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 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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Photo of kmpitz2
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from the beer engine at the Map Room in Chicago. My heart skipped a beat when I saw the board saying this was on the engine when I was there. How did it take me 3 beers into the night to see that this was there? It poured a deep amber color with 2 fingers of head, full of large bubbles, that fell to coat the beer. The nose was a nice blend of grapefruity hop and a slight chewy bubblygum. It was slightly crisp, but smelld divine. Cask conditioning this beer took it to places that I didn't know existed. The flavor was mellow. A great blend of the grapefruit hop and the caramel sweetness. This is what I will hold all mild ales up against in flavor. It was mild, yet so full of flavor. The feel was so smooth and silky, with just a bare minimum of carbonation to keep it true. I thought that this beer was fantastic. I'm not sure there is anything they can do withthe flavor to make it better. I can only hope that next time I am there they have the Alpha King on cask.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this off cask at The Map Room last Saturday, 1/22. Poured a clear golden amber red with a small bubbly head. The head was not thick, but somewhat lacy and intricate. Very nice appearance off the hand pull. The nose comes with big grapefruit, citric candy bubblegum with hints of peaches. Just so damn good...almost like a fruit salad in a glass.

First sip is smooth and hoppy with a beautiful melding of grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors. Very little carbonation, but it works damn well in this case. Hints of caramel peek through on the way down, with nice interplay of sweet and bitter notes. Wonderful, just wonderful.

Smooth and oh-so creamy mouthfeel goes down so easily. If you think Pride & Joy is a good session ale out of the bottle...just try it on cask and be blown away. This one could be drank all night long with no problem. Simply a great beer by Three Floyd's made even better on cask. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from tap, it pours an amber color that appears very clean and refined. Very little head but surface layer and some slight lacing on the sides of the glass. However, nothing to write home about.

Cascade hops and lemon/grapefruits are on display here with the aroma. Mainly a bit of lemony-fresh pine sol aromas that leave a lot to be desired...a little pepper adds to this one.

Lemon-Pepper is how I would describe this taste w/ some florals and pine up front. Lots of hops flavors take over this one and slightly creamy. However, the carbonation takes away from the flavors.

Carbonation out the ying-yang! It hits the tip of your tongue and kills alot of flavors, as well as teh temperature served (chilled) hurt this one a bit I think. Easy to drink due to the light body- definitely a nice spring/summer brew. I'd like to say I liked this one, but I would be a liar...I've had better.

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Photo of frazbri
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean copper body with about 2 fingers of bright white head. Very good lace left on the glass. Pine needles and grapefruit aromas. Fresh bread and lemon zest flavors with a bitter finish. Medium to light in body, moderately carbonated.

This is a mild ale with 3floyds hop profile. It's not a hop monster. Its a very solid brew to quaff when you don't want alot of alcohol.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep orange with a nicely-formed white head

Smell is quite hoppy with strong citrus and fruit.

Well-balanced hoppy character with a touch of sweetness.

Not the prototypical example of the style, and, as a Philly guy, I might prefer some of the Victory mild ales, but Pride & Joy is definitely nice enough.
An extremely tasty brew that could make a fine session beer, although it is a tad pricey. I'm buying it again!

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Photo of mynie
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with almost no head. It looks like a glass of iced tea.

Smells like wonderful hops. Citrus and gain abound.

Hops! Goodness, gracious, that's a lot of hops. Citrus hops upfront, and a strange fruit twang near the back, like passion fruit along with hops. Nice.

This ale is not "mild" by most standards. If anything, this is just a lighter version of their Alpha King.

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Photo of Magery
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pleasant alternative to the run-of-the-mill microbrews. It's fairly readily available and not too expensive to enjoy with regularity.

The appearance and smell are nothing spectacular as far as i'm concerned, but they are definately not bad by any stretch of the imagination.

The taste is very good. As I stated before, it is a good beer to drink on a semi-regular basis. Good for parties etc, not only for the taste, but the label artwork is a conversation starter, as is all artwork on Three Floyds bottles.

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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured crystal clear light amber golden with a white and frothy head which coated the glass as the beer was consumed.

The aroma was grassy with citrusy hop aromas and some light frutiness.

The flavor was bitter with a nice malt backbone. The bittering was definitely American hops and was grassy and citrusy. The malt was light and nicely done with a caramel presence and a light fruitiness.

The finish was dry with a lasting pleasant bitterness. The body was medium light.

12 ounce bottle. The only thing mild about this beer is the alcohol. The aroma is pure hops...of course it says as much on the label. This is definitely a session beer and a beer that really has no style.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When I think "mild", Three Floyds beers aren’t the first thing to spring to mind. However, leave it to them to make one that leaves an impression. Lightly hazy amber color with a thin eggshell white head. Thin lacing too. The aroma is mildy hoppy with a pinch of citrus. Light-bodied and surprisingly crisp, with a moderately bitter amount of hops throughout. Underlying sweetness and citrus flavors make this simply one of the best session ales I have ever had. It was gone before I even knew it. The finish retains the hops, with lightly sweet malt here and there. An outstanding Mild Ale.

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

This is a crystal clear amber color with about a half-inch of fluffy white head. The head drops quickly but leaves a decent amount of lace around the glass as it was consumed. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy for a mild, with citric and floral hops all over the place. Notes of grapefruit and a bit of malt where evident as well. Taste starts of with a bitter citric hop bit that is cooled by a bit of sweet malt. This is one hop heavy mild all around and I am loving it. Aftertaste is a hoppy bitter one that is a bit grassy and floral. Mouthfeel is fairly light and crisp. I could drink this stuff all day, its full of hops tasty and goes down easy. Definitely a new favorite lighter session beer for me.

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

Clear orange in color with a nice 2" head. Decent lacing develops. The aroma is of strong floral hops and citrus - extremely pleasing to the nose. The flavor is a nice balance of malt sweetness, bitterness, and strong orange and grapefruit tones. There is a mild grassy tone here too.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp and the start, and finishes crisp and dry. Medium bodied brew. Nice carbonation levels. This is a brew you can drink all day and night, as the flavor is very interesting but not overblown.

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Photo of avylover
4.94/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a nice clear golden color in my hefe glass - very inviting. Aroma is full of fruity bubblegum hop aroma, along with some grapefruits....drool. Taste is dominated by flavoring hops, that are downright delicious. A slight malt backbone peeks through - enough to add flavor - yet not detract from the fresh taste of this beer. There is a great dry finish to this one, leaving my mouth feeling like a bouqet of flowers.

Drinkability? Refer to Lionel Ritchies "All Night Long"

This is by far the best session brew I've come across

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Photo of TinusTime
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery orange head with a nice fluffy off white head. Aroma is of pine with a bit of grapefruity citrus in there as well. Taste well it may be a mild in strength but not in flavour. Very hoppy almost from start to finish. Not much to speak of in the way of malt to balance this brew out just a bit of malty notes in the middle before more piney hop finish. However, this is pretty much what i would have expected from 3F's Mouthfeel is good. The hoppyness never gets harsh or overbearing. Drinkabililty is very high since its a nice flavourful brew at an ABV that won't have you talking to your imaginary friend two beers later.

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Photo of FormatKid
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the beers I received in a great package from clvand0. Thanks Chris!

Anyway, I let this one get well into cellar temperature before I cracked it for a more “authentic” mild experience. The body is a copper-hued amber with very light carbonation moving through it. The head is robust and rolls up quickly causing me to halt the pour on several occasions, it retains nicely though and leaves fat, sticky clumps of lace on the glass. The aroma is hoppy as hell! Not quite what I was expecting for a mild, juicy citrussy hops with a faint malt backbone. Honestly, I’ve smelled IPAs with less hops and definitely American Pale Ales, so this level of PacNW hops on the nose tells me this isn’t a typical “Mild”. Drinking this beer leaves me a little bewildered. I love hops just as much as the next guy, but here, it’s almost like the malt is recognized for a millisecond, and is then ambushed and totally eclipsed by hop flavor. Don’t get me wrong, the flavors are delicious but I get no sense of balance here what-so-ever, and normally I need my hops to at least pretend to be balanced by malt, or alcohol, or both preferably. Adding to this the mouthfeel is incredibly light, it goes down almost like water, brings to mind the phrase “hop tea”. I guess the term “Mild” is in reference to the alcohol content which is low that makes this a drink-all-day sessioner. A good beer, it will satisfy your craving for hops and you can sip on it forever without getting out of hand, but don’t come here looking for balance.

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3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear deep copper color. It is topped by a thin light tan head. The aroma has been infused by that typical Three Floyd's, over the top hoppiness. I get notes of apricot, ruby-red grapefruit, tangerine and orange. The taste is initially sweet up front, but then moves to a fairly dry finish. Throughout though it is a hop lovers dream. This beer is about as far from a mild as possible, it could easily pass for a supped up pale ale though. I am not quite too sure what to think of this beer, it is certainly by no definition a Mild Ale, but it certainly is what I expect Three Floyds to brew as their mild. I am certainly enjoying the in your face citrus fruit notes, but I wish that there was some of that malty complexity that one gets from a traditional Mild Ale. In the end though this beer does taste quite good.

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Pride & Joy Mild Ale from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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