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Sand Pebbles - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Sand Pebbles
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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 9
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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Ratings: 130 | Reviews: 27
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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.

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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.

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4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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.

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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.

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On tap at Hunahpu's day, served in a plastic pint glass, beer is brown and clear with a thin off white / tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, some retention.

Aroma is nutty / caramel and hoppy, pine and earth, smells nice.

Beer is medium in body with a nice hop presence, strong throughout and a nice finish on it, moderate bitterness, some nutty notes and biscuit as well. A decent brown for sure.

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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.

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