Nebuchadnezzar - Omnipollo

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 400
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 6.52%
Wants: 59
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
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Sweden

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: bark on 06-29-2012

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Photo of BakaGaijin
3.36/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Hazy amber colour with a lovely thick frothy head that lasts for good long while.

S - Citrus and some light caramel. A little pine as well.

T - Pine and resin. Some malt, flowery notes, grapefruit rind and a fairly bitter finish. Not tasting much of the citrus that I expected from the nose.

M - Medium body and decent carbonation.

O - A little too bitter on the finish for my liking. I prefer a little more balance. (426 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention with some lacing. Aroma of light floral hoppy notes with some lightly sweet malt notes also noticeable. Taste is also a good mix between some floral hoppy notes with some lightly sweet malt backbone notes. Body is quite full with limited filtration. Hops profile was not as powerful as expected but still enjoyable overall. (409 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
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 (828 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours cloudy with an orangey body and good carbonation. Two fingers of fluffy off white head. Good rings of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Pineapple, grapes, lot's of hoppy fruits. Lemon and orange. Pineapple core and acidic fruits.

T - Good malt contribution, booze, lot's of hops. Orange and alcohol and grapefruit rind. Alcohol shows up too much.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body and a grapefruit rind/alcohol finish with a good bitterness.

O/D - Alcohol showed up a bit too much for the ABV on this one, otherwise a fairly good kick at the can for the style. (590 characters)

Photo of LarryK
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wow, lots going on here. Pours a fairly lighter orange than expected, with citrus flavors upfront, pine in the middle and a bitter/dry back-end. For whatever reason, a lot of the double IPAs I've tasted of late have gone a similar route. Would have liked the citrus flavor to stay on throughout; the fact that the flavor drops out near the back end is a bit of a red flag for me. Mouthfeel and carbonation are moderate; overall not a bad DIPA, but not necessarily something I'd seek out again. (493 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (1,386 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into tulip 27/10/13

A murky pale orange liquid with loads of the tiniest pin prick bubbles feeding a well retained massive three fingers of foam that leaves partial rings deep down the glass

S De Proef yeast is distinctive and I noticed it right away, sweet orange, tangerine, pineapple, floral and piney hops, some caramel and a hint of booze

T more yeast then the nose, the tropical flesh is a little rindy, vitamin C chewable, some brown sugar, and a little booze, not to far from the nose

M leaning towards full, pin prick bubbles give a creamy feel, quite gritty, a nice bitter snap, lingering yeasty citrus

O pretty solid DIPA, stereotypical even, perhaps a little faded but the hops are holding up nicely, the yeast it a little strong and perhaps holding it back

I was hoping for a little more but not bad at the end of the day, reminds me of a Mikkeller IPA, a few months old by the time it gets here, De Proef house notes, overpriced, and stops short of being great (1,003 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at City Beer Store today for $7.99.

Hazy orange with golden around the edges. Rocky, long lasting off-white foam stacked up 2-3 fingers high with lacing. Grapefruit/citrus and tropical hop aromas with modest esters. Very high bitterness grabs hold first and clings on tight. Grapefruit juice, grassy on the back-end with a crisp crack of lightly toasted bread in the middle. Finishing dry without much malt sweetness. Piney/evergreen. Moderate body, mid-high carbonation level. Though this is a product of a Swedish brewer brewing in Belgium, it tastes a hell of a lot like a west coast IPA to me. Loads of bitterness and hop character with just enough malt and a dry finish that keeps me coming back for another sip. (734 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick bubbly, off-white head into a snifter that left nice lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was amber.
s - citrus peel with a hint of grainy sweetness.
t - citrus peel again with more of a honey-like sweetness.
m - slick and medium at first but becomes more bubbly.
o - first beer from omnipollo and it was a solid DIPA. (353 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.85/5  rDev -7%

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. (464 characters)

Photo of Bilge
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very, very hoppy IPA from Belgium (It's not actually Swedish - read the fine print on the label).

Orangey pour with medium head that flattens out fairly quickly. Great hoppiness.

If you like very hoppy IPA's, as I do, you'll like this one. Maybe the best IPA I've tried. (274 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (1,390 characters)

Photo of byronic
3.89/5  rDev -6%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (770 characters)

Photo of larryi86
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, best before 8/23/14, poured into a teku

A- A slightly hazy amber/orange color with a four finger fluffy white head.

S- Piney, some earth spices, slightly dank, somewhat grassy, some tropical fruits, citrus.

T- Some citrus upfront, caramel malts, some pepper/earth spices, dank bitter piney hops in the finish.

S- Smooth, medium body, carbonation could be higher.

O- I would really like to try a fresh bottle of this. I did have the Stillwater remix and enjoyed it more, but I feel that it could be because it was fresher. (542 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a one-finger foamy white head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of piney hops and citrus.

T - This is a hop bomb. Big amount of piney hops right upfront. There is a slight malt sweetness with some citrus (orange and grapefruit) to add some balance. Finish is strong bitter hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel. Sticky dry finish.

O - A very hop forward DIPA. Definetly tasty, but only recommended for hop heads. (478 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In the mood for a citrus-laden DIPA, I snagged this bottle from the fridge and poured it into an American pint glass. A light orange-amber color with around six inches of beige head, the aroma was exactly what I was hoping it would be: Tangy, fruity, with a ton of citrus rind and flesh, pine resin, dry spice like white pepper, and tropical papaya. The tangy citrus and tropical components were dominant, with the pine lagging behind. A huge citrus and tropical flavor hop showcase with a refined, sophisticated, almost subdued bitterness. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, and lime are all detectable, combining with a medicinal tang to remind me of vitamin C chewables, and bolstered by musky guava, papaya, and pineapple notes. Malt backbone is sweet and smooth, tastes like light butterscotch or brown sugar and gummy worms, with some pine astringency emerging in the semi-bitter finish. The alcohol is pretty well-hidden and this one could be hazardous in its drinkability for such a big ABV. Fresh, bright, zesty, and sweet, with just enough heft and power to satisfy a bitterness craving but underperforming in this regard. Not the most malty or piney of DIPAs but certainly brings the citrus goods. (1,200 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from an 11.2 fl oz/33 cl. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
The cap was stamped 23/08/14
Served in a snifter

Quite the hipster beer label. Omnipollo might even one-up Mikkeller's low-fi graphics with their edgy, minimalist aesthetic. As for the beer, it poured a super cloudy, glowing peach color. A near three-finger, dense, foamy, light beige head topped the liquid. The head slowly receded, leaving blankets of thick drippy lacing along glass.

The aroma was potently hoppy and bright. Uber fruity, juicy and sweet. Lots of tropical fruits initially. Mango and papaya dominated. Waves of grapefruit soon took over. Touch of orange peel. Clean, crisp and dry. Almost a bit soapy. As the beer opened up, tropical fruits again reappeared. Peach and apricot notes came through as well. Quite dynamic and complex. Amazingly well balanced.

The flavor profile was drastically different from the nose. Super pithy, dry and bitter. No malt presence whatsoever. White grapefruit completely dominated. Slightly tart and lemony in the center with hints of orange peel. Bitter pine and pithy rind on came through on the finish. A dry bitterness lingered on my palate for what seemed to be an eternity.

The beer was medium-light in body for the style. Thinner than I was anticipating, but creamy and slick. The liquid contained a fine, spritzy effervescence.

Despite the high price point, the combination of solid reviews on BA and interesting label graphics led me to believe that I should give this beer a shot. Although I loved certain things about it, I doubt that I would buy it again. (1,605 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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 (660 characters)

Photo of SebD
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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. (1,867 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty nice drinking IPA. Wonderful aromas of grapefruit and orange. Enormous lasting white bubbly head on orange body. Big hops, lots of citrus flavours. Bottle from recent Premier Gourmet trip. Not too much of an obvious palate eraser. I would have again. (257 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Torst in Brooklyn.

Moderately-sized white head, lots of lace.

Aroma contains a large amount of tropical fruit. Peach, passionfruit. Some herbal notes as well, with a slight dankness.

Tropical fruit in the taste- passionfruit and peach again, primarily the former. Some herbal flavours. Moderately bitter. Not a lot present in terms of malt. Nice but not as good as the nose.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, slightly oily. Lighter than expected.

Overall, pretty good. (487 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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) (868 characters)

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Nebuchadnezzar from Omnipollo
91 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.