KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
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 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
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 (973) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2012
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 (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2011
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. That1Guy (2236) - Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Crushed at GABF ’10. One hopped up brown, though that’s not all it has going for it. It has plenty of nutty and sweet caramel malt flavor to it as well. Not incredibly complex, but very tasty. But what else would you expect?
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2011
(Draught) Pours a hazy amber body with a medium cream head. Aroma of roasted malt, florals, cinnamon, and citrus. Flavor of grass, herbs, roasted malt, caramel, nuts, earth, and cocoa with a moderately bitter finish. mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2011
Brownish with tan head and one of the best Brown Ales I have had, but of course it’s from FFF. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 18/09/2010
Big hop aroma. Bronze coloured hoppy and fruity with a hint of bitterness in a nutty malt finish. nickd717 (4679) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
GABF 2010 - yes, I’m that far behind uploading my ticks. Pours hazy medium brown from the tap with a light beige head. The aroma is caramel malt - wort really - along with considerable herbal and citrus hops and nuts. Earthy and worty flavor with caramel, chocolate, nuts, and big hop bitterness. Slight citrus. Medium-bodied with average carbonation and decent smoothness. A nice "India Brown Ale" or whatever you call it. smith4498 (3646) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Growler at Maltzilla’s All American Weekend. Pours cloudy brownish color with tan head. Sour aroma with some coffee and chocolate. I think this one’s infected. Tart flavor with some caramel, light hops. Medium body with average carbonation.