Killa Vanilla Extraordinary IPA
Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Killa Vanilla Extraordinary IPAKilla Vanilla Extraordinary IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #4,944
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #28,412
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 14.81%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
61
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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
 
Ohio, United States
Avail:
Spring
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Gots
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Killa Vanilla Extraordinary IPAKilla Vanilla Extraordinary IPA
Notes: Brewed with whole vanilla beans.

55 IBU

Plato 16.6°
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 61 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Locky
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vanilla in an IPA? Who would have thought? It hits you at the end of the sip, changing the usual bitterness into slight sweetness. My favorite IPA.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$ 12 (Including tax)/bomber ($ 0.545/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – not much, definitely no vanilla; at least there are no unpleasant odors, just a hint of citrus.
Head large (Maximum 4.9 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, low density and average retention, diminishing to an irregular three to seven mm frothy ring and a heaped frothy island.
Lacing – good. Irregular bands of tiny to small bubbles connecting with the next lower ring by narrow columns of bubbles
Body – golden, very slight haze. Several other bottles which I didn’t buy had large bits of potential flotsam and/or jetsam easily visible within. Apparently these are bottle conditioned and were stored on their sides. A second pour had some bits of detritus present.
Flavor – really unremarkable – a little citrus, a little pine, no vanilla, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation.

Not a bad IPA, just not exceptional. Since Hoppin’ Frog seems to do primarily stouts and variants of stouts, this isn’t bad. But for Dog’s sake, date the bottles! If this is a week-old IPA then it’s not very good. If it’s from last year then it’s remarkable!

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big vanilla, cream, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, lightly toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops, vanilla, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big vanilla, cream, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, lightly toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus peel/rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of vanilla, cream, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, lightly toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/pine hops, vanilla, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this is great IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/pine hops, vanilla, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Big but not overwhelming on vanilla, and fairly juicy on hop flavors. Well balanced and not overly aggressive on bitterness. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

well this is a neat one! a vanilla ipa, not something i have seen much (if any) of out there at all. the vanilla is prominent in this blonde heady beer, its sweet in the nose, true to the bean, and somewhat sweet. i think at least in the aroma, the vanilla trumps the hops, it doesnt smell much like an ipa, more of a blonde ale with the vanilla really taking a strong position. the flavor is a little more balanced, but still totally driven by the vanilla beans. they are fresh and pungent, sweet and desserty, very bold, but very good. the hops are more present than in the nose, but still a backseat passenger. citrus and just enough bitterness come from them, and they really do work perfectly with all the vanilla, but i would like to see what more of them would do. its tough for me to really appreciate this as an ipa, even with the bitterness ramping up towards the finish and the vanilla fading back. great carbonation and a fluffy body, nicely hidden alcohol, and a unique flavor profile that is very enjoyable and more drinkable than you would think liquid vanilla would be. nice to see vanilla in a beer not called stout or porter too. i like hoppin frog a lot, and this is another good one.

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Photo of hardy008
2.58/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy honey amber with a one finger white head. Good retention and lacing. I can smell the vanilla and not much else. I did not know this ber was retired when I bought it. Since Hoppin' Frog chose to send it, I am choosing to review it.

I can taste some vanilla and sweet malt, with some very faded citrus hops. If this was a fresh bottle, I think it would have been very good.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Like I said, this would have been good fresh. There is no date on the bottle, so this beer gets the grade it deserves.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy orange with a 1/2 finger head
S: Vanilla and some pine
T: Matches the nose with lots of vanilla and some hoppy pine notes
M: Medium bodied, smooth and bitter
O: This just doesn't jive well. If this showed more citrus or tropical fruits it would work but vanilla and pine do not go well together

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a hazy copper with 2+ fingers of medium density eggshell white head that left moderate lacing. The nose as expected is dominated by warm vanilla, but not overpowering. There's hints of tropical fruits that compliment the vanilla, I was really surprised how well they played off each other. Taste is more evenly matched between the vanilla and subtle citrus, though the citrus increased in presence as the beer warmed. Don't pickup the tropical aspects on the taste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, there's some sourness/astringency in the finish, and the carbonation was spot on. One glass was enough though, so the bomber format wasn't enjoyed for one consumer. Not a beer I'd have bought for myself, but I greatly appreciate the gift and enjoyed a very surprising beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber-gold with a soft white head and tons of draping lace.

Powerful rum vanilla extract is almost exclusively dominating the nose, almost like candy. There may be a little pine present if you're reaching for it.

Vanilla is just massive on taste too, with some Smarties. The actual IPA side of things is trying to push its way in and exhibit a little dankness, pine, and bitterness, which Frog is no stranger too, but round sweetness is the undisputed champion in this brew.

Feel is really frothy, round, and drinkable in almost a dessert beer sort of way, maybe straddling the line. The original Infusion C did exhibit a more natural vanilla flavor and aroma, which, when paired with a more formidable IPA body, really shined and complemented the base beer much better. You won't know what a delicious monstrosity vanilla bean paired with an IPA can be by just trying Killa Vanilla, which is still good. If they ever do a tower infusion of Gangster Frog with vanilla beans again, get your ass down there because that's the real deal.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer is hazy with suspended yeast visible. It is orange in color with amber highlights. It is topped with a couple inches of beige head that leaves decent lacing.

The first thing I smell is vanilla. Once I get my nose in the glass I pick up the citrus aromas. It's hard to move past that vanilla frosting smell though.

The taste begins with a healthy dose of vanilla that gives way to citrus which seemed very bitter in comparison to the vanilla. Once my palate grew accustom to the contrast I began to enjoy it. The vanilla began to soften and the citrus flavors became less bitter and more citrusy.

Medium mouthfeel

This beer is different and unique. I kind of like it. I wasn't sure how I would like the vanilla in an IPA, but it piques my interest. It will most likely be a polarizing beer, but you will never know how you feel about it until you try it.

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Photo of gobuccos
2.82/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

It is an IPA with Vanilla. The two do not work well together, in my eyes. If this were barrel aged, it may have worked, but as it is it did not work for me.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hoppin' Frog Tasting Room in Akron, OH.

This one pours a burnt orange-ish color, with a half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like pure sweet vanilla bean, primarily, with some orange and grapefruit underneath.

As a vanilla IPA, this definitely accomplishes the vanilla, and mostly accomplishes the IPA aspect. The vanilla is sweet, and authentic tasting. I'm not sure if vanilla bean or vanilla extract was used, but if extract was used, it's actually tasty vanilla extract. The vanilla character is very sweet, but it doesn't detract. There's a good underneath the vanilla bomb on top, with some mild pine, and a good dose of grapefruit rind and orange flesh.

This is medium bodied, with a fairly juicy mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

As far as I can recall, this is the first vanilla IPA I've had. Interesting experiment, but I'm not sure the all of the flavors naturally go all that well together. This one is tasty, though, and that's all that counts.

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Photo of jp32
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

They tapped a keg of this a day early today, and I was lucky enough to happen to walk into their establishment by chance tonight. In my opinion, a vanilla IPA sounds a bit off-putting and strange... but I might say this was an excellent tasting beer.

The beer was pale (slightly cloudy) golden in color. Decent head retention and lacings, which I seem to notice on all of Hoppin' Frog's brews.

I would call it more vanilla-forward, and vanilla-finishing with a nice citrus hop flavor in the middle. I made the assumption I would not like the vanilla flavor mix in an IPA, but wow this was a unique and very fun tasting beer. I'm not sure if it was actual vanilla used in the brewing process, or just vanilla extract, but it definitely had a vanilla extract flavor and smell to it. Extremely tasty beer. I've never had anything else like it.

All in all, I would recommend this to anyone interested in it. So intriguing I believe other brewers will be picking up on it soon.

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Killa Vanilla Extraordinary IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 61 ratings