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Space Station: Middle Finger - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 1,303
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 131
Gots: 336 | FT: 9
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: 120 | Hads: 1,303
Photo of StoneTSR
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
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 +5.3%
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 +1.7%

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 +1%
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 -1.7%
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 +1.7%

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 +2.2%
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 +9.6%
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 -2.6%
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 -11.5%
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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of joe1510
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bottle
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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

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Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

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Photo of Jnashed
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
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

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Photo of joeseppy
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%

Yellow to a golden pour with a generous two inch head that lasts awhile.

Tropical fruit medley. Mild dank hop and sweet malt.

Tropical blend juice rush. Hop leaf lays on the tongue while the sugars fall to the sides. One juicy mother trucker.

Got a creamy side to it. Perfect bitterness hangs around. Abv is damn fine.

I'm about speechless. Outstanding! Tremendously tremendous!

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Photo of BB1313
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

22 oz bottle poured into a 3 Floyds pint

A - deep orange in color, foamy light orange head that settles to one finger in depth

S - very fruity. citrus fruit and melon. had a bit of dankness to it.

M - very nice. medium with solid carbonation

T - you can really taste the citrus, especially the grapefruit. hint of melon, malt balances nicely.

O - fruit juicy good. another solid beer from 3 Floyds. they never seem to disappoint.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

22 oz bottle poured into snifter.
A: pours a copper orange, one finger white foam head
S: melon, citrus, apple, fruity aroma, malt, hops
M: medium light body, slight creaminess
T: melon, grapefruit, citrus, fruitiness, nice maltiness, bittering hops, some dankness or a grass taste, slight wateriness, smooth finish
O: great offering from 3f, good session brew and somewhat different from zombie dust and alpha king

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light, sweet, mild pale ale with excellent candied-citric notes. Clean, highly-drinkable pale orange-brown brew that barely deteriorates in quality as it warms to room-temperature. Nose has a 3F-typical candied-hop complexity: sweet, sharp, and buoyant. Another great APA that demonstrates Three Floyds may be even better at that style than bigger, bolder IPA and IIPA for which they are so often lauded.

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Space Station: Middle Finger from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.