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Lord Rear Admiral - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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364 Ratings
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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 158
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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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Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A medium amber color is poured in the glass, with a light beige colored head that is about a half inch high. The laces slowly down the glass and settles to a thin layer. Citrus and grass right into the nose at every scent, then gradually fading away slowly. A cracked grain and bready/yeasty flavor attacks the palate come to the front, but is soon overtaken by the hops. The hops bring a strong grapefruit flavor that attacks the palate, that is followed up by a piney resin flavor, that lingers on the palate. A watery thin texture at the front, then gradually gaining weight and becoming more medium bodied, staying that way till the finish. A strong bitter? How about an extreme bitter, this one crosses over into the IPA realm. Everything is very good about this beer though, an inviting look and a fragrant aroma invites one to the glass. The taste just backs up those aspects, with strong hop flavor and intensity. The feel stays consistent all the way through, so hop heads drink up.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured and yellow orange with light brown highlights and a finger of head tha had good lacing.

S: sweet citrus fruits with caramel malts dominate with hints of grapefruit, piney hops, and bready notes. after a couple whiffs I also got pineapple mango armoas as well.

T: nice fruit forward flavors that consist of citrus, pineapple, mango, and grapfruit bitterness. Caramel, bready notes, and piney hops collaborate on the overall taste. I also got peanut butter notes.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation and had a sweet citrus and mild piny hop bitterness at the end.

D: very good and drinkable esb from FFF and will definitely seek out another bottle.

Photo of koopa
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rec'd as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours an attractive medium iced tea (slightly more red than brown) that is transparent and capped by a nice 2 finger off white crown that displays good retention and lace.

Smell: Slightly faded citrus hops (mainly grapefruit), some floral hops, a touch of white pepper, and a nice combo of fruity malt / caramel malt.

Taste: Hop bitterness up front is swept away by a dash of caramel that yields to a fruity malt and toasted malt wave. The finish has a small hop kiss. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Fairly active carbonation which helps because the medium body is the slightest bit syrupy.

Drinkability: I'd score it higher if it weren't for the mouthfeel.

Another good FFF brew that I'm really happy I got to try! I would have loved to sample this fresh.

Photo of NorthsideFred
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my last bottle of this stuff - DAMN!!!

A: Poured into a mug with a huge, white, frothy, head. Looks refreshing!

S: Very hoppy - I also smell pineapple and citrus. Smells similar to Hop Slam. Very inviting!

T: Great taste. Starts with the pineapple, then the citrus and finishes with a slight bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, not as carbonated as I would expect.

D: I could drink this all day and all night, and then wake up and have more.

I really enjoy this beer. I hope FFF decides to brew this again.

Photo of Lunch
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip at the appropriate temperature (05/08/10)

A: Pours a burnt, orange. amber capped with 2 fingers of an off-white head which stays leaving bits of sticky lacing.

S: I'm getting a lot of citrus hops along with a bready, caramel malt. Notes of toasted, sweet malt as well as some English IPA characteristics. Great smelling beer.

T: Taste mirrors the nose with layers of caramel and bread surrounded in a blanket of citrus hops with lots of orange, marmalade, zest and lemon. Sweet toasted malt rounds out the flavor with some lingering bitterness. Really a complex beer.

M: Medium-bodied with some appropriate carbonation that was lively. Fuller than expected and quite nice.

D: An easy drinking beer that was exceptionally well balanced.

Overall this was a very nice ESB and another great beer from Three Floyds. If you see this beer grab a bottle or two and enjoy! Recommended.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much to my surprise, I recently found a bomber of this in Bloomington, Indiana on the way home from Upland Brewing. I have been wanting to try this since it was originally distributed.

I love the label on this one. Is it just me or could every label 3F's makes become a potential tattoo? :) If you look closely at the image, did Admiral Lord Nelson just get shot through the head? Is that a bullet between the letters "E" and "L" in Nelson? I guess we'll never know...

Let's start with the eyes on this one. This beer pours a gorgeous transparent red, through and through. No brass highlights or anything like that. The head on this beer is sublime with thick, creamy, slightly off-white suds that coat the edges of my tulip. I don't get better than this visually...

The nose is a captivating, big blend of fruity and floral hops. Clean, crisp and fragrant, but not over boding or heavy. Is that marijuana buds I just smelled or some "skunk"? wow, fantastic!

The carbonation is high and the mouthfeel is light to medium with a medium to full flavored body. The majority of the flavor is bitter, fragrant hops with just the right amount of semi-sweet, caramel-based malt presence.

In a word, FANTASTIC... Light bodied, crisp, dry and bitter, but not overpowering. Perfectly refreshing for a warm spring day, like today!

Hey, Nick Floyd: if you are reading this, make more of this gem and make it often! Seasonal, springtime six packs of this stuff would be fantastic. Oh, and since I have your ear, distribute to OHIO again! That is all.

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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

A - somewhat murky dark honey, very nice lace, head that stays for awhile and is reduced to a disk.

S - Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. Grains apparent, malty goodness underneath.

T - Taste not as impressive as smell. Good hops, but malt and grain have no punch.

M - Good creamy, coating mouth. Carb good, balance good.

D - Low enough ABV and not too overbearing, would session.

Photo of woosterbill
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: Rather hazy orange-amber body with an inch of fine white foam. Average retention and a good amount of lace.

S: Powerful but rather dull attack at first, with citrus and floral notes both present, followed by a nice balanced mix of caramel and toasty/biscuity malt. Solid.

T: Follows the nose, but with a better integrated malt/hop balance than the more starkly two-sided aroma. Excellent dry, mildly bitter finish. Tastes more like an English IPA than an ESB, but considering it's brewed by FFF, it's got a great malt presence. Quite enjoyable.

M: Fairly light, smooth body with equally light, smooth carbonation. I wouldn't mind a bit more heft to it, but it's quite good for the style.

D: I'm tempted to downgrade this since it's clearly so much more intense than the style calls for, but the rate at which the bomber has disappeared doesn't lie. This is one highly drinkable beer.

Notes: Yet another great beer from FFF. I'd rather have one of their actual IPAs, but that might just be because I'm a hophead. This might also be the reason that this was my favorite ESB of all time. Good stuff.


Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a hazy dark amber, some orange highlights, very thick and tight white head forms and slowly settles to a thin ring, some decent lacing on the glass, looks good.

Smell is neat, ESB done 3F style, big juicy hops, some grapefruit and floral, nice malty base, caramel, nice biscuit, some cracker, touch of alcohol, some herbal hopping, well balanced.

Taste is similar, nice hoppiness, juicy, floral and grapefruit, orange, biscuit, honey and caramel sweetness through the middle, good malts, alcohol, nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not an ESB per se, but taken in context with the 3F pantheon it fits right in. All the malt character of an ESB with some American hopping.

Photo of tatoodkelt
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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!

Photo of kels
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of JamesS
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Pencible
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of ekardz
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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!!!!

Photo of tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.32/5  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.

Photo of kwjd
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.46/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Lord Rear Admiral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.