Bromigo Smoked Maple Amber - Three Heads Brewing
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3.88/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
09-02-2012 01:17:57 | More by TheBrewo
3.35/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
07-03-2012 01:25:54 | More by DrDemento456
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
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
04-29-2012 06:35:50 | More by whatthehull
3.73/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
04-29-2012 02:48:45 | More by SirSketch
3.5/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
04-03-2012 02:44:37 | More by TCgoalie
3.13/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
03-30-2012 18:54:07 | More by Kegatron
3.15/5 rDev -11%
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.
03-22-2012 23:09:22 | More by ppoitras
Bromigo Smoked Maple Amber from Three Heads Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.