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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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Reviews: 695 | Ratings: 2,194
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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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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Pride & Joy Mild Ale from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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