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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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. Can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer before. Figured I'd enjoy a (lower alcohol) Three Floyds offering in anticipation of tomorrow's festivities. Served, somewhat appropriately, in a Surly pint glass.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving a few stray splotches of lace. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - A nice initial hop punch of floral and citrus flavors mellows out to a crackery malt backbone with notes of toffee and toast. Plenty of grapefruit and lemon flavors present.

T - Taste is quite nice, with a mix of grapefruit, pine, and grass hop flavors mingling with some cracker and biscuit malt. Well-attenuated, with a tiny astringent note in the back end. Bitterness is medium-low and appropriate.

M - Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, lightly sticky finish with some enamel-coating hop oils. Goes down extremely easy, with negligible alcohol presence.

D - An enjoyable beer from Three Floyds that probably deserves more credit than it gets, but is overshadowed by its higher ABV siblings. Drinks a little lighter than Alpha King, and a great option for winning over craft beer n00bs.

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Photo of logic737
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was my pride and joy to drink this! First beer I have smelled that instantly brought me back to sticking my nose in a bag of fresh hops. The head was good with a lace left on the side of the glass. Because of the smell I anticipated a very bitter taste and was surprised to taste a smooth and slightly fruity. This is a summer session beer that I cannot keep my nose out of the glass. 3 Floyd's was pretty highly recommended to me and I am happy to say this vastly exceeded expectations. Well done

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Photo of eclipse54
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle from JM03; thanks again! Poured into a tulip glass...

Pours a hazy copper/orange color with a finger’s breadth of fluffy, white head that lingers for about a minute before subsiding to a ring of bubbles and hearty patches across the surface of the liquid. Lacing is minimal, as the bubbles left on the glass are wet and simply slide back down into the beer over the course of a few seconds.

Aroma is of bread-like malt, caramel, toasted malt, dull grasses, and ample citrus (orange, lemon). Malt certainly takes the forefront in this one, but the citrus is certainly noticeable.

Malts dominate the beginning of the taste, imparting a bready, biscuity flavor initially, followed by toasted malt and caramel almost immediately. In the middle, the herbs, grains, and grasses make a quick appearance, reminding one this was listed as a pale ale and not an amber. The end is all hops and citrus, in true pale ale fashion. Really a “night-and-day” difference between the start and finish of the drink.

Mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, refreshing, and with an only slightly dry finish that leaves one wanting another sip. Very well done here.

Overall, a phenomenal brew that would be a staple in my fridge were it available locally.

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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy golden pour. Decent slightly off-white head. Lacing and retention and okay as well.

S: Lots of citrus and tropical fruit, pineapple being a big one. Lots of caramel. Nose has a bite to it. Surprisingly strong smelling for a "mild". I swear I smell butterscotch.

T: Not as big of a hop bite as I expecting from the nose. Makes sense being a "mild" and such low IBUs. Just a touch of citrus/tropical fruit hop and then it smooths out amazingly. Big caramel malt and a bit of pine in the finish.

M: Low bitterness, very smooth, perfect carbonation.

O: This is a great "lawnmower beer" for your beer geek. Drinkability is off the chart.

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4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ State & Lake (1st floor of the Wit) in Chicago, IL for $7.77 (unusual price! but dig it, just like FFF, very unusual brews). Tapped from the white handle w/ the FFF Joker on it & a Purple Crown on top into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Strong citrus and hop. Not overpowering in the nose but very sharp and appropriate. Awesome!

Appearance- Received with 1 finger head that stays. Has a nice golden body with ingredient hanging around? Strange but cool! Leaves VERY thick lacing afterwards.

Flavor- The FFF normal APA! Great, easy drinking, and great character and complexity. Not as strong as their Alpha King but I'm guessing thats why they call it a "Mild Ale". Light Hop Bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied but almost Light-Medium, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and easy to drink (strange for style?).

Overall Impression- Awesome brew again from FFF! The apperance was funny seeing tons of things floating around and HOW the heck does a Hotel Bar in Chicago have FFF on-tap!?! Uh, thats what Rachael does best here! Good brew, Good Time, and would say I will be enjoying this again but may be trying more from FFF first before coming back to this one. Didn't blow me away or anything.

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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber copper color with a very nice 2 finger foamy off white head that faded slowly, leaving a foamy layer on top and great lacing coating the sides and leaving rings as it goes down.

Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, caramel, sweet malt, grains, biscuit, light grapefruit, pine cones and light fruit; the hop whiff up front faded quickly and this is an above average smelling beer that’s basic yet nice to inhale. Smells like a pale ale, and it’s mild, so I guess they got the aroma correct.

Tastes like a pale ale, with lightly toasted grains, biscuit, citrus hops, grapefruit, floral hops, caramel, sweet malt, pine cones, light fruit like lemon and a husky, earthy note like wheat or crackers. The hops and sweet malt balance out each other well, and the alcohol is completely hidden making this highly drinkable. Overall the flavor was good, and while the hops don’t dominate, they do add a nice herbal flavor that kept this in the range and taste of an APA style that I prefer.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp with light carbonation, a light body that slides down slick and a slightly bitter finish that leaves a light caramel sweetness mixed with the hop bitterness.

A session beer for me and one that I’m very glad I was able to try; thanks to my man Justin for shipping these out to me last month. This beer went down very easy and I recommend trying it.

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3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at Woodlands tavern on 9/28/11

Mostly clear, amber hue with a caramel turn. 1/4th inch head is cut down immediately to an even skim. An ok patch of lace holds on.

Simple, yet aromatic hop profile. Piney and a tad grassy with a decent citrus note - grapefruit and tangerine. Zesty. Smells resinous and oily. Clean; grainy malts stand aside. Quite nice.

It tastes almost as good. Nice amount of bitterness via pine with some citrus zest crackle to move it along. Grainy malts are mild and about as neutral as they come, aside from notions of crackers. Vibrant flavor. Hints of cotton candy sweetness as it warms.

The only downside is a thin feel; it lets the frisky carbonation get the best of it. Finishes with a quickly tapering bitterness.

This is very much an easy drinking beer. I was certainly happy to find it at my local bar.

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3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a golden brown biscuit color with a 1 finger inner almond colored head. Big bubbles, no lacing.

Nose presents juicy flavors of dried mango and apricot with a bit of citrus and rosewater.

Taste is very bitter upfront, slightly sweet, with hints of caramel malt and resinous pine.

Moderate to light carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel with a slight resinous stickiness.

Overall a great beer, nice balance of lightness and flavor. Not the best beer these guys make but definitely tasty!

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2.71/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Lizardville in Bedford Hts, OH. I will preface this with the fact that they had the beer listed as an Amber Ale, not a Pale Ale (or Mild Ale, whatever that is).

A - The look fits the bill. Slightly orange-gold, tall white head with light lacing.

S - Nothing to write home about, the aroma of this beer was very ordinary. No powerful notes, but some light caramel maltiness.

T - Follows the nose. The flavor was very mild with no outstanding notes. It doesn't have much in the way of richness or malt that was on the nose. I drank it pretty quickly to get to the next beer - an unconscious habit I developed back in the Natty swilling days for beer that didn't taste good. When I realized what was happening, I knew this beer was going to get negative marks.

M - Relatively thin and uninspiring.

Not much to take "Pride" or "Joy" in about this beer. At least not to me. If you're looking for something easy drinking that won't take your attention away from conversation, this is it. If you're looking for something that will match the hype from the brewery and the wacky label, then it's not.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesty of IrishColonial...thanks, Eric! Served in a nonic pint.

A: Pride & Joy is a hazy, sunset blonde colored brew. A quarter finger white head and some sticky lacing latch on to the glass. Looks pretty good for a mild ale.

S: Wow, very good. Some light pine and citrus hops. Light touches of sweet yeast and bready malt. Smells great.

T: Nice. Some sweet malt and lightly bittering hops with a sweet, citrusy finish. This one is a little past its prime (my bad), but it still tastes quite good. It's incredibly smooth and very well balanced.

M: Carbonation is spot on. Light doses of both malt and hops create what may be the perfect lawnmower and tailgate beer. Quite enjoyable.

O: Pride & Joy is great for what it is: a light, refreshing, standard mild ale. It's got bursts of hop presence that will entertain your inner beer geek but a light enough mouthfeel to keep it easily sessionable. Great job.

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3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Dark golden to copper body. Mostly clear. Finger of soft white, dense head. Great lacing. Nose of butterscotch biscuit malt and floral, slightly herbal hops.

Toasted malt and grain up front with minty, floral hop bitterness following. Fruity malt fills in. Light butterscotch in the finish. Moderate to light body. A nice quaffer.

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3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Beer Trappe in Lexington on 9/10.

Nice clarity, colored by all pale malts with a hint of toast tossed in. Short white head.

Smells wonderful. Nice fresh juicy hops. Pine resin and floral fruit flowers rise up to greet you.

Tastes very smooth, an easy drinker. Hints of pine, lemon zest, and white bitter flowers.

Smooth and creamy with low carbonation.

Not bad at all, this one.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange liquid with a thin but creamy white head that settles to a thin and splotchy covering.

S- Slightly soapy and fruity. Overall it is pretty simple and mild but rather enjoyable.

T- Slightly fruity with some soap and biscuity malt.

M- A nice carbonation bite and a fairly clean finish.

O- Drinks very nicely for the style. There is something unique to this I can't really put my finger on. Would make for a great session beer.

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4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, pale gold color. Develops a small, 1/4 inch off-white head, that disappears rapidly.

The aroma has a nice balance to it, some mild biscuity aromatics, with a decent earthy hoppiness, bordering on tropical fruit.

The flavor has a definite hop-punch, but the flavor is really quite mild despite being incredibly hoppy. I mostly get an herbal, slightly citrus quality from the hoppiness, and even some pungent earthiness typical of English hops. Not to be outdone, the malt backbone adds a nice lightly toasted bread flavor adding great balance to the beer, that ultimately finishes clean and bright, while leaving a very mild flavor on the palate.

I really enjoy this beer. Very easy drinking, clean, crisp hop flavors and nice balance. Too bad it costs $2-3 more than any other craft six-pack on the shelf.

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3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a weizen glass. no date.

a - pours a medium amber color with a bit of chill haze. gave me a pinky of off white head that calmed quickly to a thin film. some spotty lacing.

s - sweet and fruity! notes of honey, raisin, fig, plum, light toasty malt and a touch of floral hops.

t - light biscuity malt up front with a somewhat muted bitter twang in the back that hangs on for a while. some subtle dark fruity and herbal hop notes pop up here and there. bitterness becomes more pronounced as it warms up.

m - lighter in body with enough carbonation. just shy of being prickly and has a slight oily feel on the tongue.

o - very drinkable and fits the style. seems like it would go well with a lazy summer afternoon.

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4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a simple beer glass, has a nice caramel color-simply looks tastey!

Nice head that settled down to about a finger, medium lacing.

Smells sweet, but hoppier than most-what else would you expect from 3 Floyds?!

Good hops flavor up front, grapefruit comes to mind. Slightly bitter but followed up with a very nice caramel sweetness.

Medium carbonation, very fitting and compliments the beer quite well.

One of my favorites, and I used to avoid hops! A great tasting beer from 3 Floyds that surprised me and will definitely be in my fridge again.

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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, unknown date. Served around 45F.

Pours hazy orange amber with a one finger white head that recedes to a wispy cap and leaves some good spotty lacing.

Aroma is pine and citrus hops, caramel, fruit and bread. Good, but not great strength.

Flavor is surprisingly hoppy, great citrus up front along with grass and pine, moves to some fruity and caramel malt in the middle with light sweetness, finishes with very good citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Very flavorful and hoppy "Mild" Ale, comes across more as a Amber Ale/Pale Ale hybrid.

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Pride & Joy Mild Ale from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2,198 ratings
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