Ice Grille | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3.83 w/ 22 ratings

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

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by yeahnatenelson on 07-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of fleurdelou
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of SuperNova777
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:Pours a see thru amber color with a nice white head head that falls fairly slowly with spotty lacing hanging around

S:Up front a big whiff of spiciness comes along that is quickly followed up by clove and bananas

T:Slight tartness comes thru up front that is followed up by a nice smoothness, clove and banana take over the backend with a slight metalic taste as well

M:Body seemed to be a little thin for me but with good carbonation, metalic and clove taste seem to take over the palate

D: All in all pretty decent brew, banana and clove, plus this style, are really not my thing but they had it on tap at my local go to pub so I gave it a shot. Good inturpetation of the style and another solid effort by FFF

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Photo of alleykatking
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Fiddler's yesterday.

A- Pours darker amber color. One finger white head shows good retention. Some ligth streaks of lacing on the glass along with some ring style lace as well.

S- A big load of caramel malts in this one that I noticed but took a couple sniff in. Nice banana and clove with a sugary sweetness in the tail end. Some earthy like yeast in the backend as well. Light toffee notes in the front.

T- First off let me just say...this thing is smooth going down. Light darker fruits along with a caramel malt backbone comes in the front. Toffee malt notes in the middle of the beer. Banana and clove with a hint of yeast in the ending. Alcohol remains from the ending of the front all the way through to the ending is not overpowering and goes with the beer nicely.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Lots of sweet malts left on the palate. Some light yeasty tones with the same malts and alcohol heat in the aftertaste. Flavors were of course balanced for what it was. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Clean and crisp flavors throughout the entire beer.

D- This beer was a nice rep to the style. Another stellar brew from Three Floyds. The alcohol you can taste but it doesn't drink like the ABV. Does that even make sense? Anyways, this beer was very smooth which added to the drinkability overall. Glad I got to try it out!

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dpuia for hosting a FFF sixtel night!


Pours a hazy amber copper colored almost like a light rust. came off a tap into a standard pint glass and was left with a very thin wisp of bone white head that faded away quickly after a few minutes. I gave a slight swirl and noticed a medium amount of viscosity nothing too thick or think here. Very nice..


Sweet sweet caramel, bananas, yeasty goodness, cloves, scorched toffee and some faint berries smell. Very much reminiscent of a Chimay Red. Loads of sugars, biscuits, floral notes and toast.


Very Nice! Fruity notes, caramel like in the aroma, very yeasty and phenolic but has a very clean finish. Smooth with no real heat alcohol and a very faint touch of earthy hops. For some reason a brown sugar and banana smoothie come to mind here.


Goes down easy, smooth and could drink this all night. Very nice job from FFF and big thanks to our stellar host for hauling this 5 states home.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dpuia for hosting a FFF sixtel night on 12/28/10!

A - Hazy reddish bronzed liquid with half an inch of off-white foam that reduced to a patchy veil and thin ring, although it flared up with eash swirl of the glass, leaving behind some spotty lacing.

S - Strong alcohol fume amid tangy dark fruit, toffee, sweet tobacco leaf and candi sugar. As the liquid warmed up a bit, a subtle earthy, almost mossy character emerged.

T - Initial flavor is kind of sweet and suggests candi sugar, bubblegum and dark pitted fruit as well as a hint of spicy yeast and mild tobacco notes. Midway through, a minty, herbal hop character emerges, which elicits a mild medicinal bite in the backend. Finishes with moderate alcohol twang.

M - Medium bodied and moderately carbonated with a syrupy texture and some oily residue. Alcohol presence provides warmth and a mild sting on the palate that is paired with a hint of bitterness and residual sweetness.

D - You can definitely feel the 8% ABV here. Feels like it could even be a 10% brew, which hinders the drinkability a shade, perhaps. Still, this was pretty solid all around.

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Photo of Deuane
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ChrisD for offering up this treat from his kegerator.

A-Bright, clear orange tinted copper with a medium off-white head that reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace.

S-Notes of raisin, plum, sweet caramel malts, touch of yeast spiciness and earthy hop undertones. Aroma overall is quite light.

T-A good dose of sweet malt accented with fruit notes of prune, raisin, and dark cherry. Spicy yeast esters sneak in during the drying finish.

M-Medium body with a fair amount of sharpness and a lingering bite from the yeast and hop combo.

D-Solid and certainly not bad but it rather blase' and fairly "standard" for something from FFF. Becomes a touch too dry and the alcohol starts to poke through upon warming. Nothing outstanding.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this at the brew pub, on tap and into a tulip...Pours a light muddy brown with amber highlihgts. Really light for a dubbel, light tope head, ok retention, thick but falls quickly, good lacing...Aroma is really light, raisins, plums, dark fruits in general but they are all sweet, then there is sugar too that makes this whole thing way too sweet, no balance here...The taste also is super sweet, no depth or complexity here, sugar, sweet plums. This is not a dubbel, or at least not a Belgian dubbel.

This is a very disappointing dubbel overall, an average american dubbel. Too sweet overall, lacking complexity, difficult to drink.

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Photo of skberke
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, in a tulip glass. Not at all what I expected-- in fact, better than expected. The deep amber color is paler than usual for a dubbel. In the nose I get citrus, Belgian yeast profiles, strawberry and pineapple (very subtle). These elements are also present in the taste, which also features banana notes--not too far from a full-bodied triple, really. One might also say a hefeweizen-y dubbel. The finish is clean and crisp. Alltogether a lovely beer.

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Photo of mynie
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The tall tulip smells all burny.

This is only the second time I've had a brewery fresh dubble. They are much different when drank from a keg, is all I can say. I'm so used to there being some agedness in my Belgians--a woodiness, sometimes, or else heavy nodes of browning fruit--that my conception of what makes for a good or proper attempt at a Belgian is centered around how well the beer gets old.

So this is something new, even though it's also something old. (That is, it's new because it's not old, which is I guess should be the natural order of things.).

The verdict is that it's damn pleasant. The reasoning behind that verdict is another matter entirely. Uhh... I can't just say that it tastes good, can I? No, no of course not.

Uhh... Instead of the dubbel fruits being dark like prunes and raisins, they're red and green like plums and grapes. There's nothing wine-y here--it's clearly made out of grain--but the fruit is so lively and fresh tasting that the beer is still vinous. That doesn't make sense.

Uhh... how about this: it doesn't taste like any wine I've ever had, but I could see this being mistaken for wine. There's a certain robustness to it, a sense of lively, fruity fermentation that seems more direct and natural than barley water and yeast.

This--I'm having a very hard time describing this. It's good. Try it.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a tulip.

This beer pours a murky reddish brown color with a caramel colored head and nice sticky lace.

Smell reminds me of Dr Pepper a little-- plums, figs, some spices, and sweet dark malts. A touch of dark cherries as well.

Taste hits all the points of the nose-- but adds in a yeasty spicy note towards the finish. Mellow and sweet aftertaste makes this easy drinking. This isn't my top 10 favorite dubbels nor is it in my top 10 favorite FFF beers-- but this isn't bad at all.

The body is medium with an acceptable amount of carbonation-- pretty easy drinking.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was lucky enough to encounter this on tap at The Black Sparrow in Lafayette, IN. It arrived a raisin brown with a minimal cream head. The smell was malty and yeasty with a candied accent. The taste was smooth and not overpowering in anyway. It had a very drinkable consistency. It didn't linger too long like a lot of other Belgian Darks. I really enjoyed it, enough to have another pint. It was a very solid Belgian by 3 Floyd's but this isn't quite the caliber of GI's Belgians. A very good beer that I wish was bottled. Definitely worth a try for the experience, solid all around.

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Photo of fear025
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Three Floyds brewpub.

Aroma:Lots of malt in the aroma. Dried fruit, raisins. A little copper. Some mild sour alcohol in the aroma.

Appearance:Dark amber in color. Poor head retention. Great lacing.

Taste:Tons of dark fruit in this beer. Lots of flavor. At first sip, the alcohol is definately present in this beer. After a few sips, the dark fruits take over. There's a very slight copper twang in the aftertaste. Also a nice nutty flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Very smooth, nice carbonation. Nice thick body.

Drinkability:This dubbel is very true to style, although with so much alcohol, it may be closer to a trippel. Delicious!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ice Grille has a hazy brown body that features ruby highlights when held up to the light. The tan head is thick and manages to leave some pretty good lacing on the glass.

The aroma is fruity, slightly medicinal, hoppy, and only a bit malty.

Ice Grille only has a little bit of the rich, toffee flavor that I would expect from a dubbel. The malt does provide a some sugary sweetness though. The fruit notes in the form of raisins and plums are muted also, but they are definitely there. The yeast comes through with a little bit of a medicinal quality. The most noticeable aspect of the beer is the fact that it is pretty hoppy. Spicy hop flavors are the strongest (although not dominant) flavors in Ice Grille. The finish is a bit bitter and a bit warm from the alcohol. Overall this is a solid, but unspectacular brew that is going to be very different than most of the dubbels you've tried.

Mouthfeel is appropriate, with just enough carbonation.

It's always nice to try new things from a well-respected brewery, especially when that beer is a foray into a style that brewery hasn't tried yet. This one is OK. A little bit on the warm side as far as alcohol goes; it took me a while to finish off my tulip.

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Photo of mothman
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at FFF

Pours 1/4 finger of off white head. Color is a clear copper orange.

Aroma: Dried fruits, raisins, plums, caramel malts, and earthy hops. Very malty.

Taste: Rich and malty. Plums, raisins, and other fruit flavors. Toffee malts. Biscuit flavors with some banana and not nut notes.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and malty with some fruit in the aftertaste.

Overall, a decent dubbel but a bit hard to drink. Fairly big and just not the greatest drinkability in general.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub. Served in a tulip.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of ecru foam that settles to a thin cap. The body is a hazed brown-amber with some visible bubbles.

S - Belgian yeast, fruity esters, light candi sugar, a touch of alcohol. I'm not getting as much dark fruit character as I expect from a typical dubbel - this is more Belgian Dark in my book.

T - The taste is a little bit sweeter, but still not really what I expect from the style. Some yeast and cherry notes, as well as a slightly sour and bitter finish. This is definitely a 3F take on the dubbel, as most I've had are filled with caramel and fruits.

M - The body was quite pleasant. Very smooth, no obvious heat, sufficiently hefty body, and adequate carbonation.

D - I had no problem with my tulip. This beer was quite nice, but might be miscast.

I have pretty specific expectations when something is called a dubbel. While I'm fine with experimentation using classic styles, it tends to work better when you only alter a few dimensions at a time - a heavily-hopped but otherwise traditional dubbel for instance. If you tinker with too many things you risk losing the frame of reference, and that is what happened here. Still, kudos to 3F for branching out of their usual German/American comfort zone.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a rosy amber, nearly purple, with moderate haze and finger of creamy beige head.

Smell -- Raisin, floral sweetness, yeasty earthiness, spicy hops.

Taste -- Follows the nose. Lots of ripe plum and raisin, floral sweetness. Finish is a touch of spicy hops.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with ample fluffy carbonation.

Drinkability -- Overall, not bad. Wouldn't have it again, but it certainly wasn't a waste of my time. If you absolutely love dubbels, this would be a perfectly good notch on your belt.

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Ice Grille from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 63.6% out of 100 with 22 ratings
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