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Lord Rear Admiral - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Lord Rear AdmiralLord Rear Admiral

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165 Reviews
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Reviews: 165
Hads: 597
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 16.35%
Wants: 171
Gots: 113 | FT: 5
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: 165 | Hads: 597
Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark orange to red. An off white, one-finger head. Very little carbonation. Slight malty pine smell with slight funk. The malt from an amber ale is very good. This really sets a nice stage for a sweet piney hop to come through. The sweet is a mix of slight apple/cherry hard candy. Very interesting. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a medium body. The balance is right on. This one is underrated for FFF.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper with little head. Smell is pine, citrus with some carmel in the background. Carmel, citrus, apricot, and pine. Compared to most ESB's the hops and malt are both turned up, the citrus notes feel out of place but it's still fairly balanced. Fullers ESB is still my go to but if you want an american twist this shouldn't disappoint.

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

Bottled on 3/20/15 and consumed on 4/7/15, poured cold into a tulip glass.
Look = 4.25 Pours a clear amber/brown color with a tint of red and 4 fingers of frothy off white head. Great retention and lace.
Aroma = 4.0 Fruity hops and candy sugar. A little nutty, sweet bread malts. Nice and balanced; very pleasant.
Taste = 4.25 Very balanced but leans a little to the sweet side. Buttery and ready malts high lighted with fruity and earthy hop notes. Very low bitterness.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied with low carbonation as expected for an ESB, smooth.
Drinkability = 4.25 Very balanced, easy drinking and tasty.
Overall = 4.15 A terrific beer, very well made ESB. Tasty and smooth, balanced.

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Photo of dutesanch
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this beer. Much better than other breweries beers of th same style. Very malt heavy with the dominating taste being raisins. Sweetness doesn't annoy. Very pleasant beer. Perfect for brisk fall afternoons. ISO more!

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Photo of robotiks
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a full UK pint glass 19.22 us fluid oz, this reminded me of fresh fullers ESB on cask, the UK beers never travel well to the US, I suppose the best way to drink UK style beer is to drink the beer produced in that style by US brewers.
A wonderful, cloudy, light to darker brown hue came from my glass, fresh fruity, malty nose, plenty of sweet malts, honey, vanilla, stone fruit, juxtaposed to citrus, fruity, floral hops. The mouth was smooth creamy and delicately carbonated.
This was like a slice of well toasted bread with butter and marmalade, delicious, the sour dry hops, cut the fruit, cut the malts and smooth out with a slightly creamy carb.
I've had many ESBs that taste like this, and this is right on style, fruity, rich, sweet malty, citrus fresh drink with a dry finish, bravo three floyds, really enjoyed drinking this one.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From notes. A hazy copper color with a moderate light tan head. Aroma was mostly malt sweetness with a little fruit and herbs as well. Flavor was also dominated by the malt sweetness with the mild fruit hops adding a nice balance. Medium mouthfeel and smoothness with a little floral and pine bitterness building toward the end of the bomber.

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Photo of Austin32
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was not overly impressed by this beer. I have not had a ESB before so I am not familiar with the style and I have nothing to compare it to. That being said if this is a good example of ESB I am not a fan of the style. Flavors were pretty mild in my opinion. Malt sweetness, I tasted little if any apricot, and a mild citrus but not much there. It wasn't bad per-say....just boring IMO.

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that hardly died down and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuity malts are present in the nose along with notes of citrus hops and hints of caramel malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather malty and has lots of flavors of biscuity malts along with some hints of oranges and grapefruit from the hops. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness and their citrusy flavors are most noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and malty but isn't heavy on the palate. I liked how the citrusy hops proved some contrasting flavors and lend complexity.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to BigTuro for sharing this one at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice citrus forward hop qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of Chiefy770
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 Ounce Bottle
Bottled on March 30th, 2015
Reviewed on May 24th, 2015
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Poured a copper body with a nice amber glow. Decent sized off-white head formed, collapsed, and left a sparse amount of soapy lacing.

Sweet malts with light notes of fruit, think apricot and orange peel.

Sweet notes of fruit hit the tongue first. Light notes of apricot and pear were overpowered by a good hit of citric hops. Dense malts contained the intensifying hops. Biscuit, caramel, and raisin were the main characteristics from the malts. Bitterness reignited and finished out semi dry with lingering notes of herbal hops. Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Certainly a hoppy ESB but a great offering nonetheless.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look - Dark orange. Medium off white head, almost tan. Creamy head. Lacing. See through.

Smell - Caramel. Bread. Light fruitiness.

Taste - Caramel. Bread. Grassy. Orange. Lemon. Apricot. Raisin.

Feel - Medium body. Doesn't explode. Taste of some wheat beers without the carbonation.

Overall - Not a taste I have often. Nice change of pace from the stouts and IPAs in the collection.

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Photo of KevChiTown
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm shocked that this beer doesn't have the traditional signs of the 3Fs beer....super mellow, super easy to drink with just enough bitter to drink and keep drinking. As far as ESBs go, not even close. Still good tho..

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Photo of dleigh
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lots of lemon in the nose--a really clean citrus hoppiness as it warms up, with a lot of diacetyl also present. Nice balanced hoppy taste with a hint of sweetness to it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Served in a FFF pint glass.

Darker brown/amber body, two finger offwhite head, nice retention, rings and rings of lacing. Quite the standard ESB. Smells sweet with plenty of toffee, caramel, biscuits, honey. Fairly malty with a mild grassy, floral hop bite. No apricots. Flavour is similar, on the sweeter side, heavy on the graininess, biscuits and caramel, mild orange marmalade and floral notes. Mouthfeel is excellent, medium bodied, soft with nice carbonation, very drinkable especially as it warms up. Overall, I say drink this like the English would- warm. Solid ESB, nicely malty with a mild hop bite in the ESB tradition; however it is overpriced like most other Three Floyds bombers but I'm glad to have at least tried this.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - incredible frothy tannish white head. Light auburn maybe lite leather look.
Smell - sweet malty Amber smell with a little fruit hops
Taste - more hops in the taste than in the smell but other than that just like the smell. Once it warmed up I could start tasting apricot.
Feel - medium body but very light carbonation. Creamy feel, very English.
Overal - great esb, 3 floyds made once again a great beer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Copper brown, hazy with a light tan head and massive lacing.

S - Smashingly strong hop nose, pine and citrus.

T - Following the nose, with stone fruit elements, white peach and apricot, a caramel and biscuit malt middle, oderately bitter close.

M - Mild carbonation, drying in the close.

O - I really enjoy this, though don't really recognize the ESB elements here. Delicious and fun.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 03/19/2015 printed on the bottleneck. A new one to me from Three Floyds, this one their interpretation of an English style bitter, or Extra Special Bitter. No abv listed on the bottle, so I am trusting BeerAdvocate on this one.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a good dark coppery orange body with lots of tiny fine sediment in the glass. About a finger or so of frothy off-white head that stays a while and leaves good scattered strands of lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - The nose is kind of strange, not entirely what I expected. Has a very prominent peaches n' cream type aroma going on. Most likely the hops. The bottle says apricot. Smells like it was brewed with apricots? I don't know.

T - Taste is the same - sweetened honeyed bread malts & apricot fruitiness. There isn't much else beyond that, and it definitely isn't typical of an English style Bitter.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, light, & creamy. Airy mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Very easy drinking with a moderate 6.50% abv.

Overall, if I were to rate this according to style, I might rate it lower, but I think it is a fine beer. More of an American pale ale than and ESB though, I would say. Would have again. Would like to see made into twelve ounce bottles.

Three Floyds Lord Rear Admiral -----4/5.

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Photo of quilty
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Tilly
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Resiny, very dank aroma, with pine and citrus accented by floral hops on a toasted, lightly caramel malt backbone.

Flavor is herbal and floral hop dominant, almost tea-like, with muddled citrus and tropical fruit accents throughout. Reminds me of a faint Flintstone vitamin character. Very different, and complex. The finish is moderately bitter and resiny, but fades to toasted malt.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Pint Room. Color was beautiful, a very light copper. Bitter wet hops flavor..:awesome. Strong mouthfeel, a little harsh but ok for the genre. Good stuff.

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Photo of Greasy
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber bottled on 3/19/15. 18 days old.

A: Pours a beautiful, hazy amber color. Head is around 1.5 fingers initially and takes its time in dwindling down to a reasonable size. Lacing most of the way down the pint glass.

S: A lovely bouquet. Hops are the first noticeable scent, followed by sweet, bready malts.

T: More hop flavor than other ESBs I've tasted, but coming from FFF, I'm not the slightest bit surprised. Caramel malt flavors are present too. The balance is that of an Olympic gymnast.

M: Medium bodied, perfect viscosity. The drinkability on this one is through the roof. So smooth going down, it is scary.

O: FFF has proven to be a world class brewery that can master any style while at the same time adding their own touch that makes it a truly unique drinking experience. World class.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
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 165 ratings.