Sand Pebbles - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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: 131 | Reviews: 27
Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Floyds over Christmas. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with a good off-white head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose carries some roasted brown malt, brown sugar, and a good pine-hop presence. Light chocolate as well. Flavor is more toward the chocolate and roast, though the hop bitterness comes through well. Medium body with a brisk bitterness and nice bit of roast. Very, very solid.

Photo of mjohnson17
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of alleykatking
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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!

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 ChugginOil
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ 3 Floyds Brewpub.

Pours a brown color with a reddish hue. A fingers worth of light tan head. Tons of lace.

The nose is hoppy as usually, pineapple, a bit of citrus, sweet biscuit and nutty malt.

The taste is lightly hoppy upfront and melds into a nutty, malty, awesome brew. Nice balance between hops and malts.

Mouthfeel is warm and creamy, medium-thick with moderate carbonation.

Overall, I enjoyed this brown ale because it had great integration between hoppy goodness and sweet nutty malt. Another treat from Le Tres Floyds.

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 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 Florida9
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at RJ Grunts. Clear dark brown. Minimal light tan head leaves lots of sheeting on the side of the glass. Aroma is all malt with notes of caramel, lightly roasted malts, and toasty nuts. Flavor is similar with a very nutty taste. Piney hops with a biting bitterness. Mild alcoholic burn on the finish seems out of place for a beer with this ABV. Medium bodied, moderate bitterness. Overall, an enjoyable beer that went nicely with a burger.

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 thydarkprevails
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the pub. Nice brown color with a finger length head that dissapears. Aroma is slight, Carmel and citrus. Flavor is Carmel, toffee and malt. The hop addition is perfect. Slight bitterness and very smooth blend. Mouthfeel is medium to light. This beer is very good.

Photo of Sean9689
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at FFF into imperial nonic.

A - Pours brown (duh), light off-white colored head, thin cap, thin collar, and spotty lace.

S - Just as I expected, a hop-forward brown. That said, there's a decent level of malts in here, but I actually prefer my brown ale with a bit more malty sweetness and less hoppy.

T - Similar to the nose. The hops and malts fight for control, and I think the hops end up winning the battle. No real sweetness, which is "not normal" and the what they set out to do with this one.

M - Light, good carbonation, clean finish.

O - A decent American Brown, but like I said, I prefer them with more malty sweetness and some roast/toasted notes. That said, it was damn easy to drink and I would drink it again if I was looking for something "not normal".

Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Cigar City during Humahpu Day 2012.

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with amber/hazelnut hues and a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet, slightly roasted aroma with chocolate and caramel malt notes along with subtle lactic cream and earthy hops.  Hints of toffee, hazelnut and toast followed by a resinous, grassy pine character.

Medium bodied with a strong hop presence up front that provides a dry bitterness that dominates the flavor.  Dry grassy pine needle flavor is very prominent, overpowering most of the malt notes.   The hops are slowly countered by sweet and roasted dark malts.  It tastes more like an India brown ale with subtle notes of toffee, chocolate, caramel and nut.  Pretty good but too hoppy for the style in my opinion.

Photo of bgreg3
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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 tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Sand Pebbles from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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