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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Reviews: 695 | Ratings: 2,195
Photo of brewskifan55
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter; thanks, Corgidad.

A: Filmy orange. A bright white one finger head that slowly dissipates to foam and bubbles. Tons of lacing.

S: Subtle piney hops. Light grapefruit. Juicy with lots of citrus.

T: Tangy as hell. Mangoes, oranges, kiwi. Smooth, creamy. A very light hop bitterness well- balanced with caramel malts.

M: Medium to heavy with creamy carbonation. Frothy on the tongue.

O: Not sure what to expect as I cracked the top on this one. But hey, it's 3Floyds, so I needn't worry. Definitely a session beer. Light, summery and citrusy smooth.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A- Golden and clean filtered with a soft-foamy head
S- Simple, soft hops
T- Simple and straight forward. Soft hops with a light malt backbone. Straight forward, but done in a well balanced way
M- clean and crisp. easy drinking
O- very solid "traditional" pale ale. Hoppy, but smooth. This is NOT a hop bomb.

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Photo of PPOmaha
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled one month ago.

Aroma: medium sweet white bread aroma. Low spicy hop aroma. Esters rely shine here though: peaches, unripe mangos, pear, and definite hints of citrus. No DMS, no diacetyl.

Appearance: copper with amber highlights. Medium dense head that lingers.

Flavor: low biscuity malt not a ton of malt complexity. Hop flavor really stands out here, big earthy bitter note. Bitterness lingers into the finish. No DMS, no diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: medium light body with medium carbonation. Light creaminess, bitterness into the finish.

Overall: Really nice bitter mild. Tastes like some earthy American type hop. This is a nice easy drinker.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper to light brown in color. I see a half inch of tightly knit off white head. There's some haziness within the beer and plenty of lacing on my glass. Bready malt aroma with a gentle touch of fairly neutral aroma hops. I definitely taste light bready grains in the front of the palate and I get a floral hop finish with a bready grain aftertaste. The mouth is crisp and yet moderately carbonated.

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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 BB1313
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 4/28/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy burnt golden with some sediment; huge fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around and leaves awesome sticky lacing and retention. The aromas are pretty faint, but that can be expected for the style. They open up as it warms. Lots of caramel malts and bread. Some very subtle fruit notes. Very subtle hints of grapefruit. There's a little bit of orange in the mix as well. The flavors seem to match the nose. This is a very crisp and clean beer. Extremely refreshing. Lots of grass. Hints of pine. Maybe even some mint? Very subtle bitterness. Lots of caramel. Some orange zest. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light with active carbonation. Extremely fluffy and creamy. Really smooth and drinkable.

This beer can be boring at times, but it is what it is! It's a mild ale, so it's not going to be an overwhelming experience. The craftsmanship is impressive and it's perfect for the warm weather. It makes a nice session ale.

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Photo of Bretttt
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice golden color with almost a rusty stain look. Pretty hazy. Kind of like the chain on my bike right now. Finger and a half head. Decent lace.

Tulip Glass

Smell - Mild slightly sweet and citrus hop smell

Taste - Great balance. Somewhat malty but the hops are still more noticeable. Very mild and I want to drink more immediately.

Mouthfeel - light and a little sticky doesn't stick around much. Pretty clean and crisp.

Overall - Definitely a session beer. Very refreshing. I could see myself drinking a six pack of these while at a backyard party or something. Makes me hungry for some barbecue.

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Photo of moysauce
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured this bad boy into a snifter and was dark gold/light amber in color. The head was approximately 1 finger, maybe a little more, but I was a bit disappointed with the head as it faded away pretty fast. Can't be upset with that beautiful golden/amber hue, though.

Smell: Definitely got the citrus notes upfront. Although I could pick up a hint of the malty undertones, I felt I had to really search for them.

Taste: Pride & Joy is a very balanced beer. Goes down nice and easy. Nothing too overpowering here. A little on the bitter side for the aftertaste, but the malt and hops have a nice little conversation, balancing each other out. Definitely mild.

Mouthfeel: Smoooth. Doesn't linger around or leave your mouth super dry. Again, definitely mild.

Overall I thought it was a solid brew. I don't think I've ever been disappointed with anything from FFF. It's not necessarily a beer I would wet my pants over, but I wouldn't be upset if I had to drink it. The beer definitely fits the description of "mild." Incredibly balanced in every aspect. Would have maybe liked it to be a bit more crisp, but I can't be upset over what it isn't.

Serving type: bottle into snifter
Date: 4/16/14

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Photo of Beric
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into footed pilsener
Served: 7 April 2014

Appearance: Crystal clear with an amber tinge. A small white, foamy white head on the top that diminishes to about a half a finger and leaves good lacing.

Smell: Citrus and floral hoppiness dominate the nose, but there is a slight hint of malt sweetness.

Taste: A nice assertion of citrus hoppiness on a sweet malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation for the style. Body fits what I would expect for a 5% APA.

Overall: Another great beer by FFF, and one that I think is sometimes overlooked. This one is comparable in quality and taste to SNPA, though this one has a slightly thinner body in my opinion, and is just slightly darker. Would recommend, especially for those beginning to explore the hoppier sides of craft beer.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very happy to come across a six-pack in Indianapolis. Robert the Bruce and Alpha King were also in stock, but I hadn't tried Pride & Joy yet...

Poured into tulip glass

Appearance: beautiful copper color with 1-2 finger cream head; noticeable lacing throughout
Smell: love the smell of mild fruits and hops
Taste: insanely drinkable; slightly bitter on the aftertaste, but I dig it
Mouthfeel: smooth, fruity, hoppy; very crisp with a mild alcohol burn
Overall: glad I chose this over Robert and Alpha; will pick up more when available

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Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant deep golden with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Lime, pine, grapefruit, grass, and resin form the initial aroma. There's a touch of caramel malt sweetness.

Flavor reveals lime dominance underlying light, crackery malt character, finishing resiny, earthy, and fairly bitter. Floral hops add complexity.

Body is light, with moderate carbonation. There's a touch of hop astringency at the finish.

More hoppy than expected in flavoring, though a metallic note surfaces late. Bitterness is a bit high for my liking. Very sessionable beer, but the hop flavoring isn't my favorite. Lime overpowers.

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

Pride and Joy is described as a Mild Ale and it seems quite telling as its good in all areas but is, as described, mild. From the lightly colored body to the mild hop aroma to the balance of malt and floral hops, this is mild in all counts. Probably could call it a Sessionable Pale Ale, but all in all its tasty and easy.

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Photo of pkalix
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark golden pour, no head. well, a little on the second, more vigorous pour....
interesting hop aroma.... soft, but definitely there. some sweetness too....
taste is very nice. very well-rounded. how do they make such great brew? why doesn't everybody follow this format? is it just a race to find the next novelty? this isn't as stand out as the Zombie Dust, but it's GOOD. dang good. creamy white head. nice soap on the sides. easy to drink. very enjoyable. perfect! I just tried Three Floyds this week. everything has been great. the beer scene is maturing!

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Photo of Paincane
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber gold pour into pint glass produces a one finger white head that thins out to leave moderate amounts of lacing.
S: Citrus, floral and malt aromas.
T: Flavors include caramel, citrus up front with a nice well-balanced hoppy finish. M: Light-medium body with good carbonation.
O: Extremely drinkable and enjoyable. Another great brew from 3 Floyds.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange, not much to look at.

Citrusy notes, not much else.

More citrusy character, but light and not in your face.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, lacking.

Overall, not very good.

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Photo of Dayman766
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Deep gold/light amber - it seems to have suspended sediment evenly distributed throughout. Light head that dissipates fairly quickly.
S- the expected grapefruit hops; I agree with other reviewers saying that it does smell a tad "soapy" but not distractingly so
T- This is a very unique blend of hops with a significant amount of malt; it seems like most Pale Ales go all in on the hops. I like how this beer has some grounding in malts.
M- Nicely carbonated; not at all in your face or distracting. A medium body.
O- Not the largest fan of pale ales, but this piques my interest with its larger emphasis on the malts, though the hops have certainly not been forgotten.

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Photo of patpbr
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a combination of amber and copper with a full two finger head.
S - Subtle citrus and pine notes.
T - Much like the smell, its a nice hop flavor with just a bit of malt.
M - A light to medium body with a smooth finish.
O - Easy to enjoy a few.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a hazy orange-gold, over an inch of fluffy white head dissipates slowly to fine suds, never fully goes away.

Smells of fresh grapefruit hops and semi-sweet grassy malts, hint of honey.

Grapefruit citrus and hops with grassy malts and a mild bitter hop bite. Some honey and lemon in there.

Medium to full body with soft tingles of carbonation on the tongue.

A really nice well-balanced session candidate, goes down super-smooth and easy. Very easy to like. That said, it's nothing special, just very good at being what it is which is just an easy-drinking thirst quencher. If that's what you're looking for, though, you could do a lot worse.

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Photo of Jho3325
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

To me, this is the perfect session beer. Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle, there was a nice 2in head that left a cap on the beer the entire way down. Smelled of citrus and a hint of pine.

The taste of this beer was almost perfect. A nice caramel malt backbone perfectly balanced with a slight hop bitterness. Stronger than an English pale, but much milder than FFF's other APAs. I could drink this beer all day and my palate would still be ready to go -- no chance of a hop burnout, yet still plenty of flavor.

This may be my favorite FFF ale, and I have had most of them!

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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 Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no bottling date so its probably a month or two old already. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 12/15/2013.

Pours a dark amber body, with a substantial, large and very fluffy white head that recedes quite slowly. Good retention, good lacing. Above average for an APA.

Smells.. a bit soapy, but otherwise fairly nice- like an English bitter, there are strong hints of orange marmalade and some floral notes. Good biscuity malt in the background rounds out the beer.

Flavour is a bit more interesting than the smell. A nice bouquet of orange peel, marmalade, floral notes like in the nose, and the bready, caramel-like malt balances this out very well on the palate. Its not too sweet, hopped just floral and interesting enough that its not too boring, but its not overwhelming either. Easy drinker.

Medium body, very good carbonation, very drinkable and not that rough on the palate. A bit more hoppy and bitter than a standard English bitter/mild would be, but this isn't a surprise given the brewer.

Solid ESB, a bit hoppier than most examples of ESBs out there but this is otherwise a nice, sessionable and drinkable take on the style from Three Floyds.

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

12oz bottle into a Steelstring snifter.

Pours a dark orange with a nice inch thick head..reminiscent of an IPA. very attractive pour. Smell is very fruity and very hoppy...hmm. Smells terrific. The taste is definitely not as hoppy as the nose... a lot of malts and the hops are very subdued but present. A toned down zombie dust is what we have here. Flavor is spot on and definitely sessionable. Medium bodied actually, would think this is more than 5% from the feel, mild carbonation.

Overall 3floyds accomplished exactly what they wanted to with this one. Recommended.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Came out with a golden orange glow and a light tan head that laced up nicely as I drank it down.

S - Not particularly distinctive, but pleasant. Hint of fruit and pine notes. Not particularly suggestive of the flavors to come.

T - This was a great big surprise, a blast of full flavor, with pine and some undertones of grapefruit and other citrus. A muscular hop snap with a rounded finish and some drying.

M - Crisp, full carbonation that held nicely over the course of my meal. Leaves the palette clean.

O - Immensely drinkable, but mild, I suppose, is a relative thing. It makes for the most subtle beer I've had from Three Floyds, but its hops and citrus make it a far bolder statement than some strong ales I've had.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes:
A- Medium-dark orange. Head is off white, with decent retention and some lacing.
S- Sweetness, some grapefruit, a bit of earth. Both sweeter and hoppier than I expected, but that is not a bad thing.
T- Earthy, somewhat sweet at first. The citrus hop profile comes in. There are good flavors here, but they don't cooperate with each other well enough for a higher score here.
M- Medium body, maybe a bit too much for the style. I found it a bit flat too.
O- A good beer. I liked it, and would drink it again, but probably won't seek it out.

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Photo of drofbeer
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice session-able Pale Ale. Some what muted hop flavor but enough to get your attention and accentuate the experience. Nice citrus flavors with a touch of grapefruit. Not overwhelming in any of the flavor characteristics. Perfect Segway into the bigger Pales and IPA's.

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Pride & Joy Mild Ale from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,195 ratings.
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