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HopAnomaly - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels - Nebraska Brewing Company

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 56
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Nebraska Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Onslow on 03-21-2010

An artful creation which began with our HopAnomaly Belgian-Style IPA, enhanced by a 6 month maturation in French Oak Chardonnay Barrels. This version of Hop God is a fascinating, big, bold Belgian-style Tripel hopped in very high amounts to concentrate citrus, grapefruit and floral aromatics in the nose. The addition of Chardonnay barrel aging adds further dimension and oak tannins to an already wonderfully complex Ale – bringing to mind tropical fruits and peach. We know of nothing that compares – enjoy!

87 IBU
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4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We pop a 750mL. emblazoned with the former label of “Hop God” into our King Sue tekus. It shows a golden pumpkin coloring, and puts forth a finger and a half’s worth of a head. The latter is creamy and soapy, but retains only briefly before sinking into a dense ring at the junction of the liquid and the glass. Lacing is chunky and mountainous. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be lighter. The aroma is shockingly tart and sour, offering up notes of white vinegar acidity, sweet Chardonnay grape skin and wine, cleanly old and dusty French oak, soft banana esters, manure and barnyard funk, lemon zest, phenolic clove, sweet Belgian yeastiness, hearty maltiness of pale grain, wheat, and lighter pilsy grit, perfumed floral hoppiness, tangerine flesh, white sugar, and chlorine. Holy phenols, Batman!! The taste is not at all what we had expected following that aromatic showing. The tartness threw us for a loop there. We hang our heads, resigning to notes of massive Belgian graininess of biting pilsner, pale, amber, and dusty English varietals, sweet banana esters, rumbly and spicy phenolic clove bitterness, intensely drying oakiness, tire and latex rubbery bite, chardonnay grape sugars, herbal and green grassy hoppiness, wildly fusel booze, cloying white sugar and honeycomb sweetness, vanilla bean, dried cherry fruitiness, candied almonds, earthy mossiness, cider vinegar acidity, hot horseradish fumes, and lemon skin. The aftertaste brings crushing tsunami waves of phenolic and chardonnay wine bitterness. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is lightly medium. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, and more oiled foam and froth, without robust creaminess. The mouth is left astringently dried and puckered following an initial scathing coolness of phenols and booze. The abv is warming and present, and the beer functions as more of a sipper.

Overall, this is one of the most impressive uses of wine barreling we’ve ever encountered. The chardonnay flavoring just pours off of the oak, blending with the warming, bold graininess of a surprisingly bitter base tripel. The result is rather mixed however. You find cloying sugars clashing with the most intensely puckering and bittering phenols around, all with this grapey wine and ethanol flavoring that never fully clicks for us. The biggest surprise here is that nose. It tends towards the wild side, more so than either a Belgian IPA or a tripel (it’s hard to nail this down stylistically, as so many things are mentioned on the bottle, contrasting with what we actually get). That is probably why we felt so discombobulated through the flavoring and beyond. You never quite know where you are with this beer, and it leaves you questioning your own basic knowledge of beer. As our introduction to Nebraska Brewing Company, this has certainly piqued our interest.

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3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 750ml into a FW snifter.

A- Golden colored with a small white head. Really looks inviting...

S- White wine...maybe a little pepper and spice.

T- Again, white wine, a little light fruit...very summery...don't know why I'm drinking this now in the middle of a rainy SoCal night. I want some apple slices and cheese with it. On the finish there's a bit of oak, reminds me I'm drinking a beer.

M- Very bubbly...very light, it feels good.

O- Need to do this next summer out by the pool. I feel like I'm in Napa Valley at a wine tasting. Quite enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Sintech
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So, I was at the Nebraska Brewing Co. last night and was told that they couldn't sell me this delicious beer. Apparently they received a cease an desist letter from a brewery in Tennessee with the naming rights to HOP GOD...smh. There will be NO more HOP GOD in Nebraska EVER!! So I called half of the liquor stores in the city before I finally found one that had a bottle, four bottles to be exact, bought em all. Best $80 I have ever spent. If you can find this beer BUY IT.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of MDHopster
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Interesting brew served in a 6 oz glass at the White Oak Tavern in Ellicott City Md. Weak nose but citrus and grape must scents. Smooth mouth feel with minimal carbonation and limited bitterness of hops. Chardonnay flavor is noticeable with slight lingering aftertaste.

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden orange color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-slightly sweet malt, herbal, oak, white wine, belgian yeast

T-grainy malt, herbal, light caramel, oak, yeast, white wine, little grape and apple, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-enjoyed the barrel characteristics and the beer was very drinkable in spite of the abv

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of mobius024
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought this tonight here in Ithaca NY, at Finger Lakes Beverage Center (really great store). No one in the store at the time had tried the beer, so they asked me to let them know what I thought. This is what I thought:

Hi, I bought Hop God Last night. You asked me to let you know what I thought. First, my nose is almost completely dead from childhood allergies, so I require a beer that really stands up to notice anything. This one does. Pours a beautiful cloudy gold, with a moderate head (I poured it pretty cold). Nice lacing, etc. First thing was, I got citrus on the nose. It's got to be strong, for me to smell at all. A little bit grapefruity on the tongue. It's hard to quantify the mouth feel, it's pretty bright and then hangs around with what I think is a citrusy aftertaste. There is actually enough going on with this beer, the hops aren't really the biggest thing, at least for me, but for a hop freak such as myself, they are still there. I don't think it said so on the label, but at 10 it's certainly it's a double. Also, it's clearly Belgian yeast, with some sour coming through. Anyway, I think the alcohol fits nicely, but I'm accustomed to drinking nines and tens anyway. All in all, I do like this beer. it's interesting – sometimes that's a curse I guess, but not here I think. If I had a complaint at all, it is that it's a little bit heavy on the citrus (disclaimer – I dislike citrus is in general). I would buy it again, though.

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HopAnomaly - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
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