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 oreo
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a snifter out of a bomber. Thanks to Drewba for sharing this with me.

Listed as a barleywine, I thought it was a wheatwine.

Pours a light yellow orange with 2 fingers of white head.

Smells like a bouquet of citrus and hops. Wonderful. Not at all what I was expecting.

Tons of fruit and hops. Grapefruit lingers in the end with a pretty nice bitter. Reminds me of a malty IPA. If more barleywines were like this, I would like them a lot more!

Big thick malty mouthfeel.

Extremely drinkable, which is dangerous for such a high abv beer. Hard to believe this is 9.5%.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thx to hurfer for this awesome bottel ,

22 oz bottel poured into my cantillon tulipglass

A : Poured a medium golden orange/amber colour with à Nice 2 finger white head thats leave's some Nice lacing
S : nose was awesome, loads of hop aromas, tons of citrus, oranges and even a hint of lime
T : similar to the nose , very good, very hoppy , grapefruit , oranges , citrus , sweet malts , good spice and bite from the rye , perfect level of bitterness wow !!
M : nice and dry, smooth ,
D : could drink this all day long , à must have for the foplovers -:)
Great beer !!!

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

A - champagne colored with a white two finger head. Quickly turns into a few millimeter ring around the edge of the glass, light lacing.

S - Sweet sticky, citrusy hops. Lots of grapefruit and sweet sugar. Malt profile is peeking out a little, perhaps a hint of rye

T - Starts off with an assault of hops: handfuls of grapefruit, some mango and mandarin orange. The rye is somewhat missing; I am picking up a little spicyness, which I think may be the rye in this ryewine interpretation. However, the malt profile is great - beginning has a slight caramel sweetness, then notes of cracker, biscuit and hints of nut and bread. While the malt profile is nice, the hops are king here. The finish is bitter grapefruit which lingers for a bit. Can't say the rye is very pronounced at all - its just a hoppy barleywine.

M - medium to thick body, a touch on the syrupy side with crisp carbonation.

D - Very high. I thought this may be a sipper, but was exactly the opposite. Ended up polishing off the bomber with a friend in about 15 minutes. The alcohol is wonderfully hidden and the flavors are addicting.

In my opinion, this is drinking perfectly now. My second bottle within the past 2 weeks. I think its against my better judgment, but I may wait and open my last bottle in 6 or 12 months.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep, bright rube orange liquid with just the right amount of haze to it to give it a nice crystal ball effect. The bone white head is very creamy and settles to a craggy covering. Leaves great lacing as it works its way down the glass. Perfect.

S- Strong pine, grapefruit, and grass up front with some mango, pineapple, and caramel floating around in the background. Aromatic and a bit pine heavy.

T- Lots of pine and caramel with some citrus and a touch of pineapple and mango. Very bitter and pine heavy.

M- A great body but the lingering bitterness is a bit off-putting.

D- Bitter and tasty. A bit of a sipper. I see this aging for quite some time.

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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 Vdubb86
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for sharing this on brew day

This beer pours a golden orange color with a frothy beige head on the surface. The aroma consists mainly of piny hops, but it is accented by the citrus sourdough smell of rye. The taste was quite enjoyable. It was fairly strong in favor of the hop notes. The back end flavors were mostly caramel malts and lemon zest. The rye which was on the nose seems oddly absent. There is a distinct hoppy bitterness with this beer not usually present in many barleywines, but this beer drinks more like a DIPA than anything else. The mouthfeel is a tad on the astringent side for my liking, but was rather good on the tongue. I must admit it was quite the tasty brew and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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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 alpinebryant
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy brown with a small tan head around the edges. Decent lacing throughout.

Smell of roasted malts, caramel, pine and just a little bit of citrus fruit.

Taste of mostly caramel and roasted malts mixing with a decent caramelized sugar presence to create a slight cotton candy flavor. The hops are not overwhelmingly bittering in this barleywine which is welcome and slightly unexpected. Because it is not overly hopped, this American Barleywine is very nicely balanced. I would seek out more of these if I had them on the shelf around here. Light to medium carbonation and a medium body.

A nice collaboration between Mikkeller and Three Floyds. I would say this was a success.

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

Served from a bottle at 55 degrees into a sniffer.

A: pours a beautiful ruby tinged copper color. A vigorous pour presents a short tan head that dwindles to leave a rim of bubbles around the glass. Sticky lacing left around the glass.

S: bready malts with some caramel sweetness, almost a sugary lactose aroma, with predominantly piney hop smells.

T: the malt profile is a little more mild than what I would expect from a barley wine. The taste follows the nose; piney and floral hops with a dry lingering finish and dome hoppy resin. Drinks like a DIPA. Malt and hop profiles very well balanced. No noticeable rye flavoring detected.

M: sharp and bitter. Moderate carbonation. Par for FFF brews.

D: pretty high, abv well hidden, sneaks up in the end feel. My favorite thus far of the collaboration series, but also the freshest I've had of the three. Well crafted!

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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 Arenbeer
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter glass! So excited to finally try this brew!

A- Pours a nice cloudy golden orange with a real thin white head that only really makes a nice ring around the glass and leaves decent sticky lacing.

S- Wow! Some seriously strong pine and floral hops like mostly all FFF brews. Great amount of fruitiness and citrus up front but when you really huff it and give it a swirl you get the nice caramel malts and barley in the background that reminds you that this is a barley wine and not a DIPA. Slight rye notes present but overall the aroma is real sweet and earthy with a ever so slight alcohol note in the background. Could smell this all day

T- Once again woah! Up front you get a some really nice barley malts and rye but as it goes down and the after taste hits your tongue and is blown away by some serious brutal bitter citrus hops and fruit. If you can think of a tropical fruit you will taste it in this brew. I would never believe this to be a barley wine/rye wine. The hop/fruit to malt ratio is so hop heavy i swear this was intended to be a DIPA! The alcohol is slight in the finish but is blended really well, not overpowering.

M- Medium to fuller body with moderate carbonation and a decently bitter finish that makes you want more!

Overall this beer to say the least unique. It comes from 2 of my favorite brews and once again they don't disappoint.

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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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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 MbpBugeye
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another bonus blind beer sent to me by AleWatcher.

A- Moderately hazed copper to amber colored beer. Smallish head but whats there is crazy sticky and leaves copious lacing.

S- Well this smells delicious. Very very fruity. This is basically a menagerie of exotic fruits and melon. Im picking up lots of mango, tangerine, melon and a hint of pine. Malts arent totally hidden, they give a little crackery note. It is so juicy it has my girlfriend and I naming different candies and gums that it reminds us of. Things like Fruit Stripe Gum (in its first 30 seconds of being chewed before it turns to plastic), Tropical Blend Starbursts, Bubble Yum, Sour Patch Kids with the sour sucked off. Truly a delicious smelling beer.

T- A very hoppy beer but NOT a bitter one. How they got the hops to taste so juicy and fruity is beyond me. Perhaps alien intervention. Clementine, Tangelo, Nectarine, every kind of sweet orange hybrid, mango, melon, pineapple. The end is slightly spicy, piney and alcoholic. Im guessing some masterful take on a double IPA.

M- Not syrupy thick at all. Its your medium body and medium carbonated beer. It could use a little more carbonation. They finish is really nice. It leaves a lot of tropical fruit behind and a little bit of piney bitterness.

D- This stuff is great. Im dying to know what it is. If I had to hazard a guess, after looking through my wants, I would say Alpine Nelson. But I have NO clue.


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Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed blood orange color with a slightly off white head that collars around the glass. Strong citurs type aroma with grapefruit and clementine orange notes. Some spice int he nose as well but that might be the rye. Medium mouthfeel. Citrus type sweetness followed by citrus rind and pine hop flavors. Some alcohol notes as it warms. Overall a pretty tasty beer but if you would have told me it was a DIPA I would have believed you.

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

Had on tap at the brewpub....

A- Pours a golden orange light amber mix. Half finger off white head that shows low retention. Spotty lacing on the snifter as I drink away.

S- This one kind of threw me off with the high citrus hops in the front of this that seem to be bursting. Light malty backbone comes through once the hops die down. Nice rye aroma in the backend of this. Nothing overly rye which is kind of what I was hoping for...oh well.

T- A light citrus hop bite in the front of this one. Toasted malts and rye flavors mask up the hops flavor in the later front of the beer. Middle is malt forward with a hint of nutty flavor. Citrus hops come from nowhere and attack the palate as one last flavor profile before your sip is done. Fantastic!!

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little lacking making this a little heavier but otherwise ok. Toasted malts with citrus hops left on the palate almost coating everything in hop resin. Some light alcohol and mostly citrus hops in the aftertaste with a hint of rye. Flavors were bold and well paired in the entire beer. Big time drying on the palate which is my only complaint in the mouthfeel.

D- If you like DIPA's then you will enjoy this one a lot. More American style "Barleywine" than anything else. A good job overall in what seems to be the next chapter of these two breweries.

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Photo of salvo
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is gorgeous: fluffy head slowly letting go its bubbles and structure as it fades to lace on the glass; amber to red-brown. The smell is all hops with deep, rich biscuit malt.

I'm tasting large grapefruit to mango hops cascading nicely and melding with the malts, ending quite bitter and fighting off the high alcohol with enough sweetness. It isn't sweet but there's plenty of body to finish strongly. I can't quite call it highly drinkable, but I'm happy to be coming home with a coupla bombers.

Ruggoop is listed as a barley wine, but I enjoyed it thinking of it as a big hop monster of a DIPA: it dials up the bitterness and grapefruit and mango on Dreadnaught ending with a big bold beer worthy of the collaboration with Mikkeller. Luckily it is available in bombers for as long as they last!

I'm going to be a little high on this review I see: from midwestern author Richard Powers' Echo Maker: "Nobody can discover you anymore. You've become a big target; more points for taking you down than for praising you" (171).

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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 beerwolf77
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to mtunnell for sharing another goop for our tasting.

Poured from a bottle into my New Belgium globe glass.

A: amber red brown, small light beige head, tiny soapy lace ring

S: citrus hops, mostly oranges, sweet malt, solid dose of rye

T: similar to the nose, rye is much more present, hoppy citrus bitterness, dry finish

M: medium body with moderate carbontion

D: Overall my favorite of the goop series. No surprises there since I love rye beers.

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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 BMoney575
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 8-19-10

Pours a very cloudy bright orange color, with a thin but nice looking head that leaves a great ring of lacing. Appealing and interesting.

Smell is all pine and citrus hops, with the Three Floyd's sweetness I've come to expect. Hoppy and bitter, but at the same time light and delicate. Very well made.

Taste is all bitter hops, the malt adds an almost sour edge that contributes to the intensity. The finish is very earthy and tart, with even more bitterness in the aftertaste. A little one dimensional.

Mouthfeel is nicely thick, with good carbonation. It suits the flavors very well.

Drinkability is also good, the bitter mellows after awhile, leaving a very enjoyable smoothness.

Overall, less hops than a normal barleywine, which makes it interesting. I'm glad I have another bottle to age.

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Photo of curly31989
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at the 3Floyds.

A- Deep crimson brown with a small white head.

S- There was a large amount of hops laced with citrus and caramel.

M-Super smooth with a relatively sticky viscosity which I loved.

T- This had less rye than I was expecting, however there was a bit of spice still noticeable. There was loads of caramel and citrus in this beer with a decent backing of alcohol and malt.

F- It finished out really smooth and left my throat/esophagus warm. Thankfully, I was inside escaping the 90 degree heat.

I was thrilled to get my hands on two bombers which I'll be opening up as soon as the summer heat fades away.

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3 Floyds / Mikkeller Ruggoop (2010) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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