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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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2,141 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,141
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 75
Gots: 229 | FT: 9
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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Photo of MillRat
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery in Munster. Nice golden color with a small but long-lasting head. Great citrus hop aroma. Nice white-bread malt flavor and hop bitterness playing off each other. Nice balance. A crisp, medium body that would have worked well into a long session if I didn't have to get back on the road fairly quickly. This is proof that a beer doesn't have to be "extreme" to be well done and noticeably so.

Photo of kimcgolf
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a hazy golden orange, with thin off-white head that dissipated fairlyt quickly and left little lacing. Pleasant hoppy aroma of grapefruit and apples, with a somewhat bitter and tingly mouthfeel. Flavor was more of the hoppy grapefruit, though not real dominant. This all led to a nice finish that was slightly bitter and dry.

This actually reminded me of a muted version of the FFF Alpha King, which I really enjoyed. Although not as good, FFF did not disappoint with this beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Was totally exited to get a chance to try this. I just get far too few Three floyds beers, gonna need to make a huge trade for these soon, anyway...

A - Poured a nice light golden amber. A touch hazy with a rather large white head. This quickly faded and left behind just a thin film accross the top and a decent amount of lace. Nice carbonation visible streaming up from the bottom.

S - very light citrus hops were the most noticeable. A malty back was there, light grain and a touch of sugar.

T - Wow, this was just awesome. It was like a light IPA, but not in the normal watered down bad way. Nice solid grain backround gave way to the light citrusy hops. Very nice. A touch of susgar made it just a bit sweet, really well put together.

M - Super smooth. Not that much of the carbonation translated over, but enough to make this really nice. Went down well and was not too thin at all.

D - Superb. They are not lying about creating a great session beer. This is the perfect session beer, could drink it forever.

Overall I was very much impressed here. It just was soo smooth and light you could drink it forever and not even know. If I was around it more it would stock my fridge constantly.Just a good, no, great beer.

Photo of jkrich
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this beer at The Keg in Clarksville, IN. Upon opening bottle, I detected a slight aroma of citric hops. Beer poured a slightly cloudy orange with a slowly dissipating two inch head. Hop taste prevalent on first state with minimal malt. There is a refreshing fruitiness on the palette. The taste is perhaps a little thin, but the hop profile keeps this beer interesting.

I avoided this beer for quite some time because I assumed it would be overly malty like English milds tend to be. I should have known better, this is an American interpretation. Excellent session beer for the warm weather with low alcohol. Unfortunately, no freshness date on bottle. I highly recommend this one.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, procured at the Walnut Liquorette,

A: Golden amber, kind of cloudy, with a good, solid white head, which dissipates to a pond scum looking layer and bubbles, with good lacing, a very good-looking beer in this reviewer's humble opinion.

S: Some faint, yet fragrant hops, mixed with sweet malts.

T: Subtle in its flavor, it is very tasty though, with sweet malts starting it out backed with grassy hops, and some pine and grapefruit.

M: Very light, this is described as a mild though, smooth, and soft-feeling.

D: An amazingly drinkable ale, a great session beer, it would be, if it wasn't so expensive and hard to find in my area. All-around, a great smaller beer from 3 Floyds, they continue to amaze; now only if I could get my hands on that elusive Dark Lord...

Photo of genog
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours hazy golden color with a massive white foam head. In fact I think the head is still forming. I'm lucky the beer did not foam over. I had to repour several times because of the continuously mounting head. Smell is citrus and hoppy, but not as much as Alpha King. Taste is citrus and hoppy, with a slight alcohol taste. Limited carbonation in this one. A very good sessionable beer, and not as powerful as Alpha King. A nice beer from Three Floyds.

Photo of errantnight
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An English Dark Mild? More like an American Pale Ale... but whatever.

Pours a pale, golden straw with thin but sustaining head.

Smells like mild citrus "c" hops... if I had to guess I'd say dry-hopped Centennial... but I'm not always good at nailing the aroma hops.

Tastes like... my first homebrew, only if my first homebrew was much better. Very subtle malt that slides effortlessly into a grape-fruit-y sweetness with just a hint of tang / grassiness. No real outstanding hop bitterness to speak of, the balance is pretty spot-on, but the hop flavors and aromas abound. Finish is nice and clean, and the body is pretty spot-on, neither wafer-thin nor overly substantial. Carbonation is right-on as well.

Can't really say that I've really been a big English Dark Mild Ale drinker and thus have a basis for comparison... but as I began, I don't think one would recognize this beer as of style.... but I don't hold their phenomenal Gumballhead against them because they decided to play with hops, so I don't here, either. Would gladly quaff a pint from the tap, but with that much hop flavor there's something about a bracing bitter edge (not necessarily a big one...) that is appealing, and I'd rather reach for a beer that has one if I'm looking for this much hop flavor.

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color and when poured aggressively yields a loose white head that fades to surface. Some lacing.

It smells like a sticky malt and nicely balanced soft pine aroma. Medium bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated and smooth. The flavor and the smell are quite similar. Sweet and full flavored with a hint of lemon that i missed in the nose. Quite drinkable and at <5% ABV is a real good session beer. Really enjoyed this one.

Photo of TexIndy
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got as an extra in trade with czoch75 - thanks! Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating info into a pint glass. Was a hazy golden color with little bits of yeast floating around. Had a good head that settled into a wispy film. A little lacing. The aroma was citric hops with malts in the back. I agree with others that it reminds you more of a pale ale than a mild ale. The taste was pretty good and tastes like a slightly watered down pale ale. It doesn't have a real standout taste but is a good session beer when you want a little more flavor than a standard session. Mouthfeel was light and carby - good mix. Overall, a good average beer that is worth trying. Not avail here so won't be a player in my rotation. But if avail, it would be worth a 6ixer or two every year for variety. (3.5, RB, T, Y)

Photo of HoppyBen
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah 3 Floyds. Sounds like some sort of Sci-Fi/Trekker lounge. They have yet to dissapoint, in my limited experience. This particular ale is no exception.
The appearance of this ale is lovely: a golden almost orang-ish hue and pristine clarity make it very handsome to behold indeed.
The smell is strong but clean. It took my olfactory by storm as I opened the bottle with notes of fruity (citrusy and even the mildest of cherry hints), piney, hops, and a bit malty sweet.
The initial taste is good. Lightly bitter as one would expect but then the aftertaste kicks in. What a surprise! The aftertaste is more nuanced than the initial! The lingering aftertaste starts with the left over bittnerness of the original beer and then slowly meanders through it's nose-smells on your taste buds. The citrusy flavor comes through, then a wet/sweet taste and finally a dry and pronounced finish! It's playful and fun but not without its refinements and character.
The mouthfeel is exceptional as well. The balance of carbonation, and wetness make this exceptionally smooth and give it good texture. It has substance but is still fluid and moves gracefully through the mouth.
Finally the drinkability. This is an outstanding ale that deserves nothing less than exceptional status. It is very pleasing indeed and to say "Thank you, Sir. May I have another?" would not do it credit. Pride and Joy lives up to it's name. Well done Three Floyds!

Photo of BretSikkink
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Clear light orange brew with darker highlights, great hop sticky head is darker than white. Great lacing, definitely a kin to its big brother Alpha King.

Hop oils in the nose, light and fruity, heavy on the grapefruit/citric zest.

Flavor is a little more pine woods, but also keeps up with the zesty light fruit. Very light in body, at less than five per cent abv the hops still do a lot of work. Malts are slightly sweet and quite pale. Good balance, and great flavor is wrung out of an otherwise small beer. I dropped the mouthfeel a notch just for being so light, and compensated in the drinkability. Absolutely easy as pie to drink, so flavorful without being the least bit cloying.

Outstanding pale ale, if judged for truth to style I would be forced to give terrible marks, but judged on merit and flavor, a terrific and sessionable mild ale that brings the hops without any negative aftertaste. My addiction to hops notwithstanding, nearly anyone who has tasted this one can agree that this one tastes amazing. Truly the Alpha King's pale ale kin, without the American pale ale stigma.

Photo of chadspivey
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass. Thanks to malcontent for the opportunity.

A: pours a pale, kinda murky golden yelow. Half inch head dissipates in like 5 seconds.

S: smells like an average pale ale. Not a whole lot of different kinda stuff going on here.

T: Kinda malty, but hops dominate the malt. I guess for a pale ale, It’s a little more malty than average. Not a very interesting brew. Not bad at all though.

M: medium bodied. Hops kinda sting the tongue.

D: I guess I could drink a lot of these, but would prefer the company of better pale ales.

Photo of trevorwideman
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle sent to me by demcorhip, who is my amazing FFF connection. Poured into a pint glass.

I should have been more careful pouring this one, I poured my normal vigorous pour, but had a bit of an overflow. So: Massive 3 inch soapy head capping a hazey orange-copper beer, recedes slowly and leaves a sticky mess of lace on my glass. Lots of carbonation in this one, with a more careful pour this would be a very pretty beer to look at. Aromas of lavender, lilac, citrus zest, yeast, and vanilla with a barely traceable malt backbone.

Taste is very mellow, with some bready notes holding up the vanilla. Citrus and floral hops with a little bit of pine in there as well, liquorice, herbal. Mandarin orange and a little lemon sourness to round it off. More complex than the average "Mild Ale". Mouthfeel is fairly thin, and carbonation isn't overbearing in the mouth. Slightly drying finish, but not extremely so. This is drinkable to a T. My final verdict on this is that it's much like a watered down Alpha King, it has a lot of the same flavours, but they're much more muted. A well made ale, but it dosen't take it to the next level. That's what the rest of the Three Floyds lineup is for.

Photo of mdm46410
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap, served in a pint glass. FFF’s version of a session beer. Pours a nice dark golden color with a little haziness. Still has the great hop aroma you have come to expect. Extremely drinkable. Aromas of very light hops and some citrus. Light body with a very quick bitter finish. Nice lightly smokey, hoppy finish. A nice little beer from Three Floyds.

Photo of GPHarris
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick off-white head into a tumbler. it left sticky sides with a thick ring throughout. the body was hazy and orange.
s - oranges, oranges and more oranges. smells like a vitamin C drop.
t - citrus hops with a slight earthiness underneath, gives a little resiny malt backbone.
m - crisp and dry.
d - 3F never disappoints and this was a nice brew. not familiar with the style but i never would have guessed english dark mild ale for this one.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass from the bottle. It has a cloudy orange-ish color with a nice head that is well retained. The aroma is florally hoppy with some mild malt scents. The taste, like the aroma is very hoppy with a touch of malt. The hop finish is citrus-like and floral. It has a medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a good session beer. Milds are typically not my favorite style, but this would be good for a long poker night when you don't want to get too loaded.

Photo of plaid75
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a subtle upfront sweet orange and peppery hop. Nice light biscuity malt as well.

The taste was a clean and refreshing resiny hop with a good satisfying grainy malt. Residual sweet orange hop.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness with a clean and slightly dry finish.

Overall an excellent and supremely drinkable ale. From what I read, not a traditional mild ale, but who cares. This may very well be one of those desert island beers. I only wish I had access. Thanks to czoch75.

Photo of Absumaster
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Is this a mild ale? You could have fooled me saying this is an IPA. Appearance is a light hazy, orange amber beer with a big bubbled head.

Smell is also like an IPA, strong hoppy, resinous, earthy and some pine. A nice fruitiness with lemons and other citrus.

Taste is bitter, hoppy and fruity with citric and resinous, earthy notes. There is a light malt backbone, but that is pushed away by the hops and body is quite thin. The beer is very dry, which make the beer appear even more bitter. The carbonation is smooth, little gas bubbles feel nice on the tongue. In the end I get some sort of sweetness, although the beer is dry.

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

Got this courtesy of Monsone. Thanks a ton!

An English Dark Mild this is not. Its way too pale and very hoppy by contrast. Just thought I'd get that out of the way...Three Floyds is not known for following style guidelines as you probably already know.

Crystal clear pale body. Bottle conditioning is evident in the bottom sludge. Very quaffable, hoppy pale ale, kind of reminds me of a west coast IPA with its light refreshing body. It overcomes a common problem I have with such light beers: overcarbonation. This one is prefectly acceptable, if not almost teetering over the edge. Its just that lots of these styled beers come off as seltzer water, and this one pulls it off just fine (although its a close one).

Similar to Smuttynose or El Toro IPA. Its got a huge alpha hop aroma and bitterness thats downright refreshing and lip-smacking. Very enjoyable ale that makes you want more. Well done, 3-F's. Your mild ale comes off as hoppier than most's IPAs!!! The hoppiness is not overwhelming, although a non-hophead would cringe at the mere smell of it.

It is evident that they didn't add alot of malt to the bill from the sheer carbonation. The CO2 throat burn cuts the drinkabliity back a hair. Like I said, they pulled it off with a hop-bomb. Definately recommended. Cheers!

Photo of Viggo
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of BlackAngus via BC2! Surprisingly I've never had this one before! Thanks!

Pours a slightly hazed amber/copper, thick white head forms, nice lacing, decent retention. Smell is sweet, caramel malt, almost jasmine, pine/citrus, some floral, light, nice balance. Taste is smooth, toffee, some grain, bready malt, and citrus, some floral nice bitterness and perfect balance. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very smooth and a perfect example of a sub 5% beer that is full of flavour and very drinkable. Thanks Josh!

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy amber/orange color with a half-inch white head. Lacing is OK. It smells mostly like citrusy (grapefruit) hops and lemon peel. It tastes like citrusy hops and toasted malt. Mouthfeel is light/medium, and also smooth and a bit slick. Drinkability is good, with a crisp finish. It seems a bit too hoppy for a mild ale, but this is a Three Floyds beer so I'm not surprised at all. It's good, tasty and sessionable. I think this is a good solid beer, I'd definitely drink it again.

Photo of Crousejs
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I think this is a really nice beer. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The appearance a nice amber color, with two fingers of foam. The foam was mainly micro, with a few larger, but a good head non the less. The smell had hints of pine, but is faint at best. The taste is remarkable. Sparkles on the tongue throughout each sip. Very similar to a single orgin coffee from El Salvador. The citrus resembles more of a quaint grapefruit or a tangerine than a lemon, but really sizzles on the tongue. The glass looks great throughout drinking. Bubbles from the bottom, and lacing continues until the end. I really like this beer. I have been liking a lot of area beers lately. Three Floyds and Two Brothers are two of the best brewers I have found in a while.

Photo of demcorhip
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chonyr for managing to get this into the Great White North.

A slightly hazy amber with slight hues of orange. Big but soapy off white head formed on the pour of this fairly vigorously carbonated ale, which is helping to retain the off white head. Some isolated clumps of lacings are randomly glued to the inside of my glass.

Orange overtop of some caramel and biscuit maltiness. Some grapefruit is in there as well.

Biscuit mostly from the malt, along with a mild nuttiness and faint hints of caramel. Not as hoppy as one might expect from the nose, but pleasing citrus (orange, tangerine, grapefruit) and floral notes accentuate the malts and make for a nice finish, along with a mild earthy and slightly woody touch.

A bubbly light bodied ale. Fairly dry due to the biscuit malts. Nicely balanced ale, with a slight hop astringency.

This would make an excellent refreshing summer session beer. Watery yet dry, with nicely balanced malt and hop flavour. A tasty and refershing approachable yet interesting brew. Wish i had more.

Photo of AltBock
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with another one of Three Floyds' crazy looking characters on the label. This one has a blue skinned, crossed eyed, elf eared, Jay Leno chinned, tongue sticking out, Pinocchio nosed joker with pint of beer sitting on top of his gray joker hat. He's holding a magic wand in his right hand while his arms are crossed like they're in a straight jacket. It's creepy and somewhat funny at the same time. Around this character is the name of the beer and the Three Floyds symbol of 3 hands holding a a gold coin with the initials "FFF" in it. To the left of the picture is the Government warning and the barcode, while on the left side is a little blurb about the beer, a map showing you how to get to the brewery, and the refund prices. Don't waste your time looking for a date because it doesn't exist on the bottle or the label. Served in a Bell's Brewery American Pint glass.

Pride & Joy poured a golden orange color with a slight tint of amber to it. It had half an inch in height head of white fizzy bubbles that quickly fizzled away into in to a few clear bubbles along the edge of the beer and no lace around the glass. Not even white bubbles acting as the lace. That would have been better than nothing at all. Very disappointing appearance. The smell was no better than the appearance. To get the slightest aroma to emerge, I had to swirl the beer around for a couple of minutes for anything to come out. Even then it wasn't that good. The aroma was that of citrus hops, a lemon peel, toasted malts, and a pinch of English toffee in the back. To get a whiff of the toffee, you really need to stick your nose into it and even then you might not catch it. Where it matters most of all is where this beer finally came out. The taste was mild and slightly dry with a slice of grapefruit, toasted malts, a few more citrus fruits, and with a mild punch of bitter citrus hops in the background. The mouthfeel was light, but yet it had a nice aftertaste of dry roasted bitter citrus hops. I noticed that toward the end of the mouthfeel, it got somewhat watery. Not too watery, but I still noticed it was there. They label this as a "classic session ale." I guess you could make this a reasonably priced Three Floyds session ale, but I wouldn't. I didn't care for it that much. A Three Floyds beer that can be easily passed up for some of their other offerings.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle clean yellow-gold. Moderate head which quickly melted away. Light lacing as I enjoyed this beer.

This beer really throws out a floral hoppiness and a heavy citrus aroma.

The taste is bursting with citrus and floral hops. It hits hard and fast and just as quickly fades to flatness 'til the next sip.

Mouthfeel was light and smooth with a very light carbonation.

This is called a mild ale but is similar to a lot of IPAs I've had. Drink up!

Pride & Joy Mild Ale from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,141 ratings.