|This mural was only installed a few days prior to our|
visit, on the occasion of Omni's 6-month anniversary.
And we're (Jason and I, again) going to an address in an industrial park, 9462 Deerwood
|They'll get around to putting a sign on the building,|
give 'em time.
|L to R: Omnipotent, Sweetness, Hopfull, and Lake Day.|
Moving on to board #2, from my vantage point, we start with Rua, a Ginger Red Ale. Nothing wrong with it, just not to my taste. I took no notes on this one. #6 was Parti w/Heather, an English Mild with heather, brewed partigyle style. Didn't love it, nothing wrong with it. The, #7, Ardmore Ale, a 4.5% German-style hefe weizen, some of the elements of the style,
banana and clove, but tasting just a little off, a
There was one more that we couldn't include in the flight, and decided to share a goblet of the Barrel-aged Omnipotent Scotch ale. I may need help remembering what the barrel was, but we weren't fans of this one. High booze in it, strong barrel flavors, but it just didn't seem to work. Too hot, too boozy, not nearly mellow enough. There was nothing wrong with the beer they put in the barrels, perhaps the barrel or the whiskey just wasn't right for the beer.
Well, you know what? You can't win them all. With a few exceptions, I liked the beers. They're making good stuff, and I'm sure there's plenty of time and room for improvement. I'll give them a chance again and again, and I feel they will become a welcome addition to the brewing scene.
As for the taproom itself, it's fairly typical. There's where you get the games, there's the merch, over there's the growler cooler, and up top, TVs for the game watchers among us. Long tables, small ones, and one of my favorite art works at any taproom, a beautiful mural made of small and large painting put together to tell the story of Minnesota brewing. One of the staff members (an owner?) informed us that the only stipulation they gave the artist was that it had to include parts of Minnesota brewing history. I think it says something that they would display art on their walls that include the logos of other local breweries that might be considered "the competition."
We'd heard mixed reviews before the visit, Jason and I, but we left unswayed by the negative. There were a few misfires, but the hits outnumbered the misses, we thought. I like this place. They're doing things right. The next time we stop in, I'll treat myself to a full pint of Hopfull or Sweetness.
I took home a crowler, and wrote notes on it a few days after.
Hopsessed Double IPA, 8% ABV, canned on 4/9/16. Drinking it on 4/14/16. 93 IBU.
Highly hazed, dark reddish-hued, copious foam atop. Looking lovely.
Aromatics: floral and earthy at once. Deep, complex, and atypical. What's under this?
In the mouth: Starts off rich and malty, feels like an imperial red at first. More malty & hoppy than your typical double IPA. What kind of malts, I wonder? A little toffee, some caramel. It's malty and tasty, through and through.
This is an interesting one. Doesn't taste like the typical double IPA, much darker and maltier, but still delicious. It's not my favorite way to do a DIPA, but there ain't nothing wrong with it, either. the alcohol is rising, but it's altogether well-balanced and wonderful.