On the docket: 22 oz. bottle of Omnipollo’s Fatamorgana
poured into: Innis & Gunn stemmed craft glass
S: Hazy, lemon-gold body with a frothy white head. Great retention, and thin, consistent rings of lacing. It recedes to a gentle wash of suds on top, and though translucent and not transparent, carbonation activity is easily observed. Also, there is a thin layer of yeast in the base of the bottle, so pour carefully.
A: At first impression, one gets a bright lemon citrus and pine front. Added to this is just the slightest twinge of funk, barely there, hiding in the background. Could it be the yeast or the wheat? The malt aroma is very muted, but clean and water-cracker like.
T: Up front, it’s a big dose of lemon and grapefruit bitterness. A sweet malt note shows up briefly mid-palate, but the finish gives way to a roar of more hops. Dry, bitter, clean, brisk… and a touch floral on the end. This is a Double IPA through and through, with flavor squarely in the hop department.
F: Medium-light, with fine carbonation and a rather long finish of pine and citrus. A tad fluffy and creamy.
O: Interesting take on the Double IPA style, with the addition of wheat and oats. Easy to drink, dangerous at 8%, no perceived alcohol from either aroma or taste.
Suggested food pairing: used as base in vinaigrette dressing over arugula and walnut salad, steamed lobster and shellfish, lemon tart, and mild, creamy cheese