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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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Ratings: 2,199 |  Reviews: 696
Photo of mayor55
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first taste of Three Floyds. Was pretty much blown away. I got a buzz from 2 bottles. Checked alcohol content and was amazed it was only 5%. Beautiful color and smell. Nice white head that disappeared quickly. Tastes thin and hearty at the same time if this is possible. Can't wait to sample more from 3 floyds.

Update: Been drinking this fairly regularly. I now call it Dreadnaught Lite

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Photo of tiger88
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber with a bone white head that slowly dissipated into a thin white ring. Smelled great, lots of hops and citrus notes that give way to a freshly baked bread aroma. Taste like an IPA but with a little more malt. Crisp and refreshing with a hops note that disappears as quick as the swallow. Good, clean mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Could drink several over a night at the lake or sitting on the back porch on a warm Alabama night.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a lush looking, hazy, orange-gold color with a two finger cap of creamy and bubbly off-white head. The head sports decent retention and leaves quite a bit of lace in the glass.

S: Nice and clean aromas of ripe/sweet citrus, biscuits, caramel/toffee, and a hint of piney resin.

T: See above. The hops run the gamut from floral, to citrus, and to pine. Crisp toasted malt and fresh baked biscuits round out the flavors. Nice piney finish.

M: Smooth with peppery spikes along the way. Oily, resinous hops that don't over power, but help the finish achieve a long lasting pineyness.

D: Excellent drinkability! It's been years since I've had this and I'd forgotten how tasty and sessionable this beer is. Perfect for the summer.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade with nrbw23, Thanks Brad.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Fullers Pint glass.

Color was amber. 2 finger head that dissipated fairly quickly. There was quite a bit of sediment floating around. I think it was from hop pellets, not sure.

Smell - incredible!!! sweet fruity , floral. Very similar to Gumballhead and Dreadnaught. I could smell this beer all day but eventually thirst takes over and I have to drink.

Taste: very well balanced. I could taste the maltiness and the slight hop bitterness but they combined for an incredible experience.

Mouthfeel : good for a "mild"

drinkability : I could definitely drink quite a few of these. If it was readily available to me this would be one of my goto beers.

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Photo of largadeer
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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 MusicaleMike
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured this 12oz bottle of mild ale into a red wine glass, which i seem to be using a lot lately. I sat out on the porch while drinking this delight.

A: It poured a hazy orange color with a beautiful thick, cream-colored head which stayed around for the entire time, leaving thick rings on the side of the glass. There was lots of active carbonation visible through the haze.

S: The smell was incredible! Sweet and fruity notes everywhere. I could pick out a bubblegum smell at first, then I got the green apple smell coming at me. Other than that, I could smell grapes, like white grapes or something. The citrus hop smell was obvious, but it was not overpowering at all.

T: Very well-balanced. Spicy hops were countered by toasty/buttery malts. The predominant taste is citrus. Grapefruits, sour apples...and there is some other interesting flavor which I cannot put my finger on. Medicinal? It was more than just a flavor though, since it affected the mouthfeel in some way.

M: This ale was very smooth. The carbonation was neither too weak or too strong, but just right. Also, as I mentioned before, there was some quality that gave it a (medicinal) feeling.

D: This is now my favorite "mild ale." It is so damn drinkable that I have vowed to stop drinking water from now on. I am not going to file a BeerSpy report. Just stay the hell away from this beer!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up this weekend in Chicago. Poured into my pint glass

A: Golden amber with a nice, white head that recedes leaving nice lacework.

S: Pleasantly hoppy with grapefruit, orange and mango. Inviting, with a hint of sweetness. This is very balanced and a pleasure

T: Starts off with a mild hop bite with an earthy hint and a subtle malt backbone. The finish is a little bitter and dry. Nothing more to ask for from an APA.

M: A little thin and a little undercarbonated.

D: Oh boy, I'm glad I have another 3 of these puppies!

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Photo of Atron67
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a slightly foggy amber with a light white head on top. the head never built up that much but stayed pretty well and gave a pretty solid retention.

S- really solid dry hop citrus flavor all over the place. really juicy and delicious smelling actually. for a mild i wasnt expecting this much to be going on.

T- has a light malty flavor with a huge dry hop kick. not very bitter but the large amount of dry hopping carries over to a nice floral charachterthe finish is a little watery.

M- light body, medium carbonation.

D- a really nice beer. makes me want to make a mild so that i can enjoy something like this more often. prolly be a good dry hop fix in these rough times if all you want is a nice dry hop scent and juiciness

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Nearly gushes from the bottle pouring a clear, medium amber/caramel color and massive off-white head. Aromas are characteristic FFF, lots of citrusy, resiny hops. A bit of toasty malts are noted, not quite biscuity, but with a caramel like toasted character. On the palate, the hops have nearly dissapeared, and the malts, while not overly characterful like they should be in a mild, take the bulk of the flavor. Interestingly, this beer is WAY over carbonated to giving you quite a bite and drying the finish out too much. I don't think it's infected, but there's something seriously wrong with the carbonation level. Given that, it really hurts the drinkability.

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Photo of Slynger
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orangey-gold, fuzzy orange tinted lid. Sweet, fresh, orangey-grapefruit citrus hoppy nose. Lightly toasted grains with light, fresh earth bitterness and peppery spice flavors. Piney as well, with a light body and oily smooth and creamy-crunchy mouthfeel. Very nice, light, flavorful, sessionable ale.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy golden amber color, with a huge foamy head that stayed the entire time. Rings of lacing also covered my glass.

S- A ton of fruit here...some orange, grapefruit and a little piney hop here also.

T- Follows the nose here. Very nice and balanced flavour here.

M- Crisp and little dry.

D- A very drinkable brew. At first I wasn't sure but this one grew on me big time.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We had this from the cask at cellar temperature at the Map Room; not even at the FFF have we had this version. It is a pale chestnut color, with very little head - not surprising really. Aroma was very muted. To my mind the beer was veering towards oxidation, there was a hint of flatness about the taste. Surrounded by a endless high-alcohol beers it can be something of a relief to drink a lighter style. This is redolent of a ligher English bitter, muted hop bitterness and quite dry. It is very accessible and drinkable even if it doesn't leave a pronounced mark.

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle purchased at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

A- Hazy golden amber body. Tall foamy, white head. Alot of carbonation. Sudsy lacing left on the glass.

S- Floral and spicy. Hints of lemon and pineapple. Hoppy with a biscuity sweet side.

T- Well balanced between malt and hops. Minor malt sweetness with a crisp lemony hopness. Dry hop finish.

M- Light to medium body with high carbonation tingle.

D- A very crisp and refreshing beer. Would be nice on a summer day. Very sessionable.

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Photo of beereality
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured vigorously into an imperial pint.rich golden, hazy. little white head that disappeared
fast and left little lacing. I've had a couple of batches that were super effervescent. they would foam out of the bottle if you didn't pour them fast enough. still excellent though....
Light somewhat hoppy smell. not super strong, but nice.
Another beer that improves with warming. Very tasty light bitter.
Alpha kings little brother, hard not to drink alot of these!.

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

Hazy light amber color with golden-copper hues. Fluffy white head becomes off-white as it dissipates. How strange. Aromas of leafy hops, wood oil/ sap, fresh dough and biscuit dough. The flavors reprise the aroma with the addition of marmalade and a hint of caramel malt. Just a tad lighter than medium body. Finish of yeast, dough, and citrus peel. It's funny how an American interpretation of a British Mild comes out as a standard profile for an American Pale Ale. A damn good one though.

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Photo of abankovich
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange amber color with a little haze to it. Not much head that stuck around, what is present is a clean white color.

This beer smells like it will end up tasting pretty well-balanced. Hops are prevalent and citrusy but not the only aroma noticeable.

The first sip that hit my lips I noticed that this is a very smooth beer. Hops and malt are both present and mix well. Neither overpowering the other. The finish is sweet and a little toasted tasting actually.

Mouthfeel is light bodied but full tasting. Some dryness sticks around in my mouth afterwards.

All-in-all a tasty, easy to drink, sessionable beer that I'd love to have again.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed 12 oz from a bottle that has no freshness date I can find. Looks like a deep honey gold with a light tan head that fades fast.

Smells of lightly toasted malts, light nuttiness, some caramel with a light citrus floral bouquet.

Taste is nutty and of mild yet robust malts with a slight spicy finish. A light citrus undertone bites the tongue. There is a nice mild malt finish aftertaste. Quite pleasing.

Another mild beer based on the english style. A nice refreshing change to the bigger beers I've been drinking lately.

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Photo of JDV
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle ordered from Archer Liquors
Cloudy orange honey colored with a soapy sudsy head. Smell is uniquesly fruity. Tangerine strikes me most. Very fresh smelling but slighty subdued strengthed nose overall. Taste has hints of orange with mild bittersweet hops. Quite carbonated, but the body is a bit thin to go along and resultedy tastes a bit weak and slightly bland. What flavor there is, is nice and is unique as far as ambers go. Good effort, and I wouldnt mind trying a bottle of this that I knew for a fact was fresh.

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Photo of toddhett
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a fluffy off-white head that settles to pencil thickness after about a minute, but it's a beautiful beer during that minute. Virtually no lacing. The beer itself is a dark tumeric.

Not a huge nose (sweet and perhaps more lemon than grapefruit).

The taste is a little watery at first, then grassy with a small mix of citrus, followed by a quick burst of bitter, and then gone. There's a little bit of bread on the back end. While it's by no means a particularly malty beer, there's a decent amount of sweetness.

It's an intriguing beer. The brewery describes it as an American mild, and I like that categorization much more than BA's categorization of it as an American Pale Ale ("APA"). I think that the mouthfeel isn't big enough for an APA, but it works really well for me as a mild. It's a perfect American session beer, and the image of taking a British mild and ramping up the Northwest hops is just plain cool.

I wouldn't change anything about this beer, except that I would increase its availability in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Sephiroth for the FFF beers!!! Anyhoo- pours a nice hazy orange with with a thick cream colored head. Sweet citrus/tropical fruit aromas are abundant. Nice crisp mouthfeel is followed by a sweet, light citrus type hop flavor that gets balanced out by a malty finishing kick. The flavor is pretty crisp and clean, though. This may be one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. I want more!!!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangy gold and hazy, with a massive head of white dough that refused to be crammed into the glass. Several attempts at dispensing the bottle resulted in a one-inch rise above the rim, with three inches below.
Constant streams of fine carbonation kept the clingy foam througout the duration of the glass.
A real sight to behold.
Aromatics are mildly hoppy and crisp, with light malt and a citric bite.
The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, lively and crisp.
The pallet has light malt to balance with drying bitterness, and tropical fruit zest.
Alcohol is nill and the beer drinks incredibly fast and refreshing.
Finishes quick and dry with some stray citrus.

What a quencher a pitcher would be with a jalepeno pizza.

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Photo of DukeofAle
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer because I was so impressed with some of the other 3F products. To me it is not hoppy enough to qualify as an APA - I'd have thought it was more of an english bitters.

The first 6-pk I tried was very foamy - excessively so. I assumed this was not typical so sometime later I bought a second 6 but with the same results - explosively foamy. I like plenty of head so this is an odd complaint for me. Retention was poor, smell and taste average at best. Mouthfeel is somewhat this and watery in my opinion. American Pale Ale, IPA and Imperial stouts are my favourite styles - there are much better APA's to choose from.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big frothy white head that sticks around forever, and then leaves some pretty sticky lace on the glass. Very light amber with orangish/yellowish tones. A very pretty beer, love head.

Something is not good about this smell. I can't put my finger on it, but it almost made me not want to try the beer.

So I know smell and taste are very interconnected, but this beer is a great APA. Nice and hoppy. Citrusy sweetness upfront followed by some piny-ness. I detect some clove flavor, but that is probably just a type of hop. Finishes with just a touch of malt.

Mouthfeel is nothing impressive, just your average apa/ipa feel. Drinkability is good also.

If it were not for that funky smell this beer would have gotten a fantastic review. But I just could not get past it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
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 tprokop7
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Thanks to RustyDiamond for this beer. It was sent as an extra in my first BA trade.

A - Light, cream colored head on cloudy, copper body.

S - Mostly hops. I like it so far...

T - Lots of malt, with some hops, citrusy especially on the finish.

M - Carbonation hits the tongue first, but the beer quickly become smooth.

D - I wish that this was available here. Seems like it would make a great session beer. Having to trade for it basically makes that impossible though... Let me know if you have a case you want to get rid of :-)

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Pride & Joy Mild Ale from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2,199 ratings
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