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 drdiesel9483
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - incredible frothy tannish white head. Light auburn maybe lite leather look.
Smell - sweet malty Amber smell with a little fruit hops
Taste - more hops in the taste than in the smell but other than that just like the smell. Once it warmed up I could start tasting apricot.
Feel - medium body but very light carbonation. Creamy feel, very English.
Overal - great esb, 3 floyds made once again a great beer.

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Photo of vess
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of Chris-1911
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Split a case of this with wesside89 @ the brewpub today. It was released today as well!

2012 release. Poured into a FFF pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazed reddish/amber with a fingers worth of fluffy, off-white head. Thick lacing.

The nose is subtly sweet with hints of citrus fruits. There are some grassy hops along with some grapefruit notes. A bit of caramel malt lingers.

The taste is pretty bitter right off the bat. There is a good amount of sweet and citrusy hops creating a tropical cornucopia. The juicy fruits linger right alongside with the hoppy bitterness. Very drinkable and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is light-medium with a lot of carbonation but not overdone. Pretty comfortable feel.

Overall, I just can't find anything wrong with this brew. I think it has great characteristics all around with nice balance included.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dreadnaughtzombie
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz brown bomber with a stunning label. It's the best one I've seen from 3f. The Lord Admiral gracing the front done completely fff style. I see lots of awesomeness in thus artwork. It's like steampunk, the admiral and fff all wrapped in one. Bad Ass! Poured into a Nonic pint glass.

A - deep and dark amber color that does lighten up in the light with a hint of golden highlights. Slightly hazy. Off white head pours with great size and settles brilliantly leaving a sturdy ring of lacing that leaves lots of stick to the glass.

S - this aroma is where malt meets hops and blends themselves in a wild supernatural party. The English style biscuit malt backbone let's the hops do their best to blast through its sweet wall, but constantly being held in check and only add to its sweet character. Biscuit malt, apricot, floral, hints of citrus, and butterscotch are the main whiffs I get.

T - flows hand in hand with the aroma. A lovely sweet English and biscuit malt character with apricot and mild citrus. Floral and mild pine hops provide lovely spice notes to the malt base. A lovely complexity going on inside Lord Admiral.

M - this is medium bodied and a mouth coating gem. It's texture and thickness is an example of FFF at their best. Smooth, flavorful, and down right scary good. Highly drinkable ESB and on another planet in terms of creativity and class.

O - Lord Rear Admiral is hands down the greatest ESB in the world. It combines brewing talent and creativity in a bottle and provides a lovely experience. I have a soft spot for the English esb style and this just blows it wide open. So tasty and thick. I was excited to see bottles heading my way, so I hope to get more in the future. If I could pick a beer to drink every day with any meal it would be this one. A complex yet balanced masterpiece from Three Floyds.

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Photo of mgwagman
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

Appearance: Nice head, with some retention. Dark brown in color. Hardly any apparent carbonation and/or bubbling.

Smell: Very sweet nose, molasses scent.

Taste: A nice bitterness, but not to much. Perfect hoppiness to the beer. Also a nice spiceness in the mix.

Mouthfeel: Very tasty beer once again by Three Floyds. Defintely kept tasting better and better the more I had. The bitterness definitely hangs around.

Drinkability: Easy to drink a few of these bitter, malt bombs!

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

Fresh bottle in a duvel tulip. Pours a nice clear amber with an inch thick off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is light citrus, toffee, and malt. Flavor is excellent. A nice cutting piney hop blends with a smooth malt and caramel and toffee notes. Mouthfeel is medium to light and it lingers. It sort of makes you salivate for another. Very very good beer.

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

Cheers to VaTechHophead for sharing this one with me.

Pours a bright orangey-copper color, completely clear with metallic highlights. A 2-finger toasted white head is soft and foamy and fades almost immediately to a soft, oily skim. Loads of sticky lacing sheet the sides of the glass. Light and slow-moving visible carbonation bubbles throughout the liquid.

Aromas offer nice hints of biscuity, crisp malts with a hint of burnt caramel. Oily simcoe, bitter grapefruit make up the hop profile and pronounce very sticky and slick. I would have expected a little more floral hop in the nose for this style.

Taste is a mouthful of resiny, bitter hops, super-sticky and slick. Citrusy hops come in and give a bright contrast to teh deep, dirtier taste of piney hops. The bitterness fades nicely into a wheaty, grainy malt base. Feel is moderately refreshing. Carbonation balances out the slick oiliness with a little fizz. A nice, fruity appley aftertaste finishes it off.

Drinkability is super high. No alcohol is apparent in the taste of this well-balanced and full-flavored beer.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much to my surprise, I recently found a bomber of this in Bloomington, Indiana on the way home from Upland Brewing. I have been wanting to try this since it was originally distributed.

I love the label on this one. Is it just me or could every label 3F's makes become a potential tattoo? :) If you look closely at the image, did Admiral Lord Nelson just get shot through the head? Is that a bullet between the letters "E" and "L" in Nelson? I guess we'll never know...

Let's start with the eyes on this one. This beer pours a gorgeous transparent red, through and through. No brass highlights or anything like that. The head on this beer is sublime with thick, creamy, slightly off-white suds that coat the edges of my tulip. I don't get better than this visually...

The nose is a captivating, big blend of fruity and floral hops. Clean, crisp and fragrant, but not over boding or heavy. Is that marijuana buds I just smelled or some "skunk"? wow, fantastic!

The carbonation is high and the mouthfeel is light to medium with a medium to full flavored body. The majority of the flavor is bitter, fragrant hops with just the right amount of semi-sweet, caramel-based malt presence.

In a word, FANTASTIC... Light bodied, crisp, dry and bitter, but not overpowering. Perfectly refreshing for a warm spring day, like today!

Hey, Nick Floyd: if you are reading this, make more of this gem and make it often! Seasonal, springtime six packs of this stuff would be fantastic. Oh, and since I have your ear, distribute to OHIO again! That is all.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at FFF's.

A - Pours a dark golden/copper color with a cream-colored head. Two fingers or so worth of head disipitates leaving some lacing along the sides of the glass and a thin cap on top of the beer.

S - Bitter/hoppy notes right from the start with a very light malt backbone. This is def a different take on the ESB style, which fits in nicely with their "It's Not Normal" motto. Me likes.

T - Tastes like a top-notch IPA, if you ask me. Hoppy/bitterness, citrus, pine, grapefruit.

M - Light to medium, fizzy carbonation, smooth and refreshing.

D - Easy to drink and an awesome brew. I drink this one every time I'm in the BrewPub and never get tired of it!

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Photo of StrobeLite
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

22oz bottle, scooped at armanetti's in chicago last weekend

served with a farmers market dinner - honey/soy/dijon grilled porkchop and baked golden beets

appearance: typical "busy" and colorful three floyds label art - poured into a great divide shaker pint...bright copper-orange body, light beige ring

smell: nice bright hops, floral grapefruit zest, orange, lemon peel, light spice, toasted malt

taste: another confusing beer from three floyds - unlike any ESB on the market...trademark hop bomb - tons of pink grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, a little toasted malt, rye spice, pineapple and mango. You definitely forget you have an "ESB" in your hands - damn tasty beer though

mouthfeel: medium-light body, oily hop resin

drinkability: great

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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.

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Photo of Cnuch80
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrallen34
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Alex, served in a Bells tulip...Is this the beer that gets me to like esbs? Its easily the best esb I've had, maybe that's because its more of an ipa...A medium copper, good retention and lacing...Super smooth aroma of caramel malt, light grass, hops have a nice light bite. Taste is essentially the same, super easy to drink with a caramel base, and just enough hops to make it enjoyable and not boring to drink.

Another great 3f that should be sought out.

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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 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 thedrewski86
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm re-reviewing this beer. Just had this yesterday at Three Floyds on tap. It's quite different from what I remember. Pours a nice hazy orange-gold with good lacing. Taste is much more mild than I remember, very pleasant and balanced with great malt character. Bitter, but not what I would call hoppy (in a big way). The yeast is awesome in this beer, very biscuity. It really stays with you. This is a great representation of an ESB. Enough to convince me to brew one of these after my Belgian Trappist completes primary!

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