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Lord Rear Admiral - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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357 Ratings
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 147
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: scruffwhor on 04-02-2007)
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Reviews by chanokokoro:
Photo of chanokokoro
4/5  rDev -3.8%

2012 vintage poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a seidel

A: Pours a deep amber with a one and a half finger head with some lacing.

S: Dark fruit with a very subtle hint of citrus.

T: Plum and black cherry initially transition to a bit of sweet malt finishes with a crips and fruity hop bite with ahint of citrus.

M: Medium bodied and smooth and very appropriate level of carbonation.

O: A very tasty well-balanced ESB with a FFF twist. One of several brews that proves that FFF is a very solid brewery adept at creating exceptional brews in a variety of styles.

chanokokoro, Mar 12, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

Mora2000, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Skye1024, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of BrandonDZ
4/5  rDev -3.8%

BrandonDZ, Mar 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Breylan
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Breylan, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev -3.8%

rwilde, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of BillMueller
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BillMueller, Apr 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

williamjbauer, May 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

SPRichard, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of jeonseh
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

jeonseh, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of beenitty
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

beenitty, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

MeneerBeerSnob, May 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

DerekQXQX, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

mdaschaf, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

Metalmonk, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

Sammy, Mar 16, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Oboogie, May 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

danp14, May 11, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

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

dirtylou, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of WoodBrew
3.05/5  rDev -26.7%

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.

WoodBrew, Jul 23, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photekut, May 18, 2013
Photo of hooliganlife
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

hooliganlife, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

nickd717, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of jmpizzo
4/5  rDev -3.8%

jmpizzo, Jan 06, 2012
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Lord Rear Admiral from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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