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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 kevanb
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of cvm4
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of Rope
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in Chimay chalice.

Deep orange with a hint of red.

Delightful light hop aroma, bubblegum and pine.

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

Good standard carbonation, nice and refreshing.

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

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Photo of sbxx
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Three Floyds, served in a nonic pint.

Pour: Mostly clear, deep rusty orange. About a finger of rusty head forms, and recedes rather quickly. Not a lot of lace here.

Smell: Lots of grapefruit, and some other darker fruits come in. Plum? Some dark breadyness, and a touch of caramel malt step in through the end of the nose.

Taste: Follows the nose with a bitter citrus up front, and a certain chewiness. Lots of bready malt follows, and some caramel. Finishes bitter and malty.

Mouthfeel: Rather light, but at the same time not very drinkable. A bit confusing.

Overall: Solid, but I don't really think this is my style, even with a nice citrusy hop profile.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into 3 Floyd's Nonic Pint

Deep, golden almost amber color with fluffy white head that delivers excellent lacing throughout the drinking experience. The smell jumps out of the bottle as soon as you pop the cap. Big bright hop punch that has some fruitiness and bitterness that hits hard then fades away. This beer was even better than I remember it from last year. Hop forward like many 3 Floyd's but there is balance with the malt. An ESB that would satisfy hop heads for sure.

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
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

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Photo of rfgetz
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper/burnt orange color, fluffy slightly off white head, good retention. Great whiffs of bready, nutty, toasty, biscuity, caramely malts blend whith whiffs of orange and light berry. Taste brings above notes together in a fantasticly balanced blend, wonderful malt base with fruity notes throughout. Medium bodied, a touch more heft would be welcome. Fantastic, unique, flavorful ESB.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FFF glass.

A - Beautiful English Bitter. It's dark, orange with light brown tint to it. Big, rocky, off-white head that left a ton of lacing on the glass.

S - Light orange peel and pine with a light bready malt to it

T- Orange peel and grapefruit on the front. There is a slight bready malt in the middle that gives it a very slight sweetness. On the back end is where the bitter comes in with a strong grapefruit and pine presence. The pine and grapefruit really linger on in the finish with a slight bigger hop presence than you'd find in your normal bitter.

MF - Light, slightly watery body with good carbonation that makes it have a slight smoothness to it when drinking. Leaves a thick hop resin that lingers on the tongue in the finish.

O - A solid bitter from FFF that is really easy to drink but brings a lot of flavor. Worth getting a bottle if you are near when they have it out, especially if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery, 650ml into a tulip.

Copper brown, offwhite head with dense, creamy retention and webbed lace. Nose has an abundance of caramel, sweet and bready. A good dose of citrus hops, but some earthier and spicier notes too. Light on the palate, citrusy and rind-y. Still an abundace of caramel and toasty biscuit. Medium feel, quite low carb. This is very drinkable - cask treatment would be awesome.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep gold to medium brown with a finger and a half of off white head
S: smelled of delicious hops when I cracked the bottle open but in the glass the nose brings caramel and toffee with some of that nice juicy hop aroma
T: slightly toasty with some caramel a little bit of pine and floral hop flavor and a back and forth battle across the palate for dominance. aftertaste is a bit of oily hop and some residual sweetness from the malt
M: medium body with slightly prickly carbonation
O: very flavorful and great balance. this is my first beer from three Floyd's and it is very good.

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Photo of ChiPool
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured bomber into Duvel tulip.

LAN pours a deep reddish brown, with an inch of eggshell head. The nose is rather tame for a 3F brew: subdued hops, with some bready malts coming through. The taste follows the nose here: the malts come through, with a hint of lingering bitterness.

Overall: decent, but not particularly memorable. Glad that I tried it, but not rushing out to pick itup agin. Tastes like an IPA past its prime.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought myself a bomber at the Brewery, For whatever reason, its their only year around bomber I cant get in my area.
Poured into a Three Floyds pint glass.

A- Pours Golden crystal clear with a three finger large foamy head, an off white coloration.

S- No surprise that this guy is hoppy, coming from 3F I wouldnt expect otherwise. Lots of fresh citrus like mango and pineapple as well as a lot of grapefruit and pine needles. A light but present creamy caramel maltiness. Really really nice stuff here.

T- One hoppy bitter, but theres a lot more then hops here. This baby comes at you with a moderate/ high amount of bitterness and leaves you with some sharp citrus tones in your mouth. This beer has a creamy smooth feel and a refreshingly light and tasteful malt backbone. Goes down way to easy but leaves you with a lot of flavor. Malts resemble English malts a little but im also getting a light bready flavor as well. A strange and unique bitter but incredibly delicious.

M- Too easy to drink, it goes down crazy smooth and quick and leaves you refreshed and with a pleasant aftertaste. It has a light body and is full of flavor. Easy to drink and refreshing. It doesn't get any better then this.

O- I was expecting something good but I got something great, a unique ESB and an amazing beer all around. Thank the gods I took that trip to the brew pub.

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Photo of Rutager
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Yeahnatenelson for this!

Appearance. Pours a nice rich amber with a little haze and a finger+ of lightly coloured head.

Smell. Nice juicy, citrusy hops, toasty malts and caramel.

Taste. Again, juicy citrus hops, nice light malts. Really bright and fresh tasting with no shortage of ripe citrus juice and just a little bitterness. Loving this beer.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with medium+ smooth carbonation. Really, really nice to drink.

Overall. Not being the biggest esb fan ("No no, Not ESB, I said IPA! I only drink hoppy beer."), I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did. Awesome beer.

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Photo of DanK4
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice rich earthy brown color, not too much variation in the hue. Nice off-white head that hangs around for a minute or so but disappears quickly after leaving some decent lacing.

S: Grains all around. Malts, a nice bitter note, doesn't smell like the other FFF brews I've had but then again all I've had is their IPA's. Some caramel notes as well, but nothing overpowering.

T: Great wet bitter start that leaves a dry finish. The bitterness definitely makes a stand here without being over the top. Not the typical FFF hop profile I expected but I am happy about that- it is an ESB after all. Very subtle sweet caramel notes underlying the malty goodness this brew leaves with you, but overall very balanced.

M: Crisp and clean, very very drinkable beer that I would love to have fresh and on tap if i ever got the chance. Medium bodied.

O: Winner here, definitely a great bitter beer that is not over the top by any means.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a nice dark copper color with some nice reddish amber hints. There is a nice thick frothy ecru head that pops up. It is about 2 inches tall and is quite chunky. Nice sticky lacing.

Aroma of toasty earthy malt notes with some nice grassy and herbal notes as well. There are nice grassy and floral hop notes with some nice pine and a very dank floral character.

Flavor starts off with some nice grainy malt notes. Nice caramel sweetness with some earthy and hearty and toasty malt. This is perfectly balanced by some nice grassy, herbal and flowery hop notes. Some slight citrus notes are present but the hops are more on the herbal and slightly piney side as well. The caramel malt notes really balance out well. Mouthfeel is crisp with some slight stickiness form the maltier body and then finishes clean with some nice bitterness and toasty malt notes.

As FFF does they didi a greta job with this brew. Giving a slight American twist to a English import style. Very nice job.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 22oz bottle of this while I was at Three Floyds Brewery in Early 2012 for $8.

Pours a cloudy medium brown color with a fluffy cream colored head. The scent lives up to its name as it has a strong bitter scent of hops. Starts off with a refreshing wet taste that is bready and malty. It moves into a crisp bitter finish that is dry and complex. Like other 3 Floyds beers that I have had, this one is blended nicely together that is makes it hard to pick out individual attributes as they compliment each other very well. Only complaint is this was a little more watery then I was expecting, but the dry finish makes up for it.

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Photo of thydarkprevails
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle in a duvel tulip. Pours a nice clear amber with an inch thick off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is light citrus, toffee, and malt. Flavor is excellent. A nice cutting piney hop blends with a smooth malt and caramel and toffee notes. Mouthfeel is medium to light and it lingers. It sort of makes you salivate for another. Very very good beer.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one sitting around for awhile. 22oz bottle popped on 1-21-12.

A - Pours a light, almost clear brown with a fizzy cream-colored head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

S - Malts, barley, almost cola-like, fruity smelling.

T - Malts, bready, slight roasted tones.

D - Lots of carbonation and a good body.

O - Delicious and a bit hard to place. Fruity and malty goodness.

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

2012 vintage poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a seidel

A: Pours a deep amber with a one and a half finger head with some lacing.

S: Dark fruit with a very subtle hint of citrus.

T: Plum and black cherry initially transition to a bit of sweet malt finishes with a crips and fruity hop bite with ahint of citrus.

M: Medium bodied and smooth and very appropriate level of carbonation.

O: A very tasty well-balanced ESB with a FFF twist. One of several brews that proves that FFF is a very solid brewery adept at creating exceptional brews in a variety of styles.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a case of this with wesside89 @ the brewpub today. It was released today as well!

2012 release. Poured into a FFF pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazed reddish/amber with a fingers worth of fluffy, off-white head. Thick lacing.

The nose is subtly sweet with hints of citrus fruits. There are some grassy hops along with some grapefruit notes. A bit of caramel malt lingers.

The taste is pretty bitter right off the bat. There is a good amount of sweet and citrusy hops creating a tropical cornucopia. The juicy fruits linger right alongside with the hoppy bitterness. Very drinkable and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is light-medium with a lot of carbonation but not overdone. Pretty comfortable feel.

Overall, I just can't find anything wrong with this brew. I think it has great characteristics all around with nice balance included.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a 3F pint glass
A: Hazy burnt orange color with a generous 2-finger lingering head
S: Smells very bitter; aromas of orange zest, orange juice, cherry juice, generic malt, and a hint of pine.
T: Much less bitterness/citrus with more malt than the nose suggests; both the citrus & malt notes come through in a pleasant/balanced way.
M: Crisp, medium-bodied, enjoyable.
O: Another good, well made beer from 3 Floyds that paired quite nicely with homemade carnitas tacos.

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Photo of stxSS07
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

A- Pours a clear honey orange/iced tea color with a 1 finger white head that lasts a bit. Excellent lacing.

S- Typical FFF citrus/juicy hop profile. Caramel-like malt sweetness.

T- Biting citrus hops followed by a wave a caramel malt sweetness. Bready finish blends with an alcohol tinge as the brew warms.

M- Medium light and highly carbonated.

O- My first ESB and I am a fan. Nice balance of sweetness and hops.

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Lord Rear Admiral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.