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Sand Pebbles - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 131
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 3.72%
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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Reviews: 27 | Hads: 131
Photo of AgentZero
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (896 characters)

Photo of mayor55
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (1,206 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,122 characters)

Photo of salvo
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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. (1,390 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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! (583 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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! (770 characters)

Photo of bgreg3
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
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 (820 characters)

Photo of jfmorey
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of MillRat
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the FFF website:

" 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," - A. Mason Brewer 53IBU 7.7% a.b.v. "'

Half pint sampled at the brewery in mid-June.

Pours reddish with a small white head. Like a thick brown ale. They don't put too much head on it since you're only getting 8 ounces, I guess.

Smells like Popskull only with more hops and without the grassy botanicals. Milk chocoalte malt, big bitter hops. Hops are dry, like an Irish stout.

Wow. Tastes wow. Starts with the big hops, dry and almost grassy. This *melts* into chocolate milk, which fades into more general brown ale nodes of chocolate and cereal malt.

The complexity here is off the chart. It's like you're drinking three excellent beers all at once. (851 characters)

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Sand Pebbles from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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