Omnipollo Hilma Vanilla Flippin’ Burgers Fries India Pale Ale – American IPA at 6.5% ABV

Omnipollo Hilma Vanilla Flippin’ Burgers Fries India Pale Ale American IPA at 6.5% ABV (C$8.75 at Collective, 330 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 14-Aug-2018, reviewed 19-Aug-2018)

Appearance: hazy straw with one finger of rocky pale ivory head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: creamy citrus, pale malt, pine, mild vanilla, vegetal. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium slightly creamy body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter finish. (4/5)

I might be imagining it because I know they actually added burger buns (no meat!) and fries to this, but I find myself wondering if there really is a slightly potato skin-like vegetal note towards the end. Other than that, it’s… well, I was going to say “normal”, but of course it’s not, not really. “More straightforward”, perhaps? Creamy citrus dominates the front end, much like a creamsicle, which is reinforced by the mild vanilla, and extra complexity is added by the pine and previously mentioned vegetal hint. All in all, a pleasant and enjoyable offering, if tending slightly towards the middle rear of the pack when it comes to Omnipollo. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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