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

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BA SCORE
94
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796 Ratings
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Ratings: 796
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 89
Gots: 141 | FT: 7
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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Ratings: 796 | Reviews: 72 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Chris77McGrath, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

SportsandJorts, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of MNishCT77
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. pint on draft at the brewery,

MNishCT77, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of AdamP
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

AdamP, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of cshafer7
3.25/5  rDev -23%

cshafer7, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of mbmiche
4/5  rDev -5.2%

mbmiche, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

deadonhisfeet, Nov 06, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%

nat_action, Nov 06, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -4.3%

Mclendpm, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of joegdmb
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

joegdmb, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

BeerLover99, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of biegaman
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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

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

XmnwildX12, Nov 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

digitalzombie, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of sharmeling
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%

sharmeling, Nov 05, 2014
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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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Nov 04, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -4.3%

facesnorth, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of Rutager
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Rutager, Nov 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

nut, Nov 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Booner818, Nov 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

HabaJohn, Nov 03, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +2.4%

Windmill, Nov 03, 2014
Space Station: Middle Finger from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 796 ratings.