Nebuchadnezzar - Omnipollo
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4/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
08-26-2014 00:24:16 | More by biegaman
4/5 rDev -3.6%
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)
08-24-2014 05:59:16 | More by russpowell
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
08-20-2014 11:21:58 | More by MattSweatshirt
5/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
Let me say this about the beer. You can't do it any better than this.
08-19-2014 11:25:10 | More by Alex-Alkis
4.12/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
08-18-2014 14:16:28 | More by peensteen
3.48/5 rDev -16.1%
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
08-06-2014 00:46:52 | More by BGDrock
Nebuchadnezzar from Omnipollo
92 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.