Hilma | Omnipollo

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Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Different from Super Size Hilma DIPA. Vanilla Flippin' Burger n' Fries IPA.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 37
Photo of CTHomer
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy; medium gold in color; less than a 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; thin rings of lace;

S: peach, apricot, and vanilla;

T: follows the nose up front; from the middle through the finish, vanilla dominates; a bit of saltiness with very mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; soft;

O: don't quite know what to make of this beer; the vanilla comes through clearly; there is a bit of saltiness on the finish - I presume from the fries, but I didn't get any hint of the bun; an interesting experiment;

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Photo of Brew_42
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw the description and had to try it.

Tasted like a standard IPA to me with a hint of vanilla. Didn’t pick up any burgers and fries haha. Save for an odd bit of funk in the aroma? Maybe that’s for the best. Kudos for brewing with such a batshit crazy idea and still making it tasty.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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).

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - a 'Vanilla Flippin' Burgers Fries India Pale Ale' [sic]. Ok, then. I kind of want to shout out this one's name in the manner of Fred Flintstone.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent random streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily dissipates.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, Creamsicles, and some leafy, weedy, and resinous piney green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, acrid orange flesh, kind of boozy real vanilla, and more earthy, musty, and piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with the hops here seemingly of the gentlemanly sort, I'm happy to report. It finishes off-dry, the citrus character much more noticeable than the vanilla in the lingering morass.

Overall - this is a rather pleasant version of the style, with the vanilla adjunct present, but never overstaying its welcome. Well-blended, and enjoyable to put back, I would love to have the rest of this while watching some classic Flintstones cartoons. Oh, right, fucking YouTube FTW!

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

Pours an unclear light orange, with fine foam.

Smell is sweet, with distinct notes if vanilla ice cream, mango and pineapple.

Taste starts with sweet vanilla, follows with lots of citrus and ends with a fairly mild bitterness. Well balanced and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and well carbonated.

Overall, a very cool beer. Omnipollo do really fun things with lactose in beer, and while this is less out there than I hoped, the vanilla just works very well with the base beer.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma has biscuits, cookies, milky notes and floral hops. Taste starts sweet with butter biscuits but gets more bitter and hoppy on the finish. Medium body with medium minus carbonation. Overall it's a really interesting beer with a nice balance of hops and malts.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy orange/amber color, quarter finger quickly dissipating white head, ok lacing, minimal carbonation.

S: Tropical fruits, hops. Smells wonderful!

T: Hoppy, malty, bitter. Not as juicy as I hoped.

F: Medium bodied. lots of flavor.

O: Good IPA but expected more juiciness from the aroma.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this on draft at Beer Temple in Chicago - they get some great beers you can't find anywhere else!

L: Pours very opaque, less orange than a lot of versions of the NE Style.
S: Smells like a fruity IPA with some vanilla wrapped in there as well.
T: Peach taste up front and an interesting vanilla bite at the end. No burgers or fries (thankfully, I think). Low bitterness throughout.
F: Creamy and fairly thick.
O: An enjoyable beer. The burgers and fries may be the tagline but he combination of vanilla into this style does well.

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Photo of SenatorSpaceman
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours a mostly opaque gold with medium haze. Aromas of marshmallow fluff and vanilla beans exploded throughout my house as soon as I opened the bottle. The nose died down after the initial burst and settled into some earthy grainy notes.

The taste opens up chewy and somewhat sweet with boatloads of natural vanilla followed by notes of peaches and skittles. A super doughy malt profile leads into another blast of vanilla on the finish and some massive marshmallow notes that really linger.

Bitterness is very low. ABV is well hidden. Mouthfeel is chewy and creamy but not overly full.
Definitely a unique beer, as we've come to expect from Omnipollo. I liked this one. Pretty intense flavor experience.

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Photo of BeermeBlazzer31
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Lemme tell youz people about dis beer here...my buddy got me a 4 pack after doin a certain thing for a certain somebody. Smells like my old Cadillac Devile on a mid summers morning with grapefruit, pine, little mango madness I mean did ting is dank! Tastes great ya know? What's not ta love when it tastes like a citrus dream with slight bitterness and medium mout feel. Someone could get wacked for dis beer it's dat good. Overall I'm gonna have this beer again with my nonnas Sunday gravy and some mortadella. Salute

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