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 connecticutpoet
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, like at least one of the reviews I have read, I don't fully agree that this is a "mild" ale. Much more hop character than I would have expected. Being a hophead, however, for me that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

This was a nice, clear amber ale with a two finger foamy head. I did not wait to see if it would die down, however; I dove right in.

Aroma was of mild hop and medium malts... very well balanced, the hops were quite restrained.

Taste was slightly bitter grapefruit hops held at bay by the strong malt character. Again, as the aroma, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, nothing spectacular, but nice and smooth... drinkability was such that I would gladly have another.

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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 GClarkage
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/29/05- Received via a mail order with Archers Liquors.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with some scary ass court jester on it. Nightmares for sure....No dating on the bottle. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Light golden-orange pour. Small 1/4 head if that and average lacing.

Smell- Yum, yum, yum! Huge fruity hops scent hits you in the face. Lots of grapefruit and other citrus scents.

Taste- Ummm, mind ale this is not. I haven't had a lot of mild ales, maybe a couple at the most, but this is either a watered down IPA or a pale ale on the hoppy side. Great huge citrus hop flavor with a bit of toasted malt.

Mouthfeel- Damn this one had the great flavor, but it was really watery. Not to the point of being bad, but it would have been so much better, maybe even a "5" taste better if it had just a bit more backbone. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Even with the watery aspect, it's still a very good beer that I would definitely buy again in the future. Quite a good session beer as well I would assume.

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Photo of DrainBamage
2.6/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with very little head and carbonation. All I can smell is the hops. Man is it strong. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderate carbonation. Taste is very bitter with mild malt flavor. Too bitter for me. I didn't think a English Dark Mild would ever be this bitter. Drinkability would be higher, but the bitterness is too much. I don't know if I'll ever have this again.

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

From a 12 oz browner with the wild looking FFF guy adorning the label, P & J pours a deep orange amber slightly cloudy yet clear hue with a sticky frothy craggy khaki head cap sticking to the glass leaving stratified lattice lace.

Bold scents of bubble gum and cotton candy and fresh baked vanilla cake and cherries.

First swigs: Grassy hops and some malt hard candy. Light citrus notes and a bit of grapefruit sizzle and celery stick on the tongue and in the lingering acidic finish.

Medium bodied. Crisp on the palate. Just flavorful enough to be bold, and easily drinkable.

Last swigs: Lemon peel citrus ale with bight. How this is considered, as the label declares, English is well beyond me. As tempted as it is to say “Alpha King’s” little brother, this is …well…Alpha King’s little brother.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at City Limits in Providence, RI. Good people they are at City Limits.

Ok its my b-day, I'm driking a lot of good brews and listening to Cake. I'm dancing at the foot of the Lord and all is bliss....all is bliss.

Nice sticky head atop this amber sea of hoppiness. Mild yes. Hoppy yes. I can't righly say if it's too hoppy or just right in the mild department. Definitley hoppy characteristics up front. Lip smacking hops as a matter of fact. Sweet with matching hop bitterness. A nice little brew from Indiana. This is quite drinkable a nice beer to have about the house for any old situation.

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

Pours a pale copper with a thin, almost non-existent head. No lace. Smells of citrusy hops oddly enough and light pale malt.

This one is very hoppy. Taste of floral hops, hints of grapefruit or orange peel. Lightly fruity malt. Very crisp and a long lingering bitterness. Bitterness is very persistent. not a traditonal mild, not with all those hops dominating but it is tasty and at less than 5% it would make a serviceable session beer.

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Photo of Hefe
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Copper in colour with a thick, frothy white head and prodigious aromas of malt, brioche, orange-lemon, and pine. Clean malty flavor with noticeable hops on the mid and finish. Not at all heavy but clean smooth and delicious. Perhaps a touch aggressive for a "Mild" but I guess in relation the the average 3 Floyds brew this is a Mild after all.

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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 Vancer
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pride & Joy a mild ale? Seemed to me to be closer to an American pale ale. Good looking amber/orange pour, very yeasty cloudy, yum. No brew date on the bottle, bummer. Lots of citrus and floral in the aroma – also in the taste. But still, seemed to much floral hops for a mild ale. Still, a nice medium bodied summer brew to go along with the BBQing.

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Photo of board45
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big fluffy head and copper in color. This smells of carmalized fruits and hops. The taste has tons of hops and fruits, notes of banana. Big body to this brew with loads of flavor that keeps delivering. Hop blast after hop blast, from start to finish. This body is deep, it keeps filling the palate with all of these fruits and pine. Coats your mouth like sap. Excellent beer.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle transported across the RI border. Bottle-conditioned. Sweet label. Pours light copper, small creamy white cap. No real head, hints of lacing. Not English, not dark, and not a mild.

Nose is of peaches, nectarines, orange rind, and grainy dough. Flavor is much the same, balanced well, and riding on that medium-bodied cookie-dough base. Sizzly bitter flavor is borderline annoying (can you say Amarillos? Arrg!). Bland yeast leaves just the hops present at the finish - very bitter and harsh.

Not what I was expecting or really wanting, this is a straight-up American Pale Ale through and through, and not one that pleases me too much. While I can respect that they execute it decently, its just boring. This hop, if it is indeed my nemesis Amarillos, needs to crawl back into the ground that it first grew in. Its sizzly aspirin character grates on my palate like sandpaper on a sunburn.

While I personally don't enjoy it, it is a fresh-tasting, quality beer.

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

Pours a clear orangish-copper in color. Moderate-sized creamy white head persists and offers up some patchwork lace on the glass. Aromas are a mix of spices, estery fruits, maybe a dash of sweetness. Flavor is more of the carry over from the aroma: Citric zing with a noticeable hop bitterness that helps this one end clean and sorta dry. It's a strange tiwst on a mild, to be sure. Not reserved, but not over the top. Decent mouthfeel and very, very drinkable. Is this a mild? According to 3F, it is. Maybe a candidate for conversion of the masses.

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Photo of hero27
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pristine golden-amber color. Light tan head is frothy and lacing clings to the glass in random, blotchy patterns.
Heavenly aroma. Definitely not "mild" either. Big citric hop nose of orange & grapefruit. Caramel malt aroma lingers in the background.
Sweet malts up-front with a lashing dry bitterness in the finish. Calling this "mild" is bordering on insanity, but for Three Floyd's, I guess this could be considered mild...
Well carbonated and has a crisp, light mouthfeel despite the amount of flavor this brew has.

A great summer MILD ale?...who are they trying to's a flavorful pale ale or solid IPA with as much flavor this brew has.. but they're right about it being a great summer/session beer. Thirst quenching & delicious at the same time. Three Floyd's has yet to disappoint.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first of 4 Three Floyds that my brother brought me from Indiana. I've been looking forward to trying these for a while now. Pours a cloudy gold color with a minimal head that dissipates quickly. Wonderful hops citrus smell. Is this a Mild Ale or an IPA? Hops bitterness dominates up front but is balanced nicely. Smooth finish that makes you want to drink more of this. If this is what Three Floyds has to offer I'm looking forward to trying more.

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Photo of karst
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's my third straight day drinking Three Floyds beer - I am oozing hops from all orfices - large and small (my mouth to my pores) now I have just finished my 1st bottles of mild Ale! Back in Munster, Saturday, I had a brief conversation with a local little league baseball coach as he loaded a couple of cases for him and his assistants. "We drink Pride and Joy - Win or Loose - and we always enjoy the season with this great session beer"

With that we both agreed to split a case and add it to the massive load of beer we were taking back to Missouri from the Munster area thanks to tips from several local BA's about finding good outlets.

This is 3 F's interpretation of the English Dark Mild Ale style and for them maybe moderately hopped. Plan on experiencing APA or IPA hop levels.

The clear copper gold beer has a persistant head supported by strong beading unless you prefer a rough pour and a larger 3 fingered head. A very fine rete of sticky lace etches the walls of the pint glass. A few yeast floaties slowly settle to the bottom where they stay attached.

Aroma rises enters the nostrils and plugs grapefruit candy, lemon zest and a trace of pine directly into the brain.

Low ABV and the sweet kiss of caramelized premium malts support this intense hop aroma and well crafted mix of hop flavors.

Hop bitterness is perfect and along with the medium light mouth feel supported by moderate carbonation - this could be the perfect session beer for baseball coaches or anyone looking for a quality thirst quencher.

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Photo of drewbage
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok.. this is so not a mild. I know mild and I love mild, but this.. ain't a mild. This is really a true pale ale from the boys at 3F and it's wonderfully tasty. Served on hand pump at the Map Room in an Imperial Pint Glass.

If it were a mild, it would a little less in strength, lot less in hops (but then would it be a 3F beer?) and it would be a pale mild. The beer itself is a dark copper gold that comes screaming out of the faucet with a light fluffy loose bubbled head that serves to regulate the aroma coming forth from the brew.

Nowhere near as hoppy as Alpha King and not as malty as Robert the Bruce, the beer walks a middle ground with a bright American hop aroma and a crisp domestic grain malt profile with crystals and maybe a little wheat providing the support.

Very tasty and quaffable...

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Photo of WesWes
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It also has an intense hop aroma that really makes this beer. It is well balanced. The taste is great as well. It has a solid malt core that lays a base for the hops in the taste and finish. It is quite bitter, but very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a fine brew. It is full of flavor and good aroma. Another solid beer from Three Floyds.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's not normal, alright.

Golden amber body, clear, with a couple carbonation upward drips, and a couple dabs of yeast floating down.Topped by a two fingers of bubbly white whipped foam which rose above the rim. Very good lacing.

Citrusy aroma, leading with grapefruit. Like I said, it's not normal.

Mildly sweet malt splashes across the tongue, coating everything, and is quickly followed by a wave of citrusy hops that balance, but do not bite, compliment but not conquer. Even throught the aftertaste, the malt still survives.

Nice solid mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability.

This is not exactly the standard for "Englis Dark Mild". Not at all what you might expect from the name. However, Three Floyds is the brewer that calls Alpha King "only" a pale ale, not an IPA. So it's not terrible surprising to find that their Mild smells of grapefruit. Whatever. This may not be classicly to style, but it is a damn fine beer.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.79/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 5/11/05 at Bricks (Beer Bar) in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Not dark and not mild and not to style at all but incredibly good !! Golden in color with a decent white head. Big huge American Pale Ale aroma and flavor ... citrus and grapefruit city !! Compared to the other 2 APA's I had that night, this was the best APA.

I just want to know, how do you go about comparing this to Young's Dirty Dick's ?? Just not possible.

Label States: Bottle Conditioned

Tasting #2 of bottle brought back from Bricks:

Hazy orange with a decent off-white head and decent lace. Medium bodied and smooth with a lightly bitter finish. Better fresh.

'4258' lasered on the bottom
Tasted: 12/03/05

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Photo of fizzyfred
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool label, crazy jester with a pint on his head. Pours a soft, clear golden color with very little head. The nose is of spicy and fruity hops. Immediately, the beer tastes skinny. There is definitely a caramel malt flavor behind the hops that seems to linger and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Very refreshing with a nice hint of sweet malt and hops. Wonderful example of a an English Mild with an American twist.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The word mild on the label is somewhat misleading. Well, mild in comparison maybe. Pours a hazy copper color with a foamy off-white rocky head. Good retention. Nice patches of sticky lace on the sides of the glass. Citrusy aroma, grapefruit in particular. Slight biscuity malt, citrusy and spicy hop flavor. Restrained hop bitterness, but still a fair amount. Finishes fairly dry. Medium body, low carbonation. Seems like Alpha King's little brother. Yes, mild in comparison to some of their other offerings, but certainly full of flavor. What a great session beer this is. This went down oh so easy.

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

Pours a dark, copper/amber color. Has a rather persistent head that isn't thick, but doesn't go away, quite a bit of carbonation. Smells of hops, mainly bitter hops and citrus, not much floral here. Taste is of a medium malt body, with some bread characteristics, citrus hops with a moderate spicy finish. Very drinkable. This is probably my favorite social beer, because I can have a few of them and enjoy every pint without being completely blasted. Not sure if I like bottle of tap version of this more.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy light amber beer. Has a small white head. There is a full boquet of hops in the aroma, spicey and citrusy. Mouthwatering. The flavor is lighter than the aroma leads you to belive. It starts with a nice citrusy hop character with mild hint of malt in the middle and finishing of smoothly with the spicey hop note. The hop aroma may scare some but it is an easy drinking beer. Hoppy yes but not agressively so.

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Photo of bditty187
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coppery gold in hue, there is a slight haze lingering in the liquid but I’d call it clear. There wasn’t much animation; still the head reached two fingers in height. The foam was off-white in color. Sticky. I must say there is something classy about the appearance; it is simplistic but pleasing. Head retention was fantastic, the sticky foam stuck around forever. Subsequent lacing was clumpy, unorganized but widespread. I really like how this beer looks!

Liars. I mean 3F doesn’t even pretend. This is not a Mild Ale. Why is it listed as such on BA? Give me a break. The first sniff of the nose is citrus hops, orange rinds, resin, spruce, and a kiss of marijuana. Oh so English. Not. There are kisses of caramel malt; the nose screams Pale Ale… American Pale Ale! If I was reviewing this as an English Mild the nose would get ripped, however I am not reviewing based on preconceived notions or styles. This is 3F, I was expecting hops and that is what I got. Moderate potency. Inviting.

Bloody liars. I mean 3F doesn’t even pretend. Broken record? Yep. This is a Pale Ale, so says the palate. The malt is neutral with a kiss of caramel and crackers. There is some soft sweetness too. The hops are the focal point, the bitterness is mild but they are plenty flavorful with citrus zest, orange peels, pine needles, spruce, and soft resin/dank weed qualities. The hops are tasty and lazy. I love lazy hops. I loathe lazy malt. Interwoven is a mild blend of ale-like fruitiness. I’m really digging this beer. It is tasty with a low abv, what more do you want? The aftertaste is long and friendly; I can’t help but yearn for some cheese or a cold-cut sandwich. Damn this beer is nice. Why the f#ck did I wait YEARS to try this beer? Am I that stupid? Apparently. Thankfully, I can find this in Iowa.

Medium in body, the carbonation is mild with small bubbles that give a comforting mouthfeel. It is very fitting for this beer, even though there is nothing special about it, perfectly soothing. Hey, whatever works? There is no need for bells and whistles here.

Drinkable? Hell yeah. I really enjoyed this beer, it was very easy to drink but very likable. That is a deadly combination. I purchased one bottle (One bottle? Idiot!) in Iowa City, IA. In the future this will be a six-pack purchase. I recommend this beer. Buy some before I buy it all.

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Pride & Joy Mild Ale from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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