Extra Pale Ale | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

43 Ratings
Extra Pale AleExtra Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by purplehops on 10-23-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Older review from notes. This beer had been around since the 90s. Comes out yellow, 1/2" white head. Aroma was a floral hop note from yesteryear, c hops all around.

Taste was a nice toasted pale malt with a floral bitterness along the lines of grapefruit, pink. Light on its feet, but no slouch in the hopping and bitterness department without going overboard.

Nonetheless, a well made pale ale with substance from yesteryear.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of macrosmatic
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Obviously from notes, very yellow, average head, not much in the aroma department, light floral hop contingency.

Taste, again, pretty light, but what was light maltwise was paired with a good degree of bitter citrus hop feel, especially for what I understood Midwest xpa's at the time. I wasn't too big on 3F at this point. Didn't see them as anything like an extreme brewery.

This was my first FFF beer, gf at the time was trying to get me to go to Iowa, showin' off some Midwest brews. Ended up in Milwaukee (gooo Marquette), so this didn't exactly scare me off. In fact, if you think about it, I moved closer to FFF than I would have been in Iowa.

Everything of theirs since I've liked even more.

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Photo of Illini5596
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While not my favorite, it was a good and interesting beer. I'm a bit of a fan of trying midwestern beers, which led me to get a glass of this on tap. The flavor was really complex, and I suppose there are a lot of people for whom this will be a favorite. For me it was a little off balance, and not quite what I look for. A little to hoppy on the finish without enough build up, and a little to light on the initial mouthful. Not disappointing in the least, just not my thing. I'd recommend it to those who are huge fans of hoppy pale ales.

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Photo of clvand0
2.89/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Seems quite old, but we tried it anyway. Pours a yellow color with very little head and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is ... umm ... not so good. Spices and grains. Don't like the aroma. The flavor is slightly better, but not much. Has a bready feel and has a raisin character that is common with some Belgian beers. I don't think something is right with this beer. Maybe it's just too old.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Found this hiding up in Dayton a few weeks back. Never heard of it so I had to get it. The beer pours a golden color with a ring of head. The nose is not good. There is a very high graineyness and dirtyness. It just doesn't smell right. The flavor is okay. A peppery hop is slightly present, giving a it of a bitter on the start. It moves to a biscuity raiseny graineyness that I don't really like. I'm not sure about this one. The feel is moderate. Overall, I will definately give this another chance if I find it again. I'm not sure how long it has been since it was brewed, but I have more faith in 3F's.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Don't drink this after an Alpha King, it doesn't stand up. Amber in color with modest white head, minimal lacing and ample carbonation. Nose is subtle and dominated by a malted-cereal and yeast aromas, slightly sweet, with some hops hiding in there somewhere. Not bad tasteing at all, just a little to timid for my tastes. Biscuity grainy malts upfront with a light citrus and faint floral hop finish. Thirst-quenching and drinkable, but it does nothing to stand out.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Label Lore: Triple labeled 12 oz browner with a psudo-Hindu triple headed FFF statue.

A bit hazy straw and orange gold hued pour with some tiny sparse floaties of yeastiness. Some nice beading bubbling up. A frothy head slowly dissipates to a thin egg shell white coating. No lace.

Light balanced scents of lemony citrous hops and grains. Redolent bouquet.

First Swigs: A 60/40 malt to hops flavor. Sweet delicate caramely malts and gentle mixed fruity hops. Almost some wit/Blanche brew flavors. Clean dry aftertaste. Peppery spices, grassy and grainy and maybe some coriander.

Gentle carbonation. Light crisp powdery feel. A bit one dimensional. Tacky after a few minutes.

Last Swigs: Light lemony malts. Quite excited to try this but after Alpha King, this is a let down. Reminded me of Speakeasy vs. Prohibition. A bit too rare here in Yuenglingville, but a great convert beer if more available. A great example of the style, just not a favorite style. Need more umph! I would pass on another unless it was this or a Bud.

Beer is good. Happy X-tra pale beering.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Neat bottle label with the three floyds in a sort of Hindu-style stance. The head was OK but subsided rather quickly. The beer was a tad hazy, with a golden color with orange tones visible. the aroma features a hint of honey, some floral and citrus notes, and also a crisp, cracker-like grain / bread aroma. The flavor is dominated by hops, to me, but not overwhelmingly hoppy. It almost seems like the bitterness level is a bit low but the hop presence is there in the flavor regardless, more at the middle of a taste instead of the end or beginning. There is also a dry crisp maltiness, not sweet at all. This is an interesting beer that is kind of poundable, but maybe not as complex as I'd hoped.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Head is very small, falling quickly to leave a swirl of bubbles on top of the beer. Hazy copper/gold color. Sweet floral hop aromas, slight sweetness. Taste has hop presence, but not very strong. Somewhat dry finish. An ok, but rather bland pale ale. Drinkable, but not that enjoyable.

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Photo of rugger
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

All I can say is that this is an average beer. It's says X-TRA on the bottle, but it wasn't extra pale, or xtra hoppy. I am still trying to figure it out. This however was a nice pale ale and not better than most and not worse than most, just average. Anyway it poured a nice copper color and a small white head that left some lacing. Most of the aroma was malt, with an undertone of hops that faded fast. the taste was mostly malt with an initial hop bitterness that faeded. I like my pale ales to stay hoppy. I had high hopes for this guy and it fell short, kind on like the titans in the super bowl against the rams in that super bowl where they guy stretched and was still short of the goal line. Any way like I have said before, it is hard to judge a beer on an one time tasting. Hopefully I can try this again someday and be able to change my review.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden amber seems clouded nice and unfiltered with a nice sized white head with some resiliency to it, does leave some specks of lacing sporadically. Aroma: Tight knit citrus hop profile mild bready character around the edges but you might as well be sniffing on some freshly squeezed orange juice. Taste: A hoppy golden ale the malt profile is very timid with letting in sweetness but the hops don't rush bitterness upon the palatte. Once again 3F's have proved their beer is not normal, citrus hops explode on the palate making me think there must be some citrus fruit in here, but no those are hops my friend. Strange, interesting, and innovative for a golden ale. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied easy going carbonation, nice beer. Drinkability: A twelve oz. portion is enough to get a fee for this brew, I enjoyed it but not overwhelmed with awe like I usually am with a Three Floyd's brew. Defintely worth another try next time I cross pathes with this one.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a decent tight, bubbly head, doesn't stick around too long.

Flowery hop aroma with some malt sweetness. Very balanced though, nothing is overpowering.

Medium body, with medium carbonation. Citrus hops up front with a light grain flavor as well. Some sweetness and bread flavors follow up. Finishes with a very light bitterness and some dryness.

Not a truly impressive pale ale. I'd buy this again, but I wouldn't rush out for it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nearly clear yellowish amber. The head is bleached bone white and so tight that it looks like a sponge perched atop the beer. It didn't last long and deposited a decent amount of lace.

The nose is primarily citrusy, though not as hoppy as an IPA (naturally). The flavor follows the aroma in that grapefruit peel is dominant. The mild bitterness is consistent from start to finish and lasts long after the swallow.

The mouthfeel starts out medium in heft, but seems to deflate a little and ends up on the thin side. This is eminently drinkable beer and should be great for sessioning.

I see Three Floyds Extra Pale Ale as Alpha King's little brother, an opinion that is not very original, I know. I prefer a fuller, more hoppy beer, but I won't hold that against it. Those in the mood for a quality APA could do a whole lot worse.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The hazy amber body and retentive ivory head produce a most robust and sticky lace. The nose is light but impresses of floral hops and some malt in the background. The flavors are buttery and smooth giving a most delicate treatment for a pale ale. The hops are certainly there but quite subtle. Likewise there's malt richness but the balance is effectively struck so that the result is quite quaffable. There is a nice dry finish to this brew, but the feel is also a bit thin.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle, this brew had a clear golden hue and a thin white skim of a head. Modest levels of carbonation were noted but not enough to sustain a head or generate any lace. The smell was dominated by citrus aromas and some mild caramel and malt notes. A hint of butteriness was noted also. The taste was permeated by the grapefruit and other citrus flavors while an earthy malt undertone and that buttery flavor occasionally made their presence noted. The feel was medium-bodied, slick, and a bit thin.
Overall, this offering from Three Floyds was, IMO, barely above average. The unusual taste and appearance did little to inspire me to get this beer again.

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Photo of chilidog
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mine poured a pure gold in color with a slight haze. The head was white, about an inch, maintained itself well before retarding to a thin film. Lace was fair all beer long but fades quickly on the glass. The taste was of citrus hop up front, alittle pine, alittle grass, slight malt to finish. Mouthfeel was left with a silky cotton or hop oil feel. Drinkability is high. A very smooth, well balanced, non-abrasive brew. Very good ICE cold.

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Photo of maxpower
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear bright light copper color, small white head, sweet light malt aroma, kind of nutty. Light balanced malt and hop flavors, some hops noticeable in the finish, clean. This pale ale is very light in body and on the tongue, a little watery, otherwise has some good flavor, a good session beer.

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Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden peach color with a tall creamy white head that leaves rings of lace stuck to the sides of the glass as it recedes. Very aromatic with notes of fresh pine and floral hops. Light to medium in body and quite crisp in texture. Taste starts off fruity but quickly turns to raw hop oils and resins with notes of acidic and bitter citrus rind flavors that last into the aftertaste. A nice and refreshing beer that would make an excellent session brew. Purchased from Vintage Cellar.

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Photo of StevieW
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. 3 headed toga wearing guru on the label. Medium shiny pale gold color. Surprisingly light colored, I expected a darker color I guess for some reason. But that doesn't affect it's rating, it is called "Extra Pale". Thin white rocky head. Laced the glass nicely. All flower hop aromas, very sharp citrus smells. The taste was dominated by the same sharp, acidic citrus snap. Almost no malt to balance. Bubbly and highly charged, light bodied. Tasted like a lemon/lime soda beer combination. Fairly thirst quenching but overall the bubbly, light and citrus sparkling water quality just proves to be too much. No body. Keep this one for the summer thirst quencher, and away from anything but the lightest foods. It was different than the other Three Floyds beers, but lacked that sticky hop bitterness and balance.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light golden color with a white head.
Nice aroma of floral and citrusy hops.

Taste is good, but not nearly as bold as the aroma had lead me to think. Citrus and floral hops with a decent malt backbone. The hops dominate, but both hops and malt could use to be stepped up a notch. The Alpha King is better IMO. This one is much tamer and more of a session beer.

Mouthfeel is a little thin.
Easy to quaff, but doesn't leave me wanting another.
Overall, a solid pale ale a little to tame for my liking.

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Extra Pale Ale from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.74 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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