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Bromigo Smoked Maple Amber - Three Heads Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
good

46 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 134
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 4.9%
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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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 134
Photo of rudzud
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased at Julios

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a clear dark amber. With a very rough pour I was able to a one finger head that left some nice side lacing.

S - Some light malt sweetness and carmel along with some nice subtle smoke. Some maple too.

T - Sweet malts and more of the light maple sweetness. There are some nice smoke elements. Some slight hop qualities (little floral), kinda average though.

M - Holy cow is this thin. And watery too. Blech.

O - I'm really not impressed by this beer. I had rather high hopes for this one but it fell very flat. Okay nose, but everything else was medeocre at best. I hope their porter is better. (647 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.12/5  rDev -15%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Plainspoken head, about a finger in height, deep tan, mostly uniform surface, average retention, same for the lacing, broad strokes, sticks for a bit and then slides into oblivion. The light filminess helps it catch light inside the glass, as brown as red in the amber color, fades to a metallic yellow at the edges, a few bubbles to be seen here and there. The nose has a liquid smoke additive aspect to it, softened some by the maple notes, bready, touch of apricot to red cherry fruit, the cocoa and powdered chocolate linger longest, has a mild forest earthiness, nothing major, overall comes across as muddled. Full-bodied, not a great amount of carbonation, fluffs up the attack then falls flat. The smokiness tends to cover most all else, surviving best is the maple and the semi-poached apricot, peach, plum fruit flavors. No real hoppiness. Even the cocoa, chocolate maltiness is truncated. Except for a metallic earthiness there’s not much left by the finish. Except for that peaty smokiness. Plenty of that to had, however, it gets boring after awhile. (1,065 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (1,258 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (920 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly cloudy ruby copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big apple skin, pear, toast, light caramel, light smoke, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Poor aromas with overly estery notes and light malt presence. Taste of caramel, toast, smoked meat, brown bread, brown sugar, maple syrup, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, smoke, light chocolate, brown bread, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of dark malt, smoke, and maple syrup flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall, other than the horrible aromas, this was a very solid smoked amber ale. Well balanced dark/bready malt, smoke, and maple syrup flavors; and very smooth to sip on. This was quite enjoyable. (1,303 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slow to emerge 3/4" off-white head which dissipated quickly and didn't return when refilled. Hazy pretty auburn red color held to the light. Smells nutty, with burnt sugar and pie crust, but doesn't smell maple. Taste matches the smell but is milder and the smoke overpowers the other aspects. Body is fairly light. (324 characters)

Photo of TCgoalie
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (1,133 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tulip

A - Blood orange, no finger off white head and no lacing

S - Smokey maple fat, huge bready malts and yeast, floral notes, some fruity hops, tons of earth and more malts!

T - Definitely your hugely malted amber up front, maple kicks in, then a smokey note, more malts, very sweet bready yeast, floral and slight fruity hops, grainy, lots of wood and earth

M - Medium to Medium plus body, ok balance, not much complexity, low acidity and a long smokey, yeasty malty sweet finish

D/O - Much more drinkable than I imagine. When I think smokey, I think scotch, Tactical Nuclear Penguin and Paradox. It is just a huge malted amber with a smokey maple syrup back bone. Worth a try, I would not think this would be on someones "list" beers

Final Thoughts - Not sure the price, decent almost 7% abv. Worth a try, very drinkable (830 characters)

Photo of SteveS1
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Received this from trxxpaxxs in the Locals Only BIF.

A: Dark amber. Decent clarity. One finger light tan head with ok retention and lacing.

S: Light floral hops. Some sweet caramel malts. Light maple syrup and light smokiness. A light aroma on this but lives up to the name.

T: Sweet caramel and maple upfront. Floral hops and big smokiness throughout the rest of the mouth. Has a slight off flavor in the finish.

M: Light bodied but not watery. High carbonation. Not much else.

O: Decent. Nothing special. The maple and smoke are kind of different. (592 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Gift 22oz bomber from "Bro" Artied2.... Found no freshness/bottling info on the label or bottle. Poured into a Sammy perfect pint glass.

Poured slowly and it still foams up big-time, like a Hefeweizen would. The bier itself is a clear, medium copper color, and the carbo is plentiful and incessant. The head is a billowy, fluffy mound of tan foam. It sat at about 3 solid inches before slowly ebbing back, with nice stick left behind. The maple syrup is easily detected in the aroma along with some subtle smoked malts. The bier is fairly smooth on the tongue, but it's a smidge thinner than medium, body-wise.

Taste leads off with the same smoky/maple combo found in the nose. It has some decent sweetness, with caramel present along with a dollop of butterscotch. It also has a hint of nuttyness, reminding me of almonds or marzipan. Late in the game I detect a bit of florality, though less than 54 IBUs would suggest. Though it had little to no complexity, it was still a fairly tasty offering. Prosit!

3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No freshness date, but this bottle is almost certainly older than it should be ideally.

A: Deep murky red-brown. Towering rocky head has a sandy reddish hue. Lacing is sticky and plentiful.

S: Campfire and smoke wrapped around lots of caramel and sweetness. Some toast. Earthy and leafy hops.

T: Sweet maple syrup, caramel, toast and grain. Berry-like fruitiness. A thick layer of smoke lays itself out on top of the maple sweetness and stops it just shy of being cloying. Spicy and earthy/leafy hops pick up toward the end. Hops, smoke, bready malt, and maple syrup all mingle in the long finish.

M: Medium bodied. A little syrupy and sticky. Aggressive carbonation makes it a bit foamy.

O: The initial shock of the maple sweetness was a little tough, but thankfully the smoke and hops step in just in time to put a damper on it. The combination of maple and smoke actually works quite well, once the palate settles in. Still could stand to be a little more cohesive, but on the whole not a bad drink. (1,044 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bromigo's body is a slightly cloudy, dark red at its core, with orange edges. The tan head is fairly thin, with a soapy look to it that promises lacing even if there isn't very much retention.

Bromigo has a fairly good nose, with notes of maple, smoke, toasted malt, nuttiness and a little bit of sweet malt.

Bromigo leads off with something I didn't really pick up in the nose at all: hops, which come in the form of earthy and spicy flavors with a good bite of bitterness. The smoke and peat flavors, which come next, are much more noticeable in the flavor than they were in the nose. There is a little bit of toasted malt, and maybe some caramel malt, but overall the malt profile seems kind of light and clean, which lets the other aspects shine through a little bit more. There is a little bit of maple here, but not a lot. Mostly, I think the maple provides some sweetness.

The body has a very creamy feel to it, which is quite pleasant.

There is a lot going on in this one, and the lasting impression on the palate seems to be smoke. This is another solid beer from Three Heads. (1,089 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,767 characters)

Photo of Daktyls
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (1,242 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (748 characters)

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Bromigo Smoked Maple Amber from Three Heads Brewing
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