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Lord Rear Admiral - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Not Rated.
Lord Rear AdmiralLord Rear Admiral

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 150
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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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

HopFace, Oct 25, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

Kaveman, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
2.95/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra from thomashardy in the great FFF hookup a while back. I know this trade didn't go down as quickly as you'd hoped mate. Thanks for your patience and thanks for the killer box.

My first try at an American attempt at a traditional English style. Interesting.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Foam starts creeping up the neck upon opening. Pour yields a one finger, thinner looking, white head that's quite noisy. Poorer retention, the head quickly fizzes down to a thin wisp. Color is a hazy, rust brown with zero carbonation evident. Splotches of wisp remain but leave no real lacing down the glass. Average at best for the style. The second pour was a little more vigorous and left some chunky lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pleasant nose for sure, and just bold enough. Caramel malt with some toffee in there. Floral hop notes and a touch of honeydew melon. Lots of melon and berries in there.

TASTE: Some caramel and nutty flavors, but lots of floral hops, pine and plenty of hop bitterness at the finish. Less fruity and sweet than expected, and far more bitter. Mild yet lingering aftertaste is pure bitterness with pine and some floral notes. Not as balanced as most in the style, but still an enjoyable, hoppy brew.

PALATE: This is where the beer goes south. Thinner body and higher end carbonation. Airy on the palate, goes down somewhat abrasive and finishes very dry and astringent on the palate. Not the most pleasant feel, though I could imagine it being worse. Needs to be fuller and creamier, and carbonation needs to be controlled better. The second pour came out a little nicer, but still well below par for the course.

OVERALL: Decent beer with an enjoyable flavor profile, but the look was just too average and the palate was worth forgetting. The taste didn't really match the nose either. It was actually a half-decent dark IPA, but not really good representation of an English ESB. Glad to have tried it, but don't need it again. Thanks again thomashardy!

Jeffo, Feb 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

RichBeer, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

birdsellam, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Bendurgin
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this as an awesome extra in a trade recently with a very generous Midwest BA. Poured this into a pint glass. The beer is a cloudy amber color with a big frothy looking white head that shrinks down to soapy lacing. I'm not really loving the smell on this. Sweet malts are really front runners on this. I get a kind of apple sauce smell, but it seems really out of place. Behind all that is a slight smell of piney hops. I'd really love a bit more of a hoppy smell. Big malts on this with a decent bittering finish of floral piney hops. It's pretty nice drinking, but I overall am a little underwhelmed by this one right now. The mouthfeel is a bit heavier than I would imagine but the carbonation is nice. Overall this beer drinks fair enough, but I'm not in love with it.

Bendurgin, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of WoodBrew
3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

WoodBrew, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing!

Poured into a pint glass with a three finger almost perfectly white head. Large bubbles on this one. Nice amber color on the body with a slight bit of haze.

Smells of bready malt, with a slightly noticeable citrus aroma. Decent balance for the style.

Taste is all malt flavor; a kick of bitterness is in the finish to balance out but I feel it is a bit much for a good balance. Nothing too spectacular here.

Average mouthfeel and decent drinkability. This is an okay beer, I would probably only try it again if I could do so on tap though.

andrewinski1, Oct 01, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

gpioski, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Sammy, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of mcallister
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale clean copper colored with very little white head.

Citrusy fruity hops almost hop oil like. Some light malt notes but mainly nectarine, pink grapefruit, and sweet tarts.

Nicely balanced for a floyds beer. No real malt character just a breadiness. Same nectarine notes with some floral aspects as well. Nothing I'd seek out but definitely glad I tried.

mcallister, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of PorterLambic
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a medium brown/dark amber color with a fluffy head. Slightly cloudy with great lacing.
Smell is hopp, flowery and citrus.
Taste is some malt presence, hops, alcohol, floral and citrus.
Medium-bodied with good effervescence. Slightly warming and smoother than expected, though I don't know why I thought that. A decent tasting brew though it needs more body to it.

PorterLambic, Apr 26, 2010
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3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear mid-range copper with hints of gold. Nice white head that laces well.
Hoppy as hell right out of the bottle. Lots of pine and grass with some citrus playing around as well. Some crushed mint leaves too.
Sweet up front, almost like a barleywine with a lingering bitter hop finish. Slight caramel and grassy/piney hops.
A little thin and bubbly in the mouth. This hurts the drinkability a bit.

kirok1999, Feb 17, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Skye1024, Dec 27, 2011
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FalconA, Dec 24, 2011
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Danny1217, Oct 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

truthcontortion, Jun 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

MordorMongo, Jan 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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seeswo, Jun 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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Lord Rear Admiral from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.