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Pride & Joy Mild Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Pride & Joy Mild AlePride & Joy Mild Ale

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Ratings: 1654
Reviews: 661
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%

Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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 zrbeer1579


4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper with a thick one finger white head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: Citrus hops, faint lemon/orange, floral, and some breadiness

Taste: Malt breadiness and some sweetness. Citrus hops, Very slight orange.

Mouth feel: Median light body, wet and slight bitter finish.

Overall: Great malt and hops characters. Easy to drink and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 02:09:18 | More by zrbeer1579
Photo of WastingFreetime


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a semi-hazed light amber color with three fingers of frothy foam and decent retention and lacing properties. Light, crisp, and refreshing texture / body with a sparkling carbonation.

Surprisingly robust floral, lemon peel, and spice hopping on a palpable cracker malt. The flavor contains all of these elements and also a spoonful of pine resin on the side. Almost the dictionary definition of a good sessionable APA.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 03:43:30 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of sleuthdog


3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into FFF Teku glass

Appearance: Copper, orange color with a solid two fingers off white head that settled slowly to a ring of tight bubbles along the edge of the glass. It is semi-clear in that light can penetrate but it's still slightly hazy, too.

Smell: Slight hop presence but seems dominated by malt and grains. I do pick out some citrus notes although subdue for sure. Orange and bready combined.

Taste: Bready with a slight caramel sweetness followed by a mild hop tingle.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a light feeling beer that seems almost watery. A very refreshing beer.

Overall: This is one of my favorite summer beers because its so damn refreshing and easy to drink. This just goes down so very easy and is a beer that I dare say, is session able.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 00:49:04 | More by sleuthdog
Photo of FreshHawk


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper color with a large, full, creamy, smooth, white head. Very nice retention leaving a great ring of lace.

S - Floral and citrusy hops. Nice nose with a nice bready malt backbone. Solid and smells refreshing.

T - Similar to the nose. Plenty of biscuity malt accented with a nice grapefruit and orange citrus hop flavor. Undertones of floral hops. A bit of a zesty, bitter finish.

M - Solid, but light, body. Lots of carbonation. Fairly wet feel with a strong bitter finish that doesn't linger too long.

D - Very refreshing and solid beer. Not too complicated but hits the spot for the style.

Notes: Best option at a bar I ended up with so I gave it a shot. Wasn't exactly sure what the style would be (drinks like an English Pale Ale more or less). Refreshing and solid with a great biscuity malt backbone. Nice choice for a pale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 02:28:00 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a hazy amber/orange color with about a finger of head, GREAT retention, some nice rings of lacing. Beautiful looking ale.

Smell is interesting- pretty lemon-y. A little pale malt, not a particularly strong scent. Pleasant, but could be fuller.

Taste is also interesting- like a British bitter but more citrus-y. Lemon and pale malt mix at first, follower by some caramel, which then gives way to the lemon and slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is excellent- medium light body, moderate soft carbonation. This ones a keeper folks. As they say, great session beer. Too bad I can't get it regularly.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 02:27:52 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of rlee1390


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Nice cloudy orange, some carbonation, two finger head.

S-Caramel malt, with a bouquet of citrus hops. Some grassy hops as well.

T-Starts with large malt profile, which includes caramel. Some citrus hops rounding it out with a tad bit of bitterness.

M-Light to medium bodied, nice carbonation, perhaps over carbonated.

O-A decent beer, it is mild although I think it could use some more bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 14:13:33 | More by rlee1390
Photo of joefuzz

New York

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a nice sized head. It has a general fruity smell with a slight hoppy hint. Taste is very pleasant, very nice citrus hops on the first sip that lead into a nice deeper orange lemon like aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pretty spot on carbonation slightly high. Overall an amazing session beer I wish we had this year round by me.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 23:07:03 | More by joefuzz
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled served in weizen glass

A - Golden amber with 2 finger white head with excellent retention and excellent bubbly lacing

S - Citrus herbal and floral hop wheat mild notes

T - Strong herbal, pine, wheat, follows note, very nice. Slams you in the face with citrus, peppery spice and herbal notes, then backs off all most too soon with a nice smooth only mildly bitter finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. A lot of warming EtOH.

O - Pretty good, just think this mild APA has too soon a finish

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 18:16:41 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of cousineddy


4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a sam adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: Burnt orange color with 1.5 fingers of nice offwhite head, dissipates a little quick.

Smell: Nice fragrance, citrusy with apricot and toffee. Also has some good hopiness to offset the fruit notes.

Taste: Nice and crisp, just enough hops and yet it isn't overpowering. Toffee and Citrus fruit that correspond with the fragrance.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation but it dissipates quickly on the tongue. It doesn't linger around the palate which makes it very drinkable.

Overall: Good session brew, i like the pale ale characteristics along with the fruitiness. Great on mild spring or summer evenings.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 00:48:49 | More by cousineddy
Photo of mrfrancis


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, clear gold with a compact, lingering whitish head.

S: Aromas of caramel, cream, butterscotch, pine, and citrus fill the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, cream, butterscotch, toasted marshmallow, pine, spruce, herbs, lemon peel, bitter orange, and kumquat wash across the palate. The finish is dry and lingering with an abundance of caramel, cream, lemon peel, and herb notes.

M: Light-bodied, dry, and smooth. Carbonation is perfect for the style. Alcohol is, of course, undetectable. This is an extremely drinkable little ale.

O: Three Floyds has done a very good job of coming up with a light, drinkable ale that still has some heft to it. If you associate Three Floyds exclusively with monstrous brews like Dark Lord, Apocalypse Cow, and Arctic Panzer Wolf, Pride & Joy may really surprise you.

Serving type: growler

07-03-2012 12:59:28 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of cagocubs


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a ipa glass.

A: Pours a cider/hazy/pale yellow-amber with a big puffy head that instantly laces and starts to recede.

S: Hops, citrus, florals, grapefruit.

T: A wet and juicy flavor. Has the hops, citrus, and floral tones, but not overpowering. It has full depth flavor but also has a high drink ability with how easy and simple the good flavors are.

M: Wet, great mouth coating, lighter body for FFF. Stays sweet throughout the sip with slight drying at the end.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 05:08:54 | More by cagocubs
Photo of thydarkprevails


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle poured into a duvel tulip. Pours a murky orange amber with an inch of head that shrinks to coat the top. Lacing is decent. Aroma is intense tropical citrus. Pineapple, grapefruit, lemon. It's very three floyds. There's some pepper there too. Taste is mild citrus, some grapefruit and lemon, a bit of orange and pine too. Somewhat bready and caramel malt backs it up. Thin mouthfeel and pretty carbonated. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 12:01:08 | More by thydarkprevails
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a great pale yellow, with orange hues. There is about one full finger of pure white head that settles quickly leaving a big froth along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is big citrus. Lemon and grapefruit abounds. So must so, that it's all I'm picking up. Smells great.

T: It starts out really light and crisp. It's mild and wet. The citrus notes start to shine through, but it's not a big punch in the face. It's just tasty and delicious. The finish also has great citrus flavors without ever getting too bitter.

M: Light bodied beer. It's refreshing and smooth. It starts a bit sweet and finishes dry, but not overly dry.

O: I really like this beer. It's a great low(er) abv beer with tons of flavor. If this were available in my area, I'd be drinking this beer on the regular.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 00:49:59 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of Braseltonage


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle pured into a 1/2 liter mug.

Pours bright golden orange with 1/2 of fluffy white head. Really nice looking save for a few floaties. To be fair, I think this bottle is a few months old. No bottled on or best by date.
Nice pungent citrus nose. A little sweetness, some grapefruit, maybe pineapple.
Hops upfront on the taste, although not too sharp. A pleasant caramel sweetness follows it right up. Hints of pine, oranges, a little grapefruit, but sweetener citrus for the most part. A slight bread character. Wonderful balance.
Beer finishes dry but not too much. Sessionable for sure. In the same lot as Stone Levitation as a lower ABV for hopheads. This one is just a bit milder,
Only wish they distributed here in MO.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 00:57:57 | More by Braseltonage
Photo of WankelEngine


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear golden color with a slight amber tint. There is a foamy white head that fades to a fairly thick cap with moderate lacing.

S: This is a hop forward but balanced aroma. Sweet orange, citrus, and a touch of pine meld with caramel and toffee malts. Overall a very sweet smell.

T: Maltier than the aroma would have had me guess. Orange, toffee and caramel lead the way. Pine and grass are also present. There is a very slight roasted character. Overall light and sweet.

M: Medium-thin bodied with a good amount of soft carbonation.

O: A very drinkable pale ale, not because of a clean finish but because the flavors are so mild and pleasant. True to the label, a mild ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 04:01:36 | More by WankelEngine
Photo of kylehay2004


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap while up in that area for Thanksgiving, review is from notes.

A: 2 finger slight off white head on a hazy copper and crimson body. Little retention, some lacing.

S: pine, citrus, caramel and floral. Nice full aroma as expected from the makers of Zombie Dust.

T: nice malt presence with a slightly bitter hop note from the pine and floral notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: another nice offering. sessionable almost with the 5% ABV. do these guys make a bad beer?

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2012 00:47:33 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a medium amber with a brownish hue and an average sized (1-2 finger) white frothy head that lasted a good while, slowly reducing to a thin cap and small collar with some good sheets of streaky lace.

The aroma was of a floral hop, a grain malt and a mild earthy yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit and orange peel) and a mild apricot sweetness.

The taste was mildly bitter with a hint of orange from the start then progressed into a much bitterer hoppy flavor with a good citrusy grapefruit taste at the end. The flavor lasted a decent duration being mostly of a bitter citrus taste.

Mouthfeel was just beyond light in body with a mildly dry texture and a moderate carbonation.

Overall a fantastic Mild Ale with a really nice hoppy feel to it...

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 18:10:11 | More by KajII
Photo of JackieTH


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange, hazy with a thick cap of khaki foam that stayed and stayed. Massive lacing. Smells of mild orange pith, caramel-nutty malt. Taste is moderate orange peel/citric hop bitterness balanced perfectly against a caramel-biscuit-nutty malt body. Medium-light body, crisp carbonation, creamy-tingling mouthfeel. Clean, dry finish. Bright and happy, easy drinking and very, very delicious. I'd suck this down by the case if it were available here.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 05:38:36 | More by JackieTH
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a hazy copper with an inch of foamy white head. aromas of grassy and piney hops, caramel and brown sugar. tastes very bitter up front with a sweet toffee/caramel like finish. a very light tasting pale ale with lots of sweet malts. light bodied and very fizzy on the palate. honestly, this is a great summer lawn mowing beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 23:32:00 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of hardy008


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a two finger bright white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, oranges, citrus zest, and caramel.

The taste is just like the aroma. Grapefruit, oranges, orange zest, and caramel malt. Hop forward, with a bit of sweetness for balance.

Light bodied, well carbonated, and so easy to drink. I still have the rest of the 6 pack to finish, and I look forward to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 01:10:46 | More by hardy008
Photo of TheFightfan1


3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to BDEE for this one.

Poured into a tulip. Leaves a good two finger heading. Slightly lace than amber in color with a good off white colored heading. Good retention with a some soapy rings around the glass after each sip.

Smell at first is all citrus, after a few more swirls of the glass a bit of pine and fruit come into play with a decent doughy aroma.

I am getting alot of lemon at first with a kind grapefruit background. Very sweet malt chracter with a subtle bitter pine taste. A little dry in the finish.

Medium bodied, good cabonation. Good balance and a slight buttery slickness in the finish.

A good session beer nothing spectacular but nothing bad either.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 18:42:33 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of mrelizabeth


3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: clean golden red, small amount of foam.

s: teasing, fresh hop aroma. inviting.

t: sharp hop bite at beginning, malty finish.

m: light enough, but my tongue wanted a bit more creaminess.

o: great for a "mild" ale. hoppier than most session beers.

our first 3 Floyds, and quite a bit lighter than what we normally drink. but definitely drinkable w/ pizza or after a bike ride. good hop bite followed by a wash of malt, sticks around your tongue for a few minutes, but not all afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 01:42:45 | More by mrelizabeth
Photo of zeledonia


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle picked up recently, so I think it's fairly fresh. Wish FFF would start bottle-dating their beers!

Pours bright golden orange, clear but for a slight haze. Loads of carbonation visible in the glass. One finger of fluffy white head. Recedes fairly quickly, but leaves tons of sticky white lacing on the glass. A fine-looking beer.

The smell is a lovely crisp hop aroma. Pine resin and a bit of orange peel. It has a light sharpness but is so smooth that I just want to drink it in through my nose. Mellow and uplifting at the same time.

Taste is similar to the smell, but with a more pronounced pale malt presence. Slightly grainy to start, kicking up to a piney middle and a bitter finish. Smooth all the way through, with no sharp edges. Very tasty.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, with a crisp finish. Fits the beer perfectly, IMO.

I really like this beer. Everything about it is bright and crisp, in a way that few beers are. The look, the smell, the taste, the feel - all of it has this luminous lifting quality that I'm really enjoying. It's somewhere between a typical APA and IPA, but for me it hits that lightly-hoppy sweet spot better than other top-rated "APAs" (like Alpha King and Daisy Cutter) thanks to a lower bitterness, better balance, and more positive hop characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 04:00:59 | More by zeledonia
Photo of Brenden


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I took notes at The Attic a few weeks ago and couldn't do anything with them after the site went overhaul. Glad to be able to post again...

I would hardly have known this wasn't a Mild. FFF made an excellent representation of one, though I guess it's not exactly to style. Still, a very good beer.

Pride and Joy is a bright copper-gold with a creamy, firm eggshell white head one finger or so in height. It retains itself well and lacing is consistent.
Earthy English hops present themselves in the nose as expected, also imparting some herbal and grassy notes. Malts come in to balance while hops remain in the forefront, though not so much that I'd call this a hoppy beer, per se. It gets what it's going for in mildness.
As with the aroma, this beer is mild but is also pretty robust considering. The flavor is not dismissed at all, and this is one sessionable brew I could knock back a few of and be very happy. While hoppier than many British versions (though obviously using British varietals), this isn't too "Americanized" or over the top.
The body is light but deep and never boring; like every other apsect, FFF has proven it can be light without lacking substance. It's even sort of creamy on the tongue with a gentle smoothness building off a crisp nip.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 18:45:34 | More by Brenden
Photo of brystmar


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous pour with plenty of head and super sticky lace. Bready malts and musty hops in the nose, which makes me wonder how old this bottle is.

Primarily malty flavor profile, supported by a mild hop character. A little watery like most English Mild Ales tend to be, but pretty darn good given the style. Light body is somehow creamy. A solid English Mild.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 06:36:55 | More by brystmar
Pride & Joy Mild Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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