Lord Rear Admiral - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 162
Gots: 104 | FT: 6
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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Photo of PrinceDarren
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Horseshoe Casino's Vintage 51 bar served in a pint glass. Wow, what an incredible ESB!

The aroma hops are huge in this beer. Smells very floral and fruity. Intense. Surprisingly, the hop character doesn't come through on the palate nearly as much (which it should not for this style - this isn't an IPA after all). I've never experienced a beer that is so very hoppy on the nose that does not also come through overly powerful on the tongue. Well done!

Tastes creamy, fruity, moderately bitter and completely refreshing. Quite enjoyable and very drinkable. It is powerful, yet could be sessionable in any season.

Taking into consideration the style, I can give this beer nothing less than a perfect rating. I truly believe that it cannot be improved upon any further as a draft ale. Except to say that I think it would be even more incredible as a cask ale. It is the perfect ESB.

Admiral Lord Nelson just raised the bar for this category.

Attention Three Floyds! Are you listening? You MUST make as a hand pulled cask ale version of this.

Photo of mynie
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Say what you may about the FFF, they know how to brew a gorgeous beer. This is basically a perfect APA pour. Odd that it's an ESB--quite clearly, it says so on the menu so it's not just a website thing. Little pale and orange for the style, but still quite pretty.

Smells like a simliarly herbal/floral hop profile to Gumballhead but only much more intense and varied. Jesus. Lilacs, marigolds, generic potpourri, apricots, oranges, grapefruits, spearmin and cannabis.

ESB my ass. This is like the world's fruitiest APA that doesn't actually contain fruit. It's like what Magic Hat's #9 tries to be. Giant ass bread and fruit nodes start things off, moving into a wickedly variegated hop profile--herbal, floral, and fruity--and then ending on the slightest bitter node that cuts into the sweetness just a wee little bit so that you want to take another sip.

World Class.

Photo of scottsayler
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very flavorful beer. It's definitely a bitter, but not overly bitter to where you can't enjoy the beer. The beer had a nice aroma surrounding it after the pour and it produced very little head. The finish was clean and not overpowering. A great beer by Three Floyds.

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 SpenCycle
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Thorpe429
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the FFF Brewpub in November 2009.

Poured a dark copper with a nice creamy head, although not as much as is normal for the style. The nose is definitely dominated by some great citrus hops atop semi-sweet caramel malt. The taste was very similar to an IPA, but with a decidedly English influence, though still different from an English IPA. Medium body with good carbonation, the drinkability on this was excellent, and I'm really looking forward to being able to try the bottled edition.

Photo of iuhophead87
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber that was less than one week old!!!!

A- A very dark amber with a very white head that holds longer than normal.
S- I don't know what I was expecting from 3-floyds but I was not prepared for this hop-bomb. Very weedy and citrus hops. I could hardly smell the malts in this E.S.B. If I did not know, I would say this was an IPA by the smell.
T- The hoppy smell is somewhat balanced by the malty taste. However, the citrus hops do come through. This is an outstanding beer and totally out of the box for its style. What else would you expect from 3-Floyds?
M- Light and somewhat fizzy. Although I'm drinking from a bomber, this beer tastes very fresh. I have a few more and want to sit on one for a while to see how the texture of this beer changes.

This might be the easiest beer from three floyds to drink. Yes I enjoy the giant hop bombs and the 9+ ABV beers, but this is a hit. At only 6 Percent this is a session beer for me. I hope this is a year long product and not just a seasonal . I will say that my point of view is a little skewed because I only paid 3.99 for the bomber. I don't know if the price was wrong or that3floyds is trying to market this new beer, but at 3.99 I will make this a regular in my rotation if not the only beer I drink.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to be able to try this one last night. Cracked it open and threw it back after dinner. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/12/2010.

The pour was rediculous. Rich, dark amber in color with a huge, towering head of white foam that had incredible reach and retention. Literally just tons of sticky white lacing down the sides of the glass and all over the inside of it throughout. I could not have asked it to look better. Dark, rich, citrus hops now dominate everything around it. Huge notes of orange and rich pine are just elegant. Warming brings a subtle balance of biscuit, light tea leaves, hints of grain. Smooth, creamy rich body just lets the flavor explore. Smooth, biscuit flavors and rich citrus hops are near perfect in unison and the sessionability is simply out of this world.

Overall one of the best ESB I have ever had. Seriously this is nuts and everyone needs to try this.

Photo of quilty
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
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 VaTechHopHead
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark red/brown, huge off white head with tons of lacing. Slightly unfiltered with lots of cascading bubbles.

S - Huge fresh hop aroma that is all pine and a little sap aroma.

T - Mirrors the aroma very closely...lots of super bitter Earth tone and pine flavored hops.

M/D - Not as rough on the palate as appearance shows, medium body and a slight dry finish...not as dry as expected with the gratuitous amount of hops. Super drinkable.

Photo of Tiklmelmo
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to wedgie9 for this awesome extra.

A - Nice crystal clear caramel with a generous fizzy head. Bit of a gush when I opened it is the only negative.

S - Big sweet biscuity malts with hints of toffee and fresh grassy hop resin. Very nice smelling beer.

T - Taste follows the nose. Very nice malt flavors....shortbread and toffee, but perfectly balanced bitterness with minimal residual sweetness. Again, some nice big fresh hops are present. Much moreso than a traditional british ESB, but I still thought the malts made the beer. Very well balanced.

M - A hair thin, but by no means watery. While there was a bit of a gush upon opening, the carbonation seemed moderate and was certainly pleasant. Mouthfeel was probably the lowest marks for me, but certainly not bad by any means.

D - Very drinkable. I downed the bottle and wanted more.

Overall, this is another extremely fine offering from three floyds. If this became the mold for an american ESB, I would not complain. I am very glad to have had the chance to try this.

Photo of 2BDChicago
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy, orange amber, with full off-white foam.

S: Appealing aroma of multiple notes. Fruit, light spice, and some caramely-biscuity malt.

T: Don't you love it when the taste and aroma are equally fine. Equal parts of fruit and malt sweetness, but not overly so. The hop bitterness is unique in that I get a hop bite at back of the tongue, but it's like a side show definately not the main attraction. Don't mis-understand, FFFs is almost always big hops, just mostly well blanaced. The mouthfeel is dry and very clean, with good carbonation.

D: A very under the radar offering from FFFs, and I don't know why. To me it's a very enjoyable, and highly drinkable brew. It's probably the most IPA-ish ESB on the planet, and it totally works because of balance. There's a very pleasant flavor that runs through the brew that gives it a great personality. The malts and hop flavors work perfectly together. Hard to find but woth the hunt.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
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 TwelveOunces
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought myself a bomber at the Brewery, For whatever reason, its their only year around bomber I cant get in my area.
Poured into a Three Floyds pint glass.

A- Pours Golden crystal clear with a three finger large foamy head, an off white coloration.

S- No surprise that this guy is hoppy, coming from 3F I wouldnt expect otherwise. Lots of fresh citrus like mango and pineapple as well as a lot of grapefruit and pine needles. A light but present creamy caramel maltiness. Really really nice stuff here.

T- One hoppy bitter, but theres a lot more then hops here. This baby comes at you with a moderate/ high amount of bitterness and leaves you with some sharp citrus tones in your mouth. This beer has a creamy smooth feel and a refreshingly light and tasteful malt backbone. Goes down way to easy but leaves you with a lot of flavor. Malts resemble English malts a little but im also getting a light bready flavor as well. A strange and unique bitter but incredibly delicious.

M- Too easy to drink, it goes down crazy smooth and quick and leaves you refreshed and with a pleasant aftertaste. It has a light body and is full of flavor. Easy to drink and refreshing. It doesn't get any better then this.

O- I was expecting something good but I got something great, a unique ESB and an amazing beer all around. Thank the gods I took that trip to the brew pub.

Photo of cratez
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased from the brewery in Munster, IN.

Pours a deep copper/ruby hue with three fingers of eggshell white foam. Head subsides to a thick cap and leaves several strands of lacing on the tulip glass. Gorgeous appearance.

Smell is big citric and zesty orange peel, marmalade, jujube candy, peach, pine sap, pungently floral and herbaceous hops, caramel, light doughy notes, and red grapefruit. Incredibly aromatic nose.

Taste is navel orange, peach, marmalade, and nectarine upfront, malts counteract with brown bread, roasted malt, and caramel flavours, mildly sweet palate transitions to a juicy grapefruit bitterness with some pine on the cough. Booze hits about half way in, but thankfully I can't taste it. Easily the boldest, most hop-forward ESB that I've sampled. Really yummy stuff.

Mouthfeel is lush and medium-bodied, average carbonation, spicy hop bite precedes a bone dry, citrusy finish. In keeping with the style, the bitterness is relatively balanced (compared to an IPA, for instance) and fades away quickly. I'm left with a clean palate after each sip.

Overall, Admiral Lord Nelson is an excellent North American interpretation of an Extra Special Bitter. It combines many standard ESB qualities with an over-the-top hoppiness and insanely robust aromas. A complete joy to drink, I would recommend this to hop heads and English ale lovers alike.

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 GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an imperial pint at FFF 3/11/10.

A: Served a clear, rusty copper color. Capping this is a thick and pillowy head, slightly off white in color, that retains for nearly the whole glass and leaves a ton of gorgeous lace behind.

S: Big aroma of spicy/piney hops coupled with toasted malt. I couldn't keep my nose out of the glass. Excellent!

T: Piney hops, toasted malt, and mild citrus. Doesn't sound very earth shattering, but actually is!

M: Spicy and dry with a big dry malt backbone.

D: Phenominal. Not much more I can say about that.

Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A medium amber color is poured in the glass, with a light beige colored head that is about a half inch high. The laces slowly down the glass and settles to a thin layer. Citrus and grass right into the nose at every scent, then gradually fading away slowly. A cracked grain and bready/yeasty flavor attacks the palate come to the front, but is soon overtaken by the hops. The hops bring a strong grapefruit flavor that attacks the palate, that is followed up by a piney resin flavor, that lingers on the palate. A watery thin texture at the front, then gradually gaining weight and becoming more medium bodied, staying that way till the finish. A strong bitter? How about an extreme bitter, this one crosses over into the IPA realm. Everything is very good about this beer though, an inviting look and a fragrant aroma invites one to the glass. The taste just backs up those aspects, with strong hop flavor and intensity. The feel stays consistent all the way through, so hop heads drink up.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

doubtless the top esb i've had, even better than boont or rogue. a deep, clear dark ruby in the glass with an off-white head and lacing. signature 3f's aromas of citric hops and sweet malt. some dark fruit and floral aromas as well in the nose. taste is balanced a little more towards the sweet malt despite the listed 55 ibu's which seemed to be playing a supportive role. not that i was complaining, though. perfectly carbonated, creamy, and lively. medium-bodied with a medium-long finish. this would be a top choice were i not at 3f's. having it fresh at the pub didn't hurt this one. one of the favorites among my party at our last visit to 3f's.
have had this several times since it's bomber release and surprisingly i've been even more impressed each time. best esb ever.

Photo of karengarys
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I slow poured this cold from the fridge, spent some time with it so it warmed up by the time I was done.

It pours a nice almost reddish light orange-brown. There wasn't a lot of head, I slow-pour though so it surprised me how much was there (bubbles just covered the surface). A ring remained around the edges throughout the drink

Smell is sweet, leomny flowers.

Taste is - wow - hoppy. Grapefruit peel bitter. ...YUM!! Very citriusy, and as it warmed up almost buttery. Strange, but goood!!! It also contains that signature 3 floyds richness, like anything watery was removed leaving nothing but the wonderful brew... How DO they do that?

Mouthfeel was very good, coarse bubblies throughout the glass. Slow pouring helps with that, though.

Finish is quite clean, leaving a bit of a sting in the back of the throat.

I could drink this all night!!!

Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on Draught at the brewery.

A-deep copper colored beer with brown hues allowing light to shine through. two fingers of a medium thickness, off white head that retains for some time leaving a decent lacing on the glass

S-citrus and grapefruit hops hit the nose first with a faint hint of a sweet caramel malt

T-a light caramel malt hits the tongue first followed by a nice light citrus hop taste and a very light bitter finish

M-very smooth and very limited amount of carbonation with a pretty nice medium body

D-very well balanced favoring the hops make this a super tasty beer that is backed by a great mouthfeel

Photo of ekardz
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden Honey Brown, clear, 1 finger head, lacing on beer and glass. looks like it will be amazing.

Smell - floral/piney hops. very citrusy, orange, lemon, coriander? sweet scents off this brew.

Taste - very floral hops, taste the orange peel flavor. some resiny flavors as well.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, smooth, little carbonation.

Drinkability - no alcohol burn, great hop flavor. nice citrusy zest, very easy to drink, I hope I can obtain this one again!!!!

Photo of brewcrew76
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great label from 3 Floyds.

A - Clear amber, chestnut with a sandy colored head that leaves huge patches of sticky lacing.

S - Sweet caramel, slightly sugary, blended nicely with pine and floral hops.

T - Piney, resiny, citrusy hops with caramel sweetness and some earthy undertones.

M - Medium body but DIPA sticky sweet with a lingering dry finish.

D - Not really true to style but exactly what I would expect from a 3F ESB.

Photo of Lunch
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip at the appropriate temperature (05/08/10)

A: Pours a burnt, orange. amber capped with 2 fingers of an off-white head which stays leaving bits of sticky lacing.

S: I'm getting a lot of citrus hops along with a bready, caramel malt. Notes of toasted, sweet malt as well as some English IPA characteristics. Great smelling beer.

T: Taste mirrors the nose with layers of caramel and bread surrounded in a blanket of citrus hops with lots of orange, marmalade, zest and lemon. Sweet toasted malt rounds out the flavor with some lingering bitterness. Really a complex beer.

M: Medium-bodied with some appropriate carbonation that was lively. Fuller than expected and quite nice.

D: An easy drinking beer that was exceptionally well balanced.

Overall this was a very nice ESB and another great beer from Three Floyds. If you see this beer grab a bottle or two and enjoy! Recommended.

Photo of dmgeng
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
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

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Lord Rear Admiral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.