3 Floyds / Mikkeller Ruggoop (2010) | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds / Mikkeller Ruggoop (2010)3 Floyds / Mikkeller Ruggoop (2010)

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tredje gang er lykkens gang…. Denne gang har Mikkeller og Three Floyds brygget en Rye Wine, med masser af rug, malt, lækker humle og gær. Og lidt vand. Enjoy!

Added by yeahnatenelson on 08-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 91
Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Barley Wine poured out as a copper color without not much head. Ther was just a small amount of lacing. Hoppy aroma and malt on the nose. The taste is quite hoppy with some light lemon citrus flavors up front. Other fruits and some heavy barely in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium, the aftertaste is bitter and dry. Found this brew to be pretty good all around. I love both breweries in this calibration so I'm glad I found it to be good.

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a rocky head that leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: Bready malt with spicy rye character; floral orange elements, as well

Taste: Sharp, bitter flavors from the outset, with the spicy rye character and citrusy fruit elements bold and in front; after the swallow, there is a hint of the sweet malt elements but this is much more about the hops than the malt

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not really like any other barleywine out there, I would put this more in the DIPA category

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Photo of mothman
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into stone old guardian snifter

Pours 1/2 finger of off-white head. Color is a burnt orange with a bright ruby hue.

A: Grapefruit, oranges, and citrus. Very fruity. Light rye flavors. Floral hops. Pretty awesome. Very hoppy.

Taste: Floral hops with a ton of citrus. Grapefruit, mangoes, oranges, and lemons show. Light rye again. Has some spice flavors with a caramel malt backbone to balance it out slightly.

Mouthfeel: Dry, bubbly, and warming. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and fruit.

Overall, a pretty awesome beer. Tons of fruits and hops. Definitely Americanized bwine. Very impressed with this one and a nice drinkability as well.

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got the next goop beer from one of my fav breweries thanks to sbricker.

A huge rising head hits 3 fingers high and starts to fade quickly at first but slows to a medium and slower pace with some sticky lacing. The beer is a slightly hazy slightly reddish orange peach colored.

Nose brings a bit of interesting rye out right in the front with a bit of spice, some fruit behind that with a bit of tropical fruits and hops, some grassy and slightly herbal hops as well, some sweet dark malts and a bit of syrups, a slight aged hop aroma, and some bready malts, and lots of smashed hop pellet like aromas.

Taste starts slightly sweet but not as much as I expected. Lots of rye with some rye spice and fruit flavor as well, which seems to go hand in hand with the herbal grassy hop kick, which gets fairly bitter but not overly, some light fruits a bit tropical, some earthy bitterness. SOme malts and sweet syrups, but those take a back seat to the hops and rye. NO real booze taste either as it is masked well by the other flavors. Finish lingers with more of the rye but lots of herbal grassy hops, somewhat dry, fairly spicy, and a slight bit of warming booze coming through finally. Late on the palate a bit of caramel and toffee come out, but it's hard to get through all the spicy rye and hops.

The mouth is medium bodied, with way too much carbonation. This style shouldn't have that much carbonation and it takes away from the flavor and feel a bit.

Drink is pretty good, drinks a lot less than 9.5%, with a decent dryness on the finish, but the spicy flavors from the rye hit a little too much, magnified by the spicy herbal hops.

Again from 3F a good barleywine, this one with a really nice addition of the rye and hops, but lacking a bit on the malts. It also has way too much carbonation. It also seems to play with the typical 3F barleywine, where fresh it's pretty good but aging this would probably go bad, luckily this is fresh. Thanks again Scott for giving me the chance to try this one.

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Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from EchoCharlieEcho, cheers Elisabeth! Love the label; cheers to this collaboration & our Danish Brothers & Sisters in arms serving in Afghanistan as well!

Pours an effervescent caramel with 4 fingers of thick tan head. Nice viscosity to this, above average head retention & good lacing

S: Pineyness & grapefruit

T: Pineyness, cakeyness, slight grapefruit then marmalade & toffee up front. Herbal & woody hops come to the fore as this warms, plus much piney resin & a touch of praline sweetness, & just a touch of boozeyness, plus dryness. Finishes piney with nice citrus hops, apricot, honey & grapefruit

MF: Chewy, fairly sharp carbonation & good balance, nice warming sensation to this. Gets a bit more chewy once warm

Drinks easy for the style & ABV. not a great ABW, didn't quite pull together for me

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice light brown color with a modest head of tan across the top that fades and leaves light lacing in its wake. Aroma is hot, loads of alcohol here with hints of caramel, lots of hops and a just a biting malt nose as well. Really a very odd profile from both sides. Very hot on the palate again with minimal balance to it, just seemed like it was terribly off balance. Flavors were all over the place with hints of everything but the kitchen sink and just an very hot, hoppy, dry finish that really did not work well for me at all.

Overall I was rather unimpressed

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle came courtesy of Jeff. Thanks!

A: The pour is bright orange in color with a fair amount of haze and a white head.

S: There's a really big grapefruit aroma and quite a bit of tangerine and orange, too. There's a nice pine quality to it along with some bread and alcohol.

T: Like with the nose, a lot of grapefruit flavor is present here. The alcohol is obvious here as well, and there's some pine hops which provide a bitterness. Some sweet malt of toffee and bread, and maybe some brown sugar, too. Seems maybe a touch spicy. Rye?

M: The body is kind of thin for a barleywine and the carbonation is somewhat soft.

D: Like almost any other beer that Mikkeller is involved in, this was pretty mediocre. Definitely boozy and really not much malt for a barleywine.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Big thanks to dug for this bottle!

This seems like a nice brew to enjoy while brewing. It pours a hazed tawny-orange topped by over a finger of tan-ish cream foam. The nose comprises mandarin oranges, ruby red grapefruit, toffee, red apples, and red grapes. The taste holds notes of grapefruit, light pine, caramel, sourdough, and light black pepper. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice barleywine, though I was hoping for more of a spicy rye quality, especially with a title like ryewine. Still, it was pretty tasty.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep hazy copper. Big khaki head. Good retention. Some lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit hops. A little bit of hops. Caramel. Some slight rye. Decent, but a little one dimensional.

Taste - Hops are quite strong. Sweet. Caramel. Oxidation too. Rye more prominent. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Overly hopped. Medium body.

Overall - Getting old. Still aggressively hopped.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this at the brewery back in September. Shared as part of the 'goop vertical/horizontal at Goose Island's January BA Meetup. Served in a pint-shaped taster glass.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of off-white head that settles to a persistent cap, leaving behind spotty lace. The body is a semi-transparent golden orange color.

S - This one is still pretty hoppy. Lots of lemon, grapefruit, and pine at the forefront. There's some rye flavor in the backbone, but the malt is very low in sweetness or complexity.

T - The taste is a little more smoothed out. Starts with bready malts, a kiss of rye zest, and then a lemon/citrus hop finish that has mild residual bitterness.

M - Smooth medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish, and a touch of alcohol warmth.

D - This was the definitely the best of the three, and I'd certainly give it another try. However, I think it will go down the same path as the other 'goops. These are too reliant on hop aroma to be cellaring beers - the malt backbones just aren't very interesting. Not sure why you'd bother to make high-ABV beers based on different grains that can't last 2-3 years in the cellar...

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Photo of Duff27
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep murky orange-brown, one-fingered head that leaves a ring around the glass with some lacing present.

S- Very sweet malt and rye smell. Hops. Grapefruit,

T- Bad-ass barleywine bordering on a great DIPA comes to mind. Sweetness. Grapefruit, pine, other citrus flavors. Wow awesome!

M- Rich and creamy mouthfeel.

D/O- For the style this has a very high drinkability. The 9.5%abv is well hidden. Absolutely ecstatic I got to try this as most won't get the opportunity. Thanks to Dusti and his friend for hooking it up! Cheers to Three Floyds and Mikkeller as well!

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Photo of aasher
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was lucky enough to try this on tap the day after DLD at the brewpub. This beer arrived a pretty bright orange in color with a one finger white poofy head. It smells similar to a DIPA that you forgot about for awhile. It featured sweet malts and had quite the citrus characteristic. The hops were present only in a resinous form and there was a tad bit of alcohol on the backend. The flavors too were muted in my opinion. It was a blend of citrus and hop resin. The beer was pretty sticky and stuck to your mouth like peanut butter. I couldn't believe how far the hops had fallen in just eight months or so. I was a little disappointed but I still have hope for my bottle.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow in color with brown highlights when held up to the light that had a thin head and left some good lacing sticking to the glass. There was lots of sweetness from the malts but had faint hop, citrus and some bubblegum character. it did seem to have slight caramel as well. The taste also huge amounts of malts but the hoppy character was more apparent on the palate abd was not supre bitter which I don't dig. It had citrusy bubblegum accents and a touch of caramel. The brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet malty, citrusy, mild hoppy, and slight boozy sticky finish. It was a pretty solid barleywine with a nice hop profile and was drinking really well. Now I'm gonna hunt down that last 2 goop brews

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Bruery Tulip.

A - Pours a dark orange with a small tan head that fades quickly. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

S - Sweet malts, floral - almost soapy scented.

T - Spices, bitter fruit, malts and rye.

D - Low carbonation, medium body.

O - Bitter barley - different flavors but I kept coming back to it.

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Photo of maximum12
2.95/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to unclejedi for this hand-delivered bottle as part of a fine BIF this past fall. Popped open on, hopefully, the last bitterly cold Saturday evening of the winter here in Tromso. Split with my wife.

Pours a nice fire-warmed orange, with a smell like a slightly aged IPA, all warm citrus & sweet malt. Pungent rye. An odd combo.

Ruggoop's taste, just like the smell, just doesn't quite come together. The hops arrive first & they feel past their prime; the rye kicks a spicy element in behind, clashing with the hops like a Stalin/Streisand musical. These two components really dominate & anything else in the beer is lost in the mud; there's a bit of malt backbone, & a light nickel/copper mix.

Decent enough beer, but I'm not sure quite what the brewers were aiming for. DIPA? Barleywine? Wheatwine? SuperHefe? Whatever it was, it missed the mark. Odd.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the pub into a snifter...Pours a medium copper brown, but clearish. Light tope head, strong lacing...Aroma is light gives off light average bw smell, lots of sweet alcohol, rye, light caramel...Taste again is mostly sweet alcohol, light hops on the back, metallic aftertaste. Chalky feel, distracting. Decent to drink.

Overall, not bad, a little to light in aroma, and too alcoholic. maybe give it some time to age, but I want more assertiveness in a bw.

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Photo of claspada
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Adding another sampling of this, split it with mrand01, still amazing flavor, nice underlying citrus and rye, not too heavy, really a super super beer.

Bottle courtesy of codewarrior from our in-person trade today.

Pours a very hazy dark orange, borderline amber in color with a huge fluffy amount of eggshell white head that leaves some nice soapy lacing. A surprisingly large amount of head and carbonation for a XXX-wine style beer.

Aromas begin with a ton of spicy rye malt and equal amounts of thick bready and caramel maltiness as well; smells like a thick dense, doughy, undercooked loaf of rye bread fresh out of the oven. As I dig back in I get some light orange and lemon hops with a subtle amount of grapefruit as well; quite citrusy for the hop bill. Smells quite balanced overall at this point.

The tastes begin with a generous amount of rye malt but there is an decent amount of fruitiness as well. Not initially citrusy as the nose was; I get a more juicy fruit flavor here with plum and peach flavors. As it warms you get a bit more of the dark bready, caramelized brown sugar malty sweetness that was evident in the nose. Flavors borderline between sticky rye and caramel/toffee, but stay solidly on the thick bready/rye malty side. There is a nice solid citrus hop bitterness and flavor profile that stops this from being cloying or anywhere close to being too sweet, which is possible with aged barleywines.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with full carbonation but luckily is doesn't detract from the experience here. If the flavors were more toward the toffee/chocolate side I would prefer less carbonation, but because the malts are more bready, spicy and light caramel forward the higher carbonation works here with the lighter malt bill. Finish is full and drying thanks to the higher ABV and the spicy rye malt.

Overall, this was a real treat. I love Rye IPAs and Rye Pale Ales and have been wanting to try one of these highly acclaimed Rye Wines. Although I have nothing to compare this to as far as the "style" goes, I can tell this was well done and I imagine it was probably too harsh and DIPA forward when initially released but I feel the bottle conditioning has made this a bit too carbonated over time and so I recommend consuming any bottles you have now to avoid extreme over carbonation. Drinking great, highly recommended for Barley Wine, Rye beer fans, and fans of Three Floyds/Mikkeller's style of unique beer creation.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to BlessedBeBeer for hitting yet another want of mine! Gary, you rule! enjoyed out of an urthel oversized tulip.

a - poured a murky yellow that settled in the glass as a stunning orange. massive off-white creamy belgian style head that hung out for a while. as it faded, it left chunky creamy lacing all over the glass.

s - very nice caramel malt. smells a lot like a year old bigfoot. toffee is HUGE. the rye seems to have held up and are mixed perfectly.

t - vanilla and toffee malts. there is no mistake that this is an american barleywine, but the hops have certainly faded. nice splash of tropical fruit with the malt. tastes really excellent. rye works well and tastes dialed back.

m - smooth and easy drinker. carbonation held up just fine...medium bodied which is suprisingly thin for the flavoring. i'd expect it to be syrupy with such a bold flavor.

o - overall, what an excellent surprise to get to try this beer. i'm a big fan of both three floyds and mikkeller...and rye beers!!! never had it fresh, but it is nice and subtle now.

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Photo of mynie
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought two cases of these bombers and yet somehow, idiot that I am, never got around to reviewing it. Guess I kept figuring i'd get around to it, or that I'd already done it, and then when I looked and saw a little blue box next to this beer's name, both cases had been drunk up.

Thankfully, the good folks at Mikkeller had this on tap at the Floyds fest (only they misspelled it Boo-Goop on the sign, which was fucking adorable).

First off, it's a rye wine. They don't got a category for that, but it's a different thing.

Secondly, in spite of their aggressive hop profile, ryes don't age well. Their tangy ryeness fades with age, and so while that made for a smoother beer, it didn't quite come together in the same way it did when the beer was fresh. Earlier on, this stuff was like Miracle Whip, it possessed such a strong goddamn punch of savory zippiness.

So you got the zippiness of the pine and grapefruit hops along with tangy rye. That dominates the whole goddamn beer, only instead of being balanced out by sweet malt, it's balanced out by this savory malt. (Again, a Miracle Whip comparison is oddly apt). The whole thing comes together like a brilliant hop sandwich.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a New Belgium glass. 9.5% ABV, no date.

Thanks to mtunnell for another goop beer taste!

A - It pours mainly clear and amber golden with a low off-white head. No real "head" as it's just a small pile of foam. Spotty lace left over.

S - Very strong rye aroma with mango-like hops, toasted malts resembling some caramel and light nuttiness and that rye hint of onion-like B.O. Good but the B.O. thing always bothers me for obvious reasons.

T - Big rye in the flavor with toasted amber malts that balance the mango-rye hoppiness in the flavor.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a crisp carbonation finish.

D - Decent drinkability for both the percent of alcohol and the flavor profile going on.

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Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pors a clear red-tinged burnt orange with two fingers of tan head. head has very nice retention and leaves a ton of lacing.

S - Big aromas of toffee and caramel, with some spicy rye and citrus.

T - Taste is a nice melding of caramel malt, rye spice, citrus hops and some bread malt. The hops add a nice bitterness, but do not dominate. Has a very smooth blend of malt, spice and bitterness. Initial sweetness fades and turns bitter on the finish, which is dry and pretty clean. I didn't try this fresh, so I don't know how aggressive the hopping was originally, but I think it is spot on at this point.

M - Medium/full mouthfeel is sticky sweet to begin with before turning dry spicy and bitter.

O - A very enjoyable barleywine that had no noticeable alcohol in the aroma or the taste. Taste was actually somewhat subtle for a barleywine, but I think it works well.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a bright clear red, bone white head with a fair amount of lacing

S: mango and citrus are huge and aromatic up front, very fruity and juicy, the rye comes in and complements the aromatic hops quite nicely with a touch of spice. This smells amazing.

T: the front is sweet and features the fruity hops that I smelled, again the rye comes in and provide a spice to balance out the sweetness. There is a great balance in this brew and the finish is sweet and heavy on the hops.

M: medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky on the finish

D: this is a great beer. Tastes more like an imperial red/ripa than a barleywine, but either way, it is delicious.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright hazy amberish orange color with a nice white head. Head has pretty good lacing and retention.

S- A ton of tropical fruits here everything from mango, tangerine, melon and juat a touch of pine. A bit of a bready malt back bone.

T- Taste is again tropical fruits. A bit of pine, and touch of alcohol.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

D- I've been wanting to try this one for a while, and I lucked into it at DLD weekend. Very solid and would drink this again.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber white a small head. The aroma is citric and fruity with notes of mango, apricot and grapefruit up front. Lots of resin, pine and green herbs as well. Bread, toast, spices and caramel from the grains. Soapy on the nose. The flavor is near medium sweet, medium to heavily bitter, quite boozy, and light acidic. Citric, piny and fruity hops alongside spicy/bready rye and perhaps some toasted caramel. The mouthfeel is round and soft with light carbonation. Good balance between the malt and hops on the finish. Medium to full bodied. Yet another interesting collaboration between Three Floyds and Mikkeller although not as good as the Oatgoop (another retired brew) I had a while ago.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to albgarza for this beautiful brew. Poured from a 22oz. (or 650ml as 3Floyds like to label it) bomber into a white wine glass.

A: Stunning orangey-red color with an opaque body. The way the bubbles collect at the top of this beer is awesome for some reason. Nice lacing as you sip it too.

S: Honey, golden grapefruit, and a hint of tangerine.

T: Orange, kiwi, and a hoppy-oaky backbone. This is definitely more like a DIPA than it is a barleywine.

M: Great carbonation and not thick or filling as you would expect from a barleywine.

D: At first I thought this was a little too sweet, but it was really just the citrus notes coming through.

Overall, a nice collaboration. I'm intrigued to try Oatgoop now.

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3 Floyds / Mikkeller Ruggoop (2010) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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