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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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1,917 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,917
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 66
Gots: 159 | 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 MillySox


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

Deep golden color with a white head. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Smells of slight hint of citrus and hops. Smooth flavor and mouthfeel followed by a noticeable hops. While milder than Three Floyds Alpha King, Pride and Joy still has a very pronounced hop profile.

Overall an excellent beer with no major flaws.

01-02-2009 02:35:35 | More by MillySox
Photo of brewintheLou


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Color is an orange, golden. The head did not stick around long, and left a slight lacing.

Smell is a sweet light hoppy aroma with a hint of citrus.

Taste is smooth with a light hop and a smooth malt. Definitly a very mild APA. Goes down very smooth and would be great for a session, or a warmer weather beer. Reminds me of a Blvd. PA.

01-02-2009 00:40:54 | More by brewintheLou
Photo of paco1029384756


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a small white head.

Scent of hops, peaches, mangoes, and hints of malts. Floral and fruity, well balanced as well.

Taste of tea, peaches, mangoes, hops and some malts. This is some good stuff, a nice mild Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and lively with carbonation.

01-01-2009 01:33:53 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of ronhocker


4.47/5  rDev +14.9%

Had this on tap at the 3F brew pub, because they were out of almost everything else. Something about a mad rush the friday night before. I've had many alpha kings, but decided to give this one a try.

Golden in color, decent head, diminished perhaps a bit faster than I would have liked.

Smell was of clean hops, since it was described as an "american mild", I wasn't expecting that. This beer certainly smelled like an APA and later on I realized that was what it was. Citrusy aromas.

Taste was very smooth and well balanced. I could drink quite a few of these during a tailgate.

Nice feel on the tongue as it went down.

Overall a very well done beer, well balanced in almost every way.

12-29-2008 19:10:01 | More by ronhocker
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +1%

A: Poured a rustic honey-orange with a compact, sticky white head that was moderately lasting at best with a fair-average lacing.

S: a nice aroma of fresh citrus and floral notes. A touch of pine and crisp pale grains linger in the background.

T: The initial flavor was sweet with a mild hoppiness of lemon and grapefruit twang to it. Light floral notes linger on with some subtle orange hints against a crisp pale malt backing.

M: Nice ample amount of carbonation fills the mouth bringing out the mild grapefruit and pine hopping.

D: Good drinkability and one that is light and mild enough to be enjoyed as a session without being overwhelmed. A clean finish highlights this drink.

12-24-2008 19:22:06 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of flexabull


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Bottle courtesy of seanpachefddfa, thanks again!

Pours a bright orange color with a small white head.

Aromas are of hard candies, pine hops, and some sweet malts.

Tastes are of sweet and creamy malts, brewed tea, and light earth spice flavors. Finish is crisp and kind of short, with a mineral and pine hop bite.

Mouthfeel is lacking a little. It's ok, but the finish is pretty short, and the overall feel is a bit watery.

Drinkability is good. Tasty little beer that is really easy to drink. Certainly would be a nice session beer. Just wish this had a better mouthfeel.

12-13-2008 22:44:18 | More by flexabull
Photo of Damian


3.43/5  rDev -11.8%

Drank from a 12 fl oz/355 ml bottle
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to Jeager for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a slightly hazed, light orangey-amber color with a bubbly, light tan, two-finger head that quickly faded to a thin film. Drippy lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was moderately hoppy yet, overall, a bit weak for the style. Crisp and somewhat citrusy initially with notes of orange peel. Fruity and a touch powdery. A smooth malty quality was noticeable as well.

The taste was hoppy and zesty with a distinct malty base. Caramel malts came through up front before the hops took over. Citrus fruits (orange peel) dominated the hop profile. Some grassy hops were noticeable as well. The dry, bitter, grapefruit-like finish contained a bit of an unpleasant medicinal-like flavor. As the beer warmed, the hoppy bitterness in this brew intensified.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Creamy and smooth with a greater than average carbonation.

Drinkability was decent. This is a moderately hoppy pale ale that would make a nice session brew. The only thing holding it back from being better might be the slightly unpleasant flavor (and the bitterness) on the finish.

Three Floyds classifies this beer as a mild ale yet it is listed on Beeradvocate as a pale ale. Interesting. As a mild ale, it is quite a hoppy and flavorful rendition, but as a pale ale it is a bit thin on both flavor and mouthfeel. If given a choice, I would unquestionable reach for the "other" Three Floyds pale ale.

12-13-2008 16:50:24 | More by Damian
Photo of beachbum1975


4.78/5  rDev +22.9%

I'd love to do a review sweep of ALL of Three Floyds beers, so seeing this one in the fridge - I think I'll enjoy it... Thanks to newtonty for the chance to drink this beer (again) and finally getting around to reviewing it. See, he's in Chicago right now for some technical training and since he missed the Bengals game (where I'm at), I decided to drink it for him - thanks!

Pours a gorgeous, cloudy orange with a stunning 1 inch pancake bubbled top, with small and big bubble craters. Lacing is HUGE, all the way down the side of my pilsner glass. Wow...

Smells of freshly squeezed orange juiced hops, with a trailing of freshly cut pine - sublime... There's a ghostly, sweet malty lingering in the mix, as well. Strong nose on this one.

Medium bodied and full flavored APA with just the right about of hop bitterness throughout. Much like the nose, with citrus and pine-filled hops all over the place. Rich in flavor, but balanced wonderfully.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy at times, at just the right places (in the beginning and middle). Oddly enough, it ends drier, leaving a nice bitter citrus in my mouth. Very refreshing and highly sessionable. This is a GREAT summer beer, perfect when doing lawnwork.

This is my favorite American Pale Ale to date. Simply amazing for it's style.

12-07-2008 19:44:27 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of BeerSox


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

On-tap into pint glass.

Slightly hazy dry grass hue with a thin off white head that settles to a thin even cap. Lots of sticky lacing on the side. The hops are aromatic, leafy, with a little bit of citrus. There is certainly more than the typical English version, but it's definitely still a mild. Other than being a bit more hop aroma, it's also slight sharper. The flavor is very malty with only a slight, balancing, touch of hops which add a little bit of an herbal flavor more than anything. Full bodied. Quick clean finish.

Maybe more of an American version of an English Mild. The %ABV is a little high as well, but definitely sessionable. Recommended.

12-07-2008 00:53:06 | More by BeerSox
Photo of CrellMoset


4/5  rDev +2.8%

Pride & Joy Mild Ale, courtesy of Biggness - thanks!! Beer #2 of 6 in my "Three Floyds Countdown to #500" series. Poured into an Allagash cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a slightly lighter shade than the Alpha King, still an orange copper, however. It's crystal clear with a moderate amount of carbonation, fast. The one-finger white head that emerged after my quasi-aggressive pour has good retention and leaves sheets of almost-solid lacing and a thin film of white fuzz. The lacing stays impressive throughout the experience, splattery in places, solid in others - good stick all around.

Aroma: Sweet citrus, lemongrass, and crisp, light, biscuity malt notes. A pleasant balance, and this one manages to be both enjoyable and "light," without being estery - that is to say, it's a very "mild" smelling ale, but smelling it is still quite a joy.

Taste: Again, like Alpha King, toned down a notch or two. Still plenty of citrus rind - perhaps a little lighter rind in this one, more towards the orange/lemon end of the spectrum - herbal mintyness, and lots of spicy grass, perhaps moreso than in the AK. It's all backed up by a cracker-like malt foundation, slightly sweet, fairly roasted, and definitely solid. This, in turn, is kept in check by a decidedly mild and pleasant hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plenty of zazz - lots of effervescent carbonation fluff this one up plenty big and interact well with all the flavor components. Keeps things crisp and light, going well with the style, though a little less carbonation wouldn't have harmed things either.

Drinkability: Like a baby Alpha King, this one. A solid and drinkable if not mindblowing beer with a very reasonable abv%, I can see putting away a sixer of this one on the patio on a warm spring day fairly easily, if: a) I had a patio, or; b) I lived anywhere where 3Fs was distributed. As neither of those are true, I'm going to just have to say that this is a very drinkable ale, with a nice array of balanced flavors - nothing over the top about this beer from a brewery known for going over the top. Recommended.

12-02-2008 20:40:35 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of Gehrig


4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

I grabbed a sixer of this while celebrating Thanksgiving in Indiana, damn good call I must say. Big, pillowy white head from a moderately aggressive pour, capping a clear burnt orange body with slight lemon-yellow highlights. Good duration and ample lacing leave me impressed. Flush with citrus hops but also a stiff dose of malt, the nose is delightfully strong for an APA, in fact possibly the best nose on an APA I've ever had. It smells more like an IPA, and not an ordinary one, either.

Good hopped taste, blending well with the malt, with the hops somewhat in control of the flavor-, with a rather sour finish--well done. Good mouthfeel, creamy with a slightly bitter bite from the hops. Yet this is really more smooth. This is just as advertised--a session brew, one easy to down (and I had three after dinner while playing board games with the family). Just an excellent APA. Session the living hell out of this.

11-30-2008 02:38:49 | More by Gehrig
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

A_Pours a cloudy amber with a dense one finger head that manages to retain its shape throughout.

S_An initial scent of citric hops gives way to caramel and biscuity malts.

T_Lemony hops up front give way to a rather dry biscuit character. The finish is slightly astringent and brings it back around to that same lemon character. As it comes around to cellar temperature, some black tea and vague herbalness come out.

M_Lighter body with an aggressive carbontation. The astringency at the end gives this a slightly strange feel to it for the style.

D_An interesting pale ale to say the least. I really have not come across a hop character so lemony. It manages to push across some big flavours without relying on alcohol strength.

11-26-2008 22:21:07 | More by sleazo
Photo of Spidey13


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Pride & Joy pours a clear, light copper color with a small white head. The nose has some sweet caramel notes, along with hints of citrussy hops.

The flavor has a good amount of breadiness and caramel flavors. There is a bit of hop flavor along with a mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, with low carbonation.

Overal, this is a pretty good drinker: a solid, not-too-complex beer.

11-15-2008 05:05:11 | More by Spidey13
Photo of bluemoonswoon


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

So many huge winter beers I've reviewed lately, thought I would change things up a bit with a "mild ale" from Three Floyds.

A: Pours out with the slightest bit of haze that eventually settle to the bottom of my glass. Think of a Gumballhead, then add a drop of orange food coloring, tada! now you have pride and joy. Head is a bit soapy, leaves a bit of lacing, nothing to write home about.

S: Really did the smell on this. It's sooo close to a Gumballhead, I swear if these were side by side and I did a blind sniff test I probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference, maybe this one has a bit more pine thrown in, both still remain

T/MF: A bit maltier than Gumballhead and this is where I begin to wonder. Is Pride and Joy a malted up Gumballhead or is Gumballhead an alias for Pride and Joy Light? It's a good problem to have I must admit though. Nothing beats a clean pine and grapefruit opening, smooth biscuty maltiness and closing with a gritty, slightly herbal, finish. The previous reviewer mentioned something about complexity and how this beer lacks it. I tentativly agree because (to be honest) there isn't a whole lot of complexity, but what is there is great and makes for a superbly drinkable beer overall.

D: What happened to my glass, it was full a minute ago. Too bad this is as big as a Bud heavy. Is bud a session beer, i forget? does a session beer equate to a "pounding"/ chugfest beer. I mean I suppose any beer could be chugged if you had the will power, but I digress.

11-11-2008 03:09:59 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of sgoodship


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Picked up a 6 at D&D Food and Liquor, Wicker Park, Chicago. The bottle I poured from was the worst labeled beer bottle I have ever seen. 2 labels pasted on in weird angles with as much of the white showing as the printed side. Not a big deal but this was a first for me and wanted to share.

A: Nice , ever so slightly hazy medium amber color. Creamy 2 finger head that delivers some good lacing and keeps a thinner creamy head throughout.

S: Very lively grapefruit hoppy aroma. Hard to drink without experiencing the zingy smell.

T: The taste is just what you would imagine based on the smell. Not very complex to my taste buds but pretty well balanced. The strong fruit dominates but as it settles into the hoppy bitterness at the end, you can taste a slight biscuity maltness - just enough to take off the edge and balance it off.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation - just right for the beer. Crisp with the carbonation. Somewhat creamy and smooth on the finish. Overall felt a little watery at times.

D: A curious beer for sure. Not a mild ale but not quite an APA either. Kinda IPAish but not quite. This isn't my favorite style of beer and fruity is certainly not my favorite taste profile but having said that, I found myself downing 3 of these suckers tonight and enjoyed them. Can I hear someone say session beer? You can't deny that 3F brew a fine beer.

11-02-2008 02:04:10 | More by sgoodship
Photo of meatmallet


3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

Appearance: Amber colored with a great off white head with lots of lacing.

Smell: Citrus and grapefruit with a sweet smell.

Taste: A bit sour and grassy. You can deffinately tase grapefriut and a light malty flavor.

Drinkability & Mouthfeel: Very good beer overall. Feels light in the mouth and the carbonation is very light.

10-19-2008 01:59:38 | More by meatmallet
Photo of ranneyj2


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

A- Great dark amber color, little or no head.

S- Loved the floral, rich aroma. It really excites your senses and prepares you for the richness of its flavor

T- Not my cup of tea....but it does have a wonderful, rich and complex taste. Lots of flavor and richness, for me it was just too sweet. Cereal like taste (buddy said it reminded him of fruity pebbles)

M- Again I really enjoyed the richness and fullness it has in the mouth. Really simulates the senses and excites the tastebuds

D- The sweetness is why I gave it an avg drinkability. This one needs to be nurtured and for me was just a little on the harder side to drink because of the sweetness. Gave it avg because I figured it could just be me

10-18-2008 21:20:01 | More by ranneyj2
Photo of Deuane


4.2/5  rDev +8%

A-Slightly hazy pale copper with a medium white head that reduced to a thin cap and decent lace.

S-Light citrus and floral hops with nice support from a healthy dose of biscuit malt.

T-Citrusy/floral hop goodness nicely balanced with biscuity malt. This one just leans towards being hop forward. I would expect nothing less from a FFF brew.

M-Light bodies and crisp with a pleasant dry finsih.

D-An English mild turned on it's head by being hop forward! Nothing surprising here since it's made by the hop crazed brewers that reside at FFF. A hoppy, "low" ABV "American" mild...sure bring it on! Refreshing, flavourful and drinkable session beers ROCK!

10-11-2008 06:59:32 | More by Deuane
Photo of larsee01


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

12 oz bottle poured into Hoegaarden glass.

A--Dark apple juice pour. Large bubble head turns creamy and lasting. Decent lacing as it goes.

S--Tropical/citrusy hops with caramel malt. Mild.

T--Hops prominent but not overpowering. Good balance of bitter and sweet, but ends bitter and floral. Tea, oil of bergamot...Ghostly smokiness?

M--Smooth and crisp--even at the elevated temperature at which I am drinking this (couldn't wait). Not too much oilyness from hops.

D--For a beer of substance? Yes. But with the wacky, uncompromising ingredient composition of the 3 Floyds Boys, I could see this giving me a surprise hangover as other of their beers have in the past

10-11-2008 02:24:21 | More by larsee01
Photo of Yesac


3.93/5  rDev +1%

A - pours cloudy pale yellow, small head

S - malt dominance - slight hops and hints of yeast

T - malty/bready and no alcohol taste

M - medium, carbonated, sticky

D - easy drinker here

Average brew for the malt lover
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10-05-2008 15:18:13 | More by Yesac
Photo of kels


4.45/5  rDev +14.4%

Had the pleasure of trying this on-tap at DLD08. I know pwoods has been waiting for me to review it since I pretty much didn't shut up about making the trip to Indy to get some for months afterward. This review is on the bottle, however, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden, honey-amber color with a giant 2-3 finger head. The foam is a light golden-tan and it's very lofty and thick with excellent retention. Nice sticky lacing throughout. Bubbles of carbonation rise in the clear liquid.

Smell: It smells delicious. That's the best way I can describe it - very hoppy, citrusy as with most Three Floyd's I've had. It does have a little warm maltiness in the smell as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is a wonderful balance between spicy, citrusy hops and toasty, caramelly malts & grains. The carbonation is moderate and keeps the beer very light and crisp. I like the combination of the light mouth from the beer and the creaminess of the head that hangs around throughout the entire time I drink it. The alcohol is not too forward, in fact hardly noticeable except slightly in the sweet aftertaste that hangs around. I love the mix of tastes I get in this beer - a little bitter, a little sweet, a little grainy. It is definitely well-rounded and satisfying without being too heavy or overwhelming.

Drinkability: SO GREAT! I could drink this all day. A session beer for people who like good beer. I couldn't ask for much more (but please start distributing again in Ohio).

09-27-2008 23:21:41 | More by kels
Photo of ckeegan04


4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

A - Dark orange color with lots of little bubbles rising to the top. Frothy off-white head with decent retention and good lacing.

S - Light biscuity sweetness quickly overcome by a juicy citrus hop aroma. Smells of grapefruit and a touch of something sweeter.

T - Light sweetness up front, not at all overwhelming. Quickly overcome by a citrusy bitterness. Lots of citrus fruit notes with grapefruit still being the dominant. Finishes slightly bitter.

M/D - Medium bodied and very crisp and clean. A touch too much carbonation but overall a very good feel.

09-21-2008 18:42:38 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.33/5  rDev -14.4%

Pours a amberish orange in color. Decent head forms on the pour. Smell is light malts and just a hint of the FFF hopping. Not a whole lot of the hops coming through in the taste. The malts and a bit of caramel/toffee as well. Decent mild and easy drinking.

09-20-2008 01:27:33 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of cdflem

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Nice copper color, with a slight yellow hint near the top. Off white, 1 finger head shows up quickly, but dissipates fast. Several lacing marks as the drink goes down.

S: I hate to take something off the bottle, but all in all very "subtle". Light hoppiness, with citrus (primarily orange) smells coming off quickly.

T/MF: A little heavy on the carbonation brings the flavors out. Mild spicy-ness with a bit of toasted malt flavor near the end. Mouth feel actually makes me think of watery, unlike several other FFF beers i've had.

D: Its a decent beer for everyday use, but I prefer Alpha King over this one.

09-19-2008 22:26:47 | More by cdflem
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%

Bottle sent eastward from the midwest, Im a growing fan of Three Floyds- not much done wrong from what Ive tasted.

12oz bottle poured into trusty Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Orange pale color of an IPA almost. Chestnut off white head with little lacing and good haziness. Fluffy head dissipated fast.

S: Zesty hops along with the needed malts coming to the show. Pack a lot in there for a mild beer. Serious hop aromas for a so-called 'mild'.

T: Nothing over the top and tasty indeed. The citrus pop of a typical midwest pale ale. Enticing. Caramel malts balanced by the hops, which arent as strong as the smell. I would argue that this is an APA and Alpha King is more of an IPA. Both delicious.

M: Bitter tastes left in the mouth, but solid mouthfeel. Refreshing throughout and bready toward the end. Very creamy and good amount of carbonation.

D: Solid session beer, goes down very easily and the mild kick leaves you safe having several. Unfortunately, I cant get several out here but if I could I surely would. Another FFF winner.

09-16-2008 23:04:14 | More by marcpal
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