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Lord Rear Admiral - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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162 Reviews
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Reviews: 162
Hads: 574
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 7.66%
Wants: 169
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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Reviews: 162 | Hads: 574
Reviews by bgreg3:
Photo of bgreg3
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what I have been waiting for a while. A new Three Floyds. A new character, new art work, a new experience. I love when this happens.
App.-4.0- Comes off a amber/copper, slightly hazy. Quite a beauty to gaze upon. Just a little disappointed in how the foam does not stick around on a nice pour. Lighter on the bottom.

Smell-4.5- I smell sweet bitter, grapefruit and notes of caramel and toffee. The smell seems very complex to me and I enjoy the citrus smell its nice. You rarely see strong grapefruit notes in a beer but I love how Three Floyds goes there with this flavor, not just in Alpha king but now in this.
Taste-4.5- Nothing short of amazing. The Grapefruit citrus taste hits the taste. Crystal malts and toffee flavors give this beer quite a bit of body complimented by a tingly carbonation that leaves the mouth longing for more. The finish is unique in itself; roasty and bitter at the same time. It finishes the amalgamation of all the decribed flavors and it's wet!
MF-3.5- My least favorite part of this beer. It is a bit thick, but not bad. It's sticky too. Not a good combo to me

Drink-4.5- I could easily drink 2-3 bombers of this. It's so good and goes down so nicely. It leaves the finish very wet but I don't mind it when it comes to this brew. It fits the characteristic of the beer. Nothing is needed to chase the finishing taste of the beer, it's beautiful.

This is nothing far from a amazingly crafted work of art. Easily up there with the dreadnaughts and behemoths. An immediate favorite. (1,527 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of kevanb
3.97/5  rDev -5%
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. (1,044 characters)

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of freshflesh
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warnerry
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ravenz98
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoppity1
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of BrandonDZ
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of rsquared59
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of poluistor
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of DrKarl
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Breylan
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BillMueller
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Tilly
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (958 characters)

Photo of beenitty
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of Bingja18
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of DerekQXQX
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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Lord Rear Admiral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.