Friday, November 16, 2012

Three Floyds Broo Doo - Gus #19

Friday's edition of what turned into "Wet/Fresh Hop Brew Week" brings another brew from the highly touted Three Floyds Brewing out of Munster, Indiana.  They really know what they are doing with their hoppy brews so I don't expect anything less from their version of a Wet Hop Ale.  I'm sure they know what they are doing with the fresh whole cone hops as well.  Theirs even has a pretty crazy label. Why wouldn't it?  it's Three Floyds!  Here is the review for Three Floyds Broo Doo.

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Information from the website:
About the Beer:
Style:  Wet Hop Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  7.0%
IBUs:  80

"This beer is brewed during the hop harvest with a portion of unkilned or "wet" hops fresh off the vine.  Apricot in color, Broo Doo's nose has dominant orange, pine sap and floral notes, balanced by a glazed nut and toffee malt body.  This celebration of the hop harvest has intense tropical fruit, citrus and spicy accents that showcase the complexity of the hops we all love.  October release."

I poured this brew into my Jester King glass by pouring it right down the middle.  I really wanted to aggravate the aromas in there.

Appearance:  Pours a light copper color.  Almost like a burnt orange.  Three fingers of an off white head and tons of carbonation streaming up from all sides of the glass.  Mixture of all size of bubbles in the head.  Pretty clear brew, definitely looks to be filtered.  Decent head retention but it did finally give way to a thick ring and an island of bubbles in the middle.  Sticky lacing on this one all the way down.  Little trace of alochol legs.  Really nice looking brew for sure.

Aroma:  The aroma on this one just started to fill the room.  As soon as I popped the top you could tell this was a fresh bottle made with fresh wet hops.  Really a big hop dankness.  Sweet ruby ready grapefruit aromas.  Oranges, but really sweet almost like a tangerine over and orange.  Mango and papaya with some hints of a tart candy in there as well.  It kind of has a confection sugar type sweetness to it.  Some pine and floral notes but mostly the tropical fruits come into play here.  Super fruity and sweet with a hint of spice.  Smells juicy and dank for sure.

Taste:  Big citrus right up front, with some tartness mixed in.  It has an effervescent mouthfeel up front from the carbonation.  Oily and sticky on the back of the throat but, nothing lingering too long  Really has a big sweet malt flavor that I wasn't expecting.  Some of the tropical fruit flavors from the aroma.  Then some of the spice from the hops come in after it right at the back of the palate.  The citrus flavors are there but not as big as they were on the nose.  It's still really juicy and a super easy drinker.  No hints of alcohol at all.  I do get some of the orange juice and slight grapefruit characters as the glass warms up a little bit.

Verdict:  Overall this is a really solid brew.  Very well done from one of the best out there.  It's not my favorite of the Fresh/Wet Hop Ales but it is still really good.  For a score I'm going to give this one a B+.  I really was looking forward to some of the aromas to shine through more on the taste.  It was a little too carbonated for my liking as well, even though that didn't really hurt the brew too much.  If I had gotten more of the tropical fruits on the taste I think it would be a sold A.  Pairings for this, I'm going to say a really nice burger with some spicy barbecue sauce on it.  Something spicy and rich to work with the complexity of the brew.  

Let me know your thoughts, comments and opinions on this years harvest ales.  If you haven't tried any of the Fresh/Wet Hop Ales, give them a try.  I really enjoy them and wish they could be all year round.  At least it gives us something to look forward to!  I may have one more review of this years batch of harvest ales before I move on to something else.  We'll see.  Until the next review, thanks for reading!