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Lord Rear Admiral | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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

Added by scruffwhor on 04-02-2007

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Reviews: 174 | Ratings: 631
Photo of JamesS
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great deep copper color with wonderful head and excellent lacing. Has a great deep hop scent, very citrus/orange, with a nice sweet malt backing. Great taste, a wonderful malt body with great hop (extremely citrus) tones, but with only a slight hop aftertaste, unlike a pale ale. Goes down smooth, with just a bit of rough from the hops.

It was odd to me, that an ESB had such citrusy hops, but it is an American ESB, just like APAs differ from EPAs.

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Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark caramel/toffee, off-white head, good retention & lace.

S: Very catty, pine, brown sugar, floral & caramel. Definitely American hops.

T: Piny citrus, toffee, brown sugar, good bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body.

D: An all-around good drinker.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear copper with a little tan head. It smelled like apricot and papaya and candied grapefruit, with some light caramel and orange. It tasted like orange and apricot, with some grapefruit and papaya and honey. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, with a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was unlike any other ESB I've had, but it was certainly both extra special and bitter. It was also very sweet and hoppy and clean. This is what English IPAs should be (rather than the boring, earthy, under-hopped drinks they tend to be). Great beer.

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Photo of ekardz
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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!!!!

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy spicy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.32/5  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.

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Photo of kwjd
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber-copper colour with small head, that leaves some lacing down the glass. The aroma is really strong here - some piney hops and caramel sweetness. The taste is like a classic bitter, just hopped up with the American style hops. I had split this bottle and wish I could have drank more. I really enjoy this.

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Photo of Sammy
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of Tinfoilrcr
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a bomber in a trade with Hayesez - Thanks!

A- Deep amber color with off-white fluffly head a great lacing.

N- Lots of hops. Nice citrus and herbal notes with sweet malt in the background.

T- Bright hops up front, citrus and herbal background mixes with caramel. Smells very good.

M- very filling, but not too heavy.

D- Overall is a very good beer. However, is a little hoppier than I typically expect in an ESB. Its not bad, just a general observation.

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Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber via trade thanks to dug on BA.

Pours a nice clear amber-brown color with a sticky off-white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma is bright fresh hops, citrusy mostly, slightly herbal, with sweet malt in the background. Really smells awesome.

Flavor is caramel malt and toffee along with the typical excellent FFF hop character, citrusy, mostly grapefruit, with slight herbal notes as well. Not terribly much bitterness given the hop aroma and flavor, although it's definitely there.

Medium body with some hop resins present on the palate.

Extremely drinkable. Another great one in FFF's awesome line of hoppy beers. What an amazing American style English bitter. Respects the style yet adds a nice twist to it. A great session beer. What, the ABV is 6.5%? Oh really? Well, this is a great session beer still.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The colorful depiction of the apparently battle-insane Admiral Lord Nelson takes me there. I continue to love all FFF bottles, hokie or not. After a rolling pour, the ivory head tightens at an inch in height. The sharp contrast between foamy cap and burnt umber beer captured below is striking. The beer seems to be pushing upwards. Dynamic. A handful of minutes pass before the head settles.

S: Vanilla cake batter and sugared lemon wrapped around a floral arrangement. Nice hop heat lingers in the nostrils.

A real soft yeasty start on the lips - I love that feeling: carbonation gases exposing the creamy body, right off the bat. Just beyond it's a cool sweep of breadishly sweet malts keeping things moving on an even keel. The taste sharpens, becoming distinctly Cu metallic. A soft floral note takes hold right as the beer peaks. The sharp copper and the softly bitter hop dance wonderfully towards my throat. A charge of citric sweet lemon spreads quickly, becoming earthy and bitter. Buttery and then more pointedly bitter in the finish. puckering now, with some high notes sticking around the top of my mouth. A fun beer to swirl around. Those full buttery notes take their toll nearing the end of the bomber. My lips are sticky, along with my throat. No denying though that this beer is fun as it looks.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours with a light fluffy head. Just a bit of lace as the head falls. Near crystal clear light gold in color with plenty of fizz. Smells wonderful; lots of tropical fruits (mango, papaya, pineapple, etc.) Whoa...remarkably thin and exceptionally drier than I anticipated. Lots of tropical fruit flavors up front, some malt and then...I dunno...it just sort of evaporates! Extremely drinkable at first, until I get a nasty bit of "hot" alcohol (fusels?) in the aftertaste which fortunately dissipates rather quickly. This could be called Alpha King Light.

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Photo of mynie
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to kstrickler for this beer!

(A)- Pours a clear brown amber color that produced a great white foaming head that left an intricate web of lacing as it dissipated.

(S)- A burst of citrus: lemon & pineapple. Lightly sweet. Plenty of pine that is oozing resin-like hops.

(T)- A big citrus splash with tons of pine behind it. Bitter, but actually has a generous malt backbone of a caramel-like honey.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance with a more pronounced malt profile than expected. A good bitterness & hop level.

(D)- A good ESB with a good maltiness that smoothes out some of the harshness the massive hops might impart. Definitely an easy drinker; the 22oz. bottle didnt last lont.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't know why but when my buddy always recommends a beer from FFF, I always hesitate just a bit. Finally, he gets tired of me doubting and we end up splitting a bomber. I have finally stopped doubting the FFF because this beer is awesome. I like ESB's and their harsh bitter finishes and this one is not a let down. Pours a copper reddish orange with a decent 2 finger head. It start out with a nice caramel malty sweetness then transitions to an intense tart then it takes you back down the mountain and finishes with a long, long harsh bitter ending. Everything one could want in an ESB. I bow to you FFF.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  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.

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Photo of jsh420
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours copper with a big 2+ finger head that has good retention and left rings down the glass

smells like gumball head on roids very hoppy

taste - again hops hops hops citrus mango apricot - but with all these hops it still has to have a good malt bready backbone to tie it together and it does

mouthfeel - medium body with good carbonation very smooth and creamy

drinkability is good and would be even better if they put it in 6packs

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Photo of kirok1999
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a clear amber brown color. Two finger light tan head on this one stays around for a little while. Lacing is sticky and streaky. Looks good for a ESB.

S- This has a ton of citrus hops in the front end of this beer. I enjoy the light biscuty malts in this that come out a little when this beer warms. For the most part all you smell is citrus and light pine tones in this.

T- The hops in this are not as in your face as in the aroma. Citrus hops clash with a light bready malt that brings a nice semi-sweet balance. Light pine and almost tea like taste in the back end of this beer. I enjoy this almost too much in the flavor. Everything is very balanced but hops come out a little on top.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little lacking which is my only complaint with this beer. Still this beer has a wonderful appearance in the mouth. Light malty bready flavors with citrus hops are left on the palate. Some light bready malts are left into the aftertaste. Clean tastes throughout in this beer.

D- The lower ABV on this makes it a easy drinker. In fact I cracked open another one after I was done with this one. Good work like usual Three Floyds! If you have the chance to snag this one....do it. You won't regret it at all.

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Photo of sidetracked
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep-amber with a cream colored head.

Smells of floral hops with a bit of citrus and pine.

Taste upfront is bitter with some floral hop characteristics. The bitterness subsides into a malty finish with floral and earthy flavors present. Moderately dry finish with a slight bitter aftertaste.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good--the bitterness is well balanced with the malty finish and the floral hints complement the bitterness nicely.

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Photo of karengarys
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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!!!

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Photo of mcallister
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of billab914
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Poured a dark amber, almost brown in color with a big thick white fluffy head. It was very clear with a steady slow stream of carbonation rising from the bottom. It also left excellent lacing on the glass. An excellent looking beer.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy with some citrus, pine and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet and hoppy up front but it has a bitter finish with more pine along with the citrus.

Mouthfeel is slightly heavy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was very good, I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely buy it again if I could. The sweet citrus flavor of hops was very nice and worked well with the bitter finish.

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Lord Rear Admiral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.