HopAnomaly - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels | 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): 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:
#4,518
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
287
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
49
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Photo of Ewhoa
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBorsato
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Grackos
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BobbyOlson
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of BKotch
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zonker17
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beaulabauve
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gobuccos
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blazer22
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shaverandrew15
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsshuck
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Antg8989
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
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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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwkdmk
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of REVZEB
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwilbur
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
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)

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Photo of Wizzle32
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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