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Lord Rear Admiral - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

362 Ratings
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Ratings: 362
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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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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

t0rin0, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +20.2%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.8%

djrn2, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Texasfan549, May 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

GRG1313, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -3.8%

kjkinsey, May 07, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a massive head; great retention and clumps of lace

Smell: Earthy and malty, with caramel, fruit and earthy hop elements

Taste: Malty and fruity, up front, with a depth of caramel and stone fruit flavors; bu mid-palate, the earthy hops take over and dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Although I like the ESB style, I found this way too hoppy and bitter compared to English versions like Fuller's; I wouldn't have expected any less from Three Floyds and while I like hops as much as the next guy, this beer didn't quite do it for me

brentk56, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always looking for great English style ales that we can get fresh; even if they have to be made in America. But here, the hops and attenuation keep it a little American-sided.

The beer opens with a solid copper hue, bright clarity, and an outstanding white head that retains very well with good lacing. A very handsome beer.

Fresh and balanced aroma of caramelized barley malt and hops (albeit slightly on the citrusy side). Light earthy and spicy notes mixes into the hops. Hints of toast and bread crust, toffee and figs come into play.

Flavors are more tilted toward the hops; still very American with sharp tones of citrus and pine but with the classic earthiness and spice of English Fuggles or EKG's. Gentle dark pitted fruitiness comes into play and weaves into the toffeeish darker grains. Still, quite bitter and giving rise above the crisp and toasty malts.

The beer attenuates very well. Though great for American Ales (and for drinkability), English varieties give a bit more sweetness and body. Yet it finishes crisp, minerally, and with slight warmth.

Undoubtedly this is a very good beer, but it misses the mark on big-time English Bitters. This one is more American tasting with the hops and higher attenuated for a crisper drier body. Imagine if Sierra Nevada tried to brew a Fuller's ESB.

Thanks Cheezdawg!

BEERchitect, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Gentlemen, when the enemy is committed to a mistake we must not interrupt him too soon."

--Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson

Koi orange with butter rum hued accents. Several busy bubble streams are disappearing into the underside of a pillowy head of toasted almond colored froth. The lid is becoming impressively rocky as it starts to melt and is gracing the glass with an attractive array of amorphous lace.

The nose is a study in glorious hoppiness (no surprise given the brewery). Dry-hopped with Fuggles is the only ingredient that has been leaked. There's definitely something American in there too. The beer is bursting with mango, peach and pink grapefruit juiciness. Gotta be Simcoe.

With all due respect to the Floyds, Admiral Lord Nelson doesn't taste much like an ESB. It does use 'mostly British ingredients', which is important, so they deserve points for that. What it tastes like is an American pale ale. And a damn good one.

Despite the color, there isn't much flavor transfer from the malt. Probably Maris Otter and a few others on the pale end of the spectrum. The hoppiness is still super-fresh, which is the reason why the taste and drinkability scores are what they are. Age probably won't treat the Admiral kindly, so drink your bottle(s) now.

A faint toasted bread quality is quickly washed away by a tidal wave of Anglo-American hops that stop well short of palate punishing. Let's add tangerine zest to the fruits noted above. Given so much pink grapefruit and mango, I still have to go with Simcoe. The finish is crisp and tight, while still managing a lovely lupulin linger.

The mouthfeel is neither lush nor plush, but that's what happens when malt sugars take a backseat to alpha acids. It's at least medium for the style and the bubbles have just the right amount of energy. Thanks to iowahawk for an incredible extra.

Admiral Lord Nelson Strong Bitter is yet another winner from one of my favorite American breweries. The hops hit hard, but there's also a more than solid brew supporting them. If you like your ESBs to be extra special and extra bitter, seek this one out. Awesome label art, as always.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

mikesgroove, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for this one. A new Three Floyds beer is always welcomed.

A: The pour is an amber/copper color with a fluffy off-white head with some sheets of lacing.

S: A very fresh hoppy aroma with lots of grapefruit and pine. The caramel malt provides some nice sweetness as well.

T: Lots of bitter and juicy grapefruit fills the tongue at first. This is followed by a sweet and mildly bready malt flavor with a touch of bitter pine on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a slightly creamy carbonation and feel on the tongue.

D: This is not always my favorite style, but Three Floyds has done well here. A nice hop component which allows a bit of malt to come through, but not all that much in terms of sweetness.

womencantsail, Mar 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, May 29, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to StormKing47 for sharing this - poured chilled from the bomber into an ale glass.

A - a moderately tarnished golden shade w/ slight chill haze and light white head, lots of lace clings and tiny beading comprises the head.

S - I found the smell to have lots of English hop character -very nice mix of herbal and spiced scents w/ a mild caramel malt odor in the background

M The feel is good and bitter, but balanced by the malt w/ a moderately high carbonation level for the style and slight chalky mineral note which I picture as similar to the english water profile for the type of beer

T - The flavor is of a tasty english yeast which has mild pear notes and ver herbal almost minty hop flavor with a spice from the hops and mild caramel tinge in the malt flavor with light biscuit notes rounding out the flavor

D - The beer is very drinkable and is a good representative of the style even if on the high end abv-wise but brings a lot of English character with the ingredients used

Slatetank, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a stray bottle at Armanetti's - thought this stuff was long gone. Served in a Pisgah pint glass. Unfortunately I think this stuff is from January, unless they made some more.

A - Pours with a finger and a half of off-white soapy foam that dissipates to a thick chunky cap with spotty lacing. Body is a largely hazed dark golden apricot color. Nothing special, but still pretty nice.

S - Still a lot of citrus hop character here, along with some floral and spicy notes. Heard this was brewed with Citra hops. Malt backbone has some caramel and toast qualities to it. Smells like a cross between an English IPA and an American Pale

T - Taste is mostly toasted malt with a kiss of caramel, and some floral, zesty, earthy bitterness. The hops have faded more in this aspect of the brew. Still comes across as a solid ESB that I'd prefer to most of the imports we get.

M - Initially sharp carbonation bite that mellows to a soft smooth medium body. Finishes dry with a touch of stickiness in the residual feel.

D - This was pretty easy to drink. The 6.5% is well-hidden and the texture and flavors are conducive to multiple pours. Wish I'd found this when it was fresher - I tried it on-tap and the hops really popped back then. Look for a re-review next time this is bottled.

MasterSki, May 02, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of my #1 beer project, the top ESB on BA Lord Admiral Nelson. Beer served in a Three Floyds beer glass because I can.

Beer is amber and hazy (but it looks like chill haze) with an off white head of medium bubbles, minimal lacing and low carbonation.

Aroma is pretty hop forward with some interesting pine hop profile with a nice malt backbone.

Beer is medium bodied and heavy in the front and thin at the back. There is a lot of piny hop flavor in this beer with only a minimal sweetness up front. The hop flavors fill out the midpalate so thoroughly the beer falls flat on the finish. Pretty good drinking beer. Very enjoyable. Bitterness is minimal but that's OK for the style. I'd have it again. The more I drink the more resiny the beer gets but that's from the high hop presence. It is good!

drabmuh, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 09/15/10 notes. Had at a small DC tasting; thanks Jonathan.

a - Pours a murky golden amber color with one inch of white head and low carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, light pine hops, and light spices.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, pine, fruity malts, tropical fruit, and bready malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation; very easy to drink.

d - A very good beer. Lots of citrus in the nose and taste, and it was very easy to drink. I would definitely like to try this one again.

mdfb79, Sep 20, 2010
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -3.8%

imperialking, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from random notes I found laying around. These are circa September of this year. Bottle shared with a group of local BA's care of StormKing47.

Poured into a taster, this brew appears a hazed golden color with a creamy white head. Spotty lacing effect is left on the glassware.

The smell of this brew includes a pleasant display of hops that you would expect in an ESB. Herbs, light grainy sweetness and an essence of lemon across the back of the nose.

The taste of this brew is fresh grainy sweetness with herbal hops that impart quite a bit of flavor without getting bitter. A toasty grain flavor is left inside the mouth. The hops come across with an herbal aspect as it warms that almost turns minty, fresh and cool tasting.

A medium bodied brew with a smooth feel and light level of carbonation. It is very drinkable and a fine example of the style.

stakem, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -3.8%

ejimhof, Apr 08, 2012
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Lord Rear Admiral from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.