Bromigo Smoked Maple Amber | Three Heads Brewing

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Bromigo Smoked Maple AmberBromigo Smoked Maple Amber

Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by John on 09-09-2011

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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 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 TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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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 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 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 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 rudzud
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of SteveS1
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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