Beer of the Week: Omnipollo Magic Number 1.618

We’ve been having some mighty nice weather in Vancouver (today notwithstanding), recently, after having been pummelled by unusual amounts of snow. This sudden turn in the temperature has caused people to rush to the store to snap up radlers and coolers, to embrace the rising temperature; spring and more importantly, SUMMER, is on the horizon! As such, this week we will be looking at a summery beverage that you can enjoy while dreaming about those lazy beach days: Omnipollo’s Magic Number 1.618, Grapefruit/Simcoe Mead.

Ok, so yes, this isn’t technically a beer, but it is a fermented, alcoholic beverage, that happens to have hops in it—so we’re gonna break the rules a little bit here. Besides, Omnipollo is a great brewery and our Beer of the Week series has as much to do about highlighting great breweries, as it does great beer.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, Omnipollo is a Stockholm, Sweden based brewery. Founded in 2011 by Henok Fentie and Karl Grandin, their mission is to change the world’s perception of beer, in their words, forever. In 2015, they were ranked as one of the Top 100 Brewers in the World, by RateBeer. They are well-known for their range of IPAs, but are not afraid to experiment with, perfect, and push the boundaries of other delicious styles, such as: sour ales, saisons, and stouts.

1.618, or 𝛗, is part of Omnipollo’s Magic Numbers series and is a reference to the golden ratio. This is an appropriate name not only because of it’s golden colour and use of honey, but also because of the ratio of hops and grapefruit used in this delicious beverage. This mead is absolutely bursting with grapefruity goodness. Bitter, yet fruity, the hops and honey play complementary roles that add a layer of earthiness and sweetness, respectively. This mead reminds me of eating a nice, juicy, Ruby Red grapefruit, that has had a generous sprinkling of sugar on top. Sneaking up behind these refreshing flavours, is a solid, boozy, backbone—it sits at 6.5% ABV, meaning that while it seems sessionable at first, a few of these will leave you feeling nice and warm. Despite it’s heavy handed grapefruit and warmth, this mead is still quite refreshing, as it is far more carbonated than any other mead I have come across, so far. In a way, 𝛗 can be seen as a hybrid between a mead, a radler, and a beer and is the ideal drink to bridge the gap between snow-shoveling and patio season.

À Votre Santé!

-DF

[Featured Imagine credit: Omnipollo]

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