Bromigo Smoked Maple Amber - Three Heads Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
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134 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John on 09-09-2011

Sometimes things go together so well, one wonders what life was like before it - like peanut butter and jelly, hippies and patchouli. With that in mind, we at the 3HB lab have created the Bromigo, bringing together smoked malts and maple syrup, amber ale and spicy hops, bold flavor and a sweet finish. It just goes together like Bro and Amigo. Enjoy friend!
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Ratings: 134 | Reviews: 47
Reviews by RyanLigeia:
Photo of RyanLigeia
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely cloudy hazy amber in color. Not much of a head on it but if it only had that then I'd say it was absolutely perfect. I love the color.
Smells like brown sugar and pecan pie. If thanksgiving breakfast had a smell it would be this.
Tastes sugary and nutty. Sweet but not artificial. Very easy to drink. Malty at first but the aftertaste lets some hops through.
Mouthfeel is perfect for the taste. Very low carbination, refreshing.
Overall this beer is way better than I thought itd be and Im glad I tried it!

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #67 (August 2012):

LOOK: Dark amber; clear, sudsy lacing

SMELL: Smoke, earth, maple, caramel, biscuity, spicy, fruity alcohol

TASTE: Bready, smooth, smoke, mild ash, maple, spicy hop, balanced bitterness, charred raisins, mango, treacle, bread crust, hay; smoky, drying finish

A whole lot going on in this bottle. Controlled chaos comes to mind, extreme but quite drinkable. A true American beer, maybe the “Smoked Maple” can be an actual style one day. Hell yeah! Three Heads really has it going on—while the palate is pushing through, the balance of complexities is showcased.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle at about fridge temp poured into an imerial pint glass, split with a friend. nice label art.

pours out a slightly cloudy reddish amber color with a small, slow forming off white head with some decent retention, no real lace.

the main player in the aroma is a sweet toasted grain. just the slightest hint of woody smoke. no real maple at first, maybe the slightest hint the more it warms.

hops more noticable in the taste. a nice balance of sweet toasted grain to spicy, earthy/ herbal hops, pretty basic amber ale stuff. the smoke is pretty undetectable and only the slightest hint of a maple sweetness the more the beer warms up.

medium bodied, but a fairly light feel on the palate. almost a bit watery at time. would not have guessed this was 7%

a decent amber ale, but if this is claiming smoke and maple?, couldve fooled me. prolly wouldnt have picked any of that out had i not known it was in there. this sounded like an awesome beer, but sadly it tasted like pretty much your average custom brewcrafter's amber ale. i like what these guys are doing, but id take pretty much any of their other beers over this.

Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice deep, bronzed sort of orange-red with a rusty sort of look to it. The head isn't tall but it's full and creamy and it doesn't move from where it sits at half a finger for the entire session. It leaves lots of creamy lacing, too.
The nose is giving me the smoke, and it's pretty good. IT's accompanied by a light note of soft wood, maybe a hint of a drier sort of seasoning, and just a touch of balancing sweetness. A little more strength in all respects would serve it well, but it works nicely.
Smoke is the key in the flavor, and it builds in the sip rather than exponentially sip by sip so that it never gets harsh or adds any astringency. There is a hint of charred woods at the very end of the sip about halfway through, kept nicely in check. Maple comes out a little more into the finish, only uniquely distinguishable for a few brief moments or it would seem more like caramel. A light woody bitterness and some leaf contribute to the middle and finish to round it out well.
It's smooth and creamy but has a steady soft crispness as well in its medium body, though it just slightly falls off at the end of the sip.

Photo of Sammy
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rather not too drinkable. Smokey wood taste, and its a nice aroma. Golden bodied with lots of lace. Sour finish and aftertaste does not go over well. Maple syrup got on this 49 most disturbing edible list, and a similar argument can be made for beer ingredients.

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange/reddish brown with thick creamy head. Smell is lightly citrus with a hint of smoke. Flavor is very complex. Strong malty backbone with some bacony notes coming in, all under a veil of maple sweetness, and black pepper finish. Very enjoyable. Another hit from the guys at 3 Heads.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had in a pint glass at Buddha beer bar- pouts a clear dark amber color with 1.5 fingers of bone white head, decent retention and some nice splotchy lacing.

Smell is interesting- definitely get the maple and smoked elements; reminds me of bacon. Nice.

Taste is more complex- some smoked malt up front followed by hop bitterness and citrusy notes, then more smoke and finally the maple at the finish. Finishes a little sweet but also with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp- medium body, moderate to full carbonation. This is a good one. This brewing company.

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent amber with 3 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Slight smokeyness, some caramel

T: Follows the nose, oaky smoke, a little bacon & dryness as well, metallic hops lurk beneath the surface. Dryness, edgier smokeyness a touch of maple syrup sweetness, a little bit of boozeyness as this warms. Finishes with Maple sweetness, smokeyness balancing it out a bit, dryness as well, & a little herbal hoppyness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, nice balance

The smokeyness works for me, not the best beer of this ilk, but worth a go. Drinks alright

Photo of Kegatron
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

The pour here is rather foamy but eventually settles into a deep clear amber, with a couple fingers of off-white head. This maintains at about a sudsy ½ finger or so, leaving big patchy lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma definitely smells smoky, with an underlying array of green citrus, sweet malts, and even a bit of sugary sap along the back. The smoke mostly dominates this though.

The taste is sweet malt and bitter citrus, with yes, a bit more of that sugar maple syrup note that I picked up in the nose. Smoke fills out the back of the profile and isn’t quite as strong as it was in the aroma, as the hops leave this dry and bitter on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm prickly feel that blows up along the back of the throat. This is a bit too lively in the mouth which doesn’t surprise considering the foaminess of the original pour.

The flavors were there I guess but this just didn’t come off as a very interesting beer. Those hops mostly controlled this, at least in the taste, and probably helped contribute to the relatively flat green feel that seemed to really keep this from opening up on the palate. This isn’t bad but not terribly memorable either.

Photo of JennyOBuffalo
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, crisp, deep amber in color, pours with little head and a nice lace that sticks to glass as you drink it. Spicy hops, great flavor. Tastes smoky with a hint of maple syrup that provides a sweet finish. A perfect beer for the fall and would be an excellent breakfast beer if you're into that kind of thing. Another excellent beer from our friends at 3HB.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear amber, with gold tinges. One inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like caramel, brown sugar, and smoke, can't really pull out any maple aromas on the nose.

The taste is similar. There is a nice earthy maple sweetness, with some caramel, toasted bread, and dry smokiness. Some mild hop bitterness.

Medium bodied, sweet and sticky but smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

An interesting concept that is mostly successful.

Photo of SteveS1
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours deep translucent amber with a light brown 2-finger head. Decent retention, average lacing.

Smell: Smoked ham with a honey glaze. Slight bubblegum scent.

Taste: Brief sweet malts on the tongue before being overwhelmed by heavy smokiness with roasted malts on the palate. Aftertaste is grassy hops with bitter roasted malts.

Feel: Medium-to-heavy bodied, perfect carbonation (present but not obnoxious).

Drink: Interesting and flavorful, but falls short of a home run. The taste is more maple leaves than maple syrup, so you're left with but a solid smoked amber. Good for a session, though the higher-end ABV will sneak up on you compared to others of this style.

Photo of fmccormi
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 22oz pry-off bomber bottle to my Cigar City snifter. No bottling or freshness date available. I know this was released on September 4, I think, so it’s relatively fresh—about six weeks.

Appearance (4.5): Starts with an aggressive, four-finger tan colored head that fades to something resembling a snickerdoodle clinging to the edge of the glass; head is rocky and cratered as it falls. Body is a murky, ruddy, muddy red-brown. Nice pour, I like full-looking beers like this. Lacing all the way down.

Smell (4.0): There’s an odd mix of candy-sweet maple action mixed with kind of a musty, spicy scent that must be some combination of spicy hops and smoked malts in there. In fact, those spicy-to-grassy hops dominate more of the nose than you’d expect.

Taste (3.5): This is where the smoke comes in, but not right away. First it’s a surprisingly subdued maple note that complements a simple, toasted-bready malt base with some simple, spicy hops, followed by quite a bit of smoke in the finish. That smoky note holds on, too. Wish there was more maple happening here. Smoke blends better as it warms. Maple is very subtle.

Mouthfeel (3.5): On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with full, fine carbonation coating the tongue—very nice carb, actually. I’d like it to be a bit more chewy, but this is decent.

Overall (3.5): This was a decent beer, but frankly I was hoping for more maple. I’m not experienced with rauchbiers, but I’m guessing this was on the light to medium side of smokiness. Like I said though, I just wish there was more maple, and that it was a bit thicker, something to chew on. Still, not a bad beer. I’d be curious to see what would happen if this was aged on bourbon, or given the cask treatment.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one on sale from Halftime Beverage for 5 bucks.

A - a thicker body than I expected with a hazy dark amber body. Head is lackluster giving me only a tiny lace ring but keep in mind this beer is almost 6 months old.

S - From the bottle into the glass I get some good amount of smoked maple and malts. It smells kind of weird and peat like so hopefully it drinks better than it smells.

T - Flavors seem kind of hollow and watery and give way to some peat and some caramel malts. Syrup is minimal and the hops seem to kick in nicely in the finish. Not really loving this.

M - Really watery for almost 7% with a thin body and only moderate drink-ability.

Overall I really hope the IPA I got off these guys is better than this. I could see why it's on clearance since it's not terrible it's just old and experimental. Needs more smoke or maple or hell even more sweeter malts since it's just a hoppy watery mess.

Photo of liamt07
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Sammy, 22oz into a tulip.

Amber/light brown with an offwhite head, slight yellow tinge to it. Big head, and a fantastic amount of retention. Light smoked wood notes on the nose, syrup and some maple notes but isn't too saccharine. Subtle charcoal and an odd fruitiness. Taste has the smoke again, but comes across too sharp and out of weird in character for my liking. Charcoal, rotten apple, sweet maple syrup as well but the burnt notes prevail (maybe some sort of burnt plastic?) Carbonation was a bit too high, body was medium and burnt notes into the finish. Unpleasant and a drainpour.

Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev +13%

Not my favorite style but this beer tastes exactly like the description. Good execution

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Neat bottle art. Cloudy copper with a big bubble white head. Bubbly retention breaks apart into the shape of an apostrophe.

Smells like smoke and fruity maple syrup.

Taste is, again, smoke and fruity maple syrup. I don't usually like the swampy/fruity taste of fermented honey or maple but the smoke helps balance it out. Smoke is evident from first sip to a lingering aftertaste but the strength of the smokiness was done with a well restrained hand. Some piney/spicy hops bob to the surface as it Bromigo warms. Juice-like mouthfeel I don't like.

I've been avoiding Three Heads since I tried an IPA by them that tasted like feet and duck weed at American Craft Beerfest but my girlfriend picked this up and I'm glad she did. Run on sentence.

Photo of ppoitras
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Wine Nation, Millbury, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, skim of a light tan head over the totally cloudy reddish brown brew. Only left with a swirl and some bubbles around the rim, albeit with long-lasting lace. Aroma is sweet with a wisp of smoke.

Taste starts with a grainy sweet, citrus in the middle, some smoke and something maybe maple towards the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is alright. Not all I was hoping for.

Photo of TCgoalie
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown hue with a massive offwhite head that lingers.
Once the head recedes, it becomes a nice lace above the beverage.

Lots of smoke in the nose with a hint of maple and...maybe plastic?

A hint of maple leads with a good deal of smokiness following. Some amber malts exist near the end with a mild grassy bitterness. I feel like I'm drinking juice made from grass that was too close to a camp fire.

There is a nice fullness to this brew with a subdued amount of carbonation. The appearance and mouthfeel are the best aspect of this beer.

The description alone was enough to try it...smoke maple amber. I can imagine a better take on this by another brewery but this is decent.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to Trxxpaxxs for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of cream-ecru foam. The nose comprises dry smoke (kinda beech-y), light maple syrup, light ham, and a kiss of honey. The taste brings a smoke that's a bit darker, a bit woodier, than before, but everything else remains the same. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice smoked beer, one that keeps the smoke as the centerpiece without overdoing it. Not bad at all.

Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest head but it leaves a blanket of lace after each sip. The color of the brew is brown. Light passes and the beer appears to be clear.

No maple smells. Quite earthy to the nose, it must be the smoke which is like charred wood.

Starts off as a dry malt but soon the smoke kicks in. There's some hop presence but the tale here is the dry smoky flavors. The aftertaste is brief but it reminds me of the effects of cigars. The body is predictably neutral with a low carbonation.

Photo of Gavage
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a reddish color with a 2" head that lasts a bit. Some nice lace develops on the glass.

Smell: caramel and a hint of smoke comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, ripe apples, a bit of light smokiness, and a mild amount of maple flavor arrives late. Bitterness is moderate but nicely balances the sweetness here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. crisp from start to finish. Nicely refreshing for the style. Aftertaste is not as long lasting as I would have expected.

Overall: this is a very quaffable amber ale that would go well with some BBQ or smoked meat. I was not sure about a smoked maple amber, but it worked for me.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a deeply hazy brew of rich red brown coloring, with golden flecks when held to the light. It holds a one and a half finger head of beige bubbles. This dissipates quickly, leaving rings and spots of lacing around the glass. No sediment is noted, and carbonation appears moderate. The aroma is heavily smoked and charred, with caramel malts and woodiness as the primary base. The maple syrup sweetness places nicely off this, with eventual lactic and phenolic sourness on the back. Our first impression is that the flavoring is more robust than expected, especially in its bitterness. As we sip, molasses and caramel malt sweetness mix with genuine maple syrup flavoring for a sugary start. Char and wood quickly come in to cut, adding depth and boldness. Booze and a surprising soapy hop bit hit at the peak, with a deepening of the malts, with more smoke, and what is seemingly chocolate. The malts, however, become a bit adjuncty on the back, with metals, bready yeast, chalk, and mineral. The smokiness does persist, giving a meaty vibe. And, as in the nose, the final drop comes with additional phenolic bite. The aftertaste breathes of smoke, copper, medicinal phenols, soured grain, and fading maple sweetness. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium. There is big froth and cream with each swirl around the mouth. This imparts a generous coating that leaves the mouth wet, and somewhat slick and oily. The abv is appropriate, and the beer is more of a sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the boldness of flavoring. The smoke was nice and big, as expected, but for the most part the supporting cast struck a great blend and balance. The maple was there but not overpowering, while the malt background otherwise put up its own solid sweetness and breadiness, so as to counteract that fat smoky foreground.

Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Had this beer on-tap at Gene's Haufbrau, poured into a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly hazy texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Very good lacing.

S: As expected, the smokiness dominated the aroma, with a hint of hops coming through.

T: Like the aroma, the flavor had a big shot of smokiness, along with a little hops, malt, and caramel. The advertised maple was there, but was a little muted. The smoke is quite pervasive, but not necessarily bad. Reminds me a little of Aecht's beers.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: How much you like Bromigo is directly proportional to your tolerance of smoked brews. I like it, but to a certain degree. It can be overwhelming.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this brewery on a recent trip to NY so when I saw their beer locally I pounced. Pours a deep copper color that borders on light brown with a decent fluffy white head that displays great retention and lace. Smells of brown sugar, caramel, hints of chocolate maple and smoke. Smells more brown ale than amber, but that's ok with me. Taste is smokey phenolic up front, light chocolate and maple midway, long lingering mineral water and smokey phenols in the finish. Medium body and level of carbonation with a slick creamy almost syrupy mouthfeel. This one is not bad, but really nothing spectacular. Flavorful but a bit one dimensional.

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Bromigo Smoked Maple Amber from Three Heads Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.