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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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2,027 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,027
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 68
Gots: 192 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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 OrestesMethuon
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pride & Joy has always been one of the underrated six-pack offerings of Three Floyds—I personally prefer it by a great bit to Robert the Bruce, for instance—so, upon hearing of its demotion, I decided I needed to fully review it (and stock up on a few six-packs).

First and foremost: yes, consumption in the bottle is not the absolute ideal. Having had it a host of times off the firkin at Owen & Engine, I can say that Three Floyds really nails the traditional mild style—with their expected twists—in its most traditional service. Indeed, this style is best at cellar-temperature, hand-pumped from a cask, and preferably served with upscale pub-food—say a Ploughman's or a Full English Fry-Up—upon lacquered oak on a Sunday afternoon.

But it's a damn good six-pack, too, and one that I apparently opted to purchase more than a lot of other consumers, given their decision to replace it in their regular rotation. Moreover, I think of it like a few 3F offerings—Calumet Queen, Jinx Proof, and Munsterfest being other examples—as a product perhaps too subdued for its own good. But it isn't just a session ale, as Yum Yum will be; it's a traditional, malty English mild, with a Three Floyds not-normal-hoppy inflection.

There are nice, deep toffee notes in the flavor, despite the light reddish-orange color of the ale; it's never too sweet, but always offers exactly the right amount of malt; and—from the bottle, though not as much from the firkin, thanks to the additional foam—it's almost too smooth going down. Then, nevertheless, the aroma is all hop, in the purest sense: no citrus, little florality, little sweetness, no yeast: just all hop, in a straightforward sense that's actually difficult to describe (and true in bottle-to-tulip, but even more keenly sniffed off the engine).

Overall, it's just an insanely well-balanced beer: a soft-touch that Three Floyds doesn't always exercise, but—when they do—shows that they can with aplomb. Although I'm sure—having not yet tried it—that Yum Yum will be great, I'll miss one of these 3F soft-touches leaving the regular rotation; and I'll likewise miss one of the very few Milds regularly made in America leaving the market.

OrestesMethuon, Oct 10, 2012
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Pride & Joy Mild Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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