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Sand Pebbles - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Sand Pebbles
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88
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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mynie on 06-13-2009

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
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Chaney
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Brewpub.

A: This had a very dark, chewy center, with a frothy off-white head that had mucho retention.

S: This was the hoppiest friggin brown ale I've ever smelled. Imagine Alpha King with brown sugar.

T: This had a very grainy, gritty bitterness that washed over the palate in spades. Additionally, the citrus was infused with nuttiness, rather than the other way around (like some other browns that lean towards the hoppy side).

M: FFF doesn't produce a measly laced beer. The carbonation was fine, and this was creamy as hades.

O: Let's just hope Steve McQueen liked hops. Additionally, if you don't like your browns on the hoppy side, please stand clear. Otherwise, knock yourself out!

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of AgentZero
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this on-tap while inhaling a hot dog after FoBAB at Bangers & Lace.

A - Brownish red color beer with a beige head that left some nice curtains and sheets down the side of the glass.

S - Chocolate, some hops. It's actually kind of sweet, with some sort of fruity honey or something in there.

T - Somewhat hoppy, but the focus is on the roasted and chocolate malts. Sweet and pretty easy to get down.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, pleasant to drink and I enjoyed it with my hot dog. Not the biggest fan of browns, but this one was good.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

Photo of mayor55
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at 3 Floyds brew pub. Medium brown color with medium tan head. Smell was nutty and malty. Served it in a mini pilsner glass. Felt good and full in the mouth. I could drink a few of these with burgers or sausage.

Very tasty beer. I also like the name. A manly beer just like advertised.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass at Hopleaf.

Appearance: Sand Pebbles pours a mostly translucent brown color with a touch of amber. An off-white head exists initially, fading quickly. This is partially due to the generous pour. Decent head retention.

Smell: Smooth and complex aroma. Toasted malt, with some toffee and brown sugar provide a sweet aroma, with a moderate tropical fruit hoppiness is there as well.

Taste: The first sip is phenomenal. The toasted malt starts the flavor cascade with some burnt coffee as well. Right before the hops kick in, there is a blast of brown sugar. As it helps to transition the beer to the juicy, hoppy part, initially it was a tough flavor for me to place, but that is what really kicks the flavor points up. Toward the end I get some citrus but more tropical fruit hoppiness, with the finish being a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: It is a bit sticky, with a medium level of carbonation with a bit of creaminess existing in a fuller than medium body. The body is obviously needed to contain the ABV, but it still maintains a easy to drink, almost light feel.

Drinkability: This will be tough to come by I imagine, but it is another great offering from FFF. Call me a fan.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a few quick sips, I quickly realized that this beer is a decidedly hoppy Brown Ale but with a Newcastle body. Consistent from start to finish is what this beer portrays best. No peaks, no valleys- this beer is true and true from initial sip 'til its fleeting finish.

Sand Pebbles pours with a froathy-clean look. Clear brownish-mohogany colors with deep amber highlights. Slightly off white foam creates mediated creamy head that retains and laces reasonably well.

Aromas of deep caramel, bread crst, and light toast are quickly drowned out by medium resiny hop scents that are a blend of fresh cut grass, spruce, and cirus rinds. Clean and aromatic otherwise.

Flavors of lightly scorched toffee and arid toast blend well with the citrusy, piney flavors for a moderately robust taste.

Textures start out creamy and medium but as the hops gain control of the beer, the arid toast textures usher the beer into a crisp, clean, and fleeting finish, with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

A very satisfying American Brown Ale that will really sneak up on you because of it's lighter impressions and crisp/clean flavor.

Photo of salvo
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sand pebbles. American brown with hops bitterness reported to be 53 IBUs, but the hops are pronounced in the brew. Nicely balanced and less brown than red. It's what I was hoping their Brian Boru would be but wasn't. In some ways, this is a more refined version of Dog Fish Head's Indian Brown Ale, with a cleaner mouth feel and clearer taste. I can drink another of these.

Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-pour at Three Floyds in a stange.

A - Pours with a half-finger of off-white foam that settles to a thin cap and glass-coating lace. Transparent almond brown color.

S - Chocolate malt, floral hops, a bit of roast, some berry and fruit character. A little bit understated.

T - Taste is more toasted malt, with a milk chocolate and roasted almond finish. Not a ton of hop bitterness, but maybe a bit of earthy and floral hop flavor.

M - Feel is a little chalky, but thankfully the carbon dioxide is dialed down a bit and isn't as harsh. Finish is chewy, sticky, and a bit drying too, if that makes any sense. Alcohol was well-hidden.

D - This was pretty easy to drink. I'd have a pint of this one in the future.

Photo of Kegatron
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: served in a stange-type half-pint size glass. clear mahogany/medium brown with a receding light tan head and decent lacing.
S: nuts, caramel, and some light molasses/brown sugar. hops didn't come through in the aroma as i had expected. none of the 7.7% alc is noted.
T: medium sweet nutty caramel/brown sugary malts are cleaned out by the listed 55 IBUs. bitterness is smooth.
M: i wouldn't have guessed this to be 7.7% abv. medium-bodied, smooth, supple.
D: i think they could have achieved this flavor profile in a lower abv beer, which i would have preferred. i expected this to hit me over the head more, given the abv.

Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a translucent mahogany brown with two fingers of spongy eggshell head.

Smell -- Not especially aromatic, but what is present is medium roast malt, some nuttiness, and floral hops.

Taste -- Follows the nose: Mild roast flavors flavors meet up with fruity plum sweetness and floral hops. Finish is floral with burnt bread crusts.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light with medium prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- Ehh, not the best FFF I've had on draft. Still good, and it seems more sessionable than it is in actuality. Given the flavor profile, it would've made more sense to tone down the abv and call it an English Dark Mild Ale. Also, I could've done with a full pint.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burgundy color with a small white head.

Scent of brown sugar, ash, juicy hops and some fruit. Really good hop character here.

Taste of brown sugar, and fruity juicy hops. Not very complex, but this has a very good flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth with a nice bite of carbonation.

Sand Pebbles from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.