Lord Rear Admiral | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
174
Ratings:
633
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
16.39%
 
 
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172
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131
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Photo of billab914
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Poured a dark amber, almost brown in color with a big thick white fluffy head. It was very clear with a steady slow stream of carbonation rising from the bottom. It also left excellent lacing on the glass. An excellent looking beer.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy with some citrus, pine and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet and hoppy up front but it has a bitter finish with more pine along with the citrus.

Mouthfeel is slightly heavy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was very good, I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely buy it again if I could. The sweet citrus flavor of hops was very nice and worked well with the bitter finish.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Big thanks to Jim for this bottle. Very cool bottle art.

A: Pours a hazy copper/amber color with a large white head on top. Rather foamy with great retention and rings of lace.

S: Rather hoppy with lots of orange and grass, and to lesser extent some grapefruit and pine. There is some caramel malt sweetness to round it out. Certainly the hoppiest ESB aroma I have come across.

T: Nice grapefruit and orange flavors combined with some bready malt and a bit of caramel. Slight bitter pine on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and clean.

O: Not a style I drink a lot of, but this one is fantastic. A hopped up ESB, another job well done by Three Floyds. Would be a nice beer to drink all the time.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 09/15/10 notes. Had at a small DC tasting; thanks Jonathan.

a - Pours a murky golden amber color with one inch of white head and low carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, light pine hops, and light spices.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, pine, fruity malts, tropical fruit, and bready malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation; very easy to drink.

d - A very good beer. Lots of citrus in the nose and taste, and it was very easy to drink. I would definitely like to try this one again.

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Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from random notes I found laying around. These are circa September of this year. Bottle shared with a group of local BA's care of StormKing47.

Poured into a taster, this brew appears a hazed golden color with a creamy white head. Spotty lacing effect is left on the glassware.

The smell of this brew includes a pleasant display of hops that you would expect in an ESB. Herbs, light grainy sweetness and an essence of lemon across the back of the nose.

The taste of this brew is fresh grainy sweetness with herbal hops that impart quite a bit of flavor without getting bitter. A toasty grain flavor is left inside the mouth. The hops come across with an herbal aspect as it warms that almost turns minty, fresh and cool tasting.

A medium bodied brew with a smooth feel and light level of carbonation. It is very drinkable and a fine example of the style.

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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 MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a stray bottle at Armanetti's - thought this stuff was long gone. Served in a Pisgah pint glass. Unfortunately I think this stuff is from January, unless they made some more.

A - Pours with a finger and a half of off-white soapy foam that dissipates to a thick chunky cap with spotty lacing. Body is a largely hazed dark golden apricot color. Nothing special, but still pretty nice.

S - Still a lot of citrus hop character here, along with some floral and spicy notes. Heard this was brewed with Citra hops. Malt backbone has some caramel and toast qualities to it. Smells like a cross between an English IPA and an American Pale

T - Taste is mostly toasted malt with a kiss of caramel, and some floral, zesty, earthy bitterness. The hops have faded more in this aspect of the brew. Still comes across as a solid ESB that I'd prefer to most of the imports we get.

M - Initially sharp carbonation bite that mellows to a soft smooth medium body. Finishes dry with a touch of stickiness in the residual feel.

D - This was pretty easy to drink. The 6.5% is well-hidden and the texture and flavors are conducive to multiple pours. Wish I'd found this when it was fresher - I tried it on-tap and the hops really popped back then. Look for a re-review next time this is bottled.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Caramel to copper orange body, cascades to a lovely three finger frothy pale tan head, with a slight creamy to fine styrofoam like makeup. Light top but very good staying power there hanging around.

Excellent aroma. Tea and citrus hop like bitterness, with tinges of biscuit and caramel sweetness. Hints of marmalade and pekoe orange like qualities, slight zest, even some lemon squeaks in a bit too. Excellent hop forward, not overkill and still passing off as an ESB.

Palate brings some real excellent qualities. Light hop bitterness, but full of hop flavor on the mid palate. Light black and orange tea notes, hints of marmalade with a small caramel sweetness and slight grained biscuit to cracker note. Slight hop juiced palate, but also slightly a little light for an esb on the malt depth, but still very noticeable and in control.

Different take, but real easy drinking. A little bit out of style but not severely but an extremely tasty brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of my #1 beer project, the top ESB on BA Lord Admiral Nelson. Beer served in a Three Floyds beer glass because I can.

Beer is amber and hazy (but it looks like chill haze) with an off white head of medium bubbles, minimal lacing and low carbonation.

Aroma is pretty hop forward with some interesting pine hop profile with a nice malt backbone.

Beer is medium bodied and heavy in the front and thin at the back. There is a lot of piny hop flavor in this beer with only a minimal sweetness up front. The hop flavors fill out the midpalate so thoroughly the beer falls flat on the finish. Pretty good drinking beer. Very enjoyable. Bitterness is minimal but that's OK for the style. I'd have it again. The more I drink the more resiny the beer gets but that's from the high hop presence. It is good!

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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 Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured and yellow orange with light brown highlights and a finger of head tha had good lacing.

S: sweet citrus fruits with caramel malts dominate with hints of grapefruit, piney hops, and bready notes. after a couple whiffs I also got pineapple mango armoas as well.

T: nice fruit forward flavors that consist of citrus, pineapple, mango, and grapfruit bitterness. Caramel, bready notes, and piney hops collaborate on the overall taste. I also got peanut butter notes.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation and had a sweet citrus and mild piny hop bitterness at the end.

D: very good and drinkable esb from FFF and will definitely seek out another bottle.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

I have wanted to try this one for a while and was excited to see it at the tasting. The beer pours an orange, iced tea color with a large white head. The aroma is resiny hops, very impressive for a beer of this style. The flavor is caramel malt along with the same resiny hops from the aroma. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery, 650ml into a tulip.

Copper brown, offwhite head with dense, creamy retention and webbed lace. Nose has an abundance of caramel, sweet and bready. A good dose of citrus hops, but some earthier and spicier notes too. Light on the palate, citrusy and rind-y. Still an abundace of caramel and toasty biscuit. Medium feel, quite low carb. This is very drinkable - cask treatment would be awesome.

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Photo of aasher
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one into a Guinness pint glass. It poured a watery light amber, very translucent with a frothy white head. The smell is a wonderful mix of floral hops, bitterness, and light dry sweetness. The taste is good but it's not mind blowing by any means. I remember this being better last year. It drinks very thin and isn't as crisp as I'd like it to be. It's very drinkable because it's a very solid beer but this bottle at least disappointed me a little bit. It's good but nothing too crazy.

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

Bottle sent to me by that brilliant trader in IL...TATTORSO. Thanks Jeff!

It pours a deep amber gold colour with a solid 2 finger head of foam. I'm sitting here watching and the foam just sits there..no shrinkage so far. Impressive.

The smell is big on citrus grapefruit hops with some sweet notes lingering in between the bitterness. May be some notes of bread as well.

The taste brings the balance. Grapefruit citrus complimenting some sweetish malt and light bready notes, make for a damn fine tasting ESB. I was hoping for some balance after taking plenty of whiffs and finding the hops dominating but the hops/malt profile is near perfection with the hop bitterness just winning out.

It's a little stronger than what I'd prefer but putting the taste and the abv on a scale....it tips heavily in favour of the taste and that's what it is all about. An incredible brew!

Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, the finish is in the same state as the first sip..wonderfully tasty and so damn closely balanced that it scares me. 3 Floyds hit it out of the park with this one.

Drinkability? 22oz of this nectar and I'm yearning for more. I'd like to see 3F try doing a regular Bitter(if they haven't already done so). I'd bet London to a brick on that it would be another thing of beauty.

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Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Resiny, very dank aroma, with pine and citrus accented by floral hops on a toasted, lightly caramel malt backbone.

Flavor is herbal and floral hop dominant, almost tea-like, with muddled citrus and tropical fruit accents throughout. Reminds me of a faint Flintstone vitamin character. Very different, and complex. The finish is moderately bitter and resiny, but fades to toasted malt.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 03/20/2015. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an amber/copper color with about an inch off-white head that stuck around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like caramel and bready malt, stone fruit, and some grassy hops. It tastes like caramel and bready malt, toffee, candied oranges, grassy hops, and some apricot and light citrusy hops. Good balance between the malt and hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and easy enough to drink. I wouldn't exactly call this a traditional ESB, but I sure liked it! $9.99 a bomber.

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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 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 rfgetz
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper/burnt orange color, fluffy slightly off white head, good retention. Great whiffs of bready, nutty, toasty, biscuity, caramely malts blend whith whiffs of orange and light berry. Taste brings above notes together in a fantasticly balanced blend, wonderful malt base with fruity notes throughout. Medium bodied, a touch more heft would be welcome. Fantastic, unique, flavorful ESB.

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Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a hazy dark amber, some orange highlights, very thick and tight white head forms and slowly settles to a thin ring, some decent lacing on the glass, looks good.

Smell is neat, ESB done 3F style, big juicy hops, some grapefruit and floral, nice malty base, caramel, nice biscuit, some cracker, touch of alcohol, some herbal hopping, well balanced.

Taste is similar, nice hoppiness, juicy, floral and grapefruit, orange, biscuit, honey and caramel sweetness through the middle, good malts, alcohol, nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not an ESB per se, but taken in context with the 3F pantheon it fits right in. All the malt character of an ESB with some American hopping.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one sitting around for awhile. 22oz bottle popped on 1-21-12.

A - Pours a light, almost clear brown with a fizzy cream-colored head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

S - Malts, barley, almost cola-like, fruity smelling.

T - Malts, bready, slight roasted tones.

D - Lots of carbonation and a good body.

O - Delicious and a bit hard to place. Fruity and malty goodness.

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Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Just a slight haze to the amber/brown pour. Good layer of white head. Just barely sticks.

Aroma, the usual 3F piney hops. Some faint malt and a spiciness of some sort.

Taste, Herbal, citrus and light pine up front. Almost like a rye spiciness. A little yeastiness as well, there was a bit of sediment in my bottle. Leather, earthy wood, some roast even, light tea, an impressive level of flavor variation.

Heavy side of light bodied. Lively carbonation. One of the better American versions I've had of this style. Falls right into 3F's wheelhouse.

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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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Lord Rear Admiral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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