Lord Rear Admiral - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 159
Hads: 560
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 4.07%
Wants: 164
Gots: 104 | FT: 6
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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 Austin32
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
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. (387 characters)

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 (860 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,009 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
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

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

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

Mouth
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.

Notes
Certainly a hoppy ESB but a great offering nonetheless. (753 characters)

Photo of madelfonatree
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of KevChiTown
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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.. (218 characters)

Photo of dleigh
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (169 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -6%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,343 characters)

Photo of quilty
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (165 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
4.14/5  rDev -1%
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. (176 characters)

Photo of Greasy
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (815 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
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 (1,401 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, dated 3.17.2015, poured into a Three Floyds Alpha King pint glass.


The beer pours a light amber color, hues of copper, hazy and cloudy with faint clarity when struck by the light, a thick, foamy, finger of off white head head that has great retention and yields a fine amount of spotted head. The aroma is pleasant, dark malts, piney hops, very bitter, a little nutty, biscuity grain, simple, but substantial. The flavors echo the nose, bitter piney nose, english malts, biscuity grain, again, has a bit of that pleasant nutty flavor, soft toffee and gentle nougat. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, zippy and crisp, carbonation is medium to high, lightly prickly but the finish is easy and light.


Verdict: A very nice ESB from Three Floyds, pleasantly bitter and big. Lots of malt, plenty of underlying hops, a nice balance is struck. I appreciate that the traditional malty ESB backbone is still in the forefront when it comes to a Three Floyds beer, perhaps one of their least "not normal" beers, but it makes this a success. (1,044 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz brown bomber with a stunning label. It's the best one I've seen from 3f. The Lord Admiral gracing the front done completely fff style. I see lots of awesomeness in thus artwork. It's like steampunk, the admiral and fff all wrapped in one. Bad Ass! Poured into a Nonic pint glass.

A - deep and dark amber color that does lighten up in the light with a hint of golden highlights. Slightly hazy. Off white head pours with great size and settles brilliantly leaving a sturdy ring of lacing that leaves lots of stick to the glass.

S - this aroma is where malt meets hops and blends themselves in a wild supernatural party. The English style biscuit malt backbone let's the hops do their best to blast through its sweet wall, but constantly being held in check and only add to its sweet character. Biscuit malt, apricot, floral, hints of citrus, and butterscotch are the main whiffs I get.

T - flows hand in hand with the aroma. A lovely sweet English and biscuit malt character with apricot and mild citrus. Floral and mild pine hops provide lovely spice notes to the malt base. A lovely complexity going on inside Lord Admiral.

M - this is medium bodied and a mouth coating gem. It's texture and thickness is an example of FFF at their best. Smooth, flavorful, and down right scary good. Highly drinkable ESB and on another planet in terms of creativity and class.

O - Lord Rear Admiral is hands down the greatest ESB in the world. It combines brewing talent and creativity in a bottle and provides a lovely experience. I have a soft spot for the English esb style and this just blows it wide open. So tasty and thick. I was excited to see bottles heading my way, so I hope to get more in the future. If I could pick a beer to drink every day with any meal it would be this one. A complex yet balanced masterpiece from Three Floyds. (1,841 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lord Rear Admiral pours with an apricot colour, a very enthusiastic head and enough sediment at the bottom of the bottle to completely cloud over what was already a naturally hazy complexion. This gives it a relatively dark tone despite solid golden highlighting.

The beer smells partly English, partly American, and something like a sweet shop located in a garden or forest. It blends maltiness and hoppiness in a way that combines tea wafers and toffee with pine resin and bubblegum. The taste offers more depth but this is a good intro.

There's an abundance of flavour provided at both ends of this recipe. The malts are mildly sweet and smack of toffee or butterscotch on top of their naturally bready, grainy disposition. The hops are layered with fruit and florals and taste of roses, apricot, grapefruit, bark, grass clippings and pine needles, and have a delightful bubblegum characteristic.

Lord Rear Admiral is one of those beers with such a vividly fruity hoppiness that it practically feels pulpy. This ESB has the strong and sturdy caramelly maltiness requisite for the style but also the refreshing citrus qualities of a cold glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice. It makes an intentionally approachable style even more affable; a beer suited to most tastes and levels of experience.

Lord Horatio Nelson (after whom this beer takes its name) is celebrated as one of Britain's most heroic naval figures and has monuments all over the country, including Trafalgar Square in London. I'm not sure what the Munster, Indiana equivalent would be - the parking lot of the Hilton off the brewery's industrial strip? - but this Lord Admiral is deserving of a statue too. (1,679 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark amber with light hues around the edges with an eggshell head.

S - Light hops, bready malts and sweet esters.

T - It's like a mix of bitter/hops/toast/malts. There's some orange peel and a mild sweetness.

M - On the full side of light with medium carbonation.

O - I was hoping for more bitterness, but was only getting light hops. It's still an easy drinker with a clean finish. (401 characters)

Photo of Rope
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in Chimay chalice.

Appearance-
Deep orange with a hint of red.

Smell-
Delightful light hop aroma, bubblegum and pine.

Taste-
A great entry, and interesting for Three Floyds. The use of the bitter hops enhance the light but present buttery malt.

Mouthfeel-
Good standard carbonation, nice and refreshing.

Overall-
Great beer, glad I tried it. Good if you are in the mood for a bitter hit, but not a full blown Stone beer. (432 characters)

Photo of sbxx
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Dark amber. One finger of white, spongy head leaves thin, spotty lacing. Quite alluring.

Smell - Bready with some citrus mixed in.

Taste - A little bitter, a little hoppy, a little malty, a little toasty. Traces of citrus fruit and pine linger in the background. A very attractive blend of flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, med/high carbonation, clean finish.

Overall - A nice bitter ale that goes down extremely smooth. Another winner for FFF! Looking forward to having more of this. Can't go wrong with an $8 bomber of this if you like a nice bitter ale. (577 characters)

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Lord Rear Admiral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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