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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 barczar


3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant deep golden with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Lime, pine, grapefruit, grass, and resin form the initial aroma. There's a touch of caramel malt sweetness.

Flavor reveals lime dominance underlying light, crackery malt character, finishing resiny, earthy, and fairly bitter. Floral hops add complexity.

Body is light, with moderate carbonation. There's a touch of hop astringency at the finish.

More hoppy than expected in flavoring, though a metallic note surfaces late. Bitterness is a bit high for my liking. Very sessionable beer, but the hop flavoring isn't my favorite. Lime overpowers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2014 22:54:20 | More by barczar
Photo of KYGunner


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pride and Joy is described as a Mild Ale and it seems quite telling as its good in all areas but is, as described, mild. From the lightly colored body to the mild hop aroma to the balance of malt and floral hops, this is mild in all counts. Probably could call it a Sessionable Pale Ale, but all in all its tasty and easy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2014 21:19:35 | More by KYGunner
Photo of Tsar_Riga


4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Came out with a golden orange glow and a light tan head that laced up nicely as I drank it down.

S - Not particularly distinctive, but pleasant. Hint of fruit and pine notes. Not particularly suggestive of the flavors to come.

T - This was a great big surprise, a blast of full flavor, with pine and some undertones of grapefruit and other citrus. A muscular hop snap with a rounded finish and some drying.

M - Crisp, full carbonation that held nicely over the course of my meal. Leaves the palette clean.

O - Immensely drinkable, but mild, I suppose, is a relative thing. It makes for the most subtle beer I've had from Three Floyds, but its hops and citrus make it a far bolder statement than some strong ales I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2013 00:40:28 | More by Tsar_Riga
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$5 at Longman & Eagle, Chicago Il. Wow Chicago is cheap.

Peachfuzz orange-yellow color. Clear. Sticky head leaves several pedestals of foam holding up the sides of my glass.

Smells like tropical fruit and Ectocooler. Orange rind and "green" hoppiness.

Tastes like orange juice and peach ring hops with a light, sweet malty balance.

I had one for the Pride and one for the Joy. During dinner I had another for the "&" just in case it felt left out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2013 19:05:56 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of Treebs


3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Wild Monk. Served in a shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thing ring that leaves some splotchy soapy lace behind.

S: Light fruity hops with some mild citrus notes. Sweet bread malt. A little dash of caramel.

T: Nicely hopped with some grass notes and fruity berry. Mild sweetness from the malts, a little caramel with some lingering hop bitterness.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Slightly sweet finish.

O: Nicely balanced with a high drinkability. Not the best FFF beer as I'd much rather take a ZD or Alpha King over this, but it's still a nice, low ABV option.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2013 14:04:47 | More by Treebs
Photo of AndyP612


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Rocking Horse in Logan Square. Appearance Pale golden with a fingers worth of off white head that dissipates quickly. Nose Slight grassy notes with floral teases. Hops present but not hugely noticeable. Taste quite mild with a touch of hop and dry finish. Delivers exactly what's advertised here very mild with a hop punch and surprisingly floral. More like fresh hop water following the lead of concur water with a hint of bitter elderflower. Medium bodied with a dry finish which makes new any more and more. Overall, a great session and first beer at dinner. I am not sure if all of the dipa and iipas I have had are taking a till on my palate but I truly am enjoying these session pales. Cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2013 01:16:14 | More by AndyP612
Photo of Gatch


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

On tap at the brewpub.

Copper orange in color with a thick, creamy, off white head that leaves behind good lace and retention. Big floral and fruity hop bouquet. Similar in the taste but there's a nice sweetness reminiscent of raw wildflower honey. A bit of malt shows up in both aroma and flavor to give it a bit of balance. Still hop forward. And let's be honest. This isn't a mild. Its another hoppy APA that happens to have a low %ABV and IBU count. There's an interesting earthy and grassy quality to the finish. In summary, pretty sweet and sugary with lots of fruity hops. Almost too sweet and a bit cloying during certain sips. Otherwise easy drinking and delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2013 05:57:03 | More by Gatch
Photo of TheBrewo


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at the Three Floyds Brewpub in Munster, Indiana. It arrived in a generic nonic glass, glowing a golden honey coloring. It held a two finger head of uniform white foam, showing great retention. The bubbles were sticky, clinging to the glass, helping the head remain, albeit sagging. Any loss was marked by thick sheety lacing, and was easily reproducible with a swirl. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be light. The nose gave sweaty pales and lightly wheaty grain, light licorice bite, and big herbal hop bitterness and depth to meet. With warmth came chlorine chemical sourness, light adjuncts, and basic lactic acidity. Our first impression was that this was a nice pale ale, with even flavoring, and an easy sip. As we sipped, the flavoring opened with softer pale grain, light bready toast, mild caramels, saltiness, and juicy citric and earthy hop sugars, giving eventual bitterness towards the peak. The middle was otherwise occupied by floured macaroni, light metallics, and the sweetest nectary hop bite of the sip, but with evenly maintained citric hop rind bitterness. The finishing wash came with phenolic bite, faint licorice, corn flake malts, adjuncts, pales, synthetic lime, and mixing citric hop freshness. The body was light, and the carbonation was big and froth, but with soft prickle, much in line with the rest of their pale ales. There was hearty slurp, sip, cream, and froth, with coating coolness and light crispiness around the mouth. The light dryness is erased by eventual mucousy muck. The abv is easy, and the beer drinks nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was how sessionable it was. Through the aroma, flavoring, and feel, this guy sits very much in the same vein as Three Floyds’ other pale ales, but just a bit more toned down, seemingly for the purpose of easing and enhancing drinkability via lightness. The hops remained very fresh, but the grains cheapened up, giving more adjuncts and corn. The nose, too, is interesting sweaty and plastic, but doesn’t change the fact that this is an easy drinking, refreshing offering.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2013 20:48:58 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint at trolley stop Dayton. Clear golden pour with not much head but nice sticky lacing. Doesnt really look too good...
Great hop aromas..crisp and clean.
Taste is definitely mild but not in the English sense...mild American hop with some slight amber malt. Its way to hoppy for a traditional mild and too hoppy for an apa...its its luke a sessionable ipa.
Either way it a fantastic brew. Lots of flavor but deff mild so it doesn't overwhelm the palate. Nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2013 23:12:22 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of SportsandJorts


3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: on tap pint
Glass: Pint
From: The Bishop in Bloomington
Price: $4

Appearance: deep orange with nice clarity. a fingers worth of a white head. Good retention

Smell: a hoppy medley. some other smells adding to complexity but not overly distinguishable

Taste: lots of different hops, grassy, citrusy, and piney. some malts but mainly focuses on the hops. not bad but I was looking for something a little more complexity outside the hops

Mouthfeel: pretty light and very smooth. not too strong of a bitter aftertaste.

Overall: I wish the complexity came in a different manner. with this hop medley i would like stronger hop taste. glad i got to try it on tap and bought a six pack of something else.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2013 00:43:41 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of FreshHawk


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

A - Clear copper color with a large, full, creamy, smooth, white head. Very nice retention leaving a great ring of lace.

S - Floral and citrusy hops. Nice nose with a nice bready malt backbone. Solid and smells refreshing.

T - Similar to the nose. Plenty of biscuity malt accented with a nice grapefruit and orange citrus hop flavor. Undertones of floral hops. A bit of a zesty, bitter finish.

M - Solid, but light, body. Lots of carbonation. Fairly wet feel with a strong bitter finish that doesn't linger too long.

D - Very refreshing and solid beer. Not too complicated but hits the spot for the style.

Notes: Best option at a bar I ended up with so I gave it a shot. Wasn't exactly sure what the style would be (drinks like an English Pale Ale more or less). Refreshing and solid with a great biscuity malt backbone. Nice choice for a pale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 02:28:00 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of kylehay2004


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap while up in that area for Thanksgiving, review is from notes.

A: 2 finger slight off white head on a hazy copper and crimson body. Little retention, some lacing.

S: pine, citrus, caramel and floral. Nice full aroma as expected from the makers of Zombie Dust.

T: nice malt presence with a slightly bitter hop note from the pine and floral notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: another nice offering. sessionable almost with the 5% ABV. do these guys make a bad beer?

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2012 00:47:33 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Brenden


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

I took notes at The Attic a few weeks ago and couldn't do anything with them after the site went overhaul. Glad to be able to post again...

I would hardly have known this wasn't a Mild. FFF made an excellent representation of one, though I guess it's not exactly to style. Still, a very good beer.

Pride and Joy is a bright copper-gold with a creamy, firm eggshell white head one finger or so in height. It retains itself well and lacing is consistent.
Earthy English hops present themselves in the nose as expected, also imparting some herbal and grassy notes. Malts come in to balance while hops remain in the forefront, though not so much that I'd call this a hoppy beer, per se. It gets what it's going for in mildness.
As with the aroma, this beer is mild but is also pretty robust considering. The flavor is not dismissed at all, and this is one sessionable brew I could knock back a few of and be very happy. While hoppier than many British versions (though obviously using British varietals), this isn't too "Americanized" or over the top.
The body is light but deep and never boring; like every other apsect, FFF has proven it can be light without lacking substance. It's even sort of creamy on the tongue with a gentle smoothness building off a crisp nip.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 18:45:34 | More by Brenden
Photo of homebrew311


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep gold, crystal clear, thick lacing, small layer of white head, decent retention

S: aggressive hops start things out with moderate bready malts, some perceived roastiness, herbal accents

T: herbal hops up front, moderate level of bitterness, tons of hop flavor considering it is a "mild", I'm getting a bit of roasted character on the tongue as well... Obviously there aren't any roasted malts in here but I definitely get a hint of that flavor

Mf: light bodied, high carbonation

O: this is a tasty brew with hops oozing, not a whole lot of depth

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 00:52:29 | More by homebrew311
Photo of hustlesworth


4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- bright clear coppery amber with golden highs and a lasting white head. I mean to the extreme. Spots and swirls of lace all around.

S- grapefruit, orange, pine, and lime. Very fresh grains. Some burnt cookie and caramel. Nice soft bitterness and loads of hop flavor.

T- taste mirrors the smell. Very well balanced. Grainy and hoppy. Light sweetness aid eradicated by piney burnt grapefruit. Awesome.

MF- under medium, lively carbonation, a little resinous.

D- great beer and extremely fresh. The first I've ever had from 3 floys and I'm thoroughly impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2012 22:48:29 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Three Floyds
Pride & Joy Mild Ale

Pours a clear light straw color. Aromas of sweet grains and a touch of flowery hop. In the flavor, very mild with a crisp grainy flavor, some mild pine and citrus, and a touch of sweet bread. Pretty one note but decent at that. Hop flavor is delicate and leafy, with the faintest touch of fruit, mostly muted. One of the mildest beers I've encountered, Pride and Joy goes down like water. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a crisp carbonation. No offensive flavors at all, this would be suitable for even the most casual beer drinker. Still, tasty enough to be considered a fine beer, just a light one. Light body, solid carbonation. Overall, a decent pale mild and one I was glad to try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 18:23:27 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass

A- Pours deep dark, but clear orange. No head but I cant really say its the beers fault.
S- This has a fairly mild smell but is not watered down or anything. Had a light caramel sweetness and a fantastic fresh hop profile.
T- A very nice array of fresh hops, dry hopped for sure. The hops were somewhere in between citrusy, astringent and flowery but it was a perfect balance. A somewhat sweet backbone.
M- This is a very easy to drink beer, an average level of bitterness but in perfect balance. A good refreshing mouth feel, not filling but still full of flavored and far from watered down.
O- This beer is an A grade example of what it claims to be, A mild pale ale. Fantastic stuff. Get some.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2012 01:12:31 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of logic737


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was my pride and joy to drink this! First beer I have smelled that instantly brought me back to sticking my nose in a bag of fresh hops. The head was good with a lace left on the side of the glass. Because of the smell I anticipated a very bitter taste and was surprised to taste a smooth and slightly fruity. This is a summer session beer that I cannot keep my nose out of the glass. 3 Floyd's was pretty highly recommended to me and I am happy to say this vastly exceeded expectations. Well done

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 01:25:23 | More by logic737
Photo of DCon


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ State & Lake (1st floor of the Wit) in Chicago, IL for $7.77 (unusual price! but dig it, just like FFF, very unusual brews). Tapped from the white handle w/ the FFF Joker on it & a Purple Crown on top into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Strong citrus and hop. Not overpowering in the nose but very sharp and appropriate. Awesome!

Appearance- Received with 1 finger head that stays. Has a nice golden body with ingredient hanging around? Strange but cool! Leaves VERY thick lacing afterwards.

Flavor- The FFF normal APA! Great, easy drinking, and great character and complexity. Not as strong as their Alpha King but I'm guessing thats why they call it a "Mild Ale". Light Hop Bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied but almost Light-Medium, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and easy to drink (strange for style?).

Overall Impression- Awesome brew again from FFF! The apperance was funny seeing tons of things floating around and HOW the heck does a Hotel Bar in Chicago have FFF on-tap!?! Uh, thats what Rachael does best here! Good brew, Good Time, and would say I will be enjoying this again but may be trying more from FFF first before coming back to this one. Didn't blow me away or anything.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 21:41:50 | More by DCon
Photo of Ryan011235


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at Woodlands tavern on 9/28/11

Mostly clear, amber hue with a caramel turn. 1/4th inch head is cut down immediately to an even skim. An ok patch of lace holds on.

Simple, yet aromatic hop profile. Piney and a tad grassy with a decent citrus note - grapefruit and tangerine. Zesty. Smells resinous and oily. Clean; grainy malts stand aside. Quite nice.

It tastes almost as good. Nice amount of bitterness via pine with some citrus zest crackle to move it along. Grainy malts are mild and about as neutral as they come, aside from notions of crackers. Vibrant flavor. Hints of cotton candy sweetness as it warms.

The only downside is a thin feel; it lets the frisky carbonation get the best of it. Finishes with a quickly tapering bitterness.

This is very much an easy drinking beer. I was certainly happy to find it at my local bar.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 01:34:57 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of JNewbs


2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Lizardville in Bedford Hts, OH. I will preface this with the fact that they had the beer listed as an Amber Ale, not a Pale Ale (or Mild Ale, whatever that is).

A - The look fits the bill. Slightly orange-gold, tall white head with light lacing.

S - Nothing to write home about, the aroma of this beer was very ordinary. No powerful notes, but some light caramel maltiness.

T - Follows the nose. The flavor was very mild with no outstanding notes. It doesn't have much in the way of richness or malt that was on the nose. I drank it pretty quickly to get to the next beer - an unconscious habit I developed back in the Natty swilling days for beer that didn't taste good. When I realized what was happening, I knew this beer was going to get negative marks.

M - Relatively thin and uninspiring.

Not much to take "Pride" or "Joy" in about this beer. At least not to me. If you're looking for something easy drinking that won't take your attention away from conversation, this is it. If you're looking for something that will match the hype from the brewery and the wacky label, then it's not.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 13:41:55 | More by JNewbs
Photo of Spider889


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Beer Trappe in Lexington on 9/10.

Nice clarity, colored by all pale malts with a hint of toast tossed in. Short white head.

Smells wonderful. Nice fresh juicy hops. Pine resin and floral fruit flowers rise up to greet you.

Tastes very smooth, an easy drinker. Hints of pine, lemon zest, and white bitter flowers.

Smooth and creamy with low carbonation.

Not bad at all, this one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 07:30:40 | More by Spider889
Photo of MarvinTheMarzen


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Bavarian Lodge. As with most Three Floyds beers, this brew has a great taste with complex flavors. Unlike other FFF beers you could drink a few of these at one setting. Probably the most flavorful session beer that I've had.

I told my wife it was like a "baby IPA" - I have several friends that I'm trying to enlighten (read as: getting then to put down their cans of Coors Light) and Pride and Joy would be a great beer to introduce them to. I will be having this again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 02:43:06 | More by MarvinTheMarzen
Photo of gatornation


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

A- pours a light golden honey color with an off white head mostly clear
S- was light citrus with bread and malts some grains
T- was a slight bitter taste of lemon/citrus hops with a caramel/malt background,some grassy and citrus taste are present
M- was crisp with medium carbonation,a touch of bitterness
O- a session PA with slight above average tastes if available in sixers i would buy it now and then..its pretty good

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 22:33:33 | More by gatornation
Photo of AgentZero


3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - An orange color beer with a small head that left behind a little bit of lacing.

S - Pretty nice meld of aromas: caramel malts, some pine and citrus hops, with some farmy grass like smell. Nothing really jumps out at you as awesome, but it smells good.

T - More malty than hoppy, but it's an easy drinker. Caramel and bready matls on the front with a bit of citrus and grassy hops on the end. It gets a little bitter right at the finish.

M - Medium-light with good carbonation.

O - Not a bad APA, although not the amazing thing that is Alpha King. I'd go with this one if you like your APAs slightly more malt forward, but still with a bit of hops.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2011 19:23:08 | More by AgentZero
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Pride & Joy Mild Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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