Space Station: Middle Finger | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

144 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 144 | Ratings: 1,503
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)

12/23/16 2nd impression:

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


 2,323 characters

Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

 222 characters

Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

 801 characters

Photo of cratez
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

 927 characters

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.

 311 characters

Photo of Treyliff
3.95/5  rDev -5%
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

 542 characters

Photo of Chiefy770
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

 757 characters

Photo of SomethingClever
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

 711 characters

Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

 452 characters

Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

 437 characters

Photo of bylerteck
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

 616 characters

Photo of stucat
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

 294 characters

Photo of Roland7792
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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).

 275 characters

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
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

 727 characters

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

 864 characters

Photo of Danmullens1
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

 289 characters

Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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

 596 characters

Photo of 4thFloyd
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

 336 characters

Photo of 98green
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

 378 characters

Photo of Mikus
3.87/5  rDev -7%
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!

 544 characters

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

 390 characters

Photo of Domvan
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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

 174 characters

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
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

 670 characters

Photo of jzlyo
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

 165 characters

Photo of lordofstarside
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
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

 657 characters

Space Station: Middle Finger from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,503 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.