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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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Duff27
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown body, short light beige head that leaves a collar. Nice lacing left behind.

Almost a hazelnut aroma. Slight oxidation on the nose.

Malty sweet, roasty. Potpourri-like concoction of floral notes, but better tasting than that sounds. Low hop profile, again with the "aged" flavor. Well hidden alcohol for 10%abv

Smooth mouthfeel, lower but adequate carbonation.

Everyone enjoyed it. Dont know if you'd want to hang on to Popskull any longer though. Shared with two huge FFF and DFH fans.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just tried the popaskull and it was lovely. I'm slightly confused about why this beer pours a deep brown with the previous beer being a light belgain pale. The nose is toasty caramel with almost no spice and the taste follows. The aftertaste is a slightly milk chocolate with a toasty finish. Very nice, but not as good as the popaskull

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of HopsLover22
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of bamadog
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up through CrazyNelson a couple of years ago and decided that it's time to pop the Popskull. Review is from notes taken on 3/16/2012 and poured from the bottle to a chalice from New Holland. I'd like to say that the smell is so robust that I didn't even get the cap the entire way off and I could still smell it... This. Is. Going. To. Be. Awesome.

Appearance: Pour is a dark cola brown and it starts with a one finger tan head that fizzles almost immediately to a thin wisp on the surface; body is murky and pretty much opaque, but there are some lighter mahogany highlights near the edges of the glass; where I can see into the drink, there is still plenty of carbonation;

Smell: Smell is nice and strong -- kind of musty and mulchy, bit of leather; a lot of strong and sweet malt with a toasty graininess to it.

Taste: I think that if every brewery did brown ales this way, it would be one of my favorite styles. Big flavor that is bold, robust and distinct -- some cocoa and powdery chocolate, bit of a malted milk flavor as well; mulchy and grainy presence with just a touch of soft, smooth leather; perhaps a very faint hint of dark and dry raisins; very faint presence of alcoholic vapor on the breath, but for being 10% alcohol, it's really well blended.

Mouthfeel: Body is just shy of what I would consider to be medium in weight; carbonation is present, but not as strong as I thought it was going to be (not disappointed though -- it's not like it's flat or anything); a pretty slick and sticky coating is left on the palate and it hold all of the wonderful flavors well into the aftertaste; belly is left warm.

Overall: This beer is fantastic and they need to bring this big boy out of retirement. Great smell, even better flavors -- this is a year round beer. Bring it back! Bring it back! Bring it back!

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jaysephx69
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark brown, big bubbly head that quickly went away

S: Tons of barley, deep roastiness, malt and malt in chocolate

T: Hits with a mouth full of leather, thin booze,
cigars leaves, tons of malt and barley with chocolate
coming through, spiciness

M: Medium but comes across thin.

O: Hit all the right malty roasty notes for me. Not overly hopped. Very drinkable

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of claspada
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown with no escaping light, minimal lighter brown hues along the edges, minimal thin khaki head which quickly dissipates leaving minimal retention.

Aromas are quite complex. Lightly roasted light coffee, leather, burnt wood (not smoky or charred, just woody) and a prevailing dark caramel malt presence throughout. As it warms I get some sweeter vanilla, maple and a slight earthiness (almost like wet dirt, which sounds awful but it's not). Really complex.

The tastes begin with a punch of dark caramel maltiness coupled with sweeter toffee and lighter coffee roastiness. The oak notes join the party next imparting some light peat, vanilla and maple; maybe some darker fruits as well (raisin and dates). Brown sugar and toffee resonate throughout into the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lower carbonation. Finish is slightly dry from the oak aging but still quite sweet because of the high ABV and dark caramel malt profile. Flavors linger for just the appropriate amount of time. Not a drop of alcohol can be detected, although I may feel it soon.

Overall this was a real treat, great flavor profile overall. I am not sure what this tasted like fresh, but it is still drinking great right now. Amazing balance of oak imparted flavors with darker caramelized malts. Sweet toffee, vanillas and dark fruits; what more can you ask for in a great beer. Dangerously drinkable and highly recommended it you can still find it or trade for it.

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4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, big bubbly head that disappeared immediately

S: Tons of barley, deep roastiness, malt and malt in chocolate
leather, grass

T: Hits with a mouth full of leather, thin booze,
cigars smoke, tons of malt and barley with chocolate
coming through, spiciness, good bit of bitter chalky bite with a
dull dried pine note.

M: Medium but comes across thin.

O: Hit all the right malty roasty notes for me. Not overly hopped. Very drinkable despite the booze.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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