HopAnomaly | Nebraska Brewing Company

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Nebraska Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Previously known as Hop God) A beautiful golden crossbreed of a Belgian Tripel and a West Coast IPA. A remarkable explosion on the palate with spiciness, tropical fruit, and a firm citrus bitterness that will leave you begging for more! Aromas of grapefruit, citrus, and piney hops & tastes on the palate that tend toward pineapple, mango, and sweeter fruits. A big beer that was inspired by the West Coast – yet brewed by a Midwestern brewery not content with the status quo.

87 IBU

This listing is for the draft-only version of the beer that is NOT barrel-aged. Bottles should be reviewed here - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/16504/56953

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.38/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy yellow, looked more like a bretted beer than an ipa, but anyways, it had about 3/4" of white head on it, decent lacing.

Aroma, for something named Hop God, this was woefully inadequate in terms of its hop presence, much less any dry hopping. Phenolic belgian yeast is way more noticeable, and lots of alcohol.

Taste, ugh, jeez man, where's the dang hops? All I get is the belgian aspect of this. Lots of herbality and some pepper. Alcohol plenty easy to taste, its a large component of the flavor profile. Alcohol dominates, I can't really taste any citrus, hops etc. . . its just a bunch of alcohol heat and belgian yeast.

Really disappointed in this one. There's no way I shell out the huge bucks for a bottle of Nebraska stuff after having this. An even bigger disappointment than Mo Betta Bretta at the FW Invitational.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.45/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy yellow appearance with substantial haze and almost an inch of head. Aroma was not hoppy. You had one job! Way more spice rack phenols and rubbing alcohol noticeable. Just inappropriate bro.

Taste was again, I guess a hop anomaly, because they just aren't here. All belgian ipa yeast esters. The heat is too pronounced. Would recommend everyone avoid this, especially at the price.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.96/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet candi sugar. In the taste, big candi sugar sweetness and a small dry pine. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry to sweet candi sugar aftertaste. A small hop presence, big candi sugar, eh! A bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of weeare138
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes...on draft at TND.

Appears a semi-transparent light gold with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades into tubular lacing wrapped around the tulip glass.
Smell is of sweet caramel, candy sugar, Belgian yeast, mild spices, citrus, floral notes, and wood.
Taste is of the aromas with a sweet, apple, citrus, and floral flavor clinging to the palate. It seems a bit on the sweet side like it didn't ferment all the way, or there was some unfermentables added.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, sweet, and warming from the 10% abv.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this baby on tap at Fat Head's in Pittsburgh.

A - Pours a hazy, medium to dark orange color with minimal head and a thick, white lacing around the rim of my snifter. The foam sticks to the side of the glass like cotton candy residue.

S - Light fruit, crackery biscuity malt, and a light mint, herbal character. The nose is pretty weak, at least for this particular pour.

T - Comes across as more acidic and herbal in nature with a somewhat spicey, biscuity malt, and balanced across the sip. The ABV is pretty well hidden and the hop bitterness doesn't really assert itself until after it's hit the back of the throat. For some reason, this is almost German wheat-like in character. The malt is spicey, herbal, and overall, the beer is mildly hoppy in the finish.

M - Full bodied and leaves a somewhat sticky film on the lips and has a slight warming on the way down. The mouth is coated with a small amount of lemon.

O - Not quite what I expected according to the name, but "enjoyable" nonetheless.

I'm definitely up to trying this beer again in hope of "upping" my score. Could have been an old keg.

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Photo of nickd717
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft in 2009. Copied review from notes.

Clear golden-orange in color with a somewhat fizzy white head.

Aroma is sweet caramel malt and floral hops, good but somewhat unpronounced for an IPA that is meant to be West coast style.

Flavor is sweet caramel malt and pale malt, light fruit, and citrusy/floral hops that lend more bitterness relative to aroma/flavor than a West coast style IPA should have. Just a touch of yeast present. I see this is meant to be a Belgian IPA. Think it fell a bit short on the Belgian aspects.

Body and carbonation are medium.

Decent "Belgian" IPA overall, reasonably drinkable. Good for a Nebraska tick if nothing else.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Zeno's in State College, PA. A cool bar. Had this in late March.

A: A pretty orange to gold color thats mostly clear. Ring of decent head and good lacing clings to the glass.

S: Bready tinged grassy hops with a wine grape like note. Some sugary sweetness a la a lager with Belgian yeast sticking through.

T: Follows the smell but with more savory malts that cloud the hops, a give it a more bready yeasty taste overall. Chardonnay dry grapes, bittersweet back. Not much hops almost like a Belgian Golden Ale or something to me.

M: Decent carbonation and medium feel, nothing exciting. Not too much heat though.

O: Solid beer but nothing great. Maybe was a mistake trying this after fresh Hopslam.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz growler picked up locally about an hour ago...

a - through the growler, a deep murky orange with a nod towards the color brown...as i poured it into my capt lawrence taster glass it settled with the same murk but had an attractive off white classic ipa head.

s - more belgian saison than ipa. very bubble gum with a bit of earth. banana bread is heavy and there is some clove. some hopping sweetness, but not the citric blast that you'd look for in an ipa...way more tripel/bpa that being said, smells rather nice.

t - a bit odd at first. seems like a lot of things competing for attention. there is some hop bitterness but on top of a lot of bubble gum and banana. feels like it is having a bit of an identity crisis.

m - a bit fizzy. finishes sweet and sour.

o - this beer was missing that umph from the hops that i was hoping for. i've had a few really nice belgian ipas and this beer has the belgian (tripel/bpa), but not the ipa. more saison like to me or even more belgian pale ale or tripel.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

Labelled on the menu as a "Belgian-style strong ale." Poured a clear copper with a finger of foamy white head; decent lacing. Aroma balanced with light bready malts and herbal hops. Hoppy taste up front, light citrus and mild spice, and a solid backbone of malty sweetness and yeast. Medium mouthfeel, and generally drinkable.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a small snifter at Churchkey DC. From notes.

A very cloudy lemon body, quite orb glowing, with a very sudsy and cream bleach white heat. Lots of thick lacing.

Nose is kind of strange. A mushy wet malt sense, and lots of candied sugars. Very sweet smelling, and there's almost a macro like sense of smell to this also. Gets better as it warms up letting some fruit apple and pear and spice. Unfortunately alcohol fusel heat starts to dominate.

First sip is a dry hop bite of pine, with a very light mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Luckily much of the biting alcohol is maksed on the palate with a sense of creamy density to go with the feel. Hop action and sweetness seem to be out of balance, and don't really compliment each other.

Overall it's sort of a weird one, drinkable, but not feeling the love here.

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Photo of distantmantra
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Nebraska Brewing Company. December 26th, 2011.

A: The beer poured a cloudy yellow-orange color, very reminiscent of a Hefeweizen. There was a tiny head of a creamy white foam that floated on the surface. Decent lacing clung to the sides of the glass throughout.

A: There is a very strong aroma of sweet malt, Belgian yeast and candy sugar, along with a nice backbone of citrus hops.

T: Very Belgian in a very big way. Lots of honey, yeast and candy sugar. The hops are more prominent than you'd think from the aroma.

M: Pretty heavy body with a thick mouthfeel. Intense carbonation which greatly helps with overall body of the beer.

O: Hop God is good, but definitely not the best Belgian IPA I've ever had. However, as this was the "flagship" beer at NBC, I had to try it. Worth your money if you find yourself in Papillion.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pours a deep golden with a chill haze and small head leaving little lace. Aroma of phenolic Belgian yeast, some floral hops, and alcohol. In the flavor, just about the same, estery yeast lending subtle fruit flavors, piney and resinous hops are there, alittle rind action and a big alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, alittle thin. Overall, a pretty big beer and is not shy about it. Still, a fun one to drink.

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Photo of doucmehu
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a week old growler (filled fresh after tapping) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Rich amber, slightly cloudy with about 1 finger of foamy white head, which faded quickly to a thin ring. Fairly viscous cling when swirled, leaves little lacing.

S: Belgian yeast and malts, typical Belgian "bready" wheat aroma, hint of citrus, not much in the way of hops.

T: Starts off very much like a Tripel, with prevelant Belgian notes up front. A fair amount of clove, hint of clean citrus, a bit of mild Cascadian style hops. Stays strong on the Belgian front.

M: Decent carbonation, you can definitely feel the hops bitterness on the finish that sticks with you for a bit.

O: I enjoyed this beer, it had some fun characteristics. Having the hop bitterness to compliment the Belgian tripel style worked fairly well, tough as a tripel I found it somewhat week in depth and not nearly as well rounded as others.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Smokin' Joe's. Poured into these weird glasses they have there. Not a pint, not a tulip, kind of in between...

A - Light gold color with some lighter yellow highlights. Fluffly 2 finger eggshell white head is present and retains quite well.

S - Lots of fruity, citrus up front from the hops mixed with the standard belgian yeasty-spicy notes. Some candied sugar and lemon zest come through towards the end

T - Follows the nose, althought less spicy. Floral and hoppy with a lot of bitterness going on here. Fruity and only slightly spicy. Yeasty and pretty dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with pretty lievely carbonation. Pretty dry and a little soapy.

O - Not too bad. The ABV was very well hidden here. I just don't really seem to get Belgian IPA's which might be why I didn't enjoy this one as much as I could have.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a nice golden color with an average-sized white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a good amount of citrus and flower hops. It's also a bit spicy. Tame malt in the background. The flavor offers a good deal of floral hops with citrus as the backup. Good hop flavor and a bit of bitterness in the finish. Medium body and slightly dry. Good beer.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slighlty hazy orangish caramel color with a one finger soapy stark white head which leaves some retention and lacy gobs up and down the glass. The aroma is of citrus and sweet belgium yeast and spiciness. There is also a hint of earthy hops present at the very end of the nose. The taste has that belgium ipa taste up front, there is citrus, belgian yeast spiciness, and candied sugar taste. This gives way to a slight earthy hop bite at the end. The overall up front sweet taste isn't a pronounced as in other belgian ipa's. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and slightly dry. Overall it was solid but not one of the best, the balance was there, but the taste didn't compare to others in the class. It left me wanting a little more up front.

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Photo of Rayek
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Extremely cloudy banana-peel yellow. A small pillow like white head sticks the hole way down and leaves a coating lace.

S: A heavy mix of cloves, pepper and citrus assault the nostrils. There's a bit of fruit sweetness in the background.

T: Starts with a pear sweetness that's quickly replaced by a citrus and spice bitterness. The bitterness becomes a touch metallic toward the finish. The metal quickly passes as the beer finishes with a lingering clove bitterness and a mild alcohol warmth.

M: The medium body has very fine carbonation that's just about right for this style.

D: This is a one and done beer for me, as the strength keeps me from partaking in more than one a night. An overall nice offering from Nebraska Brewing.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nebraska Hop God on tap at The Ginger Man, NYC. Hop God is defined by the brewery as "a cross between a Belgian Tripel and a West Coast IPA".

Appearance: Served in a brandy snifter, comes with a one-and-one-half finger head, very white and frothy. One ring of lacing in the upper rim of the glass lingers.

Smell: Very rich and engaging, with squeezed grapefruit and various citrus juices. Fresh, juicy, sour. Very Belgian in my book! Orange rind, candied fruit. Lemongrass, some hops. Leafy. Aromas of citrus salad.

Taste: An attack of citrus bitterness. A touch of alum. Very, very dry. Puckeringly so, will make you grimace. Very yeasty too and a tad of dishwasher soap to boot. Not my favorite aspect of this beer, prefer the smell. A tad of honey and hemp at the end.

Mouthfeel: Again, DRY! Soapy too. Highly but rightly carbonated. Full body and flavor. I have trouble with the dry soapy mouth. Not the most pleasant beer to drink, have some water with it!

Drinkability: Low. Not for the alcohol (well-played and nice, at 10%) but the dryness and sour bitterness.

This just doesn't do it for me, but I appreciate the attempt at crossing a Belgian and a West Coast IPA.

Would love to try the oak-aged version!

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Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Tulip at Track 84

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, cloudy, gold in color

Smell: piney hops and small Belgian spices

Taste: big piney hops mixing with citrus hops, minimal spicing. The hops do mesh well together

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, bitter but not overly so

Drinkability: A good not great beer. I think this is a good hoppy drink. The hops are more complex than I am describing and I would have this again. The alcohol is really well hidden. That being said, I did not get a lot of Belgian spice from this and wished it had more.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into tulip at crescent pub in omaha. Pours a hazy holden straw with about 3 fingers head. Big belgian yeast aromas with a good citrusy hop note. Taste is mild belgian hop. Its very typical of the stil but a bit dry. Easy drinker and pleasant. All around decent but not amazing.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint at the Beer Kitchen in Kansas City on 10/15/11.

Golden yellow with a white head with average retention and little lace. A bit on the cloudy side. More Belgian than IPA, but definitely keeping in the style. Earthy hops to go along with spicy, nutmeg characteristics. Big bodied and medium high carbonation.

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Photo of psuKinger
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draft from 6-and-Save served in a tulip.

A: a clear amber with little head but visible carbonation. 3.5

S: yeasty and spicy in the nose. 4.0

T: taste follows the nose. Smooth at first, this turns sweet and spicy in the middle, and then a massive amount of banana flavor rushes in on the back end. Significant bittering hops wage war against the spicy yeast all over my tongue. This beer is certainly full-flavored. I just don't think I'm completely in love with this particular combination of spice/bitter/banana. 4.0

M: light and spicy, this beer finishes dry and has good carbonation. 4.0

D: a unique beer, for sure, but I don't find the spiciness to be particularly drinkable. 3.0

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber in to a tulip-pint.

Thanks to MinorThreat for this extra.

A - Nice, crisp-looking golden hues; looks nice and bubbly with an off-white head

S - sweet and bubblegummy; floral-hop; the Belgian yeast stands out here

T - very Belgian-hop hybrid in flavor...in a sense that the two styles are obvious; some candied fruit here; slightly bitter on the back-end; a little spicy; not overly hopped; malty-sweet

M - medium body; chewy; boozy; easy carbonation; pretty smooth up-front but ultimately a little bitter overall

O - really interesting beer and overall a solid Belgian IPA; I'm not real sure what else is around in Nebraska, but this is a pretty decent introduction to NE beer

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass. Hazy yellow/orange body with very little head. A slight smattering of lacing.

Minimal aroma; a little spicy yeast and some minor hop notes.

Interesting flavor; reminds me of a hoppy dubbel. Plenty of Belgian yeast spice, sweet malt, and a nice bitter hop finish. Pretty tasty brew.

Medium mouthfeel and a hint of the alcohol present. Solid offering overall.

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Photo of katan
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler picked up a the restaurant

A - Pours a golden hue, fairly bright. Clear and effervescent with lots of bubbles clinging to the side.

S - Huge amount of esters, sweet, citrus, little bit of bubble gum. Hopping is not coming through very strongly.

T - Starts off smooth and sweet, a combination of malts and a bit of citrus hops. Mid-stream gets more of the fruity esters and a second fiddle of citrus hops. Finishes mostly clean with some pilsner malt sweetness sticking to the palette. Some alcohol warmth in the finish.

M - moderate body and light on the carbonation. Has a sticky sweet mouthfeel to it. Alcohol is very noticeable.

OD - A good belgian IPA that wasn't as hoppy as I thought it would be. This beer may have some variability as I thought the stuff on tap was stronger. Worth a try for a burgeoning style.

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