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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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1,956 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,956
Reviews: 679
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 65
Gots: 169 | 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: 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 jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

I drank from a tap into a pint glass.

The beer is orangeish gold with a nice white head and surprising lace.

It smelled strongly of apricots.

Taste is mildly fruity with an IPA like bitter finish. I could drink this all night long. Can anyone say session beer?

jrallen34, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of bgreg3
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

App.- Nice amber color with a foam head yay high , nothing out of the ordinary though.

Smell- subtle malt with a soft citric hop nose to read it straight from the bottle, but very true.

Taste- Citric hops hit the toungue first then rolls on over to a very average malt taste , not really sweetened with any caramel like many of their other brews. Finishes with a slightly hoppy slightly malty aftertaste. Incredible balance.

Mouthfeel is reletively light with a good amount of carbonation, but not too much.

Drinkability- Very Very Drinkable beer, Got through these 12 ounces within 5 minutes wondering where it all went

Tastey beer, try it by the six pack

bgreg3, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of bamadog
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

Thanks to Kels for sharing one of these with me while working on furniture restoration. A very nice beer that goes down easily with a great taste.

Appearance: A golden honey color on the pour; a one finger head that fades almost immediately to a loose and uneven skim; solid carbonation bubbling up through a cloudy body that looks slightly viscous on the pour; a very loose lacing that only holds for a brief moment before falling back into the drink.

Smell: A pleasant combination of citrusy/lemony/orange hops with a honey sweet maltiness; a bitter/earthy flowery aroma is also present.

Taste: Hops are up front and provide a bitter and flowery aspect which is followed by a slightly citrusy flavor; the malts are slightly subdued and brings a slightly sweet backing; overall the flavors are quite mild.

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation makes for a tingly mouthfeel, especially inside the lips; there is a slight stickiness that helps hold a bitter aftertaste in the mouth.

Drinkability: Quite high. The ABV is more than manageable and the flavors are nice and bitter combined with a nice citrusy and malty sweetness that makes for some easy drinking. A great choice for a warm day as it's quite refreshing.

bamadog, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%

on tap @ 3F

A clear copper color with a massive dense white head that sticks around and leaves incredible lacing. Looks really nice to me. The smell is just pure resinous hops. Not much of a malty presence at all in the nose...maybe I'll have to wait to smell it once the head dies down a bit, but I expect to be able to detect some sweetness. The first thing I notice in the taste are the moderate to medium esters. It dominates the hops somewhat in the flavor department. Maybe this only had a heavy dose of dry-hopping - maybe move some back to flavor. There's also a spicy herbal flavor, which provides a very dry tartness, next to some chalky, powdery flavors. This is the first time I've actually noticed what is called 'soapiness' in a beer - I can taste it here, like hand soap or something, though it's not incredibly prominent. The malt is toasty and crackery at best, though I kind of expected bready and sweet to back this up. The hop flavors finally return in the finish. The mouthfeel is actually pretty good, but not great. It's a bit light bodied, and dry, but occasionally feels kind of full because of the creamy head. The drink is kind of slow, but good. A nice and enjoyable beer, kind of middle of the range in ABV. This is probably not the best of 3F's work, but still quite better than many beers of the same style (though this kind of defies complete classification - the bottle says mild, here says APA, kind of fits in both).

taylorhamrick, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of youngblood
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

Pours a very tangerine orange, glowing at the edges. White head sits atop.

Smells fair and balanced.

Nice malt sweetness up front, citrus aftertaste. Leans heavily towards tangerine. Matches the color. Cute.

Nice mouthfeel, not too slick but not too chewy either.

Nice and drinkable, just the way a liquid should be

youngblood, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of smibroncos
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

A. Poured a cloudy, orange apricot color, with a off white one finger head. Ample lacing on the glass.

S. Hops, malt , orange

T. I was a little skeptical from the name, however the flavor was not light. Orange, hops, fruity,some ginger. Great bitter finish.

M. Light bodied, medium carbonation

D. Really great sweet, bitter balance. Refreshing and easy to drink. A really nice ale.

smibroncos, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of beerhobo22
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Sweet malt and citrus hop aromas. Pale copper, almost orange appearance. White head with moderate retention. Mild hop bitterness with good malt flavors; well balanced. Medium-light body with good mouthfeel. Very smooth and easy to drink; a good session beer. This is Three Floyds take on the American Mild. 42 IBU 5% ABV.

beerhobo22, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of MithosYggdrasil
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Had on-tap at Rustico's in Milwaukee, 6/1/09. I had one of these before my (very overpriced) meal and one during it for happy hour at said establishment.

Appearance: Somewhat cloudy, almost brown (but moreso bronzed). Decent retention on the off white head with very good lacing.

Smell: Mostly citrus (blood orange) with a bit of caramel present as well, but I was also able to detect some malt and hop presence.

Taste: Fairly hoppy for a Pale Ale, with the taste of particularly acidic oranges. The hops tasted a bit spicy, and the taste being hit the most to my tongue was that of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, medium-light bodied, creamy and not too heavy or thick. It tasted very rich and my taste buds absolutely loved it.

Drinkability: An enjoyable beer, and quite a different Pale Ale. I've had a few beers by Three Floyd's, and this one lives up to the reputation of the Alpha King and Dreadnaught. If you see it somewhere, it's worth a shot. However, it's nothing out of the ordinary. I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

MithosYggdrasil, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of littlekidlover
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

I usually pass up Pride And Joy for it's hoppier brother Alpha King, being that I am about to go halves on a keg of this with my non hop head brother in law, I had to convince myself it's worth it. The appearance is something special, cloudy amber/straw with a fluffy white head that lasted for days. The nose has some sour citrus, a bit grassy, reminds me of Orangina. The taste is light, crisp, citrusy, did I detect coriander? This is a summer sipper. I could probably drink about 100 of these if they were ice cold.

littlekidlover, May 31, 2009
Photo of Mdog
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%

Appearance: Bronze color, good head & lacing.

Smell: Mild citrus aroma.

Taste: For a "mild", lots of hops. Some toasted bread flavors, but mostly mild grapefruit followed by a tea-like and earthy finish.

Drinkability: Could have a few in a sitting.

My trip to Chicago came up empty for Gumballhead, so I picked up some of 3F's other session beer. Definitely more of a pale ale than a mild, it's pretty tasty stuff and worth a try.

Mdog, May 16, 2009
Photo of stephens101
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

Another thanks to beerad666 for this one!

A copper brew with a gold tint. The two-finger light tan head recedes slowly, leaving a nice sheet of lace that turns into some small chunks. Aroma involves hints of caramel malts enveloped by the citrusy hops. Nothing over the top here, but its definitely not a mild ale, and the hops actually seem to be a bit more prevalent than a regular APA. Begin soap box. It's no thing though, as people can get a little caught up in that stuff and forget about the beer itself. End soap box. Tastes of more citrus hops (slightly sour grapefruit and orange zest) with some chalkiness going down. The malts hover underneath, and perform their balancing duties well. Mouth-feel is light to medium. Carbonation is active and prolific. Not the tastiest APA I've had, but its a good drinker with just enough of everything to make it interesting.

stephens101, May 14, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

pour is light. a golden color with a small head. nose is similar to the alpha king but well... mild. a light grapefruit and lemon. palate is a bit sweeter. a very mild grapefruit bitter. not bad but in the face of alpha king... a bit to simple sweet. let it warm up to see if i can get some different esters out of the glass. smell is quite boozy. actually tasted somewhat stale rotten. doesn't seem to have as good a consistency but markets well for the not alpha king chicago.

rtepiak, May 13, 2009
Photo of stoutfiend27
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

12 oz bottle thanks to beerad666 my first FFF brew...

a-pours a hazy dull copper color with a little head that lived a short life...decent lacing

s-fruity grapefruit and citrus...nice little hop aroma present..

t-easy grapefruit and hops up front...with a little bitterness in the end that lingers for a short while...

m-a little thin for a pale ale but ok in my book...good level of carbonation...not over bearing at all

d-off the charts i could drink this all night if it were local..

overall a nice offering from FFF...my first but not my last

stoutfiend27, May 09, 2009
Photo of beerman207
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%

A: Hazy with nice lacing, has a light copper look

S: Citrus hops very present

T: grapefruit and some orange flavor here. I love the balance.

M: Low carbonation but very nice.

D: With the low ABV, I could have several of these without any problem. Very nice beer

beerman207, May 03, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my shaker glass. My eyes are greeted with a cloudy muted orange colored ale with around an inch of fluffy off white foam. The head leaves a minimal lacing on my glass. A nice looking pour. Smells of sweet biscuits, mild tropical fruit notes, lightly toasted and caramelized grains, and a touch of orange and lemon. This APA is medium bodied and amply carbonated for the style. High drinkability and packed with flavor for such a sessionable ale.

ClockworkOrange, May 02, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.85/5  rDev -1%

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Thanks Dev!

Pours a hazy bright copper, with a nice bone-white cap that started thin and never really changed, for good or ill. Nice, thick lacing.

Nose is fruity, sweet, caramel in there with a solid citrus underpinning that hints at mangos. Bit metallic, not too huge.

Taste is toasty caramel malt alongside some hops that are citric, a bit astringent, integrated. Very much C hops. This one definitely reminded me of an IPA lite - not an APA, mind you, since the balance is more similar to an IPA, just without the "robustness" to the feeling you get from a grown-up IPA. The first couple of sips were a bit odd, but after that, this one really grew on me. Mild as a nice descriptor, if an utterly inaccurate style term. Drinkable, quite flavorful. Maybe a hint metallic towards the finish; this one wasn't quite fresh, I don't think. Just a bit of a stale feel to it, yet a nice beer even with that.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick, lightly syrupy, moderate carbonation that lifts the flavor rather than hiding it. Nice, but just a bit syrupy overall.

Nicely drinkable. A nice, fresh example would be a good half point higher in taste, small, and drinkability, I imagine. Maybe mouthfeel as well.

JohnQVegas, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of atpben
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

I have to say this is my favorite session beer. I can drink this all day no problem, except the fact that we cant get it in Texas. I first had this at McNivan's in Indy. They call it a mild but it really is a great pale ale. So lets get to the beer. It pours a nice orange gold. Hops and malt in the aroma. Boy does this beer go down smooth. Citrus flavors in the middle and ends smooth with a light bitter taste. Did I mention I love this beer? My second favorite Three floyds beer after Dreadnaught. Texas needs this now, pronto, among other beers.

atpben, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of jfunkk79
4.55/5  rDev +17%

Thanks twelvsies for the FFF tasting!

Pours a clear, clean amber with head that persists and laces the glass. Nice hops up front but falls off the back of the tongue leaving a really dry, clean finish. Delicious! Reminiscent of a dry saison or belgian style with the way it's hopped and finished.

jfunkk79, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of twelvsies
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

The first in last night's line-up of Three Floyds, thanks to alleykatking for swinging the deal. Very impressed with my first try at FFF, even if it is "only" a mild ale. I honestly wish there were more brews like this out there and readily available. Light amber in appearance with a nice head. Just enough hops here to keep you interested while keeping perfect balance. The bitterness from the hops is more dusty, spicy, and earthy rather than the typical American citrus hop flavor, though you can tell there is still a nice state-side influence on what is typically an English beer style. I'm guessing they used some noble hop varieties for this one, Saaz or Hallertauer or something. Very nice beer, very drinkable. Wish it were distributed out here.

twelvsies, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Basketball orange that becomes neon when held into the light. It's a lovely fluorescent tone with a haze prominent enough to dilute clarity but nowhere near forcible so as to completely obstruct transparency. It has a lovely, gradient hue. The head which formed off the pour was unexpectedly frothy; it has since settled into a much more regular level.

Smell alone will indicate this isn't your typical British style mild ale by any stretch of the imagination. It's considerably closer to an American pale ale or even a weaker American IPA. In all fairness, it is fully disclosed on the label that this is an "American version of a British mild".* Foremost is the smell of tangy, citric hops (and a hefty dose of them at that).

And there is even more citrus in the taste. Flavours of orange especially, with lesser contributions from pineapple and grapefruit, comprise the better half of this beer's tangy and zesty character. Sweet, bready malts round out the profile with notes of toffee and toast. This should appeal to everyone regardless of their taste and level of expertise.

I'm going about as crazy for this as the insane looking character on the label. Clipping bitterness, tangy hops, hugely satisfying gulps - a thirsty, North American drinker could be no more content. In an ideal beer world I would have year-round access to this in six packs at my corner store and, even better, on cask at the pub.

Unorthodox as it may be, this is certainly an ultimate session ale. I'd love to know where Three Floyds get their hops from; this brewery has no doubt the brightest, most citric, most tangy house character of any lineup I've ever tried. Plenty of American brewers use copious amounts of hops and brew fruity, zestful beers - but none do it as well as Three Floyds.

*Keep in mind a true mild should be gentle, sweetish and certainly not intensely bitter.

biegaman, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of yeastsipper
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%

Pours a glowing orangey copper with a big white head. Great lacing. Really nice looking beer.

Smell is very much like a red ale to me, with the same English Breakfast tea aroma. There is some sweet malt and light hops. A touch earthy. A zing of lemon zest at the end. Again, nice.

The taste is good but not great. It is growing on me, however. IT is quite bitter, but not in a hoppy, IPA type way. Not sure how to describe it. Almost a root-like quality with a touch of licorice. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is solid but it does finish a bit watery. A bitterness, not unlike that of Lipton tea, lingers.

From my initial sips, I did not love this beer. However, in the end it grew on me and I really ended up enjoying it. Bet this would be really solid on draft...

yeastsipper, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of dEM1972
3.93/5  rDev +1%

Fruity aroma, rather intense citrus smells mixed in with hops; pale amber in colour that is slightly hazy; has the right kind of balance between fruity elements (mainly citrus, although I would err on the side of suggesting that it is more in line with berries) and bitterness; fresh aftertaste; smooth.

dEM1972, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of Florida9
3.93/5  rDev +1%

A: hazy, golden, with some chunkies floating around. About a 1/2 inch of thick foamy head, which didn't stick around for too long. Decent lacing.

S: good burst of citrusy hops.

T: slight grapefruit and sour orange hops on the front end. Quickly fades to a mild maltiness with a hint of seltzer.

M: body is somewhat thin, but considering it says "mild ale" on the bottle, it was not unexpected. From the 3Floyd's perspective this is definitely a "light beer."

D: easy drinker. quite refreshing. For an everyday drinker, this beer offers a lot more in aroma and flavor then the typical beer.

Florida9, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of Jekster
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%

Appearance: This beer pours a crystal clear pale amber. There is a frothy, thick, creamy, pure white head that nicely contrast the light but rich color

Smell: The beer has a fantastic nose of tart grapefruit and bitter lemon rind. There is a hint of green sticky pine needles and an ever so slight grassy spice. Behind those smells is a pleasant sweet caramel aroma.

Taste: The flavor is forward with a wonderful fruit citrus component. Again, there is grapefruit, orange rind and a slight hint of tart cherry of raspberry. As these flavors fade you begin to notice a ever so slight hint of grainy fresh baked bread. The beer ends with a mild lingering bitterness or bitter lemon peel.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is fresh, lively, and clean. It is light on your palette with a sparkling carbonation that leaves your mouth feeling refreshed after swallowing.

Drinkability: Saying this beer is extremely drinkable would be an understatement. I could easily drink this as my only beer throughout an even (or afternoon for that matter) and be completely satisfied by it's easy drinking nature.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This beer creates a fantastic balance of bold aroma and flavor with a light, pleasant and clean body. It is amazingly drinkable and an awesome interpretation of the American session beer.

Jekster, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of beeragent
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

A - The beer poured a medium gold, forming a creamy 1/2 inch head that quickly faded. Small spots of lace on the glass.

S - Dominant aroma of citrusy hops along with a noticeable caramel malt presence.

T - Very well balanced between the hops and malts. Nice citrusy hop flavor up front, blending into a smooth caramel malt finish.

M - Light bodied. Lighter mouthfeel than expected. Smooth without the sharp hop finish.

D - Full flavor and light mouthfeel. I could drink this all night. There is no doubt, this is a highly sessionable ale. I really wish this was available in Texas.

beeragent, Mar 04, 2009
Pride & Joy Mild Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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