Lord Rear Admiral | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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

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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174
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633
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4.15
pDev:
16.39%
 
 
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Photo of jeonseh
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FFF glass.

A - Beautiful English Bitter. It's dark, orange with light brown tint to it. Big, rocky, off-white head that left a ton of lacing on the glass.

S - Light orange peel and pine with a light bready malt to it

T- Orange peel and grapefruit on the front. There is a slight bready malt in the middle that gives it a very slight sweetness. On the back end is where the bitter comes in with a strong grapefruit and pine presence. The pine and grapefruit really linger on in the finish with a slight bigger hop presence than you'd find in your normal bitter.

MF - Light, slightly watery body with good carbonation that makes it have a slight smoothness to it when drinking. Leaves a thick hop resin that lingers on the tongue in the finish.

O - A solid bitter from FFF that is really easy to drink but brings a lot of flavor. Worth getting a bottle if you are near when they have it out, especially if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neighbor brougth home a growler of Sir Lord Admiral Nelson from Three Floyds...it was about a day and ahlf old. The appearance was nice, great head and a caramel clear color. The nose offered hop, alcohol, and some malt. The taste was very sweet to me...definitely bitter....and some hops. The bitterness really affected the mouthfeel score....for me at least. Wasn't a big fan of this beer. Not nearly as good as some of 3Fs other offerings.

Re-tried this beer from a bottle and all the points I didn't like from my original review had been smoothed out. I really enjoyed this beer and the new score reflects that.

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Photo of jsanford
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a dark amber-brown with a fluffy white head that fades to a slight haze and soapy ring.
S - Crisp aromas of piney, resinous hops with a significant sweet caramel malt backbone.
T - More pine resin and grapefruit hops with a sweet, bready caramel malt profile. Pretty nicely balanced, but this is much more of an IPA then a ESB. Still, it's good, and I like it, so who cares?
M - Crisp and drinkable, with a smooth, medium body and good carbonation. I wish the ABV was a touch lower to increase the "sessionability", but oh well.
O - A really good IPA, a really "off" ESB, but damn good nonetheless!

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 Ounce Bottle
Bottled on March 30th, 2015
Reviewed on May 24th, 2015
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Eyes
Poured a copper body with a nice amber glow. Decent sized off-white head formed, collapsed, and left a sparse amount of soapy lacing.

Nose
Sweet malts with light notes of fruit, think apricot and orange peel.

Mouth
Sweet notes of fruit hit the tongue first. Light notes of apricot and pear were overpowered by a good hit of citric hops. Dense malts contained the intensifying hops. Biscuit, caramel, and raisin were the main characteristics from the malts. Bitterness reignited and finished out semi dry with lingering notes of herbal hops. Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Notes
Certainly a hoppy ESB but a great offering nonetheless.

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Photo of beergod1
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had a lot of experience rating ESBs as a style, but this seemed like an American Pale Ale. Piney and citrus notes and flavor. I did pick up notes of sweet caramel malt. Great hop flavor. Nice caramel color and good frothy head with lacing.
I would not have guessed the 6.5% ABV. none detected at all.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Floyds Brewpub, served in a Nonic pint glass

Smell, really big and pine-y hops. Almost offensive to a point. Little biscuit and twang from the alcohol.

Taste, Damn. Big pine-y hops up front. A smidge of dough creeps though, along with some residual sweetness. But gosh darn, do those hops come out. The malt here just didn't stand a chance.

Overall, a big dose of hops, and way too much for the style. But gosh o' gosh was this beer tasty. An ESB for the American Hop Head if there ever was one.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma is floral with caramel malts. Taste follows with caramel, some fruity esters and hops, finishes on the bitter side. Medium body and carbonation. Really nice and easy drinking.

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Photo of bmwats
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into an imperial nonic.

A: Dark, cloudy, golden hue. Pours a giant, frothy, white head which crates slowly first, then just seems to collapse on itself. Pretty heavy carbonation. Eventually, looks like a root beer float. Some nice heavy, but sparse lacing. Head renews with each re-pour.

S: Plenty of pine, a little malt, and kind of a salty seawater thing goin'.

T: Piny and a little sweet. Tastes like it smells. You kind of feel like you're drinking out of a river or something. I don't mean that in a bad way by any stretch of the imagination. It's just got this river water or seawater thing going on.

M: Bitter and hoppy throughout. Has a little sweet tinge that hits you right in the middle. Something of a thick syrupy texture. Very dry finish.

D: Mmmm... If you like bitters, this will work for you.

Atmosphere very nice. Great color, and a giant head with some great lacing. Nose is not complex, but has an interesting river water or seawater character that's tough to place, but makes it quite unique. Bitter character but a nice slightly sweet balancing act. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of mdm46410
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Three Floyds Brewpub. Served in an English pint glass. Pours a deep red/amber with a nice tan fluffy head. The head diminishes quickly. Leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is of lighly sweet fruity dry hops. Flavor is all sweet hops with sublte notes of caramel and fruit. Medium creamy body with a lightly bitter finish. This beer is excellent. Very smooth. A nice surprise!

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Photo of Kayn169
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at FFF, poured into an Imperial Pint Glass.
Date: 07/16/11

A- Body is a clear Amber, topped with a 1.5 finger off white head. Nice lacing.

S- Some nice earthy sweetness, some bready yeast, and some hops, but not nearly as citrusy as most of their beers, more bitter, and floral. Good sign, seeing as how it is supposed to be an ESB.

T- Very nice, grainy sweetness upfront. Some bitter hops, not really piney, but not really citrus either. I mostly get the sweet toffee malt, some breadiness, and a bittering dry finish

M- Medium with decent carbonation. A little sticky, but as to be expected with a malt forward beer. Over all though, lighter than expected. The last few other ESBs I had were a little on the heavier side.

O- I have been waiting to try this one, somehow missed last year, despite looking for it. Overall, another nice offering from FFF. Would I consider it 100% ESB...maybe not, but it definitely more English, than the Blackheart English IPA. Both are great beers, that I have no reservations about drinking again. I bought a few bombers of LAN to being home.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh yeah, thanks Dankbeers619. A seriously generous BA.

A - Slightly hazy orange copper with a big long lasting whitish head. Tons of lacing throughout.

S - Big caramel bread crusty malts. Lots of piny/earthy hops. Otherwise quite clean.

F/M - Sweet bready/toasty caramel-like malts. Nice medium piny hops with medium bitterness. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Clean dry finish.

D - Very good, clean and refreshing. Quite poundable. This is a great beer for sure.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Served in a FFF pint glass.

Darker brown/amber body, two finger offwhite head, nice retention, rings and rings of lacing. Quite the standard ESB. Smells sweet with plenty of toffee, caramel, biscuits, honey. Fairly malty with a mild grassy, floral hop bite. No apricots. Flavour is similar, on the sweeter side, heavy on the graininess, biscuits and caramel, mild orange marmalade and floral notes. Mouthfeel is excellent, medium bodied, soft with nice carbonation, very drinkable especially as it warms up. Overall, I say drink this like the English would- warm. Solid ESB, nicely malty with a mild hop bite in the ESB tradition; however it is overpriced like most other Three Floyds bombers but I'm glad to have at least tried this.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you to my wonderful friends for bringing me home a bottle! Good beer karma is yours! Listening to the Naked and Famous. Poured this beer into my Weyerbacher pint glass.

The beer is a darker amber color topped by a cream colored head that stays around the whole time. Ends up shrinking to a sticky, sudsy foam that covers the beer. Great appearance, though there is some haze to this beer...

Smells of American hops galore. Not as intense as a Double IPA or anything, though it smells pretty hoppy and would easily be confused as an Imperial Red Ale to this point. Big notes of pine and honey. Little bit of lavender in the nose as well. I am really digging the aroma, but I am afraid this is more than is called for in this style. I know that 3 Floyds could give a shit what the style is all about (look at Gumballhead), but the enormous hop aroma is not well suited for a traditional English style. If this was an American IPA, I would offer up a 4 at the least for the aroma.

This is one bitter beer! High bitterness up front and in the aftertaste. Clearly all American hops, with earthy, spicy hops in the forefront. There is a moderately low amount of fruity esters with the little bit of malty sweetness that peeks through here. The bitter hops really take precedence in the flavor here, which is actually to style...hey "bitter" is in the name of the style! Only a light amount of fruitiness in the background here, especially as the beer warms a bit.

Soft mouthfeel, with a medium body. Carbonation is modest, and right on for what this style is all about. I would love to try this offering on cask. I have a feeling that would really elevate this beer to another level.

I think this is a good beer and a good ESB, even if it is a bit "Americanized." We are seeing exactly what the Brits had intended with this beer: something on the left side of malty and smooth, with excellent ale characteristics, like fruitiness from the esters and a bitterness that pushes back! Great American craft beer...would completely recommend this beer.

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Photo of ahurd11085
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bad boy from klshanks. Thanks again bud.

A: Poured into tulip from 22oz bottle adorned with some of the most bad ass artwork I've ever seen on a bottle. Rock! Pours a fierce golden orange topped with a 3 finger orangish fluffball of a head. Good start.

S: Subtle yet complex. Notes of spicy noble hops, pine and earth mixed with toasty, slightly nutty malts. Not as upfront as I would like, but lots of depth.

T: Pretty damn good, with lots of complexity from the blend of the spicy hops and malts. Nothing that's going to scorch your palate or blow your socks off, but a really well done, balanced beer. It's not everyday you try something that is rich and complex, but still well balanced.

M: A bit on the thin side, with some hop oil slickness and medium carbonation. A touch more weight would be nice

D: High. I could drink this all day and be perfectly happy.

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Photo of kevanb
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottel poured into my cantillion tulip glass

. Pours a nice clear amber-brown color with a sticky off-white head and excellent lacing.
Aroma is bright fresh hops, citrusy mostly, slightly herbal, with sweet malt in the background. Really smells awesome.
Flavor is caramel malt and toffee along with the typical excellent FFF hop character, citrusy, mostly grapefruit, with slight herbal notes as well. Not terribly much bitterness given the hop aroma and flavor, although it’s definitely there.
Medium body with some hop resins present on the palate. Extremely drinkable. Another great one in FFF’s awesome line of hoppy beers.

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Photo of dleigh
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lots of lemon in the nose--a really clean citrus hoppiness as it warms up, with a lot of diacetyl also present. Nice balanced hoppy taste with a hint of sweetness to it.

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Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lord Rear Admiral pours with an apricot colour, a very enthusiastic head and enough sediment at the bottom of the bottle to completely cloud over what was already a naturally hazy complexion. This gives it a relatively dark tone despite solid golden highlighting.

The beer smells partly English, partly American, and something like a sweet shop located in a garden or forest. It blends maltiness and hoppiness in a way that combines tea wafers and toffee with pine resin and bubblegum. The taste offers more depth but this is a good intro.

There's an abundance of flavour provided at both ends of this recipe. The malts are mildly sweet and smack of toffee or butterscotch on top of their naturally bready, grainy disposition. The hops are layered with fruit and florals and taste of roses, apricot, grapefruit, bark, grass clippings and pine needles, and have a delightful bubblegum characteristic.

Lord Rear Admiral is one of those beers with such a vividly fruity hoppiness that it practically feels pulpy. This ESB has the strong and sturdy caramelly maltiness requisite for the style but also the refreshing citrus qualities of a cold glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice. It makes an intentionally approachable style even more affable; a beer suited to most tastes and levels of experience.

Lord Horatio Nelson (after whom this beer takes its name) is celebrated as one of Britain's most heroic naval figures and has monuments all over the country, including Trafalgar Square in London. I'm not sure what the Munster, Indiana equivalent would be - the parking lot of the Hilton off the brewery's industrial strip? - but this Lord Admiral is deserving of a statue too.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at a tasting. Dark orange pour, hazy, thin tan head. Smells like malt sugars and burnt caramel. The taste is bitter-sweet, with notes of malt sugars, citrus hops, some pine.

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Photo of Tinfoilrcr
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a bomber in a trade with Hayesez - Thanks!

A- Deep amber color with off-white fluffly head a great lacing.

N- Lots of hops. Nice citrus and herbal notes with sweet malt in the background.

T- Bright hops up front, citrus and herbal background mixes with caramel. Smells very good.

M- very filling, but not too heavy.

D- Overall is a very good beer. However, is a little hoppier than I typically expect in an ESB. Its not bad, just a general observation.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 03/19/2015 printed on the bottleneck. A new one to me from Three Floyds, this one their interpretation of an English style bitter, or Extra Special Bitter. No abv listed on the bottle, so I am trusting BeerAdvocate on this one.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a good dark coppery orange body with lots of tiny fine sediment in the glass. About a finger or so of frothy off-white head that stays a while and leaves good scattered strands of lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - The nose is kind of strange, not entirely what I expected. Has a very prominent peaches n' cream type aroma going on. Most likely the hops. The bottle says apricot. Smells like it was brewed with apricots? I don't know.

T - Taste is the same - sweetened honeyed bread malts & apricot fruitiness. There isn't much else beyond that, and it definitely isn't typical of an English style Bitter.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, light, & creamy. Airy mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Very easy drinking with a moderate 6.50% abv.

Overall, if I were to rate this according to style, I might rate it lower, but I think it is a fine beer. More of an American pale ale than and ESB though, I would say. Would have again. Would like to see made into twelve ounce bottles.

Three Floyds Lord Rear Admiral -----4/5.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to kstrickler for this beer!

(A)- Pours a clear brown amber color that produced a great white foaming head that left an intricate web of lacing as it dissipated.

(S)- A burst of citrus: lemon & pineapple. Lightly sweet. Plenty of pine that is oozing resin-like hops.

(T)- A big citrus splash with tons of pine behind it. Bitter, but actually has a generous malt backbone of a caramel-like honey.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance with a more pronounced malt profile than expected. A good bitterness & hop level.

(D)- A good ESB with a good maltiness that smoothes out some of the harshness the massive hops might impart. Definitely an easy drinker; the 22oz. bottle didnt last lont.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a seidel

A: Pours a deep amber with a one and a half finger head with some lacing.

S: Dark fruit with a very subtle hint of citrus.

T: Plum and black cherry initially transition to a bit of sweet malt finishes with a crips and fruity hop bite with ahint of citrus.

M: Medium bodied and smooth and very appropriate level of carbonation.

O: A very tasty well-balanced ESB with a FFF twist. One of several brews that proves that FFF is a very solid brewery adept at creating exceptional brews in a variety of styles.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber (no date stamp on bottle) into dimpled mug glass. Pours a nice cloudy orange color with a small and frothy white head. Aroma is of hops, grapefruit, citrus, sweet, bready and caramel malts and some toffee. Flavor is nice picking up juicy hops with flavors of citrus, white grapes, grapefruit, herbs with a tea-like taste, sweet candy type maltiness, caramel and toffee, bready and biscuity malts. The body is medium with a nice silky smooth mouthfeel. Overall a really good ESB, with an American twist to it. Glad to have tried this brew.

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Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Lord Rear Admiral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.
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