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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 TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of rrg1gb
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

Photo of peabody
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of seaoflament
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of scott
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of younger35
4.42/5  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.

Photo of HerrFaust
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on cask at the Clark Street Ale House, but didn't take notes. When I read "mild" thought that I'd get a traditional Brit mild (garnet, nutty malt)--one of my faves--but enjoyed this APA enough to seek out a sixer.

A-poured into my favorite APA/IPA flared glass. Yay to unfiltered beer! Gold to amber. Pillow-y one inch head, with persistent lacing.

S-"Alpha Prince". Resiny, citrusy.

T-Very balanced. Agree with previous reviewers that this beer punches above its ABV. Recommend for refugees from DIPA-land. Fans of IPAs with good malt balance (I dig Bell's 2 Hearted, Dale's, etc) might like this, too.

M-bright up front, and in the aftertaste. Hoppy, not gassy, effervescence.

D-Extremely drinkable. Great bear, and a fine welcome to the Midwest.

Photo of tpd975
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man my Midwest vacation is going so well. On second it has been great for my beer resume’, but not my waistline. God do I love drinking all these Indiana and Michigan brews.

Found this one on the shelf of the Chalet Liquor store in Elkhart Indiana. Since they sold it by the single I decided to give it a try.

A - Poured a mild golden amber color lightly hazy with a rather large foamy head. This quickly died down and left behind just a thin lily pad type head across the top of the glass with a decent amount of lace. Nice carbonation visible rising up from the bellows of the glass.

S - Nice light citrus hops were noticeable with a malty backbone to even everything out.

T - Very nice brew. This is a nice light brew. It is not at all watered down. There is also a nice maltyness to it, but like all 3 Floyd's brews no matter how mild they still bring the hops. There is a dash of cane sugar to sweeten it up a bit.

M - Very smooth and refreshing.

D - Wonderful. They bottle says this is a classic session ale and I have to agree. It is pretty light in body, and will not get you drunk too fast.

Overall: Impressive brew. This is the lightest of the 3 Floyd's family I have tried, yet it is wonderful. You can tell they planned for this beer to be ultra sessionable, but true to form they still brought the hops. GOD LOVE THEM. The boys over at 3 Floyd's truly are masters of the craft. They mix up batch after batch of beer that any brewer in the county would be envious of.

All hail the men and women of 3 Floyd's. This truly should be one of their pride and joy's.

Photo of katan
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Undated 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a nice dark golden color, with a light centimeter high head. Very little bubbling going on inside the beer.

S - Ahh what I expect from 3F. It has a strong bittering hops nose, perhaps from cascade hops. There is a hint of the malt here.

T - Taste is not at all what I expected. The hops are subdued, which arrives more in the after taste. The initial flavor is a light malt.

M - Has a smooth texture to it. Probably due to its light carbonation.

D - A good beer for a few to relax at night. Could drink a sixer of these without skipping a beat.

To me, this is one of the better 3 floyds offerings. I like hops and all, but their brews often take it to the extreme. This one is more middle of the road.

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

Pours a cloudy amber color with a 3 finger fizzy head that settles to a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smells of some piny hops and a touch of malt - surprising given the mild ale classification from the brewery.

Taste is actually quite nice. Mellow caramel malts with some delicate piny hops here. While everything here is pretty subdued, it is also nicely delicate and balanced. Just enough flavor to keep it from going to the boring side.

Mouthfeel has just the right richness for a session beer, with a nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability is exceptionally good on this.

Recommended. I was expecting a boring beer, but this definitely delivered a nice session beer.

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.

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