Hopluia | Spilker Ales

78 Reviews

Brewed by:
Spilker Ales
Nebraska, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hopluia, introduced in 16oz. cans in January 2005, is the first canned Nebraska beer since Falstaff closed in 1984. The 32oz. bottles have been discontinued.

Some of the old tap handles still list the beer as Hopalleuia.

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Photo of goodbeer4cheap
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A good session beer. Dark Amber color, Well blended malt to hops. Fruity aroma and more Belgium ale in flavor. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 24 oz beer stein. Brought from Nebraska by a good friend.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
2.46/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Very sweet hard candy flavor to this one. Looked good and smelled nice, but the flavor profile was all over the place and totally missed the mark for me. The hops were messy and failed to stand up to the malt.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a better than average ipa i thought, but maybe thats because i was in nebraska drinking less than stellar beers for a few days. this one poured a coppery orange color with an inch of thick white foam. the nose is really floral on the hop front, with some english smelling pale malt behind it. not bitter at all. the flavor is also quite floral, summery, even a tinge of bubblegum flavor to it, which i didnt mind until i identified it, then i didnt care for it at all. sweeter in the finish from the malts. i liked the taste of this though because all of the components can be tasted individually, but the whole is more than the sum of the parts. synergy they call that, and its on display here, in a jazzy little glass of beer, not quite english, not quite american, but darn tasty whatever it is. medium body, average carbonation, one of the better beers ive had from the state of nebraska, for what thats worth.

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Photo of pBRale
2.81/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deviating from my usual format due to laziness.
poured into a snifter
no bottled on date, although there is a freshness date up to 6/8/12
Had this beer tonight and was not really impressed. Appearance is decent, but it's really no different than the standard IPA--a little darker, leaning toward amber in color. Smell is a little hoppy (don't notice the dry hopping the label brags about), but again nothing that stands out. Flavor is about average for an IPA, hoppy, yet balanced by substantial malt presence, again nothing remarkable. Feel is full, fairly decent, and overall not a bad beer, though nothing I'll rush to again by any means. Worth the try though.

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Photo of box299
1.59/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours light amber in color. Very thin head and no lace. Like soda bubbles cling to the glass and within a minute or two they were completely gone. Beer smelled and tasted like socks... reminded me more of a Belgian wild yeast favor without all the richness of the malt. Not much of an IPA. The beer itself was just slightly above undrinkable. Avoid!

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Photo of katan
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml into a pint

A - Pours a deep ruby red color. Very thick - but not hazy. Light white head formation. Bubbling is light.

S - Citrus and floral hop notes - little amount of malts, breadiness in the background.

T - Starts off lightly malty, midstream gets more hoppy, a piney and citrus mid-stream. finishes a clean, with very little flavor. The fruitiness from the english hops just don't quite through.

M - Moderate body, but a light amount of carbonation. Comes off a little bit thick. Finishes a little bit sticky. Alcohol is well hidden.

O/D - A beer that struggles to find an identity between American and English hops. The estery fruitness is almost more reminiscent of a belgian.

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Photo of drpimento
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Courtesy of John K; thank you sir. This was poured at a good temperature, with a fine, off white head that settles out and some lace. Color is an almost clear, slightly dark yellow. Aroma is malt, beer, hop, fruit. Flavor is like nose. Body and carbonation ok. Finish is like flavor and on the short side. Decent effort.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled grassy and somewhat earthy. A touch of sweet caramel, too.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and bready. It had a mild grassy hop bitterness.

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

O - This is an okay brew. Still curious to try more from them.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on-tap at Crescent Moon in Omaha, NE. Review from notes.

Arrives with a 0.5cm white head comprised of medium-sized bubbles. Head descends, leaves no lacing. Body is light brown to amber in color. Transparent, visible carbonation. Average-looking.

Aroma is of pine and citrus hops with some malt sweetness and light fruit esters. Fairly complex, good.

Taste is of mild bitter hops semi-quickly fading to malt sweetness, then leaving some bitterness. Not detecting any particular citrus, pine, or herbal notes. A bit watery, mostly just sweet-ish hops.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, perhaps medium-light. A bit watery here, too, but held up a bit by the carbonation level. Finish is semi-dry.

I described this as "hop soda" to myself, and then, finding this witty, mentioned it to those I was drinking with. No one disagreed, they were all experienced drinkers.

When I first moved to Omaha in 2009, this was a different beer, a bit more substantial and aggressive, less watery. It seems either that quality control is low, or the recipe has changed to its detriment.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok, I got this bottle from a good friend of mine that was out in the midwest and I am ever grateful to him for bringing it all the way back. Not to mention that he had to keep it cold as that was the instruction from the brewery. Thanks Greg!

Anyway, poured from a 16 ounce bottle (I think it was 16 oz) into a tulip glass. I noticed immediately (and was also warned) that these bottled versions are not well carbonated.

A: A copper orange color with no head at all. No glass lacing. It was obvious that the carbonation was very low.

S: Nice light citrus hops with a nice even caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus hops with orange, lemon, tangerine and a lighter grassy hoppy flavor. Malt was caramel sweet but was evenly matched to the hops. Nice mellow melding flavor. Very balanced and it works well. I wish this was carbonated properly.

M: Hard to guage with the low carbonation, but I felt it would be nice and bitter and pricky. Low alcohol if any.

D: This could be great if it were on tap. I envision this as a true drinker.

Update 9/5/11. I received a second bottle via trade antlerwrestler19. Thanks Kyle. I'm only going to update categories that I noticed changes in.

S: Second time around I'm noticing again the light carbonation. I'm getting a huge bubble gum smell and some belgian style yeasty tones on the nose. Still some citrus but more herbal and floral characters.

T: Yup, the bubblegum sweetness comes out in the flavor too. Sweet up front with some yeasty flavors. Hops throw off floral and herbal flavors with some light citrus and grassy notes. The caramel and sugar sweetness finishes out the beer with very little or no bitterness. I believe this could use more hops to help give it some punch.

M: Still really low carbonation on this, which is sad. Also the beer seems thin to me.

O: I got a bunch of different flavors this time, but I'm seeing these same flavors coming out in other reviewers too, so I'm not crazy. I'm getting much more English style flavors this time around that really could use some ramping up. Darn.

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Photo of climax
2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hopluia pours a brilliant amber hue, clarity is excellent. The head was a decent size but had weak retention which was disappointing.

The aroma is as complex as it is hoppy. Herbal hop flavors introduce the beer to the nose, with more complex fruit tones to follow. There is a blueberry and peach sweetness that eventually overtakes the herbal/citrus tones. I get whiffs of Belgian yeast and aged malt to add to the intrigue. It's not so much of a hop bomb, but it's network of flavors somewhat make up for that.

The qualities I appreciated in the aroma, are the pitfalls of the flavor. It has a definite yeast and malt flavor, which more than overpower the hops with sweetness. There's just not enough bitterness here, bubblegum and a dash of grass are about all i get along those lines.

The feel is on the thin side, almost watery if it weren't for some fluffy carbonation. $3.99 isn't so bad for a pint, but it just doesn't stack up.

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Photo of syrupjoe
2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pint bottle into pint glass.

Pours with a one finger off-white head. Big bubbles, no lacing. Amber brown color, with no particulates.

Smells of Belgian yeast, floral, grassy hops with a bit of a floral bite.

Tastes buttery, somewhat watery, and not very hoppy. Notes of bready malt.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with medium carbonation and big bubbles.

Overall, not a great beer. The nose gave me great expectations but for whatever reason this beer was very watery with a lack of hop presence. Would not seek this beer out.

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Photo of nicocorea
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had a pint poured from a tap at crescent moon alehouse in Omaha, NE on 15 June 2011. Smelled sort of like a heffeweitzen. Flavor was just OK, not as hoppy as I was hoping considering its name. Body was thin. Overall, this is a middling beer in my opinion.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a pint bottle into a tulip glass.

A - pours a translucent amber/copper w/ a very solid- appears to be moderately carbonated from what I can see in the body of the beer. Head is foamy and bubbly - doesn't appear to be sticking around terribly long. The dark color is intriguing.

S - big piney hops in the nose for sure, some malt sweetness as well. It smells bold to say the least.

T - the taste is not too similar to the smell - bitter hops up front, and not a whole lot on the back end - a bit of malt and some citrus and/or grapefruit as well, but nothing very strong, to be honest. I was expecting a bit more of a hop blast based on the aroma.

M - a bit watery, not as crispy as I would have like. The finish especially is not as I expected.

O - overall, this is ok. As indicated above, the aroma was promising, but the flavor and body just did not live up.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured an almost reddish orange hue but very light. Not much head but could've been how I poured. They really want this to be stored cold per the bottle and I did purchase warm and it was warm until I got it home from KC. The armoa is light citrus and pine with some malts in there. Taste is crisp but almost finishes juice like. This finishes very similar to a macro brew and there is almost no hop bite. Wish I could find the alc% anywhere online or the bottle but apparently that doesn't exist. If this is the only beer Spilker Makes they need to try again.

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Photo of bort11
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz silk-screened bottle poured into a DFH tulip. The initial head is a good two fingers, and is a light cream color. The foam recedes leaving spots of lace. The body color is a clear, dark copper. Very active carbonation streamers rise from the bottom.

The smell is an expected hop blast, though it is not as heavy handed as some hop-forward ales. It is an aromatic potpourri of lighter hop notes. There is grass, pine needles and spearmint. I like getting mint flavors and smells from a beer, it's a sense that is under appreciated in craft brewing. The taste takes a big step back and is a lot milder than the smell would suggest. There is still a hint of mint, but overall it is a little watered down.

The body is light and crisp, perfect for hot weather. This may be a bit of a disappointment for hop-heads used to DIPAs like Hop Slam. However, I do see a place for a lighter IPA like Hopluia. I could drink a lot of this at the grill or at a party. At $3.99 a 22 oz bottle, it's priced right as well.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

385th review on BA
bottle to pint
16 oz bottle

Doc's in Lincoln, NE

App- For an IPA to be this dark I was impressed. It was a dark amber with a huge two finger head and some great cling.

Smell- Big smooth malts and a creamy note. There was something to this beer for how it looked and smell was quite beautiful.

Taste- I was a bit saddened to not see the taste follow the nose. It was right there for being very good but it's not bad, Close to being a lilttle bit of a turf taste for those football players out there. Every so caramely and not at all the bitter level I was expecting.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated with a lower malty and equalled hop kick as well.

Drink- It was a pretty good EIPA. Something about the midwest is just off. Oh wait, I live in So. Cal and am spoiled as shit for IPA's thats it.

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Photo of Adamthome1
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Bottle, pours coppery, 1-2 finger head that dissipates

Smells very hoppy, so floral, very sweet, fruity, inviting

Taste follows up perfectly, exactly from nose; The main thing is a lack of overpowering aftertaste....Depending on how you feel on IPA's this will make or break your feel for the beer...It's very drinkable but lacks a hardcore bite at the end. If you're a mild IPA fan this may be perfect for you.

Aftertaste is nice, nothing unexpected or overpowering, nice mild hoppy feel on the palate.

End of the day it's great for me to support a local beer, not many in these parts, I hope hey keep brewing this beer in Cortland, NE.

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Photo of Agold
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is really interesting. It pours a medium amber color, with a head that disappears fairly quickly leaving a ring of foam around the edges. The beer leaves some lacing. The smell is weirdly reminiscent of a hefeweizen with a nice dose of orangey citrus hops. The flavor follows, but is a bit watered down. Defintely getting a lot of the hefeweizen yeast character here, which is surprising, but a very nice complement to the hop profile. The mouthfeel is nice and light with pleasant carbonation. My great Nebraska buddy made a wise decision sending this treasure over.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle. The bottle states that dry hopping is "rare" ... hmm, not really but okay. Cool bottle though. Pours a reddish amber with a spiffy, though smallish, off white head. Aroma is unique and powerful, with some clear notes of light pine and grass followed by light caramel. There's some spice there too, something I can't put my finger on. Taste is different as well, there's cleary a hop here at play that I'm not familiar with. It's sweeter and less bitter than I would expect. Taste is light orange peel up front, followed by big time caramel malt, with this really weird mineral aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery, probably the least impressive part of the beer. This beer really had me going right up to that first sip, and then just didn't deliver. The insubstantial and watery mouthfeel really knock it down a peg in my book, despite the unique hop aroma and flavor. Not a bad IPA at all, but somewhat disappointing given how the beer introduced itself.

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Photo of wschmit
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This was kept cold, as per the bottle's instructions, for its entire transport back to Chicago.

A: 2 fingers of peach-tinted, creamy head settled down to a lingering finger. Little lacing and no head as the drink went on. Clear amber body.

S: Very good, floral, even a bit peppery hop profile. Perhaps a little malt on the nose, but just a bit.

T: Not bad, but not as good as the nose. A bit grassy and herbal, which is not wholly bad. Slight caramel flavor, but not an outstanding malt backbone here. Not terribly bitter at all.

M: Very thin, frankly. Perhaps a bit of a resinous feel to it.

D: Pretty high. Not terribly alcoholic, and with a nice nose but not strong or off-putting flavors.

Honestly, it's not a bad hoppy beer for some summer drinking, and is right in my preferential wheelhouse. It's not hoppy at all by comparison to many American IPAs, but in line with an English style (though with American hops--nice touch).

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Photo of Lovetteaudio
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has really good flavor for a IPA. It has a good balance of spice and hops where the hops are not over powering the spice flavor that is similar to those spices from a Hefe-Weisen style beer. Has a light touch of a citrus flavoring to it that goes great with the spice it has. Has a lighter amber color to it giving it a good appearance. The smell of the beer has a hoppy aroma with a little citrus smell mixed with it. Definitely a IPA that is easy drinking which is a plus for the beer. Overall this IPA is above average and is a great first beer for some one trying IPAs for the first time.

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank direct from the 22 oz bobmber on a business trip
in a real dive of a hotel in nebraksa with no glass available

a seems to have an almost excessive head when poured int o a plactic cup.
unable to guauge lacing due to circumstANces beyond my control
attractive deep honey color

s cant really put my finger on this but I like it. hoppy in an unfamilira way. (medicinal hops?)

t interesting! yum! hoppy indeed but not at all like most of the IPSA's I have tried.

m good body plenty of caRBONATION, no abv bite. thisis nice

d not too heavy to have 2nds and 3rds. great.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to isanlee for this brew in a BIF. Pours with a thin head. Darker amber in color. A slight smell of hops and malt. Tastes like a good English IPA with a balance of hops & malt. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is very smooth. A nice example of the style. Cheers.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 2 finger head. Dark orangeish red. Decent retention. Ok lacing.

S. Whay you expect from a beer called Hopluia. Big citrusy hop smell. Smells like sweet tropical fruit. Some faint malt smell.

T. Taste is a let down from what you get from the smell. No rally distinct hop flavors or bitterness. Probably best described as a mellow pale ale. Some sweeter caramel malt.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

D. Definitely drinkable. A hoppy IPA this is not. A fairly decent APA maybe? Whit a name like Hopluia I want hop smell and taste.

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