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Pride & Joy Mild Ale - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Pride & Joy Mild AlePride & Joy Mild Ale

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2,152 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,152
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 75
Gots: 236 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 08-06-2001

A smooth, medium-bodied session beer with bright citrus hop aroma and finish. Our interpretation of an American Mild Ale.

42 IBU
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Ratings: 2,152 | Reviews: 696
Photo of divineaudio
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of tyleeis
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of elgiacomo
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of kdmcguire10
3.88/5  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.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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?

Photo of jsanford
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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!

Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.04/5  rDev -21.6%
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.


Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of TCMike
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of tvv375ia
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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

Photo of Pete0714
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of SDtastentune
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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!

Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of RoamingGnome
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) A pleasing looking amber with a slight haze. There was about a half an inch of off white head with plenty of bubbles. Nice retention on the head, and lacing all the way down.

S) Light pine scent with hints of citrus, and a rather nice floral presence.

T) Malt and mild hop bitterness. Not nearly as much pine and citrus in the taste as on the nose. Having said that, I think the taste is as advertised.

M) A light to medium/light body. A decent amount of carbonation. This is crisp and refreshing. A smooth feel IMO, that makes it an easy drinker.

O) The nose on this brew is slightly misleading. I guess what I'm saying is that if this beer was a chick, you'd call it a tease, but that would be completely unfair. This beer looks delicious, has a very pleasing taste, a good mouth feel, and goes down great. I'm glad I picked up this six pack. Well done Three Floyds...

Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Bavarian Lodge. As with most Three Floyds beers, this brew has a great taste with complex flavors. Unlike other FFF beers you could drink a few of these at one setting. Probably the most flavorful session beer that I've had.

I told my wife it was like a "baby IPA" - I have several friends that I'm trying to enlighten (read as: getting then to put down their cans of Coors Light) and Pride and Joy would be a great beer to introduce them to. I will be having this again.

Photo of Tripphop
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange glow to the beer, slight haze. Head was pithy and minimal, small white lacing lingers in the glass. Aromas are awesome, like orange juice and fresh hops. Flavor is a close match, really nice malt base, tropical and a hint of fruit, balanced nicely with a load of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is a but prickly, carbonation shines on the finish. Great brew, again, I would drink this often if it were available.

Photo of cratez
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz (355ml) bottle purchased from the brewery in Munster, IN.

Pours a clear amber hue with one finger of bubbly, off-white foam and swaths of stringy lacing on the pint glass.

Smell is piney, herbal, and resinous hops (approaching Pine-Sol intensity), mango, passion fruit, grapefruit rind, nutty and bready malts, burnt caramel, mild doughy aromas, faint hints of bubblegum, navel orange, and weed.

Taste largely follows the nose. I get citric, floral, and oily hops upfront, malts counteract with some caramel and nutty breadiness mid-palate, big blast of grapefruit pith, nectarine, and orange sweetness followed by an astringent bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, medium-bodied, slick and oily middle, spicy-bitter astringency transitions to a flowery, citric, and off-dry finish with a light doughiness on the cough. Extremely flavourful with very high drinkability.

Overall, Pride & Joy is my ideal session beer - loads of hops, robust and nuanced aromas, and a basic yet satisfying flavour profile. Not much more you can ask for here. An excellent brew.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strong and malty with a rich, fruity overtone that is largely apple with hints of pear and banana. It pours an appealing golden amber with a thick and fluffy, it not too persistent, off-white head. Malty flavor has a firm fruity undertone and a hint of hoppy bitterness. Texture is smooth as almond milk, slightly thick and just a little fizzy. Overall, not too shabby and worth at least a try.

Photo of iadler
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear amber with a two finger head. Leaves some spotty lacing.

S- A nice mixture of citrus and floral hops with notes of tangerine, lemon zest, grapefruit. Some pine and biscuit malt are present as well.

T- Following the nose with grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, biscuit malt, floral and pine hops.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Finishes fairly dry with some bitterness.

O- While this may not be one of the most hop heavy offerings from FFF, it still is quite flavorful and drinkable. Not as good as Alpha King or Zombie Dust, but one that I can drink plenty of without killing my taste buds.

Photo of Naugros
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to TMoney2591 again for this one.

Chill-hazed amber with a thick off-white head that retains about 1/4 of the 2" inch it started with and leaves behind nice gossamer lacing.

Hops come through first in the nose with some lemony citrus to it, but it comes off as lemon verbena rather than fresh lemons due to some pine in there as well. The malts not all that subtle, as the bottle suggests, giving off a cracker-like smell. The taste follows the nose to a tee with the exception of the hops seeming fresher in flavor and taking on more of a grapefruit flavor. The bitterness is not all that high, despite the hops dominating the smell and taste. The beer doesn't finish too cleanly, leaving behind a peppery on the upper palate and a little slickness on the tongue and lips. Drink it pretty cold, as that slickness turns to oiliness as the beer warms. But it's still very easy to drink.

Not the most appropriately named beer in their arsenal. Alpha King, Dark Lord and Dreadnaught should be their "pride and joy". This beer is good, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't quite reach the bar that their other beers set. Still, the quality shows.

Photo of Simmy7000
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

A- Pours a golden amber color with a finger worth of head that dissipates quickly. Very minimal lacing.

S- A faint aroma of citrus hops laying on top of some bread and malty notes

T- Follows the nose, light citrus hop flavors balanced out by a sweet, malty backbone.

M- Very light and highly carbonated. Goes down extremely easy.

O- As others have stated, this is a scaled down verison of Alpha King. Light hops and a strong malt presence combined with the high carbonation makes this an easy to down (yet unexciting) drink. While this beer will not blow you away, FFF accomplished what they set out to do with this offering; they created a sessionable, light brew with a nice little kick to it.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into my Magic Chouffe tulip. Bottling date reads....uh, never mind.

Pours a yellow-orange with tiny sporadic bubbles and a thin white cap. Some cling hangs tightly.

Smells of peppered crackers and a pinch of lemon: not particularly vibrant.

Herbal menthol notes, grainy, and iced tea with a grassy, crackery, white pepper finish.

Carbonation leans towards high, body is light and pleasantly and lightly bitter on the back end.

I don't often buy Floyd's beer outside of Dark Lord and this was no exception. A kind soul brought this to a party last night and I summarily cobbled this left behind. I would say it is what it is, but then I'd have to punch myself.

Photo of musicforairports
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and clear, quite carbonated, leaves a nice head.

Smells grainy, with a nice, light citrus hop component.

Flavor is great but restrained, which I guess is why this is a mild ale. Bready, grainy malt base with a nice citrus hop profile on top of it. Finishes hoppy and lightly bitter.

This is light on the palate, if a bit too carbonated perhaps. A really easy, tasty one to put down.

I like all of the flavors present here, so I really enjoy drinking this beer. I'd rather a beer where all these flavors are magnified, but I know that wasn't the goal here. For an APA this is a bit light, but for a sessionable, delicious beer--which was the intent, according to the label--this is fantastic.

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