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Space Station: Middle Finger - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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819 Ratings
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Ratings: 819
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9%
Wants: 90
Gots: 143 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

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

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

(Beer added by: AleWatcher on 03-18-2013)
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

spycow, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

acurtis, Jul 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Texasfan549, Jun 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

GRG1313, Jun 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

kjkinsey, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Love the bubble show in an APA and the result is a cloudy copper colored liquid capped by a somewhat rocky two inch head; strands of lacing stick to the glass

Smell: Cantaloupe, earthy tones, caramel and honey

Taste: An interesting combination of caramel, honey and vanilla lay down the malt backbone and then the hops arrive with cantaloupe, lychee and kiwi flavors; a nice balance between the malt and the hops drive into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and very creamy; moderate carbonation

Overall: Totally off my radar, this is a deliciously different APA; highly recommended

brentk56, Oct 21, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

BEERchitect, Aug 22, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

jaydoc, Oct 14, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

Knapp85, Sep 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

SocalKicks, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

emerge077, May 08, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

MasterSki, Mar 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

XmnwildX12, Nov 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

drewone, Nov 15, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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!

mothman, Mar 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Gonzoillini, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Mebuzzard, Mar 31, 2013
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4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

smakawhat, Mar 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

brandoman63, Aug 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

biegaman, Nov 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

iL0VEbeer, Jun 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ShanePB, Jul 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Zaphog, Apr 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Cynic-ale, Jun 05, 2014
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Space Station: Middle Finger from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 819 ratings.