Space Station: Middle Finger | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the dawn of time, humans have looked to the sky for answers. Space Station Middle Finger replies to all from its eternal orbit. Behold and enjoy Space Station Middle Finger, a bright golden American Pale Ale.

50 IBU

Added by AleWatcher on 03-18-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
143
Ratings:
1,489
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
8.89%
 
 
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Reviews: 143 | Ratings: 1,489
Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with with a white fresh lasting 1 finger head. Smells of passion fruit and light citrus,papaya Taste follows nose Subtle tropical and white fruit hops mixed with citrus a cracker meal/malt finish. Mouth feel is nicely carbed and crisp sweet juicy hops and low bitterness. This is a crushable PA in thr FFF way.

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Photo of aronamerican
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Middle of the road pale ale. Well balanced and quaffable. Scent is not unpleasant, though hop notes are muted. While many of this beer's attributes are slightly above the norm, mouthfeel exceeds expectations.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep clear copper, about a half inch of head, solid lace retention. Pineapple, grapefruit, pine, resin on the nose. Tastes of candied fruit at the start, finishes with malty biscuit - absolutely delicious, moderated flavor. Doesn't have that full mouthfeel of a Zombie Dust, but has a light, crisp carbonation. Overall makes me wish I had bought more.

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Photo of tempest
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty pale ale with a mix of big mandarin orange and background toffee-caramel malt. The hops are the focus, of course, with a dry, spicy finish and cracked pepper. I'd have a few.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper colour. Smells like light, sweet malts, vanilla, white grape, citrus-hops, orange, mango, guava, and tropical fruits. Tastes like it smells, light, refreshing, light malt-body throughout, citrus-hops, juicy tropical-fruits, with passion fruit at the finish.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle just bottled on 11/22 poured into an East End Brewing pint glass:

Look: Pours a nice golden to orange color with roughly an inch of head. Lacing is present with good retentions.

Smell: Notes of citrus such as oranges and grapefruit along with some pine.

Taste: Taste follows the nose along with a decent malty bready backbone present. Slight bitterness but nothing too crazy.

Feel: Medium bodied and crisp!

Overall: Another mighty fine pale from 3 Floyds! A step below Alpha King and Zombie Dust in my opinion but still very solid! Love it when my buddy comes back to PA and brings these delicious beers back! I would seek this one out again if given the opportunity!

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brewer has a somewhat legendary status in southwestern Ohio. The reputation is mostly well deserved. Very fine beverage with high quality noted in ingredients and taste. Big thumbs up!!

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016-10-14
22oz bottle split between a pair of shaker pints. Bottled on 9-19-16.

Pours amber, clear, moderate carbonation, nice head. Smell is honeysuckle and citrus, tropical fruit.

Taste is lightly toasty, medium citrus and tropical fruit. Moderate bitter pine finish.

Mouthfeel is light, dry, smooth. Overall, a very good pale ale.

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Photo of BigGold
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 22-oz. bomber into nonic pint. Space Station Middle Finger is appreciably less expensive than most of 3F's other big bottles, but a beautifully-balanced pale ale.

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Photo of NCBrew
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

20 day old bomber from Binny's In Chicago.
Pours a cloudy orange-yellow .
IMHO 3 Floyds is killing the pale ales .
Nothing overwhelming but subtly complex and extremely well balanced .
Palate pleaser .

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Photo of Masonz223
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell: citrus notes orange grapefruit pine
Taste: nice balance in this beer citrus notes oranges tangerine grapefruit a crackery malt dryness a mellow floral hop presence and a pine needle biterness.
Feel: medium body so easy drinking pretty dry in the finish.
Overall: Very balanced and easy drinking.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a small puffy layer. It is an orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Light tropical, citrus, herbal, and lemony hops followed by pale, biscuity, and toasted malts.

Taste: Nice and mellow hop flavor followed by balancing malt backbone with light bitterness and chewy notes in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, balanced, crisp, refreshing, medium carbonation, and slight chewy and bitterness notes.

Overall:

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L (4.25) - Dark amber beer with some cloudy white foam up there. My glass was too small so it didn't accumulate like it could have, probably.
S (4.5) - Smells GREAT! I get a lot of hop and a lot of roasty, malty aromas. No mistaking what's going on here.
T (4.5) - Tastes just like it smells. I get more of the piney/florally hop tastes, rather than citrus. But it hits you straight away. Very big malt flavors after that. Slightly sweet in the back, and a little bitter at the very end.
F (4.25) - Smoother than you might think, really. Seems to have the right amount of carbonation for the style.
O (4.5) - A big, bad-ass complex beer and I loved every bit of it. I grabbed this while out of town, and was very pleased. I will buy again next time in the area.

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Photo of farrago
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The pour easily yields two plus fingers of agitated eggshell white foam, the surface is punctuated by islands of larger bubbles, retention is strong and the lacing broad and sticks for some time. The liquid is a hazy amber orange, more translucent than near to opaque, a few super-miniscule bubbles are visible. The nose has a concentrated, if not reduced, feel to it, dank herbal funk, corn syrup, caramel, butterscotch, tangerines, tar resin, peppercorns, maybe some light breadiness by way of pastry or scone, not getting any specific, distinct fruit scents, overall it has a steamrolling effect in the nostrils and has presence after the scents have mostly vacated. In the mouth it’s full-bodied, carrying more of that monolithic approach, the carbonation is arguably weak, adds more smooth creaminess than anything else. Most prevalent factor remains the wet forest floor like leafy qualities, tar, earth and pine sap, just tastes vegetal. More mixed citrus here and slightly more delineated white pit fruit. Floral with more of a tea leaf than potpourri character. The butterscotch drops back a notch. A little too “big” for casual pounding but could anyone really expect that here?

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Photo of RockRuler
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. A little hazy. Moderate lacing. Booming smell. Wish the taste lived up to the smell but good nonetheless. Cheers!

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into ipa glass

Almost sent this one away, but glad I didn't. Super aroma. Dynamite hops and bitter twang. As mild as all the features were, I was happy that it wasn't a hop bomb.

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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed golden amber with a thin, fluffy lasting white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of bread, citric and piney, spicy hops and the classic FFF house character.

The taste is of orange, pineapple, grapefruit, floral/piney spice. Some bready malt. Bitter finish.

It has a sharp, medium body.

A bitter-leaning, hop-forward APA. Nice!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Clear orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy off-white head. Retention is very good and about one finger of plentiful, but spotty lacing is left.

4.5 S: Really interesting hop profile going on here. What sticks out first, mainly because it's so surprising, is jasmine. Big grassiness, then herbalness, lemongrass, lemon, and grapefruit. Caramel maltiness pumps up an otherwise neutral malt base.

4.25 T: Taste is less impressive than the nose, but still really good. Again I get a lot of herbalness in the form of jasmine and lemongrass. Lemon and grapefruit follow. Caramel maltiness. Basically it tastes like it smells, but not quite as potent.

4.25 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and super smooth.

4.5 D: Really well made pale. Infinitely drinkable due to the calm bitterness and clean malt profile.

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Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden orange color with apricot edges and a half finger white head that immediately fades into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Dank floral hop aroma with sticky resins and fresh cut grass countered by tropical/citrus fruit sweetness and a pale malt backbone. Pine needle and kind buds followed by grapefruit, lemon peel, caramel and biscuit.

Full body and extremely hop forward for the style. There's a blast of dank, sticky bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Very dry and bitter but not overwhelmingly so. Dank resins, grassy pine and spruce tip dominate. Subtle grapefruit sweetness along with citrus peel, caramel, bread and biscuit. Very intense and complex for a pale ale. Decent balance but could use a little more to counter the aggressive bitterness. Great hop flavors and enough of a malt presence to balance things out without interfering.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not my favorite 3 Floyds beer, but still very good overall. Unless there was something going on with my bottle it's a fairly low carbonated beer so the mouthfeel reminds me a bit of hair of the dog beers. Otherwise tastes or plum and other fruit ps come through.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What a beautiful beer! Smells like pears, citrus, apples and grains. Straight out the gate I'm getting a vegetal fruit pale ale however when I dont I get a strong grain profile. This is quite an interesting brew. This tastes like a poptart!

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Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in a Three Floyds teku glass

This beer pours orange-amber in color with amber highlights. It has a slight haze and is topped with several inches of off white head that hangs around awhile leaving nice lacing.

I get a weird, citrus, anise, candy corn aroma.

The taste is odd as well. It starts out sweet, again that candy corn thing comes to mind. Then I am relieved to get some pine and grapefruit flavor. The finish was a battle between sweetness and pine. Pine took the finish.

Medium mouthfeel

I know I will be considered a heretic for not loving this beer, but the only time I get a candy corn flavor from an IPA seems to be from Three Floyds and Pipeworks. I got the same flavor from War Mullet and Citra Ninja. This beer must not agree with my palate. It just seems like a consistent oddity for me.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11/4...bomber. Pours rusty copper, medium color with a lid of white foam and some lacing. Light pine nose. Taste has a subtle sweetness that builds into a light hop bitter burn. Smooth. Really blends the bitter. Great.

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Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another really good APA from 3Fs. These guys have this shit to down to a perfect mix of science and art. Able to mix amazing hop profiles with malts that work in harmony.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a vibrant golden honey colour with a fluffy white cap. Translucent and semitransparent, with no visible yeast. Appearance suggests a clean drinking pale ale. Retention is quite good - about 5-6 minutes.

Aroma is pleasant and fragrant, with floral/flowery notes, white chamomile tea, and orange-y citrus. Not real resinous or piney, nor is its fruitiness juicy or zesty. There's enough pale malt to balance the hop bitterness, but the beer never seems too sweet or malty. To style, no yeast characteristics or overt booze are/is detectable. Suggests an enjoyable pale ale with a nice hop profile. Aromatic intensity is average.

Taste follows the aroma, with the white chamomile tea giving it an uncommon edge without ever making it astringent. Floral hop notes follow the tea, filling out the body. The pale malt backbone is fresh and pleasant, never taking away the spotlight from the hops. Some vague citrus, a hint of juicy citrus fruit, ale esters...the usual suspects.

Given the brewery, I'm a bit surprised it's not overhopped. Well-balanced, with a nice cohesion to its flavour profile. I've come across more intricate more inspired hop profiles in a pale ale (e.g. Alpine-brewed Alpine Ale, or even 3 Floyds' own Zombie Dust), but this is well ahead of the masses and the chamomile alone sets it apart for me.

Texture is typical for a pale ale. Smooth, wet, somewhat refreshing, medium-bodied, slighty overcarbonated. It suits the taste well, but doesn't accentuate specific notes or elevate the beer as a whole.

Overall, it's a nice little pale ale and I find it very drinkable. As enjoyable as it is, its hop profile lacks the depth and diversity of flavour to make this brew run with the big dogs, but I'm glad there's no off-putting caramalt sweetness and I'm surprised 3 Floyds kept its hoppiness restrained. It's a beer I'd happily buy regularly if it was available in 6 packs (or even 4 packs), but its current bomber pricing will keep me from seeking it out again. I'm glad I got to try it once, and the chamomile coupled with the soft mouthfeel is reason enough to give this a go. Maybe 3 Floyds *is* capable of executing subtlety in their beers?

High B- (3.45)

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12/23/16 2nd impression:

Maltier than I remember, with sweetness edging out the hops. Maybe I got an older bottle?

C / AVERAGE

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