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Nebuchadnezzar - Omnipollo

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384 Ratings
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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 57
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Sweden

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 06-29-2012

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Ratings: 384 | Reviews: 80
Photo of kitch
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was an 11.2 fl oz bottle dated best before 7th August 2016 on the bottle cap and poured into a snifter glass.

A: It poured a hazy golden orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving nice spotty lacing.

S: Right from the pour you get a strong tropical fruit aroma. Mainly mango and pineapple followed by some citrus grapefruit, zest and pine. I thought the smells were amazing and raring to burst out at me.

T: Citrus hop bitterness up front of grapefruit and mandarin orange followed by some light tropical fruit… maybe pineapple and peach, but still the bitterness pushes through. There’s also a strong malt caramel background and slight sweetness from this, but it gets covered by the bitterness quickly and the lasting aftertaste is bitter with a small hint of tropical fruit.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation and dry finish.

O: This was a very nice DIPA. The strong aromas set a high standard to begin with. I find most DIPAs have too much malt caramel sweetness in its taste for me, but in this case I absolutely loved the hop bitterness shining through. The slight fruitiness also helped here. Its on the expensive side, but I will definitely consider buying this again.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright golden yellow with a slight chill haze. Head is off-white and dense. Creamy and dense with decent retention. Bubbly with some solid streaks and notches of lacing.

Smell: Pine needle. Touches of pineapple. Solid hit of grapefruit flesh and zest. Orange zest and juice. A touch of honey. Malts are relatively light with just a touch of caramelization. Some biscuit and caramelized malt sweetness. Tons of pine. Needle, oil, branch, it's all there. Some mild tropical elements...tangerine. Floral as it warms.

Taste: Hints of tangerine and pineapple over some soft peach. Loaded with pine needle and sap. A touch of woody and herbal elements coupled with a solid floral backing. Malt backbone offers a touch of biscuit dough with some mild caramelized sweetness. Tons of lingering bitterness. Each sip builds on the bitterness. Aggressive bitterness that just sits on the tongue. Pine and flowers...pine flower is a thing right? Did I mention it's bitter. It just sits there and sits there.

Mouthfeel: Medium slightly sticky and oily body with a moderate carbonation. Minimal astringency.

Overall: Must be a prototype.

It's solid and then some and it's definitely a DIPA. Screamingly bitter and unrelenting. Worth picking up, but I feel like there might be a freshness issue here. Fresh this would be something to truly impress, as it is, it's good almost great.

Photo of AndreasDif
3.02/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strange aftertaste would prefer something more!

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

this is probably a better beer than the ratings i am giving it, at least according to everyone else, but for me, it lacks the omnipollo magic, which i have experienced in all of their beers to date before this one, and its there here too, trying to bust though a bigger malt profile than is necessary in terms of caramel notes, or maybe too long of a boil where some sugar caramelization occurred, i dont know for sure, but it cant get out. it also cant get out from behind a brick wall of bitterness that starts mid palate and lingers for half an hour. the hop complexion of the beer is otherwise awesome, but its masked a bit more than i would like it to be here. there is a peach or nectarine juicy character to the hops, and it comes out right before the finish in a huge wave of crashing carbonation, stirring up a turbid mix of malt residuals, strange new wave euro yeast, and oils that coat the palate and then disappear. i could drink a bunch of these, but i feel like i would pay for it. the mouthfeel is its best asset i think. if this were a single ipa with a scaled back malt base and more emphasis on late kettle timing with the same dosage, it would be a vastly superior beer in my mind. the bitterness is a distraction and the alcohol leaks through just a bit. that said, a treat to get to try another beer from these guys, who are absolute awesome as on outfit on the whole.

Photo of tlema1
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Piney and floral, balanced very nice brew

Photo of BlarpBlarp
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An explosion of exotic tropical fruits, honey, and hops. Sweet and bitter all at once. Extremely smooth drinking and well balanced. Very complex DIPA with the alcohol extremely well masked. This is a smart, well-crafted beer. Beautiful to look at in the glass as well.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: murky medium gold body, a few fingers of head o'er the top, some messy lace trails behind

S: lots of bright citrus and fruit, subtle grain and dank pine impressions below

T: citrus and tropical fruits dominate the malt grains and dank hops that lurk beneath; bitter and mildly sweet, impressions of pith up-front, resinous notes only suggested on the finish

M: medium body, mild carbonation, bittering in full effect, nice lingering aftertaste

O: an excellent American-style DIPA from Omnipollo - lean and mean, way closer to the IPA than the barleywine on the DIPA spectrum - fresh and full of flavor and feel - recommended

Photo of mrfrancis
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a thick white head.

S: Aromas of caramel, herbs, kumquats, grapefruit, lemon, lime, bitter orange, tangerine, biscuits, and crackers fill the nose.

T: Notes of bitter, funky yeast, caramel, biscuits, crackers, minerals, herbs, grass, kumquats, grapefruit, lemon, lime, bitter orange, and tangerine fill the mouth. The finish is incredibly bitter with huge herb, yeast, lemon, lime, and kumquat flavors.

M: On the lighter side of medium, smooth, and slick. Carbonation is active and airy. Alcohol is a bit prickly, but not really problematic in any way.

O: This is not a bad DIPA at all, but to this point, I have been slightly more impressed with some of the brewery's other offerings of this type. It's still a solid ale though.

Photo of patre_tim
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Bruised (browned) gold, butter in the pan, cloudy with no visible carbonation. Topped with 2 fingers of what looks like the butter foamed in a pan. It’s a sort of brownish yellow tinge to the whitish head.



S: Fruity, onion, pineapple, passion fruit, garlic, I seriously get tom yum in this as well. (No wonder the Thai guy I got this from loved it!) Lemongrass, red peppers, and red curry paste.



T: Much dryer than I’d expected but holds the fruity qualities. But at first, I’m overwhelmed with the red peppery bitter hop character throughout. The pineapple, tropical fruit, fruit loops, onion and garlic are present. Tom yum and lemongrass as well as red curry are also there but subdued. Very light sweetness.



M: Good solid dry and bittering, moderate foamy carbonation.



O: Got this at Mikkeller Bar in Bangkok. Saw it listed as in the top 30 IPA’s to try before you die on Wishbeer. Honestly, having travelled the US and tasted some of the best in this style, it is up to par for sure, but what’s most impressive is seeing this one come out of Sweden and not the US. So true to style it’s surprising. Drank in Kunming March 25th, 2015.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Golden and hazy. Small white head.

Smell - Tons of grapefruit. A little astringent and boozy. Sweet pale malt.

Taste - Grapefruit. A little more monotonous. Boozy and a bit astringent. Bready malts. Pretty sweet. Grapefruit bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. A little boozy.

Overall - Good beer. No idea how old it is, but has a great hop profile.

Photo of Tpain518
2.14/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

this was not good. maybe infected?

Photo of Mojua
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Call me crazy, and yes, they're different styles, but this reminds me of Zombie Dust. Has the distinct 3F malt profile. Awesome beer.

Photo of jondavidsson
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is pure perfection!

Photo of FLima
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber orange color with a thick head with short retention. Turns hazy at last pour.
Nice aroma with predominant notes of lychees, passion fruit, pineapple, honey, orange marmalade and peaches.
Interesting citrusy flavor that stands out among the crowd given subtle differences in its mix. Notes of grapefruit, spices, hop resin and oils, honey, mango, pines, papaya (though manifest in a more pleasant way than usual, maybe because is more towards lychees), oranges, American yeast, grass, flowers, melon and pineapple juice. Quite dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. I was even forgetting to comment in the alcohol, the 8.5% passed unnoticed.
Excellent DIPA with great fruity complexity, hop juicy and with a better balance the most traditional DIPAs that can be too malty.
I could announce that great DIPAs are no longer an exclusivity of our fellow North Americans, partially thanks to their consistent preach.

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Purchased at the LCVBO for just over $4.00 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.0- Opens well and pours a small white head that is gone pretty fast. Unfiltered and very dark gold

S- 4.25- Lots of hops. Citrus galore. High alcohol

T- 3.75- Not as much hops as hoped on but for a European IPA it is a lot which explains some of the high scores by some
Grrrapefruit!!

M- 4.0- Wicked dry. This is in the top 3 driest beers I have ever had. WOW it's dry

O- 4.0- Overall a good beer but too expensive and can get some good IPA's from Canada just as good

Food Pairing

This pretty good IPA went well with..... Spicey chicken wings

Enjoy

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Nebuchadnezzar may be hard beer to pronounce but it's pretty easy on the eyes; bright honeyed-orange tones light up the glass wonderfully. Though it has a dense and icy tone not even the little bit of sediment that sneaked its way out of the bottle could soil this clean and colourful complexion. Fine white suds coat the beer like fresh-fallen snow.

The aroma is chalk-full of bitter citrus pith notes and festering tropical fruits. But there's also a tall order of malt; the smell conjures to mind a carnival fair's worth of crunchy caramel apples and moist sponge toffee cakes. The combination of exotic fruits and English confections is a winning one, albeit a rather intense and somewhat boozy one in this particular incarnation.

You might know the name Nebuchadnezzar from one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Or, just the same, you might come to know it by the earthy and herbal bitterness, intense florals, and plethora of tropical and exotic fruitiness of the Double IPA that bears the same name. Indeed, this is sure to be memorable to many...

Hardcore hop-heads, however, may or may not be among them. In fairness, this may have to do with it traveling some 6000+ kilometers (though the brewery claims it's still "best" for another 2 years. Insert eye-roll here.) But I doubt it; this is a well-brewed, considerably balanced and still overtly hoppy Imperial IPA - it just doesn't stand out as 'special' in my mind.

All in all, Nebuchadnezzar is exactly the kind of immodest and grandiose offering you'd expect from something named after a king. If you're the type who likes your palate whopped by big and bitter flavours there's little to complain about. If you're one, however, who, like me, has been around the DIPA block and back, there's nothing new here. Just (awesome, hoppy) business as usual.

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better second time around, I forgot I had tried this silly me... Still not worth the crazy price..

BBD of 5/24/15, yeah.. right...

Pours an effervescent honey color with 4 fingers of fluffed up pearl colored head. Looks more like a barleywine. , plus a little bit of haze, good head retention & stellar lacing (4.50)

S: Much pine, breadyness, pineapple & little bit of leafy hops (3.5)

T: Pineapple, pineyness, herbal hops, breadyness, mangos & dryness up front. Grapefruit, a little bit of gummy worms, hay, & orange peel as this warms. Finishes dry, bready, with some grapefruit & pineapple

MF: Medium bodied, slightly overcarbonated, nice balance, slight thickening of the body as this warms (4.0)

Drinks fairly easy, glad I tried it, but a one & done at this price (over 50 cents an ounce) . Could damn near buy a stone ipa 6-er for this price (3.75)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

Thick creamy white head on a somewhat clear dark golden body. Thick lacing sticks behind.

Some sweet caramel lingers through the hops that come across on the citrus side. Some floral.

Big pine and grapefruit flavor. Caramel malts. There's a bit of heat from the alcohol creeping in.

Smooth and fairly heavy for a IPA. Bitterness isn't too much for something this big. Leaves the mouth dry.

Pretty hefty stuff. A little less malt and alcohol and it's a solid 4.

Photo of Alex-Alkis
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer is very cloudy. The color is bright orange.

The aroma is great with hints of banana, lemon and lots of hops. The flavors explodes as the beer touches the palate. Lots of grapefruit, pineapple and orange. An unusually sour and sweet IPA.

Photo of papat444
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

Thanks to byronic for this. Very raw, resiny, earthy, bitterness coats the mouth. Bitter grapefruit flavor, very nicely done.

Photo of peensteen
4.12/5  rDev -1%

Hazed golden orange, 2 fingers white head, lots of lace. Smell is a of grassy citrus and pulpy grapefruit, orange, fairly substantial malt back bone, pineapple on the back end. Taste is also earthy-citrusy hops, lots of grapefruit and orange flavours, fairly bitter with only a bit of malt in the periphery, dry with a tropical fruit and citrus aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, full body with an oily-slick drying feel. Really quite good, a very easy drinking DIPA, one of the better euro IPA's I have had in a while.

4.12

Photo of BGDrock
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: murky, pale orange with a fine, tan head that has several minutes retention

Aroma: bright citrus - orange, with pineapple, kiwi; a nice mix of sweet, tart, and exotic; floral too, and honey; bitter resin lingers in the background

Taste & Mouthfeel: intense spruce-flavoured bitterness gives a solid burn with only hints of citrus presented in the aroma making it's way to the palate; pithy and heading towards window-cleaner territory, especially in the finish - that of course goes on forever; smooth, medium body; it's like licking the sap off pine needles

Overall: too bad the taste is such a departure from the tantalizing aroma, it had hints of being great, which makes me think this may have been had too long after bottling (another possible casualty of the LCBO); would give it another go given the chance

Photo of SebD
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick bubbly off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus (mainly oranges and grapefruit), some pine resins, some floral notes and some sweet bready/caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some citrus, papaya, light grapefruit, some light pine resins, floral hops and sweet bready/caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Solid DIPA.

Photo of byronic
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with shades of gold. Very lively forming a nice thick white head.

Citric fruit forward with touches of pine followed by a mellow sweetness.

A nice blend of bitter and sweet. Although I found it to be overwhelmingly bitter at first it definitely evens out after a few sips. The nose promised more fruitiness but that wasn't delivered.

Mild carbonation and creamy, very smooth.

A very nice brew, quite bitter but does a nice job complementing burst of bitter with fruit flavour.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle served fairly cold into glassware. Purchased from LCBO for $4.25 CDN. I'm very excited to see this in stores.

Appearance - light and vibrant orange color with some honey hues. Thick two finger white head that has great retention. Pretty hazy with some lively bubbles. Clumpy lacing remains behind.

Smell - very fruity with huge burst of pineapple and some mango. Some very light piney aromatics as well melding nicely before succumbing to the fruit explosion.

Taste - the fruit explosion continues with pineapple and mango and a surprising burst of lychee fruit. Moderately bitter with a bit of heat on the tip of my tongue at the close. The lychee and mango are not especially to my liking usually but it works well in this concoction.

Mouthfeel - creamy, good feel with a dry finish. Heavy carbonation which works well with a bigger beer.

Overall - a wonderful double IPA with plenty of fruit flavours especially a distinctive lychee and pineapple combination. Also plenty of bitterness and hop presence for hop head lovers. Highly recommended for all beer lovers.

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Nebuchadnezzar from Omnipollo
93 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.