Lord Rear Admiral - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Lord Rear AdmiralLord Rear Admiral

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527 Ratings
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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 162
Gots: 106 | FT: 4
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: 527 | Reviews: 164
Reviews by WoodBrew:
Photo of WoodBrew
3.06/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Neighbor brougth home a growler of Sir Lord Admiral Nelson from Three Floyds...it was about a day and ahlf old. The appearance was nice, great head and a caramel clear color. The nose offered hop, alcohol, and some malt. The taste was very sweet to me...definitely bitter....and some hops. The bitterness really affected the mouthfeel score....for me at least. Wasn't a big fan of this beer. Not nearly as good as some of 3Fs other offerings.

More User Reviews:
Photo of kevanb
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

I have wanted to try this one for a while and was excited to see it at the tasting. The beer pours an orange, iced tea color with a large white head. The aroma is resiny hops, very impressive for a beer of this style. The flavor is caramel malt along with the same resiny hops from the aroma. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Tilly
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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 jeonseh
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
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 beenitty
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one as a package full of surprises from whitemomba, thanks Jason.

A: Pours golden brown with tan/white head. Looks awsome. Something about the combination of colors is super inviting

S: Hops, Fruit, light spice, bit of caramel and breadiness. Dont drink many ESBs but this is a top smell for me

T: Mmm. Hops, malt, and a bit brown sugar (i think), delicious.

M: Awsome. Creamy Smooth. Slight bite, but not bitter at all. Super balanced.

D: Super High, Seriously. All night long.

Definitely the most impressive offering from FFF for me because I wasnt expecting it to be as good as it was. Definitely the best ESB I've had. And a great introduction to the style if you're looking.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Big thanks to Jim for this bottle. Very cool bottle art.

A: Pours a hazy copper/amber color with a large white head on top. Rather foamy with great retention and rings of lace.

S: Rather hoppy with lots of orange and grass, and to lesser extent some grapefruit and pine. There is some caramel malt sweetness to round it out. Certainly the hoppiest ESB aroma I have come across.

T: Nice grapefruit and orange flavors combined with some bready malt and a bit of caramel. Slight bitter pine on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and clean.

O: Not a style I drink a lot of, but this one is fantastic. A hopped up ESB, another job well done by Three Floyds. Would be a nice beer to drink all the time.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another amazing label design from Three Floyds, this one courtesy of artist Chris Berg. The beer itself looks pretty awesome too, with the liquid a hazy copper/bronze sort of color, and a dirty white head that, while not enormous, is fluffy and rigid.

The aroma is terrific. I get deep berry and cherry notes that are slapped upside the head with something very much resembling Sweet Tarts candy. Also mega-herbal. Clean, breezy, bright, hoppy. This doesn't resemble any ESB I've ever had, and I suspect the only thing this will really have in common with a traditional English ESB is the "Bitter" part of the equation.

While I couldn't detect much obvious malt character in the nose, it does come through in the taste, having that musty, bready, grainy, roasty taste you find in plenty of English ales, ESB or otherwise. The twist is the especially bitter hops, which are leafy, green and close to astringent. Citrus and tart young berry. Very much heading west of Indiana toward southern California, in terms of the hop vibe, than the other direction toward England. The fruity nature of the nose is dialed down on the tongue, not as much resembling fruit as resembling what it actually is (hops), although the tart character remains and makes you think of grapefruit, both flesh and peel.

Feel is bright and tingly, slick and airy of body but definitely with a pleasant sort of carbonation sizzle that aligns well with the intense and vibrant flavor.

Would be a tough one to have more than a bottle of in one sitting (especially considering this bottle is bomber size), because of the up-front bitter/tart/tangy element...but damn, it's a good one and surely one of Three Floyds' more interesting and nonconformist brews, for sure.

Photo of Sammy
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jon's bottle. The aroma is he first to hit, amarillo orange like and then some odd acidity. Beautiful head on cloudy orange. A creamy taste. It is a nice orange tangerine IPA bitterness, unique although nothing I would seek out again. Lacey. Nice orange aftertaste.

Photo of rossracing
3.14/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

alright not the best from 3 floyds

Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, scooped at armanetti's in chicago last weekend

served with a farmers market dinner - honey/soy/dijon grilled porkchop and baked golden beets

appearance: typical "busy" and colorful three floyds label art - poured into a great divide shaker pint...bright copper-orange body, light beige ring

smell: nice bright hops, floral grapefruit zest, orange, lemon peel, light spice, toasted malt

taste: another confusing beer from three floyds - unlike any ESB on the market...trademark hop bomb - tons of pink grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, a little toasted malt, rye spice, pineapple and mango. You definitely forget you have an "ESB" in your hands - damn tasty beer though

mouthfeel: medium-light body, oily hop resin

drinkability: great

Photo of hooliganlife
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to Sean9689 for bringing this

light copper cola color, light fluffy head

big floral aroma, almost concentrated with a touch of sweet malts

bitter all over like it should be with bitterness from the malts and a combo of pine and citrus hops. very floral through out with a great ESB finish. quite complex, love it.

medium body, easy drinking

this was great, one of the highlights of my night. i hope they end up bottling this.

Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber via trade thanks to dug on BA.

Pours a nice clear amber-brown color with a sticky off-white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma is bright fresh hops, citrusy mostly, slightly herbal, with sweet malt in the background. Really smells awesome.

Flavor is caramel malt and toffee along with the typical excellent FFF hop character, citrusy, mostly grapefruit, with slight herbal notes as well. Not terribly much bitterness given the hop aroma and flavor, although it's definitely there.

Medium body with some hop resins present on the palate.

Extremely drinkable. Another great one in FFF's awesome line of hoppy beers. What an amazing American style English bitter. Respects the style yet adds a nice twist to it. A great session beer. What, the ABV is 6.5%? Oh really? Well, this is a great session beer still.

Photo of NavyGoat
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I very nice English style ale! Very nice look and feel; smooth going down! Rear Admiral Nelson done good!

Photo of marcobrau
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours with a light fluffy head. Just a bit of lace as the head falls. Near crystal clear light gold in color with plenty of fizz. Smells wonderful; lots of tropical fruits (mango, papaya, pineapple, etc.) Whoa...remarkably thin and exceptionally drier than I anticipated. Lots of tropical fruit flavors up front, some malt and then...I dunno...it just sort of evaporates! Extremely drinkable at first, until I get a nasty bit of "hot" alcohol (fusels?) in the aftertaste which fortunately dissipates rather quickly. This could be called Alpha King Light.

Photo of alleykatking
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a clear amber brown color. Two finger light tan head on this one stays around for a little while. Lacing is sticky and streaky. Looks good for a ESB.

S- This has a ton of citrus hops in the front end of this beer. I enjoy the light biscuty malts in this that come out a little when this beer warms. For the most part all you smell is citrus and light pine tones in this.

T- The hops in this are not as in your face as in the aroma. Citrus hops clash with a light bready malt that brings a nice semi-sweet balance. Light pine and almost tea like taste in the back end of this beer. I enjoy this almost too much in the flavor. Everything is very balanced but hops come out a little on top.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little lacking which is my only complaint with this beer. Still this beer has a wonderful appearance in the mouth. Light malty bready flavors with citrus hops are left on the palate. Some light bready malts are left into the aftertaste. Clean tastes throughout in this beer.

D- The lower ABV on this makes it a easy drinker. In fact I cracked open another one after I was done with this one. Good work like usual Three Floyds! If you have the chance to snag this one....do it. You won't regret it at all.

Photo of Tinfoilrcr
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a bomber in a trade with Hayesez - Thanks!

A- Deep amber color with off-white fluffly head a great lacing.

N- Lots of hops. Nice citrus and herbal notes with sweet malt in the background.

T- Bright hops up front, citrus and herbal background mixes with caramel. Smells very good.

M- very filling, but not too heavy.

D- Overall is a very good beer. However, is a little hoppier than I typically expect in an ESB. Its not bad, just a general observation.

Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Just a slight haze to the amber/brown pour. Good layer of white head. Just barely sticks.

Aroma, the usual 3F piney hops. Some faint malt and a spiciness of some sort.

Taste, Herbal, citrus and light pine up front. Almost like a rye spiciness. A little yeastiness as well, there was a bit of sediment in my bottle. Leather, earthy wood, some roast even, light tea, an impressive level of flavor variation.

Heavy side of light bodied. Lively carbonation. One of the better American versions I've had of this style. Falls right into 3F's wheelhouse.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into 7oz tasting glass. Thanks to spicca66 for sending this my way.

Muddy carmel color, lighter at the bottom (narrow end of the glass) darker at the top end. A sticky, ivory white head.

There is a full malt aroma. A strong note of fig; perhaps a combination of spices that my nose reads as fig. Some bitterness, but mild.

The taste is malt, light sweetness, crisper than the spice notes would suggest. I greatly enjoyed the overall mildness of this brew. There was a lot of room for each of the flavors to be noted, and they blended together well without overpowering each other or my palate.

The mouthfeel is more in keeping with a hoppier style (indeed, this could have been chock-full-O hops, but it certainly wasn't evident in the tast of the bottle I had). I will say that there was a min of carbonation with this, and in keeping with the 'englishness' of it it certainly reminded me more of the english styles I enjoy.

It is solid. And if I had easy access to it I imagine I would keep bombers of it around because it is an easy drink. But it is not so over the top good that I will continually be trading for it to keep it on hand.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 03/20/2015. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an amber/copper color with about an inch off-white head that stuck around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like caramel and bready malt, stone fruit, and some grassy hops. It tastes like caramel and bready malt, toffee, candied oranges, grassy hops, and some apricot and light citrusy hops. Good balance between the malt and hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and easy enough to drink. I wouldn't exactly call this a traditional ESB, but I sure liked it! $9.99 a bomber.

Photo of jsh420
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours copper with a big 2+ finger head that has good retention and left rings down the glass

smells like gumball head on roids very hoppy

taste - again hops hops hops citrus mango apricot - but with all these hops it still has to have a good malt bready backbone to tie it together and it does

mouthfeel - medium body with good carbonation very smooth and creamy

drinkability is good and would be even better if they put it in 6packs

Photo of Rutager
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Yeahnatenelson for this!

Appearance. Pours a nice rich amber with a little haze and a finger+ of lightly coloured head.

Smell. Nice juicy, citrusy hops, toasty malts and caramel.

Taste. Again, juicy citrus hops, nice light malts. Really bright and fresh tasting with no shortage of ripe citrus juice and just a little bitterness. Loving this beer.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with medium+ smooth carbonation. Really, really nice to drink.

Overall. Not being the biggest esb fan ("No no, Not ESB, I said IPA! I only drink hoppy beer."), I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did. Awesome beer.

Photo of thedrewski86
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm re-reviewing this beer. Just had this yesterday at Three Floyds on tap. It's quite different from what I remember. Pours a nice hazy orange-gold with good lacing. Taste is much more mild than I remember, very pleasant and balanced with great malt character. Bitter, but not what I would call hoppy (in a big way). The yeast is awesome in this beer, very biscuity. It really stays with you. This is a great representation of an ESB. Enough to convince me to brew one of these after my Belgian Trappist completes primary!

Photo of Philabeerphia
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The colorful depiction of the apparently battle-insane Admiral Lord Nelson takes me there. I continue to love all FFF bottles, hokie or not. After a rolling pour, the ivory head tightens at an inch in height. The sharp contrast between foamy cap and burnt umber beer captured below is striking. The beer seems to be pushing upwards. Dynamic. A handful of minutes pass before the head settles.

S: Vanilla cake batter and sugared lemon wrapped around a floral arrangement. Nice hop heat lingers in the nostrils.

A real soft yeasty start on the lips - I love that feeling: carbonation gases exposing the creamy body, right off the bat. Just beyond it's a cool sweep of breadishly sweet malts keeping things moving on an even keel. The taste sharpens, becoming distinctly Cu metallic. A soft floral note takes hold right as the beer peaks. The sharp copper and the softly bitter hop dance wonderfully towards my throat. A charge of citric sweet lemon spreads quickly, becoming earthy and bitter. Buttery and then more pointedly bitter in the finish. puckering now, with some high notes sticking around the top of my mouth. A fun beer to swirl around. Those full buttery notes take their toll nearing the end of the bomber. My lips are sticky, along with my throat. No denying though that this beer is fun as it looks.

Photo of smakawhat
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Caramel to copper orange body, cascades to a lovely three finger frothy pale tan head, with a slight creamy to fine styrofoam like makeup. Light top but very good staying power there hanging around.

Excellent aroma. Tea and citrus hop like bitterness, with tinges of biscuit and caramel sweetness. Hints of marmalade and pekoe orange like qualities, slight zest, even some lemon squeaks in a bit too. Excellent hop forward, not overkill and still passing off as an ESB.

Palate brings some real excellent qualities. Light hop bitterness, but full of hop flavor on the mid palate. Light black and orange tea notes, hints of marmalade with a small caramel sweetness and slight grained biscuit to cracker note. Slight hop juiced palate, but also slightly a little light for an esb on the malt depth, but still very noticeable and in control.

Different take, but real easy drinking. A little bit out of style but not severely but an extremely tasty brew.

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Lord Rear Admiral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.