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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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1,812 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,812
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 62
Gots: 130 | 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 DCon


4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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 CHickman

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber copper color with a very nice 2 finger foamy off white head that faded slowly, leaving a foamy layer on top and great lacing coating the sides and leaving rings as it goes down.

Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, caramel, sweet malt, grains, biscuit, light grapefruit, pine cones and light fruit; the hop whiff up front faded quickly and this is an above average smelling beer that’s basic yet nice to inhale. Smells like a pale ale, and it’s mild, so I guess they got the aroma correct.

Tastes like a pale ale, with lightly toasted grains, biscuit, citrus hops, grapefruit, floral hops, caramel, sweet malt, pine cones, light fruit like lemon and a husky, earthy note like wheat or crackers. The hops and sweet malt balance out each other well, and the alcohol is completely hidden making this highly drinkable. Overall the flavor was good, and while the hops don’t dominate, they do add a nice herbal flavor that kept this in the range and taste of an APA style that I prefer.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp with light carbonation, a light body that slides down slick and a slightly bitter finish that leaves a light caramel sweetness mixed with the hop bitterness.

A session beer for me and one that I’m very glad I was able to try; thanks to my man Justin for shipping these out to me last month. This beer went down very easy and I recommend trying it.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 03:28:59 | More by CHickman
Photo of Ryan011235


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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 syrupjoe


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a golden brown biscuit color with a 1 finger inner almond colored head. Big bubbles, no lacing.

Nose presents juicy flavors of dried mango and apricot with a bit of citrus and rosewater.

Taste is very bitter upfront, slightly sweet, with hints of caramel malt and resinous pine.

Moderate to light carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel with a slight resinous stickiness.

Overall a great beer, nice balance of lightness and flavor. Not the best beer these guys make but definitely tasty!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 00:17:49 | More by syrupjoe
Photo of JNewbs


2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
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 siege06nd


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesty of IrishColonial...thanks, Eric! Served in a nonic pint.

A: Pride & Joy is a hazy, sunset blonde colored brew. A quarter finger white head and some sticky lacing latch on to the glass. Looks pretty good for a mild ale.

S: Wow, very good. Some light pine and citrus hops. Light touches of sweet yeast and bready malt. Smells great.

T: Nice. Some sweet malt and lightly bittering hops with a sweet, citrusy finish. This one is a little past its prime (my bad), but it still tastes quite good. It's incredibly smooth and very well balanced.

M: Carbonation is spot on. Light doses of both malt and hops create what may be the perfect lawnmower and tailgate beer. Quite enjoyable.

O: Pride & Joy is great for what it is: a light, refreshing, standard mild ale. It's got bursts of hop presence that will entertain your inner beer geek but a light enough mouthfeel to keep it easily sessionable. Great job.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 22:43:29 | More by siege06nd
Photo of alexgash


3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Dark golden to copper body. Mostly clear. Finger of soft white, dense head. Great lacing. Nose of butterscotch biscuit malt and floral, slightly herbal hops.

Toasted malt and grain up front with minty, floral hop bitterness following. Fruity malt fills in. Light butterscotch in the finish. Moderate to light body. A nice quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 01:54:48 | More by alexgash
Photo of Spider889


3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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 david131


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange liquid with a thin but creamy white head that settles to a thin and splotchy covering.

S- Slightly soapy and fruity. Overall it is pretty simple and mild but rather enjoyable.

T- Slightly fruity with some soap and biscuity malt.

M- A nice carbonation bite and a fairly clean finish.

O- Drinks very nicely for the style. There is something unique to this I can't really put my finger on. Would make for a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 04:10:01 | More by david131
Photo of Soneast


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, pale gold color. Develops a small, 1/4 inch off-white head, that disappears rapidly.

The aroma has a nice balance to it, some mild biscuity aromatics, with a decent earthy hoppiness, bordering on tropical fruit.

The flavor has a definite hop-punch, but the flavor is really quite mild despite being incredibly hoppy. I mostly get an herbal, slightly citrus quality from the hoppiness, and even some pungent earthiness typical of English hops. Not to be outdone, the malt backbone adds a nice lightly toasted bread flavor adding great balance to the beer, that ultimately finishes clean and bright, while leaving a very mild flavor on the palate.

I really enjoy this beer. Very easy drinking, clean, crisp hop flavors and nice balance. Too bad it costs $2-3 more than any other craft six-pack on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 22:45:55 | More by Soneast
Photo of divineaudio


3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a weizen glass. no date.

a - pours a medium amber color with a bit of chill haze. gave me a pinky of off white head that calmed quickly to a thin film. some spotty lacing.

s - sweet and fruity! notes of honey, raisin, fig, plum, light toasty malt and a touch of floral hops.

t - light biscuity malt up front with a somewhat muted bitter twang in the back that hangs on for a while. some subtle dark fruity and herbal hop notes pop up here and there. bitterness becomes more pronounced as it warms up.

m - lighter in body with enough carbonation. just shy of being prickly and has a slight oily feel on the tongue.

o - very drinkable and fits the style. seems like it would go well with a lazy summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 05:34:54 | More by divineaudio
Photo of tyleeis


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a simple beer glass, has a nice caramel color-simply looks tastey!

Nice head that settled down to about a finger, medium lacing.

Smells sweet, but hoppier than most-what else would you expect from 3 Floyds?!

Good hops flavor up front, grapefruit comes to mind. Slightly bitter but followed up with a very nice caramel sweetness.

Medium carbonation, very fitting and compliments the beer quite well.

One of my favorites, and I used to avoid hops! A great tasting beer from 3 Floyds that surprised me and will definitely be in my fridge again.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 19:42:31 | More by tyleeis
Photo of elgiacomo


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, unknown date. Served around 45F.

Pours hazy orange amber with a one finger white head that recedes to a wispy cap and leaves some good spotty lacing.

Aroma is pine and citrus hops, caramel, fruit and bread. Good, but not great strength.

Flavor is surprisingly hoppy, great citrus up front along with grass and pine, moves to some fruity and caramel malt in the middle with light sweetness, finishes with very good citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Very flavorful and hoppy "Mild" Ale, comes across more as a Amber Ale/Pale Ale hybrid.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 02:24:25 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of kdmcguire10


3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy pale orange. 1-finger head, which dissipates very quickly. Very little lacing.

S: Very subtle aromas. Caramel sweetness with just a hint of citrusy pine.

T: Evergreen bite up front with a hint of lemon bread. Lingering breadiness with a mild bite on the finish.

M: Well carbonated, light-medium body. Very drinkable.

O: Probably my least favorite offering from FFF, but it's still better than most beers. Very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 01:46:01 | More by kdmcguire10
Photo of Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (thanks rnorgart!) poured into a pint glass

A: Pours golden pale orange with less than a finger of thin white head. Not great retention. Clear body.

S: Light citrus and floral hops, a little caramel sweetness and pale bread.

T: Good bite of pine right up front with floral and earthy hops and a touch of lemon. Lots of bread flavors, toasted grains, and light caramel. Seems hoppier than your normal pale ale and definitely more bitter. Finish is clean with lingering bread notes, pine, and a decent level of bitterness.

M: Light body, fairly high carbonation, very clean and smooth with a crisp finish. Extremely easy drinking, which should be standard for the style and ABV.

O: Hoppy, grainy, tasty, clean, crisp, and easy drinking. What more could I ask for?

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 21:08:26 | More by Satchboogie
Photo of jsanford


3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours a hazy light copper with a fluffy white head that settles to a a nice fat cap. Fresh aromas of lightly toasted sweet malt and pine resin/grapefruit hops make for an easy-sniffing nose. Taste is fairly subdued, with some sweet malt and lightly bitter citrus hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with a touch-over-thin body and good carbonation. Overall I really appreciate what 3F was doing here, making a sessionable mild ale, but I could use just a hair more flavor. Still, I could easily imagine knocking back a sixer while fishing!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 23:26:35 | More by jsanford
Photo of Tucquan


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-09-05 in Columbia, PA and again on 2012-12-03 in Warsaw, IN from a very fresh bottle.

A - Hazy orange with a 1-finger head from an aggressive pour, which fades quickly. Mild lacing.

S - Pineapple, mango, orange and mild pine. Nice but not very bold.

T - Combination of reasonable hop fruit and bitterness, pineapple, bread, spice and a touch of orange creamsicle. Quite a bit of flavor for a 5% ABV brew. Dries nicely and the bitter aftertaste lingers; tailing off into an orange tartness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Mildly prickly but not resinous. On the crisp side.

O - I enjoyed this brew. Good fresh flavor. Very satisfying session brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 15:45:41 | More by Tucquan
Photo of TheDudeRules


2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Surly imperial pint.

Amber in color. A foot of off white head. Cotton candy nose. Slightly bitter taste. Hop forward with some citrus. Plenty of caramel malt. Rather skunky finish. And gee... An aspirin like aftertaste. Incredibly average beer across the board. I guess 3 Floyds can't hit all homeruns.


Serving type: growler

09-04-2011 02:33:33 | More by TheDudeRules
Photo of aasher


4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this one yet. This is the one beer that gets zero respect from consumers. The other beers from Three Floyds sell out in no time but this one is left on the shelves. I don't know why.

I'm not rating this as an APA. I'm rating it as an American take on the English Mild Ale. This one pours a nice orangish gold in color with a one finger, soapy off white head. It smells of honey, bready malt, light citrus, and had a faint amarillo esque tinge to start things off. Maybe I'm just anticipating my next Gumballhead, I don't know. If I had to describe it, I'd call it a hoppy ESB based purely on the aromas. Very interesting to say the least. The flavors consist of smooth, slightly sweet malts and a soft and vibrant piny hop presence. It has really nice flavor and is very well constructed. The flavors work in near perfect unison. It finishes clean and drinks pretty light. It is very, very sessionable. Overall this beer is quite solid. There aren't many beers that I'd buy an entire six pack of but this one would be perfect for a prolonged session outside or with friends.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 03:19:38 | More by aasher
Photo of TCMike


4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass it produced a one finger, off-white head. The color was an orangish/honey.
The smell was of citrus, bread, hops.
The taste was the same. Medium mouth-feel, and carbonation. Not as bitter as I had anticipated, after smelling the hops.
It's a nice, easy drinking beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 02:47:07 | More by TCMike
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/22/11
*From notes

-- Yet another bottle generously donated to the "Rhettroactive Tick Foundation" by Senor Siege, via IrishColonial --

A: Pretty dark for an APA. A god pour yields a two finger head and some hefty lacing.

S: Floral hops dominate the nose from start to finish.

T: Quite herbaceous, yet generously hoppy. The finish is slightly yeasty, and an earthy quality comes through on the aftertaste.

M: Pretty well done. It could use a bit more rounding, as it's slightly sharp. But it's a minor complaint for what otherwise feels on point.

O: Three Floyd's Pride & Joy is exactly what I figured it would be: an easy drinking, sessionable APA. It's in the upper middle class of the style, and I could easily see myself enjoying a sixer of this stuff on a football Sunday. Not worth denting the cellar for, but certainly worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 21:49:26 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of tvv375ia


3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-Hazy amber with an orange tint 2 finger foamy white head that fade to about a 1/4" with a little lacing

S-lemon & orange hops at first and then some sweet malt

T-Much the same as the smell citrus hops up front and finish with malt

M-good carbonation

O-Pretty good Pale Ale that is well balanced

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 02:46:16 | More by tvv375ia
Photo of Pete0714


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trying the second of three FFF styles at my local bottle shop. This one seemed promising,and after trying it, it did not dissappoint expectations.

Poured a hazy amber into a pint glass with a fairly solid 1/2 inch head.

the Aroma is definitely piney hops,

Slightly bitter and roasted but crisp and light mouthfeel. Balanced well overall

A very nice lighter Pale ale style.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 01:34:53 | More by Pete0714
Photo of SDtastentune


4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Darker orange/yellow with a very small amount of sediments. Small head dissipates into a haze over. Some lacing going on.

S - Smell is sweeter citric hops, very similar to some lagunitas brews but obviously different. Kinda floral but nice apricot nose.

T - Apricot mixed in with a little fresh malts, hops come first but don't get too bitter, more floral and fruit/citric/apricot like. Some bitterness half way down there, but evens out quickly into a nice aftertaste!. Very IPA like.

M - Almost perfect, medium carbonation, not over carbed. Goes down smooth and with a slight aftertaste but nothing major.

O - Overall this a one of the best session ales I have had! Great balance between hops and smoothness. I like that its only 5% ABV and it taste so great. Its showcase is the hops! Thumbs UP!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 21:51:51 | More by SDtastentune
Photo of ONUMello


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an FFF pint glass.
A: Amber with a 1/2 finger head.
S: Smells like orange and grapefruit juices, with just a bit of bread underneath.
T: If this were sports, this would be named 'best all-around': really does a good job perfectly balancing a malt backbone with moderate hops.
M: Medium-bodied and very crisp.
O: I really wish we had this in Ohio as it would probably be one of my go-to bottles. I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 01:08:50 | More by ONUMello
Pride & Joy Mild Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 1,812 ratings.