cinek (406) - POLAND - NOV 15, 2017
butelka/kufle i widelce. jasnopomarańczowe, obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa piana, która ładnie koronkuje na szkle. aromat pudrowych cukierków, wyraźna wanilia, mleczny shake waniliowy. w smaku słodkie, pudrowe cukierki dają o sobie znać, wanilia wyraźna i dominująca. bardzo ciekawe piwo MD11 (92) - - NOV 12, 2017
Bevuta in bottiglia. Gialla carica con buona schiuma. Al naso la nota di vaniglia non è troppo pesante lascia spazio a del limone e resina di abete in bocca rispecchia perfettamente il suo nome. Cremosa, rotonda, dolce, vaniglia, bella piena. Ottimo risultato omnizot (24) - Trento, ITALY - NOV 12, 2017
aroma : vanilla beans, cream, meringue. mouth : vanilla beans, lactose, some grass laand78 (104) - Tibro, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2017
Served at AG:s Stockholm. Color is golden and haze with a small white head. Aroma is fruity and fresh also some hops. Taste is fruity, citrus and hops. Aftertaste is very well balanced and a nice easy aftertaste
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone explosivedog (1612) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 27, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2017 330ml bottle. Pours yellow. Vanilla, cream, lemon, little pine, little dank, peach, sweet ice cream finish. Lovely body. Surprisingly good.
Alengrin (5718) - BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2017
Another Omnipollo dessert fantasy, executed at Buxton; apparently an APA with added lactose and matured on vanilla beans - I haven't seen lactose, traditionally a natural ingredient in milk stouts, having been added to blonde hoppy ales a whole lot, but anything goes in the sometimes wildly experimental craft beer times we live in, so why not give this a try. Intricately lacing (like 'Brugse kant'), egg-white, moussy head slowly disintegrating into adjacent 'islands' of flat foam in the middle, over a lightly hazed, pure 'old gold' coloured beer with very vague olive greenish tinge somewhere, becoming deeper orange-ochre-ish and clouded with sediment. Aroma indeed more or less delivers what the concept behind this beer promises: a hoppy, dank APA superficially permeated by desserty sweetness, breathing impressions of sweet stewing shallots, strong vanilla (as in vanilla beans more than vanilla extract), orange juice left to ferment for a few days, stewed and sugared pear, rambutan, sweetbread, powder milk, dried apricots, white bread crust, some old cheese, dandelion milk juice, parsley-like 'natural' iron somewhere, mangistan flesh, unripe pineapple, light biscuit, cashew nuts. Spritzy onset, lots of minerally effects laterally adorning a clean kind of basic fruitiness, with unripe pineapple-, apple peel- and slight pear-like notes with already apparent citrusy hop notes, in all sweetish with a souring touch to it; supple, cereally and lightly bread crust-like malt body with a slight metallic 'zing' to it, but at the same time made creamier (and a tad sweeter) by the lactose, which feels a bit 'forced' upon it, to be honest, even if it remains relatively limited especially compared with even the average milk stout. Ends dank and aromatically hop bitter, dried grapefruit peel, toasted onion, a bit of damp marijuana, but weirdly joined - or perhaps a bit pushed aside - by equally strong, if not stronger retronasal vanilla... The hops lay a long, grapefruity and spicy layer of bitterness on the back of the tongue and throat, with some malty juiciness lingering afterwards - much more so than the vanilla or the lactose. So what kicks off as an APA, ends as an APA, yet goes on a wild, bizarre, almost seemingly drugs-induced trip in between... Granted, the lactose remains at bay, only adding basic creaminess and soft, undisturbing sweetness, but the vanilla is really very much there, forcing its way through the dank New World hoppiness like some pushy, uninvited guest at a dinner party. Not sure if this works: I had a couple of lactose APAs / IPAs before but there the creaminess was a lot more outspoken so this aspect did not bother me here (or even in those other ones) at all - it is the vanilla I am left pondering about. Somehow its sweet desserty character completely clashes with the spicy, bitter, 'botanical' qualities of the hops. A very convincing case can be made here for this being a perfectly fine APA (or even IPA - the hop factor seems to suffise for that qualification) being ruined by an alien flavour in a weirdly skilled kind of way. I can easily imagine this beer dividing opinions and I myself am unsure what to think of it - and therefore how to rate it - but fact is, this is technical well-executed (did not expect anything else anyway, seeing the name Buxton) and quite daring in its concept, though the countless young Omnipollo hipsters will probably naively rave about it regardless. Consumed the 'normal way' from a bottle, this is a bit puzzling, but very funny, playful and joyous as well - I will let the fact that this beer put a smile to my face after a few sips prevail in my rating. Note to self: must experience this after it went through Omnipollo's famous 'slush machine' and functions as a topping on another beer, because I have a feeling I am missing out on the true "Original Ice Cream Pale Ale" experience the way I'm drinking it now... Off to Stockholm. Iznogud (4322) - CROATIA - OCT 18, 2017
On tap at Opatovina Beerfest. Pours hazy golden with medium lasting white head. Lots of vanilla in nose and mouth, bit fruity, somewhat sweetish, finishes bitter. Smooth. Medium bodied. Bit one sided, but nice if you like vanilla. rodsquad (332) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2017
Bottle from JK Fine Foods. Looks slightly hazy light copper gold with a thin white head. Lots of bubbles in the glass makes this look like it's going to be real refreshing. Nose has soft sweet vanilla fondant and marshmallow. There's a light fruit and caramel layer. Flavours have mild herb and dolly mixtures. There's a resinous hop finish but it not overwhelming. It feels soft medium bodied with a sharp moderate sparkle. This is a superbly refreshing pale ale shot into another dimension with a fondant confectionary twist. Bizarre but thoroughly wonderful. OminouSC2 (897) - Mora, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2017
Bottle at Bishop's arms Falun. Unclear yellow color, small white head. Aromas of sugar, malt, vanilla and cream. Bittersweet taste with cream, vanilla ice cream, grass and slight cardamom. nutjes (1243) - Zwevegem, BELGIUM - OCT 9, 2017
33cl-fles van bij Bierhalle Deconinck te Vichte. U: Wazig blond met een witte schuimkraag. G: Licht citrus, aardbei, ook vanille en wat milky. S: Zoet met citrusbitterheid. Aardbei, licht vanille en lactose. M: Olieachtige doordrinker met matige carbonatie.