3 Floyds / Mikkeller Risgoop (2012) - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 335
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 4.38%
Wants: 79
Gots: 66 | FT: 3
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3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Behold! The fifth collaborative effort of Three Floyds and Mikkeller. This complex ale is just the beverage for canal boat trips in Copenhagen or the brutal Chicago winter. This year’s offering will be brewed in both Europe and in Chicago. Look for both editions and the subtle differences in each. Cheers and thanks for supporting craft beer.

22oz bottles and draft only.
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Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a stemless snifter.

Thanks to Florida9 for sharing this bottle!

Re-visiting this brew out of the bottle after a hazy experience with it from the tap. It pours a lightly hazy gold topped by a short finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises vague apricot, funky wheat, and Sorachi-style lemon zest. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a sense of fruity plastic and what may or may not actually be the flavor of wild rice. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this stuff just ain't my cup o' meat. What I assume to be the wold rice influence just comes across plastic-y, ruining most possibilities of enjoyment on my end. (698 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.09/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Slight has on a dark gold body. Head is bright-white and drops to a small bubbly loose collar. Spots of lacing.

Smell: Loaded with orange and grapefruit. Bright fleshy fruit. Solid malt backbone. Sweet bready elements. Some peach and tangerine. Pale and sweet. Some pithy bitterness in the back. Sweet. Pine and grapefruit rind. A bit of snappy cracker. Vague herbal spiciness as well. Straight up booze.

Taste: Orange flesh. Pithy grapefruit. Loaded with pine. Malts are sweet and biscuit. Some thin clean pale maltiness. Leafy and herbal. A ton of hop aggression. Touches of mint. Pushes toward marmalade. Pale sweet malt. Crackers and biscuits. Floral, very floral. Spearmint and fruit preserves. So much orange. Undercooked dough. Cooked pale grains.
Sharp bit of alcohol on the back.

Mouthfeel: Juicy medium body. Moderate to light carbonation. Some astringency.

Overall: Uh, it's aggressive.

Better than Boogoop, but that's about it. Hoppy and sweet. Boozy. (1,012 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a slightly cloudy gold with thin white head not much retention to speak of. The smell features notes of caramel, citrus hops, pine, herbs, and some artificial plasticy smelling quality that I'm not digging. The taste starts with some fruity sweetness followed by herbal hops which contribute a large amount of bitterness. Booze is present along with a acrid character that detracts from my enjoyment of this brew. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thing considering the strength. Overall, this is my least favorite of the "Goop" series. (536 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a dark blonde color ale with a medium size foamy head with limited retention and some light lacing. Aroma of grainy cereal notes with quite bit of sweetness. Taste is also dominated by grainy cereal notes with some dry notes with quite a bit of residual sugar. Body is about average with medium carbonation and light warming alcohol. Interesting experience but just too sweet for me at the end of the day. (420 characters)

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.29/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy orange in color, small, one-finger head.

S- Floral smell, a bit holly, with certainly a ricey backbone. It's a little acrid, not wholly disgusting, but not exactly pleasant.

T- Taste is again a little floral choppy and the taste of the rice permeates again, it's a tad offputting

M- Clean and crisp, full bodied.

Overall- I don't know, I wasn't thrilled with this. (384 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the FFF brewpub.

From the menu;
Behold! The fifth collobarative effort of Three Floyd's and Mikkeller. This complex ale is just the beverage for canal boat trips in Copenhagen or the brutal Chicago winter. This year's offering will be brewed in both Europe and in Chicago. Look for both editions and the subtle differences in each. Cheers and thanks for supporting craft beer. 10.4 % ABV. $9 snifter.

Well... That's a pretty useless menu blurb if you're looking for info about the flavor profile... But here we go.
Clear, honey-touched golden body with some orange hues. Ecru head of one fluffy finger. Great retention and nice lacing.

Not a lot of malt presence on the nose-- perhaps some crystal? I know this is brewed with rice, but I can't find it in the aroma. Smells hoppy though-- and some booziness coming across as well.

The flavor has a light sweetness up front, then dries out, shows off some big bitterness, and finishes dry and boozy. The hop flavors aren't nearly as prominent as the hop bitterness, but some floral and spice notes come through... Perhaps just a hint of citrus as well.

Feels pretty hefty-- ample carbonation though. Firm body with an oily lingering sensation.

Overall-- not the best from Munster... In fact, this is the worst of this collab series... Still, it isn't bad, it's just that perhaps my expectations were too high, or maybe I was hoping for a flavor wallop! This seems too boozy and bitter, and riceay have been a poor choice (to be fair, what else is left? They've done oat, wheat, rye, and rice?!) (1,565 characters)

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into Globe glass.

A. Pours 2 finger head. Smells hoppy pouring out of the bottle. Color is golden orange. Thick lacing. Good retention. Looks like a IPA.

S. Citrus hps are the predominant smell. Some piney hop aroma also comes out. Malt aroma is bready and biscuity. This really smells like an IPA in almost all aspects. Smells like a lot of 3F's other IPAs.

T. Really doesnt taste like anything. There is some faint hop traces lingering around, but not much. Really the only taste is a mouth coating sweetness. Really interesting in the fact that it might be the first 10% beer that has had the least amount of taste I have ever had. No alcohol trace. Very little bitterness.

M. Medium bodied. Lingering sweetness.

O. Not too impressed at this point. Bought 2 bottles, and really hoping something happens over time to turn the second one in to some sort of barleywine. Label says Rice Beer, which makes a little more sense why this is fairly tasteless. Will review 2nd bottle later. (1,015 characters)

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Three Floyds & Mikkeller Risgoop

Appearance: This rice barleywine collaboration pours what looks like an IPA/IIPA. It is a slightly golden orange color with no evident carbonation. There is not much head, only a finger or so of white foam, and it is gone very quickly. The sediment is clearly there and creates a haziness, but it is not unappealing. There are no alcohol legs, and the lacing is nothing special, just like the rest of the appearance.

Aroma: There is lots of citrusy aroma here, with grapefruit and pink grapefruit dominating. Oranges are there, too. There is a faint, sweet toast/cracker malty smell, but the malt is mostly hidden. This basically smells like a Three Floyds beer, with nothing really standing out as unique. Still, the folks at Munster set a high bar so this is decent praise.

Taste: Three Floyds’ typical hop character comes through initially, which is immediately followed by a sweet, ricey, malty flavor, almost like horchata mixed with cajeta, the classic Spanish class drink. The rice is quite prominent, and it is actually welcome. The hops are rindy and bitter as well as grapefruity, lemony, and overall a citrus blast. Stop the presses, an intentionally adjunct beer that tastes good?! This definitely tastes nothing like a barleywine, however, so a half-point deduction needs to be asserted.

Mouthfeel: Not much to say here. The mouthfeel is medium, creamy, and the carbonation is perfect. The hops provide great astringency, and the finish is surprisingly dry. I would have liked some more syrupy feel, considering the style, but it is not unpleasant. The alcohol comes through in a very, very slight warmth at the tail end of the drink.

Overall: The rice adjunct really works well in capable hands. This beer is interesting tasting, but it really, really eschews style, even for the American persuasion of barleywine. Even Behemoth is not as ridiculously hopped as this beer. This is the first time I have been able to see what people are saying with Three Floyds overhopping their beers, and it really hurts the beer by throwing it more into the IIPA world and out of the barleywine world. Still, it tastes great for an IIPA, and that is really all that matters. 14.5/20 (2,222 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with a 2 finger white head. Good lacing and retention.

Smells like a typical FFF offerings. Citrusy hops with a little bit of pine. Cereal malt aroma, but mostly hop forward.

Hops are still present, but not nearly as strong as the nose. A little citrus up front before the cereal grain flavor takes over. Tastes a bit like those sugar biscuits you get at a Chinese buffet. Not bad, but not a ton of discernable flavor either.

Medium bodied. Candied pine sits on the tongue in the aftertaste. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, but a bit of it gets through which I don't like in my IPA's.

Perfectly acceptable beer, but nothing really stands out about it except the price which is much too high. Many equal or better options for a lower price. Even APW and DN are cheaper than this and better. (805 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I see Three Floyds is going after the elusive Asian beer-drinker dollar with a rice beer…classic marketing strategy. I am both offended and impressed.

A: Pale amber orange body with a ton of haze – looks like apple cider. An eggshell head of chunky foam climbs to about a half-inch; not much in itself, but it is impressive how long it stands. Thick lacing all around.

S: White rice scents provide an overarching earthy tone. Unfamiliar, but not unwelcome. I never imagined I’d pair a barleywine with a rice dinner, but thick caramel and molasses notes lay out as the other big hitters of the nose – lots of dark sugars at play here. Brighter aromas of citronella, vanilla, and pear balance these scents, along with a light pineapple and mango flourish from the hops.

T: A sweet palate that maintains an appropriate balance at all times. First tastes are laid thick with honey, lactose sugar, and vanilla, but with the drying snap of resinous hops and mildly astringent rice tastes. At first, the hops give off a floral, grassy character, but that soon turns into a taste that’s slightly oniony – “pungent” would be a good word to describe it. Sustained aftertaste of caramel with a touch of dry, lemony hoppiness.

M: This is a big, sticky beer, one you can feel all the way down – and that’s even with all the stinging hops. I’d drink this one quick as opposed to cellaring it; after a few years it would probably be too thick to stomach. A little alcohol heat, but not much.

O: I don’t like a ton of residual sugars in my beer, so I’m not digging on this one too much. Still, this is an original idea in hoppy Three Floyds + Mikkeller style, so I’d pick it up if you have no qualms about spending about $20 on a rice beer. For me, it’s one and done. (1,787 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of sweat yet a wine taste. A big bubbly head and lots of lace. Gino’s bottle from 3 Floyds visit. A wild yeast strain, with bravo hops I think. Sweet and hoppy. A big mouthfeel, tangerine and grapefruit flavours. Not super drinkable.bee-aye 6600. (254 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber in color. Forms a moderate sized white colored head. Head slowly reduces to a fairly thick surface coating leaving a good bit of lace on the way down.

S: Aroma is odd, being both inviting and mildly repulsive at the same time. Fruity and sweet with notes of bubble gum, orange and candied kumquats. But then there is some sort of odd ester quality reminiscent of plastic.

T: Mild to moderate sweetness. Lots of citrus peel, orange, light toast, and some peach. Finish has a persistent pithy bitterness that borderlines a slight chemical quality.

M: On the heavier side of medium with lower carbonation level. Moderate bitterness and a bit of alcoholic heat.

O: A good beer, but not one that is worth the price of admission. (746 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Stout Barrel House. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a solid apricot color with a thin white head head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin film that leaves some sticky sheets of lace.

S: Candied oranges and tangerines with a sweetened cereal grain malt body balancing it out. Nice lemon and lime zest to give a bit of kick. This smells like a big DIPA as opposed to a barley wine.

T: The taste is much more malty and yeasty than the nose. Some sweet candied sugar with a grainy malt sweetness make up the body with some yeasty chalkiness that provide some fruity esters. More lemon zest like the nose with some bitter orange peel as well.

M: Medium bodied with a malty body and a medium low carbonation level. Slightly drying as well.

O: This was solid overall, but it didn't quite know what it was. The nose was extremely fruity and the taste was much more malt forward. (894 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery. Thanks to Sean for the pick-up. Served in a tulip at Stella's taco night.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and splotchy lace. Mildly hazy dark peach body.

S - Reminds me of a wheatwine quite a bit. Fruity esters, a bit of burnt sugar, and cotton candy, and a mix of citrus, spicy, and earthy hops. A little rough and a tad cloying as it warms up.

T - I like the taste a fair bit more, as it loses some of the more earthy and saccharine qualities. A nice mix of lightly burnt sugars, fruity yeast, orange citrus, tropical fruits, and surprisingly little alcohol. I don't get a ton of rice, more of a crystal malt vibe than anything.

M - Dry, and perhaps even lightly toasty texture, pleasant moderate carbonation, medium-full body, and no much alcohol warmth.

D - I haven't been a huge fan of the Goop series but this is probably my favorite one. Fairly easy to drink but not something I'd actively seek out with so many superior 3 Floyds offerings available. (1,027 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great extra thrown in a recent trade with maximum12, thanks again!

Pours a light and hazy gold color with a small bubbly white head.

Aromas are hard candies, citrus, some booze and creamy sugars. Smells like a nice DIPA.

Taste is complex and interesting. But calling this a Barleywine seems to be a bit of a stretch. Starts with a hard candy sweetness, and a general spicy grain flavor, almost seems like there is rye in here. Finish is a touch boozy, bitter, with some citrus hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, lighter body for the style.

Overall, I'm digging this one. It's super unique, and interesting. (618 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to lurchingbeast & CaptCleveland for both dropping bottles of this in boxes. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife to kick off a nice, post-work Friday evening of cooking ribs & Breaking Bad. Or is that breaking ribs & Cooking Bad. Anyways.

Pour is orange that the eye is not able to see through. The nose is akin to walking through the flower section of a farmer's market: heady floral scent with a tropical bent. Barely discernible is a brash pine hop, but it's there.

Risgoop reminds me of something I can't quite put my finger on. This might be better tagged as an orange barleywine, because there's an orange orchard dripping down my throat after the first swig. Then a surprisingly strong hop presence, mirroring the nose, white pine, then grapefruit, & other sweet, light fruits. Odd malt sweetness (the rice?) arrives late, along with an in-your-face hop bitterness that stings & sticks. I find myself reaching for the glass frequently to find out what's going to come out of the liquid next. Intriguing.

Ignores the stylistic invisible fences, which I appreciate, but this veers wildly into IIPA territory with the huge malts & pummeling hops. Lovely complexity, excellent hopping, but a bit chaotic. Nonetheless, a very good beer. (1,248 characters)

Photo of ChiPool
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tuilp.

Risgoop pours a hazy yellow/orange color with an inch of off-white head. The color reminds me a bit of orange Tang. Come to think of it, smells a bit like orange Tang, too! Aroma is of sweeter citrus fruits: orange/tangerine. Tastes a bit like orange chewable baby aspirin. While that might not sound flattering, I do enjoy this. Mouthfeel is not as thick as anticipated. it's definitely on the thin side for a bw. The rice does offer a twist on the style, both in smell & taste. For 10%, the alcohol is well hidden.

Overall, tastes more like a DIPA. I guess that is to be expected from a FFF product. (638 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey-amber pour, slightly hazy, a small off-white head settled to a thick collar, leaving splotchy lacing on the glass. Fruity esters on the nose, caramel candy, slight earthy hop notes. More caramel candy in the taste, sweet overripe fruits, citrus zest, earthy hops, somewhat of a caramelized rice cake or caramel corn sensation, but that could just have been my brain processing the fact that this is a ricewine...or it could've been authentic. Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly oily, with a slightly drying finish thanks to the mild yet lingering hop presence. Alcohol was pretty well hidden, making this a pretty drinkable brew overall. (650 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden amber color with a nice whiteish colored head. Head has great retention and leaves quite a bit of layered lacing.

S- Quite a bit of hops and alcohol here in the nose. Hops are spicey and tropical.

T- A good amount of heat from the alcohol. A good amount of spices. A good amount of bitterness here too. Picking up quite a bit of lemon . A very light malt back bone here.

M- Sticky for sure. Medium in body and a bit higher than medium in carbonation.

O- A bit of different twist on this one for sure. As I drank the bottle this one grew on me quite a bit. (577 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 2.4.13

A - Pours a clear, bright orange with a 3/4 inch off-white, tan head with decent retention.

S - Very hoppy, lots of pine and orange citrus. Some sweet malt also.

T - Hoppy pine and orange, alcohol is noticeable, then some sweet candy-rice.

D - Medium carbonation and a light, but sweet body.

O - Hopped up and sweet. Rice is there, I kinda liked it. (378 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: hazy yellow/amber, modest head with ok retention

S: Hoppy with Citra hops and floral notes present. Rice sweetness.

T: Alcoholic with heavy malts. hoppy along the taste. some bitterness.

M: heavy and full, some dryness on the finish.

O: Rice beers aren't my favorite but this well served by the hops. Solid Barleywine. (329 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pred from a bomber int o room temp pint glass.

A- Cloudy, hazy, light golden-orange color that pours to a 1-inch head that hangs in there, fading quite slowly and leaving behind some wide, sticky mega-rings of lace.

S- Orange and lemon citrus hop aromas dominate, a touch of alcohol comes through. A bit of dry malt backround.

T-Hopped up flavor of orange, lemon, with a touch of dry bready malt, keeping it in balance.

M- Tangy and sharp with a smooth finish, very smooth. Very nice body, feel, and balance; with a 10% abv, well done.

O- I like this hopped up version of American Barleywine, and at 10% abv without being 'boozey' is a big plus. (650 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy orange, nice carbonation, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Lots of citrus notes, some lemon, orange and grass. Hops are present but so is some alcohol heat.

T-Starts with a lot of citrus, like the nose lemons and orange. Mild bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation with a velvety feel.

O-Was expecting a little beer but still a solid beer. It does pack a punch though. (411 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear, slightly pale golden color, produces a finger of creamy off-white head, leaves nice lacing.

S- Big citrusy, piney and earthy hops, some pine and light medicinal bubblegum aroma.

T- Similar to the nose, lots of juicy citrus and tropical fruit, as well as yeast, sugary esters and alcohol. The booze is actually pretty well hidden.

M- Full-bodied, smooth feel with a dry finish, mild alcohol warmth.

O- An interesting beer and definitely worth trying, although I definitely liked Boogoop considerably more. (588 characters)

Photo of Cummins9110
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, so I read all the reviews of this beer and you probably have too. So why repeat what they all say.
The only thing I want to add that im picking up that nobody has touched on is taste that I cant quite figure out. reminds me of a homecooked meal i think. Im sniffing the shit out of my glass and what im thinking it reminds me of fresh cooked green beans. Maybe its bitter brussel sprouts?
I dont know. maybe its just a combination of pine/spicy/citrus hops all together its odd, not bad at all, just different. I enjoy it. made me pick up a new taste receptor lol

Also I think im picking up a fresh honey taste too. I only saw one person mention that but I agree maybe clover honey?

This is a very unique beer.

Too bad this is a limited release and I probably wont be able to ask anyone else what they think of it. To see how they compare the taste to my "fresh cooked green been" taste (896 characters)

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3 Floyds / Mikkeller Risgoop (2012) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.