Saturday, November 27, 2010

Broo Doo Harvest Ale

I first tried this at The Green Grocer, off Grand Ave, in Chicago. At the finish of a day walking the city visiting every brewery I could within the 15 mile walk. I tried this as a part of the bomber tasting event they had, having liked it so much I purchased a bottle of which was officially tasted earlier this week with several friends.

Appearance: Amber/straw in color with a strong clarity, though a haze permeates this ale either from hops or chill. Slight carbonation with mediocre, uniform lacing atop the glass.
Aroma: I smell hops of fruity citra origin. There is a pine undertone as well. Caramel grain sweetness denotes the mid-smell. Tropical sugary cane helps pronounce the wealthy pine aroma. Perhaps some mango?
Taste: The pine obviously takes a central theme along with a ever apparent pale malt and biscuit adjunct. Hop profile is extremely fruity and tropical like pineapple and grapefruit. I think that the brewery may have gotten these flavors more from the hops they used in the Arctic Panzer Wolf, which resembled an overshoot of luscious hops. The aftertaste is short lived with a grassy residue that maintains its presence. I find some apricot overtones as well as orange peel at the finish, graduating subtly into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Loose and light with a medium body and minimal carbonation. Extremely drinkable even with a slight hot finish. Resinous and oily to texture.
Overall Impression: The balance and complexity of this ale is incomparable to any I've had. The balance between the citrus and pine hopping held up by the caramel biscuit malt.


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