daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2012
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. 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. 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. mnurda (1284) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 25, 2010
On tap at fff. Great brown ale perfect amount of hops. Went well with the pizza Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2010
On tap at Three Floyds
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 28, 2013
A damn good brown ale that is over-hopped just as would be expected by Three Floyds. Still has alot of malt but the hops really stand out, especially in the dry bitter finish. Reminds me of Surly Bender.
Tap at FFF. Clear dark ruby. Excellent sheets of tan lacing. Nose is fresh peppermint, sage, pine. Taste is dry, dusty, loads of white pepper, spruce and waxy pine sap bitterness. Sage herbal overload. Delicious. Can be a bit dusty but comes across as cocoa powder bag mixed with crushed white pepper. Drake (13652) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2016
Non Beer Trip Beer Trip Beer #48. Keg at the brewpub, 3/10/16. Clear dark brown, large frothy tan head. Good retention. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel. The taste is roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, molasses, burnt sugar. Medium bodied, low carbonation. manny57 (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2010
had on draft at the brewery, served in a 1/2 pint glass. pours reddish, brown. malty with coffee, caramel, nuts and bread noted. balanced well, with hints of citrus and pine. SrSilliGose (3330) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 24, 2010
tap at FFF. pours a clear dark copper. nice lace. basically what you would expect a big hoppy brown ale from FFF to be like. nice clea pine and citrus hops compliment a dry, low residual sugar coffee and cocoa backing. clean and refreshing. great beer. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2010
"Sampled at the Great American Beer Festival on September 16, 2010. Amberish light-brown body, very pretty actually, with an off-white head. Aroma of very light fresh hops and something... for some reason birdcages come to mind. Flavor is more of a punch in the mouth than the aroma lets on, with a light, rubbing alcohol-like sweetness. Very tame. Palate is quite amazing. Warm in the throat... spikey. Alcohol felt in the throat more than the mouth. Wow, this is a good beer.