Lord Rear Admiral | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Lord Rear AdmiralLord Rear Admiral

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by scruffwhor on 04-02-2007

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on Draught at the brewery.

A-deep copper colored beer with brown hues allowing light to shine through. two fingers of a medium thickness, off white head that retains for some time leaving a decent lacing on the glass

S-citrus and grapefruit hops hit the nose first with a faint hint of a sweet caramel malt

T-a light caramel malt hits the tongue first followed by a nice light citrus hop taste and a very light bitter finish

M-very smooth and very limited amount of carbonation with a pretty nice medium body

D-very well balanced favoring the hops make this a super tasty beer that is backed by a great mouthfeel

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Photo of ekardz
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden Honey Brown, clear, 1 finger head, lacing on beer and glass. looks like it will be amazing.

Smell - floral/piney hops. very citrusy, orange, lemon, coriander? sweet scents off this brew.

Taste - very floral hops, taste the orange peel flavor. some resiny flavors as well.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, smooth, little carbonation.

Drinkability - no alcohol burn, great hop flavor. nice citrusy zest, very easy to drink, I hope I can obtain this one again!!!!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great label from 3 Floyds.

A - Clear amber, chestnut with a sandy colored head that leaves huge patches of sticky lacing.

S - Sweet caramel, slightly sugary, blended nicely with pine and floral hops.

T - Piney, resiny, citrusy hops with caramel sweetness and some earthy undertones.

M - Medium body but DIPA sticky sweet with a lingering dry finish.

D - Not really true to style but exactly what I would expect from a 3F ESB.

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Photo of Lunch
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip at the appropriate temperature (05/08/10)

A: Pours a burnt, orange. amber capped with 2 fingers of an off-white head which stays leaving bits of sticky lacing.

S: I'm getting a lot of citrus hops along with a bready, caramel malt. Notes of toasted, sweet malt as well as some English IPA characteristics. Great smelling beer.

T: Taste mirrors the nose with layers of caramel and bread surrounded in a blanket of citrus hops with lots of orange, marmalade, zest and lemon. Sweet toasted malt rounds out the flavor with some lingering bitterness. Really a complex beer.

M: Medium-bodied with some appropriate carbonation that was lively. Fuller than expected and quite nice.

D: An easy drinking beer that was exceptionally well balanced.

Overall this was a very nice ESB and another great beer from Three Floyds. If you see this beer grab a bottle or two and enjoy! Recommended.

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Photo of DancoJoe
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A slightly malty smell, world class head 2 fingers. Carmel Sugar and molasses sweet but not too sweet. High carbonation fights off the overly sweet for a very smooth bitter. Very Bready. Full Body.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really love 3-F's and I knew that even though this was a lower ABV offering I knew that It wouldn't be normal.

A - Rich amber color. Clear with lots of fine, eggshell colored head and strong lacing.

S - Nice full hop fragrance with lots of tangerine, herbal, and some floral tones. After the hops there is a strong malt/caramalt presence accompanied by the fruitiness of the English yeast.

T - Similar to the smell the flavor is very good with a decisive hop character that has a citrus/tangerine flavor, fruit esters, soft herbal and then comes the malt. There is a soft, sweet malt character that is comforted by the rich caramel. The bitterness from hops lends very well to the sweet malt and is very balanced for a 3-F's beer. Not as hoppy as I expected but tasty.

M - Moderate to high mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. For only 6.5% ABV this baby has some body and with the caramalts and the hops it is almost chewy in the middle but still enough bitterness, carbonation, and alcohol to keep it refreshing on the finish.

Overall, the best ESB I've ever had. The great hops mixing with the rich malt character are a class act. Though I still prefer more over less when it comes to my beer I would gladly enjoy another one of these in the future. I wouldn't forgo a Dreadnaught or other one of their DIPAs for this one but I wouldn't just dismiss this beer either.

Glass- Imperial Nonic

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. Honestly one of the most attractive beers I've ever seen right off the pour. A little richer in appearance than I expected, with a deep burnt caramelly look to the body (almost not a color I can describe very well), nearly murky, but clear at the same time, with a full 3 finger climbing head that rests just perfectly on top filling the glass. Head thins out to a large rocky mass with bubbly sides, and some sticky patches of lace all over.

Enticing rich aromas of balanced hop and herbal character, with a fine malt background. Hoppy citrus, with mild pine, sage, a hint of lemon peel, and perhaps some rosemary. Remarkably delicate and yet full and hardy. I want to marinate chicken in it.

Taste has much more malt and graininess than the flavor alludes to, with an excellent bitter quality for the style, and yet uncommonly nuanced. Full crackery grains up front run with herbal notes of sage and bay leaf through to a dry raw grain flavor balanced with toffee toward the finish. Hops present more fully in mild citrus, and herbal florals toward the end. Finishes with stronger hop bitterness clinging a little.

Feel is nice, fuller medium body with mild soft tingly carbonation, allowing the taste to really stand up front. A little filmy toward the end, full for the style, but not too out of whack.

I know FFF is all about doing things a little different, and for me, this beer expands my concept of this style. Definitely strong on hops, but with considerable sensitivity to some of the other character of the beer, it varies between full-on strength and finely subtle nuance. Quite worth the try, in my opinion.

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Photo of JamesS
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great deep copper color with wonderful head and excellent lacing. Has a great deep hop scent, very citrus/orange, with a nice sweet malt backing. Great taste, a wonderful malt body with great hop (extremely citrus) tones, but with only a slight hop aftertaste, unlike a pale ale. Goes down smooth, with just a bit of rough from the hops.

It was odd to me, that an ESB had such citrusy hops, but it is an American ESB, just like APAs differ from EPAs.

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Photo of NorthsideFred
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my last bottle of this stuff - DAMN!!!

A: Poured into a mug with a huge, white, frothy, head. Looks refreshing!

S: Very hoppy - I also smell pineapple and citrus. Smells similar to Hop Slam. Very inviting!

T: Great taste. Starts with the pineapple, then the citrus and finishes with a slight bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, not as carbonated as I would expect.

D: I could drink this all day and all night, and then wake up and have more.

I really enjoy this beer. I hope FFF decides to brew this again.

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Photo of Pencible
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear copper with a little tan head. It smelled like apricot and papaya and candied grapefruit, with some light caramel and orange. It tasted like orange and apricot, with some grapefruit and papaya and honey. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, with a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was unlike any other ESB I've had, but it was certainly both extra special and bitter. It was also very sweet and hoppy and clean. This is what English IPAs should be (rather than the boring, earthy, under-hopped drinks they tend to be). Great beer.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber shared with friends on 2/8/11.

A - Poured a very hazy orange liquid with a thin off-white head that reduced to some patchy residue and lots of spotty lacing.

S - Aroma is very citrus-forward with plenty of pineapple and grapefruit notes. Malt character is sweet with hints of caramel and toffee. The aroma is unabashedly FFF!

T - Tropical fruit is at the forefront of Lord Admiral Nelson, giving the initial flavor quite a bit of hoppiness right from the get-go. I definitely get a lot of pineapple. Malt is expectedly sweet with caramel and toffee tones. Finishes like a juicy, hoppy West Coast IPA with a backing of toasted grains to balance.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and moderate carbonation. Finish is moderately bitter with residual sweetness.

D - This is a typical FFF hopfest, whereby they take a style and hop the shit out of it to create an awesome beer. Yeah! That's not to say that the beer itself is "typical". Quite the contrary. It's also not just a hop bomb, as there is plenty of malt sweetness that is typical of the ESB style. You could call it an EESB, I guess.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep gold to medium brown with a finger and a half of off white head
S: smelled of delicious hops when I cracked the bottle open but in the glass the nose brings caramel and toffee with some of that nice juicy hop aroma
T: slightly toasty with some caramel a little bit of pine and floral hop flavor and a back and forth battle across the palate for dominance. aftertaste is a bit of oily hop and some residual sweetness from the malt
M: medium body with slightly prickly carbonation
O: very flavorful and great balance. this is my first beer from three Floyd's and it is very good.

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:Pours a non transparent copper/amber color with a nice fluffy head that slowly falls, leaving a nice web lacing down the glass.

S:Classic FFF aroma, including grapefruit, citrus, and tropical hops with a slight sweet malt scent as well.

T:First up hits a nice floral hop kick on the initial sip, followed up by a nice malt backbone balance that smoothes everything out on the back burner. A really flavorful taste that leaves an oily hop resin on the palate that begs for more of the sweet nectar.

M:A thinner body which is what you would expect from the style. Good carbonation throughout and almost no alcohol bite.

D:A very delicious, easy to drink, and flavorful beer that I could take down all the time no problem (especially with the decent price tag and abv.) Another great brew from FFF as usual, just a lot of pleasant hop action that is very balanced at the same time. Highly recommended.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a clear amber brown color. Two finger light tan head on this one stays around for a little while. Lacing is sticky and streaky. Looks good for a ESB.

S- This has a ton of citrus hops in the front end of this beer. I enjoy the light biscuty malts in this that come out a little when this beer warms. For the most part all you smell is citrus and light pine tones in this.

T- The hops in this are not as in your face as in the aroma. Citrus hops clash with a light bready malt that brings a nice semi-sweet balance. Light pine and almost tea like taste in the back end of this beer. I enjoy this almost too much in the flavor. Everything is very balanced but hops come out a little on top.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little lacking which is my only complaint with this beer. Still this beer has a wonderful appearance in the mouth. Light malty bready flavors with citrus hops are left on the palate. Some light bready malts are left into the aftertaste. Clean tastes throughout in this beer.

D- The lower ABV on this makes it a easy drinker. In fact I cracked open another one after I was done with this one. Good work like usual Three Floyds! If you have the chance to snag this one....do it. You won't regret it at all.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Is this the first bottling of this beer? Cheap compared to other FFF, great stuff here, highly recommended. As usual, great label from FFF as well.

Pours a nice maple syrup brown with two inches of sandy head. Great lacing and retention. Smell is largely grapefruit, big hops, though there is something that's a bit off and I can't put my finger on it. Taste here is great, big piney hops, a bit of weedy hops, finished with some biscuity/bready malt--a hopped-up ESB. Great stuff here, I guess this review is to style, because as a beer overall I would call this an A-, but as an ESB, this is definitely an A. MF is medium, coating, creamy, maybe a tad over-carbonated. Very drinkable, a great session brew, if I had it in me I could easily have three bombers of this. I do not, but that's the kind of drinkability this thing has.

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Photo of dutesanch
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this beer. Much better than other breweries beers of th same style. Very malt heavy with the dominating taste being raisins. Sweetness doesn't annoy. Very pleasant beer. Perfect for brisk fall afternoons. ISO more!

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Photo of Jayli
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired this from GbvDave so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass
Consumed 6/14

A: This beer pours a massively cloudy/burnt orange with a one finger of crisp white head. Head recedes quickly leaving ringlet lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is very hoppy. Big doses of piney and citrus hops with some minor malt presence.

T: Taste is piney hops at the forefront. Mingle of pineapple and mango coupled with malts fill out the middle. Finish is a big citrus hop - juicy lemon citrus lingers in the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy yet oily body.

D: Goes down easily, somewhat filling, mild kick. This is one that I would love to have again!

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Photo of teamizm
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great amber, copper hue with very small and slow bubbles heading to the surface. LIght foamy head at time of serving that lasts for a few minutes after the first few sips. The aroma was a piney, floral hop bouquet with some bready mlats lingering here and there. Almost makes me think of candy for some reason. The taste has a great malty sweetness mixed with the complex hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was a little tooo astringent for an English beer. But still syrupy and smooth. Great beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Gentlemen, when the enemy is committed to a mistake we must not interrupt him too soon."

--Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson

Koi orange with butter rum hued accents. Several busy bubble streams are disappearing into the underside of a pillowy head of toasted almond colored froth. The lid is becoming impressively rocky as it starts to melt and is gracing the glass with an attractive array of amorphous lace.

The nose is a study in glorious hoppiness (no surprise given the brewery). Dry-hopped with Fuggles is the only ingredient that has been leaked. There's definitely something American in there too. The beer is bursting with mango, peach and pink grapefruit juiciness. Gotta be Simcoe.

With all due respect to the Floyds, Admiral Lord Nelson doesn't taste much like an ESB. It does use 'mostly British ingredients', which is important, so they deserve points for that. What it tastes like is an American pale ale. And a damn good one.

Despite the color, there isn't much flavor transfer from the malt. Probably Maris Otter and a few others on the pale end of the spectrum. The hoppiness is still super-fresh, which is the reason why the taste and drinkability scores are what they are. Age probably won't treat the Admiral kindly, so drink your bottle(s) now.

A faint toasted bread quality is quickly washed away by a tidal wave of Anglo-American hops that stop well short of palate punishing. Let's add tangerine zest to the fruits noted above. Given so much pink grapefruit and mango, I still have to go with Simcoe. The finish is crisp and tight, while still managing a lovely lupulin linger.

The mouthfeel is neither lush nor plush, but that's what happens when malt sugars take a backseat to alpha acids. It's at least medium for the style and the bubbles have just the right amount of energy. Thanks to iowahawk for an incredible extra.

Admiral Lord Nelson Strong Bitter is yet another winner from one of my favorite American breweries. The hops hit hard, but there's also a more than solid brew supporting them. If you like your ESBs to be extra special and extra bitter, seek this one out. Awesome label art, as always.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnt sienna pour with paper mache off white head. Spider lacing throughout. Aroma has great balance of malt and hop. Fruit zesstiness of grapefruit and orange. Dried fruit. I would almost mistake this as borderline a barleywine in regards to heavy fructose. Taste is extra strong bitter that accentuates the malt. Sappy pine cone and dried fruit, esp. in apricot, prominent. Hop flavour arrives next in form of rind citrus. Medium body with hop and sugar in the raw layering on the tongue. Carbonation wanes. A little bit of this and a little bit of that and Zombie Dust in the middle. Drinks also as a DPA and barleywine. The experience here is in the taste. Well it delivers as their label says. This is tradition with interpretational flair. I give props to those going a bit off center.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark orange to red. An off white, one-finger head. Very little carbonation. Slight malty pine smell with slight funk. The malt from an amber ale is very good. This really sets a nice stage for a sweet piney hop to come through. The sweet is a mix of slight apple/cherry hard candy. Very interesting. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a medium body. The balance is right on. This one is underrated for FFF.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber thanks to Kayn169. This one was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Lord Admiral Nelson pours a roasted chestnut color, a bit dark for the style, and lightens to amber when heldo to light. The off white foam that caps the beer approaches three fingers in height, has displays decent retention, and is nice and sticky. The nose has some crisp biscuity and caramel malty notes, as well as some herbal hop notes. A light citric aroma enters the picture as well, and serves as a nice accent rather than taking over the whole beer. The nose serves as a pretty good preview of what's to come. The bready and caramel sweetness lead things off, before a modest bitterness lets itself be known mid palate. The balance is superb, I couldn't describe this beer as either overtly hoppy or malty. The same predominantly noble, herbal hop, with a light touch of American citrus blend is on display at the back end of each sip. Props the 3 Floyds for showing restraint and keeping this one essentially British, with just enough American influence to liven things up. The mouthfeel is pretty solid overall. The body is sturdy, relatively full for the ABV, and the carbonation is slightly understated. A great spin on a classic style.

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Photo of beenitty
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of jsh420
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours copper with a big 2+ finger head that has good retention and left rings down the glass

smells like gumball head on roids very hoppy

taste - again hops hops hops citrus mango apricot - but with all these hops it still has to have a good malt bready backbone to tie it together and it does

mouthfeel - medium body with good carbonation very smooth and creamy

drinkability is good and would be even better if they put it in 6packs

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Lord Rear Admiral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 639 ratings.
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