Space Station: Middle Finger - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,128
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 123
Gots: 253 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AleWatcher on 03-18-2013

From the dawn of time, humans have looked to the sky for answers. Space Station Middle Finger replies to all from its eternal orbit. Behold and enjoy Space Station Middle Finger, a bright golden American Pale Ale.

50 IBU
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Ratings: 1,128 | Reviews: 115
Photo of DerekCarruth
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really good Pale from FFF. One of my favorite Pales.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really good nose and balance

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a bulbed pint glass. Comes out a hazy orange color. White head with minimal lacing, mostly small bubbles, a bit of it sticks around. Through the liquid you can slightly see through it when held up to the light and it glows a brighter amber.

Smells really good. Smells good and hoppy a nice malt backbone as well. Plenty of pine, citrus, citrus peel and tropical fruits like pinnacle and mango. Then there's mic aromas of crusty buttered bread drizzled with honey. Balanced American Pale ale, smells like it's going to taste great.

So the beer backslides quite a bit in the flavor department. Still hoppy but tastes a lot more mild than it does, I'm curious as to what the hop combination is here. Some good sweet pine and some weaker tones of citrus than pine. Tastes like there's a wheat malt mixed in with maybe a touch of biscuit or honey malt. Not bad but the combination I think could be complimented a little better. Something about the flavor just doesn't mesh the way I'd like it too, not bad, but it just doesn't seem to live up to potential to me. Nothing about the initial flavor is strong, but then it has some aftertaste with some potency.

Mouthfeel is just kind of odd. Seems like it's full bodied because there's something heavy about tit but it's kind of thin at the back end of the tongue. Modest carbonation level. Starts somewhat sweet goes to bitter with an oily finish. Pretty drinkable and it gets better as it gets closer to room temperature. Having this beer too chilled doesn't really do it any justice. Not a bad beer, but certainly not worth $13 a bomber, good but I'm not jumping on the Three Floyds fan club yet.

Photo of exposd
3.02/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a solid American Pale Ale with a lot of malt and bread flavor added to a hint of citrus and melon or pear favors on the bitter aftertaste. Not my personal favorite beer, but I'm not a big fan of a plain pale ales, but I had to give this a try since I got a chance to get my hands on it.

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good beer, with all of the excellent pale ales that 3F makes, it's easy to gloss over one or two. I place this after zombie dust and above alpha king.

Photo of Trooper92292
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A hell of an APA. Well balanced and a perfect amount of bitterness.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 03/24/2015. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like mostly like pine and citrusy (oranges, citrus peel) hops, along with some bready malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pine and citrusy (citrus peel, mango, tropical fruit) hops, grainy/bready malt and a bit of spicy hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and goes down easy. I thought this was a pretty good APA, I'd like to try this one again in the future. $9.99 a bomber.

Photo of madelfonatree
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Bright, golden/hazy orange color. Head is thick with thick bubbles. It is ivory. It does not stick around long.

Smell - Pine. Bread. Dank. Faint citrus.

Taste - Toasty. The smell doesn't follow through to the taste. There is pine and a faint citrus finish, but not as much as expected. The taste is good for a pale ale (as opposed to an IPA or DIPA/IIPA).

Feel - It is on the light side, but not like water. It doesn't explode as carbonation implicates.

Overall - It is not a bad beer. I prefer other Three Floyds to this one. As I drink Space Station Middle Finger, my middle finger is twitching (literally).

Photo of JGrahonya
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For what it is, this is my favorite beer. It is a great American Pale Ale that has a strong hop presence without lingering hop bitterness. The IBUs are reasonable, but the hop flavors and aroma are not what you would expect from a 50 IBU beer. Citrus and melon can be detected, but there is also a garlic/onion taste that comes when it warms. That sounds weird, but it makes it pair nicely with most foods. This beer is suitable for almost any situation. I live close enough to 3F that I can have this in my fridge at all times. Would I rate other APAs higher, yes. Would I want to drink those as consistently, no.

Photo of PapaBlue52
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very solid beer. Well balanced.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. Very smooth and well balanced....definitely sessionable. The beer poured a copper orangish color with frothy egg shell head that is leaving a very nice lace. The scent carries pine and slight tangerine peel. The taste is very good. There is bitterness through the draw, but finishes slightly sweet....then a tangerine bitterness leaves one wanting more. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. This is a great beer and I will look for more.

Photo of barleybadger64
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really enjoyed this beer. Great aroma, and the flavor was a classic American pale ale. Big hop nose with what I am guessing is western hops varieties. Nice balance with clean malt flavor. I'd buy again.

Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It has a heavy essence of limes and pears. Atleast that's what it tastes like to me, it's pretty great.

Photo of Dreadnaughtzombie
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nicely done

Photo of Greasy
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber bottled on 3/24/15. 15 days old.

A: Pours a amber color that has some haze to it. Off white 2 finger head that slowly resided into a foam ring that stayed on top of the beer all the way down. Lacing is great.

S: Initially there is a citrusy hop aroma that has a malt presence behind its back.

T: Bitter citrus flavors hit the palate first, followed by a biscuity malt. Great balance.

M: Lighter medium mouth feel. Good carbonation. Bitterness lingers for a while after each sip.

O: I like it. 3 Floyds has never let me down and this is no exception. Top notch APA.

Photo of gcamparone
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 3F Teku. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a slightly hazy amber body with a generous 2 finger off white head that sticks around for a while, leaving lacing and high retention.

Fruity aromas come through, tropical and citrusy, mango. Light aromas but very inviting. Biscuity malt backbone is present, maybe some caramel and slight butter.

Light hops on the tongue, citrus and grapefruit, light pine with a caramel, pale malt finish. Medium light body, very drinkable and crisp.

Overall very well rounded. I could pound a few of these down if it were available in a 6 pack (and I was in the three floyds distro!)

Photo of SquareBrew
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best pale ales I have ever had.

Photo of do_ob
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a snifter. Aggressive pour. Nice hazy gold/orange. Big, pillowy off-white head of foam. Smells awesome; sweet fruit, grapefruit, pineapple, strawberries, candied sugar, and peppermint. Honestly one of the best smelling beers I've had. Medium weight and rich, creamy mouthfeel. Tastes a bit similar to a couple of their other PA's, but still good. I get pine, citrus, and notes of grapefruit, orange, and berries. Dry finish with a bit of a dank, tart aftertaste.

This is a good beer, but I feel like it's strangely similar to Yum Yum. Maybe it's the a certain type of hops the two share, or something. But I enjoyed Yum Yum, and I enjoyed this. This one had a bit of the same funky taste, which I didn't care for. Not sure what specific ingredient or brewing technique attributes to this, but if anyone knows what type of hops SSMF, Yum Yum, and Alpha King are made with, I'd be curious to know. While this is good, I'm not sure I could tell the difference between this and another 3F PA in a blind taste test.

Photo of Bisco42
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exceptional APA. Fruity, but balanced and hoppy. Well done, once again 3F!

Photo of TheHopBrewKid
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super balanced pale. May be one of the most balanced I've ever had. Nice citrus hops upfront complimented perfectly with crisp like malt on the back end.

Much more mellow than either ZD or Alpha King. I could drink the hell out of this beer.

Photo of Clarahope
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is possibly the best beer that I have ever had. It pours nicely with a light orangeish color and a light head. The smell is citrus hops with a little pine. The taste is not as hoppy or overwhelming as other brews by 3 floyds like zombie dust. It's citrusy with a slight hop at first followed by a clean malt flavor. Don't be scared or turned away by the price tag, it is well worth it!

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, light amber with a thin whitehead.
Not a big smell.
Not much bitter hop but has a nice sweeter back end. Malt provides nice balance.
Feel is wonderful. Very smooth with a little bitter resonating.
Overall another good FFF. This ones strength is balance and feel.

Photo of RyBrew54
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with a thick one inch head. Smell is a hop forward, nice citrus zest, and notes of tropical fruit. Very mellow start, nice mouthfeel, with sweeter tropical hop notes, nice malt ballance, with very little residing bitterness. A very easy going, well balanced Pale Ale.

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

Great hop flavor
one of the best pale ale i have had

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

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Space Station: Middle Finger from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,128 ratings.