HopAnomaly | Nebraska Brewing Company

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86
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176 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States
nebraskabrewingco.com

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

Added by Rayek on 07-20-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
176
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
12.21%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
23
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Ratings: 176 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of Westyn
2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

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 ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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 ChayDudeBrew
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of jeschaefer
3.04/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of blackcloud
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of NJB145
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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 BeersAndBears
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JMBSH
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of VictoriaAnne
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Pensfan0782
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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HopAnomaly from Nebraska Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 176 ratings.
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