Hop God - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels - Nebraska Brewing Company
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Reviews by tabooky:
3.48/5 rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I love it when brewers take a good beer and age it in something, hopefully something that imparts even more complexity in a complimentary way.
Unfortunately for me, while the chardonnay from the barrel does shine through it simply doesn’t compliment the enormous hoppiness in a pleasing way. It’s like two different tart flavors vying for your attention at the same time. It confused my taste buds and made the beer taste skunky (it wasn’t skunked).
It’s a huge, complex beer with DIPA level hops, tart and citrusy. The aroma is complex hops and wine, almost Belgian in character, which combine into something not entirely pleasant (I think there’s a reason wine doesn’t use hops). There’s a malt backbone to level things out just enough. But this beer bites back. Medium thickness. Beautiful copper looking beer with thick off white head that settles into lace.
A good DIPA with chardonnay notes is what it is. Maybe it took me off guard, seemed to get better as I went (I actually winced a little though, not something I do often with beer). I drank the 25 oz bottle over two days and enjoyed it more on the second. Perhaps it needed to breathe!
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2012 02:02:27 | More by tabooky
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4/5 rDev -2.9%
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 -16.5%
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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