HopAnomaly - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels
Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room

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Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room
Nebraska, United States
Belgian IPA
Ranked #8
Ranked #6,789
4.09 | pDev: 10.76%
Feb 21, 2021
Mar 21, 2010
HopAnomaly - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay BarrelsHopAnomaly - Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels
Notes: 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
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Rated: 4.02 by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

Feb 21, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle into a tulip. NO freshness dating.

Looks spectacular in the glass. Murky dull burnt orange body with a massive thick foamy off white head. Streams of carbonation replenish the head, leaving thick rings of lacing, impressive given the abv.

Not much on the nose though, a little musty fruit.

On tasting, you are hit with a spicy, peppery, hoppy bitterness. Then a wave of lightly fruit sweetness comes along, which is finally shoved aside by a dry bitterness. Loving this.

Mouth closing in on full, finish dry and bittersweet with a touch of oak.

Overall, hard to think of this as a Belgian IPA, but whatever it might be, it's certainly an interesting and tasty beer.
Dec 19, 2020
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Orange and a slight haze with no carbonation, topped with four fingers of yellowish head.

It smells of peach pie with a hint of green leaf.

The taste is of citrus, peaches, with a very sweet and clingy flavour followed by estranged bitterness.

Thick and syrupy body with low carbonation. I purchased this in North Carolina, drinking in Redding California September 10, 2020.
Sep 11, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 13, 2020
Rated: 4.17 by StanleysCup from Maryland

Sep 14, 2019
Rated: 3.38 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Aug 07, 2019
Rated: 3.86 by Ewhoa from Kansas

Jul 20, 2018
Rated: 4 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Feb 10, 2018
Rated: 3.48 by RBorsato from Virginia

Jan 02, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by Grackos from Florida

Dec 26, 2017
Rated: 4.09 by BobbyOlson from Michigan

Dec 16, 2017
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

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.
Dec 02, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by BKotch from Texas

Nov 22, 2017
Rated: 3.84 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Oct 23, 2017
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Reviewed by zonker17 from Texas

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.
Sep 07, 2017
Rated: 3.52 by dms1767 from Nebraska

Jun 19, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Apr 29, 2017
Rated: 4.49 by gobuccos from Ohio

Apr 10, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by Blazer22 from Colorado

Mar 09, 2017
Rated: 4.37 by shaverandrew15 from Michigan

Jan 19, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by dsshuck from Delaware

Nov 06, 2016
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Reviewed by SD-Alefan from South Dakota

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.
Oct 18, 2016
Rated: 4 by BrewskiBrandon from Missouri

Oct 08, 2016
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Reviewed by Antg8989 from New Jersey

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.
Aug 23, 2016
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Reviewed by brewskifan55 from Mississippi

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.
Aug 15, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by sendbeer from Georgia

Aug 02, 2016
Rated: 4.42 by kwkdmk from Louisiana

Jul 23, 2016
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Murky orange body with a finger of white foam and lacing. Chardonnay is omnipresent in the smell, but not too potently, brings our flowers, belgian yeast, citrus zest, subtle oak and white grape. Taste however sees the chardonnay dominate to the point of making the citrus more wet than zesty, dulling the yeast character, and bringing in more grape must. Not that it is bad, just very different from smell, and not as nuanced. Feel has good barrel character, underlying yeast and hops, and sneaky creamy.
Jul 17, 2016
Rated: 4.31 by swgwilt from Tennessee

Jun 30, 2016
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Reviewed by mwilbur from Minnesota

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)
Jun 28, 2016
Rated: 4 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Jun 27, 2016
Rated: 4.05 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Jun 27, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Jun 27, 2016
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Reviewed by Lobina from Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
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.
Jun 26, 2016
Rated: 4.17 by Jrobb6 from Nebraska

May 18, 2016
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Reviewed by DabblinWiscCraft from Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.
May 16, 2016
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

May 08, 2016
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
750ml bottle. Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled a little like white wine with caramel and some spices. Sweet white wine grape taste with spices and sharp bitter hoppiness.
May 05, 2016
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Reviewed by tbryan5 from Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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.
Apr 29, 2016
Rated: 3.35 by TTripp725 from Pennsylvania

Apr 15, 2016
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