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Sand Pebbles - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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88
very good

128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A strong American Brown ale with an aggressive hop presence. A manly beer named after the manly and quintessential Steve McQueen film. “Not your father’s brown ale.”

53 IBU

(Beer added by: mynie on 06-13-2009)
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Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%

Had on tap at the tasting room at Binny's South Loop Chicago. Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: 1/2 head, chestnut brown in color, clear, low carbonation

Smell: citrus hops dominate with some toasted malt

Taste: much like the taste citrus hops dominate, there is some dark chocolate and a significant leather taste

Mouthfeel: light body, moderate carbonation, bitter with a touch of sweetness

Overall: If you like Troeg's Dead Reckoning, you should love this. The beers are similar, good not great browns that are hop heavy. The hops and the leathery elements work well together. I would get this again, but one pint is enough per sitting.

tigg924, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +1%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of SPRichard
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

SPRichard, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a crystal clear dense brown body with a thick creamy light tan head that last a good bit and a gentle carbonation that glides through the glass.
S- The green juicy hops are bright and earthy with a roasted malt note that comes through when the beer opens up a bit. T- The soft toasted brown malt gives way to a mild green pungent hop finish. There is a bit of a tangy coffee roasted malt flavor as the beer warms. The bright green hops and malt linger together in the finish just a bit.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a soft fizz note in the finish.
D- This beer is very drinkable and the soft roasted notes blend nicely with the juicy pungent hops. The fresh malt flavors are like chewing on the malt grain itself. Very easy to drink and I'm impressed Three Floyds dialed back the hops and made this good session beer.

rhoadsrage, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

Served on-tap at the brewery 2 days ago. Came in a half-pint glass.

A: Pour a clear rustic brown/mahogany with a solid off-white head. Retention was just ok and lacing was minimal.

S: Aggressively hopped, roasted malts and slightly citrusy.

T: Roasty and nutty, along with a strong punch of hops. This is one hoppy brown ale, much more than I expected, even after reading the description. This was my favorite of the 3 offerings I had at the brewpub.

M: Good carbonation and smooth, even slightly creamy. Good stuff.

D: Very enjoyable. I so wish they served this in a full pint!

SeasonalBrew, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

On tap @ the 3 Floyds Brewpub (Munster, IN) on 8/6/10. Served in a pint glass. I think that this was about 8 oz or so pour served in a tumbler.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a thin off-white head. This stays fairly foamy, leaving some sticky rings of lacing along the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral and citric smelling with additional notes of pine and spice. There is a touch of sweetness from the malts which sits underneath that citric tang but not a whole lot of roast is present. Man, the tropical fruit tones are really driving this...

Hops are prickly and biting in the taste with spice and piney notes that stab the tongue with bitterness. Caramel and sweet fruit shore up the middle section of the profle here, while roast finally rears itself in the backend, mingling burnt tones in with lingering spice and resins in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth and creamy feel upon first sip before a sharp prickliness swoops in to perfectly compliment the sting of the hops. There is just a bit of underlying alochol thickiness to the feel but any kind of taste from it is absolutely nil.

VERY hop forward American Brown and while I would have liked to have had a little more Brown in the aroma, the taste, feel, and drinkibility of this got it all right. Very smooth here for the ABV, it's no wonder that they limit the serving size of this one.

Kegatron, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of falconxman
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

falconxman, May 25, 2013
Photo of alleykatking
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Had on tap at FFF

A- Poured a deep dark brown color. Very small off white head there that well dies very very quickly and a little weak lacing that slides down the glass.

S- Big roasted malts upfront with this beer with big hops some piney but also citrus in the ending of this beer.

T- Nice brown ale in a FFF way. Big hop taste upfront that mellows down and becomes a roasted chocolate malt taste with this beer. Good stuff.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Good carbonation to this and well it moves smoothly across the palate. Some hop resin on the tounge and it almsot reminds me of a dry stout like Blackout from them.

D- This is a very drinkable beer and I only wish this beer wasn't given to you in a half pint. i also wish they would bottle it....maybe one day!

alleykatking, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of YogiBeer
4/5  rDev +1%

YogiBeer, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Mojo333
4/5  rDev +1%

Mojo333, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of Ajlvt
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Ajlvt, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of awdturboiv
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

awdturboiv, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of coffygrinder
4/5  rDev +1%

coffygrinder, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of jfmorey
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%

On Tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in a standard pint glass

Deep brown without much head, but I did not see the pour; I am sure they are being conservative with this beer.

Roasted malts at first with plenty of hops; nothing subtle here but well-balanced

I could drink a lot of these, too bad it is a rare treat in DC.

jfmorey, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of bgreg3
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%

Got this from the brew pub , poured into a half pint glass and appeared a dark brown color with an 8th inch foam head , looked good and exciting

Smelled of malt and a little bit of hops nothing out of the ordinary , hard to smell though! it was a little warm but that's probaly how it was meant to be served.

at the beginning it is a lot of malt , and at the end there is a lot of hops... a lot , This thing never balanced in my opinion , but it was sure tasty. and the hops were floral so I liked it.

MF- right between medium and heavy made for an interesting impact on the palate, nice hoppy aftertaste that lingers and burps very well with pub fries.

Drinkability, I could have definetely gone for a pint of this instead of the half , very nice drinker and good after taste.

Pretty good but popskull shits on it

bgreg3, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of CraftEyeDoc
4/5  rDev +1%

CraftEyeDoc, May 04, 2013
Photo of wesside89
4/5  rDev +1%

wesside89, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of rfraga77
4/5  rDev +1%

rfraga77, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of hansgruber
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

hansgruber, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Borlando89
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Borlando89, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of ackeeper
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

ackeeper, May 21, 2013
Photo of MillRat
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%

Half-pint served at the brewpub, arrives in a nondescript tumbler, medium brown with a thin white head. Aromas of big C hops at the first bell, letting you know this ain't no Newkie, followed by a bit of roasted malt. The sip starts off with a big rush of hop flavor that takes a bit of breather as the chocolate malts gently tease the taste buds and rich body gets its 5 seconds of fame. The hops return to finish the job they started, throwing the malts out of the ring and down the throat, readying you for the next swallow. All in all a very drinkable and enticing brown ale that you'll gladly welcome back for another round.

MillRat, Jun 27, 2009
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Sand Pebbles from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.