Nirvana IPA
Brewery Ommegang

Nirvana IPANirvana IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #2,503
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #13,799
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 8.72%
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
463
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Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
87
Very Good
Nirvana IPANirvana IPA
Notes: Nirvana IPA is hopped with Bravo, Simcoe, Centennial, Topaz, and Mosaic, dry-hopped with Centennial, Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo and clocks in at 6.5% ABV and 60 IBUs. The flavor is hoppy, juicy and citrusy goodness – without harsh bitterness.
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Photo of maddogruss
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this in a bottle.

A: pours an amber body with a thick white head with solid retention and lacing.
S: sweet, floral smells with some citrus notes
T: light citrus rind taste with some earthy notes; sweet citrus undertones
M: medium bodied and very smooth
D: pretty solid IPA; well balanced IPA; great drinking beer.

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Photo of MrOH
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep gold, thick white head, nice retention and lace
Dank, grapefruit, berry, some leathery earthiness
Grapefruit and berries, earthy
Medium bodied with good carbonation
Not bad, but not my favorite

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brewery Ommegang "Nirvana IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "BESTBY 9/21/2019" and sampled on 9/92019
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: The new label looks a hell of a lot better than the old one. I'll assume it's the same beer although I've never had it before. It's poured a full head of white foam atop a hazy golden body. The aroma displays piney and fruity hops over a bready malt base. The flavor follows that out, although there's more complexity to the hops. It's quite earthy, spicy, and somewhat resinous with the woodsy notes dominating. But there's also some floral character it, and some mild fruit in some generic citrus and otherwise tropical fruit, and light apricot and peach. It finishes dry, earthy, grassy, and spicy. The balance between the malt and the bitterness is quite nice and I'd put it at 55 to 65 IBUs. In the mouth it's medium bodied with a little bit of a dextrinous feel, and a standard crispness. I'm about 3/4 of the way through it now and I still have a creamy, solid cap of foam on it. There are also several thick rings of lace above, and more solid sheets of lace below, rising up from the surface. That's a very good indicator that it's a really well made beer. So, no complaints here. This isn't groundbreaking but it's a really solid IPA that you could fall back on at any time. Nicely done.

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Photo of philbe311
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Voluminous head... Three full fingers of fluffy off-white colored froth... Stellar retention... Gobs of gooey lacing cling to the sides of the glass... The color is a slightly hazed pale gold... A limited amount of carbonation rises throughout... The nose highlights a strong malt base which sits below a pleasant mix of hops (some piney / some citrusy)... The hops are much more assertive on the palette, but the strong malt backbone is still present... The hops of more herbal and piney on the palate... On the fuller side of medium bodied... Light carbonation... Modest carbonation... Really quite enjoyable...

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

$ 3.44 (Including tax and discount)/16 oz can ($ 0.215/oz) from State Line Liquor, Elkton, MD. Reviewed 6/30/19.
“Best Before 8/22/19” printed at the bottom rim. On shelf in store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried glass coffee mug.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Yellow, clear.
Body – Yellow, hazy.
Head – Large (Maximum five cm, aggressive center pour), off white, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a three to six mm crown and complete cap. Head retraction leaves three-dimensional jagged bands of lacing.
Lacing – Very good. Three-dimensional sheet of lacing of tiny to medium bubbles. See also above.
Aroma – 3.5 – Light, spicy aroma.
Flavor – 4 – Begins with a mildly bitter spiciness. Ends with a chalky bitterness. No alcohol taste or aroma (6.5 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.75 – Decent but not outstanding IPA.

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Photo of EMH73
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a solid, old school IPA. Easy drinking, clean and crisp. Citrus, pine and some malts. Very mild bitterness. Nothing special to make it stand out.

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Photo of Beejay
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A hazy yellow in color with a massive light tan head.

S: Tangerine with some Belgian yeast notes, and something fairly sweet.

T: Earthy with citrus, and some Belgian yeast character. Bitterness is a little rough, but is balanced by the sweetness.

M: Medium light in body, with fairly high carbonation, a somewhat dry finish.

O: Overall the bitterness seems a bit rough for me.

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Photo of jameswaldo
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed tasting this at Ommegang's brewery on the way home, so I bought a case of 12 oz cans to bring back with me. Glad I did! I've been drinking it now and then for the past couple months, and it has been aging so well I'm afraid it won't last too long. Today, 5 weeks before its best-by date, I've got to rate it highly.
Looks just thoroughly beautiful! The can is pretty, and carefully notes its lot number and best-by date. I poured the can so it completely filled a Spiegelau IPA glass to the brim. Head retention is very long, lovely lacing on the way down with a fine line of bubble-thread keeping foam filming the top once the head has subsided. Color on the orange side of pale is an SRM 7 by my chart. The can blurb—TO SEEK THE DIVINE—in 4 ¶s all caps is a bit pretentious, but not unearned. And I'm a sucker for rampant beer-hoisting lions and paisley, so I give the ale's "Look" a high five.
Smell is nearly as pretty as look: very fresh peachy fruity floral hop smell: yum!
Taste for me is just a wee bit anemic for an India ale: I like my hops to do some bittering, and near Varna, where I live, I can get hops that do that for me. Ommegang may be just chicken with this brew avoiding the lasting bitter aftertaste I crave in a perfect IPA. Why should bitter be considered "harsh"?!
Mouthfeel is likewise gently avoiding the bite of bittering hops; carbonation is just right, a smooth unctuous swallow slides down sweetly, letting the malt speak.
Overall, though, this is really good and cans I've got left from the trip back from my son's wedding probably won't make it undrunk by their best-by date.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a hybrid glass from a 12oz can

A - Really nice golden copper, one finger white frothy head and some sugar legs

S - Super hoppy, with lots of dry and sweet malts/grains, orange, pine, pineapple. some really nice subtle dank, sweet bready yeast and more sugary goodness.

T - WOW. The hops really pops, whoa. Tons of citrus, hops galore (both bitter and sweet), baking yeast, island/tropical fruits and flowers, lots of sweet malt/grain with a hint of dry to help balance. No dankness like that nose.

M - Full bodied, well balanced, great complexity, medium plus acidity and medium to medium minus carbonation.

D/O - Really loving this IPA. Though the band sort of stole the word Nirvana whenever I see it. None-the-less this is a top notch ale and I could drink this baby all day. pairs well with most any meats and a pub pretzel, yeah, pretty much made for one another. Ommegang does it again!

Final thoughts - Want to know the price and where to get it. Decent ABV at six and a half. I really want to try this on tap and would be phenomenal as an unfiltered cask.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

4 pack of pint cans from the brewery on 9/8/18

Poured into my Devel tulip 25cl. Glass, also from the brewery.

Only a slight haze to this golden liquid. The foam is high and clumpy, airy, not creamy which still leaves decent lacing un it's wake.

A rather old-school ipa nose here. It's funny to think of this ipa as a bit of throw back, the various hop strains used is both old and new, but the aroma has mostly spicy and peppery notes, sweet fruits, cloves, dried herbal mixture..?o.k so it's actually pretty darn complex. I always use the term "earthy"...but it's hops after all,
So it makes sense. The subtle notes of sweet, ripe berries, black pepper and corn husks is very appropriate concidering the beautiful field and hills property this Abbey-style brewery sits on.

The flavor is much like the aroma, by which the texture of very crisp malt that gives a smooth, and crisp feel and flavor seem otherworldly. But, subtle tones keep going, not a punch in the face style taste, but lots of excellent subtle flavor's just keep coming in waves. Sometimes complexity can be very subtle.
Once the excellent malt and grainy flavors are noticed, the first wave of hops roll in, with a lightly sweet, fruity, juicy flow that eventually gives way to the earthy side.
Golden grains, hearty herbs and a bit of black pepper gives the hops a kick. Dry, leafy and earthy tones comes last with a subtle, but effective bitter finish. Fruit-juicy, then dry and earthy. The perfect hoppy combo effect.

This will not saturate your tastebuds like the most hyped New England style ipa's will, the body and texture is not nearly as thick. It is very crisp, lighter bodied, more like swing era jazz opposed to dense metal rock music. This ipa is "charming" that is the best adjective I can think of that sums this ipa up.

As much as I love my heady, hazy and complex New England style ipa milk shakes, it's nice to have a more refined, subtle and easy ipa experience. This Nirvana IPA is a thing of sublte beauty.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad but lets face it folks....so many IPA's taste VERY similar to one another and this is another one that tastes like countless other good IPA's. Overall a nice fruity taste but not overly sweet with a hoppy snap to it. Dry finish and very crisp. Not bad really but then again, there's countless beers like this today.

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Photo of WildHopHead
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I get very muted citrus taste upfront, then a lot of herbal, flowery, mildly bitter, with bit of pine in there. Don't pickup any alcohol, and it has an ok mouthfeel. It's odd, because their website bills this as a citrus Amercan style, but what I got is very herbal English style to me, not sure if that was the intention, but that's what I get. This is actually a pretty solid English style IPA, with a slight American twist. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of avalon07
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber-yellow color and a mostly clear consistency. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, pine, malt, citrus, and a light floral quality.

T: Tasted of moderate amount of pine, a good shot of malt (more than expected), lots of hops (especially up front), a bready quality, a tinge of the floral quality, and some citrus notes (grapefruit). In some ways the flavor reminds of one from an English IPA - much maltier than normal. The bitter hops dominate everything. A little uneven, but not bad..

F: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, somewhat bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solid IPA, if a little on the uneven side. Still, worth a try.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. canned 4/4/18, best by 8/2018, so 3 months old.

crystal clear golden yellow body. decent white head quickly shrinks to a thick ring & faint covering. very little in the way of lacing.

slightly floral aroma.

good hoppy, piney, flavor. nice support from the malt. very bitter towards the end.

a little above medium on the mouth, bitter on the finish.

overall, pretty good, strong tasting bitter ipa. nice hop presence even at 3 months. Nice one Ommegang.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: clear golden amber color with some darker yellow notes towards the center

S: grapefruit, pineapple, resin, strawberry, apricot, crackers and some dough. There is a nice earthy, herbal sweetness as well

T: grapefruit, strawberries, and sticky pine upfront. Crackers and biscuity malt behind that. There is also a slight medicinal taste on the backend as well. Finish is more bitter pine along with a noticeable cedar flavor

M: lighter side of medium with high carbonation

O: mediocre ipa. Old school pine bitterness here. A touch more out of the hops would help this

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Photo of stevoj
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Tops. Pale golden, hazy, thick foamy head. Belgian yeast adds a nice savory snap. Peppery, yeasty, savory. Bread, crackers, nice snap. Tasty!

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Photo of CEZ
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I’ve had my kegerator for 3 years now. Nirvana is the first beer that I’ve gotten back to back kegs of. Just a great tasting IPA that is very drinkable, any time of the year.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed one of these on tap at the brewery. I would say the Commercial description is just about right on. Loads of hop flavour & aroma up front (I've become a bit of a Mosaic fan & didn't think I got much of that taste), so hoppy & citrusy yes, not as 'juicy' as some of the finer IPAs I've come to enjoy, and there was a touch of astringent bitterness, but not much. Pretty well done IPA.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DATE: July 28, 2017... OCCASION: Anniversary #16 with the love of my life and the mother of my three boys--couldn't think of a beer more aptly named to describe how I feel today... GLASSWARE: Liberty Craft House inverted pint.... pours an effervescent, subtly opaque golden amber body that produces robust bubbles that cling to the glass while also basing quite a prolific white head... webbing and cragging at a three-fingered height, it looks the part of an IPA... the Bravo and Simcoe clearly propound dank smell of earth, while the Centennial, Citra, and Amarillo suggest grapefruit, melon, light pine and resin... not overpowering, but welcoming... at 6.5%, smooth, vibrant, balanced, and not bitter at its 60 IBUs, with medium body and lingering finish... oddly, more attention gets paid at its back end than at the teeth... the fruitiness of this beer is appropriate--neither bitter nor biting--and the grapefruit and melon are balanced by light caramel and biscuit malts... some resin, but more floral bouquet... not much else to write or probe... as Ommegangs go, another solid offering but not one that makes me wish I had tried sooner... pushes the style forward or has a unique Ommegang quality to it...

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle in trade from jcwattsrugger, thanks for the opportunity!
Just a touch of haze in a light copper beverage with a frothy whitehead that persists. Lots of citrus and pine and sweet bread on the nose. Tropical earthy pine and grassy flavor with faint maltiness. Pretty good IPA, but not exactly Nirvana.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at dinosaur BBQ

Clear golden , thin layer of white foam

Nice citrus hop aroma

Citrus , pine hop taste

Bitterness lingers on the tongue

Nice beer

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Photo of Amateurbrewmaster
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer is pretty refreshing and very well balanced. My father and I both had a can each of this. His glass has a healthy lacing and a ring of foam while mine looks flat and it's probably the glass so looks is based off of his glass.
It is a golden yellow color. A nice soapy white head after the pour that quickly goes away leaving a little foam ring and and lacing
It smells citrusy and all those other hop traits. No malt to the nose.
It is crisp, no aftertaste, just hops, a fair bit of sweetness to balance out the hops. No lingering bitterness.
It's middle of the road carbonation. Nice and easy drinking
This is a fine IPA. It is not too bitter. Definitely a go to now. Just wish there was a can on date

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Photo of Bravo06
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A cloudy darker yellow, with a light head.
Sweeter floral aroma with a hoppy note.
Textbook IPA flavor with complex amalgam of bitters hops and sweet citrus queues.
Crisp ending with no real lingering bitterness.
Overall an impressive presentation from Ommegang's take on a classic straight forward IPA.

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Photo of flaskman
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased 3 - 12 packs from my favorite ghetto grocery store 4 days out of drink by date. Pours orange amber with a decent off white head. Lacing is so so but not bad. Very tasty with a good hop flavor, Sweet and fruity with a bitterish finish. Good mouth feel and excellent mouth retention. Not what I would call a tropical IPA but well balanced and delicious. Not the best of the pack but solid and enjoyed. Especially at 6.99 a 12 pack. A solid IPA from Ommegang that is well known for their Belgians. I am very happy and would buy again.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale orange with a tight, white, bubbly head that leaves a trail of lace.

Smells of bright citrus and floral hops backed by fresh grain.

Sweet orange, bitter grapefruit, and mango give way to a slight biscuit malt middle, finishes dry with an herbal bite.

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Nirvana IPA from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 463 ratings