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Pride & Joy Mild Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Pride & Joy Mild AlePride & Joy Mild Ale

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Ratings: 1658
Reviews: 661
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%

Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
5.0% ABV, 30 IBUs - This beer is 3 Floyd’s American “Mild” Ale. With a more assertive hop profile that British Milds and a relatively low alcohol content this is a great session beer that still has Pale Ale characteristics. Pride and Joy is a golden color with a fruity nose and a light caramel sweetness to balance the crisp finish. A truly refreshing ale that drinks easily.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 08-06-2001)
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Photo of moysauce


3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured this bad boy into a snifter and was dark gold/light amber in color. The head was approximately 1 finger, maybe a little more, but I was a bit disappointed with the head as it faded away pretty fast. Can't be upset with that beautiful golden/amber hue, though.

Smell: Definitely got the citrus notes upfront. Although I could pick up a hint of the malty undertones, I felt I had to really search for them.

Taste: Pride & Joy is a very balanced beer. Goes down nice and easy. Nothing too overpowering here. A little on the bitter side for the aftertaste, but the malt and hops have a nice little conversation, balancing each other out. Definitely mild.

Mouthfeel: Smoooth. Doesn't linger around or leave your mouth super dry. Again, definitely mild.

Overall I thought it was a solid brew. I don't think I've ever been disappointed with anything from FFF. It's not necessarily a beer I would wet my pants over, but I wouldn't be upset if I had to drink it. The beer definitely fits the description of "mild." Incredibly balanced in every aspect. Would have maybe liked it to be a bit more crisp, but I can't be upset over what it isn't.

Serving type: bottle into snifter
Date: 4/16/14

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 22:16:47 | More by moysauce
Photo of Beric


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into footed pilsener
Served: 7 April 2014

Appearance: Crystal clear with an amber tinge. A small white, foamy white head on the top that diminishes to about a half a finger and leaves good lacing.

Smell: Citrus and floral hoppiness dominate the nose, but there is a slight hint of malt sweetness.

Taste: A nice assertion of citrus hoppiness on a sweet malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation for the style. Body fits what I would expect for a 5% APA.

Overall: Another great beer by FFF, and one that I think is sometimes overlooked. This one is comparable in quality and taste to SNPA, though this one has a slightly thinner body in my opinion, and is just slightly darker. Would recommend, especially for those beginning to explore the hoppier sides of craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 15:31:12 | More by Beric
Photo of Swettenham_Shire


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very happy to come across a six-pack in Indianapolis. Robert the Bruce and Alpha King were also in stock, but I hadn't tried Pride & Joy yet...

Poured into tulip glass

Appearance: beautiful copper color with 1-2 finger cream head; noticeable lacing throughout
Smell: love the smell of mild fruits and hops
Taste: insanely drinkable; slightly bitter on the aftertaste, but I dig it
Mouthfeel: smooth, fruity, hoppy; very crisp with a mild alcohol burn
Overall: glad I chose this over Robert and Alpha; will pick up more when available

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 22:48:21 | More by Swettenham_Shire
Photo of pkalix


4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark golden pour, no head. well, a little on the second, more vigorous pour....
interesting hop aroma.... soft, but definitely there. some sweetness too....
taste is very nice. very well-rounded. how do they make such great brew? why doesn't everybody follow this format? is it just a race to find the next novelty? this isn't as stand out as the Zombie Dust, but it's GOOD. dang good. creamy white head. nice soap on the sides. easy to drink. very enjoyable. perfect! I just tried Three Floyds this week. everything has been great. the beer scene is maturing!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 21:55:56 | More by pkalix
Photo of Paincane


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber gold pour into pint glass produces a one finger white head that thins out to leave moderate amounts of lacing.
S: Citrus, floral and malt aromas.
T: Flavors include caramel, citrus up front with a nice well-balanced hoppy finish. M: Light-medium body with good carbonation.
O: Extremely drinkable and enjoyable. Another great brew from 3 Floyds.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 00:53:38 | More by Paincane
Photo of Dayman766


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Deep gold/light amber - it seems to have suspended sediment evenly distributed throughout. Light head that dissipates fairly quickly.
S- the expected grapefruit hops; I agree with other reviewers saying that it does smell a tad "soapy" but not distractingly so
T- This is a very unique blend of hops with a significant amount of malt; it seems like most Pale Ales go all in on the hops. I like how this beer has some grounding in malts.
M- Nicely carbonated; not at all in your face or distracting. A medium body.
O- Not the largest fan of pale ales, but this piques my interest with its larger emphasis on the malts, though the hops have certainly not been forgotten.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 23:31:40 | More by Dayman766
Photo of Cylinsier


3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a hazy orange-gold, over an inch of fluffy white head dissipates slowly to fine suds, never fully goes away.

Smells of fresh grapefruit hops and semi-sweet grassy malts, hint of honey.

Grapefruit citrus and hops with grassy malts and a mild bitter hop bite. Some honey and lemon in there.

Medium to full body with soft tingles of carbonation on the tongue.

A really nice well-balanced session candidate, goes down super-smooth and easy. Very easy to like. That said, it's nothing special, just very good at being what it is which is just an easy-drinking thirst quencher. If that's what you're looking for, though, you could do a lot worse.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 18:09:45 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of Jho3325


4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

To me, this is the perfect session beer. Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle, there was a nice 2in head that left a cap on the beer the entire way down. Smelled of citrus and a hint of pine.

The taste of this beer was almost perfect. A nice caramel malt backbone perfectly balanced with a slight hop bitterness. Stronger than an English pale, but much milder than FFF's other APAs. I could drink this beer all day and my palate would still be ready to go -- no chance of a hop burnout, yet still plenty of flavor.

This may be my favorite FFF ale, and I have had most of them!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 02:33:07 | More by Jho3325
Photo of metter98

New York

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Peach's Grill, Yellow Springs, OH

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has some flavors of citrusy hops, although these seem a little muted.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and goes down easily. It is a sessionable version of an APA.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 18:27:28 | More by metter98
Photo of Stevedore


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no bottling date so its probably a month or two old already. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 12/15/2013.

Pours a dark amber body, with a substantial, large and very fluffy white head that recedes quite slowly. Good retention, good lacing. Above average for an APA.

Smells.. a bit soapy, but otherwise fairly nice- like an English bitter, there are strong hints of orange marmalade and some floral notes. Good biscuity malt in the background rounds out the beer.

Flavour is a bit more interesting than the smell. A nice bouquet of orange peel, marmalade, floral notes like in the nose, and the bready, caramel-like malt balances this out very well on the palate. Its not too sweet, hopped just floral and interesting enough that its not too boring, but its not overwhelming either. Easy drinker.

Medium body, very good carbonation, very drinkable and not that rough on the palate. A bit more hoppy and bitter than a standard English bitter/mild would be, but this isn't a surprise given the brewer.

Solid ESB, a bit hoppier than most examples of ESBs out there but this is otherwise a nice, sessionable and drinkable take on the style from Three Floyds.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 04:25:52 | More by Stevedore
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Steelstring snifter.

Pours a dark orange with a nice inch thick head..reminiscent of an IPA. very attractive pour. Smell is very fruity and very hoppy...hmm. Smells terrific. The taste is definitely not as hoppy as the nose... a lot of malts and the hops are very subdued but present. A toned down zombie dust is what we have here. Flavor is spot on and definitely sessionable. Medium bodied actually, would think this is more than 5% from the feel, mild carbonation.

Overall 3floyds accomplished exactly what they wanted to with this one. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 17:54:28 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of jsprain1


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes:
A- Medium-dark orange. Head is off white, with decent retention and some lacing.
S- Sweetness, some grapefruit, a bit of earth. Both sweeter and hoppier than I expected, but that is not a bad thing.
T- Earthy, somewhat sweet at first. The citrus hop profile comes in. There are good flavors here, but they don't cooperate with each other well enough for a higher score here.
M- Medium body, maybe a bit too much for the style. I found it a bit flat too.
O- A good beer. I liked it, and would drink it again, but probably won't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 17:44:49 | More by jsprain1
Photo of drofbeer


3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice session-able Pale Ale. Some what muted hop flavor but enough to get your attention and accentuate the experience. Nice citrus flavors with a touch of grapefruit. Not overwhelming in any of the flavor characteristics. Perfect Segway into the bigger Pales and IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 21:42:05 | More by drofbeer
Photo of Hammer35


3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden color with beautiful carbonation and good head retention.

Smell: Big grapefruit aromas right up front.

Taste: A little malty at the start followed almost immediately by citrusy hops. Nice crisp finish but the flavor seemed a little thin to me.

Mouthfeel: Well balanced carbonation. Seems more on the thin, almost watery side.

Overall: A great session beer. Very attractive appearance and an excellent, full aroma. Refreshing and crisp. The flavor profile and mouthfeel do bring out a bit of thinness to it though.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 22:04:44 | More by Hammer35
Photo of screamking


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours amber with a 1-finger off white head. Some real good citrus notes on the nose. Orange and lemon are the main culprits, with a thin sugary malt backbone. Pretty good for such a small brew. The taste is very good as well, lots of citrus and tropical notes. It's also very balanced, the malt picks up right after the hops. Mouthfeel is incredibly light, this could be one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. As far as session beers goes, this one is hard to beat. Except for the price of course and the fact that I have to drive 40 mins away to maybe find it. Other than that, this is one of the best session beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 02:25:30 | More by screamking
Photo of andrewjraab


4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear golden yellow with two fingers of oily and fluffy white head. Really nice stick and lacing.

S - Citrus - grapefruit, lemon zest, floral. Not a huge nose on this one.

T - Starts with a juicy citrus snap on the tongue followed by some malty sweetness and finishes dry and bitter. Easy as hell to drink - really smooth.

O - Wow - this is one helluva session ale - I could drink these all day. Not too bitter and a nice balance to it.

Notes - Thanks Tom for this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 01:01:02 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of arescan


4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Golden amber hue with a medium sized head. Leaves thin lacing on a pint.

S - Malty, citrus scent.

T - Some good, malty flavor with a hint of lime and maple.

M - Very smooth and light. Goes down very easy.

O - I think this is a good sit down beer that will leave you very satisfied without filling you up very much. The hints of lime and maple really bring out that malty flavor and their own unique undertones.

It's a very good APA that I would recommend to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 00:50:34 | More by arescan
Photo of Qbdoo


3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid beer but not what I've come to expect from Three Floyds. Its appearance is probably its biggest drawback. Just a murky, unappealing color. I have trouble detecting a distinct smell but the feel and taste are satisfying. Tastes a lot better than it looks. A tame but nicely balanced beer. It's the kind of beer I would have loved 20 years ago when I was transitioning from Rolling Rock to craft beer. It's also the kind of beer I'd serve my friends who think Heineken is classy but are afraid of craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 23:17:30 | More by Qbdoo
Photo of buschbeer


3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - This beer is a wonderful golden amber color. It is topped with about two inches of off-white head.

S - I get a floral scent accented with lime. It has a real fresh smell to it.

T - This beer is crisp and clean. I get a slight lime taste.

M - Moderate to thin.

O - I was expecting nothing from this beer, and got a highly drinkable, clean, crisp beer. It is very enjoyable. I could drink this for hours.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 01:22:37 | More by buschbeer
Photo of drgoose23


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Got to try this because of a friend that I traded with. Definitely a good beer but not great. I've had Zombie Dust and Robert the Bruce and I think this is zombie dust before steroids. I definitely recommend it and will drink whenever get the chance to but I am just rating for the sake of rating and overall would give it two thumbs up. Very nice pour and has good amount of carbonation. Didn't let it get warm so I dont know or care to know if it gets better as it warms but doubt it. Taste good cold point blank.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 23:07:39 | More by drgoose23
Photo of CaptCleveland


3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from 6-pack purchased at brewery three days ago. No bottle dating.

Yellow-orange, clear elixir poured into 3F pint glass. Half-inch, white head, thin lacing.

Pepper, spice, biscuit malt and subtle pine hops.

Caramel, spice, mild hop presence lingers.

Light, smooth, nondescript.

Certainly lives up to the "mild ale" moniker. Not much going on to bring me back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 22:37:22 | More by CaptCleveland
Photo of stephenjmoore


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep amber with a bubbly tan head. Some cloudiness in the body.

S- Some piney hop aromas with lots of caramel and sweet malt in the nose.

T- Malts come through a lot along with an almost metallic taste. Hops add lots of bitterness, but not a ton in the way of flavor.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O- This is closer to a mild than a APA. Good for a less hoppy beer with full flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 22:51:20 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of pls2087


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle, poured in a pint glass (Sam Adams perfect pour).

A: Very nice orange-caramel color, decent head that dissipates fairly quickly

S: Citrus, malty, great hint of hops

T: Great combination of malty sweetness, orange peel, finished with a mild but efficient hoppy edge.

M: Good fullness, a slight lingering film, but nothing overpowering.

O: Fantastic APA. 3F representing Indiana well!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 01:13:00 | More by pls2087
Photo of schwemjw


3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear copper with a one finger head.

S: citrus, grapefruit. very floral with a touch of earth and orange zest. Very clean. Some nice honeysuckle and pine coming through near the end.

T: Light citrus right away. Lemon zest and caramel with a slightly bitter finish. The finish is the best part and where all the flavor comes in. Lots of lemon and honeysuckle.

M: Light and crisp. its clean and easy drinking. A great session beer.

O: Fantastic aroma. A light beer that you could easily drink 12 of. A great mouthfeel with a memorable finish. /89

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 20:31:06 | More by schwemjw
Photo of weonfire


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden/Amber, translucent, huge white fluffy head, light patchy lacing, constant carbonation rising

S - Citrus, tropical fruit, pineapple, carmel

T - Light citrus, malt, carmel, barley, earthy, mod sweet hop finish

M - med body, frothiness is real good, viscosity is low

O - Very nice session beer. Body isn't too heavy and a nice relaxing feel. Wish there was more citrus, less malt, liked the low ABV, very nice nose - overall very refreshing - good for any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 00:04:59 | More by weonfire
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Pride & Joy Mild Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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