Sand Pebbles | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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140 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
140
Reviews:
27
Avg:
4
pDev:
11.5%
 
 
Wants:
8
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2
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0
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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a few quick sips, I quickly realized that this beer is a decidedly hoppy Brown Ale but with a Newcastle body. Consistent from start to finish is what this beer portrays best. No peaks, no valleys- this beer is true and true from initial sip 'til its fleeting finish.

Sand Pebbles pours with a froathy-clean look. Clear brownish-mohogany colors with deep amber highlights. Slightly off white foam creates mediated creamy head that retains and laces reasonably well.

Aromas of deep caramel, bread crst, and light toast are quickly drowned out by medium resiny hop scents that are a blend of fresh cut grass, spruce, and cirus rinds. Clean and aromatic otherwise.

Flavors of lightly scorched toffee and arid toast blend well with the citrusy, piney flavors for a moderately robust taste.

Textures start out creamy and medium but as the hops gain control of the beer, the arid toast textures usher the beer into a crisp, clean, and fleeting finish, with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

A very satisfying American Brown Ale that will really sneak up on you because of it's lighter impressions and crisp/clean flavor.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Floyds over Christmas. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with a good off-white head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose carries some roasted brown malt, brown sugar, and a good pine-hop presence. Light chocolate as well. Flavor is more toward the chocolate and roast, though the hop bitterness comes through well. Medium body with a brisk bitterness and nice bit of roast. Very, very solid.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the 3 Floyds Brewpub (Munster, IN) on 8/6/10. Served in a pint glass. I think that this was about 8 oz or so pour served in a tumbler.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a thin off-white head. This stays fairly foamy, leaving some sticky rings of lacing along the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral and citric smelling with additional notes of pine and spice. There is a touch of sweetness from the malts which sits underneath that citric tang but not a whole lot of roast is present. Man, the tropical fruit tones are really driving this...

Hops are prickly and biting in the taste with spice and piney notes that stab the tongue with bitterness. Caramel and sweet fruit shore up the middle section of the profle here, while roast finally rears itself in the backend, mingling burnt tones in with lingering spice and resins in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth and creamy feel upon first sip before a sharp prickliness swoops in to perfectly compliment the sting of the hops. There is just a bit of underlying alochol thickiness to the feel but any kind of taste from it is absolutely nil.

VERY hop forward American Brown and while I would have liked to have had a little more Brown in the aroma, the taste, feel, and drinkibility of this got it all right. Very smooth here for the ABV, it's no wonder that they limit the serving size of this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of BeerOps
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-pour at Three Floyds in a stange.

A - Pours with a half-finger of off-white foam that settles to a thin cap and glass-coating lace. Transparent almond brown color.

S - Chocolate malt, floral hops, a bit of roast, some berry and fruit character. A little bit understated.

T - Taste is more toasted malt, with a milk chocolate and roasted almond finish. Not a ton of hop bitterness, but maybe a bit of earthy and floral hop flavor.

M - Feel is a little chalky, but thankfully the carbon dioxide is dialed down a bit and isn't as harsh. Finish is chewy, sticky, and a bit drying too, if that makes any sense. Alcohol was well-hidden.

D - This was pretty easy to drink. I'd have a pint of this one in the future.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hunahpu's day, served in a plastic pint glass, beer is brown and clear with a thin off white / tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, some retention.

Aroma is nutty / caramel and hoppy, pine and earth, smells nice.

Beer is medium in body with a nice hop presence, strong throughout and a nice finish on it, moderate bitterness, some nutty notes and biscuit as well. A decent brown for sure.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the tasting room at Binny's South Loop Chicago. Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: 1/2 head, chestnut brown in color, clear, low carbonation

Smell: citrus hops dominate with some toasted malt

Taste: much like the taste citrus hops dominate, there is some dark chocolate and a significant leather taste

Mouthfeel: light body, moderate carbonation, bitter with a touch of sweetness

Overall: If you like Troeg's Dead Reckoning, you should love this. The beers are similar, good not great browns that are hop heavy. The hops and the leathery elements work well together. I would get this again, but one pint is enough per sitting.

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3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Cigar City during Humahpu Day 2012.

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with amber/hazelnut hues and a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet, slightly roasted aroma with chocolate and caramel malt notes along with subtle lactic cream and earthy hops.  Hints of toffee, hazelnut and toast followed by a resinous, grassy pine character.

Medium bodied with a strong hop presence up front that provides a dry bitterness that dominates the flavor.  Dry grassy pine needle flavor is very prominent, overpowering most of the malt notes.   The hops are slowly countered by sweet and roasted dark malts.  It tastes more like an India brown ale with subtle notes of toffee, chocolate, caramel and nut.  Pretty good but too hoppy for the style in my opinion.

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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Photo of mynie
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
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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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of AgentZero
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this on-tap while inhaling a hot dog after FoBAB at Bangers & Lace.

A - Brownish red color beer with a beige head that left some nice curtains and sheets down the side of the glass.

S - Chocolate, some hops. It's actually kind of sweet, with some sort of fruity honey or something in there.

T - Somewhat hoppy, but the focus is on the roasted and chocolate malts. Sweet and pretty easy to get down.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, pleasant to drink and I enjoyed it with my hot dog. Not the biggest fan of browns, but this one was good.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Florida9
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at RJ Grunts. Clear dark brown. Minimal light tan head leaves lots of sheeting on the side of the glass. Aroma is all malt with notes of caramel, lightly roasted malts, and toasty nuts. Flavor is similar with a very nutty taste. Piney hops with a biting bitterness. Mild alcoholic burn on the finish seems out of place for a beer with this ABV. Medium bodied, moderate bitterness. Overall, an enjoyable beer that went nicely with a burger.

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Photo of bcsbeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of shirtless_mike
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sean9689
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at FFF into imperial nonic.

A - Pours brown (duh), light off-white colored head, thin cap, thin collar, and spotty lace.

S - Just as I expected, a hop-forward brown. That said, there's a decent level of malts in here, but I actually prefer my brown ale with a bit more malty sweetness and less hoppy.

T - Similar to the nose. The hops and malts fight for control, and I think the hops end up winning the battle. No real sweetness, which is "not normal" and the what they set out to do with this one.

M - Light, good carbonation, clean finish.

O - A decent American Brown, but like I said, I prefer them with more malty sweetness and some roast/toasted notes. That said, it was damn easy to drink and I would drink it again if I was looking for something "not normal".

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4/5  rDev 0%

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Sand Pebbles from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 140 ratings.
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