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Sand Pebbles | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3.93/5
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140 Ratings
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A strong American Brown ale with an aggressive hop presence. A manly beer named after the manly and quintessential Steve McQueen film. “Not your father’s brown ale.”

53 IBU

Added by mynie on 06-13-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,699
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
140
pDev:
11.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4.93/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the FFF website:

" A strong American Brown ale with an aggressive hop presence. A manly beer named after the manly and quintessential Steve McQueen film. "Not your father's brown ale," - A. Mason Brewer 53IBU 7.7% a.b.v. "'

Half pint sampled at the brewery in mid-June.

Pours reddish with a small white head. Like a thick brown ale. They don't put too much head on it since you're only getting 8 ounces, I guess.

Smells like Popskull only with more hops and without the grassy botanicals. Milk chocoalte malt, big bitter hops. Hops are dry, like an Irish stout.

Wow. Tastes wow. Starts with the big hops, dry and almost grassy. This *melts* into chocolate milk, which fades into more general brown ale nodes of chocolate and cereal malt.

The complexity here is off the chart. It's like you're drinking three excellent beers all at once.

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Photo of Ajlvt
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Anonymous1
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of CanisMajor
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of coz
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass at Hopleaf.

Appearance: Sand Pebbles pours a mostly translucent brown color with a touch of amber. An off-white head exists initially, fading quickly. This is partially due to the generous pour. Decent head retention.

Smell: Smooth and complex aroma. Toasted malt, with some toffee and brown sugar provide a sweet aroma, with a moderate tropical fruit hoppiness is there as well.

Taste: The first sip is phenomenal. The toasted malt starts the flavor cascade with some burnt coffee as well. Right before the hops kick in, there is a blast of brown sugar. As it helps to transition the beer to the juicy, hoppy part, initially it was a tough flavor for me to place, but that is what really kicks the flavor points up. Toward the end I get some citrus but more tropical fruit hoppiness, with the finish being a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: It is a bit sticky, with a medium level of carbonation with a bit of creaminess existing in a fuller than medium body. The body is obviously needed to contain the ABV, but it still maintains a easy to drink, almost light feel.

Drinkability: This will be tough to come by I imagine, but it is another great offering from FFF. Call me a fan.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burgundy color with a small white head.

Scent of brown sugar, ash, juicy hops and some fruit. Really good hop character here.

Taste of brown sugar, and fruity juicy hops. Not very complex, but this has a very good flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth with a nice bite of carbonation.

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4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in a standard pint glass

Deep brown without much head, but I did not see the pour; I am sure they are being conservative with this beer.

Roasted malts at first with plenty of hops; nothing subtle here but well-balanced

I could drink a lot of these, too bad it is a rare treat in DC.

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Photo of MillRat
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-pint served at the brewpub, arrives in a nondescript tumbler, medium brown with a thin white head. Aromas of big C hops at the first bell, letting you know this ain't no Newkie, followed by a bit of roasted malt. The sip starts off with a big rush of hop flavor that takes a bit of breather as the chocolate malts gently tease the taste buds and rich body gets its 5 seconds of fame. The hops return to finish the job they started, throwing the malts out of the ring and down the throat, readying you for the next swallow. All in all a very drinkable and enticing brown ale that you'll gladly welcome back for another round.

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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a crystal clear dense brown body with a thick creamy light tan head that last a good bit and a gentle carbonation that glides through the glass.
S- The green juicy hops are bright and earthy with a roasted malt note that comes through when the beer opens up a bit. T- The soft toasted brown malt gives way to a mild green pungent hop finish. There is a bit of a tangy coffee roasted malt flavor as the beer warms. The bright green hops and malt linger together in the finish just a bit.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a soft fizz note in the finish.
D- This beer is very drinkable and the soft roasted notes blend nicely with the juicy pungent hops. The fresh malt flavors are like chewing on the malt grain itself. Very easy to drink and I'm impressed Three Floyds dialed back the hops and made this good session beer.

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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at 3 Floyds brew pub. Medium brown color with medium tan head. Smell was nutty and malty. Served it in a mini pilsner glass. Felt good and full in the mouth. I could drink a few of these with burgers or sausage.

Very tasty beer. I also like the name. A manly beer just like advertised.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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Sand Pebbles from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 140 ratings
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