HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Local Opttion. Light brown pour with a short lived beige head. 3. Mild flowery hop aroma. 6 flavor is similar. Mostly hops, green banana, and some lightly toasted malt in the background. 7 Medium palate. 3Good. Just good. 16
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint draft at R.J. Grunts. Cinnamon, brown sugar, and hops pop out. It wasn’t too bubbly on my tongue, and it had a stronger abv presence than most brown ales I’ve tried. Medium-to-heavy bodied. It’ll fill you up.
hopscotch (9858) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft… CCB’s Hunahpu’s Day 2012… Pours a clear light brown with mahogany highlights and a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The aroma is roasty and lightly smoky with a nice, piney hop nuance. Lightly toasted, heavily hopped flavor – no nutty or chocolaty notes here. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with modest carbonation. Crisp, snappy finish with lingering bitterness.
markwise (4570) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at Hunahpu Day 2012. Pours a sienna brown color with a white head. Nose is some toffee, some caramel, some hops. Flavor is similar- easy-drinking malty beer with a nice hop addition. Medium in body and nice overall.
daknole (9801) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown pour at Huna day. Nice creamy head. Aroma is simple but delicious...hops, toffee, caramel. Flavor is really hoppy up front and settles into some nice biscuit, caramel notes. Good stuff.
Thechasm442 (366) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the pub. Nice brown color with a finger length head that dissapears. Aroma is slight, Carmel and citrus. Flavor is Carmel, toffee and malt. The hop addition is perfect. Slight bitterness and very smooth blend. Mouthfeel is medium to light. This beer is very good.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes. First reviewed 11/12/2010. Served on tap in a pint glass at Hopleaf.
Sand Pebbles pours a mostly translucent brown color with a touch of amber. An off-white head exists initially, fading quickly. This is partially due to the generous pour. Decent head retention.
The aroma is smooth and complex. Toasted malt, with some toffee and brown sugar provide a sweet aroma, with a moderate tropical fruit hoppiness is there as well.
The first sip is phenomenal. The toasted malt starts the flavor cascade with some burnt coffee as well. Right before the hops kick in, there is a blast of brown sugar. As it helps to transition the beer to the juicy, hoppy part, initially it was a tough flavor for me to place, but that is what really kicks the flavor points up. Toward the end I get some citrus but more tropical fruit hoppiness, with the finish being a bit bitter.
The mouthfeel is a bit sticky, with a medium level of carbonation with a bit of creaminess existing in a fuller than medium body. The body is obviously needed to contain the ABV, but it still maintains a easy to drink, almost light feel.
This will be tough to come by I imagine, but it is another great offering from FFF. Call me a fan.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Three Floyds over Christmas. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a moderate brown color with a good off-white head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose carries some roasted brown malt, brown sugar, and a good pine-hop presence. Light chocolate as well. Flavor is more toward the chocolate and roast, though the hop bitterness comes through well. Medium body with a brisk bitterness and nice bit of roast. Very, very solid.
Hammy78 (804) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the Three Floyds brewpub. Pours a reddish ruby brown, decent layer of light brown/ white head with huge sheets of lacing that are thick as shit. Smell is subtle and malty. Tastes malty and a bit hop bitter, some coffee in there as well.
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2011 version toned down to 6ish abv on tap @brewery. Pours clear dark brown with off-white head and great retention. Aroma is toast, cinnamon, pine, hint of roastiness. Taste is balanced pine, hint of molasses, brown sugar. Body is medium, viscous, low carbonation, dry roasty finish. Overall, this is good but I remember the old 7.7%abv being much much better when I enjoyed it years ago.