Lord Rear Admiral
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Bitter - English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #2
Ranked #3,135
4.13 | pDev: 8.47%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
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Notes: Three Floyds version of an ESB, this deep amber ale has a complex malt sweetness and pronounced apricot hoppiness. Named after Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson.

55 IBU
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark caramel/toffee, off-white head, good retention & lace.

S: Very catty, pine, brown sugar, floral & caramel. Definitely American hops.

T: Piny citrus, toffee, brown sugar, good bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body.

D: An all-around good drinker.

Apr 02, 2010
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kevanb from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, dated 3.17.2015, poured into a Three Floyds Alpha King pint glass.

The beer pours a light amber color, hues of copper, hazy and cloudy with faint clarity when struck by the light, a thick, foamy, finger of off white head head that has great retention and yields a fine amount of spotted head. The aroma is pleasant, dark malts, piney hops, very bitter, a little nutty, biscuity grain, simple, but substantial. The flavors echo the nose, bitter piney nose, english malts, biscuity grain, again, has a bit of that pleasant nutty flavor, soft toffee and gentle nougat. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, zippy and crisp, carbonation is medium to high, lightly prickly but the finish is easy and light.

Verdict: A very nice ESB from Three Floyds, pleasantly bitter and big. Lots of malt, plenty of underlying hops, a nice balance is struck. I appreciate that the traditional malty ESB backbone is still in the forefront when it comes to a Three Floyds beer, perhaps one of their least "not normal" beers, but it makes this a success.

Apr 05, 2015
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F1Rumors from Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An American brew that is finally a really good take on the classic British pint of "Best". Really well done Three Floyds - world class.

Look: dark ale with a decent head; head disperses quickly , and leaves laces on the glass.
Smell: full on ale, hops and malt to the front
Taste: classic English bitter style ale, sweet and malty. Flavour is best at cellar (nor fridge) temperature, don't drink it too cold!
Feel: full bodied, plenty of mouth feel but not in the same league as a stout.

Thoroughly enjoyable, reminded me of being 'down the local' in the old country!

Nov 08, 2016
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Three Floyds Lloyd Rear Admiral

Extra Special Bitter

Look: This beer pours a murky, but translucent dark amber / copper color. A two finger off white her settles to a thin layer across the top of beer while leaving some lacing in its wake. I’ve not had a ton of ESB, but I’ve had some a lot, such as Fullers. That beer is bright, this one is not. Overall, an attractive color with nice head retention. An enticing looking beer.

Smell: The aroma is sweet crushed grains, bready caramel malt profile. Some earthy tea notes and a pleasant fresh apricot fruitiness. Some dried apricot sweetness and hints of vanilla. A touch spicy.

Flavor: This is a beautiful beer. Upfront a bready sweetness with some vanilla, dried apricot and candied orange sweetness as well. Transitions beautifully to a dry earthy and lightly citrusy hop profile of pine and lemon.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and pillowy soft mouthfeel with a low level of carbonation.

Overall: This is an excellent beer that offers some nice malt sweetness and hop flavors. It’s balanced in that regard. This is basically my ideal drinking beer. I would love to drink this on cask. I just love the Bitters.

Mar 18, 2019
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mynie from Maryland

4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Say what you may about the FFF, they know how to brew a gorgeous beer. This is basically a perfect APA pour. Odd that it's an ESB--quite clearly, it says so on the menu so it's not just a website thing. Little pale and orange for the style, but still quite pretty.

Smells like a simliarly herbal/floral hop profile to Gumballhead but only much more intense and varied. Jesus. Lilacs, marigolds, generic potpourri, apricots, oranges, grapefruits, spearmin and cannabis.

ESB my ass. This is like the world's fruitiest APA that doesn't actually contain fruit. It's like what Magic Hat's #9 tries to be. Giant ass bread and fruit nodes start things off, moving into a wickedly variegated hop profile--herbal, floral, and fruity--and then ending on the slightest bitter node that cuts into the sweetness just a wee little bit so that you want to take another sip.

World Class.

Mar 11, 2010
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beenitty from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one as a package full of surprises from whitemomba, thanks Jason.

A: Pours golden brown with tan/white head. Looks awsome. Something about the combination of colors is super inviting

S: Hops, Fruit, light spice, bit of caramel and breadiness. Dont drink many ESBs but this is a top smell for me

T: Mmm. Hops, malt, and a bit brown sugar (i think), delicious.

M: Awsome. Creamy Smooth. Slight bite, but not bitter at all. Super balanced.

D: Super High, Seriously. All night long.

Definitely the most impressive offering from FFF for me because I wasnt expecting it to be as good as it was. Definitely the best ESB I've had. And a great introduction to the style if you're looking.

Aug 31, 2011
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Le_HopHead from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 25, 2015
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jjayjaye from New York

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy rust amber color with a shallow loose foamy light tan head that fades to spotty patterns of Belgian lacing.

Smell suggests that this one is going to land outside the box...a substantial piny, floral hop bouquet with a somewhat sweeter undertone, but not what most would consider "true to style".

A tame offering by FFF standards, the citrus character edges out the sweet earthy malt flavor.

An easy drinker, I understand that this one will be 'bottle bound' soon. Unique product that I look forward to trying it again once this controversial, potentially notorious, British maritime hero is preserved forever as another 3-Floydian caricature.

Nov 10, 2009
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spark3148857 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Mar 27, 2012
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BIll_Currie from Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 23, 2015
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Magery from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Nov 16, 2011
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BYOFB from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 09, 2016
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frlrv1020 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 17, 2015
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whartontallboy from New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Dec 23, 2011
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Listers from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Mar 12, 2012
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mush from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jul 21, 2015
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teamizm from California

4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Wadsey for the growler!

A - Nice, dark brown/bronze color with a beautiful head reminiscent of a beer that fresh off the tap from a brewery.

S - Very nutty with a nice, light malt backbone

T - Like the smell, a nice nutty, brown ale taste. Feels very fall-ish.

M - Very pleasant, especially out of a growler

D - Let's just say, I didn't have much (any) help finishing this growler. It was a perfect beer to watch some college football (despite UCLA getting their asses handed to them by Stanford).

Love this beer.

Sep 12, 2010
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quilty from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

my favourite style of beer given a profound hop edge that marries beautifully with the amber sweetness of the malt. another hop delight from these guys. well done.

Apr 12, 2015
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PassMeAZima from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 08, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always looking for great English style ales that we can get fresh; even if they have to be made in America. But here, the hops and attenuation keep it a little American-sided.

The beer opens with a solid copper hue, bright clarity, and an outstanding white head that retains very well with good lacing. A very handsome beer.

Fresh and balanced aroma of caramelized barley malt and hops (albeit slightly on the citrusy side). Light earthy and spicy notes mixes into the hops. Hints of toast and bread crust, toffee and figs come into play.

Flavors are more tilted toward the hops; still very American with sharp tones of citrus and pine but with the classic earthiness and spice of English Fuggles or EKG's. Gentle dark pitted fruitiness comes into play and weaves into the toffeeish darker grains. Still, quite bitter and giving rise above the crisp and toasty malts.

The beer attenuates very well. Though great for American Ales (and for drinkability), English varieties give a bit more sweetness and body. Yet it finishes crisp, minerally, and with slight warmth.

Undoubtedly this is a very good beer, but it misses the mark on big-time English Bitters. This one is more American tasting with the hops and higher attenuated for a crisper drier body. Imagine if Sierra Nevada tried to brew a Fuller's ESB.

Thanks Cheezdawg!

Apr 17, 2010
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stbo101 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

May 01, 2012
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DrKarl from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

May 09, 2015
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Granahan57 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Jun 03, 2013
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bertram from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a bomber picked up from the brewery and shared with my buddy, poured into a pint glass.

A nice, slightly hoppy smell as we opened the bottle. Poured a nice, rich amber color in the glass with a significant white head.

The taste of this beer was excellent. I didn't really get the 'bitter' as mentioned on the label.

Good carbonation here with a nice, crisp mouthfeel.

Overall I am a big fan of this beer, and will definitely be picking myself up some next time I can make it to 3F.

Sep 12, 2011
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Justdoit1234 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 19, 2015
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