Space Station: Middle Finger - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 1,202
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 127
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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Reviews: 99 | Hads: 1,202
Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review taken the week it arrived in our part of Kentucky: late 2014.

Brown bomber sized bottle displaying the usual great bottle shape fff switched to a while back. Label is exactly as you'd picture with a massive space station constructed in the form of a huge metal inspired hand giving the rest of the universe a big middle finger. Can't complain with the artwork at all. In fact, I like it.

A - Hazy and murky orangish-amber to glowing yellow color. Head pours lovely and big leaving behind a big trail of thick lace sticking all over the walls of my pint glass.

S - wonderful fruitiness and citrus notes up front. A fruit punch like sweetness topped with juicy citrus, orange and lemon. This has a nice balance with a cracker to breaded malt backbone as your nose gets a feel for this gem.

T - flavor is absolutely off the charts. Citrus rind, pine resin, a sweet spice, orange, and lemon all swirl around the mouth like throwing coins in a pot of gold. Fruity and sweet in typical fff style while laying a lovely balanced breaded cracker like malt to smooth the experience. Delicious.

M - medium bodied with a grand feel. Thickness is nothing less than expected from 3floyds. Thickness is superb while coating the mouth, something else these guys rock into a pale ale. Just outstanding.

O - not quite as hop forward as Zombie Dust, but in the same tier of quality. Just another Damn great APA from FFF. It's absolutely ridiculous the way these guys do beer. Space Station Middle Finger is one I hope gets bottled every year. I'll buy it every time I see it. It's just another great brew from the guys who do them best. (1,636 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)

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 dmgeng
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked at this beer a few times and I figured I would give it a try. I was hoping it would be as good as Permanent Funeral.

A - Nice orange color with course small white head. Light lacing.

S - Very hoppy in the nose. Full of citrus, pineapple, and lighter tropical notes that are quite pleasant.

T - Has the hops from the smell with the tropical fruits on the front. Light complimenting malt flavor but definitely hops. Mild hop bitterness definitely not the typical palate killer that Three F's usually produces.

M - Light to moderate mouth-feel. Has some bitterness and mostly clean on the finish. Mild carbonation.

Overall, a very delicious and flavorful APA from 3F's. Definitely not as strong as most Three Floyd's but great flavor and balance making this beer well worth a try. It's not going to be my go-to beer at $12 for 22 oz, but I did enjoy it quite a lot.

Glass- Imperial pint (899 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A. Pours an amber mostly transparent beer with a 1 finger head.

S. Tropical hops with a bready malt characteristics.

T. Backing up the nose tropical hop flavors with a nice malt balance. Very nice flavors and balance. Great grassy aftertaste.

M. Medium body. Nice carbonation. Finishes slightly dry.

O. Very nice beer. Not permanent funeral. But very awesome. Tastes great. Smells nice. Looks good. Good mouthfeel. Like it and will get it again. (500 characters)

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Copper body with medium white head

S - Mild citrus and piney/floral notes.

T/F - Honey, citrus, and pine with thin/water feel. Light bitterness and mild alcohol finish.

O - Another good Pale Ale from 3 F's. I won't search for this one, but would gladly pick one up if it's available. Prost! (304 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 rhoadsrage
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a crystal clear copper body with a thick beige creamy head that last and last. There is a full herbal unripe citrus aroma even during the pour. The taste has more spicy hop flavor with some nice big green herbal flavor and a green citrus pith finish, although it is not bitter or even pungent for the most part. There is some tropical fruit notes as it opens and a lime hop flavor in the finish. The creamy mouthfeel has a hop boosting crisp fizz. This has nice full hops that are big but not punishing. Very easy to drink many of these. delicious. (572 characters)

Photo of tedvr
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Golden orange with a nice creamy head. Wonderful hoppy smell. Extremely well balanced between the hops and the malt. Great finish. Three Floyds beers seem to have a dance between the hops and malt tastes and neither is overbearing, but work well together. Great beer! (271 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yet another FFF offering. Here goes:

A: Very good. Dark orange-amber; somewhat cloudy but not very much so. Good head and lacing.

S: Grassy and flowery. Also a noticeable amount of citrus and grapefruit. Some caramel malt as well. A little faint overall, though; lacks robustness

T: Good. Very grassy, but the citrus and grapefruit are much more prominent in the taste than in the smell. Caramel malt as well, making the beer well-balanced between the hops and the malt.

F: Well-carbonated. Glides down the tongue. Very good.

O: A well-made beer. Would have again. (585 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep hazy orange with a white head.
S - Noticing a little citrus and melon.
T - The taste has a minty and earthy flavor with some papaya.
M - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Solid (199 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

R ottos. Pours a dull, golden orange color. Attractive head. It's thick and white. Lots of lacing left behind. The aroma is strongly hoppy. I get a bunch of melon notes. It's also clearly very citrusy. I get a bit of minty hops, too. There is also a light cookie sweetness. The flavor births a lot of unique hoppy descriptors in my mind. I get the citrus and melon right away. I also get the mint and a hard to describe, earthy flavor. I'd like to know what hops are being used here. As it warms I get more sweetness, grain and candied citrus character. Hops also taste lightly lemony. Surely a memorable flavor. The body is relatively light. Nice carbonation; quite spritzy. Bitterness is noticeable but not overbearing. Pretty much an IPA for all intents and purposes. I rarely get to try Three Floyds beers and was very happy to get this one in my grasp. Would love more. (874 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up in a trade with member: awdturboiv. Bottled just 3 weeks ago - proper! Poured into a Spiegelau branded IPA glass.

Pours a hazed apricot hue, fat white head, amazing retention and lacing. The aroma is hoppy up front - spicy, floral and fruity with some sweet bready notes in the mix as well. The flavor is reminiscent of the nose with tons of stone fruit - dried apricot and peaches, some bready malt and a tinge of bitterness on the back of the palate. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, mellow carbonation, dry with lingering bitterness. Overall an outstanding Pale. This could rival any of the SD Pales being brewed out here these days - and they are some of my favorites.

Nice work fellas! (721 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 Florida9
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy deep golden yellow in color. Forms a moderate sized fluffy white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is pleasant. Mildly sweet, with a distinct floral quality. Citrus, orange, grapefruit, orange blossom. Taste starts off rather sweet. Lots of citrus with some tropical fruits, neither of which are necessarily all that juicy. Mandarin orange, papaya, maybe some mango. Medium bodied. Mild bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. (431 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 deadonhisfeet
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Triple Digit Tulip. Fairly clear with a slight haze. There is a solid 3 fingers of very well-sustained dense foam on top. An impressive-looking beer. Very slow dissipation of the head leaves some very heavy, clumpy lacing. The nose has plenty of ripe oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and sticky green pine needles.

Good solid feel, medium body, and a pretty well-balanced flavor that tends just a bit towards sweet. Nice toasted malt up front gets accented by lemony hops, leaving a tea-like flavor. More hops develop across the palate, but this beer never crosses over into IPA territory like Zombie Dust does. This one remains staunchly in the pale ale camp and keeps the hops under control. It does tend to die a bit on the back of the palate though, and the finish is a bit bland.

Just about the time I think this brewery is becoming over-rated and that I should stop trying new beers of theirs, this one hits. Very, very solid pale ale. Drinkable, but plenty of flavor. A nice pale ale, but no more. It's certainly not the Zombie Dust killer some BAs billed it as. Would be a good buy in a ten-buck-six-pack, but this beer is overpriced in a ten-buck-bomber. (1,189 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 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 Rutager
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big fat wet thank you to steasy66 for the porch exploder!! So much hops and county of the bourbon and more.

Appearance. Pours a rich amber-gold with over a finger of thick, sticky looking ivory head that leaves some thick ass lacing behind. Really outstanding looking.

Smell. Papaya, lemons and oranges, a touch of honey and faint caramel malts.

Taste. Sweet oranges and tropical fruits, cedar and caramel malts, a little pine and bitter citrus rind.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. The hops seem familiar but different. (569 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bottle
$12.99
Maria's Package Store - Bridgeport

Bottled; 10/8/14

Space Station Middle Finger shimmers like a freshly minted penny, bright and fairly clear. Carbonation pops from what seems like every surface of the glass. The head is yellowed a bit with honeycombed foam that shows awe worthy sticktoitivness. The lacing will have to be chiseled off the glass.

This here has some of those newfangled, in the scheme of things, hop varietals. White grapes are upfront followed closely by honeydew and dried apricot. Underneath all these unique characteristics is an undercurrent of earthy pine. The malt presence is slim to none but what's there is caramel driven. Remember though, this is a all about the hops.

As juicy and and ripe as the nose presents itself the flavor is even more so. The dried apricot is in the forefront and pushes all the way through. White grapes are on the periphery now along with the honeydew adding depth. Pine you ask? That opens mid palate and grows quickly to the finish, lingering long after each swallow. I can't find much of that malt base and that's just fine with me in this case.

I have, and could, drink this beer for hours on end. The weight is in the middle of the spectrum but the carbonation active enough to create a luxurious frothiness. The bitterness is somewhat mild at first but grows with each sip to the point it reaches moderate + about halfway through a pint. The finish is dry, accentuated the bitterness and the drinkability is sky high.

The first time I came across this beer on draft I finished off a good chunk of the keg, and left a lot more poor. The bottle, while not quite as vibrant as draft, is excellent. It's unique to the core, bitter, delicious, and easy drinking. Space Station is one not to pass up. (1,781 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 barczar
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Three months old, was looking for an occasion to share, but no luck. Aroma is tropical fruit heavy, with notes of mango and pineapple accenting resin and a toasted caramel malt base. Flavor is piney and resiny, with tropical fruit and grapefruit underpinnings and a lightly bitter finish. No zombie dust, but a solid offering. Finish falls a bit short. (352 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 brentk56
4.44/5  rDev +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 (613 characters)

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