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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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2,120 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,120
Reviews: 694
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 73
Gots: 216 | 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:
A smooth, medium-bodied session beer with bright citrus hop aroma and finish. Our interpretation of an American Mild Ale.

42 IBU

(Beer added by: purplehops on 08-06-2001)
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Photo of Crousejs
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
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
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

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

i've had this in bottle before but on-tap and via growler this stuff is great. slightly hazy with a straw/apricot hue. a HUGE nose for a mild session ale. big, citrusy, pine, floral notes dominate the bouqet, the citrus characteristics of the hops most prominent. also fresh bread aromas are present. dry but not bone-dry, just enough to balance out the significant hops which are the star of this beer, and more doughy malt flavors are present in this beer than seems possible for it's abv. about 30 ibu's i'd guess. light in body. nice finish that leaves you wanting more and more, and with the 4.something abv you can, allah be praised. this is great anytime but will be even better in the summer.
ok, this shit is really growing on me. for it's abv the aroma is amazing as well as the taste. i've found you get a huge, rocky, creamy, long-lasting head much of the time as well.
update: have had this many times since. i wish they made this a seasonal (less of it) so they could make more of other stuff like zombie dust. not one of their better offerings.

Photo of drpimento
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this slightly aged with very little head and almost no lace. Clear, amber color tinged with brown. Aroma is a fruity hoppiness with some hints of citrus, some maltiness. the body is a bit thin, but certainly very drinkable. Flavor's about the same as aroma, just more intense. Relatively short hoppy finish.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sort of pale ale like in taste and smell. A little bit maltier and much more balanced than an average pale ale though. This beer is very very easy to drink, due to its crazy balance. I can't stop sipping this beer. Go and try it, but expect more of a pale ale than a mild. Sort of mislabeled.

Photo of akorsak
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Capone's.

A: The ale is hardly dark! A bit of amber orange hardly qualifies for the dark brown depth that I was expected. The head is not that big, practically nonexistent, but there is a clear carbonation to the ale.

S: The aroma is definitely Three Floyds, throwing off a bit of an amariilo hop aroma before fading away to a grainy malt sweetness.

T: The ale lives up to the style, it is very mild. There is a soft hop spiciness up front that quickly dissolves into a grainy caramel malt base. Some hops try to pop up near the end and have a bit of a grapefruit zest to them, but overall the hops remain quite mild.

M: The mouthfeel has a nice ring of hops that don't overpower (unlike significantly all of FFF's offerings). I find that most of the harshness of the ale comes from the carbonation.

D: The beer is very inviting, showing off a bit of a hop bite that never overpowers the delicate malt body.

Photo of gunnerman
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass pours a hazy orange with a littl ehead and no lace. Smell is big and hoppy floral and citrus hops come to mind. Taste is amzing for the strong smell of hops this brew is kind of soft and mellow with big carbonation and little bitterness, awesome offering from the floyds highly recommended.

Photo of mntlover
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy golden / light orange color with a smaller off white head but it laces well.

Aroma is lightly hoppy floral, citrus orange maybe light whiffs of pine underneath good mellow pleasant relaxing hop aroma. Very light toasted malt aroma underneath.

Taste is nice mellow hops again good flavors low bitterness, orange, light grasses, flowers also pine shows up more in taste then in aroma. some light malt toasted bread with a touch of molasses spread across is.

Mouthfeel is nice smooth carbonation giving it just the right bite, light side of medium in feel.

Drinkability is good make one hell of a warm summer brew, as far as true to style would hardly call it lightly hoppy, except for a FFF brew anyway. Very enjoyable would probably rate higher but can't get over the style its stuck in. Thanks go to merlin48 for this fine sample.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beer I'm never afraid of not being able to obtain. Thank goodness for that.

Pours a sunny amber orange with a pleasant eggshell head with some lacing after each sip. Plus a few jubilant bubbles rising to the top rounded out this beer nicely. The aroma was of fresh pine, flower stems, medium citrus, and some toasty malts. The taste was a perfect reflection of the aroma. Sprucey hops with some citrus in the middle mixed with the toasted wheat bread in the middle and finished with the floral, spicey hops. Medium bitterness and very crisp and refreshing. Great after owrk beer. Very sessionable. Probably my favorite English dark mild ale.

Photo of Duster72
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange. Very big hops/citrus aroma. Taste is primarily pine resin with much less citrus than in the aroma. Hops give nice bitterness and a bit of pucker. Body is rather thin, which is okay at this ABV. Nice lighter alternative to Alpha King.

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

Very citrusy, hoppy, and pleasant aroma. Orange hue. Initially stong hop bitterness, quickly smoothed out by a nice citrusy and malty flavor, which dissipates quickly. I could drink this beer just for the aroma alone, but I'm also encouraged by its flavor.

Photo of Applesauce1
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Appearance: dark orange-copper color; a little hazy; very small head on the pour
Smell: a pleasant hoppy smell
Taste: excellent: fairly balanced; mild hoppiness with a nice sweet malt flavor to balance; very tasty (not watered down at all)
Mouthfeel: medium bodied (im really surprised this is on 4.87% alcohol); its a lot thicker than other 4.87% beers; this must a have a lot of unfermentables in it
Drinkability: good flavor; good body, so its going down pretty quick

Overall, an excellent beer. I'll try this one again.

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

Poured into a nonic. A thick, rocky head formed. Very highly carbonated. A light amber ale that had a little haze. Good "C" hop aroma and taste. The hop taste is complemented by oranges, slightly bitter in the end.

Very drinkable, a little heavy to be a lawnmower ale. More suited for the fall.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a full finger of rocky tan head sits atop this hazy dark orange brew and is kept afloat by huge amounts of lighning fast carbonation

S - floral, a clover like floral with a big orange zest element, wow, amazing, very sweet and fresh and crisp, rather inviting

T - wow, this beer is floral in the taste as well, but it takes a back seat to the hoppy citrine flavors, an amazing orange taste, usually citrus flavors associated with hops are manifested as a grapefruit taste, which adds a certain sourness to it, but this is mellow and swee tand truly orange, amazing, but the hops do give great structure to ther beers flavor

M&D - supremely drinkable, easy down, nice mellow flavor, lighter ABV, a highly drinkable beer for a hops fan, not necessarily a hop head either

jeez, 3F's knows what there doing when they use hops

Photo of tvercil2
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Burnt orange with a 1/2 inch off-white head which receded quickly, leaving a nice lacing. Slightly hazy with a small amount of sediment.

S - A pleasant grapefruit scent with a hint of grass and pine. Very hoppy, very, good.

T - Starts with a strong citrus flavor and ends with a hoppy bitterness.

M - medium bodied with a dry finish.

D - I could of easily drank all six of these. A good session beer.

A solid warm weather beer for those who enjoy hops.

Photo of Jwaks
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Serving : 12 oz bottle

Reveals a light yellow golden body with a bit of sediment through a n encicing chill haze.A beautiful body supports a quickly dissapating dull white head that forms a paper thin layer of suds encircled by a ring of thin lacing. Carbonation is lacking and while considering that I think that it doesn't quite look like a dark ale...

Loads of astringent lemon aromas play on the nose with tons of citrus zest, juicy grapefruit, and a bit of pine. Very, very hoppy. Where are the malts?

An onslaught of sharp, juicy lemon launches an unrelenting assult on the palate, pungeant grapefruit, citrus peel and pine resin rush in to reinforce the mid palate with a bit of pale bready malt swooping in to deliver an awesome coup de grace on the lingering dry finish. Damn, it almost takes like a hop popsicle. More malts for color, balance and body would make this beer near flawless.

Mouthpuckering and a bit thin on the finish, this medium bodied brew has a drying effect on the palate and mouth. This paired with the great bitter citrus flavor keep me going back for more, I could easily drink a few of these in a short time.

Overall this beer is a bit out of style, it may be better as an esb or english bitter, though whatever it may be, it's an awesome ale.


Photo of cameraman
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light amber color with a thin off white colored head, that dissolves quickly and leaves a slight film on top. The aroma starts witha piney, earthy scent, that mellows out to sweet malt fragrance. The flavor comes out with that malty mellow flavo, that rolls on the palate, then as it reaches the end a slight smack of bitterness, mostly citrusy, hits the palate. A thin to medium feel, leaving a dry finish. Everything about this beer makes want it to be good to great, but it does not reach that expectation. The hops seem off kilter, like it is trying to be the ant-mild mild. It is still better than alot of other beers out there.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice. Was rooting for Indianapolis, so when it became apparent they would win, I cracked it open in early celebration.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with excellent carbonation. Mild, white ring sprouts immediately and remains subtle atop the beer. As it warmed, more yellow notes poked through.

S - One of the most intriguing aromas I've noted to date. At first, I wasn't sure what to make of it, as there was a definite acidic & sour scent - but it was still enjoyable. As it warmed, it became much more apparent - grapefruit; almost a perfect match. Aside from the fruit, a definite dry-hoppy background was present. Everything came together beautifully.

T - Almost had to pucker up...tart/sour grapefruit is as strong as the aroma hinted. Met with a hoppy-bitterness that took over straight to the finish. A little more malt to balance the bitter hops and grapefruit is the only thing I could ask for. Very different, but enjoyable.

M - Medium body that remains bubbly. Crisp, bitter finish.

D - Excellent selection and makes for the perfect session beer. If I ever see a six pack, I'll definitely pick one up.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- poured into 16oz nonic. 1cm white head, intriguing golden orange body with a slight haze.
S- All citurs upfront, slight hint of malt.
T- Mostly citrusy and hoppy, a bit of maltiness as well.
M- Medium-light body with medium carbonation.
D- An intereseting brew. I can see this being a good warm weather brew. Not the first beer I would reach for though. I'd like to see a better balance between malt and hops. The hops feel a little overpowering in this context.

Photo of BlindPig
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Thin off white head on a light cloudy golden body. Very light lacing just little blobs of thing lacing and a thin collar.
S- Big citrus hops up front. Grapefruit, orange, lemon hint, and pale malt body.
T- A nice balance between a light roasted malts and citrus hops. Light grapefruit flavor with a mild caramel malt flavor. Nothing very complex. Leaves a nice bitterness on the tongue.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- It isn't anything offensive but it's not trying to be. It is a very tasty easy drinking mild ale. I think they hit what they were going for.

Photo of crayphish
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured my Pride & Joy into a pint glass. It poured to a clear brilliant amber with a lot of carbonation. The head was gone in a flash, but left some lacing. The smell hit me the second i opened the bottle, strong floral hops, something sweet in there as well. It had me taking deep wiffs with every drink. Taste was hops muted with malt, the word mild came to mind, and according to the name it should have. It finishes dry and hoppy, with a bit of alcohol. Not bad. Pretty thick and chewy, yet not over bearing, finishing dry and crisp. I plan to finish my six pack.

Photo of DrJay
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear, light amber with a short, rocky, white head. The foam settles quickly and shows just a little stickage. Piney hops hit the nose first, followed by light grapefruit in the background. I was initially surprised, but then I thought "Three Floyds" and it all made sense. There's some toasty malt there too, but it's overshadowed by the hops. Moderate bitterness with plenty of hop flavour - grassy, piney, citrusy - but it's not overwhelming, quite refreshing actually. Malt sweetness and caramel flavour is subdued and there's a bit of hop spiciness towards the end. A bit dry in the finish. Medium carbonation, decent texture. I really liked this beer. I could definitely see this as a beer I'd always keep in the fridge if I had access to it.

Photo of Phatz
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an English Pale Mild Ale. FFF calls it a Mild Ale and that it is but clearly it is pale.

Appearance: Pours a light orange creamsicle color. Transparent through some haze. White head fades fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Fruity hops and sweet malt lie mostly still. Not much jumping out and grabbing the senses but upon inspection there is a depth to it.

Taste: Lightly bittered with citrus hops, a dollop of butter or cream, and a solid malt backbone with smooth fruitiness make this an exceptionally quaffable beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and juicy with a perfect soft finish.

Drinkability: The drinkability is the feature of this beer. It is not flamboyant in the other categories is built a chuggable beer meant for consumption, so buy a case and enjoy.

Hope this is helpful.

Pride & Joy Mild Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 2,120 ratings.