3 Floyds / Mikkeller Ruggoop (2010) - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 76
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: yeahnatenelson on 08-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Tredje gang er lykkens gang…. Denne gang har Mikkeller og Three Floyds brygget en Rye Wine, med masser af rug, malt, lækker humle og gær. Og lidt vand. Enjoy!
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Photo of Mages64
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at 3floyds brew pub in Munster IN. Served in 12oz snifter.

A-Poured a rich dark maroon color with a thick marshmallow foam-like head.

S-Nose of glorious hops. Just astounding fresh smell of pine, citrus, and subtle caramel in the background. Having been released only days before, it wasn't surprising the hops were so prevalent.

M-Smooth, mildly sticky on the lips, subtle hop-attack at the back if the throat that wasn't unpleasant.

T-had dreadnaught? Think of that with a solid but subtle malt backing! If you've never had dreadnaught then it tastes like a hop bouquet of higher alpha acid hops like a cascade or centennial. (could be wrong. Just my opinion.) the malt is lighter and more sugary and caramelly than coffee or chocolate.

F-finish is great malt and a little heat from the alcohol.

Honestly it tastes like a dark DIPA right now and must switch to a barleywine after a few years.

Photo of mynie
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought two cases of these bombers and yet somehow, idiot that I am, never got around to reviewing it. Guess I kept figuring i'd get around to it, or that I'd already done it, and then when I looked and saw a little blue box next to this beer's name, both cases had been drunk up.

Thankfully, the good folks at Mikkeller had this on tap at the Floyds fest (only they misspelled it Boo-Goop on the sign, which was fucking adorable).

First off, it's a rye wine. They don't got a category for that, but it's a different thing.

Secondly, in spite of their aggressive hop profile, ryes don't age well. Their tangy ryeness fades with age, and so while that made for a smoother beer, it didn't quite come together in the same way it did when the beer was fresh. Earlier on, this stuff was like Miracle Whip, it possessed such a strong goddamn punch of savory zippiness.

So you got the zippiness of the pine and grapefruit hops along with tangy rye. That dominates the whole goddamn beer, only instead of being balanced out by sweet malt, it's balanced out by this savory malt. (Again, a Miracle Whip comparison is oddly apt). The whole thing comes together like a brilliant hop sandwich.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another bonus blind beer sent to me by AleWatcher.

A- Moderately hazed copper to amber colored beer. Smallish head but whats there is crazy sticky and leaves copious lacing.

S- Well this smells delicious. Very very fruity. This is basically a menagerie of exotic fruits and melon. Im picking up lots of mango, tangerine, melon and a hint of pine. Malts arent totally hidden, they give a little crackery note. It is so juicy it has my girlfriend and I naming different candies and gums that it reminds us of. Things like Fruit Stripe Gum (in its first 30 seconds of being chewed before it turns to plastic), Tropical Blend Starbursts, Bubble Yum, Sour Patch Kids with the sour sucked off. Truly a delicious smelling beer.

T- A very hoppy beer but NOT a bitter one. How they got the hops to taste so juicy and fruity is beyond me. Perhaps alien intervention. Clementine, Tangelo, Nectarine, every kind of sweet orange hybrid, mango, melon, pineapple. The end is slightly spicy, piney and alcoholic. Im guessing some masterful take on a double IPA.

M- Not syrupy thick at all. Its your medium body and medium carbonated beer. It could use a little more carbonation. They finish is really nice. It leaves a lot of tropical fruit behind and a little bit of piney bitterness.

D- This stuff is great. Im dying to know what it is. If I had to hazard a guess, after looking through my wants, I would say Alpine Nelson. But I have NO clue.

4/5/5/4/4.5

Photo of cosmicevan
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to BlessedBeBeer for hitting yet another want of mine! Gary, you rule! enjoyed out of an urthel oversized tulip.

a - poured a murky yellow that settled in the glass as a stunning orange. massive off-white creamy belgian style head that hung out for a while. as it faded, it left chunky creamy lacing all over the glass.

s - very nice caramel malt. smells a lot like a year old bigfoot. toffee is HUGE. the rye seems to have held up and are mixed perfectly.

t - vanilla and toffee malts. there is no mistake that this is an american barleywine, but the hops have certainly faded. nice splash of tropical fruit with the malt. tastes really excellent. rye works well and tastes dialed back.

m - smooth and easy drinker. carbonation held up just fine...medium bodied which is suprisingly thin for the flavoring. i'd expect it to be syrupy with such a bold flavor.

o - overall, what an excellent surprise to get to try this beer. i'm a big fan of both three floyds and mikkeller...and rye beers!!! never had it fresh, but it is nice and subtle now.

Photo of oreo
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a snifter out of a bomber. Thanks to Drewba for sharing this with me.

Listed as a barleywine, I thought it was a wheatwine.

Pours a light yellow orange with 2 fingers of white head.

Smells like a bouquet of citrus and hops. Wonderful. Not at all what I was expecting.

Tons of fruit and hops. Grapefruit lingers in the end with a pretty nice bitter. Reminds me of a malty IPA. If more barleywines were like this, I would like them a lot more!

Big thick malty mouthfeel.

Extremely drinkable, which is dangerous for such a high abv beer. Hard to believe this is 9.5%.

Photo of curly31989
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pretty hazy cloudy orange with a solid white head. Smells incredible. Tons of spicy rye with some wonderful lemon and/or cities (can't quite place it). The nose is amazing. Tastes spicy and clean. The flavour profile is quiite wonderful. Solid mouthfeel. Overall an incredibly tasty brew

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to HOPSHUNTER for the share. It pours hazy copper with gold hues and decent enough looking off white head. The aroma is BIG and emits yum all around the room with spicy rye, crusty sticky malts, malt syrup, sludgy pine hops and a bit of floral too. The taste hits with spicy rye and grapefruit to tangelo like citrus hops. It then flows into thick maltiness infused with pine and a bit of floral hops too. Just pure yum. Loved it.

Photo of beerpirates
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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 !!!

Photo of salvo
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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).

Photo of nrbw23
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright hazy amberish orange color with a nice white head. Head has pretty good lacing and retention.

S- A ton of tropical fruits here everything from mango, tangerine, melon and juat a touch of pine. A bit of a bready malt back bone.

T- Taste is again tropical fruits. A bit of pine, and touch of alcohol.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

D- I've been wanting to try this one for a while, and I lucked into it at DLD weekend. Very solid and would drink this again.

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy brown with a small tan head around the edges. Decent lacing throughout.

Smell of roasted malts, caramel, pine and just a little bit of citrus fruit.

Taste of mostly caramel and roasted malts mixing with a decent caramelized sugar presence to create a slight cotton candy flavor. The hops are not overwhelmingly bittering in this barleywine which is welcome and slightly unexpected. Because it is not overly hopped, this American Barleywine is very nicely balanced. I would seek out more of these if I had them on the shelf around here. Light to medium carbonation and a medium body.

A nice collaboration between Mikkeller and Three Floyds. I would say this was a success.

Photo of Wadsey
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard-poured into a New Belgium Tulip

A: Gigantic, white head rises and slowly falls, leaving behind cloudy (altocumulus) lacing. The head looks like it belongs on top of a belgian pale ale because it is a pillowy dollop that lasts to the bottom of the glass. The beer itself is amber and has some bubbles rising slowly to the head.

S: Rye bread, orange marmalade and grapefruit peels. Some lemon zest and general spiciness.

T: Some sweetness on front of palate, orange marmalade and rye bread follow. Surprisingly, a touch of vanilla. Spice and bitterness toward the end, but they are relatively soft and subside for citrus peels, which form Ruggoop's finish.

M: Fairly heavy body and moderate carbonation. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Some alcohol warming.

D: I have to keep reminding myself that this is a sipper because it goes down the hatch a little too easily.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow in color with brown highlights when held up to the light that had a thin head and left some good lacing sticking to the glass. There was lots of sweetness from the malts but had faint hop, citrus and some bubblegum character. it did seem to have slight caramel as well. The taste also huge amounts of malts but the hoppy character was more apparent on the palate abd was not supre bitter which I don't dig. It had citrusy bubblegum accents and a touch of caramel. The brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet malty, citrusy, mild hoppy, and slight boozy sticky finish. It was a pretty solid barleywine with a nice hop profile and was drinking really well. Now I'm gonna hunt down that last 2 goop brews

Photo of drewba
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - champagne colored with a white two finger head. Quickly turns into a few millimeter ring around the edge of the glass, light lacing.

S - Sweet sticky, citrusy hops. Lots of grapefruit and sweet sugar. Malt profile is peeking out a little, perhaps a hint of rye

T - Starts off with an assault of hops: handfuls of grapefruit, some mango and mandarin orange. The rye is somewhat missing; I am picking up a little spicyness, which I think may be the rye in this ryewine interpretation. However, the malt profile is great - beginning has a slight caramel sweetness, then notes of cracker, biscuit and hints of nut and bread. While the malt profile is nice, the hops are king here. The finish is bitter grapefruit which lingers for a bit. Can't say the rye is very pronounced at all - its just a hoppy barleywine.

M - medium to thick body, a touch on the syrupy side with crisp carbonation.

D - Very high. I thought this may be a sipper, but was exactly the opposite. Ended up polishing off the bomber with a friend in about 15 minutes. The alcohol is wonderfully hidden and the flavors are addicting.

In my opinion, this is drinking perfectly now. My second bottle within the past 2 weeks. I think its against my better judgment, but I may wait and open my last bottle in 6 or 12 months.

Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of claspada
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Duff27
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep murky orange-brown, one-fingered head that leaves a ring around the glass with some lacing present.

S- Very sweet malt and rye smell. Hops. Grapefruit,

T- Bad-ass barleywine bordering on a great DIPA comes to mind. Sweetness. Grapefruit, pine, other citrus flavors. Wow awesome!

M- Rich and creamy mouthfeel.

D/O- For the style this has a very high drinkability. The 9.5%abv is well hidden. Absolutely ecstatic I got to try this as most won't get the opportunity. Thanks to Dusti and his friend for hooking it up! Cheers to Three Floyds and Mikkeller as well!

Photo of homebrew311
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a bright clear red, bone white head with a fair amount of lacing

S: mango and citrus are huge and aromatic up front, very fruity and juicy, the rye comes in and complements the aromatic hops quite nicely with a touch of spice. This smells amazing.

T: the front is sweet and features the fruity hops that I smelled, again the rye comes in and provide a spice to balance out the sweetness. There is a great balance in this brew and the finish is sweet and heavy on the hops.

M: medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky on the finish

D: this is a great beer. Tastes more like an imperial red/ripa than a barleywine, but either way, it is delicious.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Big thanks to dug for this bottle!

This seems like a nice brew to enjoy while brewing. It pours a hazed tawny-orange topped by over a finger of tan-ish cream foam. The nose comprises mandarin oranges, ruby red grapefruit, toffee, red apples, and red grapes. The taste holds notes of grapefruit, light pine, caramel, sourdough, and light black pepper. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice barleywine, though I was hoping for more of a spicy rye quality, especially with a title like ryewine. Still, it was pretty tasty.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to mtunnell for sharing another goop for our tasting.

Poured from a bottle into my New Belgium globe glass.

A: amber red brown, small light beige head, tiny soapy lace ring

S: citrus hops, mostly oranges, sweet malt, solid dose of rye

T: similar to the nose, rye is much more present, hoppy citrus bitterness, dry finish

M: medium body with moderate carbontion

D: Overall my favorite of the goop series. No surprises there since I love rye beers.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for sharing this on brew day

This beer pours a golden orange color with a frothy beige head on the surface. The aroma consists mainly of piny hops, but it is accented by the citrus sourdough smell of rye. The taste was quite enjoyable. It was fairly strong in favor of the hop notes. The back end flavors were mostly caramel malts and lemon zest. The rye which was on the nose seems oddly absent. There is a distinct hoppy bitterness with this beer not usually present in many barleywines, but this beer drinks more like a DIPA than anything else. The mouthfeel is a tad on the astringent side for my liking, but was rather good on the tongue. I must admit it was quite the tasty brew and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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3 Floyds / Mikkeller Ruggoop (2010) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.