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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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1,870 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,870
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 67
Gots: 142 | 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 CDBeerDisappear


3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Translucent orange amber with a half inch rocky head that quickly settles into a thin layer with yeasty looking islands. Aroma is floral and not very pungent. The floral smell comes across in the taste as well. I would call it bitter and floral. If you swallow it 'hard' there is kind of an angry bitterness at the back of the throat. That is kind of cool! I would and will drink this again but there are many beers that I like more than this one.

Just noticed that this beer has an IBU rating of 29. I find this fascinating because I perceive it as being more bitter than DIPA's with five times the IBU rating

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 21:45:45 | More by CDBeerDisappear
Photo of cpz28


4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has been one of my favorites forever. Nice copper orange color, nice 2 finger head. Smells- citrusy, tastes- excellent balance of hops and malt. Nice and bitter but citrusy as well as malty. Have also had it on draft at the brew pub, great beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 22:53:35 | More by cpz28
Photo of JamesS


4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light amber color with fantastic head and lacing. It has an excellent hoppy and slightly floral scent. Absolutely wonderful taste, a great pale ale that has an excellent hoppy taste, with some nice butterscotch tones, which is followed by a very mellow bitter aftertaste. Goes down fine, maybe just a bit too much carbonation for my tastes. All in all, though, another excellent winner from 3F.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 19:18:03 | More by JamesS
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden/orange amber. Nose is strong pine hops. Flavor is just the same. Bitter salty hops that stay consistent, but aren't so salty that it just messes the whole experience up. Feel has a good carbonation to it. Nice liquid feel. Overall a good drink. The salt could stand to be a wee bit lower I think, but still a good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2008 01:42:25 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of letsgopens


4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This APA pours a somewhat orange rusty amber with bronze highlights. The moderate off-white head recedes quickly and leaves some very sparse lace. Some scattered rising bubbles are visible in the body. A gorgeous color but skimpy on the suds.

Sticky pine and resinous, bitter hops. Lots of citrus: lemon, grapefruit, and lots more spicy pine. Slightly sweet caramel malt and a bit of bready toffee as well. Super bright and bitter. Crisp, clean, and pungent.

More malt in the flavor than the nose implies. Plenty of spicy hops but they seems less dry/bitter and more floral than the smell. Again, mild citrus resonates throughout. More sweet and mild than expected, I suppose as the name suggests. Lots more caramel malt and dim sweetness. A bit of a biscuit character and very buttery. Clean, mild, and very well balanced.

Mellow and crisp with moderate carbonation and a clean finish. Very well balanced and slick/juicy in texture. Refreshing with a bit of lingering bitterness from the hops. One of the most well balanced and underrated APAs out there in my opinion. Also one of the best session beers I can think of due to its lower ABV and flavorful, well balanced nature.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 20:46:59 | More by letsgopens
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper-orange body with a large, foamy white head.

Smell: The aroma is noticeable even upon opening the bottle, with a scent fresh-cut citrus fruits and touch of pine.

Taste: A blend of spritz lemons and bright, juicy tangerines start off the flavor. Hint of pine. A bit of caramel malt and hint of biscuit come as an afterthought. Slightly dry finish with a lingering zestiness left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Lively carbonation. A very slight oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though light in alcohol, it's anything but mild. Nicely flavorful with a high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 03:45:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice golden yellow. The head is crazy, i had to stop to allow it to die down some before i poured the rest.

S - Strong sweet hops and some citrus undertones.

T - It's sweet with a good medium amount of hops. It also has a mild bitterness but not too strong.

M - Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D - Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 06:30:01 | More by jeffmonarch
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden beer. A careful pour yields a TON of head. I had to stop after the first 1/3 of the pour because the glass was full of a huge thick creamy head that was not moving. I had to sip at the head to make room for the rest of the beer. Once under control, there is a ton of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Faint smell of citrus, piney hops, and malt. Good smell, but not very strong.

Taste: Citrus up front, with malt and piney hops in the back end. The hops are very mild and finish very clean.

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth. The hops are not overpowering, and have a nice finish.

Drinkability: Good smooth beer with a low ABV. This is not a big beer and is a welcome change from some of the overpowering beers that are out there. You would be able to have several of these in an evening if you desired and not feel the affects. Good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 04:24:48 | More by hellcatsjg
Photo of PittBeerGirl


3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- body is a light mild rusty orange color with minimum fogginess. Pours with a thick 3 finger foamy off-white head that slowly dwindles to 1/2 finger with great retention. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- As soon as I opened the bottle a wonderful aroma of piny and citrus hops hit my nose. Cool, clean, and refreshing.

T- FFF wasn't kidding about this being a mild ale. Mild citrus hop flavor upfront with a very subtle, sweet biscuty malt backbone. Piny hops come through a little more for the finish-but are still rather subtle. A soft, mild bitterness lingers long after the swallow.

M-Medium to high carbonation and very light body.

D-Though all the excitement of this one is in the nose this is a nice, drinkable ale. It is quite mild which makes it much easier to drink or even session. I'll pick up this one again-if I ever find FFF again.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 05:08:11 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of Steaks


3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours golden with a large creme head on top. almost the same color as gumballhead, but maybe a slight bit more orange. could use some more carbonation. taste has some good citrus stuff happening and goes down pretty smooth. after a few minutes the head dissipates. goes pretty well with a mesquite turkey, bacon, cheddar, gouda, and dill pickle sandwich and some creedence. a decent beer, but one of the weaker three floyds beers. the gumballhead is better in every way except for the head.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 03:13:09 | More by Steaks
Photo of baos


4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking it while I type.

12 oz into favorite Trappist glass.

A: A bit of a cloudy amber, but nice to look at with a two finger head that dissipates to a nice sheet with awesome lacing.

S: Citrus zests orange and maybe some grapefruit. Floral hints as well.

T: Orange zest and beeswax I reckon that that is from the hops. Nice, bitter, and dry.

M: Nice medium body with lots of bubble bubble bubble.

D: Rather dry but this beer is really refreshing and the spicy bitterness is awesome.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 23:29:52 | More by baos
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3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a foggy rich amber hue with a chunky two finger off-white head that dies down to almost nothing. But it doesn't disappear without leaving its mark on the sides of the glass. Smell is interesting. Kind of musty earth hop aroma with a strange malt scent blended in. Light citrus is hidden in the nose as well. Good caramel malt presence up front on the tongue. A mild citrus sweetness arises midway and contributes to the lemongrass aftertaste. Close to a medium body with an aggressive carbonation. Nothing special, but a good one to experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 03:22:08 | More by BeerTruth
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3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light brown color with a nice tan head. The nose was of citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste is also of citrus and floral hops with sugary malts. Some earthy tones keep it fairly mild. Crisp and refreshing medium body. Good example of an American mild ale. Hoppy, but in good balance. Very Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 04:40:33 | More by rye726
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got this from BlackAngus as part of the BC2. thanks josh!

12oz bottle.

pours a nice orangey amber colour, initially crystal clear and then growing cloudy as i poured towards the end of the bottle. a huge fluffy off-white head rises up, falling very slowly and leaving lots of spotty lace behind. the head never fully disappears, with a constant cap on top through to the bottom of the glass.

aroma is great. big bread and biscuit malts. nice citrus blend - apricot with bits of grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. touch of pine. bit of alcohol. i swear that i can get just a little hint of a minty character too. a bit of slightly herbal and floral character too. there's a lot of depth here, more than i expected, and it's quite nice.

taste is good. medium-low bitterness level. slightly resinous. bit of pine. grapefruit. nice bready malt, but doesn't feel as big as in the aroma. there's definitely a herbal/floral thing going on here too, which seems almost medicinal when combined with the pine and resinous bitterness. i also see the hint of mint in here too, which could just be another perception of the herbal/floral thing.

mouthfeel is good. just a hair over medium carbonation level, which seems like a little too much. medium-light body.

drinkability is good. very well balanced, with almost no trace of the alcohol in the flavour. nice balance between the hops and malt. great depth to the hops too keeping things interesting. this one seems like it'd be fantastic on cask.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 20:06:16 | More by grub
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3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Mild" equals boring in my mind, and this beer was definitely not boring. In true Three Floyds style, it was extremely hoppy and unusual.

This beer pours a slightly unclear copper color with too much (as in overflowing as soon as I uncapped a bottle) head. Things settled a bit, but the head still quite abundant and fluffy. Aroma is typical for FFF beers, as in very hoppy and sweet. Flavor is an extremely sweet and light hoppiness, which is quite noise. Mouthfeel is light and not syrupy, particularly given how hoppy this is.

Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 21:53:05 | More by BeerBelcher
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, very solid offering and my first (of hopefully many) 3F's offerings. The color is a dull gold with a bit of copper mixed in, cloudy from the yeast sediment (which i don't mind at all--bring on the B-complex vitamins). The smell is mostly fruity hops with some caramel malt and maybe a bit of biscuit (?). The taste is hops with the malt there in the back doesn't doesn't really break through. Mouthfeel is medium to low with some lively carbonation. My only complaint is that there is perhaps a bit too much carbonation, but not much. Drinkability is pretty awesome, I love this as a session beer, a great APA, not even close to a mild, though, but who cares. I guess it just counts as a mild next to their other ri-di-diculous brews.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 02:01:14 | More by wheelinshirt
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, that's a good beer! Sessionable, flavorful, characterful. But aren't Mild's (as the bottle suggests) supposed to be a light Brown Ale? This beer is far from being a mild, but would make a great Extra Pale Ale. Somewhere between a copper and golden color with a thin stark-white head formation and retention. The flavors are dominated by an English hop aroma (earthy, grassy) and with a medium malt character that struggles to counter the hops. The malt flavors take on Vienna-type flavors and come across pleasant and light. Body is quite light, slight of thin, but make the beer very easy to drink. finishes with a light caramel taste and strong hop bittering. Good stuff again by Three Floyds.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 19:03:05 | More by BEERchitect
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4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dull orange-brown with a nice thick head.

S: Orange? Malty, a little tiny biscuit.

T&M: Wow. Delicioso. Sweet caramel with enough hops to prompt a quick follow-up taste. A little citrus, but really, really well balanced. Zippy carbonation with a medium to light body.

D: Awesome. Very seshable. Can't wait for the next one.

Man, we need some Three Floyds distribution in MN, please.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 03:07:22 | More by surlyseth
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Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from BlackAngus courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops and citrus with a background of caramelized malt.

T: The taste starts out fruity with flavors of lemon and tangerine, then a decent burst of floral hops bitterness comes in. There's a thin malt character and not a lot of sweetness despite the fruitiness. The after-taste is slightly sweet and a little hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is yet another very good beer from 3F. I could certainly see myself drinking several of these in an evening. The biggest thing that would keep me from selecting this beer if it ever comes back to my area is that I would prefer Alpha King above it and any place around here that would have Pride & Joy would most likely have Alpha King as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 02:02:57 | More by TheManiacalOne
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a foggy orange color with a nice fluffy finger of head that takes it's time disappearing. Nose is like some crazy fruity, candy extravaganza. A mix of fruity hops and sweet caramel. Delicious aromas. Taste is fairly similar. Fruity hops segue nicely into delicious candy malt. Lighter hops show up at the back end. That hoppy bitterness increases a touch as the beer goes on. Medium, almost creamy body to this one with excellent carbonation. I really liked this one a lot. My first Three Floyds, and one I'd have again, except for if the Alpha King was available.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 21:24:59 | More by soupyman10
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4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, thick head that sits for a while. Lots of carbonation, dark golden in color. It has a faint fruity aroma with a light resemblance of pine needles.

Flavor mainly with citrusy hops, a bit of malt sweetness. Well balanced, not at all overly hopped. It's slightly dry but no in a bad way. This is a great session brew, and if it's ever available in Missouri I will make sure to keep my fridge stock with a few sixers of Pride & Joy!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 03:28:01 | More by rrg1gb
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4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a slightly cloudy amber to orange with two fingers of white suds that dissapate quickly leaving lots of lacing.
Smell is very citrusy with orange/lemon peel
Taste is of grapefruit along with the piney hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is slightly oily but very clean and refreshing. I might be drinking this a tad too cold but it is very good at this temp.
High on the drinkability curve.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 02:26:30 | More by peabody
Photo of seaoflament


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DavidEddie for this extra.

Pours a golden hue with an aggressively rapid forming, rapid descending two fingers of foam. Aromas of grassy, pine, grapefruit, lemon hops as well as caramel and lightly toasted malts. The taste is sweet upfront with some biscuit malts, and some pine and citrus flavored hops in the finish. Good carbonation and medium mouthfeel, very good mild ale that one could drink a few of in a row.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 03:23:47 | More by seaoflament
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Large, tight foam with a fair amount of staying power. Clear, nicely carbonated russett appearance. I love the floral aromatics that beckon me to take large pulls. Bitter and not as tasty as it smells, it is a solid APA. Medium-bodied, this almost has a bit too much of a soapy finish, but it easy drinking nonetheless. This is a beer for those of us who like the tongue to be challenged by flavor, but not have our asses kicked with alcohol. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 21:35:44 | More by scott
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4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought this back from my recent trip back home to good ol’ Chicago. Drank out my new Dead Guy Ale pint glass that I purchased on my recent trip to the brewery.

Appearance- Pours a beautiful hazy yellow-orange-amber with a nice one finger bubbly head. The alabaster head quickly yields leaving a thin cap and collar with crazy circle patterns across the top from the aggressive carbonation.
Smell- Terrific piney orange hops seem to leap out of the glass giving off hints of a sweeter toffee body. Hmm… Hard to believe this is an APA.
Taste- Starts oh so sweet but quickly transitions to the grapefruit and orange goodness that is the bitterness of the hops. After the initial assault there is a gentle transition back to the smooth sweetness that finishes the beer.
Mouthfeel- Nice medium body with a prickly twang that seems to boost the hoppiness.
Drinkability- Great! This beer is absolutely fantastic. I think it borders on the APA/IPA borderline but I would take it over either almost every time. So hoppy, so balance, so terrific.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 01:45:52 | More by younger35
Pride & Joy Mild Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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