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Lord Rear Admiral - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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354 Ratings
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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 146
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 tatoodkelt


4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in trade from NorthsideFred, thanks again man!

Consumed 3/25/2010- from notes.

Brown bomber as pictured poured into a pint glass.

A- Bright copper, pretty hazy with tiny wisps of bubbles heading for the surface. Topped off with a two finger off white head that quickly receded to a thin skim. Pretty good lacing.

S- Citrusy, a little floral and a little sweet almost like sap or syrup.

T- All of the elements of the nose but much more pronounced hops than I expected. Maybe a little honey as well.

M- Medium bodied, pretty mild carbination and a little on the sticky side.

D- This was a pretty easy drinker, polished off the bomber no problem. I probably wont look to have it again though, just more hoppy than I like in an ESB.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 14:34:36 | More by tatoodkelt
Photo of PorterLambic


3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a medium brown/dark amber color with a fluffy head. Slightly cloudy with great lacing.
Smell is hopp, flowery and citrus.
Taste is some malt presence, hops, alcohol, floral and citrus.
Medium-bodied with good effervescence. Slightly warming and smoother than expected, though I don't know why I thought that. A decent tasting brew though it needs more body to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 15:09:19 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of GbVDave


4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an imperial pint at FFF 3/11/10.

A: Served a clear, rusty copper color. Capping this is a thick and pillowy head, slightly off white in color, that retains for nearly the whole glass and leaves a ton of gorgeous lace behind.

S: Big aroma of spicy/piney hops coupled with toasted malt. I couldn't keep my nose out of the glass. Excellent!

T: Piney hops, toasted malt, and mild citrus. Doesn't sound very earth shattering, but actually is!

M: Spicy and dry with a big dry malt backbone.

D: Phenominal. Not much more I can say about that.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2010 01:53:40 | More by GbVDave
Photo of BEERchitect


4.13/5  rDev -1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 03:57:19 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of kels


4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to VaTechHophead for sharing this one with me.

Pours a bright orangey-copper color, completely clear with metallic highlights. A 2-finger toasted white head is soft and foamy and fades almost immediately to a soft, oily skim. Loads of sticky lacing sheet the sides of the glass. Light and slow-moving visible carbonation bubbles throughout the liquid.

Aromas offer nice hints of biscuity, crisp malts with a hint of burnt caramel. Oily simcoe, bitter grapefruit make up the hop profile and pronounce very sticky and slick. I would have expected a little more floral hop in the nose for this style.

Taste is a mouthful of resiny, bitter hops, super-sticky and slick. Citrusy hops come in and give a bright contrast to teh deep, dirtier taste of piney hops. The bitterness fades nicely into a wheaty, grainy malt base. Feel is moderately refreshing. Carbonation balances out the slick oiliness with a little fizz. A nice, fruity appley aftertaste finishes it off.

Drinkability is super high. No alcohol is apparent in the taste of this well-balanced and full-flavored beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 00:15:05 | More by kels
Photo of JamesS


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 01:37:06 | More by JamesS
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 15:22:55 | More by Derek
Photo of VaTechHopHead

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 23:39:47 | More by VaTechHopHead
Photo of Mora2000


4.22/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 00:07:54 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Pencible


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 00:14:16 | More by Pencible
Photo of ekardz


4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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!!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 21:17:20 | More by ekardz
Photo of tmoneyba


4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 00:15:16 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of womencantsail


4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 04:35:10 | More by womencantsail
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 08:13:56 | More by kwjd
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 01:42:26 | More by Sammy
Photo of Tinfoilrcr

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 21:20:34 | More by Tinfoilrcr
Photo of nickd717


4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 09:51:33 | More by nickd717
Photo of Philabeerphia


4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 05:07:50 | More by Philabeerphia
Photo of marcobrau


3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 02:38:37 | More by marcobrau
Photo of mynie


4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2010 22:45:29 | More by mynie
Photo of sweemzander


4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 22:38:09 | More by sweemzander
Photo of tippebrewcrew2


4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 07:06:12 | More by tippebrewcrew2
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 15:37:51 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of jsh420


4.4/5  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

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 03:29:14 | More by jsh420
Photo of kirok1999


3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 15:55:53 | More by kirok1999
Lord Rear Admiral from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.