That was me, ignorant and bewildered. I asked some Swedes that I met recently who the best Swedish brewer was, and they answered: Omnipollo. Well, I'd better check this stuff out, right? So, here's my first bottle of Omnipollo, and I'm going to do something unusual for me and read the gobbledygook first:
"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.
Imperial IPA, 8 % by vol.
Brewed at Pub Dog Brewing in the USA.
Artwork by Karl Grandin."
Onipollo is a "gypsy brewer", using brewing facilities around the world, rather than being a "brick and mortar" brewery, based in Stockholm, Sweden. And now I will drink their beer.
Hazy, bright golden coloring, vast, puffy white head, leaving lace and looking beautiful.
Aroma: bitter, sweet, and dry all at once. Gorgeous. Citrus and tropical fruits aplenty, all ending on a bittersweet, yet dry note. Mmmm-hmmm. Ahh...
In the mouth: Hmmm, there it is again. Starts bitter, piney, then tropical and sweet, then dry, rounding it out. Floods the mouth with deliciousness, then jumps right out. Next sip: there it is again, with more citrus, some lemon and lime and a touch of grapefruit, some bitter, then dry. Nice. Little bit of "cat pee" happening too, but it's a wonderful thing in this beer. Mmmm, mmm.
Mmmm, good stuff.