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

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Ratings: 165 | Reviews: 58
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 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 BarrytheBear
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Nebraska Brewing Company. Poured into a tulip.

Well, damn. It was 100 degrees outside when we went to the pub at around 5:30 in the afternoon. Into a tulip this poured a hazed orange with a tight white ring and a really slow trickle of tiny bubbles that may have been just really pissed at the scorched earth drama the sun was directing outside. I had to use my pinkie digit as a makeshift windshield wiper to clear the glass and get a good peek inside.

The triple aspect of this hybrid shines in the nose, which is the side I'd prefer played coy. Fruity esters, spice, and yeast. It was difficult to pull the IPA qualities here.

On the tongue the hops are more assertive. Yeast lays a spicy blanket atop mango, pineapple, and heavy dose of peach. Sharp alcohol snap at the finish coupled with the spice.

Mouthfeel is lively, spicy, and pops on the palate. A refreshing, albeit big beer, to hide the day away with.

Being an unabashed Ale Asylum Bedlam lover, I can see the similarities. However, the Belgian aspects play a larger role here, and I prefer these aspects play more of a supporting role. As is, this is a nice beer and worth the trip over on our return home.

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 FanofHefe
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass. Hazy yellow/orange body with very little head. A slight smattering of lacing.

Minimal aroma; a little spicy yeast and some minor hop notes.

Interesting flavor; reminds me of a hoppy dubbel. Plenty of Belgian yeast spice, sweet malt, and a nice bitter hop finish. Pretty tasty brew.

Medium mouthfeel and a hint of the alcohol present. Solid offering overall.

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 Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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.

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 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!

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 goblue3509
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slighlty hazy orangish caramel color with a one finger soapy stark white head which leaves some retention and lacy gobs up and down the glass. The aroma is of citrus and sweet belgium yeast and spiciness. There is also a hint of earthy hops present at the very end of the nose. The taste has that belgium ipa taste up front, there is citrus, belgian yeast spiciness, and candied sugar taste. This gives way to a slight earthy hop bite at the end. The overall up front sweet taste isn't a pronounced as in other belgian ipa's. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and slightly dry. Overall it was solid but not one of the best, the balance was there, but the taste didn't compare to others in the class. It left me wanting a little more up front.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Zeno's in State College, PA. A cool bar. Had this in late March.

A: A pretty orange to gold color thats mostly clear. Ring of decent head and good lacing clings to the glass.

S: Bready tinged grassy hops with a wine grape like note. Some sugary sweetness a la a lager with Belgian yeast sticking through.

T: Follows the smell but with more savory malts that cloud the hops, a give it a more bready yeasty taste overall. Chardonnay dry grapes, bittersweet back. Not much hops almost like a Belgian Golden Ale or something to me.

M: Decent carbonation and medium feel, nothing exciting. Not too much heat though.

O: Solid beer but nothing great. Maybe was a mistake trying this after fresh Hopslam.

Photo of KAP1356
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Smokin' Joe's. Poured into these weird glasses they have there. Not a pint, not a tulip, kind of in between...

A - Light gold color with some lighter yellow highlights. Fluffly 2 finger eggshell white head is present and retains quite well.

S - Lots of fruity, citrus up front from the hops mixed with the standard belgian yeasty-spicy notes. Some candied sugar and lemon zest come through towards the end

T - Follows the nose, althought less spicy. Floral and hoppy with a lot of bitterness going on here. Fruity and only slightly spicy. Yeasty and pretty dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with pretty lievely carbonation. Pretty dry and a little soapy.

O - Not too bad. The ABV was very well hidden here. I just don't really seem to get Belgian IPA's which might be why I didn't enjoy this one as much as I could have.

Photo of doucmehu
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a week old growler (filled fresh after tapping) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Rich amber, slightly cloudy with about 1 finger of foamy white head, which faded quickly to a thin ring. Fairly viscous cling when swirled, leaves little lacing.

S: Belgian yeast and malts, typical Belgian "bready" wheat aroma, hint of citrus, not much in the way of hops.

T: Starts off very much like a Tripel, with prevelant Belgian notes up front. A fair amount of clove, hint of clean citrus, a bit of mild Cascadian style hops. Stays strong on the Belgian front.

M: Decent carbonation, you can definitely feel the hops bitterness on the finish that sticks with you for a bit.

O: I enjoyed this beer, it had some fun characteristics. Having the hop bitterness to compliment the Belgian tripel style worked fairly well, tough as a tripel I found it somewhat week in depth and not nearly as well rounded as others.

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

Had this baby on tap at Fat Head's in Pittsburgh.

A - Pours a hazy, medium to dark orange color with minimal head and a thick, white lacing around the rim of my snifter. The foam sticks to the side of the glass like cotton candy residue.

S - Light fruit, crackery biscuity malt, and a light mint, herbal character. The nose is pretty weak, at least for this particular pour.

T - Comes across as more acidic and herbal in nature with a somewhat spicey, biscuity malt, and balanced across the sip. The ABV is pretty well hidden and the hop bitterness doesn't really assert itself until after it's hit the back of the throat. For some reason, this is almost German wheat-like in character. The malt is spicey, herbal, and overall, the beer is mildly hoppy in the finish.

M - Full bodied and leaves a somewhat sticky film on the lips and has a slight warming on the way down. The mouth is coated with a small amount of lemon.

O - Not quite what I expected according to the name, but "enjoyable" nonetheless.

I'm definitely up to trying this beer again in hope of "upping" my score. Could have been an old keg.

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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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..

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 DoubleSimcoe
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nebraska Hop God on tap at The Ginger Man, NYC. Hop God is defined by the brewery as "a cross between a Belgian Tripel and a West Coast IPA".

Appearance: Served in a brandy snifter, comes with a one-and-one-half finger head, very white and frothy. One ring of lacing in the upper rim of the glass lingers.

Smell: Very rich and engaging, with squeezed grapefruit and various citrus juices. Fresh, juicy, sour. Very Belgian in my book! Orange rind, candied fruit. Lemongrass, some hops. Leafy. Aromas of citrus salad.

Taste: An attack of citrus bitterness. A touch of alum. Very, very dry. Puckeringly so, will make you grimace. Very yeasty too and a tad of dishwasher soap to boot. Not my favorite aspect of this beer, prefer the smell. A tad of honey and hemp at the end.

Mouthfeel: Again, DRY! Soapy too. Highly but rightly carbonated. Full body and flavor. I have trouble with the dry soapy mouth. Not the most pleasant beer to drink, have some water with it!

Drinkability: Low. Not for the alcohol (well-played and nice, at 10%) but the dryness and sour bitterness.

This just doesn't do it for me, but I appreciate the attempt at crossing a Belgian and a West Coast IPA.

Would love to try the oak-aged version!

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 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 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.

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