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Ruggoop - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
91
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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 76
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yeahnatenelson on 08-06-2010)
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Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is gorgeous: fluffy head slowly letting go its bubbles and structure as it fades to lace on the glass; amber to red-brown. The smell is all hops with deep, rich biscuit malt.

I'm tasting large grapefruit to mango hops cascading nicely and melding with the malts, ending quite bitter and fighting off the high alcohol with enough sweetness. It isn't sweet but there's plenty of body to finish strongly. I can't quite call it highly drinkable, but I'm happy to be coming home with a coupla bombers.

Ruggoop is listed as a barley wine, but I enjoyed it thinking of it as a big hop monster of a DIPA: it dials up the bitterness and grapefruit and mango on Dreadnaught ending with a big bold beer worthy of the collaboration with Mikkeller. Luckily it is available in bombers for as long as they last!

I'm going to be a little high on this review I see: from midwestern author Richard Powers' Echo Maker: "Nobody can discover you anymore. You've become a big target; more points for taking you down than for praising you" (171).

salvo, Sep 09, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pors a clear red-tinged burnt orange with two fingers of tan head. head has very nice retention and leaves a ton of lacing.

S - Big aromas of toffee and caramel, with some spicy rye and citrus.

T - Taste is a nice melding of caramel malt, rye spice, citrus hops and some bread malt. The hops add a nice bitterness, but do not dominate. Has a very smooth blend of malt, spice and bitterness. Initial sweetness fades and turns bitter on the finish, which is dry and pretty clean. I didn't try this fresh, so I don't know how aggressive the hopping was originally, but I think it is spot on at this point.

M - Medium/full mouthfeel is sticky sweet to begin with before turning dry spicy and bitter.

O - A very enjoyable barleywine that had no noticeable alcohol in the aroma or the taste. Taste was actually somewhat subtle for a barleywine, but I think it works well.

warnerry, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of jisak74
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

jisak74, May 05, 2012
Photo of Soonami
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Three Floyds and Mikeller collaboration should really be called a ryewine. This beer uses a substantial amount of rye that really showcases the spicy, grainy qualities of the rye that is sometimes hidden in other rye beers the are too hop-forward. There is a nice amount of citrusy hop bitterness and enough attenuation to leave a dry finish. I was glad to have tasted some but not really my favorite

Soonami, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of sleestak4life
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at FFF. Pours orange-red with a foamy, but fleeting, head. Aroma is crazy citrusy with a strong caramel and rye background. Taste is grapefuit and orange, bready and spicy. Really great. Finish highlights the rye followed by a light burn. Thick and velvety mouthfeel. Yum.

sleestak4life, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep hazy copper. Big khaki head. Good retention. Some lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit hops. A little bit of hops. Caramel. Some slight rye. Decent, but a little one dimensional.

Taste - Hops are quite strong. Sweet. Caramel. Oxidation too. Rye more prominent. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Overly hopped. Medium body.

Overall - Getting old. Still aggressively hopped.

Alieniloquium, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from EchoCharlieEcho, cheers Elisabeth! Love the label; cheers to this collaboration & our Danish Brothers & Sisters in arms serving in Afghanistan as well!

Pours an effervescent caramel with 4 fingers of thick tan head. Nice viscosity to this, above average head retention & good lacing

S: Pineyness & grapefruit

T: Pineyness, cakeyness, slight grapefruit then marmalade & toffee up front. Herbal & woody hops come to the fore as this warms, plus much piney resin & a touch of praline sweetness, & just a touch of boozeyness, plus dryness. Finishes piney with nice citrus hops, apricot, honey & grapefruit

MF: Chewy, fairly sharp carbonation & good balance, nice warming sensation to this. Gets a bit more chewy once warm

Drinks easy for the style & ABV. not a great ABW, didn't quite pull together for me

russpowell, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewpub....

A- Pours a golden orange light amber mix. Half finger off white head that shows low retention. Spotty lacing on the snifter as I drink away.

S- This one kind of threw me off with the high citrus hops in the front of this that seem to be bursting. Light malty backbone comes through once the hops die down. Nice rye aroma in the backend of this. Nothing overly rye which is kind of what I was hoping for...oh well.

T- A light citrus hop bite in the front of this one. Toasted malts and rye flavors mask up the hops flavor in the later front of the beer. Middle is malt forward with a hint of nutty flavor. Citrus hops come from nowhere and attack the palate as one last flavor profile before your sip is done. Fantastic!!

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little lacking making this a little heavier but otherwise ok. Toasted malts with citrus hops left on the palate almost coating everything in hop resin. Some light alcohol and mostly citrus hops in the aftertaste with a hint of rye. Flavors were bold and well paired in the entire beer. Big time drying on the palate which is my only complaint in the mouthfeel.

D- If you like DIPA's then you will enjoy this one a lot. More American style "Barleywine" than anything else. A good job overall in what seems to be the next chapter of these two breweries.

alleykatking, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of kbuzz
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

kbuzz, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Magery
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Magery, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright copper with tangerine edges. A good finger of beige head. Oily film after it dissipated. Tight tiny bubbled lacing.

Grapefruit, Pine and dank. Sweet caramel and vanilla. A spicy toastiness.

Rush of bitter grapefruit and dank pine. Followed by a sweet burst of toasty carmelized spicy rye. Vanilla and sweet booze creep in. and concludes with a resinous bitter piney finish.

Thick and sticky. Big mouth feel, creamy. Slow deliberate carbonation. Great feel.

Very drinkable big rye wine. Complex and Tasty as fuck. Love this one.

Consumed Oct 4, 2010.

CHILLINDYLAN, May 16, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a New Belgium glass. 9.5% ABV, no date.

Thanks to mtunnell for another goop beer taste!

A - It pours mainly clear and amber golden with a low off-white head. No real "head" as it's just a small pile of foam. Spotty lace left over.

S - Very strong rye aroma with mango-like hops, toasted malts resembling some caramel and light nuttiness and that rye hint of onion-like B.O. Good but the B.O. thing always bothers me for obvious reasons.

T - Big rye in the flavor with toasted amber malts that balance the mango-rye hoppiness in the flavor.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a crisp carbonation finish.

D - Decent drinkability for both the percent of alcohol and the flavor profile going on.

BeerFMAndy, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to albgarza for this beautiful brew. Poured from a 22oz. (or 650ml as 3Floyds like to label it) bomber into a white wine glass.

A: Stunning orangey-red color with an opaque body. The way the bubbles collect at the top of this beer is awesome for some reason. Nice lacing as you sip it too.

S: Honey, golden grapefruit, and a hint of tangerine.

T: Orange, kiwi, and a hoppy-oaky backbone. This is definitely more like a DIPA than it is a barleywine.

M: Great carbonation and not thick or filling as you would expect from a barleywine.

D: At first I thought this was a little too sweet, but it was really just the citrus notes coming through.

Overall, a nice collaboration. I'm intrigued to try Oatgoop now.

hoppymcgee, Oct 09, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

enelson, Oct 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

jegross2, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice light brown color with a modest head of tan across the top that fades and leaves light lacing in its wake. Aroma is hot, loads of alcohol here with hints of caramel, lots of hops and a just a biting malt nose as well. Really a very odd profile from both sides. Very hot on the palate again with minimal balance to it, just seemed like it was terribly off balance. Flavors were all over the place with hints of everything but the kitchen sink and just an very hot, hoppy, dry finish that really did not work well for me at all.

Overall I was rather unimpressed

mikesgroove, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of rfraga77
5/5  rDev +22%

rfraga77, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of claspada
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Adding another sampling of this, split it with mrand01, still amazing flavor, nice underlying citrus and rye, not too heavy, really a super super beer.

Bottle courtesy of codewarrior from our in-person trade today.

Pours a very hazy dark orange, borderline amber in color with a huge fluffy amount of eggshell white head that leaves some nice soapy lacing. A surprisingly large amount of head and carbonation for a XXX-wine style beer.

Aromas begin with a ton of spicy rye malt and equal amounts of thick bready and caramel maltiness as well; smells like a thick dense, doughy, undercooked loaf of rye bread fresh out of the oven. As I dig back in I get some light orange and lemon hops with a subtle amount of grapefruit as well; quite citrusy for the hop bill. Smells quite balanced overall at this point.

The tastes begin with a generous amount of rye malt but there is an decent amount of fruitiness as well. Not initially citrusy as the nose was; I get a more juicy fruit flavor here with plum and peach flavors. As it warms you get a bit more of the dark bready, caramelized brown sugar malty sweetness that was evident in the nose. Flavors borderline between sticky rye and caramel/toffee, but stay solidly on the thick bready/rye malty side. There is a nice solid citrus hop bitterness and flavor profile that stops this from being cloying or anywhere close to being too sweet, which is possible with aged barleywines.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with full carbonation but luckily is doesn't detract from the experience here. If the flavors were more toward the toffee/chocolate side I would prefer less carbonation, but because the malts are more bready, spicy and light caramel forward the higher carbonation works here with the lighter malt bill. Finish is full and drying thanks to the higher ABV and the spicy rye malt.

Overall, this was a real treat. I love Rye IPAs and Rye Pale Ales and have been wanting to try one of these highly acclaimed Rye Wines. Although I have nothing to compare this to as far as the "style" goes, I can tell this was well done and I imagine it was probably too harsh and DIPA forward when initially released but I feel the bottle conditioning has made this a bit too carbonated over time and so I recommend consuming any bottles you have now to avoid extreme over carbonation. Drinking great, highly recommended for Barley Wine, Rye beer fans, and fans of Three Floyds/Mikkeller's style of unique beer creation.

claspada, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of curly31989
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at the 3Floyds.

A- Deep crimson brown with a small white head.

S- There was a large amount of hops laced with citrus and caramel.

M-Super smooth with a relatively sticky viscosity which I loved.

T- This had less rye than I was expecting, however there was a bit of spice still noticeable. There was loads of caramel and citrus in this beer with a decent backing of alcohol and malt.

F- It finished out really smooth and left my throat/esophagus warm. Thankfully, I was inside escaping the 90 degree heat.

I was thrilled to get my hands on two bombers which I'll be opening up as soon as the summer heat fades away.

curly31989, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of beerpirates
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thx to hurfer for this awesome bottel ,

22 oz bottel poured into my cantillon tulipglass

A : Poured a medium golden orange/amber colour with à Nice 2 finger white head thats leave's some Nice lacing
S : nose was awesome, loads of hop aromas, tons of citrus, oranges and even a hint of lime
T : similar to the nose , very good, very hoppy , grapefruit , oranges , citrus , sweet malts , good spice and bite from the rye , perfect level of bitterness wow !!
M : nice and dry, smooth ,
D : could drink this all day long , à must have for the foplovers -:)
Great beer !!!

beerpirates, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter glass! So excited to finally try this brew!

A- Pours a nice cloudy golden orange with a real thin white head that only really makes a nice ring around the glass and leaves decent sticky lacing.

S- Wow! Some seriously strong pine and floral hops like mostly all FFF brews. Great amount of fruitiness and citrus up front but when you really huff it and give it a swirl you get the nice caramel malts and barley in the background that reminds you that this is a barley wine and not a DIPA. Slight rye notes present but overall the aroma is real sweet and earthy with a ever so slight alcohol note in the background. Could smell this all day

T- Once again woah! Up front you get a some really nice barley malts and rye but as it goes down and the after taste hits your tongue and is blown away by some serious brutal bitter citrus hops and fruit. If you can think of a tropical fruit you will taste it in this brew. I would never believe this to be a barley wine/rye wine. The hop/fruit to malt ratio is so hop heavy i swear this was intended to be a DIPA! The alcohol is slight in the finish but is blended really well, not overpowering.

M- Medium to fuller body with moderate carbonation and a decently bitter finish that makes you want more!

Overall this beer to say the least unique. It comes from 2 of my favorite brews and once again they don't disappoint.

Arenbeer, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of aasher
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was lucky enough to try this on tap the day after DLD at the brewpub. This beer arrived a pretty bright orange in color with a one finger white poofy head. It smells similar to a DIPA that you forgot about for awhile. It featured sweet malts and had quite the citrus characteristic. The hops were present only in a resinous form and there was a tad bit of alcohol on the backend. The flavors too were muted in my opinion. It was a blend of citrus and hop resin. The beer was pretty sticky and stuck to your mouth like peanut butter. I couldn't believe how far the hops had fallen in just eight months or so. I was a little disappointed but I still have hope for my bottle.

aasher, May 02, 2011
Photo of rarbring
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clouded orange brew with an off-white small head leaving liittle lacing but good curtains.

Sweet smells, tropical fruits with a hint of spiciness.

Tasting sweet, apricot jam and tropical fruit soup.

Little carbonation, soft and oily, a light dry finish.

i miss the expected raw, sour and spicy ryeness, more a vinous fruit soup.

rarbring, Nov 12, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

threedaggers, Jan 12, 2014
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Ruggoop from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.