Total Score: 8.4/10
Brewed in collaboration with Buxton Brewery in England, I have in front of me yet another ice cream beer. I’m hooked on these ice cream beers – just seeing them triggers a Pavlovian response, I must try them all! This time Buxton/Omnipollo state: “An icecreamification of a pilsner and attempt to bend your mind. Brewed with mango, milk sugar and our favourite hops.” I’m really not sure what mad-science goes on in those breweries to produce such insane beers, but whatever they’re doing it’s working – I’m hooked and want more (even ended up buying a couple more bottles of the Original Ice Cream Pale after reviewing it)… I’ve got goose bumps pouring this Popsicle Pils into my Duvel tulip, yes, I need to get a life.
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Nice Jonquil-coloured cloudy body with a thin white head that quickly drops back to lace splotches on top. That colour is great – that light cloudy yellow is so appealing for some reason. 8/10.
S: Freaking nailed it! What a smashing aroma: sweet/creamy vanilla with hints of mango, jack-fruit and floral notes. Is this a Pilsner in any sense of the word? Not really no. Do I care in the slightest? Hell no! This is the Buxton/Omnipollo Ice Cream beer collaboration at it’s greatest: a total disregard of beer styles for the sake of an awesome dessert brew, and I love it. 10/10.
T: Intriguingly not as crazy as I was expecting (or as Original Ice Cream Pale was) with a prominent mango note upfront, less sweet/creamy vanilla than expected, potpourri character, a slight grainy wisp, a touch of herbal character, and a long dry finish with hints of bitterness. Much less sweet than the aroma (and my prior experience of Omnipollo as a brewer) would leave me to believe. Still it’s an interesting brew, and it gets better as it warms, I was just expecting a bit more of that ice cream sweetness – more dessert, less refreshing crispness. 8/10.
M: Mid to light, almost medium bodied, with a fairly creamy carbonation and a bit of fizz. 8/10.
D: Not the best in this series, but nonetheless a decent brew. I thought Original Ice Cream Pale was a bit one of a kind and this proves it to some extent. Makes me wonder if the difference between Ales and Lagers is at play here – Ales are generally more sweet and full flavoured, was the yeast the reason for Popsicle not popping with me? Only Buxton and Omnipollo know… 8/10.
Food match: Chicken dishes with thyme and lemon spring to mind.