Hvedegoop (2008) | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Hvedegoop (2008)Hvedegoop (2008)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A wheat wine brewed with our friends at Mikkeller.

22oz bottles only. 750ml bottle should be reviewed under the Mikkeller listing.

Added by bgramer on 04-26-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
121
Reviews:
92
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
9.37%
 
 
Wants:
66
Gots:
17
For Trade:
2
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Photo of chaz410
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.
Pours a light orange amber body with a very thin white head.
Smells of sweet caramel malt and toasted biscuits. Slight wheat malt flavor ring out on the nose.
Taste sharp and spicey in herbal cardomon, cumin and pine hops. These spices overlay sa heavy part of wheat and caramel mats. Lots of toasty wheat sweetness lingers though the mid to finish swallow.
A smooth but sharp finish beer with not much alcohol finish.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ditmier provided this at a tasting a while back.. reviewed from notes. Big props to Eric.. This is an excellent beer.

Copper orange brew .. very clear .. lite tan head with great retention and lace.

Nose is lite citrus and floral hops coated in caramel.. earthy and toasty.

Bright bitterness.. floral hops again.. very bready.. nice maltiness helps bring the hops to the front of the palate for a fleeting moment.. like a softened American BW.. Body is expected and carbonation may be a tad light but lends toward a smooth mouthfeel.

Thanks again Eric.. Sorry that this was on my "wants" AND I have one in the cellar... It is still on my wants... I want another, because this is gonna age like a champion... and I want to do a Wheatwine tasting sometime down the road.

4/3.5/4/4/3.5

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-brown ochre colour with a light but quick and fairly steady bead. Head is lightish but sinks quickly to a film of beige lace, with some gorgeous sheets around the glass. Nice hazy body, it's a cracker of a beer no doubt, if only there were more head.

Very malty and fruit on the nose, a rich treacle glazy aroma with some fresh grapes, apple and pear characters, some overcooked cookie fragrance as well, and a very nice, healthy floral hop character. Whatever this nose is, it's blossoming at just the right time, ie. when I'm smelling. Doesn't go overboard, it's just lovely.

Taste is a very strong affair. Some biscuity malty notes give way to a fairly phenolic mid, with a big kick of brandy alcohol warmth, bit of bourbon sourness to it as well. A hint of some Asian five spice on there, some peppery notes on the back, and a slightly green fruit character on the mid. Bit of a sting from the alcohol punctuates the palate well, and there is some nice baked glazed fruit on the mid, pears with a honey-like sweetness. Interesting, with a great deal of complexity, sweet and phenolic spice, I guess that's possibly a wheat kick although I don't detect a huge amount of wheat on here. A challenge to the tastebuds, but one that is wholly pleasurable as well.

Mouthfeel is slick in the mouth although quite chewy and viscous at the back, distinct alcohol kick is warming and justified by the full-on flavour. Very good, but doesn't quite reach the highs of syrupiness I expected.

A fantastic drop, one to be savoured. Doesn't go overboard at all, just powerful and complex. Deadly in its drinkability, can stack up against anything in my opinion.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep reddish brown colour, really lovely and cloudy, with a yellowish head slightly pocked with bubbles, and rather filmy all the way down. Some good lacing. Looks pretty damn tasty, and very high-end American.

Rich and sweet nose, full of malt and molasses, but with a lovely layer of tropical fruits over the top - think pineapple, raisins and lychee, with stronger more piquant notes of pine and lime. Very fragrant and hoppy. Lovely.

Rich and chewy body, very full and creamy, and without the sharp slice of razor hops I was expecting. Taste is initially slightly piquant, with pine needle freshness at the fore, but the body mellows and the palate is wonderfully long, balancing through some light fruit characters before the chewy, sweet and full finish, which is like caramelised sugar on the tongue. Mouthfeel is as heavy, slick and glutinous as anything I've yet had. Wonderful.

A very luscious, and well-named goopy beer. Packed with hop flavour, but backed up with loads of body. I would like a wheat wine to distinguish itself a little more from an American Barleywine (and even more so from a DIPA, which this one is coming close to resembling), but it can't be denied that this is a very robust and exciting brew.

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Photo of corby112
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with bright ruby red hues when held to a light source and a 2.5 finger frothy yellowish light beige head. Completely opaque. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick cap that lasts throughout. Sporadic spots and rings of lacing are left behind.

Sweet yet earthy aroma with lots of leathery caramel malt, rye, alcohol, dark fruit, port, subtle floral hops and spice. This is a very interesting smelling barleywine that is not all malt and alcohol. There is a sweetness and creaminess that I can't quite put my finger on but I like it! It might be the citrus and floral hops along with the alcohol balancing out the musty earthy malt profile but I can't say for sure.

Pretty hop forward up front, especially for the style with lots of earthy, floral bitterness and sweet citrus notes which are a very nice compliment to the sweet alcohol, smokey, leathery malt. There is a bit of toasty nutty flavor as well as the leathery, musty maltiness mentioned above. Subtle hints of dark fruit, mostly raisin, fig and prune. The wheat aspect is slightly subdued with only the slightest hint of ripe banana but the spicy citrus notes blend perfectly with heavy dose of citrusy, floral hops. The alcohol is present in the flavor but there is hardly any alcohol warmth, making this dangerously drinkable at 10.4%.

Not one of the several flavors in this very complex brew overpowers the other, rather they just bounce back and forth off of each other and I'm picking up something new with each sip. Perhaps the bitterness from the hops up front are a little powerful but I actually love that and wish more barleywines followed suit. It provides excellent balance and a nice counter to the strong alcohol and malt flavors that tend to dominate beers in this style. I loved this beer an am looking forward to trying Oatgoop! Highly recommended!

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Photo of ffejherb
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured via 22oz. bomber. Many thanks to slatetank for busting out this rarity and sharing it!

A - Clear caramel-colored, copper-tinged amber body with minimal carbonation and slim off-white head that reduced to a patchy film and thin ring around the glass. Very nice clarity overall.

S - Sweet caramel malty aroma with a slight waft of alcohol and some perfumy notes. However, the nose revolves lagely around caramel and toffee sweetness.

T - Flavor is liquid caramel with subtle alcohol notes and lightly bitter tea-like hops. Candy-like toffee notes produce a very sweet flavor overall.

M - Medium bodied with a very syrupy, softly carbonated texture resulting in a thick, chewy mouthfeel overall. Finishes sweeton the palate with very minimal bitterness.

D - The "Goop" moniker describes this brew quite fittingly. This sucker is a thick, rich malt bomb. The alcohol remained very well-concealed throughout, which enhanced the drinkability of this wheatwine.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge citrusy barleywine! Notes of orange fruit and rind in the aroma, hoppy and floral. Sweet and malty. Orange body even, with nice clarity.

Rich toffee malt, citrusy hop bitterness, long aftertaste with a touch of alcohol in there. Multigrain bread with a smear of honey.
Full bodied, and truly not for the faint of heart. Low to medium carbonation, it's one to sip and savor.

After some time this may mellow out nicely.

edit 9/09:
Cellared bottle

Bomber from DLD '08, the mad line fiasco year. Bought this after most everything else had sold out.

Dark russet orange, sticky lid, poofy soufflé foam that puffs above the rim. A dense ring of foam sticks to the glass leaving a sheet in it's wake. This shit looks strong, not just hair on your chest strong, but everywhere else and then some. A formidable brew.

Dense, sweet toffee malts, rum balls, somewhat integrated alcohol, and sadly subdued hops (but that's my fault for cellaring it). Rich and malty, hops come across as spicy with some residual herbal bitterness. Not getting the orange notes from the fresher sample. Still, not bad should appeal to barleywine fans. Cheers!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Parrotshake
3.72/5  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 ;)

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Photo of waltonc
3.82/5  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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.37/5  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!!!

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Photo of rlcnmeyer
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of brendan13
4.29/5  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.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.07/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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!

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of younger35
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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?

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Hvedegoop (2008) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.95 out of 5 based on 121 ratings.
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