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Space Station: Middle Finger - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 111
Hads: 1,265
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 127
Gots: 318 | 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: 111 | Hads: 1,265
Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.77/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.19/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of Etan
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of SteelSaw
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle picked up at a bottle shop in Chicago during a recent visit.

Golden and very clear with a big white head. Awesome. And great lacing. Aroma is floral and citrusy with some tropical fruits mixed in. Flavor follows closely with the tropical fruits leading. A nice low bitterness and hints of toasted malt. But this one is all about the hop flavor. A silky smooth finish and a low carbonation make it go down nicely.

An outstanding American pale ale!

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy light amber in color with a thin white head that retains nicely

Smell has some floral and slightly citrus hop aromas forward. Nice cracker like malt aroma balances out the back end.

Taste has herbal floral hop flavors forward along with a toasted crackery malt. Piney Bitterness is on the higher end of the style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied bitter and sticky from lots of hoppy oils.

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Photo of DVoors
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured golden dark straw color with perfect two finger white, lacy fluffy head. Very clear.

pine is dominant in the nose and finishing with some orange citrus flavors

tastes like it has the exact same base malt beer as zombie dust except it tastes like they used simcoe instead of citra. Its great but falls just short of zombie dust

mouthfeel is light refreshing and perfect for an APA

Overall another world class beer from FFF. One of my new favorites

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
2.96/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Brixie's

A) pale orange two finger head

S) citrus fruits FFF ale yeast

T) light malt flavor, grapefruit, orange, FFF house yeast

M) Light and crisp

O) Basic and typical FFF beer, not blown away and won't have another one. I'll stick to Alpha King.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of SebD
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Lothore
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of brewskis
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, rich golden color with a two finger off-white head.

Aroma is of peach, woodsy/herbal notes, grass, floral, mango, and light grapefruit. Some light carmel and biscuit malt notes play in the background.

Taste brings a very peach-forward beer with a good amount of grassiness, herbal notes, mango, and floral. Subtly balanced with carmel sweetness and light biscuit. Decent punch of an earth, resiny bitterness on the finish.

Medium body. Smooth, creamy, and refreshing. Slight oily finish.

A very nice pale ale from a brewery that is pretty well-versed on them. Nothing that will blow your socks off, but it is a nice shift from the usual fruit bombs.

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Photo of roger617
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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Photo of L3MI
4.96/5  rDev +18.4%
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!

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Space Station: Middle Finger from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.