Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not like most browns that you would have. Had at draft at 3F pub. Nose and taste has caramel and toffee, with hoppy taste and finish. Not a bad beer, but had the 3F tendancy to be a bit over hopped.
rxeight (2350) - Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very hoppy for a brown. Pine citrius aroma. Starts like a classic floyds ipa. Finishes like a brown.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Cigar City during Humahpu Day 2012.
Pours a dark chocolate brown color with amber/hazelnut hues and a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Sweet, slightly roasted aroma with chocolate and caramel malt notes along with subtle lactic cream and earthy hops. Hints of toffee, hazelnut and toast followed by a resinous, grassy pine character.
Medium bodied with a strong hop presence up front that provides a dry bitterness that dominates the flavor. Dry grassy pine needle flavor is very prominent, overpowering most of the malt notes. The hops are slowly countered by sweet and roasted dark malts. It tastes more like an India brown ale with subtle notes of toffee, chocolate, caramel and nut. Pretty good but too hoppy for the style in my opinion.
HighWine (959) - 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 (746) - 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 (10532) - 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 (5085) - 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 (10800) - 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 (636) - Manhattan, 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.