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 Stinkypuss
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Three Floyds
Pride & Joy Mild Ale

Pours a clear light straw color. Aromas of sweet grains and a touch of flowery hop. In the flavor, very mild with a crisp grainy flavor, some mild pine and citrus, and a touch of sweet bread. Pretty one note but decent at that. Hop flavor is delicate and leafy, with the faintest touch of fruit, mostly muted. One of the mildest beers I've encountered, Pride and Joy goes down like water. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a crisp carbonation. No offensive flavors at all, this would be suitable for even the most casual beer drinker. Still, tasty enough to be considered a fine beer, just a light one. Light body, solid carbonation. Overall, a decent pale mild and one I was glad to try.

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Photo of bruachan
3.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

the head takes a big dive after i pour. some good carbonation is all the brew has to hope for in that category

as i understand the category this beer does not really meet the criteria. low hop character? not really. very dry, highly carbonated (perhaps this accentuates the hop?)

at first the aroma is all hop, but honey sweetness pokes through with patience. toasty. the flavors follows a similar trajectory, though is more one-dimensional. the carbonation is over-the-top; it's like a (soda) pop

not really that inspiring or in the spirit of the project. it's fizzy hop-water with some malt afterthoughts

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Photo of willyc
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was excited about this mild ale but was a little bit let down own it. Even though it is flavor foward mild ale, which is a style I only have a few to compare with, it did little for me. Don't get me wrong it was good just not very rememberable. A little fruit and caramel it was enjoyable, and I know it is a session beer and it is well done. I just don't think I'll get another six pack for a few months. Good day.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Nearly gushes from the bottle pouring a clear, medium amber/caramel color and massive off-white head. Aromas are characteristic FFF, lots of citrusy, resiny hops. A bit of toasty malts are noted, not quite biscuity, but with a caramel like toasted character. On the palate, the hops have nearly dissapeared, and the malts, while not overly characterful like they should be in a mild, take the bulk of the flavor. Interestingly, this beer is WAY over carbonated to giving you quite a bite and drying the finish out too much. I don't think it's infected, but there's something seriously wrong with the carbonation level. Given that, it really hurts the drinkability.

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Photo of rye726
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light brown color with a nice tan head. The nose was of citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste is also of citrus and floral hops with sugary malts. Some earthy tones keep it fairly mild. Crisp and refreshing medium body. Good example of an American mild ale. Hoppy, but in good balance. Very Drinkable.

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Photo of maxpower
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bright golden- copper in color, has a large foamy white head, that lasts.Nice citrus aroma of hops, some caramel malt flavors with a mild hop bite make this very easy to drink, light bodied with crisp mouthfeel, has a light hop bitterness in the finish, very drinkable and mild.

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Photo of Soonami
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pride & Joy from Three Floyds is a very drinkable beer that falls victim to being difficult categorize. 3F wants to call it an American Mild, a sessionable ale brewed with American hops. The beer is a solid amber with little head and aroma. There is just a twinge of tangerine aroma, but not much other than that. The malt is restrained as well in the taste with just a little caramel and graininess. Again the hops are just barely there. I wish there was more hops, malt, flavor, aroma, which in some respects, keeps me drinking more. A good sessionable mild, but not a great pale ale.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a nice two fingers worth of head. The head dies down slowly and leaves some good lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Big hops up front, leave it to 3F to hop up a mild. There are some grassy notes and slight malt to round it out.

T- The hops have pretty much disappeared, which I am glad to see. A lot of malt, sweet graham crackers and also a slight breadiness as well. This reminds me more of a mild than the smell did.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Feels almost fluffy to me which sounds a little weird but works in my mind.

O- As you would expect from an American interpretation of pretty much any style, it might be a little over hopped. Still pretty good though. Light enough to have a couple of them.

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Photo of Damian
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl oz/355 ml bottle
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to Jeager for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a slightly hazed, light orangey-amber color with a bubbly, light tan, two-finger head that quickly faded to a thin film. Drippy lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was moderately hoppy yet, overall, a bit weak for the style. Crisp and somewhat citrusy initially with notes of orange peel. Fruity and a touch powdery. A smooth malty quality was noticeable as well.

The taste was hoppy and zesty with a distinct malty base. Caramel malts came through up front before the hops took over. Citrus fruits (orange peel) dominated the hop profile. Some grassy hops were noticeable as well. The dry, bitter, grapefruit-like finish contained a bit of an unpleasant medicinal-like flavor. As the beer warmed, the hoppy bitterness in this brew intensified.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Creamy and smooth with a greater than average carbonation.

Drinkability was decent. This is a moderately hoppy pale ale that would make a nice session brew. The only thing holding it back from being better might be the slightly unpleasant flavor (and the bitterness) on the finish.

Three Floyds classifies this beer as a mild ale yet it is listed on Beeradvocate as a pale ale. Interesting. As a mild ale, it is quite a hoppy and flavorful rendition, but as a pale ale it is a bit thin on both flavor and mouthfeel. If given a choice, I would unquestionable reach for the "other" Three Floyds pale ale.

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Photo of Mdog
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bronze color, good head & lacing.

Smell: Mild citrus aroma.

Taste: For a "mild", lots of hops. Some toasted bread flavors, but mostly mild grapefruit followed by a tea-like and earthy finish.

Drinkability: Could have a few in a sitting.

My trip to Chicago came up empty for Gumballhead, so I picked up some of 3F's other session beer. Definitely more of a pale ale than a mild, it's pretty tasty stuff and worth a try.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- clear pale amber with a steady stream of visible carbonation and a foamy half-inch head that leaves a small mark on the glass after every sip.

S- Strong scent of floral hops is the first thing i noticed. also has kind of a fruity odor to it.

T- not much of a mild fruity upfront taste with a nice hoppy aftertaste.

M- a little over carbonated and a tad thin and watery for my liking.

D- meh, overall i wasnt impressed. it wasnt that i disliked it, i just had higher hopes from a three floyds beer. ill try it again it i can find it on tap, but not until then

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Photo of beenitty
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours orange/red , very nice lacing, quickly dissipating head

S: not getting much here, lots pine and a bit of wheat, then nothing, tough to pick up a lasting whiff of what this beer is all about, a bit lacking (no date on bottle, could be old bottle)

EDIT: Tried a new bottle, definite improvement on the smell, nice hop smell, nothing insane though.

T: A bit prickly/spicy at first,then hops followed by the wheat. Definitely tastes like hybrid APA/IPA.

M: Smooth, feel of APA and finish of an IPA works really well, taste of this style lacks a bit of complexity I search for but mouthfeel is probably best marks.

D: Very High. Throwing these back with no problem. After a few the palate gets accustomed to having more hops in APA and it goes down very nice.

Trying most of Three Floyds spread in a shipment I just got. Tasty appetizer to the other FFF brews. Decent, but nothing insane. Good summer brew with a hoppy surprise.

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Photo of yeastsipper
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glowing orangey copper with a big white head. Great lacing. Really nice looking beer.

Smell is very much like a red ale to me, with the same English Breakfast tea aroma. There is some sweet malt and light hops. A touch earthy. A zing of lemon zest at the end. Again, nice.

The taste is good but not great. It is growing on me, however. IT is quite bitter, but not in a hoppy, IPA type way. Not sure how to describe it. Almost a root-like quality with a touch of licorice. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is solid but it does finish a bit watery. A bitterness, not unlike that of Lipton tea, lingers.

From my initial sips, I did not love this beer. However, in the end it grew on me and I really ended up enjoying it. Bet this would be really solid on draft...

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Photo of balconybrew
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic. A thick, rocky head formed. Very highly carbonated. A light amber ale that had a little haze. Good "C" hop aroma and taste. The hop taste is complemented by oranges, slightly bitter in the end.

Very drinkable, a little heavy to be a lawnmower ale. More suited for the fall.

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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 mrelizabeth
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: clean golden red, small amount of foam.

s: teasing, fresh hop aroma. inviting.

t: sharp hop bite at beginning, malty finish.

m: light enough, but my tongue wanted a bit more creaminess.

o: great for a "mild" ale. hoppier than most session beers.

our first 3 Floyds, and quite a bit lighter than what we normally drink. but definitely drinkable w/ pizza or after a bike ride. good hop bite followed by a wash of malt, sticks around your tongue for a few minutes, but not all afternoon.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid beer but not what I've come to expect from Three Floyds. Its appearance is probably its biggest drawback. Just a murky, unappealing color. I have trouble detecting a distinct smell but the feel and taste are satisfying. Tastes a lot better than it looks. A tame but nicely balanced beer. It's the kind of beer I would have loved 20 years ago when I was transitioning from Rolling Rock to craft beer. It's also the kind of beer I'd serve my friends who think Heineken is classy but are afraid of craft beer.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A session type beer from Three Floyds!

Pours out a nice darker orange with 2 fingers of a fluffy, white head.

The aroma has some grassy, slightly floral, slightly citrus hop notes along with a touch of caramel and bready malt notes.

The taste is mostly hop driven with the grassy hop notes along with some floral notes a small touch of citrus and some caramel sweetness in the middle to balance it all out. There is a bit of bready malt note in the back end too.

The body is very light, almost thin and the mouthfeel is slightly creamy.

This is a very easy to drink, crisp, clean and refreshing beer. It's not overly complex, but you could put down quite a few of these during the summer. Nothing out of the ordinary, but does what it wants to do quite well.

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Photo of katan
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Undated 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a nice dark golden color, with a light centimeter high head. Very little bubbling going on inside the beer.

S - Ahh what I expect from 3F. It has a strong bittering hops nose, perhaps from cascade hops. There is a hint of the malt here.

T - Taste is not at all what I expected. The hops are subdued, which arrives more in the after taste. The initial flavor is a light malt.

M - Has a smooth texture to it. Probably due to its light carbonation.

D - A good beer for a few to relax at night. Could drink a sixer of these without skipping a beat.

To me, this is one of the better 3 floyds offerings. I like hops and all, but their brews often take it to the extreme. This one is more middle of the road.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mixture of gold, yellow and light orange, more substance than your traditional mild ale, drops some 1/4" white head. Aroma fit the mild bill with an extra dose of hops for style.

Taste was like a hybrid between the session pale ale and mild. Somewhere between the FFF xtra pale ale and alpha king in a smaller version. Its pretty easy drinking on those hot and/or humid days. Otherwise, there's a million more pungent hoppy beers from FFF that you can get into if you choose, but there's nothing wrong with this one at all.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into my Magic Chouffe tulip. Bottling date reads....uh, never mind.

Pours a yellow-orange with tiny sporadic bubbles and a thin white cap. Some cling hangs tightly.

Smells of peppered crackers and a pinch of lemon: not particularly vibrant.

Herbal menthol notes, grainy, and iced tea with a grassy, crackery, white pepper finish.

Carbonation leans towards high, body is light and pleasantly and lightly bitter on the back end.

I don't often buy Floyd's beer outside of Dark Lord and this was no exception. A kind soul brought this to a party last night and I summarily cobbled this left behind. I would say it is what it is, but then I'd have to punch myself.

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Photo of Goliath
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a half inch off white head. Poor retention and some soapy lace.

The aroma is decent with a big citrus and pine hop presence.

The taste is, well mild. A subdued hop presence gives citrus and pine, but not on the level the nose leads you to believe. The flavor profile falls kind of flat on the finish, I suppose to create that mild effect. A bit of a hop bitterness lingers when all is said and done.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a dull carbonation level.

Drinkability is moderate. The beer is not offensive, but certainly uninspired. A decent pale ale, perhaps. A decent mild (as the bottle indicates), not really. I suppose it's alright though, but it just leaves me wanting so much more. I think I'd get frustrated drinking more than one of these.

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