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Bully Guppy | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gumballhead aged in cognac barrels with peaches for one year.

Added by MasterSki on 09-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jonallan
2.74/5  rDev +73.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Very interesting beer.

Nice darker orange pour with slightly frothy head.

Definitely got the 'nail polish remover' shock right off of the bat, but the flavor doesn't back that up. On the front end you get a bit of heat, with a strong cognac influence followed by a nice sweetness and mellow peach flavor off the back end reminiscent of maple syrup. Body was very light.

Definitely not for everybody, but if you can get past the initial aroma, you may be pleasantly surprised.

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2.5/5  rDev +58.2%

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2.5/5  rDev +58.2%

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2.5/5  rDev +58.2%

Photo of jpsy422
2.49/5  rDev +57.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this at a bottle share along with Cabra, Dark Lord (2012), This Goes to 11 (bells) and Serendipity (New Glarus).

Appearance: Dark orange and very wheaty. It looks exactly like you'd expect it to, gumballhead with some time in a barrel.

Smell: Well, the rumors are true. This is nail polish remover upon first smell. Luckily it fades in about 3 minutes and mellows out. Ive talked to a few people who dumped the bottle after 2 sips, but you have to let this thing breathe for a little while. Once it calms down, the wheat comes through and even some fruit flavors behind a big cognac punch. We had a bottle of cognac that we passed around and all smelled and then smelled BG and it definitely brought out more than just acetone.

Taste: Much like smell, this changed pretty quickly from first sip to last. Its grating and awful for the first few minutes, but again, as it mellows, the cognac, peach, and wheat flavors come out. Pour this beer hard and walk away for a few minutes. It really does come into its own.

Mouthfeel: With small sips, this beer literally disappeared in my mouth. its really light and... refreshing is the wrong word... bubbly. Again, with time, this whole thing changes. Let it calm down and warm up.

Overall: Honestly, I have no idea. 3 out of 5 of us poured this beer out, Me and the other guy that finished it actually started to come around to it. It's an interesting idea and worth trying, but probably not worth seeking out for anything other than curiosity.

"THE BULLY LORD" - Dark Lord and Bully Guppy Black and Tan
Ok, so this was cool. We made one black and tan with the last pours of these two bottles. Dark Lord '12 is very sweet and the actual flavors of these beers cancelled each other out and all we were left with was the barrel flavors. Lots of cognac and coffee on the nose. A fun experiment, not something I'll ever have the chance to do again.

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2.33/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Orange toned dark color.
Nose is very chemical and "off." Not at all inviting.
Flavor profile unfortunately follows nose on this one. While this review is from notes from 2013, the biggest word in my one page of comments is "UGH." So be it.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.23/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle thanks to Frank (lurchingbeast). Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Big white foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and minimal lacing. Murky apricot-colored body - almost a bit fruit purée-esque.

S - Horrendous. Smells like I arrived home to my wife removing her nail polish. There's a hint of malt and boozy cognac in the periphery, but this smells like some sort of industrial solvent. If I didn't know this was a beer, I probably wouldn't drink it.

T - The taste isn't nearly as bad as the aroma. Some pale malt sweetness, with a bit of sweet cognac and peach in the finish. Thankfully doesn't taste like nail polish remover (not that I'd know what that tastes like), but it isn't very exciting either.

M - Smooth, medium body, with surprising heft for a beer using the Gumballhead base. Lower carbonation, and a bit of cognac burn in the finish. A bit tannic from the peaches and the oak, although I suspect it's more of the former.

D - The smell is an absolute abomination. Otherwise it's merely a below average fruit beer. The lower price point probably should have been a tip-off about how bad this was going to be. I generally love 3 Floyds, but releasing some of these 'experiments gone wrong' is pretty insulting - this isn't a start-up brewery that can't afford to pour this sort of thing into the sewer.

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2/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of Kurmaraja
1.98/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.25

OK! I've been looking forward to trying this monstrosity for a while. A sort of masochistic desire to find out "how bad can it really be?" The answer is more complex than "REALLY F*$&ING BAD!"

It actually looks pretty great. Nice carbonation, radiant yellow, good clarity. The aroma ... is the worst part. Paint thinner, fingernail polish remover. Burnt hair macerated in strychnine. Maybe some peach pits and marmalade in there, some oak. It's a car crash rubber necking experience, it's like picking at a scab.

The flavor isn't actually that offensive. It's odd, but not horrible. There is a stone fruit sweetness and a lot of herbal notes ... carraway, fennel? I'm failing to recall having not taken notes and the taste memory being overwritten by the aromatic awefulness. The feel is decently creamy, lighter than expected, not harshly chemical or acidic which was shocking considering the smell.

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1.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Warning, this beer is an abomination to your senses. They should have named this one Frankenstein; an experiment gone way wrong... This baby should have been aborted immediately after conception, but instead it was bottled and sold for $20 a pop.

Like most fans of Three Floyd's, I love trying as many of their beers as I can because they are a great brewery who make an exceptional amount of quality beers. And I like that they are not afraid to take chances. However, Bully Guppy was a swing and miss project that just never delivered.

The most offensive quality about this beer was the smell. Many other reviews likened it to smelling nail polish remover - nail on the head. It was extremely overpowering and because of this, I think it really killed your taste buds.

The only redeeming quality about this beer was the way it finished. It had a smooth, sweet, and almost cream-like finish that tried to trick you into drinking more. But the next time I'd raise the glass to my face I'd quickly be reminded of how deceiving this beer was when that scent came through. Overall, this was probably the most disappointing beer I've had by Three Floyd's, but the occasional miss happens to even the great breweries.

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1.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mrbones
1.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Creative but awful.

Smells like peach nail polish remover. Nearly knocked me out. The smell lead me to believe we may have to call poison control after tasting it.

Flavor followed the nose at first. Industrial chemicals with some peach undertones and a maple like sweetness in the back. I am guessing that is the cognac flavor. I could not taste any of the base beer in this at all. It was completely overpowered during the aging process.

The mouthfeel was thin. Very thin for a barrel aged beer especially. I doubt this was aged for too long in the barrel.

Overall it was a very creative beer, but it was just not very good. At times I thought it was drinkable, and as it warmed it just got worse and worse. Luckily it was split between three of us because just the few ounces I tasted were incredibly hard to drink. Three Floyds often nails it with their experimental beers (except for sours). This goes to show you cannot do everything right all the time.

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1.46/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

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