3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #225
Ranked #6,747
4 | pDev: 10.25%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Very Good
Notes: Congratulations! Welcome to flavor country. This most recent FFF’s pale ale has just the malt backbone to support an explosive juicy hop profile derived from a new blend of proprietary hops. Cheers.

55 IBU
Reviews: 207 | Ratings: 1,741 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

To the untrained observer, my machinations may be hard to pick up on. Sure, brewery horizontals are fairly straightforward & obvious, but transitions and other subtleties may not be. My previous beer was an Evil Genius, but now I am segueing over to 3 Floyds as part of my next horizontal as I keep working to eradicate the backlog here at Chez Woody. It's the pesky, confounded bottles that I will not miss as they are emptied, rinsed & placed in the recycling bin.

From the Bottle: "American Session Ale"; "Welcome to flavor country. This Pale Ale has just the malt backbone to support an explosive juicy hop profile derived from a new blend of proprietary hops. We hope you'll enjoy it."; "Label: Zimmer-Design.com".

I was anxious to welcome 3 Floyds back to PA after a distro hiatus on their part. I started by Pop!ping the cap on this one & following that with a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. It foamed nicely enough, forming just over a finger of foamy, soapy, rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was deep enough for me to consider it a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a peach/apricot/pear fruitiness along with a light pine/eucalyptus mintiness. Yum! Mouthfeel was a solid medium. The taste was an interesting admixture of fruit flavors, from the softer peach/apricot/pear as noted on the nose to a sweet tropical combination of mango/papaya/passion fruit to a sharp, citrusy sharpness of grapefruit/orange/tangerine. Yum! Finish was semi-dry with the fruit flavors finally being joined again by the pine/eucalyptus mintiness. Yum Yum! YMMV.

Apr 04, 2020
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Orange to gold, unfiltered with a short term half-finger froth and spotty lace.

S: Very floral and honey aroma

T: Follows nose, decent hop profile for a session.

F: Medium smooth body, off-dry.

O: Not the greatest depth of flavor, but still a crushable session.

Jan 02, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lemon yellow body; mildly cloudy; excellent carbonation; thick, sculpted head, dense and creamy; sticky white sheets of foam adhere to the glass. Nice smell; a bit dry and woody with just a hint of fruity esters. Mild yet flavorful taste; mild malt base; prominent hop bitterness; light sweetness, a bit floral with some honey-like tones. Medium body; a bit coarse and dry on the palate.

The beer's looks take center stage. The taste also exhibits some excellent qualities, balanced and flavorful with a decently complex hop profile. A very good beer.

Oct 12, 2019
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CaptD from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Three Floyd's comes to Central Illinois. This session ale is a great addition to the pale ales they offer. Dark golden color with a small lacy head. Taste is a little hop forward. Overall a very drinkable beer, I will look forward to more

Aug 25, 2019
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Marraybay from District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hoppy with a light to medium body; decently round mouthfeel and flavor for a smaller beer that's borderline sessionable, but a little one-dimensional in taste; Needs something more prominent wrt malt and or fruit; C-

Jul 03, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice, light, crisp pale ale from a famous brewery that’s new to me. Tried this one on tap at 3 Floyds. Looks absolutely amazing - slightly darker golden color with a little lingering cap of white head but then abundant sheets of lacing that just lasted forever. Really great appearance. Mildly faint, nice aromas of citrus zest hops, a little floral hops and malt. Maybe a touch of vanilla. Taste follows the nose, but fortunately there were bolder notes - although still subtle. Peach, lemon, orange, guava, pineapple - subtle and sweet and clean and very crisp. Malt, vanilla and caramel are far in the background. Good mild sweetness. Smooth, mild, clean mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. A very enjoyable beer and although I would have preferred more flavor and depth, it was so clean drinking that it was still great. Sessionable!

Jun 24, 2019
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-draft, spiegelau ipa glass.

A: A light shade of orange has a good clarity and a lightly spaced effervesce of macro-bubbles. A bready white head is slight, 1/4 inch, and lapses rather quickly. Small lace remains.

S: Semi-dry tropical, dried peaches, some semi-dry oranges and dried bubblegum. The strength is rather pedestrian, was expecting a bit more from both brewery and namesake. Big, juicy, fruity, is how I envisioned this.

T: Tropical peach, dry orange, with an even handed bitterness of citrus and passion fruit. Warming hop flowers, ripe fruit on finish. Some berry fruitiness and dry floral lingers well on the swallow.

M: Syrupy, soft, almost no carbonation texture. Very easy with a nice thick fluid quality, slippery on the tongue.

O: The tropical fruitiness picks up after several sips and some warming. I wasn't to impressed at first, but this beer draws you in with appreciation as it warms and deeper into the drink. A very good malt base shows a wonderful balance with the warming hops. Enjoyable, well blended hoppiness that showcases a more overall blend then individual quality, reminding me of several Alpine or Maine beers. Great craftsmenship, but its Three Floyds, so you already knew that.

Jun 08, 2019
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barknee from New York

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat dry with a spicy citrus snap. Not unctuous in mouthfeel but just the right amount of weight, after all, its a session brew right? The sugars balance the dry profile quite well, with lingering sweetness on the lips. I always try to grab some 3 F's when I come across it, in this case in S.E. KY. Always good - never disappointing.

Mar 01, 2019
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Spellogue from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served draft at a pizza joint in Cincinnati.
Hazy beige in the glass.
No head, but maintained a white film on the surface. Thick lacing,
Scent is intoxicating, sweet bubblegum and cherry notes, hint of vanilla.
Flavors are not immediately what the nose would suggest. Happiness is forward, but not overbearing. Spicy, vegetal hop character gives way to both grapefruit and banana yeast esther, nice bubblegum finish with a reminder of hop tang.
Full body with creamy mouthfeel matches well with the flavor.
Flavors open up nicely as the brew warms in the glass.
I’ll remember to order this one when I see it again.

Feb 27, 2019
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ordybill from Georgia

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a lightly murky dark gold color with a small white head. The aroma is full of citrus. The taste follows the nose.

Aug 13, 2018
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Wolvmar from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pour: Pale golden color with small head. Quickly dissipates with minimal clouds and no lacing.

Nose: sweet hops, some citrus.

Taste: citrus hops balanced with malt sweetness. Well balanced, very good but not mind blowing (not that it should be).

Mouthfeel: surprisingly viscous, rich, especially for a seasionale. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: very enjoyable session ale. Would definitely buy and keep on hand for any occasion. Great with any food.

Jun 10, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a darker golden color with a thin off white crown that sits on top.
The smell is a very nice fruity sweetness. Citrus and the sweetness almost reminds me of peach rings.
The taste has big stone fruit notes and that sweetness I smell in the nose is a lot more tamed. Still good.
The mouthfeel is sticky.
Overall, this is a nice ale.

Dec 10, 2017
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Jamier33 from Florida

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great Session Ale for hop lovers. Doesn't taste or feel the same as it smells because If it did the ABV would need to be 8 plus. Overall it nails the session apa classification. Looking forward to lots of these next summer.

Nov 20, 2017
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured smoothly into a clear pint glass. Has a dark, hazy golden appearance. Moderate carbonation and head dissipates quickly.

The smell obviously gives off grapefruit, along with orange and lime peels, other citrus aromas.

Tastes very piney and earthy, has herbal elements to it. Light hints of grapefruit, orange juice, and a biscuit malt. Also a peppery sort of hops. Grapefruit aftertaste. Oddly it all tastes quite light on the mouth but tastes like nothing when it's swallowed. Does feel smooth and rich going down however.

Overall it's a light assortment of things despite the smell.

Oct 13, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$ 14.43 (Including tax)/six pack of 12 ozers ($ 0.200/oz) at Chalet Party Shoppe, Middlebury, IN.
Bottled 8-21-17. In reefer at shop, stored at 42 degrees in my reefer. Served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Citrus with a splash of pine, fades.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.7 cm, aggressive pour), off white, medium density froth, average retention, diminishing to two mm ring and a heaped partial layer. Head retraction leaves thin partial rings of tiny bubbles.
Lacing – Fair. Partial rings which resemble the writing on the label.
Body – Medium yellow, hazy.
Flavor – Actually, not much. It’s cold and wet and maybe a bit bitter. Well balanced nothingness. If you really concentrate, then the malt and hops can be detected. No alcohol, no diacetyl. Allowing it to warm in my mouth only makes it warmer and produces a chalky finish, absent in the cold swallows.
Palate – light, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression: Flavor is a let-down after the promise of the nose. Even a little diacetyl would have been welcomed to establish a flavor profile. You could certainly drink several of these since there is nothing in the flavor profile to offend.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.5.

Oct 12, 2017
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased 8/15/17 at brewery. Poured into Teku glass.

L: 2F head with good retention, lots of lacing, and cap and ring. Beer is a clear medium amber. Quite nice.

S: Grapefruit, lime peel, Light malt. Earthiness.

T: Tends to follow nose. Light citrus, light malt, earthy finish but pretty neutral.

F: Light body, mediumish carbonation. Construction and balance are good.

O: Compatible with the better of commercial session ales.

Aug 31, 2017
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

An unremarkable pale ale from the oft-unremarkable Three Floyds. Very little aroma, some citrusy flavor and orange juice on the back... dry finish, some prickly hop bite... boring. On tap at Lone Wolf in Chicago.

Aug 26, 2017
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy blonde color with a substantive head of fine, white froth. Aroma smells of honeyed, biscuity malt with grapefruit and a hint of bubblegum.

Herbal, grassy hops hit hard up front, complimented by mildly sweet, bready malt. The peppery bite of the hops lingers from front to back, while a vague fruitiness adds a touch of flair in a not-so-obvious sort of way. The mouthfeel is perfection--just the right heft and vitality, and unrelentingly so.

I'm not much for pale ales, but this is pretty good as far as those go, even if the hop content is bordering on IPA.

Aug 26, 2017
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SaltofOH from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5-22-2017. CBF Tulip.

A: pours a hazy golden orange with 1 finger of frothy just off-white head. Tons of visible carb. Retains a pretty solid cap, and the lacing is worthy of extended letters home. A ring for every sip!

S: sweet tropical, citrus, hints of pine.

T: my, that is hoppy. On a reduced beer diet lately, and this is a treat. Arrives crisp and refreshing, some dry malt across the middle with a touch of citrus sweetness, then a big grapefruit rind finish rounding things out. Not very sweet on the palate, in contrast to the nose.

M: medium bodied, frothy texture with what seems like moderately low carbonation.

O: this bottle has been sitting around a while, so it may be lacking a little of the punch I recall, but this is certainly an above average hoppy APA with a solid malt body to back it up. Really bitey, but not overwhelming. An IPA on xanax? At 5.5%, this could be a regular drinker.

Aug 05, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. Clear golden. Smells of surprisingly sweet malt. Candy hop aroma that makes me think Azacca. Tastes of that same Jolly rancher sweet fruitiness. A little bit of caramel malt. Slight bitterness. Medium body. Seems a hefty pale ale and not what I expected based on the description.

Jun 29, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Yard House in Cincinnati. Poured into a pint glass.

L: Mostly clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Decent lacing.

S: Spent grains and tropical fruits.

T/F: Mild bread/grain malt base with a surprisingly fruity/juicy hop profile. Citrus and mango... a bit of pineapple and honey. Crisp... very drinkable and light on the bitterness.

O: A high quality APA somewhat reminiscent of Zombie Dust. Fruity and highly drinkable. Overall well done.

Jun 13, 2017
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drgonzo767 from Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from The Keg, New Albany IN. Bottled 1/17/05

A: Damn, this is a pretty beer. First thing I notice is the huge three finger head. So frothy, so inviting. Pours a copper gold. Not too dark. It's just a pretty beer. Laces the glass the whole way down as I drink it.

S: Citrus, strong melon even after almost 4 months. I think I catch a whiff of sour dough bread. Maybe I just want some sour dour bread, who knows. But this is a good smell, doesn't assault you with strong hops.

T: I am not getting the stronger bitter as some other reviews. Maybe it is because it is four months old? Blood orange, light grapefruit, melon, apricot, some light rind on the finish. Not too much resin, clean, dry. Light malt and biscuit, just the right amount. Refreshing.

F: Light carbonation. Clean finish, not very oily at all. Dry on the end. Isn't bombing out my tastebuds.

O: I was wanting to give 4.25, but then I thought as a session this really is better than that, a 4.50. Balanced yet complex with nuance, satisfying verses some of the competition. Another strong offering from FFF.

May 06, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Semi-opaque gold, nice fluffy cap. Aroma is classic pale ale - wheat malt, grassy hops, a little orange rind. Taste follows suit, malt backbone is pretty dry and crisp like a German, hops are a bit citrusy (Amarillo / mosaic) with a little chalky yeast. Good session beer

Apr 19, 2017
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Riff from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold color with about a finger of white head. Smells of tropical fruit, citrus, and caramel, just enough aroma to be noticed but not overly strong. Tastes tart and juicy, kind of like pink grapefruit juice, moderately bitter which lasts throughout and lingers for a little while. A little note of tropical fruit towards the end. Medium body. Easy drinker, flavorful for the abv range. If it was regularly available here (I picked it up on a trip out west) I'd probably regularly pick it up as a late spring till early fall beer.

Apr 13, 2017
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geeves from Wisconsin

3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank 12oz bottle on 4/5 that was brewed 1/17

L: cloudy orangish yellow with a thick head
S: citrus, hoppy, and a faint scent of grain
T: good balance and moderate hops taste, taste mild citrus
F: feels like most pale apa's

Solid and well rounded beer, that i could definitely have multiple of on a warm day

Apr 06, 2017
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