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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: 1654
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 Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2004 15:24:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 00:59:01 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

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

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

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 01:29:06 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 19:03:05 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Thorpe429


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 14:09:26 | More by Thorpe429
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 ChainGangGuy


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 19:49:18 | More by oberon
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 feloniousmonk


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

Big, creamy head; copper color. Aroma: fresh, slightly spicy, soft, faintly herbal, some lemon zest. Taste:tangy, but smooth, quite mild, but more character and flavor than other session ale types I've tried recently. I could drink a lot of this, if I didn't care too much about variety, etc. Unfortunately, I like to drink quality, exciting brews, and a diversity of them. So I ask: why can't the discriminating session beer drinker, the party giver, the softball player, turn to this instead of Bud Light?

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2002 21:32:59 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of MasterSki


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

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. Can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer before. Figured I'd enjoy a (lower alcohol) Three Floyds offering in anticipation of tomorrow's festivities. Served, somewhat appropriately, in a Surly pint glass.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving a few stray splotches of lace. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - A nice initial hop punch of floral and citrus flavors mellows out to a crackery malt backbone with notes of toffee and toast. Plenty of grapefruit and lemon flavors present.

T - Taste is quite nice, with a mix of grapefruit, pine, and grass hop flavors mingling with some cracker and biscuit malt. Well-attenuated, with a tiny astringent note in the back end. Bitterness is medium-low and appropriate.

M - Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, lightly sticky finish with some enamel-coating hop oils. Goes down extremely easy, with negligible alcohol presence.

D - An enjoyable beer from Three Floyds that probably deserves more credit than it gets, but is overshadowed by its higher ABV siblings. Drinks a little lighter than Alpha King, and a great option for winning over craft beer n00bs.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 01:20:41 | More by MasterSki
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from BlackAngus courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops and citrus with a background of caramelized malt.

T: The taste starts out fruity with flavors of lemon and tangerine, then a decent burst of floral hops bitterness comes in. There's a thin malt character and not a lot of sweetness despite the fruitiness. The after-taste is slightly sweet and a little hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is yet another very good beer from 3F. I could certainly see myself drinking several of these in an evening. The biggest thing that would keep me from selecting this beer if it ever comes back to my area is that I would prefer Alpha King above it and any place around here that would have Pride & Joy would most likely have Alpha King as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 02:02:57 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of emerge077


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

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It also has an intense hop aroma that really makes this beer. It is well balanced. The taste is great as well. It has a solid malt core that lays a base for the hops in the taste and finish. It is quite bitter, but very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a fine brew. It is full of flavor and good aroma. Another solid beer from Three Floyds.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2005 23:38:12 | More by WesWes
Photo of drabmuh


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my least favorite Three Floyds beers to date but that didn't stop me from drinking 36 ounces of it. Oh yeah, served in a Three Floyds beer glass because I can.

Beer is amber and hazy with a soft white head of medium and small bubbles that leave a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate to low.

Aroma is nice, pineapple and grapefruit.

Beer is sweet at first giving way to a floral hoppiness that finishes with a grainy aftertaste. It is an average beer that unfortunately shits on the term "mild"...I don't hate it, but I expected a flavorful low alcoholic malt and hop experience and what I got was a thin grainy water hop mess. I drank three of them and I doubt I'd go out of my way for more. Worth a try but does not need a repeat.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 04:45:27 | More by drabmuh
Photo of jlindros


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

Thanks to both dvelcich and tmoney2591 for another one from one of my top 3 favorite breweries.

A nice fluffy 1finger head rises and fades semi quickly leaving a nice light lacing over super clear toasty amber orange color.

The nose brings some light fresh hops, light grassy and a little spicy with a touch of musty hop resin, some light clean malts with a nice malt backbone. It has a light aromatic fruity hop smell too. Hops are nice and not too heavy. A nice crystal malt there too.

The taste is nice and fresh hop filled, light hops with lots of grass and herbal flavors, little hop resin and some light fruit hops. A touh of a piny and resinous hoppy hit with light malty backbone and just a touch of sweetness. It finishes drier with more bitterness resonating wit the driness. Some of the hop resin lingers.

The mouth is lighter bodied with a touch of hop oil and good carbonation.

It has a pretty good drinkability with light crisp ale flavors, light malty sweetness to balance the hops, the only thing taking away is the lingering hop resins with fresh hop flavors, which taste great but take a bit away from drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 22:37:06 | More by jlindros
Photo of Gueuzedude


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

Pours a brilliantly clear deep copper color. It is topped by a thin light tan head. The aroma has been infused by that typical Three Floyd's, over the top hoppiness. I get notes of apricot, ruby-red grapefruit, tangerine and orange. The taste is initially sweet up front, but then moves to a fairly dry finish. Throughout though it is a hop lovers dream. This beer is about as far from a mild as possible, it could easily pass for a supped up pale ale though. I am not quite too sure what to think of this beer, it is certainly by no definition a Mild Ale, but it certainly is what I expect Three Floyds to brew as their mild. I am certainly enjoying the in your face citrus fruit notes, but I wish that there was some of that malty complexity that one gets from a traditional Mild Ale. In the end though this beer does taste quite good.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 16:58:44 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 20:45:52 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger -

From notes reviewed in September that were lost and just now found.

Pours golden amber with a thin head that becomes a wisp but leaves spotted lacing.

The smell is leafy, perfumy. Different than expected. Doesn't smell like a "mild"...APA, as categorised here - does fit much better. Nice hop aroma.

The taste is hoppy - leafy/perfumy with a bitter citric touch and a sweet malt backbone. It has a bitterish finish.

Medium-bodied, creamy and smooth.

This is very "sessionable". It says on label "mild ale", and might reflect in drinkability, but don't think "English" more "mild APA" - but fits very well for that. A very good easy drink that is well-hopped, for a "mild"!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 20:52:04 | More by jwc215
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden/orange amber. Nose is strong pine hops. Flavor is just the same. Bitter salty hops that stay consistent, but aren't so salty that it just messes the whole experience up. Feel has a good carbonation to it. Nice liquid feel. Overall a good drink. The salt could stand to be a wee bit lower I think, but still a good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2008 01:42:25 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of WVbeergeek


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

A brew I passed up a few times in the past I decided to revisit...appears a slight hazed golden orange hue with a thine white head leaves behind ample lacing around my pint. Aromatics contain citrus peels, pine needles, mild earthiness with a light biscuit malt presence and doughy yeast notes. Taste is upfront with the hop bite which includes bitter citrus peels ie: grapefruit, with relatively low sweetness light bready malt character truly a flavorful mild. Mouthfeel is light bodied low oily texture especially for the hop flavor evenly carbonated smooth brew. Drinkability definitely a great session ale massive flavor, I likes it.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 18:06:41 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear orange in color with a nice 2" head. Decent lacing develops. The aroma is of strong floral hops and citrus - extremely pleasing to the nose. The flavor is a nice balance of malt sweetness, bitterness, and strong orange and grapefruit tones. There is a mild grassy tone here too.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp and the start, and finishes crisp and dry. Medium bodied brew. Nice carbonation levels. This is a brew you can drink all day and night, as the flavor is very interesting but not overblown.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 14:23:20 | More by Gavage
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Pride & Joy Mild Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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