Space Station: Middle Finger - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 1,203
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 128
Gots: 277 | FT: 7
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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 NewGlarusFan
2.96/5  rDev -30%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of exposd
3.02/5  rDev -28.6%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -13%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of kitch
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (1,901 characters)

Photo of 98green
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (811 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (195 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (1,022 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
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! (544 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.89/5  rDev -8%
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. (1,207 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Golden copper with bone white head that sticks to the edges of the glass
S - Pine, Resin, Hops!, floral
T - Im not sure if I'm tasting this right... bottled within the past 2 weeks, but not what I was expecting. Piney hops on the front and back, but lots of malt/corn/earthiness in the middle. Some floral on the end. Either super complex or I have some other strange stuff gonig on.
M- Healthy fullness. Not some super think APA.
O - Not what I was expecting for the taste. The smell is similar to a mix of Pride and Joy with Alpha King, but I get that earthiness in the flavor. Good. (625 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuity malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of biscuit malts and has some faint hints of tropical fruit hops, particularly mangos, which contribute a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a refreshing change of pace compared to most APAs as it isn't dominated by hops.

Serving type: bottle (670 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Light gold and clear. Active carbonation and a frothy head. Lots of cascading lace.

Lilac and mango aroma. Caramel and bready malts.

It's a little more malty than most Three Floyd pale offerings, but it brings a nice balance. Bready with a slight bitterness. Floral and herbal to go along with the mango.

Medium bodied, sticky mouthfeel.

A very nice pale ale with good balance. The aroma is a little muted but good flavor. (428 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 09/17/2014 printed on the label. Another new beer to me from Three Floyds, acquired at the local beer store.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a cloudy bright golden orange, with about two fingers of frothy off-white head that leaves behind good thin scattered strands of lacing. Some active carbonation and some sediment visible in the glass. Looks pretty nice. 4

S - An interesting aroma, to be sure - floral, almost lightly musty, fruity in a fuzzy peachy / apricot sort of way. A pleasant and inviting aroma. 4

T - Taste follows the nose - floral, fruity, peaches / apricots, a bit of sweetened maltiness. Nicely balanced and flavorful. 4

M - The feel is good - mildly bitter, piney, and resinous on the finish. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. 4

Overall, a nice pale ale from Three Floyds. Simple in it's approach, but an interesting take on the style.

Three Floyds Space Station Middle Finger -----4/5. (971 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,691 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is light pine, spices and citrus. The flavor is citrus, biscuit/English malts, fruit, a hint of hop resin and a mix of tangy and mild bitterness in the finish. (165 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy light amber in color with a thin white head that retains nicely

Smell has some floral and slightly citrus hop aromas forward. Nice cracker like malt aroma balances out the back end.

Taste has herbal floral hop flavors forward along with a toasted crackery malt. Piney Bitterness is on the higher end of the style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied bitter and sticky from lots of hoppy oils. (398 characters)

Photo of madelfonatree
4.02/5  rDev -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). (622 characters)

Photo of RyBrew54
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Tipsy Cow.

A nice pale with a mild and somewhat masked pineapple hop presence and a firm caramel malt spine. Mouthfeel is light and approachable and while the flavors are enjoyable, they don't pop or jump.

A fine and drinkable pale from Floyds that doesn't break any molds. (286 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Bright orange and crystal clear. The head is nearly perfectly white and lingers for about 30 seconds. When it falls a few wisps cover the surface while a patchy lacing clings to the back of the glass.

SMELL: I could smell this one as soon as I popped the top. Unsurprisingly, this reeks of hoppy deliciousness; pine, flowers, a touch of grass, lemon, orange, grapefruit and a little tropical fruit. Basically everything good hops might smell like are showcased here.

TASTE: Apparently there is a lot of grass on the Space Station, cause it’s all over this one. A little orange, pine and tropical fruit provide just enough sweetness to balance out all that bitter grass, grapefruit and lemon.

MOUTHFEEL: Given the complexity of this beer I expected something much more balanced, but this has just barely enough sweetness to keep it from tipping over the edge. It remains dry and almost puckeringly bitter through and through. Medium to slightly bigger in body, this drinks a lot bigger than it is.

OVERALL: Like I just said, this drinks like a much bigger beer than it actually is. I would be very happy if every 6%, hoppy beer felt and tasted like this. (1,188 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice, burnt orange body. Slick white head. An aroma of light tangerine. A taste of tangerine and background perfume. The feel is okay.

Overall, it is a very nice APA. This would be good on a hot summer day/night. (235 characters)

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Space Station: Middle Finger from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.