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 NCBrew
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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 -2.9%
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 +1%
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 -1.9%
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 +7.7%
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 -9.7%
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 -8.9%
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 +7.7%
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 -7.5%
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 +5.8%
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 +0.7%
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 +1%
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 -14.7%
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 +0.5%
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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4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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 -19.6%
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)

12/23/16 2nd impression:

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


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Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Space Station Middle Finger is a balanced, if not slightly hoppy, beer. It is crisp and bright but left something to be desired, I think it plateaus too early and the hops could have built to a slightly stronger crescendo.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Nice malt character reminds me of pretzels for some reason. Very mild but pleasant hop presence.

T- More bready malt reminding me of pretzels again. Nice toasty character with just enough hop character and bitterness to balance. Slightly sweet.

M- Slightly sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Supremely balanced and very tasty. If this were in a more affordable format and available in my distro, I would buy this regularly.

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Photo of cratez
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at Kahn's Fine Wines & Spirits in Indianapolis.

A: Clear amber hue with three fingers of cream white foam and several strands of lacing on the tulip glass. A few bubbles in the body. A great looking pale.

S: Huge blast of orange zest, caramel, mango, biscuit, papaya, and tangerine; hints of resin, pineapple, and passon fruit develop as the beer warms. Wonderfully bright, fruity, and tropical aromas.

T: Taste follows the nose with juicy navel orange, mango, tangerine, and papaya upfront and some caramel and biscuit flavours to balance. Big zesty and resinous hop bitterness transitions to a long, drying finish. Lovely.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp carbonation, juicy-oily middle gives way to a zesty and resinous hop bitterness and a lengthy, bone dry finish. Awesome.

O: Another model pale ale from Three Floyds. These guys really know what they’re doing when it comes to hoppy beers. A must try.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper color with a thick and creamy head of foamy white. Spotty lacing.
The aroma is tropical fruit and a hint of candied oranges.
Taste of sweet juicy oranges, a touch of mango and a hint of pine. A crisp and nicely bitter finish.
Mouthefeel is medium and well-carbonated.
Tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into oversized wine glass, bittled 7/2/15

A- pours a clear deep golden-orange color with a small foamy white head that retains nicely, leaving some lacing behind

S- toasted cracker malt with some spicy and earthy notes, floral and citrus hops

T- spicy floral hops up front with notes of red fruit, orange & mango chutney. Cracker malt undertones leads to a fruity dry finish

M- medium body with low cRbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- nice fruity notes with a mango chutney feel

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 Ounce Bottle
No Freshness Date
Reviewed on October 9th, 2015
Served in a Pint Glass

Poured a hazy golden body with a nice amber glow. An off-white head erupted, slowly collapsed, and left an impressive amount of sticky lacing.

Pretty straightforward hit of tropical citrus. Tart orange juice stood out the most.

Citric hops hit the tongue first. Orange was prominent. Slight tropical presence with a hint of mango. Very slight hint of cracker from a relatively absent malt backbone. Hops took a tart turn as grapefruit flared up, leading to a dry finish with the slightest hint of alcohol. Medium/light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

All-round an enjoyable brew, yet it could easily get lost in the mix of other hop-heavy APAs.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau glass bottled on 9/23

A: big fat soapy big bubbled head with light amber body with very huge carbonation appearance good clarity great lacing on the glass

S: light citrus tangerines light rust smell

T: very orange tasting with some sweetness the taste is clipped though with just some crackery malts and that orange start ending with some light bitterness

M: not as tingly as the carbonation appeared in the glass fairly smooth with lighter body leaning toward medium

O: This is very a light flavored pale ale which usually isn't like 3 Floyd's. Their pale ales usually burst with flavor this is more scaled back. It is a good beer but at their price point not worth it.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Sep 23rd 2015 bottle, opened Oct 3rd 2015

A - Great looking APA. Coper white head pours three fingers above a gold bronze body with nice retention and lace.

S - Little musky, apricot, and fresh pine.

T - Meh. Really fresh, but the hops are a little musky and with a touch of boiled broccoli. Cilantro, fresh pine, touch of dill, and a white bread body.

M - Medium-light body.

O - Not bad, but not great. About par for the course for an APA.

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Space Station: Middle Finger from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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