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Lord Rear Admiral - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
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466 Ratings
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 162
Gots: 85 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scruffwhor on 04-02-2007

Three Floyds version of an ESB, this deep amber ale has a complex malt sweetness and pronounced apricot hoppiness. Named after Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson.

55 IBU
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Ratings: 466 | Reviews: 153
Photo of tykechandler
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

this is an esb? my foot...

Photo of BrownAleMale
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really Dank. I enjoyed their take on a ESB.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Copper brown, hazy with a light tan head and massive lacing.

S - Smashingly strong hop nose, pine and citrus.

T - Following the nose, with stone fruit elements, white peach and apricot, a caramel and biscuit malt middle, oderately bitter close.

M - Mild carbonation, drying in the close.

O - I really enjoy this, though don't really recognize the ESB elements here. Delicious and fun.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 03/19/2015 printed on the bottleneck. A new one to me from Three Floyds, this one their interpretation of an English style bitter, or Extra Special Bitter. No abv listed on the bottle, so I am trusting BeerAdvocate on this one.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a good dark coppery orange body with lots of tiny fine sediment in the glass. About a finger or so of frothy off-white head that stays a while and leaves good scattered strands of lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - The nose is kind of strange, not entirely what I expected. Has a very prominent peaches n' cream type aroma going on. Most likely the hops. The bottle says apricot. Smells like it was brewed with apricots? I don't know.

T - Taste is the same - sweetened honeyed bread malts & apricot fruitiness. There isn't much else beyond that, and it definitely isn't typical of an English style Bitter.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, light, & creamy. Airy mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Very easy drinking with a moderate 6.50% abv.

Overall, if I were to rate this according to style, I might rate it lower, but I think it is a fine beer. More of an American pale ale than and ESB though, I would say. Would have again. Would like to see made into twelve ounce bottles.

Three Floyds Lord Rear Admiral -----4/5.

Photo of quilty
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

my favourite style of beer given a profound hop edge that marries beautifully with the amber sweetness of the malt. another hop delight from these guys. well done.

Photo of SpenCycle
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love ESBs but this beer was a steal. A small price to pay for an excellent price for a perfect mix for hop and malt! Would recommend.

Photo of Tilly
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours out to a nice brownish color, with a beige light Lacey head.very light smell to it, some hop, very lite and slight caramel. Taste is no different than the taste. It has a nice mild mouth feel. Makes you appreciate that it's a well made ESB. This is a nicely balanced beer.

Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Resiny, very dank aroma, with pine and citrus accented by floral hops on a toasted, lightly caramel malt backbone.

Flavor is herbal and floral hop dominant, almost tea-like, with muddled citrus and tropical fruit accents throughout. Reminds me of a faint Flintstone vitamin character. Very different, and complex. The finish is moderately bitter and resiny, but fades to toasted malt.

Photo of MarkQ617
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Pint Room. Color was beautiful, a very light copper. Bitter wet hops flavor..:awesome. Strong mouthfeel, a little harsh but ok for the genre. Good stuff.

Photo of Greasy
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber bottled on 3/19/15. 18 days old.

A: Pours a beautiful, hazy amber color. Head is around 1.5 fingers initially and takes its time in dwindling down to a reasonable size. Lacing most of the way down the pint glass.

S: A lovely bouquet. Hops are the first noticeable scent, followed by sweet, bready malts.

T: More hop flavor than other ESBs I've tasted, but coming from FFF, I'm not the slightest bit surprised. Caramel malt flavors are present too. The balance is that of an Olympic gymnast.

M: Medium bodied, perfect viscosity. The drinkability on this one is through the roof. So smooth going down, it is scary.

O: FFF has proven to be a world class brewery that can master any style while at the same time adding their own touch that makes it a truly unique drinking experience. World class.

Photo of dmgeng
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really love 3-F's and I knew that even though this was a lower ABV offering I knew that It wouldn't be normal.

A - Rich amber color. Clear with lots of fine, eggshell colored head and strong lacing.

S - Nice full hop fragrance with lots of tangerine, herbal, and some floral tones. After the hops there is a strong malt/caramalt presence accompanied by the fruitiness of the English yeast.

T - Similar to the smell the flavor is very good with a decisive hop character that has a citrus/tangerine flavor, fruit esters, soft herbal and then comes the malt. There is a soft, sweet malt character that is comforted by the rich caramel. The bitterness from hops lends very well to the sweet malt and is very balanced for a 3-F's beer. Not as hoppy as I expected but tasty.

M - Moderate to high mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. For only 6.5% ABV this baby has some body and with the caramalts and the hops it is almost chewy in the middle but still enough bitterness, carbonation, and alcohol to keep it refreshing on the finish.

Overall, the best ESB I've ever had. The great hops mixing with the rich malt character are a class act. Though I still prefer more over less when it comes to my beer I would gladly enjoy another one of these in the future. I wouldn't forgo a Dreadnaught or other one of their DIPAs for this one but I wouldn't just dismiss this beer either.

Glass- Imperial Nonic

Photo of kevanb
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, dated 3.17.2015, poured into a Three Floyds Alpha King pint glass.


The beer pours a light amber color, hues of copper, hazy and cloudy with faint clarity when struck by the light, a thick, foamy, finger of off white head head that has great retention and yields a fine amount of spotted head. The aroma is pleasant, dark malts, piney hops, very bitter, a little nutty, biscuity grain, simple, but substantial. The flavors echo the nose, bitter piney nose, english malts, biscuity grain, again, has a bit of that pleasant nutty flavor, soft toffee and gentle nougat. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, zippy and crisp, carbonation is medium to high, lightly prickly but the finish is easy and light.


Verdict: A very nice ESB from Three Floyds, pleasantly bitter and big. Lots of malt, plenty of underlying hops, a nice balance is struck. I appreciate that the traditional malty ESB backbone is still in the forefront when it comes to a Three Floyds beer, perhaps one of their least "not normal" beers, but it makes this a success.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz brown bomber with a stunning label. It's the best one I've seen from 3f. The Lord Admiral gracing the front done completely fff style. I see lots of awesomeness in thus artwork. It's like steampunk, the admiral and fff all wrapped in one. Bad Ass! Poured into a Nonic pint glass.

A - deep and dark amber color that does lighten up in the light with a hint of golden highlights. Slightly hazy. Off white head pours with great size and settles brilliantly leaving a sturdy ring of lacing that leaves lots of stick to the glass.

S - this aroma is where malt meets hops and blends themselves in a wild supernatural party. The English style biscuit malt backbone let's the hops do their best to blast through its sweet wall, but constantly being held in check and only add to its sweet character. Biscuit malt, apricot, floral, hints of citrus, and butterscotch are the main whiffs I get.

T - flows hand in hand with the aroma. A lovely sweet English and biscuit malt character with apricot and mild citrus. Floral and mild pine hops provide lovely spice notes to the malt base. A lovely complexity going on inside Lord Admiral.

M - this is medium bodied and a mouth coating gem. It's texture and thickness is an example of FFF at their best. Smooth, flavorful, and down right scary good. Highly drinkable ESB and on another planet in terms of creativity and class.

O - Lord Rear Admiral is hands down the greatest ESB in the world. It combines brewing talent and creativity in a bottle and provides a lovely experience. I have a soft spot for the English esb style and this just blows it wide open. So tasty and thick. I was excited to see bottles heading my way, so I hope to get more in the future. If I could pick a beer to drink every day with any meal it would be this one. A complex yet balanced masterpiece from Three Floyds.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 1 pt 12 oz bottle on April 3, 2015.

Photo of rossracing
3.14/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

alright not the best from 3 floyds

Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lord Rear Admiral pours with an apricot colour, a very enthusiastic head and enough sediment at the bottom of the bottle to completely cloud over what was already a naturally hazy complexion. This gives it a relatively dark tone despite solid golden highlighting.

The beer smells partly English, partly American, and something like a sweet shop located in a garden or forest. It blends maltiness and hoppiness in a way that combines tea wafers and toffee with pine resin and bubblegum. The taste offers more depth but this is a good intro.

There's an abundance of flavour provided at both ends of this recipe. The malts are mildly sweet and smack of toffee or butterscotch on top of their naturally bready, grainy disposition. The hops are layered with fruit and florals and taste of roses, apricot, grapefruit, bark, grass clippings and pine needles, and have a delightful bubblegum characteristic.

Lord Rear Admiral is one of those beers with such a vividly fruity hoppiness that it practically feels pulpy. This ESB has the strong and sturdy caramelly maltiness requisite for the style but also the refreshing citrus qualities of a cold glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice. It makes an intentionally approachable style even more affable; a beer suited to most tastes and levels of experience.

Lord Horatio Nelson (after whom this beer takes its name) is celebrated as one of Britain's most heroic naval figures and has monuments all over the country, including Trafalgar Square in London. I'm not sure what the Munster, Indiana equivalent would be - the parking lot of the Hilton off the brewery's industrial strip? - but this Lord Admiral is deserving of a statue too.

Photo of cvm4
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark amber with light hues around the edges with an eggshell head.

S - Light hops, bready malts and sweet esters.

T - It's like a mix of bitter/hops/toast/malts. There's some orange peel and a mild sweetness.

M - On the full side of light with medium carbonation.

O - I was hoping for more bitterness, but was only getting light hops. It's still an easy drinker with a clean finish.

Photo of Rope
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in Chimay chalice.

Appearance-
Deep orange with a hint of red.

Smell-
Delightful light hop aroma, bubblegum and pine.

Taste-
A great entry, and interesting for Three Floyds. The use of the bitter hops enhance the light but present buttery malt.

Mouthfeel-
Good standard carbonation, nice and refreshing.

Overall-
Great beer, glad I tried it. Good if you are in the mood for a bitter hit, but not a full blown Stone beer.

Photo of sbxx
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Dark amber. One finger of white, spongy head leaves thin, spotty lacing. Quite alluring.

Smell - Bready with some citrus mixed in.

Taste - A little bitter, a little hoppy, a little malty, a little toasty. Traces of citrus fruit and pine linger in the background. A very attractive blend of flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, med/high carbonation, clean finish.

Overall - A nice bitter ale that goes down extremely smooth. Another winner for FFF! Looking forward to having more of this. Can't go wrong with an $8 bomber of this if you like a nice bitter ale.

Photo of cfrances33
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Three Floyds, served in a nonic pint.

Pour: Mostly clear, deep rusty orange. About a finger of rusty head forms, and recedes rather quickly. Not a lot of lace here.

Smell: Lots of grapefruit, and some other darker fruits come in. Plum? Some dark breadyness, and a touch of caramel malt step in through the end of the nose.

Taste: Follows the nose with a bitter citrus up front, and a certain chewiness. Lots of bready malt follows, and some caramel. Finishes bitter and malty.

Mouthfeel: Rather light, but at the same time not very drinkable. A bit confusing.

Overall: Solid, but I don't really think this is my style, even with a nice citrusy hop profile.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into 3 Floyd's Nonic Pint

Deep, golden almost amber color with fluffy white head that delivers excellent lacing throughout the drinking experience. The smell jumps out of the bottle as soon as you pop the cap. Big bright hop punch that has some fruitiness and bitterness that hits hard then fades away. This beer was even better than I remember it from last year. Hop forward like many 3 Floyd's but there is balance with the malt. An ESB that would satisfy hop heads for sure.

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a massive head; great retention and clumps of lace

Smell: Earthy and malty, with caramel, fruit and earthy hop elements

Taste: Malty and fruity, up front, with a depth of caramel and stone fruit flavors; bu mid-palate, the earthy hops take over and dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Although I like the ESB style, I found this way too hoppy and bitter compared to English versions like Fuller's; I wouldn't have expected any less from Three Floyds and while I like hops as much as the next guy, this beer didn't quite do it for me

Photo of rfgetz
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper/burnt orange color, fluffy slightly off white head, good retention. Great whiffs of bready, nutty, toasty, biscuity, caramely malts blend whith whiffs of orange and light berry. Taste brings above notes together in a fantasticly balanced blend, wonderful malt base with fruity notes throughout. Medium bodied, a touch more heft would be welcome. Fantastic, unique, flavorful ESB.

Photo of jeonseh
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FFF glass.

A - Beautiful English Bitter. It's dark, orange with light brown tint to it. Big, rocky, off-white head that left a ton of lacing on the glass.

S - Light orange peel and pine with a light bready malt to it

T- Orange peel and grapefruit on the front. There is a slight bready malt in the middle that gives it a very slight sweetness. On the back end is where the bitter comes in with a strong grapefruit and pine presence. The pine and grapefruit really linger on in the finish with a slight bigger hop presence than you'd find in your normal bitter.

MF - Light, slightly watery body with good carbonation that makes it have a slight smoothness to it when drinking. Leaves a thick hop resin that lingers on the tongue in the finish.

O - A solid bitter from FFF that is really easy to drink but brings a lot of flavor. Worth getting a bottle if you are near when they have it out, especially if you are a fan of the style.

Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery, 650ml into a tulip.

Copper brown, offwhite head with dense, creamy retention and webbed lace. Nose has an abundance of caramel, sweet and bready. A good dose of citrus hops, but some earthier and spicier notes too. Light on the palate, citrusy and rind-y. Still an abundace of caramel and toasty biscuit. Medium feel, quite low carb. This is very drinkable - cask treatment would be awesome.

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Lord Rear Admiral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.