Sand Pebbles | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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88
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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
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of MillRat
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of rhoadsrage
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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Photo of mayor55
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of cfrances33
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Socalfan21
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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 jeff96gt
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of BUNZILLA
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Arsenal0328
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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

Served on-tap at the brewery 2 days ago. Came in a half-pint glass.

A: Pour a clear rustic brown/mahogany with a solid off-white head. Retention was just ok and lacing was minimal.

S: Aggressively hopped, roasted malts and slightly citrusy.

T: Roasty and nutty, along with a strong punch of hops. This is one hoppy brown ale, much more than I expected, even after reading the description. This was my favorite of the 3 offerings I had at the brewpub.

M: Good carbonation and smooth, even slightly creamy. Good stuff.

D: Very enjoyable. I so wish they served this in a full pint!

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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 mjohnson17
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: darker end of the brown spectrum with a nice tan head. Tight carbonation bubbles with substantial lacing

S: Citrus hops with a nutty caramel backbone.

T: Nice hops up front with a nutty backbone. A perfect balance between the two.

M: A medium light body with a bit of a creamy clean finish.

O: I typically don't gravitate towards brown ales as they often leave me disappointed, and I had even high expectations as this was named after a Steve McQueen. I was not let down, this may be my favorite brown ale. All the elements of a brown ale with a FFF twist of citrus hops.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at FFF

A- Poured a deep dark brown color. Very small off white head there that well dies very very quickly and a little weak lacing that slides down the glass.

S- Big roasted malts upfront with this beer with big hops some piney but also citrus in the ending of this beer.

T- Nice brown ale in a FFF way. Big hop taste upfront that mellows down and becomes a roasted chocolate malt taste with this beer. Good stuff.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Good carbonation to this and well it moves smoothly across the palate. Some hop resin on the tounge and it almsot reminds me of a dry stout like Blackout from them.

D- This is a very drinkable beer and I only wish this beer wasn't given to you in a half pint. i also wish they would bottle it....maybe one day!

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Photo of Gotti311
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Photo of lemmy187
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chaney
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Brewpub.

A: This had a very dark, chewy center, with a frothy off-white head that had mucho retention.

S: This was the hoppiest friggin brown ale I've ever smelled. Imagine Alpha King with brown sugar.

T: This had a very grainy, gritty bitterness that washed over the palate in spades. Additionally, the citrus was infused with nuttiness, rather than the other way around (like some other browns that lean towards the hoppy side).

M: FFF doesn't produce a measly laced beer. The carbonation was fine, and this was creamy as hades.

O: Let's just hope Steve McQueen liked hops. Additionally, if you don't like your browns on the hoppy side, please stand clear. Otherwise, knock yourself out!

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4/5  rDev 0%

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