Tuesday, May 18, 2010

322. Three Floyds BrooDoo Harvest Ale

More from Three Floyds, although this fresh hop beer may actually not be so fresh. Nonetheless, our love of fresh hop beers compels us to try it, no matter that it may no longer be the freshest or the freshmaker (to quote Mentos). Previously on what we’re drinking, we’ve chug-a-lugged Brian Boru, Gumballhead Wheat, Robert the Bruce, Dreadnaught, Black Sun Stout and Blackheart IPA, making this our seventh beer from Three Floyds. Bring it.

While the “hops for hair” is a good look, the troll is still creepy as hell.

BrooDoo pours a hazy bright copper with small amounts of a white head. The nose is mainly a bready, caramel malt; while there is some spicy hop aromas, they are pretty subdued, hence the above comments about our willingness to risk the not so fresh fresh hop beer. Broodoo starts with caramel and bread malt, which bleeds into the middle as well. There is also a spicy hop bite in the middle, along with a slight metallic taste; the finish brings with a fair amount of grassy hop flavor and some lingering spicy bitterness. Medium-bodied with a lightly chewy mouthfeel, BrooDoo has some light puckering from the residual bitterness. The carbonation is medium with a bit of a crisp bite at the end. Our gamble here didn’t really pay off, although neither of us regret taking a chance on this beer. BrooDoo currently drinks more like a moderate British pale ale, which isn’t surprising considering that it is at least six months past the prime time for fall fresh hops beers. We look forward to trying a fresher bottle of this during the upcoming fall fresh hop season.

From the bottle: “BrooDoo Harvest Ale is a seasonal ale that glorifies American hops. BrooDoo is brewed using fresh green ‘wet’ hops picked right from the vine and put into our beer vats, from vine to brew house in 1 day! BrooDoo also uses the best Anerican [sic] malt money can buy. Enjoy.”

From the Three Floyds website: “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.”

October? Awesome!

ABV: 7.0%
IBU: 80


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