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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Reviews: 61 | Hads: 335
Photo of gkatsoris
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Murky and hazy!!! Yellowish with a slight golden tinge. No head, no lace. No bubbles. Looks very much like a wild ale.

S: If there was a score over a 5, I wouold do it! Simco hops? Crazy crazy hops. And hops. Hemp; if you know what I'm sayin.

T: WOW!!! Really tasty!!! Super ctazy hop, with no bitterness at all!!!!

M: Super super balanced. Nice and chewy. Nice coat on the tongue.

O: I wish FFF was distributed in Philly/PA!!!

thanks redliner8!!! (456 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 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 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 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 Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is bright golden with a small head of broken bubbles. The aroma offers fresh hops and citrus atop a malt base with subtle notes of alcohol. The flavor brings oranges with a mellow candy sweetness. Nice. Medium bodied, this beer coats the palate with resiny, sticky, hops. Resemblance to a DIPA. Overall, another very tasty offering from FFF. (350 characters)

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 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 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 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 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 Etan
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a brassy orange with a nice slightly off-white head. Nice lacing.

S: Ah yes, hops. Sweet and slightly abrasive aromas of apricot, pine, lactose, and pineapple.

T: Bitter assault of tropical hops. Mango, marshmallow, pineapple, lactose, pleasant alcohol sweetness, some chewy yet light pale malt behind.

M: Somewhat thick and chewy with crisp carbonation.

O: I haven't had a beer this satisfyingly bitter in a while. Not sure why they call the beers in this series barleywines instead of DIPAs, but either way this is delicious. (569 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is lighter in color from the rice, golden hue, thin cap and collar.
The aroma is really clean, it really smells like Zombie Dust in a way to me, with a light clean malt base it really lets the hops stay clean and crisp.
Flavors are hop forward like crisp citrus and fruit notes, light pineapple and hints of mango, yum. I really like what the rice did in here actually. one of my complaints with a lot of ABWs is they get really resinous and sticky, and this one is not that way.
Mouthfeel is light thanks to the rice. well done.

Color me impressed. Better then i expected, worth grabbing if you like the style. (622 characters)

Photo of beesy
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - pours a slightly cloudy straw colored. Surprised at how light the SRMs are. A nice two and a half off white head that provides a good amount of lacing.

S - citrus hops with a piney sidekick dominate. Slightly boozy. Not sure I it's there or my mind is fooling me but there seems to be a bit of the rice note found in the rice beers. Onion.

T - hop dominated. Mainly citrus and pine but some grass notes are there too. Not much in the way of malts. A nice bitterness that is just slightly coarse lingers slightly.

M - medium bodied with medium high carbonation. A fair amount of carbonation as a head can be roused up from some swirling if the glass.

D - surprisingly easy to drink. The hops are nice and the alcohol is muted for being 10%+.

Overall another nice beer coming in from this collab. I don't think I enjoyed it as much as Boogoop but its good. Hoppy with a good mouthfeel for the abv makes this a solid beer. I wish there were some 4.25 ratings available as I'd have some here. (1,055 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a clear yellowish gold color with a nice fluffy white head on top. The retention and lacing on this beer were great. The smell of this beer is loaded with hoppy aromas, totally not what I was expecting but I'm very pleased nevertheless. The taste of this beer is also loaded with hoppy citrus and pine notes with a really nice subtle malt base. The mouthfeel of this beer is on the lighter thin side which for the amount of flavor this beer has I'm surprised it's not a little thicker. Good carbonation and everything else is very good on this though. Overall very impressive, I didn't expect to enjoy this beer as much as I did. From start to finish this one really hit a high note with me. Would love to have this one again. (745 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a beer buddy from Chicago for this remarkable bottle. This beer is the fifth collaborative effort of Three Floyds and Mikkeller. Apparently this offering was brewed in both Europe and in Chicago and that both editions have subtle differences in each. I was only able to try the American version. Pours hazy dark orange with a one finger off-white head. The aromatic traits of florals, resin, and pineapple reminded me more of a double IPA rather than a barley wine. The flavors supported my initial claim – pleasant, floral, and sweet pine along with hints of pineapple, grape some lemon and mango. Medium mouthfeel with a touch of stickiness and moderate carbonation. The finish suggests a long aftertaste of some dry and resiny bitterness with a good and pleasant floral bite. Overall, one of my favorite collaborations. (834 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 deadonhisfeet
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This collaborative Mikkeller - Three Floyds beer was on tap at my local bottle shop. Poured from a growler into a New Belgium snifter. Pours a murky orange-apricot color with a nice one finger head (quick dissipation) and really nice Belgian lacing. I try to nose it and damn! There's that damn FFF smell! Big, ripe tropical fruits like peaches and oranges and a solid, sweet, malt behind it. If you've had FFF, you know what I'm talking about. This stuff smells like Dreadnaught, only just a tad lower on the nose-meter.

Big blend of flavors, full body, and a slick, creamy feel. Huge syrupy sweetness like butter and marmalade on the front of the palate. The hops come in, but don't overload the palate. They blend with the sweetness and bring on flavors of apricots and pineapples. The finish is fairly dry, but remarkably smooth and free of booze for such a high ABV beer.

Barleywine my arse. You could tell me this is an Imperial IPA and I'd tell you it's a damn nice one. I won't quibble. You can call it a barleywine if you want, just be sure to call ME if they ever make more of this. This stuff is like Dreadnaught with a bit more sweetness and higher ABV. In other words, darn good. (1,194 characters)

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

This one pours a very light bodied, clear light polished gold in color with little to no head. The nose is light and surprisingly hoppy. I get a lot of simcoe and sorachi hops, alot, and also some onion. The flavors are mildly sweet with plenty of dry and bitter hop character. The simcoe and sorachi run wild. The onion is moderately present. It drinks like a light, overly hopped Double IPA with a light malt bill. That threw me for a loop since it isn't anything.g like the rest of the series. It drinks light yet sticky. There is a good amount of residual sugar. Overall this is a really different beer. It has that rice, sorachi aspect down, like a sweeter imperial version of Gold Leader without the grass. (712 characters)

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

First there were barleywine, then came wheatwine. Now can we expect the stronger rice-ridden ales to be known as ricewine? Three Floyds cleverly names the beer RisGoop (same thing, right?), but even more cleverly disguises any use of the adjunct grain behind a strong front of hops that cause me to question, it is a ricewine or is it an imperial IPA?

Pouring a much lighter color than expected, the light honey-amber hue casts a mild haze that allows for artistic back lighting to occur. Once poured, a gentle swirl of the glass generates a creamy frothy head, just off of white to blanket the beer with superior confidence. Defiant retention and sticky lace adorns the glass like Christmas tinsel.

The hop-dominant nose projects dripping ripe fruit aromas of nectarines, ruby red grapefruit pulp, apricots, mangoes, pineapples, and generally all-thing citrus and tropical known to the fruit world. Passion fruit? sure, granny smiths? sure, kumquats and lemons? Why not. But the slight malt presence doesn't read as malt, rather it gives a slight sweet and starch scent to the beer making the fruit aromas seem riper, juicier, and sweeter than just dry acidic tones.

The hops register nearly as dominant in taste as it does in aromas, except that the malty sweetness and fruity hopness hit the front of the tongue at the same time and in nearly the same intensity. The balanced taste battles it out til the end, but giving a honey-dipped fruit impression at first and then juicy ripe acidity at middle palate that couples with caramel and light starch; before finishing with a dry malt memory and a clean citric bitterness that begs for the next sip.

Only medium bodied for a barleywine, but the beer would be med-full if considering imperial IPA status, but the malt body is thinly sweet and only coats the mouth during the early portion of the draw. But thereafter, the hops strip the malt sweetness with ease and usher in a fast fleeting resinous dryness with little detection of 10+ alcohol heat.

The beer takes me back to the days when Behemoth Barleywine was a "blonde" barleywine, with its lighter malt presence and tilted hop balance than most of the barleywines that were out then. Regardless, unlike the industrial beer makers who advertise on nascars and gas station windows; this Three Floyds/Mikkeller 5th collaboration uses rice to lighten the body of this tremendous ale in order to increase drinkability and to allow the hop presence to project and not the cheapen the product. Great job in this collaborative brew! (2,538 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a frothy inch and a half cream colored head that lingers.

Floral hops and pine dominate the aroma initially, with sharp citrus notes of grapefruit and pineapple leading into a dank, resinous finish. It's a hop explosion!

Flavor reveals more fruity hop character, with sour orange, grapefruit, lemon, and mango underlying a lightly bready backbone. The finish is fairly dry, with notes of resin and grass adding character. There's a touch of bitterness.

Body is moderate to full, but the relatively high carbonation lightens the mouthfeel. Alcohol warmth is substantial.

Overall, a hop bomb of a beer loaded with complex aromas. The flavor is excellent, albeit slightly less complex. (718 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, no date but think it's about a month old now (Sept. '12)
Tired Hands wine glass

A: Pours out a fairly clear light orange color. One finger bright white head that sticks around a while. Good amount of alcohol feet. Some sticky lacing bits.

S: Smells like a nice CA DIPA to me. Lots of bitter grapefruit notes. Some orange rind. When I dig in some alcohol. Doesn't smell like a barleywine or rice wine or anything like that.

T: Not overly bitter up front at all. But it tastes likes a malty DIPA. The rice helps to smooth it out. Fairly easy drinking. The booze is there but well hidden for sure. The finish isn't overly bitter. Mild dryness. Palate could be off after a pizza pie.

M: Medium bodied. (707 characters)

Photo of fortheloveofbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a-light gold little head retention but nice lacing
s-tropical, slightly maltly
t-hit up front with hops, slight matlyness, syrup comes through ends slightly dry, alchol diffently a creeper
m-bitter and citrusy up front, slightly syrupy, end a little dry dry and bitter but syrup lingers
o-great beer one of easier drinking barley wines i've had, almost consider a triple pale ale(imo), not overly bitter, very drinkable. wish i didnt live 60 miles away, would totally buy some more (481 characters)

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