Illa Vanilla Review

Illa Vanilla is brewed by Full Circle Brewing, which is local to the Central Valley and based in Fresno. Illa Vanilla is a unique beer that has one similarity with some porter/stout beers: lactose. These beers tend to have a creamy mouth feel, and often have flavors befitting the milk derived sugar, as chocolate and coffee from dark roasted hops. But the Illa Vanilla isn’t a porter or a stout, but a hazy IPA. As such, it has a cloudy, golden appearance, and replaces rich, roasted flavors with juicy hops. Brewed with vanilla, this unique IPA could be described as a bitter vanilla ice cream with floral, piney notes. Beer for dessert, anyone?