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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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2,025 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,025
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 68
Gots: 191 | 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 Roeters
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass from a bottle which was in my cooler at 50 degrees.

A: Thick white head, golden color, nice lacing on the glass

S: Strong hop nose with a light carmel malt aroma in the back

T: Hops are alittle strong for the style which is not unexpected from the brewery, which is not a bad thing for me. The base of the beer is a well developed with light biscuit, carmel, and toffee notes.

M: Very smooth, slightly oily on the tongue, light carbonation.

D: Easy to drink, light bodied with nice hop presence

Roeters, May 04, 2010
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a honey orange color with a bubbly 3 cm white head that retains nicely. Some sudsy lace stick as well.

Smell: My nose is greeted by a wonderful bundle of hop aromas. Sweet and tart grapefruit, apricot, and lemon peel float in. To find the pale malt aroma I really have to stretch my imagination. This does not smell like a mild ale...

Taste: ... Nor does it taste like one. Soft caramel sweetness starts on the tongue, but a fresh cut citrus hoppy bite cuts in quickly. Grapefruit and lemon zest primarily, with a touch of pine. Very surprised by how aggressive this is, but I definitely like it.

Mouthfeel: Starts out light and a bit creamy, with a slight hoppy residue after the finish. Light to medium body.

Drinkability: Without getting too concerned with what style this truly is, I can conclude it is easily drinkable. Having a few of these will make for a solid session.

KickInTheChalice, May 02, 2010
Photo of JoePat
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a honey like orange color with a thick off white head that holds on for a while leaving a lot of lacing when it finally dissipates.
A very citrusy aroma dominates the glass leaving little room for anything else. This beer has that typical FFF aroma.
The flavor is mostly a citrusy/piney hop flavor with a little malt sweetness to round it out.
The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side but not really in a bad way just adding to the mild nature of this beer.
With a 5% abv it is not really a session beer but it drinks like one so that works for me.
It is definately a mild especially for FFF and it is not bad by far but just not spectacular.

JoePat, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of tsabalewski
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - copper with 3/4 inch slightly tan foam; mouth watering

Smell - subdued citrus

Taste - slighlty sweet orange gives way to moderately bitter grapefruit

mouthfeel - medium to thin, but appropriate to style

drinkability - could easily tip back 6 of these on a summer afternoon

tsabalewski, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of jwhawkins81
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - A definite hop presence that pretty much makes up the entire aroma.

Appearance - Reddish orange with a off-white head.

Taste - Kind of hoppy but not abundantly so. Decently balanced with the sweet malt background

Notes - I was interested in trying this beer because the label said mild. However BA's calling it a APA makes much more sense for what the style of this beer is. I was a little disappointed.

jwhawkins81, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of samie85
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light orange color with a two finger white, crater-y head.

S- Orange and a bit of pine with some muted grapefruit and a fair amount of caramel.

T-Orange and a little grapefruit with some caramel malt with a piney, mildly bitter finish.

M-A little thin for my tastes, a little watery. Medium carbonation.

D-Very easy drinking although there's not that much that interests me here. I didn't have the chance to look this up before buying it and expected a hoppy mild ale, not a pale ale, so it's a little disappointing in that regard as well.

samie85, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Kylito87
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. This is my first FFF product. I got it as a congratulation present for finally getting a job LOL! Heres We Goes!

Appearance- Copper to burnt orange. Off white head that falls quickly into a slick. Very minimal lacing.

Smell- Nice citrus hop presence. Not over powering but very nice. There is a nice bready malt character too. You can pick up the alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste- It has the citrus and earthy hop notes up front. A sort of grassy and grainy maltiness sticks around for a bit. The finish is great with a decent hop punch. This beer is sneaky. I didn't look at the ABV at first and when I did I couldn't believe it is 6.5%. There is is some caramal notes that sweeten this brew to balance it out very nicely

Mouthfeel- One of the smoothest Pale Ales I have tried. Nice medium body with a relatively low carbonation level feels exceptional on the pallete. Sort of sticky and slightly wet finish. The ABV is barely noticeable.

Drinkability- This stuff goes down like honey, very impressive beer. A beer this drinkable at this ABV is sometimes a rare find. I know it is not a "session" beer by definition but I can tell you a six pack of this stuff seems to disappear rather quickly. I will look for this again!

Kylito87, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of tykees88
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Came to me in a pint glass with about a finger head.
Smelled very sweet hints of malt and definitely some pine.
It tasted pretty good, hoppy and a little bit malty nothing overwhelming and not too much citrus noted.
Could session these because of low abv and it tastes light enough to not fill you up too quick.

tykees88, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of ABOWMan
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My normal pour produced two fingers of medium sized bubbles as a head which was relatively short lived and left no lacing on the walls of my pint glass. The ale had perfect clarity and was light amber in color.

The aroma was of sweet malt and piney hops with mild citrus.

The flavor was mild and subtle. Bitter hop followed by sweet malt..

The mouth feel was thin and pale. Good session beer, but the flavors were confusing and lacked any fruit note that would be typical in an American Pale Ale.

ABOWMan, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A: Extended pour yields a 2 finger semi-fine, fluffy white head that turns more and more frothy and patchy. Beer is a clear orange that reveals ample carbonation. Lacing is frothy and patchy.

S: Clean citrus and grapefruit. Cane sugar, slight sourness. Not a very noticeable nose here with scents that are generally very subdued.

T: Opens incredibly spicy and tingly. Citrus, hops, tea leaf bitterness. Astringency as this one comes to a close and the flavors appear to melt away quickly. Sweetness present at the end reminds me of a semi-ripe but old orange that's been left out and dried. Finish leaves something to be desired. A bit tart but not much left on the palate.

M: Light bodied with huge carbonation that surprises me. Very coarse. Watery in the mouth and goes down very easy. Finishes clean, leaves little aftertaste.

D: I can't help but be reminded of a bitter when I drink this beer. Tea leaves up front are characteristic and defining. Body is light which helps overall drinkability but I'm not really all that sure what I'm supposed to be getting from this beer. Balanced but confused with odd flavor combinations. Worth a try though.

SpeedwayJim, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Axic10
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a copper-golden color with no head.

Smell: Very nice nose of bitter hops, malts and slight hint of apple juice.

Taste: Combination of malts and hops which results in an enjoyable mild taste with a slightly bitter after taste. Tastes like it should be about 3.5-4% not 6.5%. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with nice bitter after taste.

Drinkability: A very nice beer that despite being 6.5%, drinks very sessionable. Love to have more of this.

Axic10, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of JToad
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served straight from the bottle to a standard pint glass.

Pours a light cloudy copper color, about the color of apple juice, maybe a bit darker. Very minimal lacing.

Smells of grass. Hop profile is very faint in the nose. Little bit of bread.

At first sip, hops hit the front of your tongue lightly. Slight citrus, lemon. Very crisp and smooth at the same time. Tastes very well balanced.

This is one mild ale! Enough hops to wake you up, but smooth and crisp. This could be one helluva session beer at 6.5%. One of Three Floyds lighter styles, but delicious nontheless.

JToad, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of thain709
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear yet hazy golden bronze body...a tall, off white head that retained very well...nice lacing

S - A great nose with bright, citrusy hops and a solid malt background

T - The citrusy hop profile in this beer is really good...I'm getting lots of grapefruit mixed with orange peel and pineapple...the malt presence isn't lacking...the caramel malt flavor provides that extra sweetness and combines with the citrus nicely...it would be a 4.5 if there was more hop "power"

M - Medium bodied...perfect carbonation...soft and sweet with a nice finish

D - This one was really enjoyable...I had two of these and could have had two more...I actually enjoyed Pride & Joy a little more than Alpha King...the citrus hops seemed more pronounced...I'll have to try again at a later date...until then Three Floyds are doing a great job!

thain709, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of joshkennedy
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden brown with a citrusy look.
S - Alcohol is quite strong. It smells nice and fruity, with a hint of the alcohol.
T - Taste is smooth, with a strong alcohol finish. Very crisp and citrusy.
M - Light and packs a punch. It's like orange juice on crack.
D - Hmm. I could probably chug this, but it's much better to just sit and enjoy on a hot summer day.

joshkennedy, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap 1/27/10 served chilled in a pint.

A - A very clear golden w/ amber hues. Visible carbonation is evident as the bubbles rise at a moderate pace. The lace clings well

S - A sweet nose w/ tea like herbal scent floral w/ citrus ester and slightly tropical aroma

M - Slightly sweet feel w/ resinous tinge moderate carbonation and mild toastiness w/ dry finish and mild bitterness throughout - lighter medium body

T - The flavor is crisp and has a lemony tangy flavor w/ subtle toasted malt taste. There is slight floral edges in the taste of the hops w/ clean yeast accentuating both the malt and subtle citrus notes of the hops. The taste has a slight tang as it finishes-either hops or yeast or both

D - So easy to drink - an Americanized mild? - Yeah. I really dig this since it has flavors that are subtle yet still noticeable in all ingredients - very drinkable for 6.5%- Great to be able to try it on tap!

Slatetank, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish head shaped pint glass. Pours a cloudy pale amber color with a thick fluffy three finger white head. It had pretty good head retention as I drank it and also left very good lacing on the glass.

Aroma has some lemon, grapefruit and pine from the hops with some sweet bready and caramel notes from the malt. Taste is pretty mild as the name suggests. There is some sweet bready malt present along with a decent citrus hoppy flavor.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's light good tasting and the citrusness makes it pretty refreshing.

Overall a very easy drinking flavorful but milder beer. It's not as good as Alpha King, but I'm sure this beer has a place with a lot of people looking for something lighter and more drinkable.

billab914, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap on 1/25/10.

A - Clear, sparsely carbonated amber body with golden highlights around the bottom and half an inch of frothy off-white head that settled into a patchy retention and some spotty lace.

S - Citrusy hops with sweet malt, caramel notes and lightly toasted grains. Hint of herbal spice and slight tinge of alcohol in the background.

T - Citrusy hop character with lemon oils paired with sweet caramel malt and a faint grassy, herbal character. However, flavor is predominantly citrusy. Finishes with a grainy malt character with a hint of spice and hop oils.

M - Medium bodied with a pretty smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation resulting in minimal prickle on the tongue. Finishes with mild bitterness and residual hop oils on the palate.

D - Pride and Joy drinks almost like Gumballhead or Alpha King light... perhaps it could be called Alpha Queen. Regardless, this is a poundable pale ale with a mild hop character that went down with ease.

ffejherb, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear amberish copper in color, with a long-lasting 2 finger eggshell head

S - Piney lemon is the strongest here, with some floral characteristics in the background

T - Reminds me alot of a less malty (but more biscuity in terms of the malts) and slightly hoppier Gumballhead, though less complex on both facets. Nice and bitter, with a slightly dry finish. Lemon and a bit of grapefruit shine.

M - a tad creamy, but nothing too spectacular

D - A nice Three floyds session beer, but if I had to choose I'd still stick with the GBH

NYCWheatFanSC, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Semi-hazy light-medium orange color. Two fingers of creamy head with decent retention and moderate lacing.

4.0 S: What the hell kind of mild is this? It smells like an IPA! Lots of citrusy hops with emphasis on grapefruit with a touch of pine. Malts get lost in the hops.

3.5 T: Biscuity malts and citrusy hops. The hops come through better than they should mainly because the malts are weak and pathetic. I'm fine with small beers, but they got to have something going for them. This is okay, but it's just a mini-IPA

3.0 M: Light body. Thinner body than I'd like but good carbonation and smooth.

3.5 D: Okay brew, but not impressive.

DavoleBomb, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alright, not the biggest mild fan. Reviewing this from notes, been awhile. Appearance, poured like a restrained orangey amberish beer, didn't have anything pungent (it is a mild right?) aroma wise.

Taste was pleasant, it was a good restrained hop amount, decent malt backbone, light roasting. Reminded me of a small beer version of the Alpha King. Easy drinking, didn't thin out midway through, enjoyed it.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of danman83
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tulip glass

Appearance - Pours a light copper with a very nice head for this variety that lasts a moderate amount of time leaving a light lacing.

Smell - Sweet lemon/orange citrus scent with a strong degree of pine as well.

Taste - Very strong citrus hop upfront with a mild dry bittering hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Smooth start to finish, probably the only thing mild I'll ever enjoy!

Drinkability - great flavors without being overpowering, i've had several introductees to craft brewing try this out and they have all enjoyed it thoroughly. this is a great session beer that has in my experience appealed to broad tastes.

danman83, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of xcrunner78
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with a citrus and grassy hops aroma. Taste is very smooth and a citrus, that is slightly grapefruit in nature, flavor. Up front with citrus in flavor and smell, and off the palate, all citrus and slightly hoppy with a smooth medium feel.

xcrunner78, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of cpetrone84
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at 3 Floyds

A-dark translucent orangish copper color that has a thin head, 2 fingers, white in color. the foam retains for a fair amount of time for the style and leaves a light lacing on the glass

S-light citrus and grapefruit hops hit the nose in a fairly powerful way for a pale ale. loving it so far

T-i get a light pale malt up front followed by a nice citrus hop that turns into some bitter hops towards the back of the throat

M-extremely smooth, just the right amount of carbonation bringing a medium body and a great finish

D-this has a nice hop profile and a superb mouthfeel. at 5% alcohol, why can't I have this as a session ale all the time?

cpetrone84, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of thedrewski86
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I almost feel as though I'm doing this beer an injustice by reviewing it out of the bottle instead of on tap, but whenever I go to 3F there are too many other beers to try! I poured this into a snifter instead of a pint glass, it left a half inch of foamy white head. It smells like freshly cut pine and mango. Very Nice. The taste is hoppy but mild compared to the Alpha King. Very woody, somewhat citrusy. There's some caramel and toffee in there too. The aftertaste has a faint maple and oak flavor to it. Good carbonation, this is a great year-round beer no matter what the temperature is! Very good out of the bottle too. I'll be sure to jot down my impressions of this beer next time I have it on tap. As good as it is out of the bottle, you can expect much more when it's draft.

thedrewski86, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It pours a clear gold with a 2 finger white head. Big floral hop aroma, way bigger than I expected with a "mild" ale. It has a pleasant sweet citrus flavor, the finish is crisp. The beer is medium bodied, and very smooth. A very good pale ale. Even though FFF considers it a mild, it is bigger than some IPA's I have had.

bonkers, Dec 05, 2009
Pride & Joy Mild Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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