Magic #411 - Wild Strawberry/Rhubarb/Vanilla Smoothie IPA | Omnipollo

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Magic #411 - Wild Strawberry/Rhubarb/Vanilla Smoothie IPAMagic #411 - Wild Strawberry/Rhubarb/Vanilla Smoothie IPA
Magic #411 - Wild Strawberry/Rhubarb/Vanilla Smoothie IPAMagic #411 - Wild Strawberry/Rhubarb/Vanilla Smoothie IPA

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Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 80
Photo of brewskis
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of white head that went away quickly.

Aroma is a nice melody of fruity, danky hops and the adjuncts. Get a sweet strawberry note, a clean tartness from the rhubarb, lemon peel, herbaceous dankness, tiny bit of vanilla sweetness, grass, orange, and grapefruit.

Taste starts with sweet strawberries, lactose sweetness, dankness, and a light lemon tartness. Orange and grapefruit, as well as some light cracker malt and more lactose/vanilla sweetness make an appearance mid-palate to go with the aforementioned flavors. It dries out nicely into the finish, leaving a clean lemon and strawberry tartness to go with more dankness, orange, and an addition of a resin bitterness.

High light body. Crisp, lightly creamy, and pretty clean besides some stickiness from the sweetness.

The uniqueness of this beer attracted me to it and overall this delivers. The adjuncts are there, with strawberry and rhubarb being much more prominent than the vanilla. They are integrated well with the lactose sweetness and the danky, fruity hops.

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Photo of aleigator
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed, golden-amber color, with a bubbly small head.

Smells very fruit forward, not overly ripe, of grass coated, luscious papaya, tangerine and lemon zest. There is actually a prickly sweet strawberry quality among this foundation, together with orange building up a sweet peak, gently countered by sour lemon peel.

Has a lighter body to it, together with a soft, lively carbonation, while finishing with a pleasant fruity dryness, which manages to remain the beers softness to the tongue entirely.

Tastes of sour strawberries, orange and lemon, with a sublime dankness to it, smoothing the taste, while bringing the flavors closer together at the same time, resulting in a very fruit focussed ipa. Its focus is quite unique though, due to its prominent unripe strawberry quality, which gets completed by more sour lime and a soft aqueous note. During its finish, the beer adds a pleasant dryness to the still prominent fruits, which shifts the focus a tad more onto the lemon, while crackery malts manage to balance the hop bill.

Its softness is one of the beers most outstanding qualities, resulting from a well pronounced aqueous characteristic, while managing to create a convincing hop depth at the same time. Strawberry adds just a minor hint of sweetness to the taste, which is enough to let it stand out on itself, balanced by sour lactose, which then blends into a nice fruity dryness. Focussed and unique.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale color with white head. Aroma has a lot of hops but also fruits and a bit of vanilla. Taste is really balanced. It's clearly an IPA but with a nice twist. I really like it.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle (the last one in the store) at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee. Freshness expiration on the cap states it's good for another six months (11/18/15). Poured into a Lakefront Brewery pint glass.

L: Pours surprisingly yellow out of the bottle, almost like lemonade. In the glass, it takes on a nice bright--albeit hazy--golden wheat with a quarter inch of cream-colored head that dissipates to almost nothing after a minute or so.

S: "Funk" is the first word that comes to mind. Some IPAs have that weed-like funk to them, but this one is definitely more of a fruity/citrus and pine funk, like used gym socks that have soaked in strawberry lemonade and pine needles for an afternoon. I know that sounds a little disgusting, but it's really not off-putting at all--just interesting for this style.

T: There's sweetness and some citrus at the forefront. The vanilla, strawberry, and rhubarb make their presence felt early, but only the rhubarb seems to make it to the middle. The back end is predominantly citrus-like: it finishes similarly to a shandy, though there is some pine bitterness at the close. No single taste stands out much--it's quite balanced--but the overall experience is unique enough to this style that my taste buds are engaged.

F: Crisp and somewhat light. Again, this has a mouthfeel similar to a shandy. There's no syrupy quality or lingering feel on the tongue.

O: This is an interesting, well-balanced brew that seems to push the boundaries of what an American IPA can be. I enjoy the subtlety of the strawberry, rhubarb, and vanilla, but I find myself wishing that any one element was more pronounced. For die-hard hop-heads, this probably isn't a beer you should overexert yourself trying to find because the hops just aren't very assertive. But if you're looking for a unique, well-executed excursion into the fringes of IPA-dom, you'll probably really enjoy it.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 11/18/2015. Pours hazy golden orange color with a small dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, peach, mango, rhubarb, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, vanilla, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, fruit/spice, and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, pineapple, peach, mango, rhubarb, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, vanilla, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness and slight fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pineapple, peach, mango, rhubarb, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, vanilla, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of citrus/tropical hops, fruit/spice, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice fruited IPA style. All around great balance, complexity, and robustness of citrus/tropical hops, fruit/spice, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An opaque golden straw color with a phenomenally fruity and dank resiny smell. The strawberry comes through perfectly and the lactose adds a very solid mouh feel. Do not pass this up if you like unique and fruity (not overly so) IPAs. It should be noted that the hop profile is very dank and piney, but borders more on a pale ale.

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Photo of bark
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange-amber hazy liquid. Finger thick white compact head.

Bitter-dry smell. Very clean.

The taste is dry, bitter and fruity. Some rhubarb, growing sweetness, tart fruity notes. Medium body. The aftertaste is a bit hash and rather bitter with rhubarb and fresh cut tree. The long finish is bitter-sour with some raspberry sweetness.

The carbonation is mild, the mid-sizwed bubbles are long-lasting. The liquid is semi-smooth.

I had high expectations on this one. I get the rhubarb but not the vanilla nor the wild strawberries. A nice beer but not fantastic.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

1L howler from Sherbrooke Liquor - I'm now kind of content that I missed this a few weeks ago at Beer Revolution's sour fest.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, and mostly just broadly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of distant island landfall lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready, grainy pale malt, a touch of banal caramel sweetness, semi-ripe strawberries, an uncertain sour garden vegetal character, earthy yeast, pineapple core and further indistinct tropical fruit and nut notes, woody vanilla, and a twinge of estery alcohol. The taste is more grainy, almost doughy pale malt, an echo of the caramel that may have once been, pineapple, orange, and honeyed cantaloupe fruitiness - the heretofore dominant strawberry kind of now obfuscated by its foreign friends - some tame vanilla pod vegetal essence, a subtle yeasty astringency, and more leafy, weedy, and lightly perfumed hop goodness.

The bubbles are really quite out of it, for the most part, barely registering as a wan blip on the trusty ol' frothometer, the body on the light side of medium weight, and generally smooth, the hops robust as shit, but still gentlemanly, if ya knowwhutimean. It finishes trending dry, the crackery pale malt side of things bearing out, while the various fruity esters - both antipodean and mom's garden patch in origin - continue to keep the home fires a-burnin'.

While this doesn't quite evoke in me overt associations with the wares of my local Booster Juice, it's nice that I can at least grok the given adjunct players (all except the rhubarb, save a soft sourness, which isn't all that surprising). Overall this is enjoyable, fruity, and hoppy, which for an IPA, seals the deal.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Blanche de Namur small pint glass. Pours a remarkably hazy straw amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Fruit forward aroma, especially pineapple, strawberry, mixed tropical fruit, citrus hops, a bit of dankness, interesting. Flavor follows with overripe and fresh tropical fruit, orange citrus, citrus rind, light rhubard tartness, vanilla, bready malt. Finish reveals the light strawberry component, and leaves a lingering citrus rind and hop bitterness. Medium bodied with good light creaminess. An interesting tropical fruit IPA, possibly the closest flavor match to mixed tropical fruit juice in any IPA I've had. The rhubarb adds an interesting mildy astringent tartness to the flavor that is a little bit distracting and added to a moderately stark grapefruit rind/rhubarb finish. Good flavor for a moderate ABV IPA. The vanilla was a nice addition and a component rarely encountered in an IPA. An idiosyncratic fruit forward ale that works pretty well. Interesting, but not something I'd search out regularly.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Row 34 in Boston, MA.

This one pours a hazy, nearly opaque orange, with a quarter inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

This one smells like fresh cut grass, apricot, peach, and a little bit of vanilla.

This one tastes really good. It has such a creamy smoothie-like taste- they don't lie in the name. Tons of peach, apricot, and grapefruit, with some zesty floral tastes, and some grassy tastes too, along with vanilla and caramel.

This one is really full bodied for an IPA of 6% ABV, with a creamy and juicy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

Omnipollo really knows how to work some awesome hop magic. Get this one if you can find it fresh for sure.

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Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale pastel orange, hazy and topped with a frothy layer of foam that sticks around. Chunky bits of lacing around the edges, here and there.

Aroma is pungent and dank, fresh greens and citrus.

Taste doesn't quite match up, more greens and citrus peel, but fairly subdued. Somewhat funky, tropical fruit and bitter greens juiced together with zero sugars. Light boded, as seems to be the hallmark of this series. Overall it's worth a try, not sure i'd pick it up again however.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, seemingly a part of the current sour beer festival. Even as a guy not often wild about gimmicky beer ingredients, this one caught my eye. Arrived a hazy golden straw color with a finger of creamy white bubbles on top.

The smoothie motif is apt. Do go into this expected to taste hops but do not expect a typically resinous IPA. The creamy and smooth mouthfeel is unique and does recall the culinary angle attempted here. Decent body that evokes a dessert of sorts. Aroma recalls pineapple, lemon-lime soda, orange, and perhaps a hint of mango and coconut. The taste is similar, a vanilla custard base with an orange, pineapple, white grapefruit, and lime garnish. Nice balance of sour, fruity, and sweet. Any berry flavor is unripe and tart. I think I can place the rhubarb, or at least a solid facsimile thereof. Not having read the label, I'd guess the special ingredients are indeed present, but everything is tastefully done. Finish is where things get particularly funky and sour, which provides a pleasing contrast to the earlier sweetness.

Fun beer. Appropriately low key and subtle yet flavorsome, with no one ingredient dominating. This is an attempt to integrate many disparate elements that somehow comes together rather nicely, probably due to a clear culinary vision in mind. Inspiring.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Damn....Smoothie IPA sounds great, doesn't it?!!

To me, this was completely off-base when comparing to other Omnipollo IPAs..I am usually a fanboy of their beers, this one didn't do it for me.

The bottle I bought was semi-flat, unflavorful, and definitely lacked the hop wallop that Omni IPAs generally have. Probably not what they were going for this time, as a strawberry-rhubarb-vanilla IPA probably shouldn't have that hoppy punch, but still kept it from me wanting to try it again (or, rather, pay for it again)

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a very unique brew, an ipa with strawberry, rhubarb, vanilla, and lactose. props for all of those being very subtle in here, not invasive at all, and its definitely still an ipa first. weird pour though, milky looking wheat colored brew, cloudy as they come, and not much head after the initial pour settles. not much life in the glass, but a crazy nose, sour almost, definitely bretty and funky, tangy, lemons in here it seems, maybe just the hops, but not acidic. i smell the bitter juicy rhubarb with the hops, a cool complexion for sure, very uncommon. the taste is strange, i dont get strawberry hardly at all, and the rhubarb is easily the most intense of these ingredients. vanilla may add a touch of sweetness, like a baked tart, but it doesnt really permeate the way it does in other beers. lactose must also be subtle, as this beer isnt very sweet at all, its a perfect mix of bitter and tart and flavorful, and thats all before the hops even enter the picture. they too are juicy and lemony, not way different from the hop profile on the zodiac ipa they do. yeast is gnarly too, definitely funky and pushing sour. a very creative beer, some of the ingredients could stand to be a bit more prominent, but it does come together well. i need to get my hands on more beer from these guys, the prices have always turned me off, but these past couple i have had have been winners all the way.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Remarkably, what the IPA has become is fruit forward beer that never actually contains fruit. Their impressions of fruit come from the hops- varietals that exhibit citrus, tropical, orchard and exotic varieties which trend bitter and with lesser of a sweet presence than does the actual fruit that they represent. That's what Omnipollo does, yet coupled with a seemingly impossible creamy dryness and a confident bitterness to lead the way.

Its hazy gold appearance takes the shape of white grapefruit juice. ...and so does its appearance. Only its creamy white swath of foam says something more... something more beer-like. But with the nose towering above, those actual grapefruit tendencies fuse seamlessly with pineapple, orange, passionfruit, pineapple and apple- all of the dried, musty and tangy varieties.

Its taste foregoes such earthy dryness and favors a creamy-dry type of sweetness that is slimly of fructose, simple syrup and faint honey. As the middle paste sheds the bulk of malt, the hops begin to shine; carrying all those citrus, tropical and orchard fruit flavors before diving into a grassy, herbal and flowery finish.

Semi-dry and with fruit echoes, the highly characterful ale finishes with resolute dryness, musty dried fruit and soft angel food textures while the bitterness of grapefruit skins claim utter dominate of the show.

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Photo of Hopheadgou
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very cloudy vibrant straw yellow color. Huge strawberry on the nose. The lactose gives it a great mouth feel and finish. The rhubarb is not overpowering which was great. The vanilla was also very subtle. Although it was not hoppy at all. The ingredients overpowered any hop bitterness. Overall this beer was awesome and the name fits the taste profile.

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Magic #411 - Wild Strawberry/Rhubarb/Vanilla Smoothie IPA from Omnipollo
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 80 ratings