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Space Station: Middle Finger - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 109
Hads: 1,261
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 29.52%
Wants: 127
Gots: 311 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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: 109 | Hads: 1,261
Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. Very smooth and well balanced....definitely sessionable. The beer poured a copper orangish color with frothy egg shell head that is leaving a very nice lace. The scent carries pine and slight tangerine peel. The taste is very good. There is bitterness through the draw, but finishes slightly sweet....then a tangerine bitterness leaves one wanting more. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. This is a great beer and I will look for more.

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Photo of barleybadger64
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really enjoyed this beer. Great aroma, and the flavor was a classic American pale ale. Big hop nose with what I am guessing is western hops varieties. Nice balance with clean malt flavor. I'd buy again.

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Photo of Greasy
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber bottled on 3/24/15. 15 days old.

A: Pours a amber color that has some haze to it. Off white 2 finger head that slowly resided into a foam ring that stayed on top of the beer all the way down. Lacing is great.

S: Initially there is a citrusy hop aroma that has a malt presence behind its back.

T: Bitter citrus flavors hit the palate first, followed by a biscuity malt. Great balance.

M: Lighter medium mouth feel. Good carbonation. Bitterness lingers for a while after each sip.

O: I like it. 3 Floyds has never let me down and this is no exception. Top notch APA.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 3F Teku. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a slightly hazy amber body with a generous 2 finger off white head that sticks around for a while, leaving lacing and high retention.

Fruity aromas come through, tropical and citrusy, mango. Light aromas but very inviting. Biscuity malt backbone is present, maybe some caramel and slight butter.

Light hops on the tongue, citrus and grapefruit, light pine with a caramel, pale malt finish. Medium light body, very drinkable and crisp.

Overall very well rounded. I could pound a few of these down if it were available in a 6 pack (and I was in the three floyds distro!)

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Photo of do_ob
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a snifter. Aggressive pour. Nice hazy gold/orange. Big, pillowy off-white head of foam. Smells awesome; sweet fruit, grapefruit, pineapple, strawberries, candied sugar, and peppermint. Honestly one of the best smelling beers I've had. Medium weight and rich, creamy mouthfeel. Tastes a bit similar to a couple of their other PA's, but still good. I get pine, citrus, and notes of grapefruit, orange, and berries. Dry finish with a bit of a dank, tart aftertaste.

This is a good beer, but I feel like it's strangely similar to Yum Yum. Maybe it's the a certain type of hops the two share, or something. But I enjoyed Yum Yum, and I enjoyed this. This one had a bit of the same funky taste, which I didn't care for. Not sure what specific ingredient or brewing technique attributes to this, but if anyone knows what type of hops SSMF, Yum Yum, and Alpha King are made with, I'd be curious to know. While this is good, I'm not sure I could tell the difference between this and another 3F PA in a blind taste test.

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Photo of TheHopBrewKid
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super balanced pale. May be one of the most balanced I've ever had. Nice citrus hops upfront complimented perfectly with crisp like malt on the back end.

Much more mellow than either ZD or Alpha King. I could drink the hell out of this beer.

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Photo of Clarahope
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is possibly the best beer that I have ever had. It pours nicely with a light orangeish color and a light head. The smell is citrus hops with a little pine. The taste is not as hoppy or overwhelming as other brews by 3 floyds like zombie dust. It's citrusy with a slight hop at first followed by a clean malt flavor. Don't be scared or turned away by the price tag, it is well worth it!

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, light amber with a thin whitehead.
Not a big smell.
Not much bitter hop but has a nice sweeter back end. Malt provides nice balance.
Feel is wonderful. Very smooth with a little bitter resonating.
Overall another good FFF. This ones strength is balance and feel.

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Photo of RyBrew54
4.03/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of mabermud
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.16/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of tedvr
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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!

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Photo of leantom
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of patpbr
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
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

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.58/5  rDev +9%
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~

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Photo of Florida9
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
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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Space Station: Middle Finger from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.