Nebraska Ale Storm

This is a beer that Val picked out for me because of my love of baseball. I thought the can art on this was incredibly well done. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a big fan of the contents.


ABV: 5.1%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “New for 2013 – The perfect ‘baseball’ beer. A smooth, thirst-quenching beer that balances the delicate sweetness of Pilsner malt and lemony/spicy notes of Sterling hops. It was specifically crafted to be an approachable but flavorful addition to everyone’s favorite pastime.”

Random: Minor league baseball games are the best. Tickets are cheap and you can always get good seats. I need to go to a Trenton Thunder game next year. I haven’t been in a very long time.

The brew poured with a half a finger of thin, pure white head that dissipated slowly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was very hazy and bright yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose had wheat,lemon and Pilsner malt. The taste started with a honey sweetness and bready malt. What I didn’t get was wheat or lemon, which would have significantly improved this beer. The body was thick, which didn’t help with the drinkability and the carbonation needed to be dialed up as well. It made this beer feel really heavy. It had a quick finish with white bread and crackers. A single can of this retailed for $1.83 ($.15 per ounce). I didn’t like this beer at all. There are so many better beers in this style. I don’t feel the need to have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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

Nebraska Wick For Brains

I finally have two days off in a row. Yesterday, the other half and I went to Forgotten Boardwalk brewery in Cherry Hill. On Sundays, they have free skee ball and the other half and I played at least 10 games. We had some good beer there too. Speaking of beer, let’s see how this pumpkin beer was.


ABV: 5.4%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Located in Papillion’s hoppin’ Shadow Lake Town Centre, Nebraska Brewing Company is a relaxed dining destination complemented by incredible, fresh handcrafted ales. Locally owned and operated, it’s our aim to share our passion for beer and food with everyone who walks through the door. When your stomach’s growling and you’re feelin’ parched, head to Nebraska Brewing Company for casual American fare, a full bar, and a great time. Our knowledgeable staff will assist you in creating the perfect beer and food combination.  Oh, and on your way out, be sure to grab a growler of one (or two) of our fine ales.”

Random: Phillip Rivers killed my fantasy team this week with his craptastic performance.

This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass, but a crown on top of the body. The body was a slightly hazy copper color with generous carbonation. The nose had caramel malt and cinnamon. The taste was a letdown. It had a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg. There was some allspice too, but no pumpkin notes. The body was thin and the carbonation was intense. It had a very lengthy spicy finish. This was $2.59 for a can, which wasn’t crazy expensive, but this pumpkin beer didn’t bring much to the table. It was very spicy, but needed some more pumpkin or squash notes to be truly successful. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Nebraska Apricot Au Poivre Saison – Reserve Series Aged In Chardonnay Barrels

While the other half and I were at The Foodery, I saw a bomber of this just hanging out on a shelf. I’ve never had anything from their “Reserve Series,” so I was interested on seeing how this one was. I also enjoy beers that use apricots as adjuncts, so let’s pop it open.


ABV: 6.8%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to, “Our Apricot au Poivre Saison is a Belgian-style Saison created with Apricot puree, lightly spiced with Black Pepper and ages for six months n third use French Oak Chardonnay barrels. The delicate flavors and aromas of oak, apricot, chardonnay, and pepper intertwine and create a flavor profile that is simultaneously complex and delightful. If you’ve had our other Reserve Series beers, you’ll know that each is amazing in it’s own way, they only come out once in a blue moon and they all disappear quickly.”

Random: The meow ate a moth last night. It’s one of the grosser things he does.

This beer poured with a huge three to four finger head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a really cloudy orange color with high carbonation visible as well. The nose had notes of Belgian yeast, oak, a bit of funk and some peppercorns in the background. There was apricot present as well. The taste had apricot and a bit of funky tartness with lemon zest. Belgian yeast and oak were present as well. I also noticed some peppercorns and clove as well. It had a medium body with high carbonation. The finish was quick and fruity with apricot and a touch of oak. I thought that this beer was really enjoyable, my only qualm with it was that it was quite expensive for what it was. Despite that, I would consider buying it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Nebraska EOS Hefeweizen

When the other half and I went to Philly last week, we stopped by The Foodery and picked up a few things. I hadn’t ever seen anything from Nebraska Brewing Company, so I was pretty excited when I saw their hefeweizen. Let’s crack it open and see how it was.


ABV: 4.8%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This medium to full-bodied beer, pale to amber in color, is most accurately described as a Bavarian wheat beer. The aroma and flavor of this unfiltered beer is decidedly fruity and phenolic — a big word for a brew that tastes like cloves, nutmeg or sometimes vanilla with banana-like esters. Awards: Bronze, 2010 US Open Beer Championship, German Hefeweizen; Silver, 2010 World Beer Championships, German Hefeweizen; Silver, 2010 North American Beer Awards, Bavarian Style Hefeweizen.”

Random: I really do like this glass from The Brewer’s Art. It will have to do until I get a real hefeweizen glass.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head, which is much less than I expected, given the style. Maybe I didn’t pour aggressively enough. The body was a cloudy, yellow color with very light carbonation, which was also not in line for the style. The nose was pretty pungent. I got banana and clove with a touch of bubble gum. The taste was good. I got the same banana and bubble gum up front. There was also some wheat and coriander that was a bit more subtle, but still detectable. There was also some sweetness to it that really complemented the other flavors. It had a medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with banana and bubble gum. This was definitely a solid beer that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0