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Space Station: Middle Finger | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Space Station: Middle FingerSpace Station: Middle Finger
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by AleWatcher on 03-18-2013

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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 1,418
Photo of NewGlarusFan
2.96/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Brixie's

A) pale orange two finger head

S) citrus fruits FFF ale yeast

T) light malt flavor, grapefruit, orange, FFF house yeast

M) Light and crisp

O) Basic and typical FFF beer, not blown away and won't have another one. I'll stick to Alpha King.

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Photo of exposd
3.02/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a vibrant golden honey colour with a fluffy white cap. Translucent and semitransparent, with no visible yeast. Appearance suggests a clean drinking pale ale. Retention is quite good - about 5-6 minutes.

Aroma is pleasant and fragrant, with floral/flowery notes, white chamomile tea, and orange-y citrus. Not real resinous or piney, nor is its fruitiness juicy or zesty. There's enough pale malt to balance the hop bitterness, but the beer never seems too sweet or malty. To style, no yeast characteristics or overt booze are/is detectable. Suggests an enjoyable pale ale with a nice hop profile. Aromatic intensity is average.

Taste follows the aroma, with the white chamomile tea giving it an uncommon edge without ever making it astringent. Floral hop notes follow the tea, filling out the body. The pale malt backbone is fresh and pleasant, never taking away the spotlight from the hops. Some vague citrus, a hint of juicy citrus fruit, ale esters...the usual suspects.

Given the brewery, I'm a bit surprised it's not overhopped. Well-balanced, with a nice cohesion to its flavour profile. I've come across more intricate more inspired hop profiles in a pale ale (e.g. Alpine-brewed Alpine Ale, or even 3 Floyds' own Zombie Dust), but this is well ahead of the masses and the chamomile alone sets it apart for me.

Texture is typical for a pale ale. Smooth, wet, somewhat refreshing, medium-bodied, slighty overcarbonated. It suits the taste well, but doesn't accentuate specific notes or elevate the beer as a whole.

Overall, it's a nice little pale ale and I find it very drinkable. As enjoyable as it is, its hop profile lacks the depth and diversity of flavour to make this brew run with the big dogs, but I'm glad there's no off-putting caramalt sweetness and I'm surprised 3 Floyds kept its hoppiness restrained. It's a beer I'd happily buy regularly if it was available in 6 packs (or even 4 packs), but its current bomber pricing will keep me from seeking it out again. I'm glad I got to try it once, and the chamomile coupled with the soft mouthfeel is reason enough to give this a go. Maybe 3 Floyds *is* capable of executing subtlety in their beers?

High B- (3.45)

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Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in a Three Floyds teku glass

This beer pours orange-amber in color with amber highlights. It has a slight haze and is topped with several inches of off white head that hangs around awhile leaving nice lacing.

I get a weird, citrus, anise, candy corn aroma.

The taste is odd as well. It starts out sweet, again that candy corn thing comes to mind. Then I am relieved to get some pine and grapefruit flavor. The finish was a battle between sweetness and pine. Pine took the finish.

Medium mouthfeel

I know I will be considered a heretic for not loving this beer, but the only time I get a candy corn flavor from an IPA seems to be from Three Floyds and Pipeworks. I got the same flavor from War Mullet and Citra Ninja. This beer must not agree with my palate. It just seems like a consistent oddity for me.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Clear honey gold with a thin white head

Smell: Piney hops and a malty body. Standard American pale ale.

Taste: Bitter piney hops great the tongue with little pops of bright peach all meld over a fairly average malt body. Finish has more bright peach notes.

Feel: Crisp and clean. Quite bitter and only slightly wet. Once again par for the course.

Overall: A good American pale ale. It's straight forward and nothing revolutionary. A solid beer but nothing worth going nuts for

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared at the monthly bottle share held at Flask Fine Wines in Studio City, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, onion, and garlic aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight onion and garlic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a onion and garlic hop presence that is slightly less noticeable in the taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a copper orange color. two fingers or so of an off-white head. good retention and a strong lacing left along the sides of the glass. some clarity but hazes up a bit towards the end of the bottle.

Smell: grapefruit, pine, fresh cut grass. papaya. strong crystal to caramel malts base behind the nice hop aroma.

Taste: opens up with a light hop taste. some grapefruit and pine to resin. strong sweet malts come through with notes of toasted grains, and a light caramel. ends with citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel: light, strong lingering bitterness and some stickiness.

Overall: good hop flavor like many of the three floyds hoppy beers, but this one has too sweet and sticky of a malt base. the smell is a lot better than the taste. the taste comes over too sweet and doesn't quite let the hops shine.

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Photo of kitch
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 22 oz. bomber with no indication of any bottled on or best before date on the bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy darkish orange colour with a thin white head that does stick around for a while.

Aroma: Smells a little weak, but of pine, citrus hops and grapefruit along with some caramel at the end as well.

Taste: A strong malt background of bread and caramel at first followed by citrus grapefruit and orange turning tropical fruit mango. Finish is a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with medium carbonation and slightly sticky.

Overall: This was decent from 3 Floyds. It starts sweet and finishes bitter but overall I still easily prefer Zombie Dust.

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Photo of farrago
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The pour easily yields two plus fingers of agitated eggshell white foam, the surface is punctuated by islands of larger bubbles, retention is strong and the lacing broad and sticks for some time. The liquid is a hazy amber orange, more translucent than near to opaque, a few super-miniscule bubbles are visible. The nose has a concentrated, if not reduced, feel to it, dank herbal funk, corn syrup, caramel, butterscotch, tangerines, tar resin, peppercorns, maybe some light breadiness by way of pastry or scone, not getting any specific, distinct fruit scents, overall it has a steamrolling effect in the nostrils and has presence after the scents have mostly vacated. In the mouth it’s full-bodied, carrying more of that monolithic approach, the carbonation is arguably weak, adds more smooth creaminess than anything else. Most prevalent factor remains the wet forest floor like leafy qualities, tar, earth and pine sap, just tastes vegetal. More mixed citrus here and slightly more delineated white pit fruit. Floral with more of a tea leaf than potpourri character. The butterscotch drops back a notch. A little too “big” for casual pounding but could anyone really expect that here?

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Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Sep 23rd 2015 bottle, opened Oct 3rd 2015

A - Great looking APA. Coper white head pours three fingers above a gold bronze body with nice retention and lace.

S - Little musky, apricot, and fresh pine.

T - Meh. Really fresh, but the hops are a little musky and with a touch of boiled broccoli. Cilantro, fresh pine, touch of dill, and a white bread body.

M - Medium-light body.

O - Not bad, but not great. About par for the course for an APA.

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Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Space Station Middle Finger started out the "bright, golden pale ale" the label speaks of but with the second pour became about as turbid as deep space itself and had me curse an expletive of my own for not noticing the sediment earlier. Either way, this ain't a bad looking beer; its peach-like colour lights up like a candle and its head is adhesive as duct tape.

Pale ales are about as basic and straightforward as they come. To screw it up would be like causing a traffic jam in a one car parade - I don't know how it would ever happen. Still, some are decidedly better than others. Three Floyds is a proven lord in the lupulin racket - old-timey hopheads like me get nostalgic just thinking of brands like Dreadnaught and Alpha King.

And if you've tried those beers you know that really hoppy American pale ales are like Hendrix's rendition of the Star Spangled Banner: a bold reinvention, flamboyantly showcased with amped-up distortion. You'd might expect a beer named 'Middle Finger' to be something like that, but this is actually more like the conventional national anthem we're accustomed to hearing at sports events.

Hops are apparent in the aroma, to be sure, but it's a very orthodox grapefruit kind of fruitiness with standard undertones of pine and fresh cut grass. There's nothing bombastic about it; it's all very standard-procedure. Ditto for the taste - there's clear mango and lemony citrus notes as well as a biscuity, but otherwise plain and grainy maltiness. It's serviceable but nothing earth-shattering.

Look, I love Three Floyds as much as the next guy and have been a card-carrying member since Day 1. But cult status and cool labels have led to a lot of over-hype. Like any brewery pumping out this volume of different brands, they won't all be winners. Space Station Middle Finger is a good everyday, emblematic American pale ale - nothing less but nothing more.

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Photo of 98green
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber 6/10 bottle date. My palate isn't sophisticated as most, so I defer to others on the details. But for me I smelled and tasted a bit of Belgian yeast in this one. I have no idea if there is anything close in there or not. If I was blind offered this as a Belgian IPA I would have said it is a nice mild version. Well worth the one and done, but I won't be seeking another.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass. The liquid is a hazy orange, and the pour kicks up a thick three-finger off-white head that lingers for several minutes and leaves lots of lace on the way down.

Aroma is lemony citrus, candied oranges, kind of sour, with a hint of a grainy malt backbone. Not particularly strong, but it does smell good!

Flavor has all the lemony citrus from the nose, plus some piney resin and a carmelized sweetness contributed by the malts. The finish is almost minty, and black pepper spicy, with a moderate-to-high amount of bitterness. The aftertaste is candied citrus.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, with a high level of carbonation to cut through it. Really well-done.

Overall, a solid and well-done pale ale, but not my favorite by any means. Thanks to batfireman for including it as an extra.

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Photo of RockRuler
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. A little hazy. Moderate lacing. Booming smell. Wish the taste lived up to the smell but good nonetheless. Cheers!

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Photo of Domvan
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great name, great brewery, but nothing compared to the usual hoppy greatness they offer. Light bodied, malt forward, minor hop aroma/bitterness taste. A good sessionable brew

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Photo of kkleu357
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes on 6/18/14

Poured a dark hazy amber color. One Inch white head. Dank earthy smell. Citrus aroma. Taste is light. Little bit of caramel flavor with a bunch of bitterness on the tongue.

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Photo of Etan
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz.

A: Pours a cloudy bronze with a big off-white head.

S: Apricot and tangerine feature most prominently, with a bit of leafiness.

T: Taste is drier than the nose lets on. Lightly sweet biscuit malt, orange pith and peel, bready, light grapefruit resin.

M: Light-bodied but chewy, mild carbonation.

O: Not as impressed by this as I thought I would be. It tastes nice but was looking for something more juicy.

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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed golden amber with a thin, fluffy lasting white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of bread, citric and piney, spicy hops and the classic FFF house character.

The taste is of orange, pineapple, grapefruit, floral/piney spice. Some bready malt. Bitter finish.

It has a sharp, medium body.

A bitter-leaning, hop-forward APA. Nice!

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Photo of cjohns73
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber; 12 days old. Light gold-yellow with a big head. Retention is like pockets of cotton. Very faint floral smell. Taste is very light. Primarily orange with some bitterness. Bready body. This is my second time, and I always assumed I had a bad bottle the last time given the ratings and comments I have heard. Just not a great offering from 3F.

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Photo of BB1313
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 9/17/14. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden with a chunky white head that leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas have that signature Three Floyds hop aroma. It smells good, but smells like many beers I've had from them. Lots of fresh mint along with some grapefruit. Lots of fresh bread along with hints of caramel malts. The flavors are extremely crisp and sharp. Lots of fresh pine. Some watermelon. Some lemon and lime. More grapefruit. Blast of citrus. Lots of grass. Nice clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is wonderful, just like most of their beers. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation; very smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a nice beer, but it doesn't feel like anything different from their other hoppy beers. This can definitely pass for an IPA. It's really the craftsmanship that sells this beer for me. They pack a whole lot into 6%. Nice beer, but I'd personally take ZD or Alpha King over this. But at the end of the day, this is still good.

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Photo of Mikus
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Possibly the coolest bottle/name ever. Golden pale ale with 2 fingers of white head. Lemon peel, lemon grass, and citrus on the nose rounded out by a big floral hop presence. V. unique. Super clean and balanced flavors with the big floral punch complemented by the lemon grass/freshly mown grass notes... slightly earthy. Very clean and refreshing finish. Very nice overall enjoyment experience drinking this with a good buddy on bottling day. Another one of those brews that makes you stop, ponder, and enjoy this great hobby of beer advocacy!

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Photo of kevanb
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, dated 6.3.2014, poured into a Three Floyds' Rastal pint glass.

The beer pours a nice orange apricot color, hues of coppers and ambers as well, substantial chill haze that never really goes away, a few bubbles rise to the top of the glass with two fingers of thick, soapy white head, solid retention and nice lace. The aroma is nice, big pine and bitter grapefruit with juicy fresh tropical fruits, crisp pineapple is quite nice with a large helping of bready malts to counterbalance. The flavors are nice, mild bitterness, piney hops lead the way with juicy fruit and assertive grapefruit citrus character that is both bitter and fruity with some lightly floral qualities and again, a strong malt backbone, soft and biscuity, a nice compliment to the hops. The mouthfeel is nice, very full bodied, crisp, nice carbonation that coats the mouth well with nice dryness that lingers very well, perfectly executed.

Verdict: A very nice hoppy pale ale from Three Floyds, another successful take on hops in a more palatable and less aggressive manner than many of their beers. The balance is nice, perhaps it could be more pungent and bright, but this is a very refreshing and enjoyable pale ale.

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Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Space Station Middle Finger is a balanced, if not slightly hoppy, beer. It is crisp and bright but left something to be desired, I think it plateaus too early and the hops could have built to a slightly stronger crescendo.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 Ounce Bottle
No Freshness Date
Reviewed on October 9th, 2015
Served in a Pint Glass

Eyes
Poured a hazy golden body with a nice amber glow. An off-white head erupted, slowly collapsed, and left an impressive amount of sticky lacing.

Nose
Pretty straightforward hit of tropical citrus. Tart orange juice stood out the most.

Mouth
Citric hops hit the tongue first. Orange was prominent. Slight tropical presence with a hint of mango. Very slight hint of cracker from a relatively absent malt backbone. Hops took a tart turn as grapefruit flared up, leading to a dry finish with the slightest hint of alcohol. Medium/light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Notes
All-round an enjoyable brew, yet it could easily get lost in the mix of other hop-heavy APAs.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau glass bottled on 9/23

A: big fat soapy big bubbled head with light amber body with very huge carbonation appearance good clarity great lacing on the glass

S: light citrus tangerines light rust smell

T: very orange tasting with some sweetness the taste is clipped though with just some crackery malts and that orange start ending with some light bitterness

M: not as tingly as the carbonation appeared in the glass fairly smooth with lighter body leaning toward medium

O: This is very a light flavored pale ale which usually isn't like 3 Floyd's. Their pale ales usually burst with flavor this is more scaled back. It is a good beer but at their price point not worth it.

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Space Station: Middle Finger from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.