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Space Station: Middle Finger - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 1,233
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 130
Gots: 301 | FT: 8
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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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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)

Photo of joeseppy
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%

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! (389 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (1,022 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (971 characters)

Photo of creepinjeeper
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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. (436 characters)

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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 (416 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes on 6/18/14

Poured a dark hazy amber color. One Inch white head. Dank earthy smell. Citrus aroma. Taste is light. Little bit of caramel flavor with a bunch of bitterness on the tongue. (195 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks bstyle for this!
22 oz bottle dated 9/17/14 poured into a pint glass

A- A clear golden orange with a white finger white head.

S- Fruity, kind of reminds fruity loops, dank, some wet grass, pine, nice malt backbone.

T- Bright, crisp, citrus, some tropical fruits, slightly dank, pine, nicely balanced with the malt backbone.

M- Smooth, crisp, light to medium body, great carbonation

O- Another solid beer from FFF, very happy I was able to try this. Also love the bottle art. (487 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Melon rind and lime zest on the nose and the flavor. More like an IPA in terms of balance and mouthfeel to me. ABV backs that up. Pretty dark blonde/amber colored, so there's plenty of malt bill there. Prickly bitterness throughout. Smooth pale ale that is very sessionable. (279 characters)

Photo of benloho
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Bomber received in trade. Unable to read the date on the neck of the bottle. Assume it is pretty fresh.
A: Beer pours a light copper color. Clear and bright. Lots of tiny carb bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. 2 fingers of white and tight head. Really good looking in the glass. Gorgeous lacing as the beer is consumed.
S: The nose on this beer is excellent and unique. Definitely different from Zombie Dust and Alpha King. A lot of tropical and light fruit notes. Pineapple, mango, nectarine, melon, cantaloupe, sweet caramel malt, candy orange, and a bit of grassyness. Mouth watering on the nose.
T: Beer starts with bitter citrus. Middle of the mouth I pick up loads of tropical notes with a candied sugar sweetness and the taste of fresh melon. It's like I just took a big bite out of a piece of juicy cantaloupe. Beer finishes with a bit of earthy bitterness that lasts long enough to make my mouth water for more.
MF: Medium mouthfeel that coats my tongue perfectly. Perfect carb. Drinkable with great balance for 6.0% ABV.
O: This beer is freaking awesome. In my opinion it is juicy, but different than all the citra pale ales that are out there. I enjoyed this more than Zombie Dust, but I have yet to drink ZD this fresh. Loved the melon I got in this beer. Delicious! (1,297 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

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. (1,249 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a light amber orange with a nice bubbly two finger head. Leaves pretty white lacing all the way down the pint glass.

Pineapple, cantaloupe, and citrus are very abundant in the nose.

I really dig the cantaloupe I get in this, I'm a huge fan of cantaloupe, but very nice sticky hop resin and citrus to note as well. And cucumber, delicious cucumber.

Mouthfeel is sticky and resiny hop goodness.

Overall this is a fantastic APA...an imperial version would be lovely though ;) (482 characters)

Photo of badmotorgrunge
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

22oz. Bomber, poured in Founders snifter.
A: Bright orange amber, one finger head
S: Slight citrus, not very strong, but pleasant.
T: Citrus, lemony, malt balances well, not much bitterness, but it works. I'm really digging this!
M: very creamy and pleasant
O: Not a typical FFF pale ale at all but this is a very enjoyable beer. Highly recommended! (350 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

grabbed from the brewery < 1 week ago
The beer pours a clear golden amber with a fluffy white head that settles into a thin blanketing while drinking. The nose is ripe with grapefruit and slightly floral, has a great malty sweetness, and negligible booze. This smells similar to ZD, but is less citra-forward. The taste is generously hopped, but not overly bitter, and doesn't seem dominated by a single hop characteristic. The hop profile feel west coasty, but still maintains that perfect malt characteristic that sets 3 floyds APAs apart. It's relatively light-bodied, balanced, well carbonated, clean, and very hop-centric - but still 10/10 in drinkability (the bomber drinks faster than some 12oz bottles). I'd highly recommend this buy if you can grab fresh bottles. (775 characters)

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass. The liquid is a hazy orange, and the pour kicks up a thick three-finger off-white head that lingers for several minutes and leaves lots of lace on the way down.

Aroma is lemony citrus, candied oranges, kind of sour, with a hint of a grainy malt backbone. Not particularly strong, but it does smell good!

Flavor has all the lemony citrus from the nose, plus some piney resin and a carmelized sweetness contributed by the malts. The finish is almost minty, and black pepper spicy, with a moderate-to-high amount of bitterness. The aftertaste is candied citrus.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, with a high level of carbonation to cut through it. Really well-done.

Overall, a solid and well-done pale ale, but not my favorite by any means. Thanks to batfireman for including it as an extra. (811 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Awesome retention of off-white fluffy head. Brew is slightly chill hazed orange with streaks of brown. Nice Lacing.

Very light citrus/mango nose. Nothing heavy. Floral, bright, crisp, bready...

Great balanced sweet/bitterness. Sweet mango flavors are very dry and smooth. Pineapple brings awesome sugary sweetness. Slightly orange and bready. Carbonation is smooth and delicious, buttery.

This is a great brew, but it needs just a touch more to push it over the edge. Not sure of the price point, but definitely recommended. (530 characters)

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

A- Vibrant orange color, thick, foamy off-white head. Some light comes through the body, but there is a definite haze. Some lacing left behind by the foamy head.

S- Hints of tropical fruits, some peach. Really fruity with some pine and just a dash of grainy malt aroma.

T- The fruits come through and the hops also bring a huge bitterness to the beer. Just enough toasty malt to balance this one out. Really nice flavors, lots of subtleness.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, sticky aftertaste, very nice body.

O- A really nice pale ale. Not many complaints on this one here. (583 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle dated 6/3/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy orangeish/light brown color with a solid two-finger head that lingers
S: Stone fruit, earth and herbal notes
T: Herbs, pine, citrus and stone fruit. Complex and balanced
M: Medium-bodied, crisp and bitter
O: Not overly hoppy and has structure and flavors that are very much in harmony. Very well made and tasty (369 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


A: Pours a cloudy bronze with a big off-white head.

S: Apricot and tangerine feature most prominently, with a bit of leafiness.

T: Taste is drier than the nose lets on. Lightly sweet biscuit malt, orange pith and peel, bready, light grapefruit resin.

M: Light-bodied but chewy, mild carbonation.

O: Not as impressed by this as I thought I would be. It tastes nice but was looking for something more juicy. (416 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, dated 6.3.2014, poured into a Three Floyds' Rastal pint glass.

The beer pours a nice orange apricot color, hues of coppers and ambers as well, substantial chill haze that never really goes away, a few bubbles rise to the top of the glass with two fingers of thick, soapy white head, solid retention and nice lace. The aroma is nice, big pine and bitter grapefruit with juicy fresh tropical fruits, crisp pineapple is quite nice with a large helping of bready malts to counterbalance. The flavors are nice, mild bitterness, piney hops lead the way with juicy fruit and assertive grapefruit citrus character that is both bitter and fruity with some lightly floral qualities and again, a strong malt backbone, soft and biscuity, a nice compliment to the hops. The mouthfeel is nice, very full bodied, crisp, nice carbonation that coats the mouth well with nice dryness that lingers very well, perfectly executed.

Verdict: A very nice hoppy pale ale from Three Floyds, another successful take on hops in a more palatable and less aggressive manner than many of their beers. The balance is nice, perhaps it could be more pungent and bright, but this is a very refreshing and enjoyable pale ale. (1,207 characters)

Photo of SteelSaw
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color.

Poor moderately aggressive, produced a finger and a half white head.

Smell: Hops, piney, mango, citrus, lemon and grapefruit. Maybe dried papaya almost?

Mouth feel. Excellent. Bubbly, light , and medium bodied. Just excellently balanced.

Taste. Pine and hops up front. Citrus and I could be mistaken but a slight malty taste, almost like DFH 90 minute. After finish leaves a slightly grassy pine on the tongue, super tasty and pretty subtle.

Final thoughts, pricey but unique. If you can get it, try it. Especially if you like Zombie Dust. (575 characters)

Space Station: Middle Finger from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.