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Sand Pebbles - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 8
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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Reviews by mjohnson17:
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4.11/5  rDev +3.8%

A: darker end of the brown spectrum with a nice tan head. Tight carbonation bubbles with substantial lacing

S: Citrus hops with a nutty caramel backbone.

T: Nice hops up front with a nutty backbone. A perfect balance between the two.

M: A medium light body with a bit of a creamy clean finish.

O: I typically don't gravitate towards brown ales as they often leave me disappointed, and I had even high expectations as this was named after a Steve McQueen. I was not let down, this may be my favorite brown ale. All the elements of a brown ale with a FFF twist of citrus hops.

01-30-2013 18:33:55 | More by mjohnson17
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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.

08-14-2012 17:49:20 | More by tigg924
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4/5  rDev +1%

11-15-2011 21:44:33 | More by bpfrush
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-21-2013 22:39:49 | More by SPRichard
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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.

01-04-2011 03:31:42 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

12-28-2012 06:24:22 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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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!

08-10-2010 02:19:31 | More by SeasonalBrew
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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.

08-20-2010 16:37:54 | More by Kegatron
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

05-25-2013 14:08:29 | More by falconxman
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4/5  rDev +1%

01-29-2012 00:45:18 | More by FievelGoesWest
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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!

07-21-2009 10:06:14 | More by alleykatking
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4/5  rDev +1%

01-25-2013 17:39:39 | More by YogiBeer
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4/5  rDev +1%

11-07-2012 18:22:12 | More by Mojo333
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

03-29-2013 22:33:46 | More by Ajlvt
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

01-19-2012 04:25:58 | More by awdturboiv
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4/5  rDev +1%

03-03-2013 09:09:33 | More by coffygrinder
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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.

07-08-2009 23:49:56 | More by jfmorey
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4/5  rDev +1%

01-15-2013 04:28:36 | More by thedarkestlord
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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

07-19-2009 02:33:12 | More by bgreg3
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4/5  rDev +1%

05-04-2013 00:04:43 | More by CraftEyeDoc
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4/5  rDev +1%

12-16-2013 22:13:34 | More by wesside89
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4/5  rDev +1%

01-15-2012 23:13:58 | More by rfraga77
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-08-2011 03:03:21 | More by hansgruber
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

01-08-2013 06:14:54 | More by Borlando89
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

05-21-2013 01:13:36 | More by ackeeper
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Sand Pebbles from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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