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

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 336
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 28.71%
Wants: 77
Gots: 66 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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

Poured in to FFF Teku.

A - Medium yellow; cloudy. Small layer of white head.

S - Fresh grapefruit and pine. A slight malt sweetness.

T - Pungent bitterness up front with lots of pine flavour that gives way to a bouquet of fresh grapefruit and orange peel. A very slight sweetness in the background. Comes across as more like a double IPA than a barleywine.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

O - I haven't had too many rice beers but this is certainly the best of the bunch so far.

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, bauermj! Awesome trade...

A - Served in my CBS snifter. It's cloudy apricot in color with a small white head and thin lacing. Looks like Jinxproof...

S - Smells like a FFF DIPA for sure. Huge hops upfront, loud and clear, FFF.

T - Big hops without the hop aftershock. Big grapefruit and pine, but without the stringent bitterness lasting forever. It has a great finish... This may have been a very happy accident... the addition of rice really does some wonders here.

M - Medium body, clean and crisp finish. No alcohol presence to speak of; it's very smooth.

O - I really enjoyed this one. It was very hop-forward (yet complex), but it did not burn me out. This is a stand out brew, and I am sad to only have one bottle. Excellent brew...

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Photo of davey101
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into a FFF pint glass. This is the version bottled by FFF.

A - Dark yellow body. Very light and clear. Soapy bone-white head with sticky lacing.

S - Very FFF like. This reminds me of boogoop instantly. Incredibly sweet grapefruit and pine heavy hops. A clean malt background with a lingering honey sweetness.

T - Woah. Well this is different. I experienced a huge flavor change at least three times. Starts off with a huge hop profile of bitter grapefruit and pine. Then a soothing layer of floral spice with a certain ricey adjunct quality to it. Then its crackery with some honey. Finish is bitter for a second then vanishes. Very dry and crisp with a medium mouth feel.

O - Crazy complex. This is a very confusing beer. It looks like a lager, has the aroma of a fresh FFF DIPA, and it tastes like some odd hybrid of beers. One of the better beers I've had recently. I would not age this beer at all. It is just near perfect right now!

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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

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

It's a beautiful bright orange-gold color that's a great contrast to the stark white head.

It's hoppy as hell with loads of citrus hops in the nose. It has the unmistakable 3F hop profile. Light pine and a slight grainy malt bill.

It's currently listed on BA as a barleywine, but this screams DIPA all the way. Grapefruit and orange hops with a nice bitter mouth puckering effect. It's got a slight fusel spice to the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and I'd like for the carbonation to be dialed back just a little. Still a really good mouthfeel, though.

It's a really good offering that showcases hops, hops, and more hops.

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Photo of Pete0714
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy orange, with about a finger width head that dissipated to a light ring.

Citrus smell up front, almost matching the orang of the color, although mixed with almost a tropical fruit underneath.

Taste is hoppy but not somewhat mellowed. Not much in the way of maltiness. Fairly light and no real alcohol taste in it.

Mouthfeel is light but with a slighty stickiness to it. Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall, a very nice compilation, although it is fairly hard to pin it down in terms of style. Is it a barleywine, is it an IPA, is it rice beer. I guessI can say this: its FFF, its not normal, its good beer, enjoy it.

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Photo of Casedogg43
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the pub (or crazy house as I like to call it! :) )
Brought a few bottles home like normal.

Shit is good! Damn, good.

Happy to stop in for a snack at lunch and see this Mikkeller collar on tap, well that and got the first bottle of Moloko as well!

A: looks delicious. golden clear pour with a 1/2" head to stick your nose into

S: Jumps out at you. Barleywine? No. Three Floyds Barleywine yes. I say that because I'm not a barley wine fan yet. This one is citrus, orange, grapefruit and hops. Consistent with FFF.

T: grapefruit citrus off the bat. The malty sweetness comes immediately after, then hops to finish it off. It seems to linger in your palate wanting you to take another sip. At 10.4, a sip is good at lunch time!

M: standard carbonation. Smooth and tastey. As expected

O: Wow, didn't think I'd be that head over heels for this one. BooGoop was good, but not even close to RisGoop. This is my style. Call is a Barleywine, call it a IPA, call it whatever you want. This shit is good! Didn't i already say that! :)

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Photo of cfrances33
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Three Floyds teku, enjoyed on 8/13/12.

Pour: Lighty hazy amber orange with a finger and a half eggshell head. Head diminishes to a nice film, and leaves excellent lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine. All the way. Maybe some honey. Maybe.

Taste: Amazing resinous pine that provides a crisp bitterness. Juicy grapefruit and orange come out mid-sip. A honey sweetness that finishes dry and bitter closes this amazing beer out.

Mouthfeel: Wow, this goes down so quick. I get no alcohol, The beer becomes heavier for sure as it warms, but unleashes some malt complexity in the process. Very dry.

Overall: I would say this is world class, and better than most, if not all West Coast DIPAs, whose style this beer matches well.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head on a clear golden with slight copper hue. Very nice lacing.

S: Very floral ad citrus. Excellent hop character and range of aromatous hops.

T: light on the malts with full array of hops included with floral and citrus dominating with subtler earthy and herbal flavors. Mild pine and sour citrus in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Exactly what you would expect from these two breweries; a complex and flavorful brew. A must try.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from the tap at the Three Floyds Brewpub and served in a snifter.

The brew is a clear, deep golden with a touch of amber adorned with a one finger bright white head. The head is present as long as some brew remains as well as abundant web-like lacing. The nose is filled with citrus and flora and certainly is reminiscent of other FFF brews. Orange blossoms, juicy grapefruit, and bitter citrus rind are dominant. Milder notes of fresh cut grass and a touch of pine fill out the aroma. Opens with grapefruit rind and a blast of juicy citrus hops however the bitterness is immediately met by a light sweetness and velvetly malt which heads off the bitter bite. Instead of overt bitterness the tastebuds are treated to a long lasting juicy tangyness that slowly relents in the finish which is silky smooth and ends fairly dry. The mouthfeel is very unique as a heavy malt backbone is present, yet the density seems lighter than it should be. Extremely creamy and absolutely no hint of the high 10.4% abv. Enjoyable, a very unique brew.

Note: Having had the bottled version as well, I would suggest trying both versions as there are some distinct differences which led to slightly different experiences.

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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?!)

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