Hopluia - Spilker Ales

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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-02-2002

Hopluia, introduced in 16oz. cans in January 2005, is the first canned Nebraska beer since Falstaff closed in 1984. The 32oz. bottles have been discontinued.

Some of the old tap handles still list the beer as Hopalleuia.
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Photo of Todd
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32oz brown bottle with a twist-off plastic cap seal. Best before 04/03 -- ah 04/01/03 ... close enough! Says on the label that it's a dry-hopped beer, a process that is "rare" -- actually it's not rare, but still that's cool.

Pours a bright and clear brilliant copper coloured beer, topped with a crackling foam head that settles to a thin lace and stick.

Geezus! Probably one of the most powerful hop aromas that I've smelled on a beer. Imagine putting a full sack of intense hops over your head, then breathe. Okay? You're almost there. Herbal, woody, floral, touch of fruit ... it's all there and kickin' ass on your nose. Note: it mellows as the beer sits, so get some good sniffs in before it weakens.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth (gets very dry and coarse as the beer warms), with a hard water consistency -- a bit different, and odd-ish. Malty, sweet with distinct and defining bready flavours, with some yeasty notes tucked in there. Sweetness is a tad sugary, too. Some plum in the background; ripe, sweet plum. Hops prickle the palate with herbal flavours, green wood, raw grass, hints of mint, leaf ... whoa! There's a lot of hop character, let's just stop and say it's quite complex. Finish retains much of the bready flavours, going a bit dry, but surprisingly drops much of the hops, all except a coating of oil and ripe hop flavours as you burp.

Finish is not too hot, and the mouthfeel sticks in my head as being odd, but other than that this is surely an hop experience that I will not forget. Interesting and tasty, overall.

From a bditty187 care package -- thanks!

Photo of Jareddirk30
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very solid IPA. I'm from Nebraska, so I've had this beer many times. It has an awesome dark amber color with slight haziness. The aroma of hops is evident from the start and it has a great balance with the malts and citrus flavors.

I've toured the small brewery in Cortland and Sam the brewmaster is very knowledgeable of different varieties of hops and strains of yeast that he has experimented with. All of his brewing equipment if from recycled dairy equipment.

Overall a very great IPA and well worth a try!

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to isanlee for this brew in a BIF. Pours with a thin head. Darker amber in color. A slight smell of hops and malt. Tastes like a good English IPA with a balance of hops & malt. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is very smooth. A nice example of the style. Cheers.

Photo of far333
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper color with an off-white head that sinks quickly. Aroma is sweet and fruity, with some floral notes, but only mildly hoppy. Flavor is hoppy, but not really big. Flavor is also surprisingly sweet and yeasty, almost too much so. Malt presence is low. Carbonation is moderate, which leaves a somewhat slick and watery mouthfeel. This one is tasty and very drinkable, but not as hopped up as I would have liked, and a bit too sweet.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper amber hue creamy tan head leaves behind thin lacing. Aroma: Cascade hops floral citrus mix tones of subtle malt sweetness to balance. Taste: Mellow biscuit malt swetness decent hop bitterness touch of floral hops with citrusy finish. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied ale lower carbonation seems a bit flat on the palate. Drinkability: All in all I would definitely grab a sixer of this to bring to tailgate or pregame before a concert for the good beer in a can factor enjoyable somewhat flavorful.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A clear, reddish-copper body is capped by an inch high head of ivory colored foam. Hundreds of tiny bubbles rise quickly to the surface, adding to the head and helping it to maintain a thin but creamy surface covering throughout the glass. A very nice appearance indeed, but unfortunately, it leaves no lacing throughout the glass. Fresh, citrusy and mildly pine-like hops are present in the nose (as might be expected) and it's quite welcoming. The body is light and the very fine and gently effervescent carbonation tingles the tongue. The juicy citrus character of the hops (or is some of that from the yeast?) dominates the flavor, backed by a caramel-tinged maltiness. It's well-balanced by a gentle hop bitterness which leaves the flavor of the hops in the spotlight. It finishes dry with a short-lingering note of residual citrusy sweetness. An interesting hoppy & fruity beer that lends itself more to the 'very drinkable' English tradition than the current 'hit you over the head' American trend.

Photo of lawlerj
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a pint bottle into a tulip glass.

A - pours a translucent amber/copper w/ a very solid- appears to be moderately carbonated from what I can see in the body of the beer. Head is foamy and bubbly - doesn't appear to be sticking around terribly long. The dark color is intriguing.

S - big piney hops in the nose for sure, some malt sweetness as well. It smells bold to say the least.

T - the taste is not too similar to the smell - bitter hops up front, and not a whole lot on the back end - a bit of malt and some citrus and/or grapefruit as well, but nothing very strong, to be honest. I was expecting a bit more of a hop blast based on the aroma.

M - a bit watery, not as crispy as I would have like. The finish especially is not as I expected.

O - overall, this is ok. As indicated above, the aroma was promising, but the flavor and body just did not live up.

Photo of bditty187
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

-The 32oz. bottles have been retired.

-The spelling “Hopalleuia” has been shortened to Hopluia to fit better on the 16oz. cans.

-Still available on-tap in select locations.

Amber in hue with copper-gold influences, the color is attractive with surprising depth. Talkative beige head, it foamed and fizzled like a cola, at its highest point the big bubbles were a good two fingers in height but it loudly faded to nothing but a thin collar in a moment’s notice. In another instant, there was nothing. No subsequent lacing. Aside from the color the appearance is ordinary at best.

Interestingly the nose of this beer has always been wonderful; the dry-hopping process has heavily influenced it. I’ve had this beer out of the can about five times before this review and the nose seems very weak in comparison to others samples or even the old bottle version. The bouquet is lightly fruity, I’ve smelled this beer so many times I can’t even distinguish the hops anymore, it just smells like “Spilker.” The potency is low, it isn’t saying much today. Inviting by default.

The palate is very ordinary. This beer is not the same as it used to be, I don’t care what anybody says, look at my review from 2002 or Marc77’s review from the same time. It is not anywhere as good as that. At best this beer is decent and now that it is in cans there is a niche for it. I will buy more of it because there is a time and a place for cans (camping, beaches, strip clubs, etc.). The hops offer enough flavors for me to care, I get huge hop burps but the outright bitterness is minimal to say the least. This beer is not sweet or anything, maybe because the malt base is so weak and bland. It seems to offer some caramel and a trace of grain. Hops offer a piney, sprucey, lightly citrusy taste. Light fruitiness like black berries and cherries, there is also a kiss of bubblegum. The palate is nothing special.

Medium/medium-light in body, the carbonation is firm and a bit forced at times, overall the mouthfeel is okay.

I have become very muted to this beer; it no longer “wows” me. I think of this beer as a “throwaway quaff.” It is something that tastes good but isn’t really impressive if I think about it. In other words, I’ll gladly drink this while doing something but I can’t sit at a bar and pound these, I’d get bored. Four-packs cost a little over $7 in Nebraska. It seems like a deal because Sam hand fills each can, he can fill eighty in an hour. If I had to put up with that shit I’d charge five bucks a can! I do think people outside Nebraska (or those who have not drunk this beer to death) will like it more than I do (in this review). Still I am very happy to have this beer available; there is a time and a place for a tasty beer in a can. It is worth a try.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tan head atop this amber to dark copper colored brew.
Aroma of piney, floral hops and toasty caramel malt.

Taste shows a toasty, caramel malt backbone and floral hops that are fairly well balanced. Taste is relatively mild and doesn't do anything to excite me.

Above average mouthfeel and drinkability.
Overall, a solid IPA. Big thank you to bditty187 for the humungous 32oz. bottle!

Photo of UncleFlip
2.3/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

It's time to slow down the trading when you can't remember who sent you a particular beer. This beer is one that made me realize that. Whoever it was, thanks much!

[edit: Fugazme sent this one. As you read the review, bear in mind he says the cans can go off if they're not the freshest ones, and I *did* let it sit for a while. I'd like to try this one when it's really fresh.]

Pours out of the cool green can a nice dark honey to copper colour, a bit hazy, with a very active large tan head. The head is a bit loose, and falls somewhat rapidly.

The smell is all about fresh oranges, almonds, and spice. The hops are rather evident, but you would expect no less with a name like this.

The aroma is much better than the flavour..a bit weak and watery for just a second, then a sour, tangy flavour kicks in, with hints of wet towel and tire rubber. There's some bitterness at the end, but not much else.

Not exciting in the mouth at all. it's a solid less than hearty liquid, not over carbonated at all.

Drinkability suffers because of the strange flavour. I think for some folks, this might be a drain pour. I may have gotten a bad can, but this one is not very appealing at all.

Be well

Photo of pBRale
2.81/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deviating from my usual format due to laziness.
poured into a snifter
no bottled on date, although there is a freshness date up to 6/8/12
Had this beer tonight and was not really impressed. Appearance is decent, but it's really no different than the standard IPA--a little darker, leaning toward amber in color. Smell is a little hoppy (don't notice the dry hopping the label brags about), but again nothing that stands out. Flavor is about average for an IPA, hoppy, yet balanced by substantial malt presence, again nothing remarkable. Feel is full, fairly decent, and overall not a bad beer, though nothing I'll rush to again by any means. Worth the try though.

Photo of hoffman
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I finally had the opportunity to try this one out on tap, for my money it is significantly better than when consumed out of a can. The color is still an impressive ruby red/brown. The smell is quite accentuated with floral hop notes and some grapfruit undertones. The taste is most effected, gone are the metallic and skunky grains, replaced with a smoother more balanced cereal malt profile and more subdued hop presence. The mouthfeel is still watery and lackluster. Overall a more drinkable version than the canned.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks goes out to the BA who sent me all these fine beers from Nebraska. I was most excited to try this one, and went straight for it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 11/23/2008.

Very nice look here. Rich and hazy color to it. Nice carbonation could be seen creeping up through the amber colored liquid. Smallish cap of white foam on top went down smoothly and left behind only token amounts of side lace. Still a solid looking IPA for sure.

The aroma was an interesting mix of hops and spice. Nice touches here of fresh citrus hops, hints of grass and a touch of light lemon zest. As it warmed though it got to kind of different then what I was expecting. Nice spicy, almost holiday like feel to it really starting to push through. Nice notes of almost nutmeg like flavors coming through on the palate. Lots of hops again though as the fresh, citrus profile was a thing to behold. Smooth and mellow, not nearly the dripping wet fresh hop ale I thought it would be. Smooth and an easy sipper, I had no issue at all with try thing this one over, and over again.

All and all this was a very solid IPA and one that I would definitely try again. Interesting twist with the spice and mellow feel, something I would not hesitate to go after.

Photo of wcudwight
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Fugazme and Baseball Cards and Beer BIF.
Has the look of a suductive misstress. Classy yet sexy. Cherry amber in color. Kind of like a fine furnature stain. Khaki color head rises to a finger in height and slowly falls to a 1/4" with lot's of texture.
The aroma is the highlight of this beer. Wonderful menagerie of hops. Citrus fruits with pineapple being the one I notice most. Pine and earthy. Smells like one of those forest colognes. Also some mint in the aroma. Inhale and ahhh!
While the taste doesn't match the strength of complexity of the aroma it's still a very good beer. Hard to classify this one into a style. IMO it's too hoppy to be a EIPA but too balanced to be a AIPA. Also the malt profile kind of reminds me of an Amber ale. Regardless of style it's a good beer.
Medium mouthfeel with some crispness from the hops.
If I lived in NE this would be a staple beer for me both at the pub and in the fridge.

Photo of eclaycamp
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle. The bottle states that dry hopping is "rare" ... hmm, not really but okay. Cool bottle though. Pours a reddish amber with a spiffy, though smallish, off white head. Aroma is unique and powerful, with some clear notes of light pine and grass followed by light caramel. There's some spice there too, something I can't put my finger on. Taste is different as well, there's cleary a hop here at play that I'm not familiar with. It's sweeter and less bitter than I would expect. Taste is light orange peel up front, followed by big time caramel malt, with this really weird mineral aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery, probably the least impressive part of the beer. This beer really had me going right up to that first sip, and then just didn't deliver. The insubstantial and watery mouthfeel really knock it down a peg in my book, despite the unique hop aroma and flavor. Not a bad IPA at all, but somewhat disappointing given how the beer introduced itself.

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin head with little retention that sits atop a beautiful amber liquid. No lacing to speak of.

WOW. That's a whole lot of hops. I never would have guessed from the name that this would be all hops like this. Wonderful citrus and leafy hops.

As the score I gave it suggests, the taste is a bit weaker than the smell. The hop taste is there but a maltiness comes through first. It then dries out with some hops and finishes a little metallic.

It's smooth enough but leaves something to be desired.

Thanks to bditty187.

Photo of StevieW
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big 32 oz brown bottle. Oct. '03 freshness date.
Dark copper color, nearly burgundy color. Foamy, rich beige head, full of big hop bubbles. Smell is overwhelming, full of fresh hop aromas. Wood, grain, and whole hop leaves. Freshly chopped wood, with a hint of citrus. Smells like a tree fell into my glass. Taste is as bitter as expected, resiny and lip smacking hop bitterness. Grain and wood flavors also present. Lots of hop presence, but goes a touch far in the wood direction. Fresh grass flavors, then a superdry hop induced finish. Carbonation kind of falls apart and the body gets a bit thin. Almost flat and slick at the end, nearly a barleywine feel. Hop bitterness is great, but the thin feel detracts from the drinkability. Still a good beer and thanks to bditty187 for the sample.

Photo of syrupjoe
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pint bottle into pint glass.

Pours with a one finger off-white head. Big bubbles, no lacing. Amber brown color, with no particulates.

Smells of Belgian yeast, floral, grassy hops with a bit of a floral bite.

Tastes buttery, somewhat watery, and not very hoppy. Notes of bready malt.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with medium carbonation and big bubbles.

Overall, not a great beer. The nose gave me great expectations but for whatever reason this beer was very watery with a lack of hop presence. Would not seek this beer out.

Photo of EGledhill
4.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

thanks to Jhammerly for this try.

A. reddish brown with thin white head that leaves quick and doesn't leave much lacing

S. HOPS!!! one of the best hops smells i've had yet. mild hints of fruit get through the huge hops scent.

T. Once again, HOPS!! explodes out of this one. also mild fruit taste. (Jimi was right, the burp aftertaste is delicious.)

M. ok mouthfeel. Maybe the only thing this beer comes up lacking. nothing overly exciting.

D. Drinkability on this is fantastic. Starting to become quite a fan of the hop powered beers and this is one that I could pound again and again. great beer

Photo of MinorThreat
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a laser etched pint glass from a bomber smuggled into Denver from Lincoln Nebraska

A-Really nice deep reddish brown hue, clarity is very high. The head is dense and long lasting

S-When properly stored and served fresh the nose on this beer is like nothing else I have ever has. Citrus, pine, mint are forward with a hint of cereal grains in the back. The aroma is really pungent in a great way.

T-Nice, light and crisp. The overwhelming majority of the hops are in the nose. I would guess the IBU's around mid 30's and tending to have the bulk of the hop additions late. The malt base is nice, semi sweet but in great balance. Caramel and cereal grains with a long bittering balance.

M- Semi viscous from the dry hopping but still holds a nice head. Soft, clean crisp finish, pretty nice.

D-Really high...Scratch that, really really high. It has some nice complexities but is subtle enough to not overpower.

This is something that I truly miss about living in Lincoln. I took a steady supply of Hopluia for granted while I was there and now have to bribe anyone coming to visit to buy out their local LQ. Sam, you do one hell of a job, thanks for the great beer.

Photo of ghebel
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper/brown color, clear. Not much head, even with hard pour down the middle.

S - Citrusy, grassy, spicy hops, sweet malt and a touch of alcohol.

T - Good balance between hops and malts, but the hops win out in the end. The taste matches the smell. Has a nice moderate bitterness.

M - thin, biting.

D - This is a good beer. I could drink a few.

Overall - a pleasant surprise for me. Nicely balanced IPA.

Photo of marc77
4.31/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Brilliantly clear tawny bronze hue, with a head that fizzles into a spotty layer maintained by a steady, lively rise of huge bubbles. Juicy, tangerine laced citrusy Centennial hop nose upfront, followed by smooth medium lovibond caramel malt and subtle toasty malt. Overshadowed, but distinctive mellow pearish fruitiness and a mineral tinge in aroma. I'd wager the yeast strain used was White Labs English Ale fermented at the low end of its temperature range. Aromawise, it's akin to Bell's Two Hearted, albeit with a more pronounced fruitiness and caramel character. Clean, rounded caramel malt sweetness washes the palate at first, then is ceded by a permeating clementine like citrus hop flavor and light breadiness. Hop bitterness is surprisingly moderate considering the pronounced hop flavor-- It's almost as if they derived the bulk of IBUs from flavoring and not early boil additions. Light in body, but crisp and sufficiently dextrinous in mouthfeel to help lend excellent drinkability. Lightly carbonated. Finishes clean, w/ fading residual sweetness and citrus. Wow... Delicious and damn unique. Hopalleuia has the qualities of an English bitter, American Amber and IPA rolled into one. Perhaps a bit thin, but otherwise outstanding. Thank you very much, bditty187, for the bottle of this fine brew!

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like the silk screening on this bottle. It just looks good. Poured the beer, looks good. Smell, about average with a grassy hop note standing out. Taking a sip, light hop bit, grassy floral hops with a light almost watery caramel malt undernote. I was left with a beer I could drink with a spicy dish but one I probably would not come back to as the body was too light to compliment the hops. Neat to try something from NE though as a NHite in the other NE.

Photo of box299
1.59/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours light amber in color. Very thin head and no lace. Like soda bubbles cling to the glass and within a minute or two they were completely gone. Beer smelled and tasted like socks... reminded me more of a Belgian wild yeast favor without all the richness of the malt. Not much of an IPA. The beer itself was just slightly above undrinkable. Avoid!

Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured copper with a thick off-white head that disippated to a well-retained lace.
The smell was of citrusy hops - some orange is noticeable.
The taste was somewhat creamy - Orange is most noticeable. There was quite a bit of water and some buttery notes. Definately an English-style as the hop presence was fairly weak (even for an English IPA). It didn't taste bad at all, but nothing impressive at all either.
The feel was fairly thick at first, but the water soon takes over and weakens it. The flavor disappears rather quickly.
It's a bit different, as the orange dominates more than any other flavor - but even that is on the weak side. Overall, it's not bad, but could use more body and a touch more hops (and still be an English-style IPA). It thins a bit too much as the drink progresses.
Thanks bditty!

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Hopluia from Spilker Ales
81 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.