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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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2,028 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,028
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 68
Gots: 193 | 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 pokesbeerdude
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to yeahnatenelson for this. 12oz bottle into my Silver Edition Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Pale gold/amber in color with a white head, slightly cloudy but pretty nice clarity. Not much head retention, just a few bubbles remain on the edges and a thin cap in the middle. A few spots of sticky lacing.

S: Lots of hops in the nose on this one a nice blend of citrus and spicyness as well, nice hoppy aroma and a bit of malt underneath but its all pretty muted in the nose. Decent.

T: This has some really cool things going on, nice hop profile of both American citrusy hops and a bit of the English hop profile, kind of a earthy/spicy/profile. I like that a lot. Underneath that I can get some yeast esters that are a little out of place, taste reminds me of a batch of homebrew I made that fermented a little on the warm side. The grain bill here is flavorful with a nice pale malt following by just a bit of bread crust.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is slightly prickly. A little warm alcohol but nothing major to distract. Finishes pretty clean.

D: Yeah this is good, flavorful but also un-assuming. A little on the strong side for a "session" but also not incredibly in your face. I could pound this back for quite a while. Very nice.

Thanks Nate!

pokesbeerdude, Aug 19, 2010
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: A light amber in body color, with a white head that holds well. A thin white lacing.

S: A very typical FFF aroma, a blast of citrus hops with a slight malt nose. Hints of pine are also found.

T/M: A nice hop/malt/hop profile. An upbringing of citrus hops gives way to a malt backbone. A transition goes with a spice into a dry hop finish. The mouthfeel is a smooth and refreshing bitterness.

D: Great session beer, a good one for those prefer to not go hop heavy all night. Classic mild taste for a smooth finish and an all around good experience.

GDBEERMAN, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a crystal clear caramel color with a thick slightly off white head that is thick and creamy. As the head slowly dissipates it leaves lots of large clumps of residual lacing.

S. Nice sweet malt smell with a light floral bitterness.

T. Bitter and sweet upfront; very balanced. The bitter flavors are floral with some lemony citrus. It's got some nice malty sweetness with light bready yeast flavors.

M. Medium bodied with a high level of small bubble carbonation.

D. Crisp and refreshing. I plan to pick up a case of this for my next party if I can find it (no Ohio distribution so hopefully I can find it in KY or IN).

BeerAndBourbon, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky amber color with one finger of fluffy off white head and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops and fruits, caramel malts, and floral hops.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, pine and floral hops, and fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A nice ale. Some nice citrus in the smell and a decent taste. Would try again.

mdfb79, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Sheffield's into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber body with a finger of creamy off-white foam. Pretty good retention and great lacing. Lovely, especially for a pour in a pub.

S: Hugely piney, minty, herbal hops on top of some light biscuity malt. Unlike anything I've smelled, and amazing.

T: The malts are forward here, with mild caramel and biscuit flavors offset by a cleanly bitter finish. Delightful.

M: Fairly light, smooth body, with moderate spiky carbonation. Could use a softer set of bubbles.

D: Not that mild for a Mild, to be honest. I love it, but it drinks like a full-on APA.

NB: this review is based on the beer as presented on the menu, where it was classified as a 4.8% Mild, not a 6.5% APA. If the latter is actually the case, then I'd probably alter the scores to 4.5/4.5/4.0/3.5/4.0. Considering that I also saw the beer listed as an American Mild Ale (5%) on the 3F Brewpub's beer menu, I'm inclined to think that the website is wrong and the menus are right. Either way, this is a unique and tasty beer.


woosterbill, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of peensteen
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to HosP for this one that he sent me

This is the first beer I have ever tried by FFF. Poured from bottle into a 12 oz stein. Pours a hazy caramel colour with a thick white head that lasted forever. Has a nice hoppy, yeasty smell with big hints of citrus. Has a nice bitter taste backed by a strong yeasty bread finish. Drinks great, flavorful all the way through especially towards the end as it warmed. A great introduction to FFF.

peensteen, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of HosP
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I picked one up for trade, had to get a couple for me.

A: Poured light caramel color with small head to it. Left laces down the glass.

S: Pretty fragrant. Some citrus and floral aromas. Hints of a breadiness smell to it, but nothing overly done.

T: Pine, grapefruit taste upfront to it. Some good malt backbone that equal out the drink. Nothing overly done. Could have asked for a more bold taste to it.

M: Light body. Good carbonation.

D: Good solid beer. Anytime I get a pick six, would always put one of these in for the price. Anytime you come over I'll have a few in the fridge!

HosP, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Thanks to HosP for this one.

A: Pours a citrusy amber with a finger of off-white head that quickly faded into a thin film that left a good amount of sticky lacing around the glass.
S: Lots of sweetness and lots of citrusy hops with notes of grapefruit and pineapple.
T: Great toasted malt balanced by lightly citrus hops. Aftertaste is full of a dry grain and cracker notes. Much more malty than expected. Hops provide a subtle bitterness, and are not as prevalent as the nose suggested, but there is still a juicy grapefruit and tropical fruit taste to them.
M: Light body with a slightly thin mouthfeel. Carbonation starts off tingly but finishes watery.
D: This is a delicious APA. Very light yet flavorful. I wish there was a little more to the mouth, and it could have had a better head, but this doesn't take away from its drinkability too much. If this beer was local I'd buy it often.

scottfrie, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of Erish
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into an English pint glass.

A: White two-finger head diminishes into a long lasting, creamy lace; color is light honey, there are continuous tiny streams of carbonation.

S: Abundant sweet malt and pine/citrus hops, a grassy note, and also a tiny bit of honey.

T: The tastes follow the aromas quite nicely: there is plenty of sweet malt, grapefruit, orange, and herbal (pine/grass) notes; the finish is mellow for an APA, and I detect some lemon and crisp herbal notes, though not long-lasting as I expected. Overall a very tasty package.

M: Creamy, abundant carbonation, floats on the tongue.

D: For an APA, this is stands out as full of flavor without destroying your taste buds. Sessionable.

Erish, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Bluejacket74 for this beer.

A- An aggressive pour from the bottle yielded a massive offwhite head, which quickly dissipated to a retained proteinaceous skim-layer and little bits of lacing. The body was a well-carbonated hazy light amber color.

S- Smells of mild earthy hops over a moderate pale malt base. Nuances of nuts and pine. Simple yet elegant.

T- The flavor comes across as a fine replicate of the nose: pale malt and mild earthy hops in near-perfect balance. A bit nutty on the mid-palate, and a sustained earthy and piney finish. Almost blurs the line between an APA and an American Amber Ale.

M- The body's somewhere between thin and medium in viscocity. Slight texture from unattenuated sugar. The carbonation is slightly coarse and abrasive. A touch of astringency.

D- Very drinkable... I would have said "sessionable" without advance knowledge of the ABV!!!

jgasparine, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased on the underground beer railroad that happens to roll through Ohio from time to time.

A: Looks nice, a copper color with a little white head and touch of lace. Above average but nothing that'll be on a magazine cover any time soon.

S: Mild hops, toffee, caramel, and a little peach.

T: Mild earthy hops, sweet malt and some peach. Nice malt profile on this mild. It's certainly tasty and certainly mild. But again, nothing world class.

M: Almost perfect. Light, clean, crisp, and refreshing.

D: Really nice sessionable almost session strength beer. Milds aren't my thing, but this is good. I'd have one again if no more flavorful beers were available.

jampics2, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This would be my 2nd beer from Three Floyds I'm trying (got some good ones as extras in a trade). Pours a nice golen/amber color with a small white head. The smell is very appealing with it's lovely hop scent (not as appealing as Alpha King was though, but unique in its own way). Not as malty as alpha king, but more of a west coast style apa. A bit of a piney scent as well. The taste is not what I expected. Possibly some un-American hops used in this one. I get a taste in this beer that I can't really put my finger on...I wish I had more of this so I could figure out what it is. It is pretty delicious though. Not as hoppy as its scent, but definitely got somethin special goin on here. Possibly some sort of herbs and spices. It's gonna bug me for the rest of the night now wondering what that flavor is that I'm getting. Mouthfeel is okayt, and drinkability is very high. I'm very happy with this beer, but frustrated at the same time.

DovaliHops, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of Beerfayce
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap into a Shaker

A: Golden amber, not cloudy or hazy from the tap with a turbulent head that eventually settles; light lacing

S: Hop citrus and pine, very present and appetizing

T: Full flavor that doesn't dominate; sweet with sharp bitterness. Malt balanced with lemony pine hops, doesn't linger extensively and makes me take another sip quickly.

M: well carbonated, light and smooth in the mouth

D: Very easy to drink while still staying full-flavored and bitter- at 6.5% an easy and great Ale

Beerfayce, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ommegang tall snifter glass. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice size frothy white head with great retention and settles to a surface of cream. Lacing is also very nice looking, patchy and sticky!

Aroma is a let down. Very week and distant. There's not much to mention, just a slight hop and some yeast. I wish there was more to note, but the aroma is almost non-existent.

Flavor is a lot better. While is starts watery, it follows with a wave of hops and citrus fruit. The hops are very nice, only slightly malty, and a light crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is high. For the style, it's a nice drinker. Overall, a solid pale ale.

ShadesOfGray, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of Bubba83
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler at around 45 degrees. Kegatron recently sent this as part of a never-ending tradeathon, really hard to one up you Heath!

Appears a hazy copper orange color, with some clingy bubbles on the sides of the glass and a bright white two finger width head. The head retains well and leaves some scant lacing along the sides of the glass.

I smell predominantly grapefruit, lemon, and orange, with some grass. The malt isn't forgotten here though by any means, it smells biscuity, reminds me of Maris Otter because there's some green apple hints too.

Wow, it's decidedly zingy and vibrant. I didn't expect to taste the hops this much in a "Mild". It also claims 29 IBUs, which seems a little odd since the hop flavor is so apparent, but I guess it's possible with lots of late low AA hops. This really is more like an american pale, and I think the only English Mild characteristic it has is the biscuity malt flavor that hints at green apple. I'm pretty sure that's from Maris Otter. I gotta say, I really loved the flavor all the way through, pretty much the same character from the aroma, but much more flavorful than I expected.

The mouthfeel is great too, smooth and oily, with tiny little bubbles flowing upwards from the depths of the glass to tickle the palate. A nice medium thickness to boot.

I could drink this all damn day, it's got a nice balance to it. It's also flavorful but refreshing, and there is no noticable alcohol character contributing here despite it being 6.5% Mild or not, it's a damn fine beer!

Bubba83, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Imperial Pint glass...

A- Nice copper color that poured a very very large off-white foamy head. Also, very nice lacing occurs while head diminishes slowly.

S- Hops. This beer smells like a nice hoppy beer that is obviously not too overpowering. The nice caramel sweetness comes through towards the end of the smell also. This is one of the most well-balanced aromas of any beer between the delicate hops and subtle sweetness.

T/M- I really really enjoy this beer. I feel like this beer tastes as if you are biting into a whole hop. This isn't an overpowering hop bitterness beer, but the hop FLAVOR is just out of this world. The wind down of flavor in this beer is reminiscent of sweet malt, but still hidden mostly by the perfect hop presence. The feel is also near perfect. So smooth and medium bodied with medium carbonation makes this beer so well rounded...

D- High. Can't say it enough but I love his beer and everything about it. As I said this is so smooth that it just goes down so well and feels so good in my mouth!

Overall, this is one of the best beers all around for this category to what I have had to date. Near perfect balance makes me wish I could get FFF in Ohio and also makes me want to take a drive to Indiana right now. Highly recommend this beer to anyone looking for a great APA with no overwhelming bitterness but great flavor.

TheGordianKnot, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of Spica66
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium amber color with good head retention. Very nice beer in the glass.

S: Slight fruit type of sweet smell. Slight hops nose as well. Very balanced.

T: Sweet on the tongue, followed immediately by mild hops aftertaste. Extremely well balanced.

M: Light, summer drink.

D: You could certainly drink as many of these as fit your fancy.

Very nicely balanced and very summer-like mild ale.

Spica66, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of urwithdave
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks for sharing Brian! Poured in to a over sized wine glass.

A- Pours a nice golden orange color. A sudsy white head, two fingers worth. Pretty good retention and a nice splattering of lacing left behind.

A- Hops and citrus. A grassy earthy aroma is also present. There is a hint of honey that peeks through.

T- The hops are forward but not in a bitter or overbearing sense. There is some orange or tangerine that follows with a hint of caramel backbone. The malts are blended well with the other flavors and it makes for a very enjoyable brew. Not to bitter and not to sweet. I think this is something that FFF excels in doing. They tend to be hop forward, but they do so in an incredible way.

M- On the thinner side of medium. Spot on carbonation. A nice crisp finish that is clean.

D- Perfect! A perfect 5 this is another FFF brew that would be a staple for me all summer long!

urwithdave, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of drinker36
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample Date - 6/8/2010 & 6/10/2010

Serving Size - 12 ounce bottle poured into a chilled pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an amber color and has a decent amount of head. Looks darker than most lite / mild ales that I've tried.

Smell: Smells like an American Pale Ale with hint of citrus. Very crisp smelling.

Taste: You can definitely taste the hops and it has a slight bitter / citrus aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Perfect consistency for a beer. Not too watery and not too thick. Also note that this does not get as cold in the refrigerator as a watery macrobrew.

Drinkability: I'd like to start with a quote I read prior to writing my own review:

"Easy drinking and flavorful. Even though this is quite hoppy, it's much less of a hop assault than many other 3F products." - ottobomb

I couldn't agree more having sampled 6 other 3F's offerings. I'd like to add that I find this to be a great session beer that can accompany most foods. I'll definitely pick up a case the next time I visit the midwest.

drinker36, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of hawks10
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass at Brixie's in Brookfield, IL...

Pours a nice golden orange/yellow with great clarity. Two fingers of soft white head forms and slowly recedes leaving some decent lacing...

Something about the Three Floyds yeast, or whatever it is, always makes their beers smell so great (and unique) to me...Citrusy hops, sweet but floral and grassy, perfect aroma for a Pale Ale...

Citrusy and grassy hops in abundance (compared to most APA's) balanced perfectly by some nice sweet caramel malt. The hops are prevalent but not overly bitter and still allow for a very easy drinking, crisp finishing beer...

Light to medium bodied, good carbonation with a crisp, biting finish. Full flavored but supremely easy to drink...

I love Pride & Joy, it is my "house beer", a staple in my fridge at all times...

hawks10, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of OttoBomb
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (May 29, 2010). No "bottled on" date that I can find.

Eyes: Pours a clear amber with no haze and a very nice darkish creamy head. Mild Ale? Looks a lot like an IPA or an APA.

Nose: It smells like a classic American Pale Ale also. A sharp grassy, citrus profile.

Tongue: Follows the nose closely. Crisp hops with a sharp bitter aftertaste. I like how aggressively hoppy this is, though it's not at all a "mild" ale.

Mouth: Smooth and good carbonation.

Libation: Easy drinking and flavorful. Even though this is quite hoppy, it's much less of a hop assault than many other 3F products. As is custom at Three Floyds, this beer is not brewed at all to style, but it is a solid offering which is very enjoyable and milder that most any other 3F beer.

OttoBomb, May 30, 2010
Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 4/23/10.

As part of our trip to Dark Lord Day we spent a few hours around downtown Chicago. The car broke down and we decided to grab a pint while waiting for AAA to show up. Dinky little hole in the wall bar had this on tap.

Served in a pint glass it appeared a clear orange color with a finger of white head. Fair amount of lacing along the glass and decent retension. Nose is lightly malty with citrus hops that have a hint of orange. Taste is mildly bitter with notes of pine, citrus and seemingly fruity hops. Mild bitterness resides in the mouth. Light clean tasting beer with a mild level of carbonation. I could easily throw a few of these back if given an opportunity.

stakem, May 26, 2010
Photo of bert13tj
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Appears a dark orange, cloudy.

S: You can really smell the citrus and hops here. Also, picking up some other floral notes.

T: First thing that hit me was the hops, immediately followed by a smooth light citrus taste.

M: Very nice and light feel in the mouth.

D: Very drinkable. Could drink this all day long, good on a warm day.

bert13tj, May 22, 2010
Photo of danielharper
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark yellow/orange, clear with only a slight translucent quality, with a thin white head that dissipates the soapscum immediately. Smells bitter, strong sweet notes of caramel, almost like a very standard traditional mild.

Flavor is similar, sweet caramel maltiness up-front with a bit of a bitter drying aftertaste. A very slight hint of citrus. Mouthfeel is moderate, with a dry hoppiness and a moderate carbonation.

Overall? Yeah, see above. Probably too hoppy and alcoholic to really satisfy those looking for an English mild, but as an overexaggerated American version of same, it works pretty well. American Pale Ale is probably a style broad enough to contain this beer, but just barely.

danielharper, May 20, 2010
Photo of thetomG
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sipping on this as I type...

Pours a nice golden color with some fluffy white head that doesn't stick around for too long, but leaves some very nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is overwhelmingly hoppy with some pine and citrus notes coming through. Flavor is a bit more mild (and less pleasant IMO) with some slight bitterness throughout.

This is a tasty brew, but my not quite as delicious as my favorite from Three Floyds - Alpha King. All inn all though its a good beer and something I drink regularly.

thetomG, May 15, 2010
Pride & Joy Mild Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 2,028 ratings.