Nebuchadnezzar | Omnipollo

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NebuchadnezzarNebuchadnezzar
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Omnipollo
Sweden | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by bark on 06-29-2012

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Photo of Damian
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

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Photo of SebD
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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Photo of Sammy
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of cfalls
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - cloudy honey, two finger head, good retention, lots of lacing

S - maltier than I would like, but nice floral and grapefruit notes as well

T - maltier and more bitter than most American DIPAs, with some citrus pith and lots of pine

F - medium carbonation, a bit oily feeling, the ABV is noticeable but not over the top

O - a huge and well-balanced beer of the old-school kind, kind of like Stone Ruination 1.0

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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)

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/6/2015 at Natty Greene’s Tavern, in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong earthy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Sintech
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can

Appearance - Golden orange hue.

Smell - Pine and malt.

Taste - Malt and pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation.

Overall - Decent IPA

Grade (B)

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Photo of Amalak
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had at Torst in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
A. I light caramel color, fully opaque and cloudy. I solid white head that leaves behind a wide web of lacing.
S. a slight hop and caramel scent.
T/M. It has a nice sweet taste. There's a caramel and grape undertone. A mild hoppy bitterness. It is carbonated and the alcohol is tame for an 8.5%. A malt kick at end.
O. It is quite flavorful with a fruity sweetness, but not overly so.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into snifter. best before "05/02/16" on the cap, enjoyed late night on july 11, 2014

a: fully opaque but beautiful orange colour with a finger of foamy off-white head, looks great. decent lacing

s: great citrus to open up the aroma, mostly juicy orange. sweet malt, floral notes, pine. onion & garlic notes as well -- hello simcoe/summit hops! some shy tropical fruits too, definitely getting some mango and papaya

t: noticeably bitter at first, but tasty. orange, mango, melon, grapefruit, slight peach, papaya and pine up front. flowery and floral. leads into good sweet malt flavours which aren't too overpowering, in order to let the hop presence shine through. onion/garlic flavours are less prominent than they were in the nose. little to no alcohol detected. very bitter on the finish, leaving your palate really dry

m: killer mouthfeel -- full and creamy with mild carbonation

o: the aroma and taste are really reminiscent of victory's dirtwolf, which means this beer is super delicious and has a great fruit flavours. it has a much stronger bitterness than dirtwolf though, which is tough to get through

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Photo of clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a golden, somewhat cloudy orange body that had a one-finger foamy head that left lace patches down the glass. A piney, citric hop aroma with scant traces of grape in the aroma and a little bit of bread and sweet (caramel) malt. Smooth, easy drinking, probably one of the lighter IPAs I've had in awhile yet still packs a hoppy punch. Not tastebud nuking, but the hops are strong and always there with citric, piney, and touches of grape tastes and this is balanced with some minor sweet malts. Alcohol hidden and this is more of a regular IPA than DIPA in terms of how mellow the hops taste/feel. Finishes crisp thanks to lively carbonation on backend and possible spices. Not the most flavorful or hoppy DIPA I've ever had but one of the most pleasing as this beer has a great hop profile yet is easily sessionable (a big achievment considering other beers of this style that destroy the pallate after one bottle) and one I recommend to anyone to get before it's gone.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange gold color with a massive three fingered head that dies down and still leaves a thick creamy layer along with rocky lacing on the side of the glass. As the beer warms the chill haze goes away leaving a nice, clear beer.

S - Pungent citrus rind of red grapefruit, light orange, and some light spice.

T - The aroma was a little deceptive taking on a different character than what I thought from the nose. Starts with a nip of sweet caramel malt on the tip of the tongue followed with some orange rind sweetness and sweet grapefruit; light caramel and some lemon in the middle ending with an assertive rindy, pithy grapefruit, light grass and peppery orange, lingering and very bitter finish. The bitterness lingers for a good long time and leaves a tropical, metallic-like coating in the mouth.

M - Solid medium body with very sprightly but not too harsh carbonation and a dry finish.

O - The beer got better as it warmed up - the chill haze drops out and the all of the peppery, rindy hoppiness leaves a thick coating in the mouth. In some ways, this beer reminds me of the destructive characteristics of Palate Wrecker. The chill haze really pulls the overall score down but the taste more than makes up for it.

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Photo of CERVEZALANDIA
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Cervezalandia.Smel is a exploding of hops, flowers.Medium yellow/ white head.Orange colour with a litle bit carbonation.Medium body and a long flavor.Pine, citrus, maybe also banana.Nice ballanced.Very enjoyable and of course very easy to drink.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%

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

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Photo of brian44556
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip at 45 degrees. No date on the bottle.

Pours a hazy amber with a thick off-white head. Huge groups of lacing stick to the sides of the glass.

Smells of fresh citrus, a bit of yeast, and pine trees.

Tastes of pine resin, tropical fruit, a touch of sweet caramel and faint alcohol.

Very well balanced, crisp, and refreshing. An easy drinking 8.5% beer.

So far Omnipollo can do no wrong in my eyes. This is a great example of a DIPA.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours much more hazy than I expected. Massive pillowy head, nice clouds of lacing along the glass. Seriously, the head looks like well whipped egg whites. shiny and inviting.

I smell actually a sweet malt initially, with some floral/citrus hops hinting at the edge. enticing, but does not foreshadow what comes next.

The taste is much more hop forward. Bitter, but smoothed at the edges with that mildly sweet maltiness, and an earthy aspect to the hops.
To the hops themselves: I'm getting some mango sweet (with bitterness), some pine, and other almost citrus. More earthiness, with some grapefruit as I continue to sip.

There is certainly a strong hop presence, and the lingering citric bitterness certainly does linger. Not crippling, though, but certainly omnipresent. A good way to unwind and ice my foot

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap, served in a tulip

A hazy orange body with a fluffy white cap that rose 2+ fingers to fill the glass. Clingy lace leaving a spider web pattern. The nose is of floral hops, peach, grapefruit, and some earthy spice. Toasted biscuit malt underneath. A nice tight imbalance between malt and hops. On the palate, the hops burst onto the tongue. Tropical fruit, flowers, and peaches before a rush of clean biscuit malt and caramel. The finish is a bit of pine/earth and tropical fruit. A mild bitterness accentuates a dry finish. Medium body with good carbonation. A nice lingering dance between sweet malt and fruity hops, hoppy bitterness, and some earthy hop notes. This is a very nice IPA that was a little surprising, actually. Ordered this guy on a whim and really enjoyed it.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber with a one-finger white head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma hoppy, lots of pine resin with subtle citrus notes and faint maltiness. Bitterness up-front, mid palate and finish, a hop assault on your tongue! Balanced by a strong malt backbone. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finishes dry. Overall, a strong bitter IPA, but not overpoweringly so. Very nice.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Nebuchadnezzar from Omnipollo
91 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.