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Hvedegoop (2008) - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
88
very good

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 67
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

22oz bottles only.

(Beer added by: bgramer on 04-26-2008)
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Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Dark Lord Day '08 and cellared it for a year. Brought it to Brass Rail to share last night w/ FooFaa, Ffejherb, Deuane, SierraGS
Poured chilled into a sampler glass from the brown bomber.

A - Deep copper shade w/ decent clarity and a thin tan cream head w/ a tight bead.

S - The aroma draws you in w/ a nose of malt sweetness and honeyed apricot fruit ester sort of suspended with light banana and berry notes. The odor of alcohol is mild and there are notes of sherry/vinous elemnts there as well

M - The full chewy feel has light spiciness and high carbonation for such a strong ale. the viscous liquid is mildly drying w/ a nutty element and has a subtle green pepper heat in the finish

T - A rush of caramel and candied nuts w/ peppery spiced flavor, almost like jalapeno with the alcohol heat and herbal hops layering upon a pineapple like sweet/bitter combination. the spice of the hops balance all the wheat sweetness and tropical yeast notes mix well with the spice of the malt and hops. A very small amount of alcohol in the flavor which is nice for a 10.4% ale

D - Fantastic beer, best wheatwine I have had w/ pleny of spice and hops to make it seem a lot smaller than 10.4%, well worth the taste. I am glad I laid it down, but wish I had a fresh bottle to compare it to.

Slatetank, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of Parrotshake
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

OK, my first wheatwine. I'm a pretty big fan of wheat beers in all their myriad forms (and I'm including traditional lambics), so let's see if the execution appeals to me as much as the concept does...

Poured into a brandy balloon a very clear dark orange with about a finger of not-quite-tan head.

Smells of wet brown bread with a teensy bit of honey - the kind of thing you'd feed an injured bird. Burnt sugar and candied fruit in abundance as well.

Massive assault on the taste buds, with bitter citrus, astringent alcohol and sweet toffee. Bready malt is everywhere, though not a lot of what you'd call a wheat character. High ABV, lingering hop bite and all-round sticky sweetnees make this a sipper. There's a slight and surprising hint of dark fruit mixed in with the orange rind and pineapple-y flavors that, combined with the aforementioned sweetness and ABV, would make this an ideal sip with a bit of fruitcake (and potentially a nap) after Christmas lunch.

Syrupy mouthfeel, alcohol burn and no notable carbonation make this one a one-off. I got a bomber for my birthday (it's ridiculously overpriced and I'd probably never have bought one out of my own pocket, btw) and the person with whom I intended to share it didn't fancy it, so I drank the whole bomber by myself and it was a bit much - curiously, I liked it a lot more right before the end, make of that what you will ;)

Parrotshake, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of waltonc
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in a trade a while back. Appearance is caramel/orange in color with white head. Smells of sweet malts and slightly aged hops. Taste includes those as well as the hops' pine needle and citrus bite, and a tad of toffee. Thick body, slightly sticky, medium carbonation. Not terribly drinkable given the high sugar content and alcohol. Seems like an IPA with amped up malts to me.

waltonc, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of biegaman
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hvedegoop appears aflame like the mythical phoenix bird rising from the ashes; fiery brushes of orange, blazing spatters of red and a flushed stroke of yellow make for a heated and impassioned looking beer. Its head, mighty tall for a beer of over 10%, is lush and ultra-creamy. Although the beer just celebrated its first birthday not long ago, bubbles continue to seem in fine supply.

A beer as big and dynamic as this makes fractionary smelling (dissecting scents by fragmenting a unity into simple components) quite easy. The hops provide a bitter, sappy resin; the wheat and yeast both exude with fruity, tangy esters; the water some minerals; and the malts a lightly peaty, succulently sweet note of pastry and caramel. On their own, they're all good. As a whole, they're fantastic.

And fortunately they're all repeated in the taste! The malt bill is surprisingly complex for the rather ordinary combination of pale, wheat, cara-wheat, cara and amber. There is a definite mossy, peaty character that I hesitate to call 'smoky' although the word continues to pop into mind regardless. The wheat lends notes of crisp, grainy straw and flavours of biscuits, doughs, vanilla, toffee and caramel are vivid and full-bodied.

There is a definitive citrusy/tangy/resiny character to the beer that unmistakably comes from the use of American hops. Apparently the source of such is the Apollo and Bravo varieties. I'm surprised you don't more often see the Apollo; it's ridiculously high alpha acid content is likely responsible for the tangy orange, melon and pineapple flavours that this beer is brimming with. They also supply a great deal of piny resins and zesty spice, too.

And these bitter resins and the zesty, citric spiciness is just what makes this beer so darn entertaining. I was intimidated by the prospects of a super-zany 10% bomber. Turns out, anything less than 650ml would have been unsatisfactory. This whole bottle has been sort of like those times when you sense someone is creeping up behind you but when you turn no one is actually there - I keep sensing the 10% but so far there's been no real proof.

To the brewing world, Mikkeller and Three Floyds are the Picasso and Pollack, the Copernicus and Galileo. For their respective countries they've helped revolutionize the art and science of brewing by adding boatloads of bitter, resiny, fruity hops. They've developed styles all of their own, distinctive from anything anyone else around them has done. This collaboration was, more than tasty and ridiculously drinkable, most appropriate.

biegaman, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky honey, small off white head leaves to ring. Lots of cling lace left.

S - Bready as all get out! Like sticking your nose in some particularly smelly dough.

T - Big flavors, lots of malt, booze, and hops.

M - Medium to heavy, lots of the sweet stuff, maybe a little bitter on the finish.

D - I like it!!!

srandycarter, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of rlcnmeyer
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade at DLD from Viggo...thanks Eric! I'm sure the hops have mellowed considerably on this brew, but I still liked it. I wish I could have sampled it a year ago when it was fresh. I'm not going give a detailed review since it probably wouldn't be very representative due to its age. I would say that the previous reviews by Viggo and d0b summarized it quite nicely. This is a full-bodied brew which is quite malty and possibly a tad boozy, but still very enjoyable.

rlcnmeyer, May 24, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have never had this style and I'm very very grateful to ThomasHardy for trading me this and letting me give it a shot. I have really high hopes for it
A= Pours a hazy brownish amber color that is opaque with a small one finger off white almost yellow head coming off of it with great lacing and retention.
S= First I notice the piney grapefruity hops but that is quickly swallowed by dark complex odors from the malt and finishing with a little lighter citrusy sort of wheat smell but the wheat is very subdued.
T= Huge hop bite on the front of my tongue followed by the citrusy wheat taste. This is quickly swallowed by the darker malt but then that is completely killed with a bitter hop finish. There's a ton of taste in this one with a lot of layers of complexity. The taste is very pleasant. It's just as complex as a barleywine but it is softer in a way. The more I sip the longer the dark malt comes through in the middle of the palette. There's also a touch of alcohol present in the end on the back of my tongue.
M= Very dry finish and a surprising amount of carbonation.
D= Really a great beer. This may be the most complex beer that I have ever had. So many layers on my tongue and so much to think about. Really amazing.

jjanega08, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of brendan13
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a snifter a orange hued amber colour with a centimetre of slightly off white head that falls almost immediately. Bit of lacing is left behind.
S - Very piney with some citrus fruitiness & a fair whack of caramel & toasted/bready maltiness.
T - Also quite piney in the taste with lots of caramel & bready malt to back it up.
M - Medium bodied with quite a low carbonation.
D - 10.4% limits the sessionability but this is probably one of the best beers I've had this year. Would buy it again despite the hefty price tag.

brendan13, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of ThaBobfather
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

*from notes*
Bought this at DLD.
Pours very heavy with a beautiful thick color. Thick beige head.
Thick smell of toffee and tart.
Huge fan of this barley wine's use of caramel, toffee, hops, and tart to make a unique brew. Very high quality brew, much worth the wait in line for it.

ThaBobfather, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of Oxymoron
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Easy for you to say. Pours a somewhat cloudy light orange to amber color with some straw colored yellow hues throughout. A soft white head with decent retention and lacing. Limited viscosity.

The nose is surprisingly hoppy with some noticeable malt. To start there is a piney and slight citrus hop note. A bit much for style. Some minor earthy and grapefruit notes as well. The malt comes out with a bit of balance but is limited. Nice bready and caramel notes mixes with a slight sugary and spicy wheat notes. Some esters and bubblegum but note over the top. Noticeable yeast but ok. A bit boozy in the finish

The taste is more in balance than the nose indicates. The malt is bit sweet upfront with a more caramel and slightly wheat flavor. Would have liked a bit more wheaty notes. Some sugary flavors but a big bitterness comes up and continues into the finish. A bit much for bittering and somewhat hides the lighter citrus/orange notes. Bubblegum is more noticeable but not over the top. Some grapefruit and yeasty notes in the finish. As it warms some light black licorice and salty/chalk notes.

The body is between moderate and full. Would like a bit more depth. The carbonation is low but ok. A noticeable warming effect. Overall this is a bit different than typical wheat wines. The hops really come out and hides some of the malty/spicy wheat notes, especially the bittering hops. Some noticeable yeasty notes but would aged very nicely.

Oxymoron, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, shared it with DrJay on a visit. Had this in the summer, it has certainly smoothed out a bit since then. Purchased at DLD 2008.

Pours a mostly clear dark orange/amber, thick off white head forms, drops to a thick layer, great retention, lots of lacing on the glass, looks pretty good. Smell is nice, sweet and caramelized, wheat, lightly yeasty, citrus and floral, alcohol, dark fruit, raisins, quite rich, pretty nice. Taste is similar, caramel up front, some biscuit, wheat, orange peel, citrus, sherry, very malty, alcohol is there but not overpowering, nicely balanced finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation, still a little warm but goes down pretty easy. Drinkable stuff, wasn't wowed by it before but quite like it now.

Viggo, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Viggo for bringing this down to enjoy before EBF.
Fairly clear orange/amber with a reddish tint. It had a thick beige cap that produced lots of lacing and had great retention. Aromas of caramel and sugar, citrus and biscuit, plus wheat crackers. Very nice. Moderate bitterness with lots of wheat and bsicuit flavour, toasted malts and caramel, spicy citrus, mild alcohol. Medium plus body with lowish carbonation. Smooth with a fair bit of warmth. Tasty stuff. Thanks!

DrJay, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Awesome - 3 Floyds - they deliver tons of hoppiness, roastiness, or both in everything. And Mikkeller - these Scandinavian Sam Callagione wannabes back tons of flavor into each 20 oz bottle. So a collaboration of Mikkeller and FFF will be super flavorful, right>

Wait a minute there killer, not so fast. This beer was oddly pedestrian, particularly so for a collaboration between two colossus's of the American craft brew scene. It was brown, it had no head, it looked to be a great barley-wine, but it was just sort of there. Not bad, just not very flavorful. Brown, no head, faint aroma, a good but mild flavor of dried fruit and caramel....I expected to be blown away, and instead I got something that was hardly mind-blowing. It was good. just didn't live up to my expectations.

I bought this bottle at From the Vine in Lewis Center, OH...although it is cheaper at Blacklick Liquor in Reynoldsburg.

BeerBelcher, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange, opper with ruby highlights and a thin beige head with swirls of foam left floating on top.

S - Sweet caramel, honey like sweetness with citrus and grapefruit hops. It is sweet enough that even the hops smell sweet.

T- Sweet caramel and toffee, wheat bread with honey and then a huge citrus, orange candy like hoppiness takes over. Some grapefruit mixes in and then a sweet orange honey taste lingers through to the next sip. Somewhat boozy and hot at times.

M - Medium to full body with low carbonation. Creamy and warming.

D - Even though you can smell/taste a lot of hops in this, they come across as sweet to make this very sweet and boozy overall.

brewcrew76, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of younger35
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this delicious (hopefully) nectar up from Dark Lord Day '08. Have been sitting on it for awhile letting it tame a bit. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a light red/dark orange with a nice big two finger rose colored creamy head that's got more staying power than a whiskyed up younger35. A nice cap and thick creamy collar remains the entire beer leaving rows and rows of inner tree lacing.
Smell- Smells exactly like red licorice upon opening. Tons of big sweet malty tones including brown sugar, caramel, toffee, cotton candy and licorice. Not to be outdone though the hops are plenty assertive and have faded drastically I'm sure. Plenty of pine and citrus including some muted pineapple, subtle grapefruit, orange peel and something that reminds me of lilacs.
Taste- Starts fairly sweet with loads and loads of caramel and toffee. A slight bit of light roast is present as well giving a bit of a light caramelized aspect. Plenty of bitterness to accompany the sweetness though with some pithy grapefruit and almost something resembling tart green apples. Bing cherries and strawberries along with more of those delicious Twizzlers that dominated the nose. The weirdest part of this brew is that it's so incredibly intense from the first sip but the aftertaste is fairly withdrawn. Just a bit of lingering bitterness and light alcoholic twang.
Mouthfeel- Big heavy body that is fairly creamy and silky smooth. A bit of light carbonation that only intensifies the smoothness and a light bit of alcohol warming.
Drinkability- In all fairness and full disclosure I'm not the hugest 'anything that ends in'-wine fan. Not that I don't like them in moderation, I'd just rather have a nice stout or IPA. It's like pick a side!! But saying all that, this is a pretty damned tasty brew that despite my reservations, turned out quite nicely. I'd be interested to see how this tastes after more time but I think I hit it perfectly for my tastes.

younger35, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle acquired in trade - thanks Phil.

Very large very orange head. Medium carbonation. Clear bright ruby russet brown color. Smells like pineapple cream pie, vanilla, alcohol. Starts bittersweet, slightly astringent. Pineapple throughout, bready. Fairly heavy body, good mouthfeel. Aftertaste is like pineapple emapandas and (strangely) roasted peppery chicken skin. Somewhat unusual but good.

htomsirveaux, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of froggyfrog
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First pour was a very clear fiery golden orange. Second pour brings some cloudiness and an amazing fluffy yellow head.

A lot of sweetness coming off this thing initially in the aroma. Further inspection gives up some dankness and a wet-grain aroma of wheat. Also in the nose can be found some spiciness and loads of "fall fruit" character (apples, pears and the like).

The mouthfeel/texture of this is absolutely silky. The light, creamy body was totally unexpected. I have really enjoyed the few examples of wheatwines that I've tried prior this one, but I had no idea that this level of satiny smoothness could be had in a beer full of wheat grain and alcohol. This beer is truly remarkable on this point.

Tastewise I'm getting powdered sugar and some darker fruitiness backed up by an incredible wheat and spicy alcohol twang in the finish. The alcohol is almost imperceptible as a flavor component but it really shows itself in the closing as it cuts right through any thoughts of a sweet finish.

I really can't believe just how good this beer is. Not to say I didn't expect it from a collaboration of two excellent brewers (never met a Floyds or Mikkeller brew I didn't like) - but this is way better than I ever thought it would be.

Drinkability is phenomonal. Especially for a potentially tricky style like this one. I am thrilled with this beer and I could easily go through two additional bombers in a sitting - if I had them.

3F/Mikkeller really pulled this off. A delightful spicy, hoppy, tangy, hi-test, creamy, silky, fruity brew all the way around. Thanks to the brewers for creating this and to fellow BA TheBlackMallard for sending me this bottle for Christmas.

Cheers.

froggyfrog, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, ruby-hued body with a dense, foamy, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Aromatic pine resin flavored with caramel and plenty of table sugars. Abundant notes of candied citrus and licorice.

Taste: Mixture of caramel, toast, and tea with a full, toothsome sweetness. Raw, tangy wheat grains. Heavy dose of licorice. Vague fruit esters. A few hunks of bubblegum. Candied oranges, maybe a bit of pith, and a raw pine taste with, even months after its release, a solid, full hop bitterness. Yeah, it's a bit soapy. The licorice returns, now more as a sharply herbal taste returns for the dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's different, even for a wheatwine, I've give it that. There's certainly a lot going and, at times, the sharp bitterness can really hamper things. 2010, maybe?

ChainGangGuy, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of csmiley
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks goes to prototypic for sharing this bottle.

A - Pours clear and amber. Starts to look closer to red in the right light. The tan head tops out at about three quarters of an inch and sticks around for a couple minutes. It settles to a very thin cap. Lacing appears to be nice and sticky.

S - Starts out with a hint of orange rind which is quickly followed by dark fruit - plum and raisin. Goes back to citrus with some grapefruit. Sugary caramel pops up about midway with aroma of white bread finishing it up. Alcohol is hidden pretty well in the smell.

T - Very fruity. Crosses between dark fruit and citrus several times in the flavor. I'm getting hints of grapefruit, plum, orange, and cherry. There could be a twang of wheat around the middle but it just gets muddled in the other flavors. Caramel, licorice, and more fruit are evident towards the end. Bread flavors are almost able to push through the big fruitiness but not quite. The alcohol in this beer is pretty strong and hot.

M - Full bodied with a good carbonation level. Finish is very bitter and just doesn't go away. No doubts in what this beer is trying to be - big, thick, and bitter.

D - Drinkability is good given the alcohol. This one starts out strong and bitter with a finish that is stronger and more bitter. The limit for Hvedegoop is one bottle. This one might have some benefit from a twelve ounce bottle instead of a bomber. The fruit flavors are pretty complex but it's hard to get anything else from this brew other than the fruit. This one starts to grow on you as it warms. Overall it is just too hot and that really brings the score in this category down. Glad I got to try it.

csmiley, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of prototypic
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many, many thanks to kkipple for sending me this brew. Very nice surprise, Dan.

Appearance: It pours a very clear, reddish bronze color. I like the color of this one quite a bit. The head is off white and about a finger and a half deep. It stuck around for a while and left a pretty impressive lacing on the glass. All in all, pretty solid here.

Smell: The nose is nice, but not exactly diverse. It's very heavy on dark fruit. It's a good mix of raisin, plum, and prune. But, there's not a great deal lying beneath it. At least that's my first impression. There's a notable amount of alcohol in there. Given that it's 10.4% abv, that's tough to hide. They didn't do a bad job there. A revisit after it warms reveals some light citrus orange notes. There is a very sweet aroma that's prevalent now. Smells sugary. The nose improves a little as it warms, but it could still be improved.

Taste: There's a very sugary sweet blast to kick off the festivities. Light citrus orange and pineapple follow. The citrus flavors are stronger here, but it could use a little more. Dark fruit flavors waste no time getting into the mix. Plum, raisin, and prune are all noted. There's a nice hoppy flavor that wasn't apparent on the nose. They're mostly citric add a little residual bitterness, but it's far from an overwhelming bitter flavor. I'm now curious what a fresh bottle would taste like. This one has about 8 to 9 months on it. Alcohol is pretty strong and has a bit of a warming effect. It's not quite hot, but definitely warm. Finishes sweet and a little bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's on the heavier side of medium bodied and has a nice, smooth feel. I wouldn't go as far as creamy, but definitely smooth. Assistance is provided through lighter carbonation, but it doesn't quite reach the next level. Drinkability is pretty good, but limited by its big stature. It definitely feels big and is loaded as far as abv goes. I'm happy I'm splitting the bomber. There's only so much 10.4% abv you can handle.

I like these collaboration brews. Three Floyds and Mikkeller have a pretty good wheatwine with Hvedegoop. Too bad it's so tough to get a bottle. As far as this beer goes, it's good. I think it'd be a little better if the abv were 2% lower and if a little more depth were added. It just seems a little too one dimensional with the strong dark fruit vibe. Just my $.02. Certainly worth seeking out nonetheless. Thanks, Dan.

prototypic, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of badbeer
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a beige head that had good retention and lacing. Smell is of pine and citrus hops, sweet caramel, and maple. Fresh citrus hops (like fresh out of a hop bag) at the beginning, with pineapple and then caramel malt coming through in the finish. Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

badbeer, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jw347 for sending this one hitherward.

Pours a very nice grapefruit/ruby red color. Glows in the light. A nice white head hangs around for just a bit and leaves good lacing.

Nose is actually quite a bit of hop resins, along with some rock candy like malt sweetness. Some grassiness and spice as well.

Taste quite good. A lot of nice malty sweetness, candy like sugar and a nice slight spice character. The hop profile is not as high as the nose indicated, but is still there and fits in with the rest of the flavor perfectly. A good sort of fruitiness through the middle that also hangs out on the aftertaste. The spice character through the middle grows somewhat as this one warms. The finish is fairly dry, pretty much what you would expect for the hop profile. The aftertaste lingers with candy sugar and malty goodness, as well as a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is just about perfect here. A nice viscous feel with good carbonation and a strong slickness without losing any dryness on the finish.

Drinkability is pretty good given the abv. It hides pretty well, but is certainly noticeable.

Overall this is a very well crafted and interesting brew. Glad I have one more to put some age on, as I think this one will do well with a couple years. A good take on a new emerging style, and one that I have become quite fond of. Neat to see all the big collaborations coming out now. Good brew.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from brdc, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep copper color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, wheat, some fruit, brown sugar and floral hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of hops bitterness, which keeps its presence felt the whole time you drink the beer. There are sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit and citrus that follow, along with some wheat and a hearty malt character. There's a significant alcohol sting, which provides a little bit of a boozy flavor. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, not the best wheatwine that I've had but it's still a very solid beer.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with thin off white head. The aroma is full of pine hops, crystal malts and mild pineapple. The taste is thick and chewy with crystal malts, dark roasted malts and a solid showing of pine hops making this a hop heavy version of a barleywine style offering. I didn't pick up much in the way of dark fruity esters that, to me, are a hallmark of the style. It is smooth and tasty.

BigMcLargeHuge, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful deep brownish amber body hosts a nearly three finger light tan head that has solid staying power. Lots of clinging scattered lace is left. Nose has some toasty malt, sweet dark fruit, nutty toffee notes and spicy alchol notes. Really reminds me of a barleywine. Odd astringent alchol notes enter the mouth but they are not harsh. The taste profile is carried by a very zesty balance of spice, sour and piney hop bitter. All of these things compliment each other and add balance. This is a very unique beer as hoppy bitter, crisp wheat, soured(but not harsh) dark fruit and a dusting of even spices, all work nicely showing off their own complexity. Mouthfeel is more on the bitter spicy thick feel. A very nicely drinkable sipper. Much more like a barleywine but thats not a bad thing.

SPLITGRIN, Oct 31, 2008
Hvedegoop (2008) from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.