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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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2,029 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,029
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 68
Gots: 193 | 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:
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 Prufrock
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

clear golden orange with a quarter inch of thin white head. some rising bubbles.

bright, fresh, citrusy aroma. candied grapefruit with a touch of caramel malts.

crisp and clean, light-bodied and a medium-high carbonation. bit of malty sweetness then a hoppy aftertaste. ridiculously drinkable. nothing that blows you away, but a very enjoyable brew; the craft beer lover's lawnmower beer.

Prufrock, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of jaluria
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Soft amber color with loads of lacing and a thick head. Intense carbonation. Aromas of white grapes, spices, hops, and caramel. Slightly off-balance with minimal hops but still tastey. A semi-sweet, toasted flavor dominates, although it is somewhat subtle. Good mouthfeel, but perhaps a bit too mild for continued drinking. I would want more flavors.

jaluria, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, spring! When a BA's mind turns away from the warming darkness of Doppelbocks and Imperial Stouts, and towards the subtle wonder of lighter, hoppier beers. Pride and Joy embodies the best traits of a "first day of Spring" beer. It is a pleasant bronze whose nose is just a whiff of hops. Then, the first sip gently massages your tongue with mild english hops and a light, friendly maltiness. Ahhhh, sitting on my porch, drinkin' a beer. Is there anything finer?

shbobdb, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of wedge
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper with an off-white head of thick froth and sparse carbonation. Light, citrus and floral hop smell with a bit of sweet malts and a slight steely quality. Similar hoppiness to Alpha King but much more subdued. The malts are much more apparent in the flavor - there's an overall sweetness with more of the Three Floyds hop signature plus some nuts and grain. Medium / light mouthfeel goes down real easy.

Not a mild ale at all really, this is definately a pale ale. Just a pretty damn good, balanced session beer.

wedge, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of semihobo
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bottle. It says that the haze is bottle conditioning, but I don't see a haze in my glass; in fact, it's pretty clear. Lots of single bubbles flying around, and a nice ambery-orange shade. Head settles into a moderate puddle of lace on top.

Smells wonderful. The scent of the hops is surprisingly complex -- instant notes of apricots with marshmallows, brings me back to my grandma's cooking. Strong enough to make the nose tingle. With a little bit of orange, but damn, it's definitely that apricot marshmallow smell. Helped by a gently sweet amber malt, with a hint of yeast.

Subtle taste, it's cool to see a mild beer with quiet flavors, especially from Three Floyds. The hops still work well with the sweetness, although they aren't as specific or creative as they are in the smell. Still a little apricot, but now they are bitter, and nutty malts with some dextrin step it up a bit. Overall though, just moderately bitter, and the payoff for the subdued taste is a lot of complexity

Mouthfeel isn't too thick or thin, a little chewy/syrupy from the combination of dextrin and hop aftertaste? Nice finish.

Drinkability is high, this is so approachable and major props to 3F for applying craft skills to a low-alcohol, lower-flavor ale that doesn't knock your socks off but instead is a masterpiece of delicate flavors. This is supposed to be "an American version of a British Mild." I guess it is mild, and the lighter color and hop focus are American, but what's British about it? Just call it an American mild, and it is set.

semihobo, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of stewart124
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark clear orange color with medium carbonation present and a small off-white head. Fairly hoppy smells of citrus and floral hops. Seemingly present in most of Three Floyds beers. Interesting tastes of caramel malts and bits of a maltier or nuttier malts. Strange brew that I cannot place. It seems to be following an english style but the hops really throw me for a loop. There is a hoppiness that leans toward a pale ale but then again it is a bit maltier. Sweet tangy tastes are very appealing and this is quite a good session brew. The aftertaste is on the dry side and still hoppy citrus. Overall a pleasing beer that Three Floyds makes here.

stewart124, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is not very brown, but all out amber topped with a large white head. Nice white clumpy layer remains leaving behind nice bits of lace. Smells like grainy pine with juicy citrus with floral spice. Real interesting combination. Taste is similar with a small wave of bready sweetness before a burst of hop bitterness. More refreshing and relaxing together, than mild.

This would probably be a great spring morning beer.

tastybeer, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of Pegasus
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep golden color, small white head, slight carbonation, and rather thick lacing for the head size.

Aroma: Prominent citrus notes, with lemon, and lime, as well as cut grass, and dandelion leaves.

Taste: Strong hop presence from start to finish, with herbal notes and crisp citrus throughout. Beneath the hops there is a sturdy light caramel malt backbone, that is, nonetheless, a bit overwhelmed by the hops. The finish is very dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An interesting interpretation of a familiar style. Quite drinkable, and presumably a hop-head's delight.

Pegasus, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper/orange color with a one inch head that fades to a thin cap that leaves behind some nice lacing.

Smell; nice floral spicy hops with grapefruit. There's definitely a stronger hop profile than I was expected.

Taste; plenty of citirc grapefruit, and mildly spicy hops. Those hops are by no means overpowering, but they definitely make their presence known. It has a decent sweet caramel malt backbone that is a perfect balance to the hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and very drinkable.

I don't think this is necessarily true to the Mild Ale style, but it's a very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

RedHaze, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of crwills
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great session beer, although I unfortunately am sitting drinking it in my hotel room (and I only have 2 of them).

Pours an unusually bright orangy amber -- looks almost like orange Triaminic -- quite clear, with a fizzy head. Looks very carbonated, although it really isn't.

Smell is very hops dominated and citrusy (grapefruit and lemons). I have very little experience with this style, but it's not what I expected at all!

Flavour is hoppy, grapefruit, pine or wood, and pepper. I like this beer a lot, and for me it's very drinkable, although as I mentioned it's much more bitter and hoppy than I expected for a 'mild'. Obviously I don't know what I'm talking about.

Aftertaste is a bit biting and dry, but this beer has a good full mouthfeel and I may not be able to save the other one to take home.

crwills, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of SupaCelt
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This nifty little brew pours a nice sort of orange copper tone on the amber colour scale. It was aggressively poured to form a head that was not a lasting feature. I do have a small foamy cap currently poised on top of my beer. It looks like it is planning to stick around and it is also giving off some decent lace. The nose holds a nice juicy hop character. Smells predominantly of lemon. The malt character is overshadowed by this hop influence, as both are mild as expected with the malt being more contained off the sniff. The hop character is much more active. It smells really pleasing. I couldn't imagine anyone not enjoying a little whiff of this one. The taste is so easy. This really is a perfect sessioner. It has a nice bit of sweetness and the lemony citrus of hops, but on a more universally appealing scale. A bit of yeasty influence rides along with the lightly proportioned malt backdrop. I can easily envision driving around on a riding lawnmower in the heat with a glass of this in my hand. My mom might even enjoy it. Mild is a perfect description and style classification. It is hard not to love this even if bigger beers are your favorite implement in the arsenal. Just right.

SupaCelt, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of PatandDavid
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to fellow BA UncleJimbo for the chance to try this one. Appearance: slightly cloudy orange amber. Cream colored head disappeared quickly, and I have no head left. Bubbles on the bottom of my glass rise slowly. Smell: prominent malt, but some earthy notes I am also picking up low grapefruity hop notes. Taste: The earthy note I picked up on earlier is at the front again, followed by low malt, and a trickle of citrusy hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel: The best feature, small tickly carbonation, not too thin. Drinkability: Not as much a: "gotta get that again" brew as the abv promised imo.

PatandDavid, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I never thought I would be blown away by a mild. After drinking this, I plan to add an english mild to my 2006 Homebrew schedule.

A- Hazy amber body with a sticky film head. Appears to be consistent with the style as far as low carbonation.

S- Toasty malts are pleasantly hidden by the citrusy, resinous west coast hop punch. Fresh, pure hop oil is noticed and welcomes the hop head in all of us.

T&M- The low carbonation level is noticed right away, but extremely enjoyable. The hop bitterness comes on quite strong, but is perfectly mellowed out by the biscuit-like toastiness. IMHO, the hops are a perfect compliment to this session beer, but I can see how purists may frown on this. The body is very full, but light enough to put down numerous pints in a sitting.

D- I NEED a barrel of this on tap at home! After this, I truly understand the meaning of a session brew. I could drink this all night and come back for more the next day. Awesome brew that needs to be tried. I cannot believe how many times I have walked by this on the shelves. It will become a future staple in my fridge!

ALESwhatCURESya, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of jakester
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy gold/orange with a 1/2 finger head of white bubbles. The head falls to not much, with very little lacing. Carbonation appears low.

Aroma is light toffee malt and luscious lemony citrus hops. Maybe some light grassy hop in there also.

Flavor is crisp, clean pale malt and nice citrusy hops. Hop bitterness is right there, as well. Fruity, with notes of pears or apples. Aftertaste is hoppy and lightly malty. Not sure this is a mild, by definition, but it's light and flavorful.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, with low to medium carbonation. Finish is dry and tight.

A very poundable brew; obviously has "session" written all over it. When I think of mild, I think more dark and less hoppy, but this is a delicious beer, no matter what. Malt and hops of this one work very well together.

jakester, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of nvsblman
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangish hue with about a finger of head. Some sticky lacing. There is a subtle sweetness in the aroma, with some grassy hops and just a hint of citrus. Pretty well balanced flavor, the hops stand out just a bit in the finish. Medium bodied, well carbonated. This would make a pretty good session beer if it was available to me all the time.

nvsblman, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Kind of dark yellow and hazy. Definitely not dark.

Smelled mostly of hops, but not as intense as an IPA. Definitely a good everday beer. Too bad I haven't seen it in Ohio (I normally can only find Alpha King, Robert the Bruce, Gumballhead, and sometimes Alpha Klaus).

I would have called this a classic pilsner, knid of similar to Prima Pils from Victory. But BA calls it an English Dark Mild. I can't tell what's what anymore.

TurdFurgison, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz longneck, brown bottle.

This mild ale poured a clear, coppery color with white foam that settled and clung to the inside of the glass a little bit. The smell was nicely hoppy with a touch of floral hops as well, and nice crystal malt with a note of caramel. The taste was mildly malty (crystal malt) with a good hoppiness, only mildly bitter, together with a light fruitiness. Very nice. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp with medium body and good carbonation. The hoppiness lingered. This was a very nice and enjoyable mild. I want more!

UncleJimbo, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle.

Pours amber in color, with a fluffy white head.

Hops are bold and delicious in the nose. Citric, herbal, and inviting.

Light in body with mellow carbonation and a slightly oily mouth coating. The hops are assertive and the highlight of the beer. Mandarin orange, grapefruit, herbs- warrior and amarillo hops is a favorite combination. The bitterness level isn't high, only the hop flavor is big. A sweet maltiness is in there somewhere.

If I didn't have to drive to Illinois to get it, I would drink this all of the time. Although it's a stretch to call this an English mild, it is one hell of a session beer.

Shultzerdugen, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of ChiSox05
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pine and grapefruit. (but it really does smell like that) light caramel malt comes out with a bit of warmth
A clear apricot orange color, looks so good sitting there on my desk in my Blackhawks pint glass. inch of foamy head on the pour, minimal lacing.
I get the hop and fruit rind flavors, maybe its the appearance doin it but I swear there was some apricot in there as well. Toned malt rounds out the first taste but gets drowned out. Pronounced bitterness, pine aftertaste
Softer mouthfeel, moderate body, nothing offensive, easy on the palate

Drinkable, 3 drink minimum.

ChiSox05, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of Fugazme
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only slightly hazy, P&J has a coppery, orangey hue with decent clarity. Head is 1/4" and pure white... dissipates with nice lacing and some good stick to the glass.

Aroma is very, very nice. Sweet, citrus, floral, slightly spicy... perfume-like. Subtley seductive. Sexy. Delicious.

Taste is bitter, but nice... near harsh on the front end. Mellows out on the swallow a touch. Not huge flavors. Mild... just as it implies.

Mouthfeel is average. Pretty carbonated, but smooth enough to not stop drinking.

Fugazme, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of PatYoda
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peach with a decent white head that leaves some film on the beer. The smell gives you a lot of citrusy hops with some caramel toffee backing. There is something unique to the hoppiness that only Three Floyds could pull off. Smells exotic. Certainly not English in any way. The taste is more of the same. This tastes like a great APA. It's almost like a more restrained Alpha King, with more of a caramel malt flavor and less hops, though the hops still threaten to take over this beer.

Just a little less bitter and citrusy, and a little more malt and this beer would be superb in my opinion. As it is now, it is a great session beer that I could drink all the time for sure. Mouthfeel is pretty light, not quite as crisp as it could be.

PatYoda, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Notes bottle conditioned

Aroma: nice citric hop perfume with a lemon edge. Smells like a freshly picked bouquet of field flowers, mostly dandelion.

Appearance: Copper gold with a thin but lasting head of off white. Good clarity and a nice thin lacing.

Flavor: Flavoring hops are prominent with APA intensity. This is an American British Mild with assertive American hops, but lacking the bittering hops of an APA. Very enjoyable and about my perfect profile. Only complaint is that it’s lacking some depth, but that’s appropriate given the “style”.

Mouthfeel: Watery texture, light to medium body and a slightly oily finish.

Overall Impression: Outstanding session beer. Hops on top make pop hop! Wish it was local; I’d drink it all the time. Thanks again to Rick for carting back a bottle from the Heartland.

HardTarget, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thoroughly enjoyed this one, however, I found it to be much more American influenced than English.

It pours a decent crisp, light amber colour with a semi-sticky head that lingers but doesn't ahng around for the entire time.

The smell is a great combo of hop juiciness, some caramel and other sweetness. This one is nice, but very sweet overall.

The flavour is somewhat tangy, somewhat tart and a mix of hop flavour, citrus juiciness and caramel sweetness. There's something else lingering here that is quite sweet that I can't put my finger on, but it just adds to the goodness. Burps are hoppy and tasty. The mouthfeel is spot on and carbonation levels are just right in my mind.

This one is great tasting and highly drinkable. It's a touch overly-sweet at times or I'd have bumped the Drinkablility score up a touch more. Definitely worth a try.

SixpointJMH, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a difficult review. There's WAY too much hop flavour for this to be considered a mild. That said, it's a REALLY great beer, so screw the style points!

A: Copper with a white head.

S: Pacific Northwest hops (citrous, pine...)

T: Full malt flavour (bread & caramel), with lots of hop flavour as well.

M: Moderate body from a light-weight... just like a real "mild".

D: Really is exceptional. Lots of flavour (nothing harsh), with an alcohol level that'll make it a true session beer.

Could be a new style... "American Mild"

Derek, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of jimbotrost
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sorry for the low score, but this is not a mild. This is definately a Pale ale or an IPA or something in that family. It is an excellent well made beer but not a mild. The pour is bright copper color with a full white head and lace on the glass, nice. Ahint of malt introduces the flavor before the hop assault starts. The beer is crisp and very dry and dries out even more in the finish. A nice pale ale

jimbotrost, Sep 01, 2005
Pride & Joy Mild Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 2,029 ratings.