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 312HopBomb
4/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Pours a brassy copper with a great head. Fine foam clings to the pint glass.
S: Aroma is citrus and earthy hops with a Vienna malt aroma
T: Tasty Vienna malt flavor medium hopped with an earthy flavor
M:Crisp and refreshing with mild/medium carbonation
O:Great session ale but somewhat pricey. This one will be missed.

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Photo of Jishguy
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy dark golden brown body with a thin one-finger head that fizzed away pretty quickly.

S - Piney, resin-like hops with a strong caramel and bread-like malt character in the background.

T - Quite different from the aroma. The bread-like malt dominates the palate, with a quick burst of floral hops and a bitter/caramel malt on the finish.

M - This is where I was most disappointed. This brew has a very thin and watery mouth feel.

Overall, not bad.

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

I had this on-tap at Melt recently. Served to me in a pint glass. This beer draws a a clear, medium amber/copper/slightly golden color with a nice white head about 2/3 of an inch when first served that settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with very nice lacing and a good cluster film layer of foam. Mild aromas of caramel malty sweetness and hop bitterness. the taste is pretty much the same with mildly sweet flavors of caramel malty sweetness followed by mild bitterness provided by floral hops. Has a slightly crisp, mainly smooth and creamy/frothy medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A good easy drinkin' mild ale here, but nothing all that special either.


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Photo of leantom
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another great beer by FFF. Here goes:

A: I think this brewery has the appearance of its beers down to a tee. Clear, copped-colored beer with a massive two-inch head. Plenty of carbonation to boot.

S: Like opening up a bag of hops. I have no idea how FFF gets all their beers to actually smell like fresh hop pellets straight from the bag. Incredibly floral, grassy and earthy notes. Also some caramel malt to balance out the bitterness.

T: Great; follows the nose. Floral and grassy hops complimented by a nice amber-malt body. Both bitter and sweet.

M: Very good. Nice and toasty with a good amount of carbonation.

O: An excellent beer by FFF. Another winner, to say the least.

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Photo of Mikus
4/5  rDev +1.5%

First real go at a FFF brew... on tap at our (somewhat) local pourhouse, Vintage Estate. This was bright, crisp, and refreshing. Poured a nice amber hue with some long-lasting white head. Some fruity and floral hops on the nose, and crisp bitterness and just enough sweet malty goodness to balance it all out. Nice choice for a lower ABV pale, especially good when looking after 3 kids on the ride home! Can't wait to try more FFF!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Nose: big piney grass that quickly dissipates supported by grainy malt aromas and light fruits.
Pours hazy gold amber with a thin white foam cap. Big lace.
Palate: malty sweetness, grain, hints of treacle, graham cracker, and light fruit with a very pleasant hop accent on the finish. Slightly sweet with a finish suggesting an iced tea dryness.
Medium body and medium to medium low carbonation.
A light and sessionable easy drinking beer.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4/5  rDev +1.5%

12oz bottle in a Guinness pub glass.

A- Poured a dark golden copper color with a dense 1f head. Slight haze. Rings of lacing.

S- Mild fruit and flowery hops with some sweet light bready malts. It smells a bit like brewed tea.

T- Light malt with some orange citrus hop flavor.

M- light body, good carbonation. Dry, mild hop finish.

O- I'd call this a good and drinkable session ale.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Pretty decent mild pale ale. This is my first review of a Three Floyds beer, had it on tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Bowling Green. Almost a session beer, reasonably low booziness and some pretty good malt flavor with a bit of hops. Grassy taste. Pours a goldish yellow, good color. Not bad.

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Photo of rudzud
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for giving this to me. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear amber hue with a good 3 finger off white head that faded to leave a thin creamy blanket and spotty side lacing. Head really billowed out on this one 4 (x .05 = .2)

S - Aromas of some light spicy hops, grass, lightly herbal with some faint malt sweetness. Pleasant aroma, the spiciness is nice. 3.75 (x .2 = .75)

T - Taste is on the sweeter side of pale ales. Lots of sweeter malts, presumably denoting that this is older, the aromatic hops are all but gone on the taste. No spicy hops, some faint older earthy/grassy hops, light fruity hops. Caramel sweet malts. I understand this is what Three Floyds is going for in the style, however, this probably tasted much better and 'true' when it was fresh as opposed to the tired brew it is now. 3.25 (x .45 = 1.463)

M - Mouthfeel is decent enough, lighter carbonation. Due to the age there is just a touch of syrup here. A shame. 3.5 (x .1 = .35)

O - Overall this was probably quite the tasty beer, when fresh. Now though it is a bit old and tired. While still tasty and quite aromatic as it drinks now it is a shell. 3.5 (x .2 = .7)

Total Rating Score: 3.46
Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Easy drinker. Taste very similar to Zombie Dust. Very similar! It's just much more mild. For that reason, I love this one. "Zombie's lil Bro" is fitting :) ENJOY

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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 Scott231
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Nice caramel color but very light smell that doesn't tell you much. Mild ale is very correct. Pretty mild flavor that is nothing to write home about. Not sure what the fuss is about. Good beer for a mild ale. A little heavy on the fizziness which stuck around on the mouth for a bit.

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

Somewhat hazy orange with a tinge of copper or brown. Pours about a finger of foamy head with great retention.

Slightly fruity aroma, with subtle notes of citrus from the hops, along with some spice / grassy notes. Very well balanced by sweet caramel malt backbone, that also seems to contribute a hint of slightly burnt, buttery bread aroma.

Tastes more like an English mild or bitter accompanied with some very well-balanced hop characteristics throughout. The style/malt is definitely the body and soul of the beer, but the hopping adds a unique American twist without becoming hop-forward. Notes of caramel, toast, grass, and citrus.

Well carbonated, with a much more hearty feel and flavour than some sessions.

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Photo of cbutova
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Imperial Pint consumed earlier today at the brewpub in Munster. Notes taken during the experience.

A- Deep golden bodied tap to pint glass pour with a thick, creamy-frothy two finger white creamy. Decent head retention while a medium ring means webs of thin lace.

S- Citrus hops and juicy tangerine tropical hops make up most of the nose with some light cracked grains and yeast character.

T- More yeast bread comes to light here but the hops are still the main player. Juicy tangerine and grapefruit with orange, pine, floral and mango. Slight bit of spice and fresh cracked cereal grains.

MF- Lighter end body but a substantial frothy foamy feel supports the juicy hops. Slight bitterness but smooth and sessionable.

A good mix of juicy fruit and citrus zest hops with a moderate yeast and malt base but it mostly comes in as a bright, hoppy session ale.

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Photo of zookerman182
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a dark amber color with a two finger foamy head.
Aroma is bready, malty, with some hop character.
Taste is grain, bread, bitter hops and malt. No citrus or pine whatsoever.
Mouthfeel is crisp, light carbonation wi some lingering bitterness.
Not my favorite beer but I enjoy the flavors going on here.
Begging to be paired its food.

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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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Pride & Joy Mild Ale from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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