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HopAnomaly | Nebraska Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
176
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
21.56%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
23
For Trade:
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 176
Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Flying Saucer, KC.

A - Poured a slightly cloudy, golden orange color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grapefruit, mango, other tropical fruits. Lots of sweet aromas, too, almost like cotton candy.

T - It tasted of mango and grapefruit with a bitter hop bite. Some nice caramel sweetness make for a good backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a fantastic Belgian IPA. So glad I tried this one on tap at Flying Saucer.

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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 NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nebraska Hop God
On tap at The Twisted Cork, Omaha, Nebraska 12/24/2012

Strong hoppy Belgian Golden Ale: Hazy deep gold body with an orange cast. Some golden highlights through the hazy body when held to the light. Bright white head holds well / creamy collar. Excellent lacing! Spice and malt in the aroma. Coriander. Mild bubblegum. Fruit. Wafts of grass and light yeast. Flavor: Spicy with coriander, perhaps cardamom, black pepper, clove, apple/citrus, alcohol, some minor yeasty chalkiness, bold bitterness. Hops in the finish. Impressive. Rounded, but to a certain extent, "unconfined". Nice. Well worth trying.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 4/13/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains citrus fruit, caramelized malts, some spice, Belgian yeast and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then some alcohol sting and some spice come in. The hops presence is strong but subdued. The breadiness from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, I picked up more Tripel qualities than West Coast IPA qualities, overall a good beer to drink for a while.

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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 mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

small growler sent as an extra, was quite impressed with this one.

nice pour, light golden amber in color with a big head of white on top. Took forever to settle down though and the first few pours were on the foamy side I have to say. Aside from that though, nice side glass lacing and a rich look to it overall had me going in for another look. Light aroma, mild hops with a hint of bready notes to it right under the surface. This peeled back into light peach and banana hints the more it warms and a touch of light grain. Flavor was again interesting, bready and grainy at first with hints of lemon and orange sprinkled in. Warming seems to really mellow the hops completely and allow almost a spicy tone to take hold.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on draft at Mad Mex Robinson and had their IPA a few weeks earlier which I wasn't impressed with. This landed in my glass a glowing orange yellow hue with white bright head flowing thick. Fine even lacing lines the sides of my glass without difficulty. Aroma has bright pineapple/tropical fruit notes with underlying citrus hoppy tones, what a God send. Literally a beer that excited my senses from the first sip until the last of it. A bit of booze over ripened fruit content with citrus and herbal hops floating through the flavor profile, what really makes this beer a highlight is the overall flavor experience anywhere from high alpha hops to Belgian yeast spice, that just works with some tangerine fruitiness/grapefruit hop complexity. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied gotta love the Belgian style even smooth effervescent carbonation. As a whole beer doesn't get much better than this and we shall now track the different Nebraska beers, I know Black Betty runs 35 a bottle but I wanna try it.

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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 Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Peekskill Brewery, Peekskill, NY. Highly carbonated, they had to pour several glasses and wait a bit to get the Belgian tulips filled properly. No problems, no rush and I ended up with an extra glass as a pay back for the delay.
Awesome looking brew, clouded, dull light banana/apricot, under a world class head. The head: tiny bubble off white, dense, long lasting, frothy, stunning meringue, coating layers of glass enveloping sheeting.
Spiced up nose, coriander, tropical fruits, light pepper. Nice
Love the style and this one had me early. Nose follows through to the palate. Quite tasty. Mixing the Belgian yeasty, spiced up, fruity elements with a respectable citric hop blast. Plenty of lime, more ripe fruit. Very enjoyable creation, highly recommended.

After enjoying this one so much, I'm Gonna drop the big bills soon to try the bottled chardonnay barrel version.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow with a little haze, white head of medium and large bubbles, lacing is a go and carbonation is moderate.

Earthy and floral hops, yeast is also present, esters and so on.

Beer tastes pretty good, it is strong and has a nice yeast bouquet and decent bitterness on the backend. It is citrus hops and nice floral / earthy sulfur flavors that make this beer a success. I like it. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of slight sweet malt, slight floral hops, hint of spice, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight dry hop, hint of spice, hint of wheat, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, great blend, and good body.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at UJ'S Manatawny ina glass during the wood event.

Hop God pours out crystal clear golden semi yellowish with a whisp of bright white head about an inch with minimal stick. Smell is a typical IPA with light Belgian influence. The chardonnay does not really come up in musk. Some pale malts in the background. Light tropics. A str8 up Belgian IPA, no punches, the 'barrel aging' really does not add anything, but the base is nice with a array of tropical hop types giving off papaya and the like and slight earth surrounded by a Belgian yeast strain that is much popping than what the other U.S. brewers use in this style, not too much, not too little. Feel is about medium witha light and pretty crisp carb going for it. For 10 percent or so, It does not show at all, maybe a bit with some significant warming. Glad I tried this one, better than most American attempts at this style. A bottle may be a bit much alcohol wise, but taste and balance wise, Hop Gos wins..

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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

NEBRASKA : Hop God

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 plaid75
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at David Copperfield's, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full sweet malt with a balmy peppery hop.

The taste consisted of an upfront herbal hop with tones of pepper and grapefruit. There was a complimentary malt sweetness as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a residual hop spice.

Overall a tasty heavy duty IPA. Lacked serious esters however.

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Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the drafting room.

The beer pours a fairly dark gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty sweet in this one, and I pick up honey, canned peaches, light clove and a hint of citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this one, and the beer is a bit sweeter then I was expecting. The beer finishes with some hoppy bitterness, but the beer is clearly dominated by the sweet honey and tropical fruit flavor. mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, smooth finish. Drinkability is pretty good, and I confess I was quite surprised when I saw the 10% abv.

Nice beer... a bit too sweet for my taste, but otherwise not bad at all.

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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 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 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 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 drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A slight difference betwixt this bottle and the draft, as we all recall. Poured with a smallish off white, fine head and plenty of lace. Color is slightly hazy, burnished bright brass. Aroma is yeast, malt, hop, sour, fruit. Flavor's almost exactly like nose with the addition of carbonic tang. Body and carbonation are great. Finish is like flavor with the tartness along with fruit lingering longer. Interesting beer.

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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 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 Gmann
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a pure white frothy head that settled into a chunky ring. The aroma is sweet, like a typical tripel. There is a floral & sugary sweetness with some clove, banana, and pepper. The taste is much the same, big sugary sweetness with notes of tropical fruit and pepper. There is a dry grassy bitterness towards the end. Definitely sides more on the tripel/belgian flavor than hop forward, which is how I feel the style should be. It could use a slightly bigger hop profile, though. Very nice Belgian flavors. Light to moderate feel with fizzy/airy carbonation, mainly sweet on the palate but some hoppy bitterness pops through. The high ABV also pops through quite often, needs to tone down a touch but you probably wouldn't want to age this beer unless you don't mind losing the hop flavor completely. Overall, great beer but the drinkability is limited due to the booze. Also it is quite expensive around these parts.

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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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HopAnomaly from Nebraska Brewing Company
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