HopAnomaly - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels
Nebraska Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - Belgian
Ranked #7
ABV:
10.6%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,304
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 10.65%
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
290
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Nebraska Brewing Company
 
Nebraska, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  49
SCORE
91
Outstanding
HopAnomaly - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay BarrelsHopAnomaly - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels
Notes: An artful creation which began with our HopAnomaly Belgian-Style IPA, enhanced by a 6 month maturation in French Oak Chardonnay Barrels. This version of Hop God is a fascinating, big, bold Belgian-style Tripel hopped in very high amounts to concentrate citrus, grapefruit and floral aromatics in the nose. The addition of Chardonnay barrel aging adds further dimension and oak tannins to an already wonderfully complex Ale – bringing to mind tropical fruits and peach. We know of nothing that compares – enjoy!

87 IBU
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a seven-fitty into a tulip...

The pour--oh holy hell, this is one fine and unique-looking beer. It pours a hazy, almost murky gold with a spectacular rocky and foamy head and sticky lacing. Superb.

The nose presents pretty complex symphony--citrusy hop notes, estery/fruity notes (white stone fruits), and just a hint of yeast and funk.

The palate is hit with some pretty serious hops, but that is balanced immediately by some excellent sweetness--peach, pear, and juicy citrus--with some nice vinous barrel and a hint of booze at the end. Tasty. Maybe a little more bitter than needed, but Tasty.

The mouthfeel is spectacular. Medium bodied--and "thicker" than you might expect--but with superb carbonation, lift and crisp finish. A hint of boozy warmth at the end. Very (dangerously) drinkable for the ABV.

I get edgy about over-hopping Belgian brews, and admittedly, this one is a shade hoppy for me--but that means it's probably darn near perfect. A must-try.

Dec 02, 2017
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zonker17 from Texas

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

Draft pour to snifter, light haze, golden, decent white head with lacing. Nose carries wood, pear, orange, light funk. Taste brings forth a touch of wine but is wood dominant, hops then bring mild fruits and strong bitter finish. Medium body and below average carbonation.

Sep 07, 2017
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The bottle opens with a resounding "pop." The beer pours a hazy medium-gold with a huge, dense and creamy white head that sticks around.
Aroma is citrus, funk, winey, candied fruit.
Intense fruitiness in the taste with some funk, some red wine, a bit of pine and a lingering, bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium, bubbly and soft.
Great stuff.

Oct 18, 2016
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is hands down, the REAL "Champagne of Beers". Pours an opaque gold. Thick white head. Lots of lacing, especially considering the ABV. Aroma is of champagne yeasts and grapefruit. Really smells like I just opened a bottle of champagne. It tastes very much like a triple aged in chardonnay barrels. In fact, it's the best triple I've ever tasted. Feel is a little on the heavy side, but very well carbonated. Overall this is a BANG! Just awesome - a perfect celebratory beer. I won't be forgetting this one.

Aug 23, 2016
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

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

Enjoyed in a taster glass. Thanks, Thile.

A: Opaque orange with a one finger off-white head that held on for a while. Thick lacing.

S: Citrus featuring mangoes and grapefruit, peaches, grapes and a piney hoppyness.

T: Chardonnay comes out the gate with a lightly sweet peach taste, followed by mangoes and grapefruit. A bit of vanilla and caramel, too. The wine-like quality had me hooked from the start. A bit of Belgian yeast in the mix, too. Such an unusual taste, in a very good way.

M: Low to medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: Such a nice surprise. Unlike anything I've ever had. Recommended.

Aug 15, 2016
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky orange body with a finger of white foam and lacing. Chardonnay is omnipresent in the smell, but not too potently, brings our flowers, belgian yeast, citrus zest, subtle oak and white grape. Taste however sees the chardonnay dominate to the point of making the citrus more wet than zesty, dulling the yeast character, and bringing in more grape must. Not that it is bad, just very different from smell, and not as nuanced. Feel has good barrel character, underlying yeast and hops, and sneaky creamy.

Jul 17, 2016
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a nice yellow-orange hue (moderately dark, yet clear) with a 3+ inch frothy white head with excellent retention. Nice thick lacing too.
S: Soft citrus (orange and grapefruit), mango, peach, white grape, pine, soft oak, with a hint of funk and white pepper.
T: Citrus has more of a bite here with orange and grapefruit. Oak tannins, vanilla, earthy minerals, mild funk, white pepper, pine, and hints of peach and buttery chardonnay.
M: Medium body (drinks much lighter than the ABV). Softly sweet, moderately bitter and dry. Soft oak and vanilla helps balance the hop characteristics.
D: Very good complexity and quite refreshing (careful, the ABV will catch up with you!). A nice summer sipper.

6/28/17: Exactly one year after my original review!
Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a nice clear golden hue with 2-3 inch bubbly off white head with excellent retention. Moderately active carbonation jets keep feeding the head...still very nice appearance. (4.5)
S: Orange, grapefruit, mango, key lime, white pepper, dry cracker malt, subtle Belgian yeast, soft pine, and a hint of a vinous (white wine) note. If anything, this may have improved with cellaring. (4.5)
T: White grape and peach hit first followed by soft grapefruit, white pepper, dry cracker malt, pine, soft oak, mild funk, and finishes with a chardonnay/champagne note. Again, I believe this has improved over the past year...the hop notes and funk have calmed down, allowing better balance throughout the beer. (4.5)
M: Medium body. ABV is artfully hidden. Softly coating the palate. Subtly sweet with mild bitterness and dryness. Lingers nicely on the palate too. (4.25)
D: This was an excellent beer a year ago and it has improved slightly with cellaring (nice surprise!). The hop notes and funk element have calmed down, allowing better balance. If you have any left from a year ago, I'd recommend sampling one now and/or over the next year. (4.5)

Jun 28, 2016
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Lobina from Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a great thick head that stays around. Good orange color and fairly pleasant smell. Taste isn't too bad but too much of a wine taste for me to grab another. Quite an interesting ale tho.

Jun 26, 2016
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DabblinWiscCraft from Wisconsin

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

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from the local Trig's Cellar 70--this is the first time I've noticed them stocking anything from Nebraska Brewing. No bottling code that I can see. Poured at cellar temperature into my New Belgium goblet.

L: Pours a bright, hazy apricot wheat color with about two inches of billowy, off-white head that sticks around for a good while, settles at about a quarter-inch and leaves substantial lacing on the glass. I can't make out the carbonation through the cloudiness of this one, but I'm guessing it's pretty profuse.

S: Quite wine-like in its initial impression: there's that grape and pear mustiness of a white wine. But there's also plenty of ripe fruit underneath the must--mango, grapefruit, and stone fruit are all there. Some of those Belgian yeast notes are also poking through, lending a touch of banana bread and nuttiness. Just a bit of floral hop notes--this one is definitely fruit-forward. Nice nose.

T: Wine-like, juicy, and engaging, this one really keeps your taste buds on their toes. Bready and sweeter caramel malts start things off quite sweet, and this one immediately leaves the beaten path with the emergence of those chardonnay oak barrel flavors playing at the edges of an otherwise impressive citrus and stone fruit hop wave. The middle gets a bit more caramel sweet, and the hop flavors develop a decidedly more citrus rind quality. Some of that banana from yeast. There is a bit of a floral hop presence, as well. The mustiness of the wine barreling continues to be felt. The back end has more of that citrus rind, a bit of clear alcohol (impressively, not very much), oakiness, more wine-like sweetness.

F: Medium-bodied, quite creamy, slightly astringent, and with a good bit of bitter at the close. Very drinkable for a beer with this high an ABV. Not quite syrupy, but definitely a little sticky.

O: I'm impressed with this, my first beer from Nebraska Brewing Company. Some people bemoan the use (or, in their minds, the overuse) of barrel-aging. I think there are those breweries who try to strap "barrel-aged" on otherwise mediocre product in the hopes of garnering more sales. This beer is not that kind of beer. The chardonnay and oak flavors imbued into this Belgian IPA make for a tasty brew that is engaging and unique yet comfortingly familiar where it matters. I recommend giving this one a try.

May 16, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled a little like white wine with caramel and some spices. Sweet white wine grape taste with spices and sharp bitter hoppiness.

May 05, 2016
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I expected this brew to be too tart for my taste due to the wine barrel aging. It wasn't the case the chardonnay barrels added a sweetness that complemented the hops very nicely. I will pick up another.

Apr 29, 2016
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold almost orange with a fair bit of cloudiness. 2+ finger off white head. Good retention and leaves a layer of foam behind. Medium amount of lacing.

Fairly smooth aroma, not terribly intense. Some citrus and yeast. Lemon, straw, and grape.

Pretty bland on the tongue. Some grapefruit hops, a bit of straw, and Belgian yeast. really not much going on.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Very mild hop bite. A bit of white wine like dryness.

Fairly disappointing beer. Just kinda bland all around.

Mar 30, 2016
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DrStiffington from New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I was not expecting this beer to be so awesome. It had a nice hopped up smell and taste, but the it really impressed with the selling point, which was the Chardonnay notes from aging this in Chardonnay barrels. Quite the unique blend of dry white wine and hoppy ale. I love it!

Jan 17, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours hazy gold with a light peach tint under a cream colored 3” foam collar that still leaves a thick mond in the middle of the glass after 20 minutes. Produces very thick lace. S: Stone fruits and citrus with a hint of vanilla. T: Big fruity palate blending peach, tropical and citrus with a malt backbone and an assertive hop finish. Although there are citrus flavors on the palate the bitterness is more quinine than citrus. The fruit also has a light chardonnay aspect with very light vanilla. The malt presence is moderate to moderately high but the hop and yeast driven fruit flavors and the bitterness balance the malt well. F: Exceptionally creamy, juicy, soft palate, medium body and carbonation. O: This is a big and bold beer with everything in balance. Th rich, creamy texture puts it over the top.

Sep 07, 2015
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler from The Brass Tap, Greenfield, WI:

Pours hazed golden amber with a thin head. Trailing lace slides does the glass with some sticking.

The smell is of chardonnay grapes, oak/vanilla, caramel and spicy hops.

The taste is of chardonnay grapes, oak, caramel, cotton candy. Sweetness is balanced by a lasting spicy/herbal hop bite in the finish.

It is creamy smooth. Alcohol is hardly detectable. It has a full body without being too thick.

Dangerously drinkable. It has a strong "Belgian"character. Hops really come through in the finish, but adjusts slowly to it in a balancing way. Great use of the barrels. A wonderful, enjoyable work of brewing art.

Jun 14, 2015
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Beeraphernalia from Connecticut

1.49/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

If I wanted to drink something that tasted like a cheap bottle of chardonnay than I would buy a cheap bottle of chardonnay. I'd avoid it. I hate that beer has become so pretentious, and now we have people rating this sour white grape flavored beer with an overall score of 91 and 94!!!! Are you kidding me?

Mar 09, 2015
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TheBrewo from New York

4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We pop a 750mL. emblazoned with the former label of “Hop God” into our King Sue tekus. It shows a golden pumpkin coloring, and puts forth a finger and a half’s worth of a head. The latter is creamy and soapy, but retains only briefly before sinking into a dense ring at the junction of the liquid and the glass. Lacing is chunky and mountainous. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be lighter. The aroma is shockingly tart and sour, offering up notes of white vinegar acidity, sweet Chardonnay grape skin and wine, cleanly old and dusty French oak, soft banana esters, manure and barnyard funk, lemon zest, phenolic clove, sweet Belgian yeastiness, hearty maltiness of pale grain, wheat, and lighter pilsy grit, perfumed floral hoppiness, tangerine flesh, white sugar, and chlorine. Holy phenols, Batman!! The taste is not at all what we had expected following that aromatic showing. The tartness threw us for a loop there. We hang our heads, resigning to notes of massive Belgian graininess of biting pilsner, pale, amber, and dusty English varietals, sweet banana esters, rumbly and spicy phenolic clove bitterness, intensely drying oakiness, tire and latex rubbery bite, chardonnay grape sugars, herbal and green grassy hoppiness, wildly fusel booze, cloying white sugar and honeycomb sweetness, vanilla bean, dried cherry fruitiness, candied almonds, earthy mossiness, cider vinegar acidity, hot horseradish fumes, and lemon skin. The aftertaste brings crushing tsunami waves of phenolic and chardonnay wine bitterness. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is lightly medium. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, and more oiled foam and froth, without robust creaminess. The mouth is left astringently dried and puckered following an initial scathing coolness of phenols and booze. The abv is warming and present, and the beer functions as more of a sipper.

Overall, this is one of the most impressive uses of wine barreling we’ve ever encountered. The chardonnay flavoring just pours off of the oak, blending with the warming, bold graininess of a surprisingly bitter base tripel. The result is rather mixed however. You find cloying sugars clashing with the most intensely puckering and bittering phenols around, all with this grapey wine and ethanol flavoring that never fully clicks for us. The biggest surprise here is that nose. It tends towards the wild side, more so than either a Belgian IPA or a tripel (it’s hard to nail this down stylistically, as so many things are mentioned on the bottle, contrasting with what we actually get). That is probably why we felt so discombobulated through the flavoring and beyond. You never quite know where you are with this beer, and it leaves you questioning your own basic knowledge of beer. As our introduction to Nebraska Brewing Company, this has certainly piqued our interest.

Feb 20, 2015
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deford from California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a 750ml into a FW snifter.

A- Golden colored with a small white head. Really looks inviting...

S- White wine...maybe a little pepper and spice.

T- Again, white wine, a little light fruit...very summery...don't know why I'm drinking this now in the middle of a rainy SoCal night. I want some apple slices and cheese with it. On the finish there's a bit of oak, reminds me I'm drinking a beer.

M- Very bubbly...very light, it feels good.

O- Need to do this next summer out by the pool. I feel like I'm in Napa Valley at a wine tasting. Quite enjoyable.

Dec 03, 2014
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MDHopster from Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Interesting brew served in a 6 oz glass at the White Oak Tavern in Ellicott City Md. Weak nose but citrus and grape must scents. Smooth mouth feel with minimal carbonation and limited bitterness of hops. Chardonnay flavor is noticeable with slight lingering aftertaste.

Jul 20, 2014
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden orange color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-slightly sweet malt, herbal, oak, white wine, belgian yeast

T-grainy malt, herbal, light caramel, oak, yeast, white wine, little grape and apple, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-enjoyed the barrel characteristics and the beer was very drinkable in spite of the abv

Jul 11, 2014
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mobius024 from New York

4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought this tonight here in Ithaca NY, at Finger Lakes Beverage Center (really great store). No one in the store at the time had tried the beer, so they asked me to let them know what I thought. This is what I thought:

Hi, I bought Hop God Last night. You asked me to let you know what I thought. First, my nose is almost completely dead from childhood allergies, so I require a beer that really stands up to notice anything. This one does. Pours a beautiful cloudy gold, with a moderate head (I poured it pretty cold). Nice lacing, etc. First thing was, I got citrus on the nose. It's got to be strong, for me to smell at all. A little bit grapefruity on the tongue. It's hard to quantify the mouth feel, it's pretty bright and then hangs around with what I think is a citrusy aftertaste. There is actually enough going on with this beer, the hops aren't really the biggest thing, at least for me, but for a hop freak such as myself, they are still there. I don't think it said so on the label, but at 10 it's certainly it's a double. Also, it's clearly Belgian yeast, with some sour coming through. Anyway, I think the alcohol fits nicely, but I'm accustomed to drinking nines and tens anyway. All in all, I do like this beer. it's interesting – sometimes that's a curse I guess, but not here I think. If I had a complaint at all, it is that it's a little bit heavy on the citrus (disclaimer – I dislike citrus is in general). I would buy it again, though.

Jun 30, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has some hints of amber hues along with aclight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Chardonnay are present in the nose from the wine barrel aging.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of Chardonnay from the barrel aging.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The wine barrel aging lends nice flavors of Chardonnay, but this overpowers the taste of the underlying Belgian IPA.

Apr 26, 2014
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 750mL bottle into a snifter.

My pour produces a massive head that resembles a root beer float. Cloud-like fluff shoots above the rim of the bottle and forms peaks. The liquid is a cloudy orange and resembles a witbier. Light carbonation trickles upwards and their are large tufts of lace scattered all about the snifter. It's a sexy beer.

This beer is very Belgian. It's heavily yeasty with the fruits and peppers that accompany. The nose really suggests a saison to me. Tartness is present too. I like what I'm smelling but I'm curious where the hops are. Perhaps that citrus I'm detecting is hop-related. I'm even smelling some salt like a gose.

Taste-wise, this beer has a grape-like character, plenty of citrus notes and pepper and yeasty notes like a Belgian. I get some aggressive grapefruit and the sensation on the upper palate that this brings. I even get some of that citrus peel. Whatever hops are here, they seemingly only add to the citrus and don't add any danknss or other hops flavor. As the beer warms I begin to get more sweet maltiness too.

Especially as the beer wars, I get an incredible amount of sensations on the tongue. This beer has yeasty effervescence, tartness, and the bitter dryness of biting into a grapefruit.

A pretty tasty brew here. There's a lot going on, between citrus adn malt and Belgian yeast and saison-like sensations. It's a lot to enjoy.

Apr 19, 2014
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bylerteck from Canada

3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Max's in Baltimore. From notes.

A - Cloudy dark golden pour with one finger of white head. Good carbonation, great lace rings and a film of retention.

S - White wine barrel. Not much else. Nice, but I'd like to know I'm drinking a beer, not it's barrel.

T - Hops are there for sure. Wine barrel funk and acidity, honey, fruity hops. Quite nice.

M - Nice carbonation, full body, thick feel, alcohol and bitterness to finish.

O/D - Good. Intense and worth the time to sip it. Not as much IPA character as expected, but it was nice.

Mar 16, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, golden-amber pour, with a wispy white head and medium-sized collar; some tracks of lacing on the glass. In the nose, Belgian yeast and obvious Chardonnay aromas, herbal hoppiness and pale malt sweetness. Pretty much delivered what was promised in the taste department: Belgian yeast complimenting pale malts, vinous flavors, stone fruits, notes of oak and light hop bitterness into the aftertaste. Medium body, moderate carbonation, pretty easily drinkable, with the higher ABV well-concealed. Nice overall.

Jan 26, 2014
HopAnomaly - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 290 ratings