Nebuchadnezzar | Omnipollo

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Brewed by:
Omnipollo
Sweden | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bark on 06-29-2012

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Avg:
4.13
pDev:
20.82%
 
 
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Photo of CERVEZALANDIA
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Cervezalandia.Smel is a exploding of hops, flowers.Medium yellow/ white head.Orange colour with a litle bit carbonation.Medium body and a long flavor.Pine, citrus, maybe also banana.Nice ballanced.Very enjoyable and of course very easy to drink.

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Photo of kguard
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Sampled a bottle from work.
Light amber, hard to believe this is a double. Very little cloud, and pours a 1.5 - 2 finger head.
Smells of oranges and coriander. Really inviting. You can tell this is going to be dry.
Sweet oranges and coriander hit up front. It changes to a little onion like towards the middle and finishes clean and orange.
Dry, very light malt and absense of yeast. Make this just dry with mid to light mouthfeel. Good carbonation and mousse.
That's awesome. Very straightforward and easy to drink, for hopheads. Love it and more. It's not cheap though. One of favorites since dreadnaught but not as sweet.
See one, try it.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange gold color with a massive three fingered head that dies down and still leaves a thick creamy layer along with rocky lacing on the side of the glass. As the beer warms the chill haze goes away leaving a nice, clear beer.

S - Pungent citrus rind of red grapefruit, light orange, and some light spice.

T - The aroma was a little deceptive taking on a different character than what I thought from the nose. Starts with a nip of sweet caramel malt on the tip of the tongue followed with some orange rind sweetness and sweet grapefruit; light caramel and some lemon in the middle ending with an assertive rindy, pithy grapefruit, light grass and peppery orange, lingering and very bitter finish. The bitterness lingers for a good long time and leaves a tropical, metallic-like coating in the mouth.

M - Solid medium body with very sprightly but not too harsh carbonation and a dry finish.

O - The beer got better as it warmed up - the chill haze drops out and the all of the peppery, rindy hoppiness leaves a thick coating in the mouth. In some ways, this beer reminds me of the destructive characteristics of Palate Wrecker. The chill haze really pulls the overall score down but the taste more than makes up for it.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at When Pigs Fly. In a snifter the beer was a hazy orange color with a small white head. Still, there was a good deal of lace.

Aroma of citrus, pine, and caramel. Very pleasant.

The taste was even better than the aroma promised. Caramel up front, then grapefruit and orange. Some mango. Later the piney hops appeared.

A hoppy beer, but nicely balanced.

I enjoyed this beer, and hope it lasts for a while at the restaurant.

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Photo of Dope
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very very cloudy pale orange. Enormous fluffy white head. Head fades slowly, leaving enormous and wide swaths of lacing everywhere. Big island of lacing. Great.

S: Big pungent grapefruit and a little tropical fruit. A little bit of sweet grains but mainly the hops stand out here. A little floral too.

T: Huge huge hops here. Strong, hard-hitting grapefruit primarily. Hints of tropical fruits and pine and especially floral hops. A nice sweet caramel malt pokes through in the finish but can't even dent the hop flavors and waves of bitterness. Pretty much pure grapefruit bitterness in the finish.

M: Pretty light bodied for 8.5%. Big bitterness leads to a quite dry beer.

O: Hop bomb for the hop lovers for sure. Intense hop flavors with decent variety. Intense bitterness. Very tasty.

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Photo of LarryK
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wow, lots going on here. Pours a fairly lighter orange than expected, with citrus flavors upfront, pine in the middle and a bitter/dry back-end. For whatever reason, a lot of the double IPAs I've tasted of late have gone a similar route. Would have liked the citrus flavor to stay on throughout; the fact that the flavor drops out near the back end is a bit of a red flag for me. Mouthfeel and carbonation are moderate; overall not a bad DIPA, but not necessarily something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours much more hazy than I expected. Massive pillowy head, nice clouds of lacing along the glass. Seriously, the head looks like well whipped egg whites. shiny and inviting.

I smell actually a sweet malt initially, with some floral/citrus hops hinting at the edge. enticing, but does not foreshadow what comes next.

The taste is much more hop forward. Bitter, but smoothed at the edges with that mildly sweet maltiness, and an earthy aspect to the hops.
To the hops themselves: I'm getting some mango sweet (with bitterness), some pine, and other almost citrus. More earthiness, with some grapefruit as I continue to sip.

There is certainly a strong hop presence, and the lingering citric bitterness certainly does linger. Not crippling, though, but certainly omnipresent. A good way to unwind and ice my foot

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Photo of Amalak
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had at Torst in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
A. I light caramel color, fully opaque and cloudy. I solid white head that leaves behind a wide web of lacing.
S. a slight hop and caramel scent.
T/M. It has a nice sweet taste. There's a caramel and grape undertone. A mild hoppy bitterness. It is carbonated and the alcohol is tame for an 8.5%. A malt kick at end.
O. It is quite flavorful with a fruity sweetness, but not overly so.

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Photo of Brenden
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A solid white head rests for awhile on a mildly hazed deep medium-to-dark yellow brew. Retention is good overall, and the cap that remains drops sticky lacing in patches that distributes itself pretty densely overall.
The aroma bursts out of the bottle; this one isn't kidding. A huge hops boquet never quits, pumping out all kinds of floral, citrus, and tropical fruits with a touch of zest along with a touch of honey-like sweetness, spiciness, and a touch of boozy with not ethanolic alcohol notes.
While not as balanced in the flavor, this is a tasty beer and one for hopheads to seek, though the $6 price tag for a bottle closer to 11 than 12 ounces may hold some back. The fruits are ripe in here, giving a bit more rind and pith than in the smell. Caramel malts are just enough to keep the bitterness from going over the edge. A spicy bite continues through and combines with an earthy note into the finish.
A dryer beer, this one's got a body that's medium but leans light. It's as crisp as might be expected, but manages a nice smoothness considering.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy apricot to peach in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some orange + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to large patch of thick film in the center of the beer with an extremely thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops with some lighter aromas of tropical/mango hops.

T: Upfront there is a light amounts of malts with hints of caramel sweetness that is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/orange, citrus/grapefruit, tropical/mango, and pine hops. Light to moderate flavors of bitterness which lingers. Very light hints of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with light amounts of dryness.

O: There are rather intense flavors and aromas of hops with fairly aggressive amounts of bitterness and a hint of booze making this beer not the easiest to drink. Very enjoyable and one I would like to have again.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Torst in Brooklyn.

Moderately-sized white head, lots of lace.

Aroma contains a large amount of tropical fruit. Peach, passionfruit. Some herbal notes as well, with a slight dankness.

Tropical fruit in the taste- passionfruit and peach again, primarily the former. Some herbal flavours. Moderately bitter. Not a lot present in terms of malt. Nice but not as good as the nose.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, slightly oily. Lighter than expected.

Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high off white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of grapefruit are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of orange citrus and grapefruit along with hints of pine and a moderate amount of bitterness. The orange flavors linger through the finish, when slight hints of alcohol also appear.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a rather bold IPA that packs in a lot of citrusy aromas and flavors along with a substantial amount of hop bitterness. The alcohol is mostly well masked from the taste.

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

On-tap, served in a tulip

A hazy orange body with a fluffy white cap that rose 2+ fingers to fill the glass. Clingy lace leaving a spider web pattern. The nose is of floral hops, peach, grapefruit, and some earthy spice. Toasted biscuit malt underneath. A nice tight imbalance between malt and hops. On the palate, the hops burst onto the tongue. Tropical fruit, flowers, and peaches before a rush of clean biscuit malt and caramel. The finish is a bit of pine/earth and tropical fruit. A mild bitterness accentuates a dry finish. Medium body with good carbonation. A nice lingering dance between sweet malt and fruity hops, hoppy bitterness, and some earthy hop notes. This is a very nice IPA that was a little surprising, actually. Ordered this guy on a whim and really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Damian
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from an 11.2 fl oz/33 cl. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
The cap was stamped 23/08/14
Served in a snifter

Quite the hipster beer label. Omnipollo might even one-up Mikkeller's low-fi graphics with their edgy, minimalist aesthetic. As for the beer, it poured a super cloudy, glowing peach color. A near three-finger, dense, foamy, light beige head topped the liquid. The head slowly receded, leaving blankets of thick drippy lacing along glass.

The aroma was potently hoppy and bright. Uber fruity, juicy and sweet. Lots of tropical fruits initially. Mango and papaya dominated. Waves of grapefruit soon took over. Touch of orange peel. Clean, crisp and dry. Almost a bit soapy. As the beer opened up, tropical fruits again reappeared. Peach and apricot notes came through as well. Quite dynamic and complex. Amazingly well balanced.

The flavor profile was drastically different from the nose. Super pithy, dry and bitter. No malt presence whatsoever. White grapefruit completely dominated. Slightly tart and lemony in the center with hints of orange peel. Bitter pine and pithy rind on came through on the finish. A dry bitterness lingered on my palate for what seemed to be an eternity.

The beer was medium-light in body for the style. Thinner than I was anticipating, but creamy and slick. The liquid contained a fine, spritzy effervescence.

Despite the high price point, the combination of solid reviews on BA and interesting label graphics led me to believe that I should give this beer a shot. Although I loved certain things about it, I doubt that I would buy it again.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet from a 12oz. Best by date, Aug. 23, 2014.

Pours out a hazed peach with a thick, 3/4 inch head. The lacing leaves rings for days. Beautiful beer!

Grapefruit, bandaid, tobacco, pale malts and slight candy sugar make up the smell.

Great kumquat and grapefruit start, pale malts and fresh cut grass make up the middle. What a well balanced, yet hop forward brew. Slightly heavy on the carbonation, but still smooth.

This could easily be described as a West Coast DIPA even though it's from Sweden/Belgium. Hop forward but well balanced in every way! So glad I got a chance to grab one up! An easy recomendation for any hophead!

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Photo of Sammy
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty nice drinking IPA. Wonderful aromas of grapefruit and orange. Enormous lasting white bubbly head on orange body. Big hops, lots of citrus flavours. Bottle from recent Premier Gourmet trip. Not too much of an obvious palate eraser. I would have again.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden color with creamy off-white head. Aroma has dank hops with pine and grass notes. Taste starts really balanced with lots of dank and tropical hops. Mango, papaya, melon and avocado, with some nice bitterness on the finish. Really smooth mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Extremely drinkable for its ABV, lots of dank hops but not overly bitter, right up my alley.

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

A: Pours murky pale golden with a massive off-white head, compact. Slow dissipation and fantastic lacings.

S: Grapefruits, pineapples and lemons is what first strikes you. Then there's bitter hops and caramell malt, sweet but not too sweet. Well balanced.

T: Mango, grapefruit and pineapple from the floral hops, but balanced by the bitterhops and the caramell malt. This is a rather sweet beer but the sweetness seems to belong to the fruit rahter than the malt (interesting since thereĀ“s no actuall fruit in this beer). A bit yeasty.

M: Aftertaste is both sweet and bitter, but not very long. Body is full and creamy smooth. Low carbonation. A warmth from the alcohol.

O: This is a very nice and well balanced DIPA. I'm gonna get myself more!

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Murky golden orange. HUGE fluffy brilliant white head that lingers on forever and dies slowly leaving a wrapping of sticky, chunky lacing all over my DFH glass. Quite a site to behold.

S- Pinapple, mango and grapefruit with a touch of something funky. Little tiny chunks of caramel malts, honey, freshly cut grass with an underlying compost/brown sugar cookie. What? I know!!! Nice bitter pine and citrus punch! Really opens up the tropical citrus as it warms up.

T- Your mouth gets slapped with a dull pine sap/orange peel at first, but as it rolls down the tongue, tons of tropical mango, pineapple, mangosteen, papaya, yellow grapefruit, but with an almost dry feel. I love how the yeast develops on the finish and leaves a grassy, almost compost rolled in tropical citrus note. This is very unique. Has just a touch of somekind of metallic bite underneath.

M- Dry and fruity. Leaves a pleasant citrus wallop, a touch of yeasty funk, nice sweet tropical fruit and a tinge of bitterness and tin foil.

O- I wish I had tried this a little fresher to be honest. It's not old, but I shoulda hopped on this IIPA a month or so ago. Worth $6.49/12oz... probably not. I keep pulling the empty glass to my nose and inhaling, so that's a good sign. Not brilliant, but a very well done American IIPA from abroad. Well worth what you'd pay for a worse beer at a shitty bar any day of the week. Grab it if you get the chance!

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

Bottle from Slowbeer.

Dirty kumquat with a vigorous just off-white head that rises strongly before taking a little over 5 minutes to recede with sporadic lace patches and a healthy ring.

Nose delivers highly appetising candied hop aromas in spades. Mandarin, pineapple, orange-mango. Quite sweaty, with doughy notes and a pleasant woody edge.

Taste is even better. The upfront tropical blast is leavened by moderate pine and a rich green, herbal presence, particularly spearmint.

Appropriately full and oily with creamy carbonation that spreads it across the palate nicely. Bitter finish kicks in pretty smartly and hangs around for a surprisingly long time.

Basically a nice, tight, ass-kicking US IIPA executed very well. No bad bits.

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

It seems that the influence of American ales keep on marching through Scandinavia. The hoppy ales seem to be of most interest and these brewers are capturing the sense of citrusy hopped ales very well.

Omnipollo's Nebuchadnezzar opens with a mildly hazed amber-gold color. Its creamy white foam rises in liquified fashion and retains very well throughout the session. It's sticky lace clings evenly to the glass with spotty broken patterns- giving the beer a true lace-like appearance. This is one sexy looking ale.

Oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple begin to frame the hop-dominant nose. Yet the thin honey underlay from malt gives the fruity notes a ripper and more succulent aroma. Spicy alcohol notes of nail polish remover are mild but remind the nose of its imperial status.

Once again, the flavors of ripe oranges, red grapefruit grapefruit, and sweet pineapple easily gain command of the flavors, only allowing the thin caramel malt sweetness to support the hops. A late arrival of spicy woods, bracing hop bitterness (with mild harshness) and acetone alcohols signal closure- but not before an earthy taste of bruised fruit and muddled grasses gives the beer a slight detour.

Medium-light in body, the beer definately prefers the drier standard IPA textures that evoke a fleeting honey sweet texture early on. This dry-malt mouthfeel carries the hops very well en route to a semi-dry finish with resinous pine and grass texture, spicy alcohol, and mild hop-derived astringency.

Nebuchadnezzar is certainly a strong IPA that strives to gain the balance of imperial IPA but with the body of standard American IPAs- nearly gaining the best of both worlds, the dryness of the beer reveals a few harsh components of hops, grain, alcohol that haunt the ale, if even momentarily so.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a nice two finger white head that slowly dissipates to a thick film with heavy lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, citrus, aromatic hops, slightly floral and piney. Flavor starts out subtly with light caramel malt, stone fruit, citrus and hops and then the hops develop into a nice pine, citrus and herbal, resinous hop finish that is quite satisfying. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. A sneaky DIPA that appeared to be underwhelming at first and then developed nicely leaving a complex hop residual flavor. I've been quite impressed by all the Omnipollo ales I've tried and will return to them every time they make their rare appearances.

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Photo of avalon07
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sweet, hoppy aroma with this beer. Exactly what you would expect from a DIPA.

T: Tasted of hops - a lot of hops - along with a good shot of pine, some citrus, and a little bit of malt in the finish. An intense, lively, forceful flavor. Well-rounded and tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slightly harsh (a little on the bitter side) finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very enjoyable beer. One of the better examples of a European brewery getting the DIPA style right. Drinkable.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. Best before 23 August 2014.

A: Three fingers of solid, fluffy head from even a gentle pour. There is sediment inside the bottle, and the beer is hazy, but translucent. A dull orange in color.

S: Breathtakingly fresh pine, subtle citrus, and a touch of sweeter fruit. (Nelson Sauvin hops?) Simply great.

T/M: This is great. I'm not sure how it manages to hit all the high points of a the American (D)IPA style -- aggressive pine; intense, dry bitterness; topnotes of grapefruit and passionfruit -- without being in the least astringent or unpleasant. Heavy on the pine, but soft and full on the finish. Expertly balanced and incredibly enjoyable.

O: Topnotch IPA. I will definitely be seeking out more Omnipollo beers and their minimalist labels. Highly recommended. Two weeks and two bottles later, this may be one of my favourite DIPAs of all time. I would rather drink this than Pliny the Younger.

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Photo of danieelol
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool understated label.

Pours a lightish yellow orange with great head and lacing.

Great potent, fresh, hoppy smell. Citrus, jasmine, pine. Hop forward but with a malt presence.

Great taste too. Just a great encapsulation of hoppiness with more citrus, jasmine and pine. Only subtly detectable alcohol.

Mouthfeel features good hop oils, a slightly detectable note of booze and only moderate body. Very drinkable.

Nailed it. This is far closer to Pliny the Elder than Opperbacco's Overdose, in colour, ABV and flavours; and yet it doesn't claim to be based on Pliny.

Just a fantastic beer and probably the closest you can get to premium US DIPAs in Australia currrently. Highly recommended.

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Nebuchadnezzar from Omnipollo
92 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.
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