Lord Rear Admiral | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
641 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Lord Rear AdmiralLord Rear Admiral
BEER INFO

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

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
Ratings:
641
Reviews:
176
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
8.43%
 
 
Wants:
169
Gots:
132
For Trade:
7
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 641 |  Reviews: 176
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that hardly died down and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuity malts are present in the nose along with notes of citrus hops and hints of caramel malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather malty and has lots of flavors of biscuity malts along with some hints of oranges and grapefruit from the hops. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness and their citrusy flavors are most noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and malty but isn't heavy on the palate. I liked how the citrusy hops proved some contrasting flavors and lend complexity.

Serving type: bottle

 860 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

 1,330 characters

Photo of kojevergas
2.92/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a massive head; great retention and clumps of lace

Smell: Earthy and malty, with caramel, fruit and earthy hop elements

Taste: Malty and fruity, up front, with a depth of caramel and stone fruit flavors; bu mid-palate, the earthy hops take over and dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Although I like the ESB style, I found this way too hoppy and bitter compared to English versions like Fuller's; I wouldn't have expected any less from Three Floyds and while I like hops as much as the next guy, this beer didn't quite do it for me

 615 characters

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Boone757
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the FFF Brewpub in November 2009.

Poured a dark copper with a nice creamy head, although not as much as is normal for the style. The nose is definitely dominated by some great citrus hops atop semi-sweet caramel malt. The taste was very similar to an IPA, but with a decidedly English influence, though still different from an English IPA. Medium body with good carbonation, the drinkability on this was excellent, and I'm really looking forward to being able to try the bottled edition.

 498 characters

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

 224 characters

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.

 710 characters

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.

 2,137 characters

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.

 757 characters

Photo of smithj4
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to be able to try this one last night. Cracked it open and threw it back after dinner. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/12/2010.

The pour was rediculous. Rich, dark amber in color with a huge, towering head of white foam that had incredible reach and retention. Literally just tons of sticky white lacing down the sides of the glass and all over the inside of it throughout. I could not have asked it to look better. Dark, rich, citrus hops now dominate everything around it. Huge notes of orange and rich pine are just elegant. Warming brings a subtle balance of biscuit, light tea leaves, hints of grain. Smooth, creamy rich body just lets the flavor explore. Smooth, biscuit flavors and rich citrus hops are near perfect in unison and the sessionability is simply out of this world.

Overall one of the best ESB I have ever had. Seriously this is nuts and everyone needs to try this.

 933 characters

Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to StormKing47 for sharing this - poured chilled from the bomber into an ale glass.

A - a moderately tarnished golden shade w/ slight chill haze and light white head, lots of lace clings and tiny beading comprises the head.

S - I found the smell to have lots of English hop character -very nice mix of herbal and spiced scents w/ a mild caramel malt odor in the background

M The feel is good and bitter, but balanced by the malt w/ a moderately high carbonation level for the style and slight chalky mineral note which I picture as similar to the english water profile for the type of beer

T - The flavor is of a tasty english yeast which has mild pear notes and ver herbal almost minty hop flavor with a spice from the hops and mild caramel tinge in the malt flavor with light biscuit notes rounding out the flavor

D - The beer is very drinkable and is a good representative of the style even if on the high end abv-wise but brings a lot of English character with the ingredients used

 998 characters

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.

 512 characters

Photo of womencantsail
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for this one. A new Three Floyds beer is always welcomed.

A: The pour is an amber/copper color with a fluffy off-white head with some sheets of lacing.

S: A very fresh hoppy aroma with lots of grapefruit and pine. The caramel malt provides some nice sweetness as well.

T: Lots of bitter and juicy grapefruit fills the tongue at first. This is followed by a sweet and mildly bready malt flavor with a touch of bitter pine on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a slightly creamy carbonation and feel on the tongue.

D: This is not always my favorite style, but Three Floyds has done well here. A nice hop component which allows a bit of malt to come through, but not all that much in terms of sweetness.

 724 characters

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Lord Rear Admiral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 641 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More