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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: 1655
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 TMoney2591


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

Nice to see a guy like this on-cask closer to home. Take that, somewhat long drive to Munster! Anyway, it pours a clear copper-amber topped by a surprising half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises a mountain of cascade hops, some pine needles, and a light undercurrent of caramel. The taste holds notes of greens, flowers, light orange peel, and an even more reserved undertow of caramel. The body is medium, with no really detectable carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. Overall, a very nice pale, one that seems to benefit from cask-conditioning (and I suspect some dry-hopping involved as well).

Serving type: cask

10-31-2010 20:39:17 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Vdubb86


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at The Firkin in Libertyville, IL

This beer pours a thin head attached to an orange amber body. The smell is definitely of leafy hops, lemon, orange, and coriander. The flavor is smooth on cask. The bitterness of the hops seems rather highly dry hopped. This is balanced by the backing flavor of some sweet bready malts. I also believe I tasted perhaps a hint of nutmeg in the flavor. This has a nice creamy viscosity to it on cask and is rather smooth and pleasant. It's an easy drinking beer, and comes recommended from me.

Serving type: cask

10-31-2010 06:59:05 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of AylwinForbes


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We had this from the cask at cellar temperature at the Map Room; not even at the FFF have we had this version. It is a pale chestnut color, with very little head - not surprising really. Aroma was very muted. To my mind the beer was veering towards oxidation, there was a hint of flatness about the taste. Surrounded by a endless high-alcohol beers it can be something of a relief to drink a lighter style. This is redolent of a ligher English bitter, muted hop bitterness and quite dry. It is very accessible and drinkable even if it doesn't leave a pronounced mark.

Serving type: cask

04-08-2008 02:22:21 | More by AylwinForbes
Photo of drewbage


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok.. this is so not a mild. I know mild and I love mild, but this.. ain't a mild. This is really a true pale ale from the boys at 3F and it's wonderfully tasty. Served on hand pump at the Map Room in an Imperial Pint Glass.

If it were a mild, it would a little less in strength, lot less in hops (but then would it be a 3F beer?) and it would be a pale mild. The beer itself is a dark copper gold that comes screaming out of the faucet with a light fluffy loose bubbled head that serves to regulate the aroma coming forth from the brew.

Nowhere near as hoppy as Alpha King and not as malty as Robert the Bruce, the beer walks a middle ground with a bright American hop aroma and a crisp domestic grain malt profile with crystals and maybe a little wheat providing the support.

Very tasty and quaffable...

Serving type: cask

06-09-2005 17:02:46 | More by drewbage
Photo of kmpitz2


4.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from the beer engine at the Map Room in Chicago. My heart skipped a beat when I saw the board saying this was on the engine when I was there. How did it take me 3 beers into the night to see that this was there? It poured a deep amber color with 2 fingers of head, full of large bubbles, that fell to coat the beer. The nose was a nice blend of grapefruity hop and a slight chewy bubblygum. It was slightly crisp, but smelld divine. Cask conditioning this beer took it to places that I didn't know existed. The flavor was mellow. A great blend of the grapefruit hop and the caramel sweetness. This is what I will hold all mild ales up against in flavor. It was mild, yet so full of flavor. The feel was so smooth and silky, with just a bare minimum of carbonation to keep it true. I thought that this beer was fantastic. I'm not sure there is anything they can do withthe flavor to make it better. I can only hope that next time I am there they have the Alpha King on cask.

Serving type: cask

01-27-2005 23:38:21 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this off cask at The Map Room last Saturday, 1/22. Poured a clear golden amber red with a small bubbly head. The head was not thick, but somewhat lacy and intricate. Very nice appearance off the hand pull. The nose comes with big grapefruit, citric candy bubblegum with hints of peaches. Just so damn good...almost like a fruit salad in a glass.

First sip is smooth and hoppy with a beautiful melding of grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors. Very little carbonation, but it works damn well in this case. Hints of caramel peek through on the way down, with nice interplay of sweet and bitter notes. Wonderful, just wonderful.

Smooth and oh-so creamy mouthfeel goes down so easily. If you think Pride & Joy is a good session ale out of the bottle...just try it on cask and be blown away. This one could be drank all night long with no problem. Simply a great beer by Three Floyd's made even better on cask. Highly recommended.

Serving type: cask

01-25-2005 01:37:37 | More by orbitalr0x
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 barczar


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | 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 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 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 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
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Pride & Joy Mild Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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