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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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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Photo of cokes
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Neither dark nor mild, but appropriately "Pride and Joy".
Pours a slightly toasted straw hued ringed with a loose, cratered vanilla lace.
Another 3Floyds hop dart, nose-wise. Pungent and dank, with buds, resin, metal, and lime. Waaay down deep, toasted biscuits are inhaled. Malts are clearly secondary.
Begins with a flour-splashed breadiness, with a quick and vague nod towards toffeed nuts. Here on out, it's all hops. Bright, and green. Sticky and fruity. Full of florals, grapefruit pulp, lime and lemon rinds. Twigs and stems and buds. Finishes with a bitter rusted pine notion.
Light in body, modest in carbonation, and just insatiably drinkable.
This is an American Pale Ale, and a damn fine one...or perhaps what a Small beer made from Dreadnaught's sloppy seconds might taste like.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/8" bubbly beige head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Head fades to half its height, holding steady with slight but full coverage, and lacing is good. Aroma is citrusy yet piney, with a light undercurrent of sweetness. Taste starts with pale malt sweetness, giving way to the pine and citrus notes of the hops. Well balanced, with a lean ot the hops, but not to its detriment. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is superb, a beer made to session. Nice to see an what should be classified an American mild, probably more hops character here than the UK would expect. Check it out if you can.

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Photo of bnuttz
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

pours a sparkling golden color with a small white fizzy head. Smell is citric, definitely grapefruit, classic cascade nose. Taste is of slight caramel. The malt backbone is not very large, but stands up to balance out the citric hop bitterness and flavor. mouthfeel is thinnish, but very drinkable. English? Nah, drinkable, hell yea! This is the epitome of session.

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

This brew pours nice rich amber. No real head, but there are stringy islands of foam strewn across the surface. A ring of foam evolves around the edge of the glass. There is a minute amount of lacing.

The smell is fruity, citriusey or lemony.

Though I'm not an IPA / Pale ale / Mild ale kind of person, it is brews like this that begins to convert me. This tastes very lemon peel up front, with the slightest hint of a malt. Pine hops then creep up, but just a tiny bit. As the drink continues, a robust rush of hops appears.

The hop cleans the pallette, and remains through the somewhat sweeter but quite dry finish. The mouth is left with a bit of a bitter bite, but that is easily remedied with another sip...

The mouthfeel is somewhat coarse, but very very present. Kudos! As the drink continues, it becomes creamy on the way down.

There is some body to this beer, too. It is not thin and waterey, but rather robust. It is very good.

I really recommend giving this a try.

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4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This has an amarillo smell right off the bat. Mild ale? If you say so, Nick.
Dark golden color with a fairly white head. In appearance this behaves like an APA.
Tastes like a terrific APA as well. Sweetness aside, this beer is about the hops, but they are not overpowering nor enamel dissolving. Tasty little nugget this is.
This is quite light and clean in the mouth, but not devoid of flavor. I will be consuming much more of this in warmer months.
Even though this, in my opinion, is more of an APA than an English mild, it is darn good.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good looking beer. Appropriate head for the style. Little hazy. It's just that a mild is supposed to be darker.

Incredibly pleasing nose. Smells like 3Floyd's Alpha King turned down a couple levels. Very nice. Nice citric notes. Very well done.

Wow. Really nice tasting beer. I would give it a 5 but it is just a shade astringent in the finish. But very nice front palate. Rich rich hops, very nice and citrusy and spicy without over doing it. Definately a bitter beer, but again, not overdoing it. Not sure any Brit would agree this is a mild, but I don't care. I like it. Just a touch nutty, but honestly that may be the hops!

Great mouthfeel for the style. Quite light and refreshing.

Extremely drinkable. Now if I could just get this from a cask!!

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Photo of gimmehead
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale amber with a thin white head that doesn't last long. Very floral and spicy aroma, slightly smoky. Taste is of citric hops and pine resin, mellowing out and sweetening as it warms. Feels thin and oily on the palate, but not offensive in the least. This is a great session beer that is hoppy enough to be an IPA.

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Photo of granger10
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

There's nothing like waking up with nothing to do on a Saturday morning. I'm beginning the day with a nice session mild, or so it says on the bottle. This beer is no mild, it might even pass for an IPA! Pours a hazy orangish golden color with a nice frothy head. Good carbonation, lively body. Very hoppy aroma with notes of citric grapefruit and there's a nutty yeast note in there as well. Taste has more citric bitterness from the hops and the grapefruit goes away. Sweet english toffee and lightly roasted nuts underneath the initial alpha acid assault. Finish is dry and lingering in hop bitterness but its soft as well. Very sessionable but the malt doesn't quite hold up enough and the hops are more bittering than flavoring. Still, really really easy drinking stuff. Thanks Craig.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.92/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a hell of a pleasant surprise. I should have expected so from Three Floyds after enjoying their so-called "Pale Ale" so much. If anything, this is more of a Pale Ale than the Alpha King (which is more of an IPA for those who haven't tried it).

It pours to a clear and pale golden amber color with moderate carbonation and a beautifully retaining head, which starts at about an inch on the pint and recedes to about a centimeter through the duration of the glass. The beer left lace in strata to my amazement! The smell is of piney cascade hops and citrusy flavors including grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. Has a very light presence of English malts underlying the hops.

The taste is as the smell prescribed. I think I have found me a new favorite session beer, and I'll be damned if I don't convince my friends of the same. At an ABV of under 5%, I could drink this all night, and will definitely do so in the future. I can't believe I have passed this up so many times. So, why are you still reading this when you could be out buying some more beer to supplement your beer fridge?

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Photo of ngandhi
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Relentlessly spicy, citric, and floral, with an aftertaste of oranges and juniper berry, Pride & Joy is easily one of America's best pale ales. Juicy, spritzy, and more refreshing than a melted glacier, this beer deserves to be the Sierra Nevada of this decade.

Though there's no relationship whatsoever in flavor to a traditional British mild ale -- except perhaps a slight nuttiness that lurks behind the hops -- this beer serves the same purpose as a mild and should be commended for that. Low in alcohol and infinitely quaffable, while still dynamic in flavor and aroma.

The British distinguish between milds (thin, low alcohol brown ales) and "light" beers while the Americans don't. Clearly being low alcohol isn't enough to be a mild -- otherwise many commercial lagers and micro pale ales would be. Being a "brown ale" per se also isn't really what it's about because I've had many British milds that were so weak in malt that they were more identifiable as toasty British bitters or German helles.

No, "mild ale" is more an ideology of beer in my opinion. It's the thought that this beer can provide supreme joy to a large variety of people without ever weighing them down.

Sprezzatura, the Italians called it, when you were so good you made it look effortless.

Relax, relax.

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Pride & Joy Mild Ale from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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