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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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Reviews: 138 | Ratings: 1,457
Photo of Chiefy770
3.92/5  rDev -6%
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 -5.5%
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 -10.1%
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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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look - Golden, clear in appearance, big 3 finger fluffy white head, immediate lacing
Smell - Citrus, mangos, grapefruit, pine
Taste - Pine, grapefruit, citrus, just the right amount of bitterness
Feel - Sticky, medium body

Overall - This is my third pale ale from FFF. Space Station absolutely blows away Alpha King and Yum Yum. This is an excellent pale ale. Insanely drinkable. Super flavorful. Finally a FFF brew that's outstanding.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice deep golden colour. Bright with a nice fluffy off white head. Very little carbonation coming up. Great full finger of retention and a really nice wall of lace.

S - Lovely grassy, stone fruit hop notes, maybe some bubblegum.

T - This is legit. Candy-like sweetness with stone fruit again. Hop flavour is light but refreshing and not aggressive like a good pale ale should be. Some light floral notes too.

M - Mild to medium bitterness, lightish to medium body and good carbonation.

O/D - Easy drinking, and flavourful. This does the trick. Hop flavours are balanced and enjoyable while keeping interest.

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Photo of stucat
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fortunate enough to find this outstanding beer on tap at O'Leary's Pub in Dekalb, Il served in a pint glass. I thought Alpha King and Zombie Dust were the best pale ales that Three Floyds offered but Space Station Middle Finger takes the cake. If you are lucky enough to find this, get a bunch.

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Photo of Roland7792
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome stone fruit with herbal onion/garlic flavors. Smell is similar to taste with some malt and bread notes. This is actually one of my favorite FFF pale ales. I prefer it over Alpha King even, to bad its only in bomber (although it is the cheapest tier of FFF bombers).

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Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This has a date of 2 Jul 15, not sure if it is a bottled on or BBD date...

Pours an effervescent amber with a finger of eggshell colored head. Murks up a bit, stays hazed. Great lacing & lacing

S: Bready as all get out, not much else

T: Follows the nose, some woody , grassy & pineapple hops up front, some herbal notes as well. Dryness, herbal & woody hops with a little tangerine as this warms, some biscuitty malt as well. Finishes with citrus peel, breadyness, herbal hops, dryness, with woody hops & a little mango

MF: Medium body , slight carbonation, good balance

Drinks very easy, I'm betting I'm drinking beer past its prime. This will have to a place holder until I know different. Still pretty fff good

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a recent trade with spinaltapped, thanks dude.

This one pours a dark orange, slightly cloudy, with a long lived half inch head, and a lot of lacing.

Smells pretty good here, some grapefruit, mango, candied pineapple, and some earthy aromas as well.

This is a pretty unique tasting pale ale amongst similar fruit bombs. One of the strongest flavors is mango, but it's not the typical sweet mango you get, it's this kind of dank over-ripe mango that's interesting, along with some mild earthy onion, candied fruit, and marijuana. Luckily the onion character is supporting, rather than starring here, and doesn't get distracting.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp and juicy mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

A really nice pale ale here, not quite to the level of Zombie Dust, but sill a really nice job here from Three Floyds.

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Photo of Danmullens1
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoying the hopier pale ales these days, and Space Station: Middle Finger from Three Floyds Hit the spot. Very hoppy but not overly bitter. Tropical, citrus, slight malt on the nose and taste. I usually don't buy bombers. This one, split with a fellow BA, was well worth the price.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this one at mattsanders tasting a ways back (from notes)

A hazy golden orange, some foam from a short pour, a few random polka dots for lace

S peach, nectarine, tangerine, mango, heaps of tropical fruit and not much else

T some pine and spruce to go with the tropical blast, a little lemon pith

M medium bodied, a little gritty on the palate, creams up from the bubbles, citrus lingers

O heaps of hops in something I could session, I easily could’ve drank a couple bottle by myself

I’d like another crack at this one, tasty stuff in something that won’t have you falling over

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Clear deep golden color with a nice head and retention. Nice sweet and citrus aroma. Picks up a little earthy/herbal aroma as it warms. Taste follows with high sweetness, noticeable citrus and just a little pine and grass bitterness. Good malt balance although a little thin. Not the smoothest but still very drinkable.

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Photo of 98green
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber 6/10 bottle date. My palate isn't sophisticated as most, so I defer to others on the details. But for me I smelled and tasted a bit of Belgian yeast in this one. I have no idea if there is anything close in there or not. If I was blind offered this as a Belgian IPA I would have said it is a nice mild version. Well worth the one and done, but I won't be seeking another.

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Photo of Mikus
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Possibly the coolest bottle/name ever. Golden pale ale with 2 fingers of white head. Lemon peel, lemon grass, and citrus on the nose rounded out by a big floral hop presence. V. unique. Super clean and balanced flavors with the big floral punch complemented by the lemon grass/freshly mown grass notes... slightly earthy. Very clean and refreshing finish. Very nice overall enjoyment experience drinking this with a good buddy on bottling day. Another one of those brews that makes you stop, ponder, and enjoy this great hobby of beer advocacy!

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber that was bottled on 6/11/15 so it is fresh.

A: a beautiful yellow hue with pillows of pristine white fluffy foam. Lacing for miles
S: citrus citrus and more citrus
T: Tangerine pineapple pear and citrus rind.
MF: A light tasting ale with loads of citrus and bitterness that lingers
O: A home run
there is no doubt that 3Floyds knows their way around a pale ale.

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Photo of Domvan
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great name, great brewery, but nothing compared to the usual hoppy greatness they offer. Light bodied, malt forward, minor hop aroma/bitterness taste. A good sessionable brew

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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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Photo of jzlyo
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is light pine, spices and citrus. The flavor is citrus, biscuit/English malts, fruit, a hint of hop resin and a mix of tangy and mild bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber to a snifter, date got smeared off

Pours a clear gold with a finger of foam. Good retention, moderate carbonation from the sides, okay lacing

Smells pretty balanced between the malts and the hops. A bit of pine and citrus against a sweet caramel bready malt. Really very crazy going on here

Taste translates pretty well. Mild citrus hops next to a slightly sweet bready back bone. Again, pretty simple

Feel is lightly bitter, light to moderate body. Alcohol is hidden well, easy to drink

Overall fff is better known for their bigger beers, but I get that this one is supposed to be pretty tame. Definitely is, I want to try zd a lot more though

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Photo of kitch
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 22 oz. bomber with no indication of any bottled on or best before date on the bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy darkish orange colour with a thin white head that does stick around for a while.

Aroma: Smells a little weak, but of pine, citrus hops and grapefruit along with some caramel at the end as well.

Taste: A strong malt background of bread and caramel at first followed by citrus grapefruit and orange turning tropical fruit mango. Finish is a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with medium carbonation and slightly sticky.

Overall: This was decent from 3 Floyds. It starts sweet and finishes bitter but overall I still easily prefer Zombie Dust.

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

A: slight golden to straw yellow. slight haze

S: citrus fruits, lemon peel, orange pith, pine, resin

T: very bitter some subtle citrus on the finihs

F: crisp and clean, high carb

O: good APA but not their best.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a bulbed pint glass. Comes out a hazy orange color. White head with minimal lacing, mostly small bubbles, a bit of it sticks around. Through the liquid you can slightly see through it when held up to the light and it glows a brighter amber.

Smells really good. Smells good and hoppy a nice malt backbone as well. Plenty of pine, citrus, citrus peel and tropical fruits like pinnacle and mango. Then there's mic aromas of crusty buttered bread drizzled with honey. Balanced American Pale ale, smells like it's going to taste great.

So the beer backslides quite a bit in the flavor department. Still hoppy but tastes a lot more mild than it does, I'm curious as to what the hop combination is here. Some good sweet pine and some weaker tones of citrus than pine. Tastes like there's a wheat malt mixed in with maybe a touch of biscuit or honey malt. Not bad but the combination I think could be complimented a little better. Something about the flavor just doesn't mesh the way I'd like it too, not bad, but it just doesn't seem to live up to potential to me. Nothing about the initial flavor is strong, but then it has some aftertaste with some potency.

Mouthfeel is just kind of odd. Seems like it's full bodied because there's something heavy about tit but it's kind of thin at the back end of the tongue. Modest carbonation level. Starts somewhat sweet goes to bitter with an oily finish. Pretty drinkable and it gets better as it gets closer to room temperature. Having this beer too chilled doesn't really do it any justice. Not a bad beer, but certainly not worth $13 a bomber, good but I'm not jumping on the Three Floyds fan club yet.

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Photo of exposd
3.02/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a solid American Pale Ale with a lot of malt and bread flavor added to a hint of citrus and melon or pear favors on the bitter aftertaste. Not my personal favorite beer, but I'm not a big fan of a plain pale ales, but I had to give this a try since I got a chance to get my hands on it.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good beer, with all of the excellent pale ales that 3F makes, it's easy to gloss over one or two. I place this after zombie dust and above alpha king.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 03/24/2015. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like mostly like pine and citrusy (oranges, citrus peel) hops, along with some bready malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pine and citrusy (citrus peel, mango, tropical fruit) hops, grainy/bready malt and a bit of spicy hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and goes down easy. I thought this was a pretty good APA, I'd like to try this one again in the future. $9.99 a bomber.

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Space Station: Middle Finger from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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