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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 WeisGuy
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

a - deep golden color, slightly cloudy, sediment from bottle-conditioning is visible, head dissipates quickly leaving only a thin layer on top, little lacing

s - citrusy hops, lots of orange, very strong fruity aroma

t - moderate citrusy bitterness up front with the finish devolving into a nutty character, very unique to me

m - low carbonation, medium-bodied, hop oil coats the mouth and sticks around after swallowing

d - this is marketed as a session beer, and that's exactly what it is, I could drink this all night and not get bored

A wonderful all-around session beer, and another winner from FFF. I can only see to get this and Robert the Bruce regularly while I'm in Des Moines this summer, so I'm sure I'll be drinking plenty of this.

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Photo of GraphicDesignGuy
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet, fruity, light, and low ABV; everything I'm not looking for in a beer, somehow works in this bottle. It all balances out with a nice hoppy taste and almost bitter finish. Hope to see this one back in Floyds rotation soon.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Better than the Texas rock & blues band for schizzle! Pours a cloudy lemony yellow color with a off orange hue. A good pour leaving a thick soft white head. Good retention and lacing throughout the tasting.

The nose is on the hoppy end of an APA. A very nice floral and citrus blend that really comes out and is very enticing. Some light malt notes on the back end with a more generic aroma and a touch of bready/honey notes on the back end. Light but does support the hoppy aroma.

The taste is more balanced but hops are definitely the strongest characteristic. The hops, to start, are more balanced towards the finishing hops with very little bittering. It really works for an APA though with a great floral finish with a light citrus, orangey finish. A great characteristic that isn't over the top and leaves a pleasant finish. The malt is more noticeable up front with a more biscuit flavor. Some residual sweetness in the finish just supports the hop balance. Some minor yeast notes and a touch of rose esters that become more noticeable as it warms. Very tasty.

The body is light to moderate. A good balance with some sweetness. Good carbonation. Overall I think that this is under rated for an APA. A great beer and easy to drink. Yummy

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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 soper2000
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was glad to spot a sixer of this as it seems it disappeared for about a year in my area. I must mention that I loved the look of the six-pack, it has some crazy graphics. Well onto the beer...
Pours a very dark golden/amber color with a medium sized white head. It leaves a nice lacing around the glass. When I first took a whiff of this beer I thought that they had mislabeled Alpha King. Tons of citrus hoppiness in the nose but there also appears to be a faint wheaty aroma (much like another one of their masterpieces, Gumballhead) but this scent seemed to fade as the beer warmed so I'm guessing that i imagined this smell. I was expecting overwhelming hops on the first sip, but i was surprised to find a nice balanced brew. Big grapefruit hops are intially present but a nice sweet caramelish malt puts this brew back in balance. A nice mouthfeel. This is a world class sessioning beer in my opinion. It also reaffirms my affinity for 3 Floyd's, not only do they do huge brews like nobody else, they manage to pull of a wonderous low ABV brew like this. I'll definetely be back to this one.

*edit a few months later. For the last couple of Pride & Joy's that I've had, i've been getting a lot of tea flavor, like earl grey tea. In fact it seems the predominant flavor, I love it!

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Photo of bert13tj
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Appears a dark orange, cloudy.

S: You can really smell the citrus and hops here. Also, picking up some other floral notes.

T: First thing that hit me was the hops, immediately followed by a smooth light citrus taste.

M: Very nice and light feel in the mouth.

D: Very drinkable. Could drink this all day long, good on a warm day.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- bright clear coppery amber with golden highs and a lasting white head. I mean to the extreme. Spots and swirls of lace all around.

S- grapefruit, orange, pine, and lime. Very fresh grains. Some burnt cookie and caramel. Nice soft bitterness and loads of hop flavor.

T- taste mirrors the smell. Very well balanced. Grainy and hoppy. Light sweetness aid eradicated by piney burnt grapefruit. Awesome.

MF- under medium, lively carbonation, a little resinous.

D- great beer and extremely fresh. The first I've ever had from 3 floys and I'm thoroughly impressed.

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Photo of ronhocker
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the 3F brew pub, because they were out of almost everything else. Something about a mad rush the friday night before. I've had many alpha kings, but decided to give this one a try.

Golden in color, decent head, diminished perhaps a bit faster than I would have liked.

Smell was of clean hops, since it was described as an "american mild", I wasn't expecting that. This beer certainly smelled like an APA and later on I realized that was what it was. Citrusy aromas.

Taste was very smooth and well balanced. I could drink quite a few of these during a tailgate.

Nice feel on the tongue as it went down.

Overall a very well done beer, well balanced in almost every way.

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Photo of gunnerman
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass pours a hazy orange with a littl ehead and no lace. Smell is big and hoppy floral and citrus hops come to mind. Taste is amzing for the strong smell of hops this brew is kind of soft and mellow with big carbonation and little bitterness, awesome offering from the floyds highly recommended.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from BlackAngus courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops and citrus with a background of caramelized malt.

T: The taste starts out fruity with flavors of lemon and tangerine, then a decent burst of floral hops bitterness comes in. There's a thin malt character and not a lot of sweetness despite the fruitiness. The after-taste is slightly sweet and a little hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is yet another very good beer from 3F. I could certainly see myself drinking several of these in an evening. The biggest thing that would keep me from selecting this beer if it ever comes back to my area is that I would prefer Alpha King above it and any place around here that would have Pride & Joy would most likely have Alpha King as well.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter...I always say this is my least favorite of the 3Fs that go into 6ers, but I'm not sure if that's really the case in my heart because I seem to finish my supply of P&J faster than all of the others except AK. It's sort of like a baby sister to AK, a less hoppy and lighter pale ale. If you judge this as basically being that sort of brew, a light beer version of their flagship, it's a shining success. So drinkable, so good. Classic 3Fs hop profile, understated, with a refreshing and sweet malt backing it. Super clean and refreshing. Great for washing down a cheeseburger or pretty much anything.

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Photo of JamesS
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light amber color with fantastic head and lacing. It has an excellent hoppy and slightly floral scent. Absolutely wonderful taste, a great pale ale that has an excellent hoppy taste, with some nice butterscotch tones, which is followed by a very mellow bitter aftertaste. Goes down fine, maybe just a bit too much carbonation for my tastes. All in all, though, another excellent winner from 3F.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a dusty honey brown with hazy particles floating around within, a one finger high head of off-white fluff builds quickly and sits long before finally fading to a thick skim always present. Minimal thin strings and spots of lace. Aroma is quite nice for a mild, cuz its mild but with a pleasant amount of strength, both a nice fresh dried and leafy hop balances well with a deep sweet bready maltyness. Nose includes nice light fruityness, kinda dull and maybe musty/old citrus with a heavy frothy barley sweetness. Reminds me of a Vienna, Alt, or sweeter Red, but whatever, its a fantastic nose for a mild. Taste is mild as well but has a nice strength in its presence that seems to carry over from the aroma. Great maltyness, breadish, thick, hardy, almost chewy to a point, lightly sour of bagel dough with some nice touches of dullish fruity sweetness and notes of nuttyness and butter. Hops enter in very lightly at the finish with nice notes of dried leafyness and a perfect little blend of bittering thats a bit grassy very late in the finish. Never overbearing in any way, seems to always peak at just the right moment as to keep the mildness in both the palate and flavors but keeps its brawny demeanor. Wonderful. Feel is heavenly smooth, kinda fluffy in texture with a close to medium body and a grand easy carbonation that just floats down the gullet. I haven't had many true Mild Ales, and I'm thinking this may be over the top as far as the English versions are concerned, but with that aside this stuff blew my socks off for a Mild. Glad I picked it up, and what could possibly be the very last remnants of any Three Floyd's here in MN. (Til it gets picked up again?)

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

Pours light gold with two fingers of pure white foam. Minimal lacing. Fragrant citrus hop nose with very mild malt presence; mango and tropical fruit as it warms. Taste is the same, with a nice crispness and very slight bitterness on the finish. Carbonation is medium-high, appropriate for the style. Overall, really tasty and highly drinkable beer which manages to be light but still flavorful. I can see this as a fantastic palate cleanser for Indian or Thai food. Great stuff.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this beer as part of the 2006 Great Race BIF from MABZ. Thanks a lot for giving me the chance to try it.

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a brown tint. It has a thick off white head that fades slowly, leaving lots of laces.

This beer has a mild citrus hop aroma. It is slightly lemony. It has a slight caramel sweet aroma also. It has a slight bready aroma also.

This beer tastes mildly hoppy. It tastes slightly lemony, with a slight orange flavor to it. Maybe just a tough or grapefruit. It also has a sweet malt flavor. A little bready.

This beer is very smooth. It is very well balances in both the aroma and the flavor. It leaves a slight citrus aftertaste. It is carbonated well for the style.

I think this beer would be an excelent session beer. It is mild, making it very easy to drink. Also, it is low in alcohol, making drinking a few not a problem.

Thanks MABZ for this great beer.

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Photo of atpben
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have to say this is my favorite session beer. I can drink this all day no problem, except the fact that we cant get it in Texas. I first had this at McNivan's in Indy. They call it a mild but it really is a great pale ale. So lets get to the beer. It pours a nice orange gold. Hops and malt in the aroma. Boy does this beer go down smooth. Citrus flavors in the middle and ends smooth with a light bitter taste. Did I mention I love this beer? My second favorite Three floyds beer after Dreadnaught. Texas needs this now, pronto, among other beers.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This APA pours a somewhat orange rusty amber with bronze highlights. The moderate off-white head recedes quickly and leaves some very sparse lace. Some scattered rising bubbles are visible in the body. A gorgeous color but skimpy on the suds.

Sticky pine and resinous, bitter hops. Lots of citrus: lemon, grapefruit, and lots more spicy pine. Slightly sweet caramel malt and a bit of bready toffee as well. Super bright and bitter. Crisp, clean, and pungent.

More malt in the flavor than the nose implies. Plenty of spicy hops but they seems less dry/bitter and more floral than the smell. Again, mild citrus resonates throughout. More sweet and mild than expected, I suppose as the name suggests. Lots more caramel malt and dim sweetness. A bit of a biscuit character and very buttery. Clean, mild, and very well balanced.

Mellow and crisp with moderate carbonation and a clean finish. Very well balanced and slick/juicy in texture. Refreshing with a bit of lingering bitterness from the hops. One of the most well balanced and underrated APAs out there in my opinion. Also one of the best session beers I can think of due to its lower ABV and flavorful, well balanced nature.

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Photo of jfunkk79
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks twelvsies for the FFF tasting!

Pours a clear, clean amber with head that persists and laces the glass. Nice hops up front but falls off the back of the tongue leaving a really dry, clean finish. Delicious! Reminiscent of a dry saison or belgian style with the way it's hopped and finished.

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

$5 at Longman & Eagle, Chicago Il. Wow Chicago is cheap.

Peachfuzz orange-yellow color. Clear. Sticky head leaves several pedestals of foam holding up the sides of my glass.

Smells like tropical fruit and Ectocooler. Orange rind and "green" hoppiness.

Tastes like orange juice and peach ring hops with a light, sweet malty balance.

I had one for the Pride and one for the Joy. During dinner I had another for the "&" just in case it felt left out.

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Photo of clvand0
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a standard amber color with a small head and didn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma was very hoppy with hints of caramel. Doesn't smell much like a mild, more like an IPA. The flavor is dead on what I think a mild should be, regardless of the overhopped aroma. Very smooth and light. Finishes slightly bitter, but within the mild area. Very well done beer.

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

This beer pours a nice coppery colour with a frothy white head. The aromas are of fresh hops and wonderful malts in perfect harmony. The taste is more of the same a very well-balanced, easy-drinking brew. The mouthfeel was very well balanced and the drinkability was great as well. An excellent 'mild-session-ale' from Three Floyds brewing.

Cheers to KennyD for the sample!

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Photo of kirok1999
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Crisp clear orange with a nice white head that sticks lacing.

Smell- Citrus hops dominate with oily grassiness and pine.

Taste- Same as the smell, huge grapefruit citrus hops up front with pine oils and grassy notes. On the hops scale, Dreadnaught is a 10, Alpha King is an 8, and this one is a 6.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and clean, beautifully carbonated.

Drinkability- If Dreadnaught is too much for you this is your brew, mild enough to please almost everyone, yet distinctive enough to stand out of the crowd.

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

A - Darker orange/yellow with a very small amount of sediments. Small head dissipates into a haze over. Some lacing going on.

S - Smell is sweeter citric hops, very similar to some lagunitas brews but obviously different. Kinda floral but nice apricot nose.

T - Apricot mixed in with a little fresh malts, hops come first but don't get too bitter, more floral and fruit/citric/apricot like. Some bitterness half way down there, but evens out quickly into a nice aftertaste!. Very IPA like.

M - Almost perfect, medium carbonation, not over carbed. Goes down smooth and with a slight aftertaste but nothing major.

O - Overall this a one of the best session ales I have had! Great balance between hops and smoothness. I like that its only 5% ABV and it taste so great. Its showcase is the hops! Thumbs UP!

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

A: Pours a great pale yellow, with orange hues. There is about one full finger of pure white head that settles quickly leaving a big froth along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is big citrus. Lemon and grapefruit abounds. So must so, that it's all I'm picking up. Smells great.

T: It starts out really light and crisp. It's mild and wet. The citrus notes start to shine through, but it's not a big punch in the face. It's just tasty and delicious. The finish also has great citrus flavors without ever getting too bitter.

M: Light bodied beer. It's refreshing and smooth. It starts a bit sweet and finishes dry, but not overly dry.

O: I really like this beer. It's a great low(er) abv beer with tons of flavor. If this were available in my area, I'd be drinking this beer on the regular.

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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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Pride & Joy Mild Ale from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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