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Space Station: Middle Finger | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#1,338
Reviews:
177
Ratings:
1,620
pDev:
8.87%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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137
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Photo of Sammy
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of jaydoc
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared at the monthly bottle share held at Flask Fine Wines in Studio City, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, onion, and garlic aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight onion and garlic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a onion and garlic hop presence that is slightly less noticeable in the taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of spycow
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuity malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of biscuit malts and has some faint hints of tropical fruit hops, particularly mangos, which contribute a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a refreshing change of pace compared to most APAs as it isn't dominated by hops.

Serving type: bottle

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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

With the preverbal middle finger thrown up to all those "style police", this new hoppy ale from Three Floyds is certainly more hoppy than the typical American pale ale but dials it back on the strong bitterness of IPA.

Space Station Middle Finger pours with a frothy and gradient separation as its malt sweetness reluctantly gives up its bubbles. Its firm and creamy foamstance becomes the delivery system for candied fruit- grapefruit, orange, berry, lemon and peppercorn all seem of the caramelized variety. Flavors say even more so as the early palate is coated with medium caramelization and honey.

Its balanced middle palate is full and juicy with hop brilliance, revealing red grapefruit, kumquat, gooseberry, lemon leaf and passion fruit with alternating sips. And with all that candied malt support, the fruit flavors from hops seem to be sugar dipped. Caramel and floral honey extend from that candied taste and is determined to keep the taste even-keel.

Alas, the waning sips begin to suppress the malt sweetness and the hops pull forth, showing a strong IPA set of proportions. Its malty-dry finish is resinous and peppery as flavors of fresh-cut grass, chive and leaf offer a snappy resinous closure with aftertaste of tropical fruit.

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3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
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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Photo of dmorgan310
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft pint at the Map Room, review from notes.

Saturated orange glistening in the light, set off by long drippy entrails of visceral lace patterns. Lasting coverage, bright clarity with occasional trails of rising carbonation visible.

Aroma is equal parts lush greenery, dried apricot, and pale malt.

Taste is more fruit forward with the dried apricot flavor at first, a pale malt middle and a long lasting resiny bitterness in the aftertaste. A light fruity sweetness up front dovetails nicely into the bitter hop resiny finish. Easy drinking, would get this again anytime.

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4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Love the bubble show in an APA and the result is a cloudy copper colored liquid capped by a somewhat rocky two inch head; strands of lacing stick to the glass

Smell: Cantaloupe, earthy tones, caramel and honey

Taste: An interesting combination of caramel, honey and vanilla lay down the malt backbone and then the hops arrive with cantaloupe, lychee and kiwi flavors; a nice balance between the malt and the hops drive into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and very creamy; moderate carbonation

Overall: Totally off my radar, this is a deliciously different APA; highly recommended

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3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/7/2017. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy golden orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with amazing retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts the whole glass. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus peel, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, apricot, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, honey, caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is an awesome American pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Never overly aggressive. Really great mix of juicy, dank, and vibrancy on hops; with a nice balancing malty backbone. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of Boone757
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mothman
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden orange. White head with tons of lace. At the brew pub. Imp pint

Flavors of tropical fruits. Mangoes, citrus, pineapple, and others. Very hoppy of course. Earthy and maybe a touch of clean pine. Bready malts to balance things out a hint.

Mouthfeel is bitter and juicy. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this is pretty killer. Very happy I have an imperial pint of this to drink. So juicy and tropical! Get some of this!

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Space Station: Middle Finger from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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