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Space Station: Middle Finger - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 1,233
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 130
Gots: 301 | 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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Photo of Clarahope
5/5  rDev +18.2%
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! (390 characters)

Photo of L3MI
4.96/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had on tap @ DLD 2013 (early enough in the day to remeber).

A: Gold to copper clear with a finger and a half of white head that laced my plastic cup throughout the life span of the pour.

S: Dank, pungeant, reasony weed... Also notes of citrus and passion fruit in there. A great example of Galaxy hops.

T: Big citrus/grapefruit with notes of passion fruit/mango. Not overly bitter and balanced with an slight underlying breadiness from the malt.

M: Light to moderate mouthfeel with a medium level of carbonation.

O: An excellent example of the american IPA. If i remember correctly this was sngle hopped with galaxy (I could be wrong). Think Zombie Dust with Galaxy hops. I hope they brew this one again! (711 characters)

Photo of Thurgoft
4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into an imperial pint from the tap at the Three Floyd's brewpub.

What a wonderful surprise from FFF I stumbled upon on a whim with a buddy for lunch. Saw it on the menu and hadn't heard of it so thought I'd give it a try.

Pours a yellow amber with an inch of white head. Good bit of lacing on the glass.

Smells absolutely DELICIOUS. Orange, lemon, tropical mango, pineapple and an interesting tartness in the nose. I could sit and smell this beer all day.

Taste is incredible as well. Follows the nose almost perfectly with just a touch of malt to keep it grounded. The tartness melds with the bitterness from the hops really well. Not too bitter at all. Finishes with tartness and fruitiness inviting you to take another sip.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation and a medium body. Extremely satisfying going down.

An absolutely amazing to drink. Sits right there with Zombie Dust maybe even better honestly. Wish I could have taken a growler (or two or three...) If you're a Three Floyd's fan and you live near the pub do yourself a favor and make a trip to try this beer. Hopefully this'll become a regular production beer. (1,137 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow.

This is on tap-- not listed on the menu yet, so I filled out the abv based on bartender's guess. (Alex-- please fix if he was wrong!)

Bright clear deep golden body with a shiny white head. Intense lacing and retention.

Smells of little malt-- the hops dominate. And what a glorious domination it is; tangerines, nectarines, and apricots. Bright and fresh, juicy and citrusy. The flavor adds a little bit of maltiness with a touch of sweetness that is just enogh to make me say "candied apricots." The citrusy fruit character is perfect, delicious, and highly appreciated.
The finish is dry and bitter.

No booziness. Medium bodied beer with just the right amount of carbonation.
This is as good as Zombie Dust. No doubt. This has all the characteristics of a perfect pale ale.

Let's all push hard to force FFF to make it year round bottle this one! (875 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%

Yellow to a golden pour with a generous two inch head that lasts awhile.

Tropical fruit medley. Mild dank hop and sweet malt.

Tropical blend juice rush. Hop leaf lays on the tongue while the sugars fall to the sides. One juicy mother trucker.

Got a creamy side to it. Perfect bitterness hangs around. Abv is damn fine.

I'm about speechless. Outstanding! Tremendously tremendous! (389 characters)

Photo of DVoors
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured golden dark straw color with perfect two finger white, lacy fluffy head. Very clear.

pine is dominant in the nose and finishing with some orange citrus flavors

tastes like it has the exact same base malt beer as zombie dust except it tastes like they used simcoe instead of citra. Its great but falls just short of zombie dust

mouthfeel is light refreshing and perfect for an APA

Overall another world class beer from FFF. One of my new favorites (457 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Pour: Completely clear, amber orange with two finges of cream colored, foamy head. Lots of thick lacing leaves rings along the glass the entire pour.

Smell: Big tropical fruit presence up front, with grapefruit, mango, and some papaya. A touch of dark honey sweetness, but only just. A light pine barely makes an appearance. Finishes with more juicy citrus.

Taste: Yeah, this is really good. Again, tropical fruits dominate the palate. More grapefruit, pineapple, tangelo, and papaya. Really juicy from the first sip. Similar to Zombie Dust, and nice dark honey sweetness lends a touch of balance, but only just. Finishes juicy with a citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing, with a perfect amount of bitterness. Definitely lingers, but not with a abrasive bitterness, but a pleasant citrus aspect.

Overall: Personally, I found this better than Zombie Dust in a side by side. Quite possibly Three Floyds best hoppy beer yet. (984 characters)

Photo of Docrock
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in an Imperial pint at Three Floyds: ABV 6.0, IBU 50 listed as a Pale Ale.

A - light amber in color, big creamy colored frothy head with lacing so sticky it looked there was masking tape inside the glass.

S - nice pine and citrus, the citrus was predominantly grapefruit and pineapple. As it warmed a it of apricot surfaced. Great crisp nose..

T - crisp and clean with the pine in front and citrus aftertaste.

M - carbonation is spot on and well balanced, slight lingering resinous aftertaste.

O - different hop profile than Zombie, not as much citrus, was told it was an experimental hop, not named yet. I would drink this along with Zombie all day long, a really good Pale Ale! Hoping they bottle this one! (720 characters)

Photo of barleybadger64
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (205 characters)

Photo of JGrahonya
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of benloho
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Bomber received in trade. Unable to read the date on the neck of the bottle. Assume it is pretty fresh.
A: Beer pours a light copper color. Clear and bright. Lots of tiny carb bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. 2 fingers of white and tight head. Really good looking in the glass. Gorgeous lacing as the beer is consumed.
S: The nose on this beer is excellent and unique. Definitely different from Zombie Dust and Alpha King. A lot of tropical and light fruit notes. Pineapple, mango, nectarine, melon, cantaloupe, sweet caramel malt, candy orange, and a bit of grassyness. Mouth watering on the nose.
T: Beer starts with bitter citrus. Middle of the mouth I pick up loads of tropical notes with a candied sugar sweetness and the taste of fresh melon. It's like I just took a big bite out of a piece of juicy cantaloupe. Beer finishes with a bit of earthy bitterness that lasts long enough to make my mouth water for more.
MF: Medium mouthfeel that coats my tongue perfectly. Perfect carb. Drinkable with great balance for 6.0% ABV.
O: This beer is freaking awesome. In my opinion it is juicy, but different than all the citra pale ales that are out there. I enjoyed this more than Zombie Dust, but I have yet to drink ZD this fresh. Loved the melon I got in this beer. Delicious! (1,297 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was very pleased to try this on tap at pizzeria paradiso DuPont (DC), during the CBC week.

Pours a nice clear orange color with a decent white head and sticky lacing to boot, looks good. The smell is great, it has a sort of porridge like malt base with plenty of dank resiny grapefruit and pine hops shinning through beautifully. Some other spicy citrus aromas too, it's great.

The taste is huge in the grapefruit department as well as the sticky sweet pine hop category as well, it's beautiful. The feel is nice and slick with good body, it leaves a slightly bitter and kind of almost savory aftertaste, very interesting. This is for hop lovers like me and drinks so easy. Some light honey and biscuit malt for a base to the tremendous hops.

An awesome beer, an amazing compliment to their other amazing pale Zombie dust. As always, Three Floyd's excels in the hop department. (883 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 92/100


Very floral and mild IPA, I think it's actually a pale... But is more like a very mild and enjoyable IPA. Has a nice hop profile that you can enjoy without being too 'hop heavy' or abrasive. Some great malt tones and a bit Of a creamy feel. Very delicious~ (421 characters)

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber that was bottled on 6/11/15 so it is fresh.

A: a beautiful yellow hue with pillows of pristine white fluffy foam. Lacing for miles
S: citrus citrus and more citrus
T: Tangerine pineapple pear and citrus rind.
MF: A light tasting ale with loads of citrus and bitterness that lingers
O: A home run
there is no doubt that 3Floyds knows their way around a pale ale. (390 characters)

Photo of roger617
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a few pours of this at Bloomington Craft Beer Fest 2013, and it's one of the standouts that I am comfortable writing a full review on.

A: Mild copper appearance with froth white head. Poured into a sampling glass, which in this case left a great amount of lacing.
S: It's a hoppy beer from FFF, what do you think it smells like?! Very citrusy with a good amount of pine to compliment.
T: Surprisingly sweet, mildly bitter, with boat loads of grapefruit and lemon. Possibly my 2nd favorite offering from FFF behind Anicca (which was a collaboration...)
M: Smooth, slightly dry, just enough sweetness to keep me craving more.
O: Wish I could have this one is a large quantity! Crazy delicious with an intense aroma that I wasn't expecting for something that I had never heard of at the time. Hope to see this one brewed again! (835 characters)

Photo of ahalloin
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso.

Beautiful big hoppy aroma. Citrusy, piney, fruity, resiny and very clean. Little malt in the aroma. Very awesome.

Very clear light straw color with white head that falls to a ring around the top.

Full hop flavor. Full spectrum of hop flavors just like the aroma but light on the palette. Dare I say 'sessionable'.

Mouthfeel is medium high carbonation and light on the palette but good firm bitter finish.

Overall an excellent hoppy pale ale. (477 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a light amber orange with a nice bubbly two finger head. Leaves pretty white lacing all the way down the pint glass.

Pineapple, cantaloupe, and citrus are very abundant in the nose.

I really dig the cantaloupe I get in this, I'm a huge fan of cantaloupe, but very nice sticky hop resin and citrus to note as well. And cucumber, delicious cucumber.

Mouthfeel is sticky and resiny hop goodness.

Overall this is a fantastic APA...an imperial version would be lovely though ;) (482 characters)

Photo of creepinjeeper
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

22 oz bottle poured into a 3 Floyds pint

A - deep orange in color, foamy light orange head that settles to one finger in depth

S - very fruity. citrus fruit and melon. had a bit of dankness to it.

M - very nice. medium with solid carbonation

T - you can really taste the citrus, especially the grapefruit. hint of melon, malt balances nicely.

O - fruit juicy good. another solid beer from 3 Floyds. they never seem to disappoint. (436 characters)

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

22 oz bottle poured into snifter.
A: pours a copper orange, one finger white foam head
S: melon, citrus, apple, fruity aroma, malt, hops
M: medium light body, slight creaminess
T: melon, grapefruit, citrus, fruitiness, nice maltiness, bittering hops, some dankness or a grass taste, slight wateriness, smooth finish
O: great offering from 3f, good session brew and somewhat different from zombie dust and alpha king (416 characters)

Photo of Lothore
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a golden amber hue with a nice off white head that leaves a good deal of lacing on the way down.

s- grapefruit, citrus, floral hops.

T- huge citrusey grapefruit notes up front leading to a sharp hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

m- medium bodied with decent carbonation.

d- 3f should bottle this. Absolutely phenomenal. (341 characters)

Photo of badmotorgrunge
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

22oz. Bomber, poured in Founders snifter.
A: Bright orange amber, one finger head
S: Slight citrus, not very strong, but pleasant.
T: Citrus, lemony, malt balances well, not much bitterness, but it works. I'm really digging this!
M: very creamy and pleasant
O: Not a typical FFF pale ale at all but this is a very enjoyable beer. Highly recommended! (350 characters)

Photo of Jnashed
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber via a trade poured into a pint glass. Bottled 8/1/14 so getting a little long in the tooth, but I had it once on tap at the brewery and this compares well to that.

A) golden slightly cloudy. Fair head with a thin layer of retention.

S) wonderful sweet citrus hop notes. Orange and almost lemon instead of grapefruit. But sweetness is there. Slightly breads but really full citrus. Similar to Zombie which I just had actually. Slight pine notes

T) really nice, more bitter than the smell would allude to but really balanced. Hops with melon taste and sweetness that the noise predicted is present but nicely muted. Really solid.

M) again as Three Floyd's seems to always come thru with a good full mouthfeel on all there beers even the lower ETOH ones .

O). One solid beer. Maybe not ZD but it is different, much more tropical and melon favors then grapefruit but just good. I enjoyed this beer greatly. (933 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hue in color with a firm white head that stays in hand for the first few sips. This is unmistakably a Three Floyds APA - has that often present blend of a smooth mouthfeel with medium body, good maltiness on the back end and a full hop flavor with tropical fruit on the nose. Excellent blend of bitterness with the fruitiness of the hops and a slight sweetness to balance. Everything goes right with this beer, and at 6% I feel it would be no stretch to enjoy a 22oz of this one too. (498 characters)

Photo of SteelSaw
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color.

Poor moderately aggressive, produced a finger and a half white head.

Smell: Hops, piney, mango, citrus, lemon and grapefruit. Maybe dried papaya almost?

Mouth feel. Excellent. Bubbly, light , and medium bodied. Just excellently balanced.

Taste. Pine and hops up front. Citrus and I could be mistaken but a slight malty taste, almost like DFH 90 minute. After finish leaves a slightly grassy pine on the tongue, super tasty and pretty subtle.

Final thoughts, pricey but unique. If you can get it, try it. Especially if you like Zombie Dust. (575 characters)

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Space Station: Middle Finger from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.