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

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Pride & Joy Mild AlePride & Joy Mild Ale

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1,921 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,921
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 66
Gots: 162 | FT: 8
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 Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -8%

A serviceable bitter and we don't need boldness and high alcohol to clean the palate. Crisp, good carbonation, florl, grapefruit and lemonade. A changeup between the pales and stouts. Decent and drinkable bitter. Don't be fooled by the numbers, in perspective of the bold beers.

07-08-2005 02:40:48 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.94/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottled 4/9/14.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and dank herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

05-23-2014 04:03:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-12-2012 02:52:07 | More by djrn2
Photo of Thorpe429


4/5  rDev +2.8%

A: Pale amber with a nice white head.

S: Some pale malts alongside very mild hop nitterness.

T: Malt sweetness alongside some citrus hops--nothing overwhelming but a very nice profile. Fits the bill for a mild ale quite well.

M: Fairly dry and light-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Very high. If this one weren't as expensive as Alpha King and the other regulars, I could see this being a go to session beer.

10-01-2009 14:09:26 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

From a bottle, pours a dark caramel orange, the head lasts for days.

The nose is really juicy, lots of fruit, citrus hops, pear, a little spruce. The flavor is bitter up front, but its really smooth and balanced. Lots of citrus hops, creamy oranges; and a little dough. It has a very wet and refreshing finish.

Glad I finally got to have this one, would be a good one to have around in summer months.

08-26-2014 16:54:42 | More by nmann08
Photo of metter98

New York

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

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


4.2/5  rDev +8%

My last dark mild ale looked like an Imperial stout compared to this beer. Crystal clear, polished tangerine with an impressive firmsticky head of dark cream. The foam maintains a creamy, humped dollop as it languidly descends and attractive lace spatters the pint glass in an 'interlocking shards' pattern. The appearance is indistinguishable from an APA or an IPA.

Did Three Floyds mislabel this beer? Pride & Joy has to be the hoppiest, most pale ale-like mild ale in existence. In fact, it's one of the most 'unlike style' beers that I've had in a good long while. This brewery's penchant for hops is legendary, but sometimes causes them to push and often exceed the limits for any given style (I'm not criticizing, I'm praising). Now I have to decide whether to review P & J as a dark mild or based on its qualities irrespective of the stated style (spoiler: it's the latter).

Back to the nose. Bright, sweet, hoppy goodness greets my nose with each sniff: candied grapefruit and lemon zest with a spritz of pine sap. The flavor follows suit, but the hoppiness is a bit hamstrung due to the relatively light body. Pale malt stays undercover, providing just enough support for the hops.

The flavor profile is identical to the nasal profile, but caresses the palate rather than pillaging it as it does in some of this brewery's other beers. I still don't see, smell, or taste even a passing resemblance to a true dark mild ale. This delicious beer is more along the lines of a weaker, highly quaffable Alpha King.

I've recently discovered that Pride & Joy is readily available in my area. Since I feel that a session APA (which is what this really is, let's not kid ourselves) completes Three Floyds's lineup nicely and fills a niche in my own regular rotation, I'll be coming back to this one again and again.

10-21-2004 15:24:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

Appearance: Gushes from the bottle and pours a hazy honey color with a sturdy head that laces nicely

Smell: Nicely balanced nose of clementine orange and caramel

Taste: Opens with a citrusy aspect that lingers on top of the biscuity malt right through mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt manages to sneak through but both flavors remain in the fore through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body but a bit too carbonated

Drinkability: Just an incredible achievement for a nice session beer

Thanks, joe1510, for the chance to re-visit this in the bottle

02-18-2008 01:29:06 | More by brentk56
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

08-01-2014 06:03:16 | More by zestar
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-09-2012 00:01:45 | More by acurtis
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of floral hops with a good malt presence. Balance between the floral hops and the semi-sweet malt is very interesting. The above average body is also very enjoyable. If I were to rate this per the style, I would probably rate this very low because this hoppy beer does not remind me of a mild or a bitter. But since I’m rating this solely on what I tasted I can say that without being a great beer it is a very enjoyable session beer.

03-09-2006 18:52:14 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Man, that's a good beer! Sessionable, flavorful, characterful. But aren't Mild's (as the bottle suggests) supposed to be a light Brown Ale? This beer is far from being a mild, but would make a great Extra Pale Ale. Somewhere between a copper and golden color with a thin stark-white head formation and retention. The flavors are dominated by an English hop aroma (earthy, grassy) and with a medium malt character that struggles to counter the hops. The malt flavors take on Vienna-type flavors and come across pleasant and light. Body is quite light, slight of thin, but make the beer very easy to drink. finishes with a light caramel taste and strong hop bittering. Good stuff again by Three Floyds.

10-18-2007 19:03:05 | More by BEERchitect
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South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

Was totally exited to get a chance to try this. I just get far too few Three floyds beers, gonna need to make a huge trade for these soon, anyway...

A - Poured a nice light golden amber. A touch hazy with a rather large white head. This quickly faded and left behind just a thin film accross the top and a decent amount of lace. Nice carbonation visible streaming up from the bottom.

S - very light citrus hops were the most noticeable. A malty back was there, light grain and a touch of sugar.

T - Wow, this was just awesome. It was like a light IPA, but not in the normal watered down bad way. Nice solid grain backround gave way to the light citrusy hops. Very nice. A touch of susgar made it just a bit sweet, really well put together.

M - Super smooth. Not that much of the carbonation translated over, but enough to make this really nice. Went down well and was not too thin at all.

D - Superb. They are not lying about creating a great session beer. This is the perfect session beer, could drink it forever.

Overall I was very much impressed here. It just was soo smooth and light you could drink it forever and not even know. If I was around it more it would stock my fridge constantly.Just a good, no, great beer.

08-02-2007 23:47:51 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Big thanks to Jeff for knocking off a bunch of wants in a recent box. This being one of them!

A: The pour is a nice rich amber color with a finger of white head some spotty lacing is left on the glass as I drink it down.

S: Just a really fresh and vibrant hop aroma to this beer. Tons of pine and grapefruit peel with a hint of grass. Touches of sweetness from both fruity, citrusy hops and the bready malt base.

T: Slightly more malt forward than the nose lets on. Toasted bread and hints of caramel on the front end, but still plenty of hop character. Very floral and perfumey with a moderate pine note and bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Three Floyds really does hoppy beers well and this is no exception. A really nice pale ale.

03-28-2011 00:59:01 | More by womencantsail
Photo of kjkinsey


3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-10-2014 17:01:14 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of Texasfan549


3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-09-2014 22:26:29 | More by Texasfan549
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-13-2011 23:14:28 | More by spycow
Photo of kylehay2004


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

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?

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


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper-orange body with a large, foamy white head.

Smell: The aroma is noticeable even upon opening the bottle, with a scent fresh-cut citrus fruits and touch of pine.

Taste: A blend of spritz lemons and bright, juicy tangerines start off the flavor. Hint of pine. A bit of caramel malt and hint of biscuit come as an afterthought. Slightly dry finish with a lingering zestiness left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Lively carbonation. A very slight oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though light in alcohol, it's anything but mild. Nicely flavorful with a high drinkability.

12-22-2007 03:45:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of jaydoc


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

08-14-2013 23:17:57 | More by jaydoc
Photo of Knapp85


3.55/5  rDev -8.7%

Pride & Joy pours out as a dark orange color almost a light brown, The body is a little cloudy cutting down on the clarity of the brew. The head was pretty good looked thick and white and laced the glass nicely. The smell of the beer had a good balance of hops and malts on the nose, it also had a bit of a yeast aroma coming off it too. The taste of the beer was soft and had a good amount of malt in the flavor. The bitterness come though in the end with the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth and medium bodied. Overall It's a very nice brew but probably my least favorite of the 3 Floyd's year round releases.

06-08-2011 20:45:52 | More by Knapp85
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

A mild ale?Well not so sure about that,pours a rich copper with a nice white two finger head that leaves a nice sheet of lace behind as it settles,no "mild" aromas going on here piney,resiny hop with slight caramel malt note in the background.A tad watery mouthfeel but not to thin mild flavors for Three Floyds I suppose lightly sweet and caramelly but that piney,resiny American hop presence is there make this well balanced and oh so quaffable.I could drink this ale all day has nice flavors and ind goes down like water,a traditional mild no but a damn good American style mild oh hell yeah.

07-31-2005 19:49:18 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

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).

10-31-2010 20:39:17 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of emerge077


4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

Drank this one from the bottle <gasp>
Label art is quite unique, so it looks good to me :)

Very nice fruity, spicy hop aroma. Taste is balanced, and follows the smell. Fruity, citric hops are present in just the right amount. Mild yet flavorful. Mouthfeel is spot on, vaguely carbonated, but lets the flavors take center stage. An easy drinker, and what I would consider "training wheels" to 3F's bigger brews. Well done!

10-29-2006 02:17:39 | More by emerge077
Photo of largadeer


4.2/5  rDev +8%

Appearance: Golden amber with a good bit of haze to it. The head starts off strong but eventually settles into a flimsy cap. A stream of bubbles can be seen lazily floating toward the surface.

Smell: An awesome aroma of ripe oranges is the first thing I noticed, with toffee and freshly baked bread to follow. For a "mild ale" this stuff has a great aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Excellent balance here, fairly even between hops and malts leaning slightly toward the malty side. Flavors include toffee, tropical fruit and a dash of citrus. It's all nicely blended and mellow with no particular character coming to the forefront. Dries up a touch in the finish with a mild but pleasant citrus hop bite.

Drinkability: Very sessionable I'd guess, though I only have one bottle.

Notes: Thanks to Dyan for this one. I could get used to drinking this FFF stuff.

05-14-2008 02:22:14 | More by largadeer
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Pride & Joy Mild Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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