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

HopAnomaly - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay BarrelsHopAnomaly - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels
BA SCORE
86.8%
Liked This Beer
4.1 w/ 281 ratings
HopAnomaly - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay BarrelsHopAnomaly - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Onslow on 03-21-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,582
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
281
Liked:
244
Avg:
4.1/5
pDev:
10.73%
Alströms:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
47
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 281 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of zonker17
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of dms1767
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beaulabauve
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gobuccos
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blazer22
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shaverandrew15
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsshuck
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.55/5  rDev +11%
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.

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

Photo of Antg8989
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwkdmk
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZEB89
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of swgwilt
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwilbur
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
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)

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Photo of Wizzle32
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lobina
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of Jrobb6
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tbryan5
4.18/5  rDev +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.

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HopAnomaly - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86.8% out of 100 with 281 ratings
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