Boogoop - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.88/5 rDev +21.7%
As stated above, this really should be listed as a Mikkeller beer, not Three Floyds, as it was brewed on Mikkeller's side of the ocean. Regardless, what lover of great beer could resist a collaboration between these two beer artists? Aging my ass, this is getting opened NOW.
The opaque, clouded-over rust color is nice, and the superbly creamy, firm dirty-white head is even nicer, leaving splashes and splats of lace all over the glass.
This is one of those aromas that leaps out of the glass and flies straight into the nostrils from several feet away. Enormously flowery/green/pungent/piney/citrusy hops lead the way, all big and bright, with a malty lower level that reminds of rye, spicy and super-earthy as it is.
Holy cow, this beer has it all going on. Initially there's a slight shock of prickly spices (cinnamon comes to mind/tongue), again reminding of rye, but clearly it's buckwheat (as printed on the label). While the hops scream Double IPA, there's a malty character here that strikes a sweet, vanilla-kissed balance between the barleywine and wheatwine poles. Hops are hugely herbal and resiny/piny, not as much citrus/fruit as suggested in the aroma. Caramel tones, burnt toffee-like tones, charred red apple skin, and that "je ne sais quoi" of the best "American Strong Ales" that puts in on a level with the almighty Double Bastard. And about that 10.4%, it's excellently incorporated, just one part of the greater sum, never brash or overdone.
ohmygodIneedtobuyanothersixteenbottles of this...
Texture/feel is also utter perfection, in terms of texture/feel. Slick, creamy, full, a bit sticky, superbly round and, again, creamy (!!), it's just right for the flavor. You want to keep the beer in your mouth forever not only because of how it tastes, but also how pleasurable it feels. Like a room temperature vanilla ice cream and 7-Up float that has merged into a velvety soup.
Boogoop is one of the best beers I've had in recent memory, and really one of the best beers EVER. It's also yet another example of why bigger beers should be drunk at higher temps. At the right spot, like mid/high 50s Fahrenheit, this nears being not just great but transcendental. What a treat. Daaayaaamn.
01-24-2012 23:27:31 | More by Metalmonk
4.65/5 rDev +16%
Poured from a bomber into an oversized wine glass. Poured a hazy amber color with a one finger head even in this glass. Head goes away in a minute or two but retains some little heaps of bubbles.
The smell is fantastic- hoppy and fresh, there's no hint of alcohol which is surprising in a barleywine (hence the 5, keeping style in mind). Also a nice mild wheat smell.
Tastes is clean and crisp- very nice round wheat flavor. I've never head a wheat beer whose flavor I've really enjoyed but I sure like this one. Hops are piney and well balanced. NIce dry finish.
Mouthfeel is excellent- full bodied and yet well carbonated. I feel a lot of barleywines (wheat?) are too syrupy and not lively enough, again why I gave this beer a 5.
Great beer- if you see it, get it.
02-05-2012 23:35:54 | More by Hopdaemon39
British Columbia (Canada)
4.6/5 rDev +14.7%
On tap at Popago brewing in Scottsdale, Arizona.
A: 1/4" tan head over brown liquid.
S: Sweet barley malt, yeast, dark fruit.
T: Fruity esters, cherry, figs, barley malt and toffee flavours.
M: Medium to thin mouthfeel. Very smooth.
O: Beautiful. This fruity and smooth wheatwine is extremely tasty. Most of the inexperienced jackasses reviewing this beer are acting as if are reviewing an IPA, but as a wheat wine; this is fantastic.
03-16-2012 03:47:40 | More by DaftCaskBC
4.55/5 rDev +13.5%
Poured into a Double Bastard snifter, it’s a very cloudy amber brown color with orange around the edges near light and a creamy 1 finger tan head that faded slowly, leaving great foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down; looks like an IPA and was not what I expected, so it was very impressive.
Smells of big floral hops up front, then a mix of light syrup, wheat, caramel, orange peel, citrus hops, sweet malt, roasted grains, piney hops and a sweetness like brown sugar; the hops are shockingly very powerful and sweet, with a lot less wheat or grain in the nose than the style would indicate – seems these brewers used their hop influence to make it unique, and I dig the nose this way.
Taste is consistent with the nose and hoppy up front, followed by sweet malt, roasted grains, piney hops/pine cones, wheat, caramel, citrus hops, orange peel, very bitter grapefruit, floral hops, herbs, coriander, pepper and other spices, bread like wet wheat bread or cracker, syrup, light brown sugar, light cinnamon, grass, sour grape or sour apple that brings a tart pucker, and a sweetness like fresh hopped IPA that trails off with a bitterness leaving a grainy coating and bready aftertaste; holy confusing Batman, this beer is all over the place in a good way. Extremely complicated is the best way to describe this; one sip is all hops, another sip hops and wheat, and after one pour I tasted the head and that was like a sweet syrupy Barleywine. This beer is like flavor ADD, so never expect the same results after each sip. The ABV is so well hidden that this beer sneaks up on you during all the confusion.
Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, with very light and mild carbonation, a medium body and a sweetness that jumps from hoppy to bready to grassy and then back and forth all the time; in summary, the flavors are all over the place yet this beer slides down like a delicious creamy milkshake and has an incredible feel to it.
Overall this was very good and insanely interesting, but while it may not be a “traditional” Wheatwine, it was damn good and it was a shame that the last pour came and ended this ride. A definite recommendation as this beer was a great beer experience and worth the premium paid for an expensive bomber. Two great breweries created one great beer, so check it out if you can…it’s worth it.
03-26-2012 03:54:07 | More by CHickman
4.53/5 rDev +13%
Appearance: Whether it's the wheat or the Euro-brewing techniques, this beer has a huge head that lays atop the mahogany liquid, leaving copious amounts of lacing behind
Smell: Loads of piney pith, but the wheatbread elements are clearly discernable; brown sugar and caramel are present, as well
Taste: Caramel and brown sugar sweetness hit the front of the tongue, with the piney hops delivering a blow by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors come together bringing the buckwheat along underneath; sweet and boozy in the finish, but well-balanced
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and considerable warmth in the gullet
Overall: This beer takes Gumballhead to a whole new level; well worth seeking out
02-11-2012 22:59:39 | More by brentk56
Boogoop from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
90 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.