HopAnomaly - Nebraska Brewing Company

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rayek on 07-20-2009

(Previously known as Hop God) A beautiful golden crossbreed of a Belgian Tripel and a West Coast IPA. A remarkable explosion on the palate with spiciness, tropical fruit, and a firm citrus bitterness that will leave you begging for more! Aromas of grapefruit, citrus, and piney hops & tastes on the palate that tend toward pineapple, mango, and sweeter fruits. A big beer that was inspired by the West Coast – yet brewed by a Midwestern brewery not content with the status quo.

87 IBU

This listing is for the draft-only version of the beer that is NOT barrel-aged. Bottles should be reviewed here -  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... 6504/56953 
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Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Peekskill Brewery, Peekskill, NY. Highly carbonated, they had to pour several glasses and wait a bit to get the Belgian tulips filled properly. No problems, no rush and I ended up with an extra glass as a pay back for the delay.
Awesome looking brew, clouded, dull light banana/apricot, under a world class head. The head: tiny bubble off white, dense, long lasting, frothy, stunning meringue, coating layers of glass enveloping sheeting.
Spiced up nose, coriander, tropical fruits, light pepper. Nice
Love the style and this one had me early. Nose follows through to the palate. Quite tasty. Mixing the Belgian yeasty, spiced up, fruity elements with a respectable citric hop blast. Plenty of lime, more ripe fruit. Very enjoyable creation, highly recommended.

After enjoying this one so much, I'm Gonna drop the big bills soon to try the bottled chardonnay barrel version.

Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Tulip at Track 84

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, cloudy, gold in color

Smell: piney hops and small Belgian spices

Taste: big piney hops mixing with citrus hops, minimal spicing. The hops do mesh well together

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, bitter but not overly so

Drinkability: A good not great beer. I think this is a good hoppy drink. The hops are more complex than I am describing and I would have this again. The alcohol is really well hidden. That being said, I did not get a lot of Belgian spice from this and wished it had more.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.38/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy yellow, looked more like a bretted beer than an ipa, but anyways, it had about 3/4" of white head on it, decent lacing.

Aroma, for something named Hop God, this was woefully inadequate in terms of its hop presence, much less any dry hopping. Phenolic belgian yeast is way more noticeable, and lots of alcohol.

Taste, ugh, jeez man, where's the dang hops? All I get is the belgian aspect of this. Lots of herbality and some pepper. Alcohol plenty easy to taste, its a large component of the flavor profile. Alcohol dominates, I can't really taste any citrus, hops etc. . . its just a bunch of alcohol heat and belgian yeast.

Really disappointed in this one. There's no way I shell out the huge bucks for a bottle of Nebraska stuff after having this. An even bigger disappointment than Mo Betta Bretta at the FW Invitational.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on draft at Mad Mex Robinson and had their IPA a few weeks earlier which I wasn't impressed with. This landed in my glass a glowing orange yellow hue with white bright head flowing thick. Fine even lacing lines the sides of my glass without difficulty. Aroma has bright pineapple/tropical fruit notes with underlying citrus hoppy tones, what a God send. Literally a beer that excited my senses from the first sip until the last of it. A bit of booze over ripened fruit content with citrus and herbal hops floating through the flavor profile, what really makes this beer a highlight is the overall flavor experience anywhere from high alpha hops to Belgian yeast spice, that just works with some tangerine fruitiness/grapefruit hop complexity. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied gotta love the Belgian style even smooth effervescent carbonation. As a whole beer doesn't get much better than this and we shall now track the different Nebraska beers, I know Black Betty runs 35 a bottle but I wanna try it.

Photo of distantmantra
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Nebraska Brewing Company. December 26th, 2011.

A: The beer poured a cloudy yellow-orange color, very reminiscent of a Hefeweizen. There was a tiny head of a creamy white foam that floated on the surface. Decent lacing clung to the sides of the glass throughout.

A: There is a very strong aroma of sweet malt, Belgian yeast and candy sugar, along with a nice backbone of citrus hops.

T: Very Belgian in a very big way. Lots of honey, yeast and candy sugar. The hops are more prominent than you'd think from the aroma.

M: Pretty heavy body with a thick mouthfeel. Intense carbonation which greatly helps with overall body of the beer.

O: Hop God is good, but definitely not the best Belgian IPA I've ever had. However, as this was the "flagship" beer at NBC, I had to try it. Worth your money if you find yourself in Papillion.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nebraska Hop God
On tap at The Twisted Cork, Omaha, Nebraska 12/24/2012

Strong hoppy Belgian Golden Ale: Hazy deep gold body with an orange cast. Some golden highlights through the hazy body when held to the light. Bright white head holds well / creamy collar. Excellent lacing! Spice and malt in the aroma. Coriander. Mild bubblegum. Fruit. Wafts of grass and light yeast. Flavor: Spicy with coriander, perhaps cardamom, black pepper, clove, apple/citrus, alcohol, some minor yeasty chalkiness, bold bitterness. Hops in the finish. Impressive. Rounded, but to a certain extent, "unconfined". Nice. Well worth trying.

Photo of dbossman
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty nice golden color; very cloudy; nice head with pretty good lacing

S: Strong cloves and citrus, subtle banana

T: It's billed as a Tripel and IPA combination and it tastes like one, which works..kind of. The alcohol is a bit overwhelming at times...could be more balanced, but the citrus and hops still make this a solid tasting beer

M: Fine...a little thin on the backend

D: Okay for a strong beer but the alcohol becomes slightly overwhelming.

Photo of nickd717
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft in 2009. Copied review from notes.

Clear golden-orange in color with a somewhat fizzy white head.

Aroma is sweet caramel malt and floral hops, good but somewhat unpronounced for an IPA that is meant to be West coast style.

Flavor is sweet caramel malt and pale malt, light fruit, and citrusy/floral hops that lend more bitterness relative to aroma/flavor than a West coast style IPA should have. Just a touch of yeast present. I see this is meant to be a Belgian IPA. Think it fell a bit short on the Belgian aspects.

Body and carbonation are medium.

Decent "Belgian" IPA overall, reasonably drinkable. Good for a Nebraska tick if nothing else.

Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a pure white frothy head that settled into a chunky ring. The aroma is sweet, like a typical tripel. There is a floral & sugary sweetness with some clove, banana, and pepper. The taste is much the same, big sugary sweetness with notes of tropical fruit and pepper. There is a dry grassy bitterness towards the end. Definitely sides more on the tripel/belgian flavor than hop forward, which is how I feel the style should be. It could use a slightly bigger hop profile, though. Very nice Belgian flavors. Light to moderate feel with fizzy/airy carbonation, mainly sweet on the palate but some hoppy bitterness pops through. The high ABV also pops through quite often, needs to tone down a touch but you probably wouldn't want to age this beer unless you don't mind losing the hop flavor completely. Overall, great beer but the drinkability is limited due to the booze. Also it is quite expensive around these parts.

Photo of Forb
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Nebraska Brewing Co....

Appearance: A hazy, bubbly, golden body is presented here with little head.

Smell/Taste: A complex smell of spicy yeast, among vibrantly bitter hop notes. At 10% it present that sharp taste amid a convoluted taste of earthy hop elements.

Mouthfeel: Really carbonated with a dry finish.

Overall: A must try from this brewery.

Photo of smakawhat
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a small snifter at Churchkey DC. From notes.

A very cloudy lemon body, quite orb glowing, with a very sudsy and cream bleach white heat. Lots of thick lacing.

Nose is kind of strange. A mushy wet malt sense, and lots of candied sugars. Very sweet smelling, and there's almost a macro like sense of smell to this also. Gets better as it warms up letting some fruit apple and pear and spice. Unfortunately alcohol fusel heat starts to dominate.

First sip is a dry hop bite of pine, with a very light mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Luckily much of the biting alcohol is maksed on the palate with a sense of creamy density to go with the feel. Hop action and sweetness seem to be out of balance, and don't really compliment each other.

Overall it's sort of a weird one, drinkable, but not feeling the love here.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

small growler sent as an extra, was quite impressed with this one.

nice pour, light golden amber in color with a big head of white on top. Took forever to settle down though and the first few pours were on the foamy side I have to say. Aside from that though, nice side glass lacing and a rich look to it overall had me going in for another look. Light aroma, mild hops with a hint of bready notes to it right under the surface. This peeled back into light peach and banana hints the more it warms and a touch of light grain. Flavor was again interesting, bready and grainy at first with hints of lemon and orange sprinkled in. Warming seems to really mellow the hops completely and allow almost a spicy tone to take hold.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at David Copperfield's, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full sweet malt with a balmy peppery hop.

The taste consisted of an upfront herbal hop with tones of pepper and grapefruit. There was a complimentary malt sweetness as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a residual hop spice.

Overall a tasty heavy duty IPA. Lacked serious esters however.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into tulip at crescent pub in omaha. Pours a hazy holden straw with about 3 fingers head. Big belgian yeast aromas with a good citrusy hop note. Taste is mild belgian hop. Its very typical of the stil but a bit dry. Easy drinker and pleasant. All around decent but not amazing.

Photo of weeare138
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes...on draft at TND.

Appears a semi-transparent light gold with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades into tubular lacing wrapped around the tulip glass.
Smell is of sweet caramel, candy sugar, Belgian yeast, mild spices, citrus, floral notes, and wood.
Taste is of the aromas with a sweet, apple, citrus, and floral flavor clinging to the palate. It seems a bit on the sweet side like it didn't ferment all the way, or there was some unfermentables added.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, sweet, and warming from the 10% abv.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a twelve ounce glass of this at Rattle and Hum in New York City. I'm not a huge fan of the Belgian IPA's but this one was better than most and a little stronger, making it almost more like a double ipa.

Dark straw color that was quite hazy, almost opaque. Head was very foamy, kinda big. Aroma, as with the style, was both hoppy and yeasty. Flavor was a great balance of hops, yeast and alcohol. I hope to find this again.

Photo of psuKinger
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draft from 6-and-Save served in a tulip.

A: a clear amber with little head but visible carbonation. 3.5

S: yeasty and spicy in the nose. 4.0

T: taste follows the nose. Smooth at first, this turns sweet and spicy in the middle, and then a massive amount of banana flavor rushes in on the back end. Significant bittering hops wage war against the spicy yeast all over my tongue. This beer is certainly full-flavored. I just don't think I'm completely in love with this particular combination of spice/bitter/banana. 4.0

M: light and spicy, this beer finishes dry and has good carbonation. 4.0

D: a unique beer, for sure, but I don't find the spiciness to be particularly drinkable. 3.0

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 4/13/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus fruit, caramelized malts, some spice, Belgian yeast and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then some alcohol sting and some spice come in. The hops presence is strong but subdued. The breadiness from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, I picked up more Tripel qualities than West Coast IPA qualities, overall a good beer to drink for a while.

Photo of TheSarge
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served to me in a tulip glass, this beer makes about a finger thick bright white head and the body is hazy with a copper color.

The aroma is citrus with heavy doses of caramel.

The taste is of grapefruit, melon, and candied sugar.

Feels moderately carbonated, full in body, and warming in the end.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a nice golden color with an average-sized white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a good amount of citrus and flower hops. It's also a bit spicy. Tame malt in the background. The flavor offers a good deal of floral hops with citrus as the backup. Good hop flavor and a bit of bitterness in the finish. Medium body and slightly dry. Good beer.

Photo of Rifugium
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

Labelled on the menu as a "Belgian-style strong ale." Poured a clear copper with a finger of foamy white head; decent lacing. Aroma balanced with light bready malts and herbal hops. Hoppy taste up front, light citrus and mild spice, and a solid backbone of malty sweetness and yeast. Medium mouthfeel, and generally drinkable.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet candi sugar. In the taste, big candi sugar sweetness and a small dry pine. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry to sweet candi sugar aftertaste. A small hop presence, big candi sugar, eh! A bit too sweet for me.

Photo of martyl1000
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Side Door Grill, Madison.

Wrongly assumed by the name and strength this was a IIPA. Then the forthright Belgian character duked it out with my IIPA.expectations. the best I could tell was

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of slight sweet malt, slight floral hops, hint of spice, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight dry hop, hint of spice, hint of wheat, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, great blend, and good body.

Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the drafting room.

The beer pours a fairly dark gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty sweet in this one, and I pick up honey, canned peaches, light clove and a hint of citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this one, and the beer is a bit sweeter then I was expecting. The beer finishes with some hoppy bitterness, but the beer is clearly dominated by the sweet honey and tropical fruit flavor. mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, smooth finish. Drinkability is pretty good, and I confess I was quite surprised when I saw the 10% abv.

Nice beer... a bit too sweet for my taste, but otherwise not bad at all.

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HopAnomaly from Nebraska Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.