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

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 91
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 7.35%
Wants: 77
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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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 Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (990 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  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. (873 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (1,059 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (1,187 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (2,462 characters)

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (500 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (337 characters)

Photo of sleestak4life
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
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 (577 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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 (300 characters)

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of Wadsey
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (869 characters)

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Barley Wine poured out as a copper color without not much head. Ther was just a small amount of lacing. Hoppy aroma and malt on the nose. The taste is quite hoppy with some light lemon citrus flavors up front. Other fruits and some heavy barely in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium, the aftertaste is bitter and dry. Found this brew to be pretty good all around. I love both breweries in this calibration so I'm glad I found it to be good. (450 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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? (1,697 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber white a small head. The aroma is citric and fruity with notes of mango, apricot and grapefruit up front. Lots of resin, pine and green herbs as well. Bread, toast, spices and caramel from the grains. Soapy on the nose. The flavor is near medium sweet, medium to heavily bitter, quite boozy, and light acidic. Citric, piny and fruity hops alongside spicy/bready rye and perhaps some toasted caramel. The mouthfeel is round and soft with light carbonation. Good balance between the malt and hops on the finish. Medium to full bodied. Yet another interesting collaboration between Three Floyds and Mikkeller although not as good as the Oatgoop (another retired brew) I had a while ago. (694 characters)

Photo of maximum12
2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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. (866 characters)

Photo of Soonami
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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 (405 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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 (772 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (777 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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. (2,008 characters)

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3 Floyds / Mikkeller Ruggoop (2010) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.