Beer Review 0349: Three Floyds Broo Doo Harvest Ale IPA

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Three Floyds Brewing Company hails from Munster, Indiana, and their reputation is pretty stellar amongst beer drinkers. In a recent beer trade with Dave (Untappd user OnWisconsin), I jumped at the chance to get a couple of their brews, which are not available here in North Carolina…and just about everywhere else in the United States. Three Floyds have a very small distribution footprint at this point.

Founded in 1996 by Mike Floyd and his sons Nick and Simon, their goal was to breathe life into the then mundane craft beer scene by producing beers that were simply not normal. As popularity increased, the Munster location was created, and upgrade after upgrade took place. Bottling cranked up in 2002, a brewpub was created in 2005…with that being said, Three Floyds are still very small, even when compared to breweries like Dogfish Head, Bell’s, and Great Lakes.

Broo Doo is Three Floyds harvest ale, which is brewed during the hop harvest with a portion of “wet” hops, fresh off the vine. The beer is a limited release seasonal, and sees life each October. Coming in at 7% ABV (alcohol by volume), I’m reviewing Broo Doo a little late, but am hoping it will still be tasty.

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Pouring issued an average size, creamy head, bright white and lasting. As it began to fade, it became more soapy in texture. The beer itself is a beautiful golden-orange, reminding me very much of summertime. The body is very cloudy and hazy, but there are no particles or sediment suspended in the beer. Lacing is marvelous, leaving behind almost solid sheets all around the glass.

Even with five months of age, this is still pleasantly hoppy on the nose — lots of juicy tropical fruits like mango and passionfruit, joined by a nice key lime presence. There’s a hint of orange in there, too; then the malts are sweet, grainy, and bready, with caramel and fresh dough. Very nice.

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The hop fade is prevalent on the taste, but it’s not a detractor at all. Shades of grapefruit, mango, orange, and pine open, bringing a mildly sweet caramel to the middle before switching to a nice moderate bitterness. Broo Doo finishes with dark caramel and classic grapefruit bitterness which actually turns more than moderate, nearly hitting crushed aspirin, but stopping short of that off-putting taste. It does dry the palate; I found this beer to be medium-bodied, with a medium, foamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation.

Although the hops have some fade on them, this is still a solid offering and in my mind, this beats many fresh IPAs I’ve had from some breweries. Harvest ales can typically be hit-or-miss with my palate, and I’d love to revisit this in October when the 2013 edition will be fresh. An enjoyable beer that I had lots of fun sipping on, even if it is a little past its prime.

Three Floyds Broo Doo Harvest Ale IPA, 91 points. Price: $10.99 US for one 22 oz. bomber size bottle.

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