Brewed by Omnipollo · Stockholm · Sweden
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Omnipollo had a release-party for it’s new beer Russian Roulette at Bishops Arms (Linnégatan) some time ago. I went with a friend of mine, Per Backtröm to check out the festivities and to talk to the brewer of Omnipollo, Henok Fentie. The beer in question, Russian Roulette is a collaboration between Omnipollo and Evil Twin Brewing and was brewed at Amager Bryghus, Denmark late January 2012.
They produced two slightly different brews but released it under one collective name. First you got a Pale India Pale Ale and second you got a Black India Pale Ale. The name, Russian Roulette, derives from the fact that you can’t tell which one you’re going to get when you order one. A beer with a twist as they say.
Fortunatly we had the opportunity to taste both of them that night, but for the sake of clarity, I’ve divided them up into two different reviews, since they differ in both taste and flavor. First up is Henok’s brew, the lighter one of the two.
Pours golden, slightly hazy, with a medium thick off-white layer of foam that settles pretty quickly, leaving a thin foam layer and lacing around the glass.
The aroma on this one is off the charts! Could be that it’s fresh from the brewery, but I’m getting loads of fruits, like passion fruit, pineapple, strawberry, citrus. Very flowery, getting a pleasant elderflower aroma. Also has some slight dank and earthy notes that balance the sweeter one well.
The taste is fruity, citrusy, grapefruit, herbal, grassy, in other words, very fresh flavor. Also has a fresh and crisp pilsner malt backbone, with some earthy and bready notes. It’s fairly dry with a moderate carbonation level and has a pretty strong bitterness that lingers on after a sip. But hey, that’s what you get with this much hops, right?
Light to medium body, very dry, feels very smooth. The carbonation is adequate, but could use some more to carry the many flavors.
Overall impression 8/10
This is a great summer IPA. Very light, clean, crisp, with loads of wonderful flavors. I can easily see myself enjoying a bottle of this beer at a bar with outdoor seating this summer. Just be sure to have the waiter bring out the bottle and hold it up towards the sun, so you know which one your getting.
We had a great time at Bishops, and were lucky enough to have the brewer himself Henok, give us the backstory of this beer and the brewing process he had together with Jeppe from Evil Twin, while we were enjoying it.
Too conclude a great summer (pale) IPA with loads of aroma and flavors.
Total Score 41/50
Excellent – Exemplifies style well, requires minor fine-tuning.