Popskull | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 178 |  Reviews: 125
Photo of jegross2
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Rempo
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Gtreid
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. Bomber, shared by urwitdave. Poured into a cigar city snifter.

A: Looks pretty impressive. Rich, deep brown color, with mahogany highlights. A quarter of slightly tan, white head appears, recedes to a thick rim and leaves some streaky lace.

A: Smells of sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Some fruity sugars, and wood also play through. Earthy, but I think this is more from the wood than the hops. Infact ,there is not much hop profile at all here. I also get a little sour dried fruit, cherries I think.

T: Surprisingly tart up front, followed by a nice sweet malt profile. Notes of raisin, dark chocolate, and molasses. Again not much hop profile here, the earthiness is definitely coming from the wood. I think this one may be a little past it's prime.

M: Thin for the style. This one needs a little more umph. High carbonation, medium body.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is not all that good for me. The chocolate doesn't meld very well with the tartness of the brew. Overall, I was not very impressed by this. It looked great, but was unfortunately all down hill from there. I would have liked to try this fresh to see if it would've made a difference. Skal.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brown and red towards the edge, beige head under half an inch. Retaining the head or providing the lace didn't go so well for this one. Aroma was sweet, syrup, woody, spice rack, vanilla.

Taste was kind of a mess. A hodgepodge beer, throw a bunch of shit in that doesn't jive, brown malt, spice rack, cardamom, cumin, coriander, whatever. Too boozy. Too much dark fruit. Has the DFH hallmarks all over it.

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Photo of charlesw
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Editorial: this is listed at 10% and as an American Brown. Whoever put it there is a fricking crack smoker. Duh.

Let's call it an impy porter or stout, shall we? In that context it has a nice, very deeply brown to black opaque color. Very low white head that's quickly and sadly gone.

Smell is overpoweringly... Some kind of thing. Hmm. I'll check the other reviews in a minute to clarify that. After I finish with my review. But there's ONE smell that is so strong in here it's almost like there's nothing else going on at all.

And, golly, if that isn't just the taste, too. Craziness. Chocolate licorice? Something like that. A bit chalky in the taste but not the mouthfeel.

In the mouth it's perfect. Right where it should be. Great. I still don't think I'd drink another. The flavor is just weird.

Aha! Someone else hit it right on! It smells and tastes exactly like tootsie rolls! Is that an off flavor? I suppose it depends on what you're looking for in a beer. Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of jrallen34
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Alex, into a Bells glass...First off, that is one cool as bottle, one of the best labels ever...Pours a light brown color, light tan head, nothing of note...The aroma is only the lighter side, roasty nuts and alcohol are about all I get. The taste is not good, maybe this was better fresh, but the 10% just shines through, a very harsh woody beer, lack of nuttiness that I want in a brown.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: deep maroonish brown on the pour, thin head, minimal retention

S: the nose features some earthy qualities along with notes of leather, faint chocolate, and a bit of roasted malt.

T: the taste starts out very sweet with notes of molasses, some bitter chocolate character in the middle, finish is sweet and syrupy

MF: Big body with medium carbonation, slightly sticky

O: Not sure if this beer has gone south with age, but this one doesn't seem to be clicking. Some nice qualities, but there is minimal balance and the resulting product is overly sweet.

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Photo of iuhophead87
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So I've let this beer age over a year (16 months) and hope it is better the second time around!

Pour from a chilled bomber to my favorite New Belgium tulip glass.

A- The beer looks like an ordinary brown ale with an off white head. The head stays longer than most and leaves small dots on the side of the glass. Not quiet lacing, but
residue is still on the glass.
S- The first smell gives me roasty malt and wood that would come from a classic brown ale. On further review an unidentified spice fills the nose. I can't put my finger on it, but the spice plus the hops separate Popskull from the ordinary brown. A sour wild-ale yeast funk is also there.
T- A little tart and funky at first. I thought this beer had aged badly and was a drain pour. I let the beer warm a little and the flavor became more intriguing. If you can get passed the funk you can taste chocolate, dark malt, and molasses.
M- Very thin and not much carbonation. I think that is from the 16 months. Leaves the mouth a little dry, but the second sip does not put out the dry feeling.
D-An average sipping beer. I could not drink this beer all of the time. In fact I am glad that I only had two bottles of this concoction. I was expecting more from Dogfish Head and Three Floyds. His beer is a let-down for sure. I like both breweries, but this beer is a let down. I hope these two collaborate again and produce something more on the hoppy IPA side!

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into mini snifter.

Pours thin, brown, with no head, just the faintest of thin bubles line the rim of the glass.

The aroma is slightly malt, and a good bit of fig. There is zero alcohol in the nose, which blows my mind for any 10%, but especially here where the aroma is thin and there could easily be an overpowering heat.

Carob, fig, a bit of booze/sourness at the end, but not unpleasant. The aftertaste is quite obvious leaving a bit of chewness on the palate.

Very thin, but not obviously out of character for the style.

Solid-average and happy to have had the chance to split a bottle, but not my favorite offering in the style or from this brewer.


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Photo of slaintemhor
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this last summer. The colour was dark brown with no head. The aroma was lightly hoppy and sweetly malty but no other standout aromas. On the palate, sweet malt, toffee and caramel were predominant along with minimal carbonation and a relatively long finish.

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Photo of illidurit
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark clear brown color with a brownish-beige head. Big woody aroma, bringing to mind cedar, with coffee, dark fruit, and cocoa accents. Flavor is raisiny and chocolatey with a firm woodiness. DFH makes a big deal out of how exotic this Palo Santo wood is but you know what? It tastes like popsicle sticks. I guess they semi-acknowledge this with a beer called "popskull" (too close "popsicle" to be a coincidence) but I don't find it very compelling in the flavor profile. I don't want to be reminded of finishing a popsicle and then boredly gnawing at the stick like a rodent, as we all did when we were kids. Short, light finish. Not terribly impressed.

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Photo of nickd717
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle via trade. It's not often that I get a beer from FFF that isn't awesome, and DFH is a pretty damn good brewery too. This offering, though, was only slightly above average overall.

Pours darkest brown with a large off-white head that lasts.

Aroma is sarsaparilla, roast, chocolate, and barrel.

Flavor is pretty sweet with chocolate malt, root beer, barrel notes, roast, and alcohol.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation.

Not bad overall, but not too drinkable.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown with some red highlights near the edge of the liquid, mild tan head to it, less than 1/2" deep, not much in the way of retention or lacing. Aroma of lots of brown malt and sugar. Molasses, wood, everything you can think of with the color brown, well, no wait, that's not true. Some vanilla.

Taste, like a mix of beer and coke. All the brown stuff in the aroma is still there on the tongue. My mind races back and forth as to whether this is a good complex beer, or one of those brown ales that is like a garage sale, everything must go, and does, into this batch. Some roastiness, some sweetness, not really much derived towards hoppiness, this beer has just about everything but that, including a viscious alcohol and oak aftertaste that brings the coriander with it.

Reminds me of that DFH beer that I wasn't a big fan of either. Brown malt and brown sugar just don't do it for me, even if you put it on wood and amp up the strength, throw in a bunch of spices etc. . .

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Photo of BucketBoy
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of EDubLovesBeer
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of HopHead84
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Torry for this. Pours nearly black with a small white head.

The aroma is of roasted malt, earthiness, oak, some chocolate, and a little toasted caramel. The flavor is sweet initially, with a low-medium level of bitterness and a strong roasted character. There's just a little coffee in the flavor. The flavor seems to cut off rather abruptly, leaving my palate confused. A low level of alcohol is present.

The beer is medium bodied with low-medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is rather thin and watery.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 1pint 6oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with a nice thick, billowy tan head that stuck around for a little bit.

Smell: Caramel, roasted malt and cocoa.

Taste: Sweet malts and a little floral and woody at the end. Interesting.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Didn't taste the alcohol which is nice, but the floral finish kind of through me off. Would try again, but wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bomber into a matching FFF teku. The brew appears a very dark brown color with a finger of khaki head. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film across the top of the brew. As the cap fades, it leaves some spots of lacing effect on the glass. A swirl revives about a finger back to the surface. When held to the light, the brew shows a brilliant color of ruby clarity through the body.

The aroma is a bit nutty blending with a grainy quality and a suggestion of chocolate covered raisins. There is almost a lactose sort of milky sweetness across the backend of the nose that fades into a faint oxidized touch. As it warms up, a bit more focus on dark fruity aspects emerge (plum, dates, more raisins) but it never smells like it is the listed 10% abv.

The taste pretty much reiterates the aromatics. Chocolate covered raisins, a hint of coffee bitterness blends into almost a milk chocolate sweetness. Some raisins, plums, prunes and dates. Some nutty grain flavoring persists into the aftertaste. Each time I take a sip, there is a hint of fruity alcohol flavoring but it never comes out in a way that suggests it is as strong as the label lists.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is pretty darn easy drinking for 10% but is lacking a bit in character. I am surprised by how linear this brew is. Pretty much just a strong brown ale with not much else to offer. I dont know how I let this much time slip by before opening this, perhaps it was better when fresh?

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Photo of Viggo
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, purchased at DLD and split with some Volo regulars.

Pours a hazy dark reddish brown, thin off white head forms, quickly settled to a thin ring, some lace spots stick, looks alright. Smell is interesting, slightly buttery, some toastiness, caramel, roast, chocolate, some fruit, lightly herbal, kind of simple. Taste is similar, just couldn't get with it, sweet at first, some biscuit/toast, caramel, chocolate and some roast, light fruit, almost cola like flavours, lightly herbal, a funny bitterness goes on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with medium carbonation. Didn't put this at 10% but still lacks the character I would expect from 3F or DFH. The 'botanicals' added give it a bit of a funny flavour.

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Photo of hughesm4
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours nearly pitch black with almost no head at all.
S. You get a hint of a malty and chocolate smell, but it is pretty faint.
T. It makes up in taste for what it lacks in smell. A very full bodied taste with a very sweet taste with a slight almost fruity aftertaste.
MD. Finishes very dry and leaves a slight lingering aftertaste in the mouth that I can't quite put my finger on. The initial smell and taste are more of a Porter that of a Brown Ale, but the aftertaste and mouthfeel are that of a Brown, sweet and a combination of brown sugar and malt taste.

This is the second bottle that I have tasted of this. I bought a couple at the same time. The first was very much like a porter, but it has mellowed out with 4-5 months of aging and i like it much better.

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Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a little cherry red showing through. Forms a thin head that doesn't stick around.

S: Vanilla and oak. Dark roasted malts, molasses, and alcohol.

T: Much like the aroma. Lots of molasses and brown sugar, some oak and more alcohol. Roasted malts.

M: Medium in body, but feels a little thinner than it should be. Appropriate carbonation. Alcoholic heat.

O: A decent beer. Alcoholic and sweet. Sort of a "Double Brown" if there ever was such a thing. However, the alcohol and sweetness don't add anything to the complexity of this beer and, in the end, it's just an okay beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish color with a tan head. The aroma is classic brown ale with a lot of toffee and caramel notes, as well as some grassy hops.

The flavor is more of the same. I get toffee, caramel, some nuttyness and some grassy hops. The beer is very well balanced between hop bitterness and malt sweetness. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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