Brewery: Boundary Brewing Cooperative x Ulster Exile Brewers x Brick Brewery x Bullfinch Brewery
Country: Northern Ireland
Style: Fruit Beer
Brewer Description: (from can) Once upon a time there was a group of brewers called the ‘Ulster Exiles’. And they came and brewed a beer with us. A raspberry & vanilla ice cream IPA.
My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.63
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5
Intro: A 440ml can, with a best before date of 1st March 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark reddish pink colour with a slight orange hue, that had a just more than one finger off white head that dissipated quickly and left pretty much no lacing.
Aroma: Raspberry, vanilla, lemon peel, berry fruit tea.
Taste: Raspberry puree, lemon zest, berry fruit tea and a hint of vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Described as a raspberry & vanilla ice cream IPA, I think it is actually more like a Fruit Beer than an IPA. Secondly, I’d naturally compare it to something similar and the Omnipollo x Buxton Original Raspberry Meringue Ice Cream Pie comes to mind since that was really good. In this case, it didn’t match up to that version as I felt it definitely lacked the creamy, milky vanilla presence, especially since that it is mentioned in the description. Aside from that though, treat it as a Fruit Beer, and it is ok.