Space Station: Middle Finger - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 1,203
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.04%
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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

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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 BMMillsy
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber as an awesome trade extra. Big thanks! Pours a deep reddish orange color with a creamy nearly offwhite head that lingers a nice but. Aroma is piney citrus rinds, juicy mango, light toffee. Flavor is a juicy mango flavor with very light citrus rinds and a bit if caramel sweetness. No date on the bottle so no idea if it is fresh (assume it is). Low bitterness, resinous body, with low to medium carbonation. A very nice pale ale if on the unexciting side. Would drink it any day. (486 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Three Floyds Space Station Middle Finger

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. Served chilled.

A) Hazy amber brew with a finger of off white head that settled relatively quickly. Not much lacing. Looks nice...

S) An aroma of pale malt, a little biscuit, plenty of sweet juicy citrus fruits. Light mango... A little grass and pine.

T) Follows the nose... I really enjoy the sweet juicy citrus flavor of this brew. Nice little hop bite too. Some citrus rind, grass, touch of resin. Nice aftertaste...

M) Medium body with lighter carbonation. Goes down quite smooth with a bitter finish.

O) I really liked this pale ale. I thought it was great. Reminded me a bit of Pseudo Sue. Citra hops here??? My complaint would be the price I paid for the bomber. Of course no one had a gun to my head. Love to see this in six packs for like $12.99. That would be just fine by me. In any case, it was quite delicious, and definitely worth a try. (951 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down very slowly and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, pine resins and some sweet caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a grapefruit with some pineapple and mango followed by a bunch of bitter pine resins and a touch of sweet malts in the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a great overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Another great one! Three Floyds never disappoints. (664 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Golden copper with bone white head that sticks to the edges of the glass
S - Pine, Resin, Hops!, floral
T - Im not sure if I'm tasting this right... bottled within the past 2 weeks, but not what I was expecting. Piney hops on the front and back, but lots of malt/corn/earthiness in the middle. Some floral on the end. Either super complex or I have some other strange stuff gonig on.
M- Healthy fullness. Not some super think APA.
O - Not what I was expecting for the taste. The smell is similar to a mix of Pride and Joy with Alpha King, but I get that earthiness in the flavor. Good. (625 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear orange, some carbonation, one finger head.

S-Very earthy, pine, grass, some malt and a nice sharp hop bite.

T-Similar to the nose, harsh (in a good way) hop notes, pine, grass with nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, nice hop resins as well.

O-Another good APA from FFF, it doesn't hold a candle to ZD but it is still a yummy one. Love when they bottle more of their stuff. (401 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft pint at the Map Room, review from notes.

Saturated orange glistening in the light, set off by long drippy entrails of visceral lace patterns. Lasting coverage, bright clarity with occasional trails of rising carbonation visible.

Aroma is equal parts lush greenery, dried apricot, and pale malt.

Taste is more fruit forward with the dried apricot flavor at first, a pale malt middle and a long lasting resiny bitterness in the aftertaste. A light fruity sweetness up front dovetails nicely into the bitter hop resiny finish. Easy drinking, would get this again anytime. (577 characters)

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

On tap at the brewery. Poured into nonic pint. Huge head and golden color. Big sweet candy hop aromas. ..fresh hop and a tad hint of yeast. Taste is smooth crisp pale malt with a big candy hop flavor...some earthy hop as well maybe? Its dry but a little thin and somewhat bitter mouthfeel. Overall a great ipa ... well worth a detour to have a pint. (349 characters)

Photo of Lothore
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a golden amber hue with a nice off white head that leaves a good deal of lacing on the way down.

s- grapefruit, citrus, floral hops.

T- huge citrusey grapefruit notes up front leading to a sharp hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

m- medium bodied with decent carbonation.

d- 3f should bottle this. Absolutely phenomenal. (341 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Tipsy Cow.

A nice pale with a mild and somewhat masked pineapple hop presence and a firm caramel malt spine. Mouthfeel is light and approachable and while the flavors are enjoyable, they don't pop or jump.

A fine and drinkable pale from Floyds that doesn't break any molds. (286 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Tipsy Cow in Madison, WI. Poured into a tulip glass today, 3/25/2014.

App- Clear light copper body, very similar to Zombie Dust. One finger white head, good retention, nice rings of lacing as it goes down.

Smell- Fairly malty- caramel, toffee- mixed in with a nice citrusy hop aroma. As balanced as it gets from Three Floyds.

Flavour- Similar to the nose. Not overly bitter. Nice sweet caramel and grainy maltiness mixed in with the appropriate amount of citrus, grapefruit hops. I don't know the hop varieties used here, but I am now wondering if there's some galaxy here. Solid drinking beer that I can't find much wrong with except that its not Zombie Dust... hard one to live up to.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, good carbonation, resinous and coats the tongue in hoppy malty sweetness but not particularly bitter at all. No ABV. Nice drinker.

Overall- Solid APA, not too bitter and reminds me a lot of Ale Asylum Hopalicious but quite a bit better. (965 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great head and lacing with a hazy golden color. Completely different smell, citrus, pine, pineapple smell. Taste is just like the smell and kind of bitter. Medium body with medium carbonation. Pretty good different pale ale. (228 characters)

Photo of roger617
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a few pours of this at Bloomington Craft Beer Fest 2013, and it's one of the standouts that I am comfortable writing a full review on.

A: Mild copper appearance with froth white head. Poured into a sampling glass, which in this case left a great amount of lacing.
S: It's a hoppy beer from FFF, what do you think it smells like?! Very citrusy with a good amount of pine to compliment.
T: Surprisingly sweet, mildly bitter, with boat loads of grapefruit and lemon. Possibly my 2nd favorite offering from FFF behind Anicca (which was a collaboration...)
M: Smooth, slightly dry, just enough sweetness to keep me craving more.
O: Wish I could have this one is a large quantity! Crazy delicious with an intense aroma that I wasn't expecting for something that I had never heard of at the time. Hope to see this one brewed again! (835 characters)

Photo of L3MI
4.96/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had on tap @ DLD 2013 (early enough in the day to remeber).

A: Gold to copper clear with a finger and a half of white head that laced my plastic cup throughout the life span of the pour.

S: Dank, pungeant, reasony weed... Also notes of citrus and passion fruit in there. A great example of Galaxy hops.

T: Big citrus/grapefruit with notes of passion fruit/mango. Not overly bitter and balanced with an slight underlying breadiness from the malt.

M: Light to moderate mouthfeel with a medium level of carbonation.

O: An excellent example of the american IPA. If i remember correctly this was sngle hopped with galaxy (I could be wrong). Think Zombie Dust with Galaxy hops. I hope they brew this one again! (711 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew was served from the tap at the Three Floyds Brewpub in Munster, Indiana. It arrived in a generic nonic glass, showing a golden amber coloring. It held a one finger head of eggshell colored bubbles, leaving sheets of lacing following moderate retention. This was reproducible, but takes effort. A chill haze was noted, with no sediment. Carbonation appeared mild. The aroma gave nice fruitiness of pineapple, apricot, and kiwi juiciness, with equally as bright grapefruit hops, raw honey, licorice, and mild grassy funkiness. With warmth came generic pale malts, mild cloven phenols, booze, and garbage bag plastics. Our first impression was that the flavoring wasn’t as robust as expected, but as in the nose the fruitiness and mustiness came to a nice blend with the spiciness of the hops. As we sipped, licorice, faint peaty scotchiness, pale toasted malts, herbal hop bitterness, raw mint leaf, and warmed cornbread stuffing started things off. The middle came to a sudden peak with peppery booze, mustiness, spicy herbal hops, Thai basil, scallions, and mineral. Washing through the finish was citric and herbal hops, starchy white rice inclusions, burnt rye toast, and a revival of that herbal leafiness. The aftertaste breathed of licorice, white sugar, those spicy herbal hops, rice, powdered oat, and fresh peapod greenness. The body was medium but chewy, and the carbonation showed big froth, but without much prickle. Each sip gave nice slurp and sip, with hearty cream and froth. The mouth was thus coated, with eventual boozy and herbal pucker. The abv was appropriate, and the drink sipped nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the flavoring. This sip started appropriately sweetly, progressing to a full, herbal, bitter, malty, and organically complex flavoring. The finish was particularly interesting, with big starchiness and licorice bite. The latter was also noted in the aroma, adding bitterness there to the otherwise sweetly blended base. The more you drink this beer the better it gets, as the flavoring and sip muddle a bit when cold. This beer will blossom for you closer to cellar temps, and sip very nicely. (2,167 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty badass name for a beer, imho.

Pours bright and spritely orange with an appealing white wisp of a head. Smells very similar to their Admiral Nelson--big, luscious fruits with nodes of citrus, mango, and apricot. Only the fruit is muted just a wee bit by a mild bitter aroma. It's good, but I kinda wish it was all fruit.

Tastes very much as it smells: wonderful APA juicy fruit up front moving into more bitter, higher-alpha nodes in the middle and end. Nice balance, but my dumb personal taste wishes it was more of the start and less of the finish. (559 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Three Floyds, served in a nonic pint.

Pour: Completely clear, amber orange with two finges of cream colored, foamy head. Lots of thick lacing leaves rings along the glass the entire pour.

Smell: Big tropical fruit presence up front, with grapefruit, mango, and some papaya. A touch of dark honey sweetness, but only just. A light pine barely makes an appearance. Finishes with more juicy citrus.

Taste: Yeah, this is really good. Again, tropical fruits dominate the palate. More grapefruit, pineapple, tangelo, and papaya. Really juicy from the first sip. Similar to Zombie Dust, and nice dark honey sweetness lends a touch of balance, but only just. Finishes juicy with a citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing, with a perfect amount of bitterness. Definitely lingers, but not with a abrasive bitterness, but a pleasant citrus aspect.

Overall: Personally, I found this better than Zombie Dust in a side by side. Quite possibly Three Floyds best hoppy beer yet. (984 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a 4oz. taster at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC. From notes.

Big rings of lacing while drinking this brew, creamy white coating and unbreakable. Light gold to bronze amber body and fairly clear in appearance, and some visible carbonation but small. Very nice.

Nose opens up with juicy melon and cantaloupe like aromas. Hints of tropical and light bodied hop front citrus as well. A real smorgasborg in there, with once a gain juicy palate sensing, and fruit chewy character. Simple, not booming, but solid.

Palate hits with great juicy feel. Large melon and juice, with light bitterness and pine on the finish. There's some tight carbonation at play here as well which brings in more classic Three Floyd's feeling fun!

Overall another wonderful pale ale from these guys, they know pale ale and make just fantastic examples. Real easy drinking as well to boot. (876 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at 3 Floyds. Served in an imperial pint glass.

A - A few fingers of creamy white foam settle to a thick cap and sheets of lace. Transparent golden orange body. All three hoppy beers looked nearly identical, and they all looked quite attractive.

S - Hops are very Southern Hemisphere in character - I guessed Galaxy, but was told this was a new hop variety that still only goes by a code number. In any case, a mix of white grape, tropical fruits, zesty pine, and perhaps a faint hint of onion. No malt presence as far as I can tell.

T - Similar taste, with a hefty dose of tropical fruit and citrus rind and pith. Loads of passion fruit and guava, with surprisingly high bitterness that felt like more than 50 IBU. The malt bill is quite unobtrusive, with a bit of cracker - I might even hazard a guess that this is the same recipe as Zombie Dust but with a different hop.

M - Medium body, dry, crisp finish. Soft, lower carbonation, with some mild residual oiliness to it. Quite easy to drink.

D - A nice pale ale that is perhaps a bit too bitter for heavy session potential. Still, whatever this hop is, it's a good one and I hope it makes it into more beers in the future. A good beer, but I'd actually prefer Supa Rice in large quantities. (1,255 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was very pleased to try this on tap at pizzeria paradiso DuPont (DC), during the CBC week.

Pours a nice clear orange color with a decent white head and sticky lacing to boot, looks good. The smell is great, it has a sort of porridge like malt base with plenty of dank resiny grapefruit and pine hops shinning through beautifully. Some other spicy citrus aromas too, it's great.

The taste is huge in the grapefruit department as well as the sticky sweet pine hop category as well, it's beautiful. The feel is nice and slick with good body, it leaves a slightly bitter and kind of almost savory aftertaste, very interesting. This is for hop lovers like me and drinks so easy. Some light honey and biscuit malt for a base to the tremendous hops.

An awesome beer, an amazing compliment to their other amazing pale Zombie dust. As always, Three Floyd's excels in the hop department. (883 characters)

Photo of ahalloin
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso.

Beautiful big hoppy aroma. Citrusy, piney, fruity, resiny and very clean. Little malt in the aroma. Very awesome.

Very clear light straw color with white head that falls to a ring around the top.

Full hop flavor. Full spectrum of hop flavors just like the aroma but light on the palette. Dare I say 'sessionable'.

Mouthfeel is medium high carbonation and light on the palette but good firm bitter finish.

Overall an excellent hoppy pale ale. (477 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden orange. White head with tons of lace. At the brew pub. Imp pint

Flavors of tropical fruits. Mangoes, citrus, pineapple, and others. Very hoppy of course. Earthy and maybe a touch of clean pine. Bready malts to balance things out a hint.

Mouthfeel is bitter and juicy. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this is pretty killer. Very happy I have an imperial pint of this to drink. So juicy and tropical! Get some of this! (471 characters)

Photo of Thurgoft
4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into an imperial pint from the tap at the Three Floyd's brewpub.

What a wonderful surprise from FFF I stumbled upon on a whim with a buddy for lunch. Saw it on the menu and hadn't heard of it so thought I'd give it a try.

Pours a yellow amber with an inch of white head. Good bit of lacing on the glass.

Smells absolutely DELICIOUS. Orange, lemon, tropical mango, pineapple and an interesting tartness in the nose. I could sit and smell this beer all day.

Taste is incredible as well. Follows the nose almost perfectly with just a touch of malt to keep it grounded. The tartness melds with the bitterness from the hops really well. Not too bitter at all. Finishes with tartness and fruitiness inviting you to take another sip.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation and a medium body. Extremely satisfying going down.

An absolutely amazing to drink. Sits right there with Zombie Dust maybe even better honestly. Wish I could have taken a growler (or two or three...) If you're a Three Floyd's fan and you live near the pub do yourself a favor and make a trip to try this beer. Hopefully this'll become a regular production beer. (1,137 characters)

Photo of Docrock
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in an Imperial pint at Three Floyds: ABV 6.0, IBU 50 listed as a Pale Ale.

A - light amber in color, big creamy colored frothy head with lacing so sticky it looked there was masking tape inside the glass.

S - nice pine and citrus, the citrus was predominantly grapefruit and pineapple. As it warmed a it of apricot surfaced. Great crisp nose..

T - crisp and clean with the pine in front and citrus aftertaste.

M - carbonation is spot on and well balanced, slight lingering resinous aftertaste.

O - different hop profile than Zombie, not as much citrus, was told it was an experimental hop, not named yet. I would drink this along with Zombie all day long, a really good Pale Ale! Hoping they bottle this one! (720 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow.

This is on tap-- not listed on the menu yet, so I filled out the abv based on bartender's guess. (Alex-- please fix if he was wrong!)

Bright clear deep golden body with a shiny white head. Intense lacing and retention.

Smells of little malt-- the hops dominate. And what a glorious domination it is; tangerines, nectarines, and apricots. Bright and fresh, juicy and citrusy. The flavor adds a little bit of maltiness with a touch of sweetness that is just enogh to make me say "candied apricots." The citrusy fruit character is perfect, delicious, and highly appreciated.
The finish is dry and bitter.

No booziness. Medium bodied beer with just the right amount of carbonation.
This is as good as Zombie Dust. No doubt. This has all the characteristics of a perfect pale ale.

Let's all push hard to force FFF to make it year round bottle this one! (875 characters)

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