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Popskull | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 tpd975
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks TampaBrew for this one.

A: Pours a nice chestnut brown hue with a rather small head. Very little retention with very little spotty lace.

S: Nice brow ale esque aromas. Nice roasty malt, chocolate, and rich sweet caramel.

T: Nice sweet malt, subtle roast, hints of wood and earth. Nice light dose of bitter hops in the finish.

M: Medium in body, with ample carbonation.

D: Not bad, could have been better, but not too bad.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up my allotment at DLD. I was kind of skeptical about this brew after reading some thread about what people thought but to be honest Im glad I picked this up.

The appearce is like a dark dopple bock or porter with a smaller head. The head of this brew is probably 1/2 finger and quickly makes its exit.

The smell is that of light cocoa, dark fruits, and citrus.

The taste is very flavorful. Its a mix of cocoa, fruits and very light soy sauce. I find it very intreging to me because there is another flavor that I can quite nail down.

Finally, you can taste no hint of the 10% alcohol. NOT A HINT!

Overall, this is a good brew that I wouldnt mind having a case of. Its very drinkable and dangerous. Trade for it if you can!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, creamy, cocoa/tan head.
Doesn't leave lace on the glass, but dots...

Sweet-ish, malty nose, chocolate & caramel malt, with a decidedly hoppy twist.

Rich and sweet on the tongue, ...very sweet, yummy, but very sweet.

What did they put in this? What are these botanicals? What makes it "Popskull"?
So many questions... where are the answers?
All I know is it's good.

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

Poured from the bottle into a glass and the head is amazing! With the glass filled only half way the head occupied the rest of the glass. Coats the glass very well.

Has a great woody smell as well as nut, vanilla, and a hint of fruit.

You can taste a bit of chocolate, bourbon, nut, coffee

It is a medium thickness and leaves a pleasant taste in your mouth after you sip it.

Am very glad that I was able to try this excellent collaboration between Three Floyds and Dogfish Head. Luckily for me I will have the opportunity to try it again!

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Photo of jlb307
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Courtesy of gorby10826 (Thanks, Mike!)

A: Pours a deep, dark chestnut brown. Had a 1/2" tan head that didn't retain for too long.

S: Nutty and sweet malt. Notes of ripe fruit and even a little bit of vanilla. Couldn't detect a trace of hops.

T: Pure malt sweetness, with just a little bit of earthy bitterness on the roof of the mouth. Finishes clean, and the aftertaste doesn't linger for too long. Reminded me of a cup of Chock Full O'Nuts coffee the warmer it got. No alcohol taste at all, surprising for 10% ABV.

M: Creamy and smooth. Very gently carbonated which kind of tickles the gums.

D: A very good brew that goes down easily. FFF and DFH should definitely brew together again.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber into a snifter

Pours very dark brown, basically black aside from a bit of mahogany highlights when held to the light. A tan head a little less than an inch thick forms on top and quickly falls to a skim. A bit of lacing left behind.

Aroma is very strange. A mix of wood, vanilla, nuttiness, herbals, roasty malt, and a bit of butter. A slight dark fruit character.

Taste is not quite as strange. Some nutty character up front along with a bit of fruitiness coming in but I can't really discern what. The wood is quite prominent as it contributes a sweet vanilla taste towards the end. A slight roasty edge in the linger with a bit of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, super creamy texture, very smooth going down for the ABV but combination of the flavors don't make it extremely drinkable.

A very interesting beer from the two. Definitely seems like Sam was a bit more in control of the recipe on this one.

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Photo of sgoodship
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Dark Lord Day. It was a nice bonus for standing in line for many hours.

A: Looks like a porter. Dark brown (close to black) with orangy gold highlights against the light. It has a thick, creamy coffee stained head like a stout. Lacing was instant but the lace and head retention didn't have staying power. Kept a dusting and a ring the whole time. Nice looking brew.

S: A really simple dry malt porter type smell. A little woody/nutty like you would expect a brown ale to be. I swear I can detect a hint of the Palo Santo. Overall, it is a very simple and understated smell.

T: Coffee, cocoa and the distinctive pal santo is what hit me on the first pass. It's a pretty smooth drink except there is a fruity tartness accompanied by hops that balances the experience. On closer inspection, I experience a smokey malt flavor up front which is taken over by a tangy, coffee, acidic fruit bite. There is a sweet chocoloate type malt backbone. It all finishes pretty dry. A nice transition to another sip. As the drink progressed, I got more of a bourbon type alcohol smell and flavor but it stayed under control and never became too dominant.

M: It's a medium body like a porter but feels more full because of the creamy mouth. There is medium carbonation that is gentle on the palet but in combination with the tanginess in the taste, the smoothness is balanced with an active mouth feel.

D: I thought this was a fantastic beer. I have to be honest, I am sick to death of the whole BIG thing. I know many would hope that a collaboration between DFH and 3F would produce a 25 ABV Triple Take-No-Prisoners Royal Double 500 Minute IPA but I for one am really pleased that they chose to go this route. I guess it is still pretty big as far as ABV is concerned but thanks to those guys for taking on the humble Brown Ale and showing how interesting and flavorful it can be. I think the Palo Santo flavor is not for everyone but I would be happy to drink this often if it was slightly lower in alcohol and was available all the time. I haven't opened my Dark Lord bottles yet but drinking this already made my wait in line at DLD well worth it. Thanks for a fantastic brew DFH and 3F!

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Photo of littlekidlover
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up last week at Three Floyds brew pub. Pours a chocolate brown with minimal tan head. Nose his nutty with caramel malt, a little fruit. Great flavor very interesting, good hops, tastes like it smells with some flavor that I just can't put my finger on. Very clean for a beer with this sort of malt presence. Medium bodied and quiet drinkable. I like this beer the more I drink it. I don't pay much attention to brown ale too much in general, not since I first started to get into good beer at 18. This is one to watch.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drseamus for sharing.

A:Very dark brown in color with minimal white head that did have decent lacing.

S: You can smell the Palo Santo as soon as the bottle is opened. Raisins plums and dark fruits with a touch of sweetness.

T: Nice and smooth. Big malt taste with the sweetness finishing it off. Tons of dark fruit and I got a little bit of coffee as it warmed up.

M: Thinner that I would have thought it was. Well carbonated.

D: Very easy drinking. No real hint of just how big this beer is. A very well done collaboration brew.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you slater1313 for this one.

Pour is just amazing. A very dark brown liquid with a very thick off white head that sticks around and leaves some thick lacing.

Scent is floral hops with a caramel malty background.

Taste is unusually rich. Has characterisitics of a stout but the hops don't feel out of place here as theydo to me in a textbook stout. The mouth is unusually creamy and thick, good.

Overall a very good brew. FFF barely dissapoints but u gave had some issues with DFH, so I didn't know what to expect here. A definite winner.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the infamous DLD for $12 a bottle.
Like the artwork.

Pours a nice rim of light tan head that recedes to nothing. Cola brown with tight bubbles by the inside wall of the glass. The aroma has an earthy yet faitly funky herbal note with a roasted, sweet malt backbone. The roasted character transfer to the front of the palate and maintains as the backbone of flavor throughout. The middle brings some herbal spice, but then finishes with chcolatey and roasted coffee beans, mixed with funky baked wood. Very complex brown ale. Can't taste the 10% abv, very well integrated to give this smooth, complex mouthfeel a lovely warmth. Very slow, but there.

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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 grub
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled may 9/09.

pours deep brown, not quite black or opaque. a small very fine dark tan head forms, dropping fairly quick and leaving spotty lace behind.

aroma is neat. woody and a bit earthy. some weird funky/spicy thing going on that makes me think of jolly pumpkin madrugada obscura - you can tell it's a stout/porter/brown, but with something else not quite right. bit nutty. wheat bread. bit of milk chocolate. weird herbal/spicy thing.

taste is nice. bit of milk chocolate. herbal and earthy. multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit. grain. light alcohol. some fruity component too. light alcohol. gets better as it warms, but still a bit odd.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. balanced and interesting, but i still don't quite know what to think about it...

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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 rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a dense opaque brown body with a good carbonation of medium bubbles and a thin film of bubbly tan head that last for a good bit.

S- The smell of brown malt has a rich roasted quality with some aromatic wood hint that is slightly reminiscent of cedar or eucalyptus but very soft. There is a nice graham note that comes through as the beer warms.

T- The rich brown malt flavor has a resin woody note with a cream flavor and a creamy chocolate roasted malt taste. The chocolate malt becomes sweeter and more chocolate milk flavors as the beer warms and there is a slight tang to the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium light with a slightly slippery texture and no alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a rich creamy smooth complexity that has some nice subtle flavors come through but only when it is pretty warm.

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Photo of drseamus
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean9689 for tossing this in our trade.

A: Dark brown with almost no head.

S: Strong wood aroma. Sweet aroma. Reminds me heavily of Palo Santo Marron, for good reason.

T: Tons of wood, dark fruits. Again, just like Palos Santo Marron. Ends with a heavy wood finish.

M: Medium to light bodied.

D: Not too bad. A strong flavored Palo Santo Marron.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Thanks to Ken for picking this up for me at Dark Lord Day '09!

Poured a syrupy brown with a bright chestnut along the edges of the glass when held to the light. Rigorous pour leaves a thin light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass. Sweet, malty nose with hints of brown sugar and coffee - familiar palo santo wood aroma is present, given that I've had Dogfish Head's Palo Santo Marron in the past. Mouth-feel is smooth and syrupy, but on the thin side. Low carbonation. Tastes are also sweet, malty, slightly roasted presence similar to coffee, caramel, brown sugar, and raisin - palo santo wood once again present on the finish with a trace hint of white pepper and anise on the finish as well. Overall very enjoyable and I'm glad I got the opportunity to try this collaboration.

Wow...just came back to this review. ABV 10%? Fantastic! I had no clue!

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Photo of BMoney575
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-1-09

Pours extremely cloudy and dark, about the darkest brown you can get before being black. No real head, and just a hint of lacing.

Smell is all brown ale, but with a strong coffee and huge chocolate complexity. Fruity at the very beginning, and then and immense burnt quality that is absolutely outstanding.

Taste is very fresh and boozy, with tons of malt and subtle flavors of anise with a grape finish. The alcohol is strong, but adds a bigness to the beer.

Mouthfeel is slick with low carbonation, goes well with the flavors.

Drinkability is good, I'm guessing that the substantial abv would kick your ass before you knew it.

Overall, probably the biggest brown ale I've ever had. Reminds me of a Palo Santo Marron with a Three Floyd's kick. That makes sense.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came home tonight and the roommate wanted to open up his bottle from DLD. Had to say yes to spliting the bottle.

A- Poured into a pint glass. Nice deep dark brown color...almost black. Little 1/8 inch off white/tannish head that went away rather quickly. Left very little lacing around the sides of the glass.

S- Nice burnt malt smell. Alcohol lingers very faintly with this. There is also hints of spice, brown sugar, and a funky fruit smell. Almost like the fruit is a little past it's prime.

T- This is a great tasting beer. Has a nice malty backbone with crisp chocolate hint to it. Also, the fruits come through as this beer warms up. The wood is very faint at first but also becomes more apparent as you drink more and more. The ABV is very well hidden and this drinks like a nice brown ale for sure. Oh also, a nice hint of brown sugar.

M- Good clean mouthfeel to it. Medium body that coats the whole mouth very nicely. Nice carbination that doesn't over do it kind of dances over the tounge in a nice way.

D- I could drink this on a regualr basis if given the chance. Luckly there is 5 more bottles of it sitting at home. Nice change of pace from the IPA's and DIPA's that I usually drink.

Overall, I really enjoyed this FFF/Dogfish union. True it's nothing really over the top but at the same time...I like the idea of making a good beer that the masses will enjoy altogether. And I think these guys did a great job of doing just that.

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Photo of mynie
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at DLD, after having sampled about a jillion beers outside and--most unfortunately--directly after having kissed god by way of Vanilla Oak Dark Lord. It seemed a little tame, understandably. My notes gave it a 3.5 or so.

Thank goodness the bottle art is so cool, or else I probably never would have given a second try.

This--this is something else. You know how Bender is the brown ale to beat all brown ales because it's got a nice weediness and hoppiness along with your regular brown ale sugar and cereal? Well this is like an imperial Bender.

Fantabulous pour, deep dark brown with a surprisingly large head considering the 10.0 ABV.

Smells of sweet--but not overly strong--brown ale cereal, cane sugar, pleasant ash, and then a whole herb garden: is that thyme? Rosemary?

Tastes like it smells only firmer, more balanced. Like a giant brown ale, thankfully bereft of any syrupiness or harsh alcohol, backed up by an aggressive, dry hop profile and a mind boggling botanical finish.

If you can find this, drink this.

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Photo of gorby10826
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at DLD and on cask at Firkin Libertyville.

A: Light off colored head. Deep red/brown. Brown ale heaven.

S: Caramel, malt, a little fruit

T: Malt, coffee, differnent fruits. Palo santo tamed down and gives it a unique flavor.

M: Medium/Med. Light

D: Crisper finish than I was expecting. Goes down smooth. The palo santo tamed a lot of the flavors down, but in a very well balanced way.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Dark Lord Day 09. Pours a very dark brown with a wispy bit of head that fades pretty quickly.
Smells dark and fruity, but a funky kind of fruit. Roasted malts and a bit of rich spice make for an intersting combintion.
Taste is pretty dark, almost smokey. Lots of those strange fruits from the smell. A bit of a dry finish with some darkness lingering quite a while. The wood is there but subdued by the malts and hops. This gets better as it warms and becomes much more drinkable. A good bit of carbonation is present, yet it goes down smoothly.
Don't know how much of this I could drink. Put two extreme brewers together and this is the kind of thing you'd expect to result.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought 3 bottle of this, $12 each at DLD. This is my first one. Dark reddish brown color, good clarity when held to a light, thin tan foam. The beer smells like hints of sour ale and a little rotten fruit (not as bad as I make it sound, it works). The taste is sweet and malty with some sour after-bite, and an alcoholic taste that lasts after each sip. It's pretty unique but not really something I want to drink too often.

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

Served in a snifter at Twisted Spoke 3/31/09. Thanks to HeatherAnn and Tom Morris for the assist!

A: Served a dark-brown, root beer like color with faint mahogany tints at the edges. Tiny off-white head left a bit of spotty lace.

S: Aromas of cocoa, ginger, concord grape, mild coffee, and something like sour tootsie rolls.

T: See above with bittersweet chocolate, caramel, a touch of citrus hops, and more of those weird, sour/tangy tootsie rolls.

M: Dry yet sticky with a nice hop/coffee bitterness in the finish.

D: Easily drinkable, but I was a little disappointed with this. I guess I was expecting a little more...

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Photo of TripleTwenty
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Brixies:

A: Pours a very dark amber with very little light passing though.

S: I expected to get more of a smell from this beer and was suprised how little there was there. Very small hints of carmel and malty sweetness.

T: It tasted good, sweet malt with a great balance of hops to provide I well rounded beer.

M: Light to medium mouthful. It went down extremely well with little lingering flavors.

D: It drank well however I expected more for an ABA. This was a great beer to try and I would probably drink it again but I honestly expected a bit more smell and flavor from a FFF&Dogfish collaboration.

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Popskull from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 178 ratings
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