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Hop God - Nebraska Brewing Company

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88
very good

151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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!

101 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 

(Beer added by: Rayek on 07-20-2009)
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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Thorpe429, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

zeff80, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

NeroFiddled, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

TheManiacalOne, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +1.5%

russpowell, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

drabmuh, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Rifugium, May 22, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

mendvicdog, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1.5%

InspectorBob, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of weeare138
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

weeare138, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Billolick, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +1.5%

wrightst, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at UJ'S Manatawny ina glass during the wood event.

Hop God pours out crystal clear golden semi yellowish with a whisp of bright white head about an inch with minimal stick. Smell is a typical IPA with light Belgian influence. The chardonnay does not really come up in musk. Some pale malts in the background. Light tropics. A str8 up Belgian IPA, no punches, the 'barrel aging' really does not add anything, but the base is nice with a array of tropical hop types giving off papaya and the like and slight earth surrounded by a Belgian yeast strain that is much popping than what the other U.S. brewers use in this style, not too much, not too little. Feel is about medium witha light and pretty crisp carb going for it. For 10 percent or so, It does not show at all, maybe a bit with some significant warming. Glad I tried this one, better than most American attempts at this style. A bottle may be a bit much alcohol wise, but taste and balance wise, Hop Gos wins..

BARFLYB, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

NEBRASKA : Hop God

Pours a deep golden with a chill haze and small head leaving little lace. Aroma of phenolic Belgian yeast, some floral hops, and alcohol. In the flavor, just about the same, estery yeast lending subtle fruit flavors, piney and resinous hops are there, alittle rind action and a big alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, alittle thin. Overall, a pretty big beer and is not shy about it. Still, a fun one to drink.

Stinkypuss, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Mebuzzard, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

John_M, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

smakawhat, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

DrBier, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

plaid75, Sep 12, 2010
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Hop God from Nebraska Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.