Brewery: Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Munster, Indiana
Style: American IPA
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7.00%
First Brewed: NA
Sheryl was in Indiana last week… And she brought back a TON of beer. There are a lot of great breweries in Indiana, and I miss Three Floyds the most. Out mutual friend Scott lives near there. I should have him send me more beers from them. Regardless, she grabbed a Robert the Bruce (the first beer we reviewed on the blog) and a bottle of BrooDoo. The label is adorable, and until tonight I had no idea what style this was. It’s an IPA. Winning! I love hops. We have so much crap in the fridge right now. From the Four Sisters from Goose Island to a laundry list of beers she brought back, we are out of space. Funny story… There is NO food in the fridge.
I am going to send this bottle to Ashley. She apparently really likes trolls. Sorry Ashley, but the bottle will be empty when you get it. We are drinking this bad boy. Cheers!
In the Glass: This looks like champagne in the glass. There are a TON of tiny bubbles racing to the top. The beer also produced a nice thick creamy head that I didn’t expect. As the head settles, the tiny bubbles aren’t stopping. They are relentless! (Did you know I write for Relentless Beats? It’s an EDM blog here in the Valley.)
It will be funny sending Ashley an empty bottle of beer. I am not sure… But she might collect bottles. Dakine collects glassware, so maybe she collects cool bottles. I used to do that. But then I realized how much a pain they were to move. Let’s see how this beer smells.
Nose: It smells like a fresh hop IPA. It actually has a more muted than expected aroma. When I read, “American IPA” I expect a ton of hop character. Of course, I have never had a beer from Three Floyds that I didn’t like. Even beers like Dark Lord, that I didn’t care for that much, were still good enough to drink. Man… I miss that brewery.
Flavor: Whoa. That is good. There is a lot more hop character in the flavor than in the aroma. However, as soon as the beer hits your lips and the hops take over, they are gone. I am disappointed in the mouthfeel and the finish. However, the hop character is nice. The bottle says they use “wet” hops that are picked and in the boil with 1 day. I am sure this is fresh… At least I hope it is fresh. I didn’t see a bottle date on the label. ALL beers should have that in my opinion.
Mouthfeel: It’s boring. I don’t want it to be boring, but there isn’t much going on there. That’s too bad, too. To be completely honest, I don’t care for fresh hop beers. This is no exception. This might be one of my least favorite beers from Three Floyds. I bet Sheryl likes it… She isn’t that into hops. I hate to say this… But the more of this I drink, the less I want to finish the glass. I won’t pour it down the drain, but I might give the rest of my glass to Sheryl.
Aftertaste: What aftertaste? There isn’t much an aftertaste on this. There is a decent drying finish that lingers… But for the hops they brag about and the expensive malt they mention on the label, I expected more of an experience. It’s a cool label, but that’s about it.
Ashley, I hope you like the bottle, but don’t hurt yourself trying to find a bottle of this to drink. It’s not worth it. Did me moving from Indiana hurt production up at Three Floyds?
BrooDoo – The bottle says: “BrooDoo Harvest Ale is a seasonal ale that glorifies American hops. BrooDoo is brewed using fresh green “wet” hops picked right from the vine and put into our beer vats, from vine to brew house in 1 day! BrooDoo also uses the best American malt money can buy. Enjoy.”
(They call it BrooDoo, but BeerAdvocate calls it Broo Doo. See the difference? Which do you prefer?)
Our blog is starting to stray from our list of 1001 Bottles. As we find more and more new or interesting beers, we have started writing a lot of “off the wall” posts. But I guess since we have realized that it’s likely that we’ll never be able to get all 1001 bottles in the book, that that’s ok. I’m not sure exactly what we’re morphing into, but it’s all good. As long as you keep reading and listening!
This beer is one that I brought back with me from my trip to Indiana last month. It was mentioned by Ashley in the one Girls Pint In hangout I’ve been in. (I promise, I will attend more!) It’s 3 Floyds, so it can’t be too bad, and I’ve never had it before and saw it, so I snagged a bottle. Ashley has requested that we send her the bottle when we finish it, so we will. It is a pretty cool bottle, all hippy-looking with rainbow colors and a troll on it.
Apparently 3 Floyds refers to this as a harvest ale, but Beer Advocate lists it as an IPA. I’m guessing it’s hoppy. It poured out with a lot of foam in the glass. It’s kind of a dark golden yellow color, almost orange. It’s a bit hazy, but I can still see through the glass. It doesn’t have a very strong smell to it, but what I do smell is wet hops. Very faint wet hops. Let’s see how it tastes.
Ricky said the beer is “not good at all”. Now, I don’t know that I’d go that far, but it really doesn’t impress me that much. And he even loves IPAs, while they’re not my favorite. The beer does taste hoppy, but it’s not out of control. It’s a manageable hoppy taste (haha). But to me it’s just another IPA… nothing impressive. 3 Floyds beers tend to be hit or miss with me. And this one’s just not that big of a deal. I probably wouldn’t buy it again.