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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 87   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!

2012 North American Beer Awards– Silver Medal- Other Belgian Style Ales
2012 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition– Gold Medal – American-Belgo Style Ale
2013 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition – Gold Medal– American-Belgo Style Ale
2014 San Diego International Beer – Bronze Medal – Other Belgian-Style Ale
2015 Festival of Wood & Barrel Aged Beer – Silver Medal Strong Pale Beer Category

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3.7
Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2012
Bottle shared at Slutfest 3, Richmond, VA, 4/21/12. Pours a hazy peach color with a thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of floral hops, earthy notes, stone fruits. The taste is stone fruits, bread, herbal and tropical hops, fruit cocktail. Full bodied.

4.2
MrDick (381) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Devgod opened a bottle while visiting NYC. Everything that you would expect in a nicely balanced Belgian-style IPA. The chardonnay barrel adds a little oak but does not overwhelm the taste. Excellent beer.

3.2
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Hazy orange color. Half finger head. Sweet wine aroma. Ibu’s hidden by the wine barrel aging. Not a favorite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle. Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Very nice floral and fruity aroma and taste with notes of green apple, pear, caramel white wine, vanilla and oak with a soft silky palate.

3.5
beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
A little confused by the name. Loads of chardonnay. Quite a tasty beer. But no hop taste to be found. A little saison with wine all over it. Buttery and slick. Would get a better rating if they left the hop name out of it.

3.5
alcaponejunior (445) - Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Pretty nice looking, orange-ish tan colored and mostly clear, fairly good white head and not bad lace. Smell is very sour-like, notable chardonnay and wood, malt and hops aren’t as strong as I suspected but make a nice appearance. Tastes like a kind of strange, earthy sour. Hops are noticeable but I’m not sure why this is a "God" of the hop. Definitely woody notes. A good malt base that makes it enjoyable and tries to balance out the kind of overbearing barrel aging. You kind of catch the hops on the backbite, second half of the swig. Body is smooth and luscious, very enjoyable, especially as it warmed. Pretty thick and full bodied despite the color and style. Mild tang and warming from the alcohol. Bitterness is pretty high but is somewhat masked by a sweet finish. It’s quite likeable, though a bit odd and I’m not sure what style/category it should really be in. However, if you like sours or you like chardonnay (as I like both a lot), definitely try this one for a special occasion sometime, with sophisticated beer drinkers ONLY. If you’re expecting some kind of bold IPA you will probably be disappointed.

3.7
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Expensive 750 ml. bottle. Pours an opaque orangish caramel. Slightly offwhite, sticky white head. Aroma of apricot, strong belgian yeast esters, citrus, some caramel. Mild barrel and chardonay notes. Flavor of grapefruit, tangerine, orange, fruity esters. Mild caramel, fairly dry and delicious. Pretty nice, actually, one of the better attenuated "Belgian" IPAs I’ve had in a long time. Nice carbonation, medium bodied, finishes on a dry tropical fruit note. Some chardonay notes. Pretty nice, definitely one of the better Belgian IPAs I’ve ever had.

3.8
alexsdad06 (11240) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Sample from 750 ml bottle (from notes). Pours a hazy golden orange color with a medium sized fluffy off white head. The aroma had ample notes of citrus and florals, more subtle woody, vanilla and sweet malts. The flavor offers citrus and subtle peach, vanilla, oak, some tannins and sweeter malts. Medium body;mild bitterness to the finish, very interesting beer. This was a one time taste and I would love to try this again to compare notes.

4.3
jcos (1855) - Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Location/Date:Bottle shared on November 24th with Dave.

Appearance: Pours a dark copperish color.
Aroma: Aroma is fruity, malty..
Taste:Malty to start, sweet, then oak on the finish.
Palate:Medium light body.

Summary: A really interesting beer.

4.2
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2011
I thought this was fantastic. You get a lot from the oak barrels. It’s somewhat thick and sweet and very very dry from the aging. Lots of oakiness. The barrel aging imparts something of a saison character to what is already a very good tripel. Highly recommended.


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