Pride & Joy Mild Ale | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Pride & Joy Mild AlePride & Joy Mild Ale

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A smooth, medium-bodied session beer with bright citrus hop aroma and finish. Our interpretation of an American Mild Ale.

42 IBU

Added by purplehops on 08-06-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A serviceable bitter and we don't need boldness and high alcohol to clean the palate. Crisp, good carbonation, florl, grapefruit and lemonade. A changeup between the pales and stouts. Decent and drinkable bitter. Don't be fooled by the numbers, in perspective of the bold beers.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap while up in that area for Thanksgiving, review is from notes.

A: 2 finger slight off white head on a hazy copper and crimson body. Little retention, some lacing.

S: pine, citrus, caramel and floral. Nice full aroma as expected from the makers of Zombie Dust.

T: nice malt presence with a slightly bitter hop note from the pine and floral notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: another nice offering. sessionable almost with the 5% ABV. do these guys make a bad beer?

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/9/14.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and dank herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

so the american mild ale is a new concept. is that basically a more malt driven session beer? logically i would say so, but this isnt that. its hoppy as heck, more of an american pale than anything else, so a little weird to tackle conceptually, although especially easy to drink down. clear in looks, but rather copper or amber or brass colored for a pale mild ale. its not english in any way, and even though they make the distinction, its sort of weird to think about what a mild ale is outside of that context. bright hoppiness, not dissimilar to other beers that these guys make. its bitter and clean too, malty, but light, a bunch of fun contradictions, but at the end of the day, this is average by three floyds standards, and not way off from a light american pale ale with decent balance. cool beer, a slugger from the bottle, but not where some of the others are i dont think in terms of being one of a kind.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pride & Joy pours out as a dark orange color almost a light brown, The body is a little cloudy cutting down on the clarity of the brew. The head was pretty good looked thick and white and laced the glass nicely. The smell of the beer had a good balance of hops and malts on the nose, it also had a bit of a yeast aroma coming off it too. The taste of the beer was soft and had a good amount of malt in the flavor. The bitterness come though in the end with the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth and medium bodied. Overall It's a very nice brew but probably my least favorite of the 3 Floyd's year round releases.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.5%

From a bottle, pours a dark caramel orange, the head lasts for days.

The nose is really juicy, lots of fruit, citrus hops, pear, a little spruce. The flavor is bitter up front, but its really smooth and balanced. Lots of citrus hops, creamy oranges; and a little dough. It has a very wet and refreshing finish.

Glad I finally got to have this one, would be a good one to have around in summer months.

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Peach's Grill, Yellow Springs, OH

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has some flavors of citrusy hops, although these seem a little muted.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and goes down easily. It is a sessionable version of an APA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, that's a good beer! Sessionable, flavorful, characterful. But aren't Mild's (as the bottle suggests) supposed to be a light Brown Ale? This beer is far from being a mild, but would make a great Extra Pale Ale. Somewhere between a copper and golden color with a thin stark-white head formation and retention. The flavors are dominated by an English hop aroma (earthy, grassy) and with a medium malt character that struggles to counter the hops. The malt flavors take on Vienna-type flavors and come across pleasant and light. Body is quite light, slight of thin, but make the beer very easy to drink. finishes with a light caramel taste and strong hop bittering. Good stuff again by Three Floyds.

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Photo of brentk56
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gushes from the bottle and pours a hazy honey color with a sturdy head that laces nicely

Smell: Nicely balanced nose of clementine orange and caramel

Taste: Opens with a citrusy aspect that lingers on top of the biscuity malt right through mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt manages to sneak through but both flavors remain in the fore through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body but a bit too carbonated

Drinkability: Just an incredible achievement for a nice session beer

Thanks, joe1510, for the chance to re-visit this in the bottle

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Photo of largadeer
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden amber with a good bit of haze to it. The head starts off strong but eventually settles into a flimsy cap. A stream of bubbles can be seen lazily floating toward the surface.

Smell: An awesome aroma of ripe oranges is the first thing I noticed, with toffee and freshly baked bread to follow. For a "mild ale" this stuff has a great aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Excellent balance here, fairly even between hops and malts leaning slightly toward the malty side. Flavors include toffee, tropical fruit and a dash of citrus. It's all nicely blended and mellow with no particular character coming to the forefront. Dries up a touch in the finish with a mild but pleasant citrus hop bite.

Drinkability: Very sessionable I'd guess, though I only have one bottle.

Notes: Thanks to Dyan for this one. I could get used to drinking this FFF stuff.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this one from the bottle <gasp>
Label art is quite unique, so it looks good to me :)

Very nice fruity, spicy hop aroma. Taste is balanced, and follows the smell. Fruity, citric hops are present in just the right amount. Mild yet flavorful. Mouthfeel is spot on, vaguely carbonated, but lets the flavors take center stage. An easy drinker, and what I would consider "training wheels" to 3F's bigger brews. Well done!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of floral hops with a good malt presence. Balance between the floral hops and the semi-sweet malt is very interesting. The above average body is also very enjoyable. If I were to rate this per the style, I would probably rate this very low because this hoppy beer does not remind me of a mild or a bitter. But since I’m rating this solely on what I tasted I can say that without being a great beer it is a very enjoyable session beer.

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Photo of oline73
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber with one finger of off white head. Some head remains throughout.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops with a slight caramel malt sweetness.

Taste: Here the bready malt flavor dominates with citrus peel and pine hop bitterness taking a back seat. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side of medium body. The carbonation could be described as tingly, and there could be more. The finish is quite dry.

Drinkability: This is a pretty good beer. I would definitely have another one, but it's not my favorite from 3 Floyds.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale amber with a nice white head.

S: Some pale malts alongside very mild hop nitterness.

T: Malt sweetness alongside some citrus hops--nothing overwhelming but a very nice profile. Fits the bill for a mild ale quite well.

M: Fairly dry and light-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Very high. If this one weren't as expensive as Alpha King and the other regulars, I could see this being a go to session beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but was purchased recently. Pours a very hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fluffy white head with excellent retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation as well. Aromas of big orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple, bread, floral, light pine, grass, and light citrus rind. Damn nice aromas with nice hop complexity and balance. Taste of orange zest, pine, grapefruit, caramel, bread, floral, grass, and light citrus rind. Good amount of grassy citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, pine, caramel, bread, grass, floral, and citrus rind on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic hop flavor complexity and balance; with a solid malt backbone; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, sticky, and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent pale ale! Great hop flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to drink as expected. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A mild ale?Well not so sure about that,pours a rich copper with a nice white two finger head that leaves a nice sheet of lace behind as it settles,no "mild" aromas going on here piney,resiny hop with slight caramel malt note in the background.A tad watery mouthfeel but not to thin mild flavors for Three Floyds I suppose lightly sweet and caramelly but that piney,resiny American hop presence is there make this well balanced and oh so quaffable.I could drink this ale all day has nice flavors and ind goes down like water,a traditional mild no but a damn good American style mild oh hell yeah.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to both dvelcich and tmoney2591 for another one from one of my top 3 favorite breweries.

A nice fluffy 1finger head rises and fades semi quickly leaving a nice light lacing over super clear toasty amber orange color.

The nose brings some light fresh hops, light grassy and a little spicy with a touch of musty hop resin, some light clean malts with a nice malt backbone. It has a light aromatic fruity hop smell too. Hops are nice and not too heavy. A nice crystal malt there too.

The taste is nice and fresh hop filled, light hops with lots of grass and herbal flavors, little hop resin and some light fruit hops. A touh of a piny and resinous hoppy hit with light malty backbone and just a touch of sweetness. It finishes drier with more bitterness resonating wit the driness. Some of the hop resin lingers.

The mouth is lighter bodied with a touch of hop oil and good carbonation.

It has a pretty good drinkability with light crisp ale flavors, light malty sweetness to balance the hops, the only thing taking away is the lingering hop resins with fresh hop flavors, which taste great but take a bit away from drinkability.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 fingers of eggshell-white head. This retains with a ½ finger of rich froth, which leaves a ton of sticky lacing back that settles into thick rings around the sides of the glass. The aroma bright and hoppy smelling, with robust notes of earth, fresh cut grass, a touch of spice, and a good bit of fruity grapefruit juice character. The sweet graininess of the pale malts hang on the edges in the back of the nose, but this is mostly all about those American hops.

The taste is fresh and hoppy but not overly aggressive, with just a moderate pop of herbal tones, bitter grapefruit, and some light drying spiciness. Much like the aroma, the malts make them known with a smidge of sweet balance before the hops return in an earthy finish full of leafy grit. The mouthfeel is lighter to medium bodied, with a super creamy and smooth texture to the carbonation. There is a just a bit of a gentle prickliness that runs through the body but for the most part, this drinks just effortlessly. This is another one where I was rapidly losing liquid in the glass before realizing that I had to finish reviewing it!

I really think that this gets criminally overlooked when you have to play second fiddle to the likes of Alpha King, Gumballhead, and Dreadnaught but this is one damn tasty and easy drinking APA in it's own right! It's tough to quite call this sessionable while at near 7% but you would never know it from the super easy feel and drinkibility of this. Just another gem of an offering from Three Floyds.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from BlackAngus courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops and citrus with a background of caramelized malt.

T: The taste starts out fruity with flavors of lemon and tangerine, then a decent burst of floral hops bitterness comes in. There's a thin malt character and not a lot of sweetness despite the fruitiness. The after-taste is slightly sweet and a little hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is yet another very good beer from 3F. I could certainly see myself drinking several of these in an evening. The biggest thing that would keep me from selecting this beer if it ever comes back to my area is that I would prefer Alpha King above it and any place around here that would have Pride & Joy would most likely have Alpha King as well.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper-orange body with a large, foamy white head.

Smell: The aroma is noticeable even upon opening the bottle, with a scent fresh-cut citrus fruits and touch of pine.

Taste: A blend of spritz lemons and bright, juicy tangerines start off the flavor. Hint of pine. A bit of caramel malt and hint of biscuit come as an afterthought. Slightly dry finish with a lingering zestiness left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Lively carbonation. A very slight oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though light in alcohol, it's anything but mild. Nicely flavorful with a high drinkability.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My last dark mild ale looked like an Imperial stout compared to this beer. Crystal clear, polished tangerine with an impressive firmsticky head of dark cream. The foam maintains a creamy, humped dollop as it languidly descends and attractive lace spatters the pint glass in an 'interlocking shards' pattern. The appearance is indistinguishable from an APA or an IPA.

Did Three Floyds mislabel this beer? Pride & Joy has to be the hoppiest, most pale ale-like mild ale in existence. In fact, it's one of the most 'unlike style' beers that I've had in a good long while. This brewery's penchant for hops is legendary, but sometimes causes them to push and often exceed the limits for any given style (I'm not criticizing, I'm praising). Now I have to decide whether to review P & J as a dark mild or based on its qualities irrespective of the stated style (spoiler: it's the latter).

Back to the nose. Bright, sweet, hoppy goodness greets my nose with each sniff: candied grapefruit and lemon zest with a spritz of pine sap. The flavor follows suit, but the hoppiness is a bit hamstrung due to the relatively light body. Pale malt stays undercover, providing just enough support for the hops.

The flavor profile is identical to the nasal profile, but caresses the palate rather than pillaging it as it does in some of this brewery's other beers. I still don't see, smell, or taste even a passing resemblance to a true dark mild ale. This delicious beer is more along the lines of a weaker, highly quaffable Alpha King.

I've recently discovered that Pride & Joy is readily available in my area. Since I feel that a session APA (which is what this really is, let's not kid ourselves) completes Three Floyds's lineup nicely and fills a niche in my own regular rotation, I'll be coming back to this one again and again.

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Photo of billab914
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish head shaped pint glass. Pours a cloudy pale amber color with a thick fluffy three finger white head. It had pretty good head retention as I drank it and also left very good lacing on the glass.

Aroma has some lemon, grapefruit and pine from the hops with some sweet bready and caramel notes from the malt. Taste is pretty mild as the name suggests. There is some sweet bready malt present along with a decent citrus hoppy flavor.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's light good tasting and the citrusness makes it pretty refreshing.

Overall a very easy drinking flavorful but milder beer. It's not as good as Alpha King, but I'm sure this beer has a place with a lot of people looking for something lighter and more drinkable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Was totally exited to get a chance to try this. I just get far too few Three floyds beers, gonna need to make a huge trade for these soon, anyway...

A - Poured a nice light golden amber. A touch hazy with a rather large white head. This quickly faded and left behind just a thin film accross the top and a decent amount of lace. Nice carbonation visible streaming up from the bottom.

S - very light citrus hops were the most noticeable. A malty back was there, light grain and a touch of sugar.

T - Wow, this was just awesome. It was like a light IPA, but not in the normal watered down bad way. Nice solid grain backround gave way to the light citrusy hops. Very nice. A touch of susgar made it just a bit sweet, really well put together.

M - Super smooth. Not that much of the carbonation translated over, but enough to make this really nice. Went down well and was not too thin at all.

D - Superb. They are not lying about creating a great session beer. This is the perfect session beer, could drink it forever.

Overall I was very much impressed here. It just was soo smooth and light you could drink it forever and not even know. If I was around it more it would stock my fridge constantly.Just a good, no, great beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap 1/27/10 served chilled in a pint.

A - A very clear golden w/ amber hues. Visible carbonation is evident as the bubbles rise at a moderate pace. The lace clings well

S - A sweet nose w/ tea like herbal scent floral w/ citrus ester and slightly tropical aroma

M - Slightly sweet feel w/ resinous tinge moderate carbonation and mild toastiness w/ dry finish and mild bitterness throughout - lighter medium body

T - The flavor is crisp and has a lemony tangy flavor w/ subtle toasted malt taste. There is slight floral edges in the taste of the hops w/ clean yeast accentuating both the malt and subtle citrus notes of the hops. The taste has a slight tang as it finishes-either hops or yeast or both

D - So easy to drink - an Americanized mild? - Yeah. I really dig this since it has flavors that are subtle yet still noticeable in all ingredients - very drinkable for 6.5%- Great to be able to try it on tap!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jeff for knocking off a bunch of wants in a recent box. This being one of them!

A: The pour is a nice rich amber color with a finger of white head some spotty lacing is left on the glass as I drink it down.

S: Just a really fresh and vibrant hop aroma to this beer. Tons of pine and grapefruit peel with a hint of grass. Touches of sweetness from both fruity, citrusy hops and the bready malt base.

T: Slightly more malt forward than the nose lets on. Toasted bread and hints of caramel on the front end, but still plenty of hop character. Very floral and perfumey with a moderate pine note and bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Three Floyds really does hoppy beers well and this is no exception. A really nice pale ale.

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