Space Station: Middle Finger - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.2/5 rDev -1.2%
With the preverbal middle finger thrown up to all those "style police", this new hoppy ale from Three Floyds is certainly more hoppy than the typical American pale ale but dials it back on the strong bitterness of IPA.
Space Station Middle Finger pours with a frothy and gradient separation as its malt sweetness reluctantly gives up its bubbles. Its firm and creamy foamstance becomes the delivery system for candied fruit- grapefruit, orange, berry, lemon and peppercorn all seem of the caramelized variety. Flavors say even more so as the early palate is coated with medium caramelization and honey.
Its balanced middle palate is full and juicy with hop brilliance, revealing red grapefruit, kumquat, gooseberry, lemon leaf and passion fruit with alternating sips. And with all that candied malt support, the fruit flavors from hops seem to be sugar dipped. Caramel and floral honey extend from that candied taste and is determined to keep the taste even-keel.
Alas, the waning sips begin to suppress the malt sweetness and the hops pull forth, showing a strong IPA set of proportions. Its malty-dry finish is resinous and peppery as flavors of fresh-cut grass, chive and leaf offer a snappy resinous closure with aftertaste of tropical fruit.
08-22-2014 03:23:01 | More by BEERchitect
4.28/5 rDev +0.7%
Draft pint at the Map Room, review from notes.
Saturated orange glistening in the light, set off by long drippy entrails of visceral lace patterns. Lasting coverage, bright clarity with occasional trails of rising carbonation visible.
Aroma is equal parts lush greenery, dried apricot, and pale malt.
Taste is more fruit forward with the dried apricot flavor at first, a pale malt middle and a long lasting resiny bitterness in the aftertaste. A light fruity sweetness up front dovetails nicely into the bitter hop resiny finish. Easy drinking, would get this again anytime.
05-08-2014 18:12:56 | More by emerge077
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
On-tap at 3 Floyds. Served in an imperial pint glass.
A - A few fingers of creamy white foam settle to a thick cap and sheets of lace. Transparent golden orange body. All three hoppy beers looked nearly identical, and they all looked quite attractive.
S - Hops are very Southern Hemisphere in character - I guessed Galaxy, but was told this was a new hop variety that still only goes by a code number. In any case, a mix of white grape, tropical fruits, zesty pine, and perhaps a faint hint of onion. No malt presence as far as I can tell.
T - Similar taste, with a hefty dose of tropical fruit and citrus rind and pith. Loads of passion fruit and guava, with surprisingly high bitterness that felt like more than 50 IBU. The malt bill is quite unobtrusive, with a bit of cracker - I might even hazard a guess that this is the same recipe as Zombie Dust but with a different hop.
M - Medium body, dry, crisp finish. Soft, lower carbonation, with some mild residual oiliness to it. Quite easy to drink.
D - A nice pale ale that is perhaps a bit too bitter for heavy session potential. Still, whatever this hop is, it's a good one and I hope it makes it into more beers in the future. A good beer, but I'd actually prefer Supa Rice in large quantities.
03-28-2013 23:50:54 | More by MasterSki
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
Clear golden orange. White head with tons of lace. At the brew pub. Imp pint
Flavors of tropical fruits. Mangoes, citrus, pineapple, and others. Very hoppy of course. Earthy and maybe a touch of clean pine. Bready malts to balance things out a hint.
Mouthfeel is bitter and juicy. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends clean.
Overall, this is pretty killer. Very happy I have an imperial pint of this to drink. So juicy and tropical! Get some of this!
03-23-2013 03:40:57 | More by mothman
4.39/5 rDev +3.3%
Poured on tap into a 4oz. taster at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC. From notes.
Big rings of lacing while drinking this brew, creamy white coating and unbreakable. Light gold to bronze amber body and fairly clear in appearance, and some visible carbonation but small. Very nice.
Nose opens up with juicy melon and cantaloupe like aromas. Hints of tropical and light bodied hop front citrus as well. A real smorgasborg in there, with once a gain juicy palate sensing, and fruit chewy character. Simple, not booming, but solid.
Palate hits with great juicy feel. Large melon and juice, with light bitterness and pine on the finish. There's some tight carbonation at play here as well which brings in more classic Three Floyd's feeling fun!
Overall another wonderful pale ale from these guys, they know pale ale and make just fantastic examples. Real easy drinking as well to boot.
03-28-2013 23:52:25 | More by smakawhat
4.3/5 rDev +1.2%
Pretty badass name for a beer, imho.
Pours bright and spritely orange with an appealing white wisp of a head. Smells very similar to their Admiral Nelson--big, luscious fruits with nodes of citrus, mango, and apricot. Only the fruit is muted just a wee bit by a mild bitter aroma. It's good, but I kinda wish it was all fruit.
Tastes very much as it smells: wonderful APA juicy fruit up front moving into more bitter, higher-alpha nodes in the middle and end. Nice balance, but my dumb personal taste wishes it was more of the start and less of the finish.
04-16-2013 19:44:13 | More by mynie
Space Station: Middle Finger from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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