Total Score: 8.1/10
This next review has to be one of the weirdest/original ideas for a beer: Omnipollo Hilma Vanilla Flippin’s Burgers Fries India Pale Ale. It’s got actual hamburgers and french fries as ingredients – no joke! Once again Omnipollo have stepped up and given us a crazy AF brew, regardless of whether or not the burgers/fries flavour comes through it’s already off to a cracking start… man, how nuts are Omnipollo, I love it! Makes Mikkeller seem pedestrian when it comes to beer flavour ideas, and that’s saying something. Also there’s a lot to be said about the novelty factor when it comes to beers like this – I’m pretty much sold as soon as I hear that there’s something weird being thrown into a mash tun, I’m a sucker for novelty, cheers Omnipollo!
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Cloudy golden body – like a golden hour sunset, with a nice dense cream-coloured head that quickly drops back leaving lace splotches and a thin creamy blanket. Nice looking IPA here, very inviting. 8/10.
S: Lemon and vanilla upfront, bit like Omnipollo/Buxton’s Original Ice Cream Pale with the aroma profile, with a touch of salt and a hint of bready character (must be the addition of the burgers/fries). Aroma-wise it’s just a nice sweet IPA with a little sumptin-sumptin. Another whiff reveals a tea-leaf note… actually this is more complex than I first thought. 8/10.
T: Funky right off the bat. Flavour hits with that tea-leaf and bready/salty combo, it’s a bit more burger-influenced than I was expecting, least if that’s where the tea-leaf character is coming from. Other flavours that come in are: Lemon, vanilla, hint of piney hops, and a long dry floral finish. An odd fellow of a brew to be sure, and I wouldn’t expect anything less from Omnipollo. It’s not all good news: that lemon comes through a bit artificial, and the aftertaste is… unsettling. However I’m splitting hairs – this is a decent IPA overall. 8/10.
M: Medium bodied with a nice creamy/dense carbonation that stands out from the crowd of (sometimes) weak/thin IPAs. I suspect this has oats/lactose for body. 9/10.
D: A solid IPA, and it’s saying something that this is one of my lowest rated Omnipollo beers to date [yeah it says I’m a total Omnipollo fanboy, lol!]. The burger/fries addition is subtle but ever-present, I’m looking forward to what weird/wild direction Omnipollo goes in next, always entertaining! 8/10.
Food match: It’s obvious: Burgers n’ fries yo (plus a vanilla milkshake).