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Bromigo Smoked Maple Amber - Three Heads Brewing

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46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 135
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 22.99%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | 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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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 135
Photo of JennyOBuffalo
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of RyanLigeia
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.08/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Heads Bromigo is a crystal clear, copper ale with a thin, dense, sand colored head that leaves a solid film on the glass. Smoke is pretty prominent in the aroma, but I'm not picking up any maple in there. There seem to be notes of citrus and pineapple, though. It smells like food... Maybe a shish kebab from the grill. It seems pretty full bodied, smooth and soft. The finish is very quick and it leaves behind a little chalkiness. It tastes smoky from start to finish. It's not really sweet or dry. The maple surfaces near the finish, more resiny than sweet. It tastes a little roasty and chocolatey. There's a little bitterness at the finish and then a kind of dark chocolate aftertaste. This is good stuff. It's solid and unique and not overstated at all. It's pretty easy drinking and could work as a session ale.

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Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had a brief sample of bromigo before, but I haven't had a bottle until now. The three heads boys have put out some great brews with their intro, so I hope this will be just as tasty

A- bromigo pours the brownish amber with shades of light orange sprinkled in a fair head of foam. Lacing is faint on the glass, but the brew has the amber ale look spot on

S- sweet caramel malt is interrupted by the smokey wood scent. The finish has a brief whif of syrup and even a bit of spice

T- walking the walk.... 3HB said the brew would tie into the fall scene and bromigo does. The sweet malts clash with a good amount of warming smokiness that blends well together. While the flavor is not overwhelming, the profile is there. Bromigo has a warming taste that is finished with some spicyness to close off the sweetness

M- prickly carbonation matches well with the flavor

O- good brew to snag every fall. From day one, 3HB has been behind their beer. Instead of being simple with a pale ale, porter, ipa.... they have pushed out some unique brews from the get go (ie: kind, java, ontario etc). Bromigo falls in line. I will always have some 3HB in the fridge. Keep these seasonals coming!

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Photo of Gavage
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this in the beer store and just couldn't pass it up.

A: Reddish brown, a slight off-white head that has almost no retention and no lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts, a hefty hit of smokiness that threatens to overwhelm the rest of the aroma. A slight nuttiness, but nothing discernible as maple.

T: Smoke on the tastebuds is much less prominent than I feared, but still quite noticeable. The beginning is malty, lots of nutty, maple flavor. The smoke comes along with the bitter hop finish which stops the sweetness that is so prominent in the beginning. The finish is remarkably dry.

M: Moderate body, a decent amount of carbonation, and slightly sticky at the back of the throat.

O: A nice beer, not one that I would drink all the time, but chocked full of good, fall flavors. The smoke, maple and hops all play together better than I would have expected, and the beer is remarkably well balanced. Worth checking out for sure, but only if you like smoked brews.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of smadsen8486
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- rich bright amber color, thin head quickly fades with minimal lacing.
S- sweet, malty, maple, and notes of smoked wood.
T- hoppy hits of citrus, lots of smoke flavors floating around, slight maple aftertaste.
M- lot of hoppy bites citrus and piney, a bit on the bitter side but not to overpowering. Smokey maple notes, personally think the maple taste needs to be more prononuced. Light-medium body with heavy carbonation, lot of bubbles that hang around in the mouth.
O- a tasty sweet brew that is not super heavy but has plenty of flavor to please your pallet.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark and cloudy brown orange color. By the time I put down the bottle after the pour there was no head(and I thought I poured it vigorously). Smells like maple sugar candy with a hint of malt cereal. So for the taste. Smoke beers usually gross me out but I am usually fine with a subtle amount. Unlike in the aroma where no smoke was detected, the taste is pretty smokey! The sweet maple flavor is kinda overpowered. There is a nice balance between bitterness and malt. This is certainly unique but it could use the slightest maple flavor boost. Alcohol is well hidden for 7%. While there is a good amount of carbonation, it is dialed back a bit by the otherwise sticky and slick feel.

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Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of light tan head the consistency of whipped cream. The color is dark amber, right on the edge of being brown.

S - Sweet, woody and toasted malt. Moderate smoke that is a bit fruity and blends perfectly with the malty aroma.

T - Like the nose, there is a great marriage of sweet, molasses-like malt and smoke flavor. However, the bitterness and hop presence is a bit too much for this beer. The darker malts and smoke lend enough bitterness and astringency by themselves to even out the sweetness, so this level of hopping is unnecessary.

M - Medium-light body and somewhat under-carbonated.

O - This is a great idea for a beer, and the aroma showcases this, but it could be made much better by toning back the hops and building a fuller, frothy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this bottle as an extra in a trade.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, this pours a dark, yet transparent shade of brown with but a thin wispy head that disappears with the quickness. The nose on this is rich with maple and what appears to be notes of apple. A wonderful smelling beer. The taste isn't quite up to par with the nose, but it's unique in its own right. The smoke makes an up front and personal experience, however. Very smoky indeed. However, the wonderful maple scent doesn't translate into the taste, and that's truly disappointing. Some elements of apple cider present as well. This beer is heavily carbed and coats your tongue in effervescent bubbles. The finish is certainly on the bitter side. Overall, this is a pretty unique beer. Not something I think I'd find myself seeking out, but enjoyable for what it is.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice clear amber body with a decent amount of head and retention, as well as spotty lacing.

S: Definitely getting some smoky notes balanced with molasses, spices, toasted caramel malts, and earthy hops. Definitely an interesting combination.

T: Upfront flavors of sweet caramel malts with maple immediately followed by smoked wood and some bitter, yet spicy, hops. Very bright and clean flavors making it easy to detect each characteristics of the beer.

M: Lively carbonation; light body; clean and crisp mouth feel.

O: Nicely done brew and very interesting flavors. Although I don't think much of it as an amber ale, the smoky flavors were right now and not too much making it a nice beer. I would definitely get again, especially when I plan to go camping.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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

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Photo of Duhast500
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a clear amber with a finger and a half of brownish foamy head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is malty with some slight maple aroma in the nose and some interesting sweetness that makes me wanting to move forward to the first sip.

The taste is has a nice smoky flavor that comes out in the first sip. There is some maples flavor there as well and reminds me slightly of a London porter. There is some nice dark malt-like flavor that is a little charred-dough with some sweet maple and the smallest amount of bitterness toward the end.

The feel of this beer is bigger then i had first anticipated. There is a nice complex flavor here that is interesting and helps amber ales shine a bit in my mind. This is certainly a beer that is early in the day big beer and something that could be something to have even at breakfast with an omelet or some eggs.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber color with a fingers worth of head that has some nice retention

S: The smoke and sweetness of the maple jump out immediately. Reminiscent of smoked bacon and pancakes. Very nice

T: Follows the nose. Big smoked malts all the way through, with a hint of sweetness from the maple. Hops help to level out the sweetness a little bit

M: Medium bodied with soft, moderate carbonation

O: A good beer for smoke lovers, probably a little too astringent-like for those who dislike smoke. The maple is mostly in the nose, but does add a bit of sweetness which is cut down by hops and the smoked malts. Reminds me of Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon by Rogue, but a bit less sweet and maple-y. Avoid this is you didn't enjoy that. I enjoyed both

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First person to review this beer? Let's do it!

A: Poured into a snifter, this beer is an incredibly deep shade of red. It's beautiful and dark yet still remains translucent. There is about a half finger of light tan head that quickly fades. There is very little lacing as it drinks.

S: I'm picking up tons of sweetness with some underlying smoke. I also pick up some earthy notes from the malt, and a slight hint of alcohol. What's strange is that the smell of this beer reminds me of being on a brewery tour. I don't know if that's good or bad.

T: Starts off mellow with some malty sweetness, at which point some smoke begins to mingle nicely on the palate. The hoppy bitterness kicks in a bit later and there is a nice balance with the smoke. In the finish, the maple flavors shine through. But it's not overwhelming.

M: Medium bodied, nothing too sticky or chewy. Plenty of heft in this beer for the Autumn season.

O: I thought this beer was pretty good. I was really hoping to be blown away by massive amounts of maple or smoke, but that didn't happen. Instead, this is just a really well balanced beer that seems perfectly suited for the season. And there ain't nothing wrong with that.

Side Note: Awesome name and label art for this brew.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.72/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of mick303
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber bottle. Poured into tulip, gave an initial head but faded rather quickly, might have been some residue. The beer itself is a dark ruby amber, light brown. Some whispy lacing.

S - maple is pronounced, as are light smoky oaky aromas, peaty, and campfire aromas, slightly sweet maple aromas, very much a cabiny feel to it. some vegetal citrusy notes. Raisin, brown sugar.

T - smoky bacon, maple wood with a syrupy edge, pale malt with a smoky lightness to it. Some lemony citrus, bread, peaty and woody, also some nuttiness (almond). The finish gets quite smoky and dry. Maple is allround a subtle compliment, not too overbearing, there is a smooth bitterness allround, quite earthy.

M - a little sweet and syrupy initially, smooth light carbonation, a little on the dessert side. A good smooth sipper, body is moderate, with a noticeable barleywine styled body, sweet candied raisins and brown sugar start to develop.

An interesting combination. Smoke and maple combine pretty well, the beer itself could do with a bit less candied dark fruit but the complexity is not too bad. A tasty beer, a bit of a novelty, a bit syrupy in the body to really be easy drinking and really outstanding, but a beer I would have again nonetheless.

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Photo of Daktyls
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a mild head comprised of large bubbles around the outside edge of the class with some finer patches in the middle.

S: Smoked malts mostly with some hints of sweetness, maybe maple syrup, but mostly just a light sweetness.

T: Again with the smoked malts, some sweetness follows with a very light amount of maple notes and also some flower hoppiness. Not a whole lot else going on.

M: Medium amount of carbonation here for the light bodied brew.

O: Overall I'd say this is fairly good. I was hoping for a little bit more maple flavor, but the overall quality is still all right.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Bromigo Smoked Maple Amber from Three Heads Brewing
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