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

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BA SCORE
91
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223 Ratings
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 57
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 223 | Reviews: 80
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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imbibed with zoso1967 and BuckyFresh on 2/4/11. Thanks for another treat, zoso.

This God appears with a deep orange-ish-amber color and an awfully white one-finger head after a three-way split into snifters. The carbonation bubbles are lazy and less than copious. The head retains nicely and leaves crazy spindly, amoeba-like lacing.

First inhale reveals a very original smell. I can detect all of the three main components well- the Belgian yeast, the citrus-y American hops, and the Chardonnay barrel aging. It's a very symbiotic olfactory experience. This bouquet really reminds me of an uber dry white wine, highlighted by citrus notes of lime and orange, along with fresh flowers.

The taste is slightly sweet, slightly citrus-y, slightly woody-dry, and heavily Belgian Tripel. It starts mellow and fruity at the front of my palate, then slowly transitions to a rather biting, acidic, crisp, chardonnay-like middle and finish. The very end of the sip is quite earthy and hoppy dry. Zoso suggested that some wild yeast might have been leached from the barrel, and I think I concur with this. It lends quite a tart quality to the beer.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and quite tart and biting on the the bitter receptors of my palate. The finish is very dry and puckering from a combination of the hops and the oak barrel aging.

This was a very interesting brew that I really enjoyed drinking once. I am not sure that I would drink it regularly if it was available to me, but for a one time sipper, I really enjoyed it.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

A hoppy Belgian in a chardonnay barrel ... look at where beer has gone. This beer's epic head sticks all over the glass as its weathered golden color shows a perfect clarity. Tartness from the barrel, spice from the alcohol and slightly pungent hops make for a very complex nose. Smooth and creamy, the hops jump in with some bitterness and late-to-the-game flavor that lingers. The alcohol is spicy with a hint of tropical fruit. Wood and wine flavors are prevalent from middle to end. This brew's maltiness is thick and bready. Some damn tasty beer ... and dangerously drinkable for its size.

Photo of steelerguy
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours hazy with the color of light honey, small head that fades to a wispy covering quickly, moderate carbonation (growler so kind of dependent on that).

S - The oak really comes out in the aroma, which I felt somewhat masked the sweet light fruit that is there. Hard to pull out much more with all that oak aroma.

T - Unfortunately, the oak takes front and center again. There are some good flavors going on here...pears and pineapple, light sweet malt, some floral hops, but they have all been hit over the head with a big oaky stick.

M - Light, lively, crisp, and clean. Great example of how a big Belgian IPA should feel, light body for the amount of alcohol. The carbonation and alcohol warmth clean it up well at the end preparing you for the next sip.

D - Quite drinkable for a double digit ABV beer, would be even better if it were better balanced with hints of oak aging rather than having aged in an oak forest fire.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is oak and Belgian yeast with some light wine notes. The flavor is Belgian yeast, oak, citrus fruits such as orange and pineapple and a nice bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of jondeelee
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop God opens to full Belgian nose, bursting with bananas and cloves, and supplemented with a bevy of fruit esters, including white grape, apricot, berry, cherry, kiwi, and even touches of pineapple. Smidgens of confectioner’s sugar add a super sweet edge, with brown sugar and vanilla bringing in more sweet textures. Grains bring in bits of toast and baguette, as well as faint remnants of wet wheat and whole wheat dough, but the breads are quite faint, and mainly serve to help bring the sugars into relief. The oak barrel aging adds oaky notes, and bits of the Chardonnay have also seeped into the beer, adding fruity grape notes, like sparkling sweet champagne. For all of the beer’s 101 IBUs, what is noticeably missing from the nose is the expected hop bomb; instead, the hops add delicate rosewater and grapefruit overtones. As a whole, the beer smells delicious, and in many ways is far closer to fruity champagne than beer, with the banana and clove Belgian notes being the main detractor from this impression. What is mostly apparent is the intensity of the sugars, the bottle rim not only sticky, but the fruit esters more full and complex than in several lesser beers combined. The beer is perhaps overly sugary, or at least in need of a stronger secondary aroma to help balance things out, but is still alluring.

On the tongue, the hops are out in full force, attacking the tongue with an unexpected ferocity, pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine resin, and dandelion stem mixing with citrusy pineapple, fermented apple cider, and berry vodka to burn the tastebuds and singe the nosehairs. The intensity of this initial impression cannot be overstated, especially after the delicate and sugary-sweet nose: this beer singes and curls the toes, not only with massively bitter hops, but tart fruits and heavy swaths of alcohol vapor. Rarely has a beer been so different from aroma to taste. Subsequent sips reveal more sugary fruit esters, including cherry, orange, apricot, and the expected banana and clove Belgian notes. Toast crust, wet wheat, and rising wheat dough also add further complexity, as do touches of oaky white grapes. But it is the massive hop/citrus/alcohol blast that easily wins out, dominating the other flavors and occupying perhaps ninety percent of the flavors, and continuing to eat away at the tastebuds long, long after the beer has been swallowed. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, if the taste of the beer had more closely resembled the aroma, this would have been an amazing beverage. However, on the tongue, the hops simply overwhelm everything, and combine with the high ABV to produce a hop-and-vodka martini overtone that so heavily dominates the beer as to make most of the other flavors quite difficult to detect. The beer is definitely out of balance because of this, to such an extent that even hopheads might have a problem.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)

A- This beer pours a light bright copper crystal clear body with a rocky snow white head that last and last. There is a sea of microbubbles swirling around in the glass. The last glass took on a hazy body with the trub.

S- The light malt flavor is clean with a green hop note to follow and a musty oak note and monistary yeast character that grows as the beer opens up. The finish is Chardonnay grapes that grow as the beer opens up.

T- The slightly fruity grape flavor has a slightly buttery oak and some olive wood notes that finish with a dry alcohol and green pine hop notes. The fruity white wine note lingers after the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a soft white wine alcohol bite in the finish.

O- The great blend of Belgian yeast, Chardonnay Barrels and a Tripel is a great combination. Dry mellow oak and fruity grapes and green pine hops really work well together.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 750mL bottle into a snifter.

My pour produces a massive head that resembles a root beer float. Cloud-like fluff shoots above the rim of the bottle and forms peaks. The liquid is a cloudy orange and resembles a witbier. Light carbonation trickles upwards and their are large tufts of lace scattered all about the snifter. It's a sexy beer.

This beer is very Belgian. It's heavily yeasty with the fruits and peppers that accompany. The nose really suggests a saison to me. Tartness is present too. I like what I'm smelling but I'm curious where the hops are. Perhaps that citrus I'm detecting is hop-related. I'm even smelling some salt like a gose.

Taste-wise, this beer has a grape-like character, plenty of citrus notes and pepper and yeasty notes like a Belgian. I get some aggressive grapefruit and the sensation on the upper palate that this brings. I even get some of that citrus peel. Whatever hops are here, they seemingly only add to the citrus and don't add any danknss or other hops flavor. As the beer warms I begin to get more sweet maltiness too.

Especially as the beer wars, I get an incredible amount of sensations on the tongue. This beer has yeasty effervescence, tartness, and the bitter dryness of biting into a grapefruit.

A pretty tasty brew here. There's a lot going on, between citrus adn malt and Belgian yeast and saison-like sensations. It's a lot to enjoy.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy apricot color with a very nice frothy white head with excellent retention and lacing.

Nose isn't quite what I expected at first for the style, but after reading the bottle it makes sense. Much like a sour/wild ale but definitely better and not overly sour. Notes of light fruit like nectarine, pear, green apple and floral hop notes.

Flavor follows the nose in that it kind of seems like a sour/wild but doesn't have that unpleasant sour/bitter finish. Flavor characteristics are similar to the nose with bright fruity notes like apple, pear, peach and nectarine along with mild floral hops.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with med-high carbonation that works well here. I'd think it'd be a little unpleasant if it had much higher carb.

Overall it's different yet nice. Not something I'd want to drink on a regular basis by any means, especially for the price. But I think it's a well thought out and executed beer.

Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding craftmanship.Wafting wine and hops. Looks great though a light colour. Full mouthfeel. Very satisfying, with the patience of 6 months of barrel ageing, is it a double IPA or a great white wine.Thanks Michael for this and all you have done, and our wishes for your complete recovery.

Photo of russpowell
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Fruitty & oaky, a touch of sourwood honey & just a bit of barnyard stink

T: Dry, piney, lemony with pears & pineapple layered in with breadyness up front. Oaky dryness & grapefruit as this warms, slight pineyness as well, some brett sourness catches up late. Finishes semi-crisp with a nice oaky dryness, some pear & pineapple & hay

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation that flattens out as this warms

Superior drinakability for the style & ABV, I love the American slanted hop attack of this beer! First bber from this brewery, I am blown away...

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this one with the group at the "Evening Wood" tasting graciously hosted by cmrillo! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, fruit, and fruit hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. The barrels on this one were not very pronounced if I am completely honest, which was kind of a disappointment... However, the flavor profile on this one was quite nice with the chardonnay coming across as a part of the fruit character in this one. I really enjoyed this one, just wish it wasn't so expensive...

Photo of Gmann
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a murky golden orange color with a fantastic tight white head that left lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is tart and wine like due to the barrel aging. Fermented apple skins, lemon and oak dominate the aroma. The flavor follows the aroma, tart apple skins which melts into a slightly sweet pale malt, nice subtle oak flavors play very well with the rest of the beer. I can detect the Belgian candi sugar but most of the hops and yeasty goodness is hidden by the oak. That being said the sourness and sweetness come together well. A moderate feel with good carbonation, again the sweet and sour balance each other out on the palate. Perhaps a light grassy hop pops through towards the end. I'd probably like to see more yeasty flavor and a touch more hops but the flavors are quite good and mellow. Its different and its good.

Photo of Neffbeer
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: It pours a glowing golden amber with an orange hue. Rocky white head with great retention and a ton of lacing, spectacular.

S: The chardonnay barrel jumps out first. There is no mistaking where this beer came from! Some hints of peach and other fruits follow closely behind.

T: Big oak flavor with a hint of peaches and sweet malt. Dry to the bone with a clean bitter finish. The wine barrels have really taken over this beer in a good way.

M: It is light and fluffy with plenty of carbonation.

D: This is quite a drinkable beer for 10%. I had this beer when it was first released and it has changed beyond recognition 6 months later.

Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle from Al's. This crosses Nebraska off of my list.

A: The Belgian IPA is a golden copper color, a little hazy but radiant nonetheless. An orange glow lingers in the center of the glass. Plenty of white foam accompanied the first pour, leaving a dense ring of lace all around the glass.

S: The chardonnay oak is strong, leaving a full imprint on the nose. Underneath the sweeter vanilla aromas, mildly sour grapes and spicy hops hang out. The Belgian IPA aspect seems very strong, even beneath the oak.

T: The oak and IPA flavors are at odds in just about every ale that I've had. The bold hoppiness seems to rebel against the wooden oak flavors. This beer is no exception. The bitterness and sweetness play off each other, creating a vibrant contrast that tickles my tastebuds. The tripel aspect is probably the weakest link, struggling to get past the hops and barrel. Ahh, there is it. The Belgian spiciness is a nice touch, another sweetness to pair up against the hoppiness. Even with several months of barrel aging, the hoppiness remains intact. The wine barrel and tripel work nicely together, dry with vanilla, candi sugars and wooden-ness. The bitterness, augmented by the chardonnay, lingers. A very intriguing ale that has my full attention.

M: The mouthfeel is complex, with the tripel, IPA, chardonnay, and oak all battling for attention. It's tough, in the long run, to pinpoint a winner, all do their jobs remarkably well.

D: At 10%, the ale is big and bad. Moderation is the key to surviving it. Me? I'll split it with ksak and hope for the best. The very nice blend of Belgian IPA and a barrel.

Photo of MDHopster
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
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 philbe311
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers worth of slightly rocky, extra creamy, light and delicate pure virgin white colored froth... slightly better than dicent retention gives way to a thick layer of full creamy lace... A pale gold color with a faint orange hue... Swirling moderate paced carbonation throughout... Loads of rich lacing clings to the glass...

S - Some Belgian yeast notes... Faint traces of chardonnay aging are evident... White grapes... Pears... Dried apricots... Slightly buttery... A subtle hint of booziness... Perhaps a touch of very very faint pepper...

T - Apricots... White raisins... Chardonnay... Some euro hop bitterness... Belgian yeast... Faint candied sugars... A surprising bit of alcoholic heat on the finish...

M - Light to medium bodied... Smooth... Rich... Decidedly sophisticated... Worldly... Slightly juicy to start turning exceedingly dry... A lot of heat on the finish...

D - A suave and sophisticated sipper... As a fan of Belgian IPAs, I wish there were more... There also aren't too many Chardonnay barrel-aged offerings... This is a tremendous marriage of the two... Unlike anything I've encountered in beerdom... Highly recommended... A very unique offering...

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy dirty blonde color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma is a complex mix between a dry hoppy Belgian ale with some sweet notes mix with some light tart vinous notes. Taste is quite complex with notes of sweet Belgian style malt with dry hoppy notes and light tart vinous notes. A bit lacking balanced with more vinous notes would have been better. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very interesting experience though maybe lacking a bit of balance.

Photo of deford
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

Photo of mindspin315
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large white head over a golden orange body. Carbonation streaming up the middle of the glass and a mild haze.

This beer has a lot of nice aromas that blend well together. The white wine Chardonnay characters come through with oak, vanilla, lemon, green apples and dry must. Also notes of peach/apricot are prevalent. The belgian aspect is very much of a clean, mild bready, yeasty Tripel aspect.

White pepper, vanilla, oak, and kiwi all coat the palate. The beer is creamy and velvety in texture. Starts out sweet with a mild bitterness that rises along with green apple flavor and rather strong amount of carbonation. Dry aspet comes in but is quickly balanced out with a touch more of that creamy sweetness in the finish. A dry, sweet lemon, pepper, unripened white peach and vanailla flavor are left on the palate.

This would be an amazing beer to pair with seafood, pasta, cheese, or a vanilla poundcake with mixed berries. A sweeter non-funked Bitter Monk.

[96/100]

Photo of Greywulfken
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of Blanco
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange color with large white head. Obvious carbonation and very clear. very sticky lacing. Smell is sweet, fruity with only the tiniest hints of some sourness, but not much. Amber malt notes. Taste is somewhat on the sweet side, somewhat vinous. sweet upfront but somehow dry in the finish. lots of tropical fruit. For me, the hops are essentially non-existent. That's neither good nor bad, just a statement. But the one knock I have is a slight bite immediately after each sip. Light bodied.

Overall, this is pretty decent. The alcohol is well hidden, the flavors are nice. I can appreciate the complexity. I would like to see how this one would age.

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has some hints of amber hues along with aclight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Chardonnay are present in the nose from the wine barrel aging.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of Chardonnay from the barrel aging.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The wine barrel aging lends nice flavors of Chardonnay, but this overpowers the taste of the underlying Belgian IPA.

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok I want to not just like this beer. I want to LOVE this beer. I get the spicy Belgian IPA and I get citrus flavors AND I get the wine barrels. My issue is I want more of the oak Chardonnay barrels. For $25 a bottle I want a lot more. I don't want that price to Throw off the review but it's in the back of my mind.

Don't get me wrong the beer is damn tasty. The head is beautiful, the lacing is dancing around the glass, it's a gorgeous hazy burnt orange color, and it smells somewhat like a ripe grapefruit that is cut up in pieces and served on a bed of hops. The mouth feel is spot on for the style and almost a tad creamy as the brew warms. There is a TON to like.

I get the oak flavor that I so crave but I just wanted more of the wine notes ala an interlude from allagash (tough comparison).

Final note: as the beer warms it's becoming even more mellow and drinks like a velvety citrus juice that is being dripped into your mouth from a piece of oak. Yes it is good.

Photo of BuckyFresh
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed with zoso1967 and TCHopCraver. Thanks to zoso for this tasty treat.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with an off-white two-finger head. The lacing and retention are great. After the head recedes, islands of frothy bubbles remain on the surface. A decent amount of sediment is present in the glass, which prevents a glimpse of any carbonation.

Smell: Very fruity, with a touch of funky yeast. There is some subtle oak notes from the barrel aging. I'm getting some cherry, pear, apple, and a bit of spicy pepper. The malt character is more grassy than sweet and the hops are understated.

Taste: Quite sweet and chardonnay-like. A very smooth and syrupy consistency dries out a bit toward the end and finishes pretty clean. The alcohol is definitely present in the flavor and controls a lot of where the taste takes you.

Mouthfeel: Medium/full-bodied and pretty sweet. Semi-dry finish with adequate carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable and complex beer. The dry finish helps with the drinkability, but the sweetness might get to be a bit much after a while.

Photo of billyshears
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a:Clear golden color with nice thick and foamy head; some pretty nice retention.
s: A bit of must from the chardonnay oak barrels, cloves and a bit of Belgian yeasts and sugars.
t: Very interesting, the tart vinous flavor certainly leans towards the wine barrels its been aged in. A bit of the belgian signatures come on towards the back end: clovey banana, spice, yeast and a bit of the sugar and some decent prickly hops.
M:Ample carbonation and fairly medium-light mouthfeel. Quite dry
D: A bit warm but nice.
Very interesting and complex brew.

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HopAnomaly - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.