Nebuchadnezzar - Omnipollo
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4/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
02-22-2013 01:07:42 | More by Sammy
4.11/5 rDev -1%
A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high off white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of grapefruit are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of orange citrus and grapefruit along with hints of pine and a moderate amount of bitterness. The orange flavors linger through the finish, when slight hints of alcohol also appear.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a rather bold IPA that packs in a lot of citrusy aromas and flavors along with a substantial amount of hop bitterness. The alcohol is mostly well masked from the taste.
03-31-2013 02:03:21 | More by metter98
4.06/5 rDev -2.2%
It seems that the influence of American ales keep on marching through Scandinavia. The hoppy ales seem to be of most interest and these brewers are capturing the sense of citrusy hopped ales very well.
Omnipollo's Nebuchadnezzar opens with a mildly hazed amber-gold color. Its creamy white foam rises in liquified fashion and retains very well throughout the session. It's sticky lace clings evenly to the glass with spotty broken patterns- giving the beer a true lace-like appearance. This is one sexy looking ale.
Oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple begin to frame the hop-dominant nose. Yet the thin honey underlay from malt gives the fruity notes a ripper and more succulent aroma. Spicy alcohol notes of nail polish remover are mild but remind the nose of its imperial status.
Once again, the flavors of ripe oranges, red grapefruit grapefruit, and sweet pineapple easily gain command of the flavors, only allowing the thin caramel malt sweetness to support the hops. A late arrival of spicy woods, bracing hop bitterness (with mild harshness) and acetone alcohols signal closure- but not before an earthy taste of bruised fruit and muddled grasses gives the beer a slight detour.
Medium-light in body, the beer definately prefers the drier standard IPA textures that evoke a fleeting honey sweet texture early on. This dry-malt mouthfeel carries the hops very well en route to a semi-dry finish with resinous pine and grass texture, spicy alcohol, and mild hop-derived astringency.
Nebuchadnezzar is certainly a strong IPA that strives to gain the balance of imperial IPA but with the body of standard American IPAs- nearly gaining the best of both worlds, the dryness of the beer reveals a few harsh components of hops, grain, alcohol that haunt the ale, if even momentarily so.
01-25-2013 04:58:14 | More by BEERchitect
3.5/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
02-07-2014 03:36:56 | More by Phyl21ca
4.16/5 rDev +0.2%
330ml bottle. Not a fan of this particular contract brewery's labels - artistic, sure, but at least put your bloody name on it! The Imperial nature is duly noted by the name - a nod to the pre-Christian Babylonian king.
This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, fermenting white wine cap head, which leaves a pleasant array of dry sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of pungent grapefruit, orange, and pineapple fruit, edgy, yet mild enough Belgian yeast, silken pine resin, bready caramel malt, a touch of sugary toffee, and further perfumed floral hops. The taste is more somewhat musty mixed citrus and pine needle hops, tame earthy yeast, grainy, bready, and subdued caramel malt, a hint of warming alcohol, and softly perfumed hops. Simple, but generally heady.
The carbonation is present, but mostly laid-back and innocuous come game time, the body a sturdy medium weight, agreeably smooth given all those hops mucking about, and even a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness of the hops and the lingering caramel malt forcing their way into the deepest recesses of my mind still.
Well, De Proef (I mean Omnipollo, of course) make a mean, almost slavish American DIPA, the only caveat being their insistence on having their house yeast make its mark. No big deal, but it's noticeable, and cute, for the one time I might actually drink this, given the single bottle cost and rather limited availability.
11-09-2013 03:06:04 | More by biboergosum
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
4.6/5 rDev +10.8%
330ml bottle purchased for me by @LaitueGonflable for Christmas.
Pours a beautiful hazed peach colour, with a full, frothy head of white, that sticks to the edges as persistent lace. Body is solid and juice, and hold a small amount of fine carbonation. That colour is lovely, and it's the main deal of the beers appearance. Looks wonderful.
Nose is fragrant with stonefruit sweetness, dusted with a slightly peppery overtone. Clean, fragrant hop resin sticks in the sinuses, while the solid sweetness provides richness and depth. Awesome. So fragrant, but well integrated, and pleasingly different from the stock-standard IPA.
Taste is delicious: big stonefruit juiciness again, with mellow preserved lemon, quince and lilly-pilly edges, bitten back by a crisp peppery finish. Sweetness forms as a beautiful nutty amalgam of hops and malt, leaving a sweet-savoury mid-palate that coasts into a comforting finish. Very nicely balanced indeed: juicy, rich and flavoursome, but checked and balanced and masterfully reigned in.
Feel is clean and light, but with a bestowed body to support the flavours on the palate.
Wow. I'm very much impressed. This is my first beer from Omnipollo, and it certainly shall not be my last. This is a superb IPA, up there with some of the best I've tried. It's so fragrant and delicious, but balanced and supremely drinkable. Extremely good stuff.
12-30-2012 02:25:23 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.4/5 rDev +6%
An excellent IPA, and one with a little different flavor profile as well. Pours beautifully- a classic IPA color and head with excellent lacing. Smells a bit grainy, but that isn't reflected in the taste. There are also nice grassy, herbal, and citrus aromas. The taste starts very herbal, and a bit grassy, transitions to citrus, and ends with a big blast of bitter pine. There is enough malt to support the hops, but not make it sweet. A great IPA.
06-29-2013 02:41:04 | More by Georgiabeer
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
A: Pours a slightly hazy apricot to peach in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some orange + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to large patch of thick film in the center of the beer with an extremely thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops with some lighter aromas of tropical/mango hops.
T: Upfront there is a light amounts of malts with hints of caramel sweetness that is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/orange, citrus/grapefruit, tropical/mango, and pine hops. Light to moderate flavors of bitterness which lingers. Very light hints of alcohol in the finish.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with light amounts of dryness.
O: There are rather intense flavors and aromas of hops with fairly aggressive amounts of bitterness and a hint of booze making this beer not the easiest to drink. Very enjoyable and one I would like to have again.
04-12-2013 02:12:05 | More by dbrauneis
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/24/2015. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity of bright citrus/tropical/grassy hops and light-moderate malt balance; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of bright citrus/tropical/grassy hops with moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy, smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity of bright citrus/tropical/grassy hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
04-25-2014 04:19:17 | More by superspak
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 the 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 business as usual.
08-26-2014 00:24:16 | More by biegaman
3.8/5 rDev -8.4%
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
10-28-2013 03:39:28 | More by wordemupg
Nebuchadnezzar from Omnipollo
92 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.