Nebraska HopAnomaly – Reserve Series Aged In French Oak Chardonnay Barrels

Tonight’s selection is from Nebraska Brewing Company, which apparently gets distributed to Jersey now. I found this lone bottle at Canals and was interested to try it since it was aged in white wine barrels.


ABV: 10.6%

Style: Belgian IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An artful creation which began with our HopAnomaly Belgian-Style IPA, enhanced by a 6 month maturation in French Oak Chadonnay 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!”

Random: I used my new River Horse glass for this review. We got a set of two from an event.

This beer poured with a huge, four finger, thick egg white head that took forever to dissipate. When it finally did, it left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy dark orange with high carbonation visible. The nose had notes of golden raisins, peach, apricot and astringent booze. It had some white grapes and oak as well. The flavor had some bitterness and grapefruit pith. There was less golden fruit than the nose and more emphasis from the white grapes and oak. The alcohol was well-hidden hidden. The body was thick with high carbonation. It has a long and dry finish with oak and grapes. This was an expensive bomber at $17.99 ($.82 per ounce). Despite the high price tag, I found it to be an interesting take on the style and had marked influence from the barrel aging.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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