Space Station: Middle Finger | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Space Station: Middle FingerSpace Station: Middle Finger

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

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

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Photo of ajm5108
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Traditional golden straw color, fairly carbonated but head is lacking. Aroma carries bright citrus upfront with plenty of floral hops playing a supporting role (Amarillo). A little chalky yeast as well. Taste starts with a grapefruit / citrus flavor, and doesn't go forward much from there. Malt bill doesn't add much, and the hop varietal is limited (there is Citra upfront, but the rest is almost straight Simcoe). It is on the more aggressively hopped side as per FFF's style, but not as abrasive as some of their beers. Body is just a tad thin. Solid beer but not much depth.

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Photo of beertunes
2.89/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Grizzarky for this one, from NBS BIF #5. 12oz bottle poured into 12oz flared tulip. Bottled on 2/7/17. Poured a lightly hazy golden amber color, with about a half inch of off-white head that had good lacing and moderate retention.

The aroma was dominated by a bubblegummy sweetness. There was a very light grain aroma in the background, and not much hop presence. The bubblegum wasn't notable on the tongue, but the rest of the olfactory aspects were about the same on the palate. Nothing particularly notable, flavorwise.

The body was smooth and even, fairly typical for the style. Drinkability was decent, but the lack of personality makes one ask why they're bothering. Overall, not terrible, but not really notable either. I suspect that this is a beer that sells just on its name. The brewery probably sells a fair number of T-shirts with the label art.

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Photo of SWOhio-aquifer
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

surprised to see it in the local college beat neck mart. well, yeah they have a great beer selection surprisingly but didn't think 3 was in ohio with the sixers.

so that is good. took a gamble. cause I wasnt privy on this one from floyds. new I guess. and yeah a gamble cause floyds is so dam pricey.

good clean smell. bitterness up front on this one. malt coming in behind the the smell. it is super fresh. brewed 2.27.17. wondering how it got here so quick.

some apricot smells. not super floral like zombie. need to let it warm a bit here...pause...

its missing something... but maybe not cause its a pale. and falls into that realm.

good approaching great as it should for the price. not quite zombie perfection though..

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a mixture of yellow and orange. 3/4" of white head, ample retention especially when considering the high amount of hops in this one. And that is apparent on the first whiff. Plenty aromatic, all the usual descriptors, citrus, tropical, pine, green, lush.

Taste, nice light bodied, relatively dry pale toasted malt backbone, ample juicy hops with tempered bitterness. Basically this is elite level pale ale stuff. Carbonation on point. Quaffable and easy to do so. Caramel malt aspect is minimal. Really the only downside to this beer is its bomber format. Put it in a 6 pack and charge $2-$2.50 a 12oz bottle and I'm upping my score.

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Photo of Hackattack
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Space Station Middle Finger by FFF is much like Zombie Dust but a bit smoother and less bitter in taste...lots of flavor. Pours a 1 finger head with a bit of lacing down the glass. Nice hops touch that is not overbearing and a hint of sweet malts in there. Now my new favorite FFF selection. This is new to me as it was not offered before where I have shopped for beer. Now I can get it at my local liquor store at $11.48 a six-pack. Since the FFF brewery is 40 minutes away from where I live I can get their stuff fresh. This six-pack was only 1 week old!

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

Finally, Space Station Middle Finger is relatively available in six-packs in my local grocery store, and I am so happy! As others have mentioned, FFF kills it with their pale ales. Perfect balance between malt and hops. SSMF isn't as good as Zombie Dust, nor is it as good in the bottle as it is on tap at the brewery, but it's an excellent alternative to ZD and will stay in the rotation. Also good for people who like Gumballhead.

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

12 oz Bottled 2/7/17
Poured a hazy copper with an inch of whitehead that left heavy sticky lacing.
Aroma is of sweet fruity candy, orange peel, light pine and resin.
Taste is big juicy citrus, and grapefruit, on a cracker like malt base.
Feel is spot on for a hop forward pale. Enough malts to keep for a solid medium body but not so much to mute the hop profile.
Overall a very enjoyable and very crushable APA showcasing citrus hops.

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Photo of jkblr
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a beer I have had regular access to for years, but always passed at $10 @ 22oz. It's in 12 oz bottles now.
3 Floyds Space Station Middle Finger 6% 50 IBU pale ale bottled 2/14/17. Yellow/gold in color with little head but great lacing. Smells good with a vague fruit aroma. Tastes great. 3 Floyds always gets the malt & hop package right on their pales. Perfect balance. Citrus rind, earthy flavors, and tropical fruit all come out in this. Mouthfeel is full but not sweet. Overall, this is an outstanding pale and in a much more economical package to buy or trade. Recommend

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Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Three Floyds pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and about a finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A juicy and earthy aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citrus hop scent of orange, grapefruit, papaya, passion fruit, lemon, and mango with some pineapple. Earthy hop hints of pine and grass. Also some hints of tea. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker with yeast. A very good juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Juicy citrus hop notes of orange, grapefruit, mango, passion fruit, papaya, and lemon with pineapple. Earthy hop notes of pine and grass. Background malt notes of caramel, grains, and cracker along with yeast. Also some light notes of tea. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and very smooth.

Overall: A very good Pale Ale. Nice citrus hop flavor with a moderate smooth body.

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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 the 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

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 MurphDog14
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours golden clear with a thick head that doesn't dissipate. The smell is hoppy and fruity and the taste is hoppy fruity and dry. The feel is smooth and dry and overall it's a pretty good beer.

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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.


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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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Space Station: Middle Finger from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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