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

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HopAnomaly - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay BarrelsHopAnomaly - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels

Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States

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

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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 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 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.

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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 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 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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Photo of leroybrown10
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Beeraphernalia
1.49/5  rDev -63.7%
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?

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.02/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of deford
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

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

So, I was at the Nebraska Brewing Co. last night and was told that they couldn't sell me this delicious beer. Apparently they received a cease an desist letter from a brewery in Tennessee with the naming rights to HOP GOD...smh. There will be NO more HOP GOD in Nebraska EVER!! So I called half of the liquor stores in the city before I finally found one that had a bottle, four bottles to be exact, bought em all. Best $80 I have ever spent. If you can find this beer BUY IT.

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Photo of MDHopster
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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Photo of mobius024
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.77/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to my cousin for the Christmas gift!

A: Pours a hazy amber color. The head is a one finger white shade. While its retention isn't the best, it's both beautifully creamy and leaves a decent ring of lacing on the glass.

S: Very fruity. Intensely fruity, actually. Apples, grapes, pears, oranges, and grapefruit all intertwine on the nose, with a building bubblegum character coming out the more it warms up. The barrel character is moderately strong without being overpowering. One disappointing feature is that I don't pick up much hoppiness, apart from some of the citrusy characteristics blending within the esters. Otherwise, this is an excellent example of a barrel aged tripel, at least on the nose.

T: From the start, the esters hit the palate immediately with strong bubblegum, apple, and pear. It's on the finish where the hop profile makes itself known. They're more citrusy than piny, and that's good. The finish is also loaded with a clean oak characteristic - this feature is actually quite powerful, almost overly so. Wait not almost, definitely overly so. The toasted oak flavors run roughshod everything else when sufficiently warmed up. Getting past that, it's a solid brew.

M: Surprisingly on the clean side, with the barrel characteristics doing a good job of drying it out. The tannins are a bit harsh, actually - it's too dry in my mind. On the plus side, there's very little in the way of prevalent alcohol.

O: Clearly, this isn't much of an IPA, Belgian-style or otherwise: the hops are only a slight addition here, playing second fiddle to the barrel character. This is a perfect example of an over-barreled beer - the base beer pretty much cowers in fear of the chardonnay barrels. It's a reasonable beer, but considering how much this brewery charges, I'm having a lot of trouble recommending this one (except to barrel lovers, that is).

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Photo of mrchrisray
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At $30 a big bottle, it was not worth it. I've heard people say they seem these bottle for less than $20 but most say all their brews are over priced. This beer is good, don't get me wrong, it just doesn't live up to its name. Hop God...I expected more hops.

It is a great looking beer. Poured into big wine glass, nice brownish yellow with a good head, good retention, and great lacing. Not that bubbly but has a few here and there coming up from the bottom.

It is very smooth and has lots of citrus notes, very grapefruity. It is quite easy to drink. It just doesn't give me the zing that other trippels do.

At 10%, I couldn't taste the alcohol at all which is nice.

THis beer is worth trying, even more so if the price is right.

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Photo of Phelps
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sent by sholland119 as part of the Blind Beers BIF, this was reviewed blind.

Pours from the 750-ml bottle a murky hue the color of grapefruit pulp. It's highly carbonated -- I have to tone down the pour because the fizz almost came up over the glass. I get about two inches of fluffy off-white head and tons of webbed lacing when I'm done.

Funky nose. Lemon peel, pear, floral hops, lots of barnyard funk. Gotta be some Brett in this one. Peppery phenols.

In the flavor: Floral hops, bitter grapefruit, white pepper, a hint of sweet pear. Mostly dry, and it's all permeated with bretty funk. A little alcohol flavor as well.

Smooth, silky medium body, high carbonation, pinching the tongue. Not as much fizz as the appearance would suggest. Definite alcohol numbness on the tongue and heat in the throat.

Balanced, peppery, funky. Lots of great hop flavor and bitterness, nice use of funky yeast.

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