3 Floyds / Mikkeller Risgoop (2012) | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds / Mikkeller Risgoop (2012)3 Floyds / Mikkeller Risgoop (2012)
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4.14/5
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342 Ratings
3 Floyds / Mikkeller Risgoop (2012)3 Floyds / Mikkeller Risgoop (2012)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Behold! The fifth collaborative effort of Three Floyds and Mikkeller. This complex ale is just the beverage for canal boat trips in Copenhagen or the brutal Chicago winter. This year’s offering will be brewed in both Europe and in Chicago. Look for both editions and the subtle differences in each. Cheers and thanks for supporting craft beer.

22oz bottles and draft only.

Added by MasterSki on 08-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
342
pDev:
12.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First there were barleywine, then came wheatwine. Now can we expect the stronger rice-ridden ales to be known as ricewine? Three Floyds cleverly names the beer RisGoop (same thing, right?), but even more cleverly disguises any use of the adjunct grain behind a strong front of hops that cause me to question, it is a ricewine or is it an imperial IPA?

Pouring a much lighter color than expected, the light honey-amber hue casts a mild haze that allows for artistic back lighting to occur. Once poured, a gentle swirl of the glass generates a creamy frothy head, just off of white to blanket the beer with superior confidence. Defiant retention and sticky lace adorns the glass like Christmas tinsel.

The hop-dominant nose projects dripping ripe fruit aromas of nectarines, ruby red grapefruit pulp, apricots, mangoes, pineapples, and generally all-thing citrus and tropical known to the fruit world. Passion fruit? sure, granny smiths? sure, kumquats and lemons? Why not. But the slight malt presence doesn't read as malt, rather it gives a slight sweet and starch scent to the beer making the fruit aromas seem riper, juicier, and sweeter than just dry acidic tones.

The hops register nearly as dominant in taste as it does in aromas, except that the malty sweetness and fruity hopness hit the front of the tongue at the same time and in nearly the same intensity. The balanced taste battles it out til the end, but giving a honey-dipped fruit impression at first and then juicy ripe acidity at middle palate that couples with caramel and light starch; before finishing with a dry malt memory and a clean citric bitterness that begs for the next sip.

Only medium bodied for a barleywine, but the beer would be med-full if considering imperial IPA status, but the malt body is thinly sweet and only coats the mouth during the early portion of the draw. But thereafter, the hops strip the malt sweetness with ease and usher in a fast fleeting resinous dryness with little detection of 10+ alcohol heat.

The beer takes me back to the days when Behemoth Barleywine was a "blonde" barleywine, with its lighter malt presence and tilted hop balance than most of the barleywines that were out then. Regardless, unlike the industrial beer makers who advertise on nascars and gas station windows; this Three Floyds/Mikkeller 5th collaboration uses rice to lighten the body of this tremendous ale in order to increase drinkability and to allow the hop presence to project and not the cheapen the product. Great job in this collaborative brew!

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Photo of barczar
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a frothy inch and a half cream colored head that lingers.

Floral hops and pine dominate the aroma initially, with sharp citrus notes of grapefruit and pineapple leading into a dank, resinous finish. It's a hop explosion!

Flavor reveals more fruity hop character, with sour orange, grapefruit, lemon, and mango underlying a lightly bready backbone. The finish is fairly dry, with notes of resin and grass adding character. There's a touch of bitterness.

Body is moderate to full, but the relatively high carbonation lightens the mouthfeel. Alcohol warmth is substantial.

Overall, a hop bomb of a beer loaded with complex aromas. The flavor is excellent, albeit slightly less complex.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, no date but think it's about a month old now (Sept. '12)
Tired Hands wine glass

A: Pours out a fairly clear light orange color. One finger bright white head that sticks around a while. Good amount of alcohol feet. Some sticky lacing bits.

S: Smells like a nice CA DIPA to me. Lots of bitter grapefruit notes. Some orange rind. When I dig in some alcohol. Doesn't smell like a barleywine or rice wine or anything like that.

T: Not overly bitter up front at all. But it tastes likes a malty DIPA. The rice helps to smooth it out. Fairly easy drinking. The booze is there but well hidden for sure. The finish isn't overly bitter. Mild dryness. Palate could be off after a pizza pie.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of getinked
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of vitters03
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of denimdemon
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Gvice13
1/5  rDev -75.8%

Photo of nrombes
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of fortheloveofbeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a-light gold little head retention but nice lacing
s-tropical, slightly maltly
t-hit up front with hops, slight matlyness, syrup comes through ends slightly dry, alchol diffently a creeper
m-bitter and citrusy up front, slightly syrupy, end a little dry dry and bitter but syrup lingers
o-great beer one of easier drinking barley wines i've had, almost consider a triple pale ale(imo), not overly bitter, very drinkable. wish i didnt live 60 miles away, would totally buy some more

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to FFF Teku.

A - Medium yellow; cloudy. Small layer of white head.

S - Fresh grapefruit and pine. A slight malt sweetness.

T - Pungent bitterness up front with lots of pine flavour that gives way to a bouquet of fresh grapefruit and orange peel. A very slight sweetness in the background. Comes across as more like a double IPA than a barleywine.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

O - I haven't had too many rice beers but this is certainly the best of the bunch so far.

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, bauermj! Awesome trade...

A - Served in my CBS snifter. It's cloudy apricot in color with a small white head and thin lacing. Looks like Jinxproof...

S - Smells like a FFF DIPA for sure. Huge hops upfront, loud and clear, FFF.

T - Big hops without the hop aftershock. Big grapefruit and pine, but without the stringent bitterness lasting forever. It has a great finish... This may have been a very happy accident... the addition of rice really does some wonders here.

M - Medium body, clean and crisp finish. No alcohol presence to speak of; it's very smooth.

O - I really enjoyed this one. It was very hop-forward (yet complex), but it did not burn me out. This is a stand out brew, and I am sad to only have one bottle. Excellent brew...

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Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of hansgruber
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Redsoxfanman85
1/5  rDev -75.8%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of JonathanSuarez
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Samjuan12
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of smartassboiler
2/5  rDev -51.7%

Photo of dtx00
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of davey101
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into a FFF pint glass. This is the version bottled by FFF.

A - Dark yellow body. Very light and clear. Soapy bone-white head with sticky lacing.

S - Very FFF like. This reminds me of boogoop instantly. Incredibly sweet grapefruit and pine heavy hops. A clean malt background with a lingering honey sweetness.

T - Woah. Well this is different. I experienced a huge flavor change at least three times. Starts off with a huge hop profile of bitter grapefruit and pine. Then a soothing layer of floral spice with a certain ricey adjunct quality to it. Then its crackery with some honey. Finish is bitter for a second then vanishes. Very dry and crisp with a medium mouth feel.

O - Crazy complex. This is a very confusing beer. It looks like a lager, has the aroma of a fresh FFF DIPA, and it tastes like some odd hybrid of beers. One of the better beers I've had recently. I would not age this beer at all. It is just near perfect right now!

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Photo of Savearth
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Cummins9110
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, so I read all the reviews of this beer and you probably have too. So why repeat what they all say.
The only thing I want to add that im picking up that nobody has touched on is taste that I cant quite figure out. reminds me of a homecooked meal i think. Im sniffing the shit out of my glass and what im thinking it reminds me of fresh cooked green beans. Maybe its bitter brussel sprouts?
I dont know. maybe its just a combination of pine/spicy/citrus hops all together its odd, not bad at all, just different. I enjoy it. made me pick up a new taste receptor lol

Also I think im picking up a fresh honey taste too. I only saw one person mention that but I agree maybe clover honey?

This is a very unique beer.

Too bad this is a limited release and I probably wont be able to ask anyone else what they think of it. To see how they compare the taste to my "fresh cooked green been" taste

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a beautiful bright orange-gold color that's a great contrast to the stark white head.

It's hoppy as hell with loads of citrus hops in the nose. It has the unmistakable 3F hop profile. Light pine and a slight grainy malt bill.

It's currently listed on BA as a barleywine, but this screams DIPA all the way. Grapefruit and orange hops with a nice bitter mouth puckering effect. It's got a slight fusel spice to the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and I'd like for the carbonation to be dialed back just a little. Still a really good mouthfeel, though.

It's a really good offering that showcases hops, hops, and more hops.

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Photo of Pete0714
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy orange, with about a finger width head that dissipated to a light ring.

Citrus smell up front, almost matching the orang of the color, although mixed with almost a tropical fruit underneath.

Taste is hoppy but not somewhat mellowed. Not much in the way of maltiness. Fairly light and no real alcohol taste in it.

Mouthfeel is light but with a slighty stickiness to it. Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall, a very nice compilation, although it is fairly hard to pin it down in terms of style. Is it a barleywine, is it an IPA, is it rice beer. I guessI can say this: its FFF, its not normal, its good beer, enjoy it.

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Photo of TheBronze
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

3 Floyds / Mikkeller Risgoop (2012) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 342 ratings