HopAnomaly - Nebraska Brewing Company

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 59
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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Ratings: 166 | Reviews: 59
Photo of Sintech
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the best Belgian IPA produced in Nebraska.

Photo of DocSkalski
4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I went and had a growler filled with Hop God at a local grocery store, with no previous knowledge of the brew....and wow, quite a pleasant surprise I must say. A bountiful citrus and complex hop aroma is noted up front, followed by visualization of a crystal clear amber pour with an expected two finger head. Taste is overtly malty and sweet with a smooth hop finish, noting bold notes of tempered red fruit, typical of Belgian yeasts yet perfectly complementing the grain bill which I assume included the infamous Special B malt. Palate is thick and reminiscent of an imperial stout, which is always a plus with a crystal clear IPA like this (in my book). Pleasantly surprising. Overall, worth the price and I will definitely buy more. This may even out-compete Surly Furious in my book.

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 DCon
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the East Nashville Beer Festival in East Nashville, TN. Tapped from the Hop God handle into my 8oz Yazoo Festival Glass.

Aroma- The aroma starts with a big time Beligan and floral hop aroma. A fairly strong yeast strain is present as well. Tons of fruit and the presence of malt is well blended.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that has average head retention. The color of the body is deep golden. Leaves suds behind.

Flavor- The hop flavor in this one is medium but very sweet and fruity. A bit of spice and yeast come in throughout the flavor and helps characterize this one as a Belgian IPA. High Bitterness level at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and finishes with TONS of fruit and hop flavors on the palate.

Overall Impression- A great brew from Nebraska. I have never purchased a bottle of this b/c of the price point but now interested in splitting again with a friend. I highly recommend if you have a need for a perfect example of a Belgian style IPA.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Very bright, hazy yellow-ish orange with a lovely quarter-inch of white head on top. The head collapses relatively quickly, but leaves some solid lacing.

SMELL: Huge citrus. Orange peel dominoes with a little banana in the mix.

TASTE: That orange flavor is still dominant with a little corriander, banana and clove behind it. Very well balanced with a nice hop bite, but some sweeter caramel malt and fruity yeast.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with a sweet start and a nice dry finish.

OVERALL: This is a beautiful example of the style. It's what an IPA should be and it's what a Belgian beer should be. Not quite sure how they made both work so well in one beer, but I'd have to say this is one of the better Belgian-Style IPAs I've had.

Photo of bucho
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this ones a party starter. There's nothing better than a kick start to social gathering. Grab yourself some plastic cups and make your rounds - this one is an instant "buzz" in a bottle. Nothing I'd sit down with to unwind from a busy day, but nice to have when you want to light it up.

Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Flying Saucer, KC.

A - Poured a slightly cloudy, golden orange color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grapefruit, mango, other tropical fruits. Lots of sweet aromas, too, almost like cotton candy.

T - It tasted of mango and grapefruit with a bitter hop bite. Some nice caramel sweetness make for a good backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a fantastic Belgian IPA. So glad I tried this one on tap at Flying Saucer.

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

A slight difference betwixt this bottle and the draft, as we all recall. Poured with a smallish off white, fine head and plenty of lace. Color is slightly hazy, burnished bright brass. Aroma is yeast, malt, hop, sour, fruit. Flavor's almost exactly like nose with the addition of carbonic tang. Body and carbonation are great. Finish is like flavor with the tartness along with fruit lingering longer. Interesting beer.

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

i got this in a growler and its an exceptional brew. Im a nebraska native and live minutes away from this place so i might have a little home town bias, but with the high alcohol level it is a tasty brew with high hops and very subtle alcohol flavor. this brew will warm you up in these bitter winters that are common in the Northern great plains. if your ever driving thru, this brew is a must.

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

Stark white head that looks creamy in the tulip glass. Hazy gold to amber. Peppery spice in the nose, very Belgian yeasty. Hop is clear but under the spice. Strong hop bite on the tongue, but smoothed by the Belgian characteristics, especially the vinuous and oily traits. Nose opens up as it warms, the body lightens and the yeasty characteristics become more assertive, and, to be expected, the nearly 10% alcohol becomes more apparent in the taste. Good a several temperatures, this is a great beer to sip.

Photo of capra12
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed with Chrissy at Croxley's.

Appearance: poured a slightly cloudy orange/tan with 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: I get a licorice and with a hint of simcoe hop.

Taste: this opens with a malty piney hop profile. The licorice/anise from the nose come in at the middle to finish. There is a hoppy and malty finishs wich extends to the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, with moderate carbonation and slightly coarse

Drinkability: I would love to have this again and recommend this to those seeking a SOLID IPA with anise and caramell malts.

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 drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow with a little haze, white head of medium and large bubbles, lacing is a go and carbonation is moderate.

Earthy and floral hops, yeast is also present, esters and so on.

Beer tastes pretty good, it is strong and has a nice yeast bouquet and decent bitterness on the backend. It is citrus hops and nice floral / earthy sulfur flavors that make this beer a success. I like it. I'd have it again.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time that I've seen the regular Hop God in PA... so had to get me a growler! (p.s. this picture is wrong and needs to be changed... will submit new one)

Pours with a short white head over a considerably clean/clear golden body w/decent amount of carbonation flowing up. Great lacing.

Belgian yeast, orange, and grapefruit greet the nose. Fairly rich sweetness in the back. Not terribly strong overall.

Rich on the palate, with lots of bready/yeasty paste, herbal, pine, grapefruit, all blend well. Good bitterness, but smooth, the way a Belgian IPA should be. The overall mouthfeel is a bit sticky and rich, but it is 10% after all.

Very enjoyable. Not sure I'd rank it among the very best in the category, but it's damn close to a top 3 in my book.

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 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 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 cjgiant
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at brewery (described as a cross of a tripel and an IPA):
Pours a light orange, hazy to cloudy. Head is foamy white when settled, mainly ringing the glass, but some surface coverage. Lacing is strong.

Nose is a bit muddled, but you get the fruitiness of the Triple (banana, pear), mainly, but also an earthy to piney hint of bitterness.

Taste is Belgian heavy, the esters of the nose taking flavor form. Pear, Apple, spice, banana all up front. It's heavier than a tripel, though, even though the carbonation is adequately present. Early to mid-taste, the bitterness starts to grab hold. Earthy in nature, tending towards grassy, I think it could be piney were it not combined with the fruity Belgian notes. The ending is dry, herbal, and lingering.

I'd suggest letting the beer warm slightly before engaging. It ends up feeling more like a nice, somewhat of a hip-leaning APA when all is said and done. The Belgian front would be the big divergence from this. Also, I can see my tongue wearying of this after a couple. Still an enjoyable beer.

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 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 mgbickel
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mad Mex Robinson 06/04/2011

12 oz pour served in a drinking water glass. A single finger of eggshell foam was sitting on top of the orange/yellow body as the offering arrived at our table. The head slowly receded, leaving behind small trials of bubbles.

The nose threw me for a loop. The menu has this listed as an Imperial IPA...hmmm. I took a deep sniff of the beer...what...I must be smelling the candle burning at the center of out table. Let me move away and try again...*sniff* huh? This smells like a Belgian triple! I hardly detect any hops at all!! Jump on BA on my droid and..AH HA...it is a Belgian IPA...things are much more clear now.

The hops that are hard to detect in the nose shine well in the taste. This is a great combination of the classic triple flavor (what my wife calls the rotten flavor) and an American hop forward IPA.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation...slightly oily. The ABV is hidden well...

Pretty decent offering form these guys (first one I tried...didn't even realize that they distributed in this area). Worth trying for sure!

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HopAnomaly from Nebraska Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.