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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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2,074 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,074
Reviews: 690
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 71
Gots: 203 | 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: 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 Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled due to BIGsBIF and the kindness of BeerBeing.

Pours a mildly cold hazed copper colored ale with not much of a head forming.

Smell is just plain delicious. Smells mildly sweet and fruity with a nice whiff of caramel. Spicy and woody hop aroma mostly tea, oak, vanilla and cinnamon stick.

Taste is mildly sweet with lots of smoky and earthy taste at the beginning. Quickly the flavor dries out and becomes woody and peat smoky dry. Good bitterness in the finish that is just bitter enough to demand your attention. Nothing here but mild and tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is quite good.

Outstanding drinkability. Technically the alcohol is slightly to high for the style but I am not complaining. This is one mild and tasty ale.

Zorro, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Part of a large trade with jhammerly from Nebraska...thanks Jimi.
I can't write much about this brew other than Budweiser is very lucky that FFF doesn't have the capacity to compete with them.
This is perhaps the perfect session beer.
Light amber/orange in the glass with a full finger off-white head that melts to nicely sticky lacing.
Aroma is fresh and bright with pine and grapefruit hops.
Taste is bright light sweet malt and green citrus hops
Mouthfeel is just totally cleansing. I can drink this like iced tea on a hot summer afternoon.
Very, VERY sessionable.

IntriqKen, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy orangish golden color with a small ¼” head of whitish bubbles. There are only a few bubbles rising, but they don’t maintain the head. After a minute, the head is gone and only a very thin ring around the top of the beer next to the glass remains. There are a few floaters in this one.

Aroma: There is quite a hop defined aroma to this beer. I get lots of citrusy hops in it that make it come across more as a traditional Pale Ale than a Mild. Perhaps this is an American mild rather than a British mild. I get a little bit of fruitiness in here, but it is obscured by the hops.

Taste: The flavor follows closely to the aroma. There is plenty of citrus hops here that reek of an American style beer. I don’t know what this is, but it isn’t too bad. There is a very defined dry almost wheat-like edge to it that is definitely unusual for a Mild. The finish is rather wet and refreshing. There isn’t nearly the hops in the bittering additions as there are in the aroma. The beer ultimately drinks like a mild, but just doesn’t have the aroma profile of a British version.

Opinion: This is a pretty drinkable beer. I am a little thrown off by the word “mild” written on the label, but that is OK because it is a good beer. I would like the carbonation to be a bit more to make it a bit more drinkable. Right now, there is a syrupy edge to it that would be minimized by increased carbonation. Other than this, it is a drinkable Pale Ale

SkeeterHawk, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Medium golden with some copper highlights. A lot of bubble activity but a weak head with hardly enough strength to muster about a rim around the glass

S: Crisp and fresh. Mellow grapefruit, lymon, raspberry and gentle alder.

T: Little bit of orange sherbert, touch of grapefruit, fresh lime, dry biscuit. Finishes with some red fruit and an earthy bitter watermark.

M: Thin and a bit hard

D: There really isn't much mild about this beer unless you are comparing it to other 3F beers. Much closer to an American pale ale. Definately drinkable

Westsidethreat, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of AaronHomoya
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Amber color with a pretty good, rocky head. Big bubbles of carbonation. Strong, citrus hop aroma with just a hint of malt. Taste is sweet, crisp with light malt, bread and hop flavor. Medium bitterness, citrus hop finish. Mouthfeel is light and clean. A great mild that makes you want to drink a ton of it.

AaronHomoya, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of Quaffer
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer poured a slightly hazy, golden copper color with a coarse white head. The foam dissipated quickly until only a thin skin of bubbles remained on top of the brew. A light bead provided enough bubbles to sustain the layer. There was no lacing.

Smell: Right after the pour, there was a strong hit of citrus hops that was much stronger than I expected from this style. The hops remained after the beer had settled down, but they were joined by some warm sweet malt, light vanilla, hints of spice, caramelized sugar, and the lightest touch of fruit. It turned out to be subdued and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Thin in the mouth, but overall smooth with hints of lively carbonation.

Taste: Like the aroma, there were more hops present in the flavor than I was expecting. They dominated completely, being citrusy and slightly herbal. Sweet malt and vanilla rose up to counter the bitterness in the middle and some sharp fruit made an appearance on the finish. Overall, hoppy and dry.

I've had a few milds in the past, but always on cask; I've never had one from the bottle. They were much less hoppy and, dare I say, milder than this version. I would have pegged this as a pale ale if I didn't know what it was beforehand. Still, a very tasty brew that I enjoyed.

Thanks for the bottle, Hero27

Quaffer, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of olacub
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Surprisingly light, almost pale. Head dissapeared quickly, leaving some lacing.

S: A little musty, with some of the trademark 3F pine trying to bust through.

T: Mild ale my ass. This is generously hopped, and could pass for another brewer's IPA. Good malty, biscuity presence up front, turning piney and bitter in the finish.

M: Decent mouthfeel, with the hops dancing on your tongue through the finish.

D: Not a session beer to me.

olacub, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of westweasel
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured out a dark straw color, a little bit on the orangey-side. My glass
did not have much belgian lace - the head dissapated quickly. The liquid was
clear, not hazy.

The aroma was strong citrusy hops - especially when the bottle was first
opened. The taste was very pleasing. Some strong hop-like bitterness combined
with a more mild spicy flavor - kind of peppery.

The mouthfeel was medium, with strong carbonation. It has a dry finish.
This beer is very drinkable and refreshing. No strong alcohol warmness.
The bitterness and spice is pleasent - not overpowering.

westweasel, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light copper color with a slight chill haze to it. Very thin off-white head that left some light lacing behind. Aroma is mostly malty; sweet doughy bread, toffee, and caramel, with some citrusy hop notes up front. The flavor is a good blend of the two. Citrus and some light pine then the toffee and bready malts come out before retreating to the hops presence again. Pretty flavorful for a mild. Good carbonation and medium body with a just touch of dry bitterness upon swallowing. ABV makes this a truly sessionable brew.

Imstillthegman, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of danielocean03
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a peachy golden color with a fizzy white head that lasted nearly five minutes before giving way to lighter sticky lacing.Very active carbonation streams visible in the minimal haze. Smell is citrus and piney hops, sweet maltiness finishes out the nose. Taste is fresh and well balanced, the hops welcome you in and the caramel sweet malts round the brew out. Slightly bitter, leaves a dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, with a lighter body that goes down easy. Great drinkability,this would be a good session beer, nothing too complex, low abv and enjoyable characteristics.

danielocean03, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of badbeer
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with a white head that didn't last real long, left some lacing. Juicy grapefruit and lemony hops with some pine and caramel too. Taste seemed to hit me with some caramel and pine first, before quickly changing to juicy grapefruit, and then some more pine in the finish. Taste seemed to be right around 4.25, it was close to 4.5, but not quite, so I'll give it the 4. Higher carbonation, light-medium bodied. Highly drinkable, almost hard not to have another.

badbeer, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color with moderate white head. Smell is dominated by hops with only a slight malt presence to be found. Taste is also mainly hops, but the malt combines to present an enjoyable brew. The finish balances the hops and malt nicely. This was not what I was expecting. It did not taste ilke an English Dark Mild Ale, But I did enjoy it.

tgbljb, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of kirok1999
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Crisp clear orange with a nice white head that sticks lacing.

Smell- Citrus hops dominate with oily grassiness and pine.

Taste- Same as the smell, huge grapefruit citrus hops up front with pine oils and grassy notes. On the hops scale, Dreadnaught is a 10, Alpha King is an 8, and this one is a 6.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and clean, beautifully carbonated.

Drinkability- If Dreadnaught is too much for you this is your brew, mild enough to please almost everyone, yet distinctive enough to stand out of the crowd.

kirok1999, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A brew I passed up a few times in the past I decided to revisit...appears a slight hazed golden orange hue with a thine white head leaves behind ample lacing around my pint. Aromatics contain citrus peels, pine needles, mild earthiness with a light biscuit malt presence and doughy yeast notes. Taste is upfront with the hop bite which includes bitter citrus peels ie: grapefruit, with relatively low sweetness light bready malt character truly a flavorful mild. Mouthfeel is light bodied low oily texture especially for the hop flavor evenly carbonated smooth brew. Drinkability definitely a great session ale massive flavor, I likes it.

7/7/14: This bottle was bottled on 6/1/14 nice to see the bottle date and other coding on Three Floyd's I'm not sure how long they have been doing it but it's really clear on the brown glass.

First off appearance is pale copper, with a beige light khaki head forms thick head, brilliant glowing color when held toward the light. Lacing is layered intricately and evenly around the sides of my glass.

Aroma has a distinct lemon tartness, earthy pungent hops even Three Floyd's has maintained this beer at a high level for such a long time without selling out to bigger beers in bottles. They basically brewed the first session IPA right here.

Flavor has a nice mix of floral, citrus/lemon, earthy hops very light faint even, but with caramel malts sweet cleansing carbonation and resilient level of drinkability over takes the palate. What a great drinking beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied yet the hop burps are unforgiven, carbonation is smooth pleasant throughout each sip...low level of hop oils noted on the palate.

Overall, I'm a Three Floyd's fanboy, but then again...Isn't everybody these days? I was back before they were on the radar, when I could buy this beer and other Three Floyd's offerings at D'z Six Pack and Dogz in Regent Square the Swissvale neighborhood in Pittsburgh!!!

WVbeergeek, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of kdmorse
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: One finger of off-white head that recedes quickly. Vibrant, cloudy, orange body with minimal carbonation.

S: Slightly citric and bitter hop profile. Lots of tea aromas.

T/M: Mmm, mild. Slightly bitter tea flavors that quickly wash away for a clean finish.

D: Drinkable as they come. Definitely mild and refreshing. A true session beer.

kdmorse, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of ski271
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy but vibrant medium amber with a 1 cm, slightly off-white, creamy head that quickly diminishes to a thick tenacious film. Smell is of citric hops foremost, supported by herbal tea, light grain, pear and a touch of leather. More citrus in the taste, a little stronger but still far from overpowering, accompanied by a moderate, bready malt presence. It has a medium-thin body, lightly crisp yet fairly smooth texture and soft carbonation. This beer is super easy-drinking. Enough character to keep it interesting but still remaining a great session beer. Very nicely done, one of the better mild ales out there. Thanks for the bottle, hero27!

ski271, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of SwillBilly
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

120z bottle

Appearance: Pours medium to light amber, the color of iced tea with a nice tightly foamed 1 inch head. Sticky lacing lines the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit rind like hops dominate the nose along with an earthy, mustiness.

Taste: Pride and Joy begins with an assertive, citrusy hop bitterness that transitions to a mild, malty, sweetness then it all disappears. Finish is very short with only a mild hop bitterness lingering. Very crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, but very crisp and dry and amply carbonated.

Drinkability: P & J is the perfect definition of a session beer. Low abv, crisp and dry. Plenty of hoppiness in the beginning to give it plenty of flavor but not to the point where drinking a bunch of these would burn out your taste buds. Make a point to seek this out and enjoy.

SwillBilly, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of Fuller
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden color with some cloudiness. Sediment from bottle-conditioning is visible floating in the glass. Most of head disappears quickly leaving only a thin layer on the top with some lacing on the side of the glass.

S - Not what I expected. Very fruity smell. Citrus and floral.

T - Some caramel malt followed by citrus. Ends with some hop flavor but not bitter.

M - smooth with just a little carbonation. Feels slick on my tongue.

Overall a very drinkable beer that I will definitely have again.

Fuller, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of MeLikeBeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale copper color with a big head...it knows it, too.
Sweet malts, hops and some spiciness that i can't readily identify. Aromas of citrus seem to stick to the inside of my nose.
Caramel flavor, grapefruits & lemons, and hops all run across my palate as I take a sip. Great hop flavor, but not very bitter, malts add a great deal of weight to this brew. Pretty intense for a "Mild ale".
I like to drink this one between IPAs or stouts to "reset" the palate, very drinkable and tasty.

MeLikeBeer, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of dogfooddog
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours with 25% head in pint glass, extremely floral hoppy nose with no detectable malt odor. Beer pours clear, with a few floaties of what I assume is sediment, is this beer filtered or pasteurized?

Notable that the BA style listed for this beer is disregarded for obvious reasons noted in most other reviews.

Orange-copper beer has dry hoppy taste on front end, a little sweet, which slowly fades. As the palate adapts, some bitterness seems to get into the finish more.

Perfectly good session APA/IPA (hint - this is not an english dark mild), with an abv which allows session-type consumption. compared to 3floyds other offerings it is a rather mundane beer but still excellent in quality.

I think when compared to some of the simply spectacular beers made by 3Floyds (e.g. dreadnaught) this beer might be something of a letdown, but to put it in perspective, if this was labeled as another brewer's product, I would make a point of trying EVERYTHING that brewery made. It is an excellent beer.

dogfooddog, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head starts out great with a thin head and good lacing that marks where the beer has been as I drink it. It has a clear light gold color to it.

Smell is hoppy with grassy tones and some lemony-limy fruit tones as well. It is very aromatic and flowery.

Taste is a little hoppy with some grassiness and fruity tones that are lemony and limy as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and not syrupy at all with a little carbonation.

I am glad to have this brewery close because this is a great brew to enjoy anytime.

Erdinger2003, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of PorterLambic
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, rich, honey color. Good-sized head, off-white & fluffy. Drops to a chunky thick foam and left no lace.
Smell is hops, floral (jessamine (jasmine to most)) with citrus (lemon & orange), malt, green apple and honey. I think my nose is watering.
Raste was a little less involved. Hops, floral, a light citrus taste and a hint of malt were present.
Medium bodied, light effervescence and a slightly dry finish give this brew a nice texture on the palate. A hoppy/floral/citrusy aftertaste completes this offering. Overall a enjoyable beer from the Floyds.

PorterLambic, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of hopman333
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have been drinking three floyd's beer's for a long time. And this one has alway's been a favorite of mine.

The aroma is loaded with fresh, fruity and spicy american hop's with a little bit of caramel malt's coming through.

Appearance is what you'd expect, a dark staw color with very nice head retention and lacing.

The flavor is to die for. I live in Illinois and am fortunate to get this beer fresh, I have tasted older batches and have been very dissapointed, hence this must be tasted when fresh. It starts out with a slight malty sweetness and then the fresh hop's come in and tingle you're pallette with sheer delight. The hop's achieve a strawberry like flavor, sound's strange I know but they do, then after the strawberry tinged hop flavor the caramel malt comes into play once more delivering a very satisfying blend of malt's and hop's that gently linger until the next sip.

I love this beer, I can easily down 12 of these in one night. As for the folk's that complain about it not being a true english mild, go pick up a sixer of fullers esb and have a great time. I would much rather drink this version anyday. After all, It's three floyd's meaning it's not normal, just what their six packs tell you.

hopman333, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of maek228
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: similar to the color of honey. thin white lacey head with no cling. visible carbonation.

smell: sharp hit of citrus and hops

taste: really just as it smells...the initial taste is crisp and somewhat grainy. this taste is brief and gives way to a whallop of bitter citrus and hops. refreshing and reminds me of a pale ale.

mouthfeel: heavily crisp

drinkability: easy to drink

maek228, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of WeisGuy
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

a - deep golden color, slightly cloudy, sediment from bottle-conditioning is visible, head dissipates quickly leaving only a thin layer on top, little lacing

s - citrusy hops, lots of orange, very strong fruity aroma

t - moderate citrusy bitterness up front with the finish devolving into a nutty character, very unique to me

m - low carbonation, medium-bodied, hop oil coats the mouth and sticks around after swallowing

d - this is marketed as a session beer, and that's exactly what it is, I could drink this all night and not get bored

A wonderful all-around session beer, and another winner from FFF. I can only see to get this and Robert the Bruce regularly while I'm in Des Moines this summer, so I'm sure I'll be drinking plenty of this.

WeisGuy, Jun 12, 2006
Pride & Joy Mild Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 2,074 ratings.