Pride & Joy Mild Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.35/5 rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Relentlessly spicy, citric, and floral, with an aftertaste of oranges and juniper berry, Pride & Joy is easily one of America's best pale ales. Juicy, spritzy, and more refreshing than a melted glacier, this beer deserves to be the Sierra Nevada of this decade.
Though there's no relationship whatsoever in flavor to a traditional British mild ale -- except perhaps a slight nuttiness that lurks behind the hops -- this beer serves the same purpose as a mild and should be commended for that. Low in alcohol and infinitely quaffable, while still dynamic in flavor and aroma.
The British distinguish between milds (thin, low alcohol brown ales) and "light" beers while the Americans don't. Clearly being low alcohol isn't enough to be a mild -- otherwise many commercial lagers and micro pale ales would be. Being a "brown ale" per se also isn't really what it's about because I've had many British milds that were so weak in malt that they were more identifiable as toasty British bitters or German helles.
No, "mild ale" is more an ideology of beer in my opinion. It's the thought that this beer can provide supreme joy to a large variety of people without ever weighing them down.
Sprezzatura, the Italians called it, when you were so good you made it look effortless.
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2005 23:17:50 | More by ngandhi
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