed full of citrus hops aroma. This beer though is softer with the hops used and gives of aroma's of peach, grapefruit and tiny bit of pine. 
Taste: Citrus fruity notes along with a straw malty base. Quite a sweet beer in my opinion.
Would I buy it again? Mostly likely yes. Not my first choice when it comes to omnipollo but definitely a pack leader if I find it in a bar. 



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