Friday, 10 March 2017
Amun by Omnipollo & The Veil
Beer Name: Amun
Brewer: Omnipollo, Stockholm, Sweden and The Veil Brewing Co., Virginia, USA
Date Sampled: 10th March 2017
Serving Type: Bottle
Location Sampled: Home
All aboard the fuss train! We're only just over two months into 2017 and already the beer market has been awash with beers surfing a wave of hype (predominantly a wave of Cloudwater but I've already given them plenty of love!).
Latest to enter my beer stash was Amun, a DIPA conceived by Omnipollo and The Veil, with this bottled version being brewed at Dugges. Naturally due to the breweries involved this beer has created a lot of excitement and the first batch had a lot of very good reviews.
So how does this release stack up?
Well it pours a lovely hazy golden yellow, although not as cloudy as some of the recent New England style DIPAs. Any initial small white head soon disappears.
The aroma is very appealing, with mango, pineapple, grapefruit and hints of fresh cut grass sweetness all present.
The taste, whilst not as overtly juicy as some of the DIPAs on the marketplace, is extremely well balanced. The fruit, especially the grapefruit, carries through from the nose with a welcome hint of pine on the finish. There's a little bitterness and but barely a trace of alcohol on the flavour. Whilst I wouldn't go as far as describing this as delicate, there is a definite softness to the beer, helped by the smooth body and lack of carbonation.
Due to the buzz around juice bomb style DIPAs it is inevitable that Amun will be compared to them. However this is a little unfair as it's a completely different beast. It doesn't produce any hint of that OJ style warmth (burn?) in the throat that runs through that style, instead it offers an experience that could almost be described as nuanced.
I know there are plenty of beer lovers out there who are starting to rail against the plethora of overly cloudy hop heavy juicy NE DIPAs; if that's you then try and grab a bottle of Amun, it might be just what you're looking for.