Ruggoop - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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2.93/5 rDev -28.7%
Thanks to unclejedi for this hand-delivered bottle as part of a fine BIF this past fall. Popped open on, hopefully, the last bitterly cold Saturday evening of the winter here in Tromso. Split with my wife.
Pours a nice fire-warmed orange, with a smell like a slightly aged IPA, all warm citrus & sweet malt. Pungent rye. An odd combo.
Ruggoop's taste, just like the smell, just doesn't quite come together. The hops arrive first & they feel past their prime; the rye kicks a spicy element in behind, clashing with the hops like a Stalin/Streisand musical. These two components really dominate & anything else in the beer is lost in the mud; there's a bit of malt backbone, & a light nickel/copper mix.
Decent enough beer, but I'm not sure quite what the brewers were aiming for. DIPA? Barleywine? Wheatwine? SuperHefe? Whatever it was, it missed the mark. Odd.
02-27-2011 03:44:11 | More by maximum12
3.35/5 rDev -18.5%
A: it had an orange, caramel, color with a pure white foam
S: The smell was the best part, it had a lot of peach, nectarine, citrus, apricot, and some candied ginger
T: As for the taste, it had some burnt toffee notes, citrus, tangerine, and some spicy rye notes
M: it was a bit over carbonated for me, but still tasted pretty delicious
O: Overall, it was still pretty tasty. But, honestly, the aroma was the best part along with the citrus and burnt toffee notes. It was over a pretty good beer.
08-30-2011 07:23:12 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
3.4/5 rDev -17.3%
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.
05-02-2011 14:34:37 | More by aasher
3.43/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
11-12-2011 22:33:25 | More by rarbring
3.48/5 rDev -15.3%
This bottle came courtesy of Jeff. Thanks!
A: The pour is bright orange in color with a fair amount of haze and a white head.
S: There's a really big grapefruit aroma and quite a bit of tangerine and orange, too. There's a nice pine quality to it along with some bread and alcohol.
T: Like with the nose, a lot of grapefruit flavor is present here. The alcohol is obvious here as well, and there's some pine hops which provide a bitterness. Some sweet malt of toffee and bread, and maybe some brown sugar, too. Seems maybe a touch spicy. Rye?
M: The body is kind of thin for a barleywine and the carbonation is somewhat soft.
D: Like almost any other beer that Mikkeller is involved in, this was pretty mediocre. Definitely boozy and really not much malt for a barleywine.
01-13-2011 18:48:33 | More by womencantsail
3.5/5 rDev -14.8%
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
07-12-2011 01:49:06 | More by mikesgroove
3.63/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
06-25-2013 03:08:29 | More by Alieniloquium
3.63/5 rDev -11.7%
bomber poured into a snifter
A-- Poured a hazy, darker orange amber color. Nice visible carbonation and for it's age a nice 2 finger off white head that left nice soapy lacing. Not what I expected for a barleywine or compared to the first two in the series.
S-- Hops are still quite lively. Good fruit nose of Orange and grapefruit with some pine notes. Followed by the carmel backbone. Just bits of rye spices. Follows more of a DIPA ish nose really.
T-- Still quite hoppy. has held up well. Got the backbone of toasted carmel and then orange, pine and grapefruit. Just slightly grainy fruit flavors and touches of rye spice. Did fall apart after it warmed though. Lots of lemon scented pledge. Not entirely bad but overpowering lemon.
M-- Oily and full bodied. Still quite carbonated and lively. Earthy and spicy feel and dry finish.
O-- Not bad but got hard to finish as just became a lemon bomb and lost the Carmel and other fruits. First half of the beer was very nice though.
05-27-2012 09:09:57 | More by mulder1010
3.68/5 rDev -10.5%
Purchased this at the brewery back in September. Shared as part of the 'goop vertical/horizontal at Goose Island's January BA Meetup. Served in a pint-shaped taster glass.
A - Pours with a finger-plus of off-white head that settles to a persistent cap, leaving behind spotty lace. The body is a semi-transparent golden orange color.
S - This one is still pretty hoppy. Lots of lemon, grapefruit, and pine at the forefront. There's some rye flavor in the backbone, but the malt is very low in sweetness or complexity.
T - The taste is a little more smoothed out. Starts with bready malts, a kiss of rye zest, and then a lemon/citrus hop finish that has mild residual bitterness.
M - Smooth medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish, and a touch of alcohol warmth.
D - This was the definitely the best of the three, and I'd certainly give it another try. However, I think it will go down the same path as the other 'goops. These are too reliant on hop aroma to be cellaring beers - the malt backbones just aren't very interesting. Not sure why you'd bother to make high-ABV beers based on different grains that can't last 2-3 years in the cellar...
01-07-2011 16:12:55 | More by MasterSki
3.7/5 rDev -10%
Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a rocky head that leaves plenty of lace behind
Smell: Bready malt with spicy rye character; floral orange elements, as well
Taste: Sharp, bitter flavors from the outset, with the spicy rye character and citrusy fruit elements bold and in front; after the swallow, there is a hint of the sweet malt elements but this is much more about the hops than the malt
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Not really like any other barleywine out there, I would put this more in the DIPA category
11-22-2010 01:41:29 | More by brentk56
3.73/5 rDev -9.2%
A- A deep, bright rube orange liquid with just the right amount of haze to it to give it a nice crystal ball effect. The bone white head is very creamy and settles to a craggy covering. Leaves great lacing as it works its way down the glass. Perfect.
S- Strong pine, grapefruit, and grass up front with some mango, pineapple, and caramel floating around in the background. Aromatic and a bit pine heavy.
T- Lots of pine and caramel with some citrus and a touch of pineapple and mango. Very bitter and pine heavy.
M- A great body but the lingering bitterness is a bit off-putting.
D- Bitter and tasty. A bit of a sipper. I see this aging for quite some time.
12-07-2010 03:59:42 | More by david131
3.75/5 rDev -8.8%
Bottle into The Bruery tulip.
Pours a murky, dull brownish-gold, with a spectacular 3-finger, ultra-dense, rocky, creamy off-white head. Excellent retention, with ridiculous amounts of lacing. Everything but the color is literally perfect.
Nose is beautifully balanced. Big, floral citrus is bright, almost delicate, over a beautiful balance of caramel and deeply bready malt notes, with that rustic quality that is so inherent in rye beers.
Taste is surprisingly mellow. Bready malts and caramel as expected, with, with massive amounts of ripe golden fruit and citrus (grapefruit up front, oranges underneath), blending all together in a way that, unfortunately, seems to drag the whole thing down into a bit of a bland place. Certainly a rich beer underneath, there isn't much in the way of malt complexity or hop brightness to cut through it - just a slightly earthy, deeply bready body with just a bit of caramel, and the ghosts of hop additions past adding some citrus, and just a tiny bit of bite on the floral back-end, but never anything in the way of bitterness. I'm assuming a lot of the initial brightness and intensity seems to have faded at this point, and while the beer is certainly enjoyable enough, it doesn't pack nearly the complexity you'd expect out of an abv of this magnitude.
Mouthfeel is slick, very full-bodied, with a carbonation that is very reserved. A bit of lingering bitterness builds as the glass empties, but it's very much an afterthought.
Overall, a nice beer indeed, and while I can understand the point of the whole -goop line, I wonder if their talents wouldn't be better spent elsewhere. Interested in what the next could be though - Triticalegoop?
04-03-2011 02:24:48 | More by JohnQVegas
3.83/5 rDev -6.8%
Thanks to a bomber knocked on it's crown, those of us at the bar got to do a side-by-side of the draft version versus what was in the bombers. There was more difference than expected...
Appearance -- Pretty much the same, possibly lighter, more golden.
Smell -- Versus the tap version, this is HOT! Also, much more hop presence. Picked up some pine resin along with the bright citrus and tropical fruits.
Taste -- The only key difference between the bottle and the tap is the alcohol presence and the extra *umph* in the hop profile. While the draft was much smoother in flavor.
Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied, viscous, medium-low carbonation, but noticeably hotter than the draft.
Drinkability -- It might not be a bad idea to sit on this one for a few months before popping your first bomber. Still very good, but very intense. Let the heat die down, let the hops settle in. Of course, your mileage may vary.
08-06-2010 02:53:32 | More by yeahnatenelson
3.85/5 rDev -6.3%
22oz bottle poured into my Bruery Tulip.
A - Pours a dark orange with a small tan head that fades quickly. Lots of lacing left on the glass.
S - Sweet malts, floral - almost soapy scented.
T - Spices, bitter fruit, malts and rye.
D - Low carbonation, medium body.
O - Bitter barley - different flavors but I kept coming back to it.
08-24-2011 06:03:56 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.9/5 rDev -5.1%
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
09-15-2010 03:36:53 | More by russpowell
3.93/5 rDev -4.4%
Got the next goop beer from one of my fav breweries thanks to sbricker.
A huge rising head hits 3 fingers high and starts to fade quickly at first but slows to a medium and slower pace with some sticky lacing. The beer is a slightly hazy slightly reddish orange peach colored.
Nose brings a bit of interesting rye out right in the front with a bit of spice, some fruit behind that with a bit of tropical fruits and hops, some grassy and slightly herbal hops as well, some sweet dark malts and a bit of syrups, a slight aged hop aroma, and some bready malts, and lots of smashed hop pellet like aromas.
Taste starts slightly sweet but not as much as I expected. Lots of rye with some rye spice and fruit flavor as well, which seems to go hand in hand with the herbal grassy hop kick, which gets fairly bitter but not overly, some light fruits a bit tropical, some earthy bitterness. SOme malts and sweet syrups, but those take a back seat to the hops and rye. NO real booze taste either as it is masked well by the other flavors. Finish lingers with more of the rye but lots of herbal grassy hops, somewhat dry, fairly spicy, and a slight bit of warming booze coming through finally. Late on the palate a bit of caramel and toffee come out, but it's hard to get through all the spicy rye and hops.
The mouth is medium bodied, with way too much carbonation. This style shouldn't have that much carbonation and it takes away from the flavor and feel a bit.
Drink is pretty good, drinks a lot less than 9.5%, with a decent dryness on the finish, but the spicy flavors from the rye hit a little too much, magnified by the spicy herbal hops.
Again from 3F a good barleywine, this one with a really nice addition of the rye and hops, but lacking a bit on the malts. It also has way too much carbonation. It also seems to play with the typical 3F barleywine, where fresh it's pretty good but aging this would probably go bad, luckily this is fresh. Thanks again Scott for giving me the chance to try this one.
01-12-2011 03:18:34 | More by jlindros
3.95/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
09-07-2010 02:08:39 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.98/5 rDev -3.2%
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
02-20-2011 06:06:15 | More by Soonami
3.98/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
07-19-2011 16:55:14 | More by sleestak4life
Ruggoop from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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