Hop God - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels - Nebraska Brewing Company
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Reviews by Greywulfken:
4.63/5 rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
So excited! Last new beer of my big new beer tasting weekend - and the most expensive - a $23 bottle (yikes!)
A: in a Duvel tulip (a great default beer glass) - cloudy amber, white head that starts thick and settles into a line
S: mix of white wine (chardonnay, 'natch) aromas and beer hops
T: oh, really good - a little tart, hops and oak - I would think that no one who drinks this ever drinks a Budweiser again - this is a manly brew
M: clean, crisp, smooth
O: I wonder of this is what Sam Adams what shooting for with their Infinium (which was a bit of a bust in my book - no offense to their strong brewing tradition). I mean, if a "beer guy" wanted to drink wine, then this is the $23 "bottle of wine" you should buy. I also found this to be more enjoyable than the Duvel Triple Hop (a similar style of beer (and I love Duvel))
Note: You will feel the alcohol more than you will taste it (my head felt cloudy after my first pour, but I never felt any alcohol burn or bite while drinking).
I paired my second pour with beef tenderloin bites wrapped in bacon and I felt like royalty. This is a classy brew - very complex and strong - a great (as my beer guy called it) celebratory beer. I'm curious what the Hop God regular/non-reserve must be like. Hats off to Nebraska Brewing for quite an achievement.
Serving type: bottle
09-03-2011 17:31:44 | More by Greywulfken
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4/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Hazy, golden-amber pour, with a wispy white head and medium-sized collar; some tracks of lacing on the glass. In the nose, Belgian yeast and obvious Chardonnay aromas, herbal hoppiness and pale malt sweetness. Pretty much delivered what was promised in the taste department: Belgian yeast complimenting pale malts, vinous flavors, stone fruits, notes of oak and light hop bitterness into the aftertaste. Medium body, moderate carbonation, pretty easily drinkable, with the higher ABV well-concealed. Nice overall.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2014 09:21:27 | More by Rifugium
3.44/5 rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to my cousin for the Christmas gift!
A: Pours a hazy amber color. The head is a one finger white shade. While its retention isn't the best, it's both beautifully creamy and leaves a decent ring of lacing on the glass.
S: Very fruity. Intensely fruity, actually. Apples, grapes, pears, oranges, and grapefruit all intertwine on the nose, with a building bubblegum character coming out the more it warms up. The barrel character is moderately strong without being overpowering. One disappointing feature is that I don't pick up much hoppiness, apart from some of the citrusy characteristics blending within the esters. Otherwise, this is an excellent example of a barrel aged tripel, at least on the nose.
T: From the start, the esters hit the palate immediately with strong bubblegum, apple, and pear. It's on the finish where the hop profile makes itself known. They're more citrusy than piny, and that's good. The finish is also loaded with a clean oak characteristic - this feature is actually quite powerful, almost overly so. Wait not almost, definitely overly so. The toasted oak flavors run roughshod everything else when sufficiently warmed up. Getting past that, it's a solid brew.
M: Surprisingly on the clean side, with the barrel characteristics doing a good job of drying it out. The tannins are a bit harsh, actually - it's too dry in my mind. On the plus side, there's very little in the way of prevalent alcohol.
O: Clearly, this isn't much of an IPA, Belgian-style or otherwise: the hops are only a slight addition here, playing second fiddle to the barrel character. This is a perfect example of an over-barreled beer - the base beer pretty much cowers in fear of the chardonnay barrels. It's a reasonable beer, but considering how much this brewery charges, I'm having a lot of trouble recommending this one (except to barrel lovers, that is).
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2013 23:49:36 | More by ThisWangsChung
Hop God - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
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