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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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691 Reviews
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Reviews: 691
Hads: 2,183
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 82
Gots: 254 | 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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Reviews: 691 | Hads: 2,183
Photo of Qbdoo
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid beer but not what I've come to expect from Three Floyds. Its appearance is probably its biggest drawback. Just a murky, unappealing color. I have trouble detecting a distinct smell but the feel and taste are satisfying. Tastes a lot better than it looks. A tame but nicely balanced beer. It's the kind of beer I would have loved 20 years ago when I was transitioning from Rolling Rock to craft beer. It's also the kind of beer I'd serve my friends who think Heineken is classy but are afraid of craft beer.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$5 at Longman & Eagle, Chicago Il. Wow Chicago is cheap.

Peachfuzz orange-yellow color. Clear. Sticky head leaves several pedestals of foam holding up the sides of my glass.

Smells like tropical fruit and Ectocooler. Orange rind and "green" hoppiness.

Tastes like orange juice and peach ring hops with a light, sweet malty balance.

I had one for the Pride and one for the Joy. During dinner I had another for the "&" just in case it felt left out.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - This beer is a wonderful golden amber color. It is topped with about two inches of off-white head.

S - I get a floral scent accented with lime. It has a real fresh smell to it.

T - This beer is crisp and clean. I get a slight lime taste.

M - Moderate to thin.

O - I was expecting nothing from this beer, and got a highly drinkable, clean, crisp beer. It is very enjoyable. I could drink this for hours.

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Photo of drgoose23
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Got to try this because of a friend that I traded with. Definitely a good beer but not great. I've had Zombie Dust and Robert the Bruce and I think this is zombie dust before steroids. I definitely recommend it and will drink whenever get the chance to but I am just rating for the sake of rating and overall would give it two thumbs up. Very nice pour and has good amount of carbonation. Didn't let it get warm so I dont know or care to know if it gets better as it warms but doubt it. Taste good cold point blank.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from 6-pack purchased at brewery three days ago. No bottle dating.

Yellow-orange, clear elixir poured into 3F pint glass. Half-inch, white head, thin lacing.

Pepper, spice, biscuit malt and subtle pine hops.

Caramel, spice, mild hop presence lingers.

Light, smooth, nondescript.

Certainly lives up to the "mild ale" moniker. Not much going on to bring me back to this one.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep amber with a bubbly tan head. Some cloudiness in the body.

S- Some piney hop aromas with lots of caramel and sweet malt in the nose.

T- Malts come through a lot along with an almost metallic taste. Hops add lots of bitterness, but not a ton in the way of flavor.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O- This is closer to a mild than a APA. Good for a less hoppy beer with full flavor.

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Photo of pls2087
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle, poured in a pint glass (Sam Adams perfect pour).

A: Very nice orange-caramel color, decent head that dissipates fairly quickly

S: Citrus, malty, great hint of hops

T: Great combination of malty sweetness, orange peel, finished with a mild but efficient hoppy edge.

M: Good fullness, a slight lingering film, but nothing overpowering.

O: Fantastic APA. 3F representing Indiana well!

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Photo of schwemjw
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear copper with a one finger head.

S: citrus, grapefruit. very floral with a touch of earth and orange zest. Very clean. Some nice honeysuckle and pine coming through near the end.

T: Light citrus right away. Lemon zest and caramel with a slightly bitter finish. The finish is the best part and where all the flavor comes in. Lots of lemon and honeysuckle.

M: Light and crisp. its clean and easy drinking. A great session beer.

O: Fantastic aroma. A light beer that you could easily drink 12 of. A great mouthfeel with a memorable finish. /89

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Photo of Treebs
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Wild Monk. Served in a shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thing ring that leaves some splotchy soapy lace behind.

S: Light fruity hops with some mild citrus notes. Sweet bread malt. A little dash of caramel.

T: Nicely hopped with some grass notes and fruity berry. Mild sweetness from the malts, a little caramel with some lingering hop bitterness.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Slightly sweet finish.

O: Nicely balanced with a high drinkability. Not the best FFF beer as I'd much rather take a ZD or Alpha King over this, but it's still a nice, low ABV option.

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Photo of weonfire
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden/Amber, translucent, huge white fluffy head, light patchy lacing, constant carbonation rising

S - Citrus, tropical fruit, pineapple, carmel

T - Light citrus, malt, carmel, barley, earthy, mod sweet hop finish

M - med body, frothiness is real good, viscosity is low

O - Very nice session beer. Body isn't too heavy and a nice relaxing feel. Wish there was more citrus, less malt, liked the low ABV, very nice nose - overall very refreshing - good for any occasion.

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Photo of AndyP612
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Rocking Horse in Logan Square. Appearance Pale golden with a fingers worth of off white head that dissipates quickly. Nose Slight grassy notes with floral teases. Hops present but not hugely noticeable. Taste quite mild with a touch of hop and dry finish. Delivers exactly what's advertised here very mild with a hop punch and surprisingly floral. More like fresh hop water following the lead of concur water with a hint of bitter elderflower. Medium bodied with a dry finish which makes new any more and more. Overall, a great session and first beer at dinner. I am not sure if all of the dipa and iipas I have had are taking a till on my palate but I truly am enjoying these session pales. Cheers.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A session type beer from Three Floyds!

Pours out a nice darker orange with 2 fingers of a fluffy, white head.

The aroma has some grassy, slightly floral, slightly citrus hop notes along with a touch of caramel and bready malt notes.

The taste is mostly hop driven with the grassy hop notes along with some floral notes a small touch of citrus and some caramel sweetness in the middle to balance it all out. There is a bit of bready malt note in the back end too.

The body is very light, almost thin and the mouthfeel is slightly creamy.

This is a very easy to drink, crisp, clean and refreshing beer. It's not overly complex, but you could put down quite a few of these during the summer. Nothing out of the ordinary, but does what it wants to do quite well.

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Photo of Gatch
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewpub.

Copper orange in color with a thick, creamy, off white head that leaves behind good lace and retention. Big floral and fruity hop bouquet. Similar in the taste but there's a nice sweetness reminiscent of raw wildflower honey. A bit of malt shows up in both aroma and flavor to give it a bit of balance. Still hop forward. And let's be honest. This isn't a mild. Its another hoppy APA that happens to have a low %ABV and IBU count. There's an interesting earthy and grassy quality to the finish. In summary, pretty sweet and sugary with lots of fruity hops. Almost too sweet and a bit cloying during certain sips. Otherwise easy drinking and delicious.

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Photo of tdm168
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - dark orangish amber wiht a big, soft, dense, white head that has great retention

S - big citrusy oranges with tons of orange zest

T - huge citrusy hop character, orange zest, sweet malt, faint birthday cake batter, mild bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, very smooth

This is a fantastic APA. It's very easy to drink. It's intricate, enjoyable, complex, hoppy, malty, smooth, refreshing, and definitely worth a try. This was incredible.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at the Three Floyds Brewpub in Munster, Indiana. It arrived in a generic nonic glass, glowing a golden honey coloring. It held a two finger head of uniform white foam, showing great retention. The bubbles were sticky, clinging to the glass, helping the head remain, albeit sagging. Any loss was marked by thick sheety lacing, and was easily reproducible with a swirl. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be light. The nose gave sweaty pales and lightly wheaty grain, light licorice bite, and big herbal hop bitterness and depth to meet. With warmth came chlorine chemical sourness, light adjuncts, and basic lactic acidity. Our first impression was that this was a nice pale ale, with even flavoring, and an easy sip. As we sipped, the flavoring opened with softer pale grain, light bready toast, mild caramels, saltiness, and juicy citric and earthy hop sugars, giving eventual bitterness towards the peak. The middle was otherwise occupied by floured macaroni, light metallics, and the sweetest nectary hop bite of the sip, but with evenly maintained citric hop rind bitterness. The finishing wash came with phenolic bite, faint licorice, corn flake malts, adjuncts, pales, synthetic lime, and mixing citric hop freshness. The body was light, and the carbonation was big and froth, but with soft prickle, much in line with the rest of their pale ales. There was hearty slurp, sip, cream, and froth, with coating coolness and light crispiness around the mouth. The light dryness is erased by eventual mucousy muck. The abv is easy, and the beer drinks nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was how sessionable it was. Through the aroma, flavoring, and feel, this guy sits very much in the same vein as Three Floyds’ other pale ales, but just a bit more toned down, seemingly for the purpose of easing and enhancing drinkability via lightness. The hops remained very fresh, but the grains cheapened up, giving more adjuncts and corn. The nose, too, is interesting sweaty and plastic, but doesn’t change the fact that this is an easy drinking, refreshing offering.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint at trolley stop Dayton. Clear golden pour with not much head but nice sticky lacing. Doesnt really look too good...
Great hop aromas..crisp and clean.
Taste is definitely mild but not in the English sense...mild American hop with some slight amber malt. Its way to hoppy for a traditional mild and too hoppy for an apa...its its luke a sessionable ipa.
Either way it a fantastic brew. Lots of flavor but deff mild so it doesn't overwhelm the palate. Nice brew.

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Photo of Tone
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops, hint of floral, hint of grass, slight alcohol, slight sweet malt, hint of pale malt, sugar, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, hint of floral, pine, slight sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, and blend.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: on tap pint
Glass: Pint
From: The Bishop in Bloomington
Price: $4

Appearance: deep orange with nice clarity. a fingers worth of a white head. Good retention

Smell: a hoppy medley. some other smells adding to complexity but not overly distinguishable

Taste: lots of different hops, grassy, citrusy, and piney. some malts but mainly focuses on the hops. not bad but I was looking for something a little more complexity outside the hops

Mouthfeel: pretty light and very smooth. not too strong of a bitter aftertaste.

Overall: I wish the complexity came in a different manner. with this hop medley i would like stronger hop taste. glad i got to try it on tap and bought a six pack of something else.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a lot of fast rising bubbles. Huge five finger off white head with very good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A solid hop forward aroma that is fairly grassy with a solid malt presence. Hops upfront with a mix of herbal, grassy, and citrus hops with hints of orange peel, pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon. Also some pine resin in the hop mix. Solid balancing presence of bready malts with hints of caramel, biscuit, toffee, yeast, and cracker. A very vibrant and well balanced smell for a "mild" beer.

Taste: Like the aroma previews, a good balance of grassy and citrus hop flavor with bready caramel malts. Hoppy up front with a taste of grassy and herbal hops. Fruity taste of citrus orange, pineapple, lemon, and some grapefruit. Also some piney and floral hop taste. Solid presence of sweet bready malts with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Very well balanced taste that while is not huge, is a lot more than you expect from a mild. Very solid and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, fairly wet, and very smooth.

Overall: A very good mild ale that is more like a pale ale. Solid hop mix with a good malt balance.

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Photo of elchingen
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz btl poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Pretty appealing orangish, amber coloring. Head was adequate, just off-white, fluffy & fairly long lasting. Solid lacing.

S: Fruity citrus rind aroma jumps out first. Hops very much present, but not an overtly hoppy smelling beer. Yeasty bread.

T: Ying and yang of hop/malt seems fairly balanced. Cut/wet grass, lemon rind, a good dose of sweet maltiness. Dry & moderate bitterness on the finish. However, overall, I'm left wanting more. Malty aftertaste is neither offensive nor pleasant.

M: Smooth. Small amount of carbonation felt. Alcohol is perceived, but just.

O: Well, I guess they mostly nailed the idea of trying to come up with an "American Mild". A fairly easygoing ale with slightly lower levels of hop bitterness and slightly higher levels of malt than you'd see in a typical APA - though I'd say it still is rather too forceful to really be a session ale - hop heads sure to disagree. Unfortunately, it didn't really add up to anything too exciting for me. Great brewery, but this is my least favorite brew of theirs so far.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Irishace9 for this one. Had once before on tap, this is my first bottle experience with this one. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into CCB pint glass.

A: This is an attractive, nice copper with some haze. Fluffy two-finger off-white head that lasts. Medium level of visible carbonation.

S: Hops (pine with a touch of citrus) and bready, chewy malt. Not a big aroma overall here - although the amount of aroma and the citrus rind aspect grows as the beer warms during the drink.

T: Follows aroma - with the addition of grassiness to the hop profile, and an almost wheat/grainy flavor on the exhale. Overall impression is a bit malt forward. Dry with a moderate bitterness on the finish.

M: Heavy-bodied for style, and chewy. Good carbonation sensation. No alcohol to speak of.

O: An enjoyable beer. I think it could be just a bit more hoppy (especially the citrus character), but this seems to be a personal preference. The wheat flavor seems a bit out of place, but I think it's growing on me. Tasty, but nothing that blows your socks off.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice brown color with a pretty big, bubbly head. Lookin' good.

Smell: Not too much like the taste. The aroma on this one, as the label says, has a hop nose. Super pleasant -- nice, fresh, quality hops on this one... mostly like fresh grass or pine.

Taste/feel: Doesn't taste so much like the smell, but still very awesome. The taste is malt-dominant, and this truly tastes like an APA (unlike Zombie Dust, which I feel is more like an IPA). It's hard for me to describe how this one tastes, but it's just like a gritty, malty, cereal flavor that keeps making me come back for another sip. The bitterness is there, but it's, like the style claims to be, mild. This may be called a mild ale, but it's really not as mild as one would think... a fantastic hop nose, with a delicious flavor. An underdog from Three Floyds.

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Photo of cway2031
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Living in Chicago I am lucky to have access to Three Floyd's lineup on a first-come-first-serve basis. It's not that hard to find 3F beers in chicago...it's just that if you aren't buying it from the brewery then you usually have a limited selection. This is one of the ones that usually gets neglected when people snap up 3F at the stores. For example I heard someone at Binny's last week ask a worker if they have any 3F in stock. The worker replied: "Well, we have a few six packs of Pride & Joy" To which the costumer said: "Awwww dammit, that sucks." I've overlooked this beer, as I think many people have in our area.

The beer itself isn't spectacular. Right one the bottle it says "Mild Ale"...and yes it is mild for 3F standards. Nothing stands out. But I can see why they make it. Perfect for hipsters who want to drink 3F, but can't stand hops. With a lower ABV it is certainly sessionable, but at the $11.99 per sixer price (plus Chicago taxes) I don't see it being worth it for the price as a session beer. Now if it were $7.99 per sixer I'd be much more pleased.

My preference of Pale Ales (NOTE: I prefer the Hoppier-styled APAs)
Zombie Dust>Alpha King> ---(Then a gap)---Daisy Cutter>Sierra Nevada>Pride&Joy

All in all, I'd pass on it. Nothing special. Which I love changing up the ABV and IBUs in what I drink, but even still I just personally don't like this and wouldn't seek it out again. There are many other Pale Ales I would grab before this one.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Three Floyds Brewpub
Date: None on bottle, but picked up about two weeks ago
Glass: Tulip

Perhaps the most balanced hoppy beer that Three Floyds produces, Pride & Joy is both full of hop flavors, yet lets the grains demonstrate a presence as well. The major flavors are citrus, tropical fruit pulp, and grain/biscuits, which combine into a very drinkable pale ale. There is enough modest bitterness and hints of vegetal hops to give a slight nod to the English tradition as well. While I'd probably most enjoy this during slightly warmer months, the tropical and citrus fruit flavors are refreshing in their reminder of the spring and summer to come.

Pour a tall, 3cm head of fairly clean white foam, made up of medium and large-sized bubbles, with above average retention, fading in about two minutes or so to a thick ring around the glass and a thin film of foam atop the body. Lacing is somewhat substantial, sticking across the entire glass in large dollops and swaths. The body is a copper orange color, with light bringing out bright orange hues. Transparent, with fairly vigorous and visible carbonation.

Aroma of dried orange peel, very modest grapefruit, toasted bread and baked biscuit-like malts, tobacco leaf, and some withering-bitter vegetal-like hops. There's quite a bit going on here, and the result is perhaps one of the more balanced beers from Three Floyds, which is really enjoyable.

Overall flavor a bit like "Constant Comment" tea, but with citrus/tropical hops and grain/biscuit-influenced malt backbone. Front of palate is sweet, as from pale malts, with modest grain and biscuit notes, as well as contributed by a medley of tropical fruit juices. Mid-palate picks up orange peel, cloves, hop bitterness, mild tropical fruit (passion fruit, minor mango and pineapple) and citrus (orange) with a backdrop of mild grain-like flavors and some malt sweetness. Back of palate finds a more assertive hop bitterness, but still some tropical hop (passion fruit) and sweet orange/grapefruit, with pale malt sweetness and biscuit-like flavor. Aftertaste of is moderate bitterness with lingering biscuit and grain flavors.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with medium-low levels of carbonation, gently creating a slightly foamy, very smooth mouthfeel. Closes quite dry, with modest residual stickiness lingering across the palate.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear, golden amber color, typical pale ale color, great head though, off white, sticky, dense and frothy, .5 finger when settled

S: Amazing pungent hops, fruit and pine mixed, bits of tropical fruit

T: Actually a little mild for an APA especially from FFF, has great flavor though, just not that bitter punch I was anticipating, pine dominates flavor but doesn't taste dank or resiny, pleasant malt provides sweetness throughout, super easy to drink, but missing a touch of depth

M: Good body, easy and refreshing, carb sting up front but maybe a little flat in the finish

O: A super easy drinking APA, I love the pine and fruit combination

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Pride & Joy Mild Ale from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 691 ratings.