Space Station: Middle Finger | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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
Reviews:
144
Ratings:
1,502
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
8.89%
 
 
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Reviews: 144 | Ratings: 1,502
Photo of kitch
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
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 -1.9%
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 -3.6%
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 -27.4%
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 -0.2%
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 +1.9%
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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Photo of madelfonatree
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Bright, golden/hazy orange color. Head is thick with thick bubbles. It is ivory. It does not stick around long.

Smell - Pine. Bread. Dank. Faint citrus.

Taste - Toasty. The smell doesn't follow through to the taste. There is pine and a faint citrus finish, but not as much as expected. The taste is good for a pale ale (as opposed to an IPA or DIPA/IIPA).

Feel - It is on the light side, but not like water. It doesn't explode as carbonation implicates.

Overall - It is not a bad beer. I prefer other Three Floyds to this one. As I drink Space Station Middle Finger, my middle finger is twitching (literally).

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Photo of JGrahonya
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For what it is, this is my favorite beer. It is a great American Pale Ale that has a strong hop presence without lingering hop bitterness. The IBUs are reasonable, but the hop flavors and aroma are not what you would expect from a 50 IBU beer. Citrus and melon can be detected, but there is also a garlic/onion taste that comes when it warms. That sounds weird, but it makes it pair nicely with most foods. This beer is suitable for almost any situation. I live close enough to 3F that I can have this in my fridge at all times. Would I rate other APAs higher, yes. Would I want to drink those as consistently, no.

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

This is a great beer. Very smooth and well balanced....definitely sessionable. The beer poured a copper orangish color with frothy egg shell head that is leaving a very nice lace. The scent carries pine and slight tangerine peel. The taste is very good. There is bitterness through the draw, but finishes slightly sweet....then a tangerine bitterness leaves one wanting more. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. This is a great beer and I will look for more.

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Photo of barleybadger64
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really enjoyed this beer. Great aroma, and the flavor was a classic American pale ale. Big hop nose with what I am guessing is western hops varieties. Nice balance with clean malt flavor. I'd buy again.

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Photo of Greasy
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber bottled on 3/24/15. 15 days old.

A: Pours a amber color that has some haze to it. Off white 2 finger head that slowly resided into a foam ring that stayed on top of the beer all the way down. Lacing is great.

S: Initially there is a citrusy hop aroma that has a malt presence behind its back.

T: Bitter citrus flavors hit the palate first, followed by a biscuity malt. Great balance.

M: Lighter medium mouth feel. Good carbonation. Bitterness lingers for a while after each sip.

O: I like it. 3 Floyds has never let me down and this is no exception. Top notch APA.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 3F Teku. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a slightly hazy amber body with a generous 2 finger off white head that sticks around for a while, leaving lacing and high retention.

Fruity aromas come through, tropical and citrusy, mango. Light aromas but very inviting. Biscuity malt backbone is present, maybe some caramel and slight butter.

Light hops on the tongue, citrus and grapefruit, light pine with a caramel, pale malt finish. Medium light body, very drinkable and crisp.

Overall very well rounded. I could pound a few of these down if it were available in a 6 pack (and I was in the three floyds distro!)

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Photo of do_ob
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a snifter. Aggressive pour. Nice hazy gold/orange. Big, pillowy off-white head of foam. Smells awesome; sweet fruit, grapefruit, pineapple, strawberries, candied sugar, and peppermint. Honestly one of the best smelling beers I've had. Medium weight and rich, creamy mouthfeel. Tastes a bit similar to a couple of their other PA's, but still good. I get pine, citrus, and notes of grapefruit, orange, and berries. Dry finish with a bit of a dank, tart aftertaste.

This is a good beer, but I feel like it's strangely similar to Yum Yum. Maybe it's the a certain type of hops the two share, or something. But I enjoyed Yum Yum, and I enjoyed this. This one had a bit of the same funky taste, which I didn't care for. Not sure what specific ingredient or brewing technique attributes to this, but if anyone knows what type of hops SSMF, Yum Yum, and Alpha King are made with, I'd be curious to know. While this is good, I'm not sure I could tell the difference between this and another 3F PA in a blind taste test.

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Photo of TheHopBrewKid
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super balanced pale. May be one of the most balanced I've ever had. Nice citrus hops upfront complimented perfectly with crisp like malt on the back end.

Much more mellow than either ZD or Alpha King. I could drink the hell out of this beer.

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Photo of Clarahope
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is possibly the best beer that I have ever had. It pours nicely with a light orangeish color and a light head. The smell is citrus hops with a little pine. The taste is not as hoppy or overwhelming as other brews by 3 floyds like zombie dust. It's citrusy with a slight hop at first followed by a clean malt flavor. Don't be scared or turned away by the price tag, it is well worth it!

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, light amber with a thin whitehead.
Not a big smell.
Not much bitter hop but has a nice sweeter back end. Malt provides nice balance.
Feel is wonderful. Very smooth with a little bitter resonating.
Overall another good FFF. This ones strength is balance and feel.

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Photo of RyBrew54
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with a thick one inch head. Smell is a hop forward, nice citrus zest, and notes of tropical fruit. Very mellow start, nice mouthfeel, with sweeter tropical hop notes, nice malt ballance, with very little residing bitterness. A very easy going, well balanced Pale Ale.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review taken the week it arrived in our part of Kentucky: late 2014.

Brown bomber sized bottle displaying the usual great bottle shape fff switched to a while back. Label is exactly as you'd picture with a massive space station constructed in the form of a huge metal inspired hand giving the rest of the universe a big middle finger. Can't complain with the artwork at all. In fact, I like it.

A - Hazy and murky orangish-amber to glowing yellow color. Head pours lovely and big leaving behind a big trail of thick lace sticking all over the walls of my pint glass.

S - wonderful fruitiness and citrus notes up front. A fruit punch like sweetness topped with juicy citrus, orange and lemon. This has a nice balance with a cracker to breaded malt backbone as your nose gets a feel for this gem.

T - flavor is absolutely off the charts. Citrus rind, pine resin, a sweet spice, orange, and lemon all swirl around the mouth like throwing coins in a pot of gold. Fruity and sweet in typical fff style while laying a lovely balanced breaded cracker like malt to smooth the experience. Delicious.

M - medium bodied with a grand feel. Thickness is nothing less than expected from 3floyds. Thickness is superb while coating the mouth, something else these guys rock into a pale ale. Just outstanding.

O - not quite as hop forward as Zombie Dust, but in the same tier of quality. Just another Damn great APA from FFF. It's absolutely ridiculous the way these guys do beer. Space Station Middle Finger is one I hope gets bottled every year. I'll buy it every time I see it. It's just another great brew from the guys who do them best.

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Photo of mabermud
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice, burnt orange body. Slick white head. An aroma of light tangerine. A taste of tangerine and background perfume. The feel is okay.

Overall, it is a very nice APA. This would be good on a hot summer day/night.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hue in color with a firm white head that stays in hand for the first few sips. This is unmistakably a Three Floyds APA - has that often present blend of a smooth mouthfeel with medium body, good maltiness on the back end and a full hop flavor with tropical fruit on the nose. Excellent blend of bitterness with the fruitiness of the hops and a slight sweetness to balance. Everything goes right with this beer, and at 6% I feel it would be no stretch to enjoy a 22oz of this one too.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked at this beer a few times and I figured I would give it a try. I was hoping it would be as good as Permanent Funeral.

A - Nice orange color with course small white head. Light lacing.

S - Very hoppy in the nose. Full of citrus, pineapple, and lighter tropical notes that are quite pleasant.

T - Has the hops from the smell with the tropical fruits on the front. Light complimenting malt flavor but definitely hops. Mild hop bitterness definitely not the typical palate killer that Three F's usually produces.

M - Light to moderate mouth-feel. Has some bitterness and mostly clean on the finish. Mild carbonation.

Overall, a very delicious and flavorful APA from 3F's. Definitely not as strong as most Three Floyd's but great flavor and balance making this beer well worth a try. It's not going to be my go-to beer at $12 for 22 oz, but I did enjoy it quite a lot.

Glass- Imperial pint

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A. Pours an amber mostly transparent beer with a 1 finger head.

S. Tropical hops with a bready malt characteristics.

T. Backing up the nose tropical hop flavors with a nice malt balance. Very nice flavors and balance. Great grassy aftertaste.

M. Medium body. Nice carbonation. Finishes slightly dry.

O. Very nice beer. Not permanent funeral. But very awesome. Tastes great. Smells nice. Looks good. Good mouthfeel. Like it and will get it again.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Copper body with medium white head

S - Mild citrus and piney/floral notes.

T/F - Honey, citrus, and pine with thin/water feel. Light bitterness and mild alcohol finish.

O - Another good Pale Ale from 3 F's. I won't search for this one, but would gladly pick one up if it's available. Prost!

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Bright orange and crystal clear. The head is nearly perfectly white and lingers for about 30 seconds. When it falls a few wisps cover the surface while a patchy lacing clings to the back of the glass.

SMELL: I could smell this one as soon as I popped the top. Unsurprisingly, this reeks of hoppy deliciousness; pine, flowers, a touch of grass, lemon, orange, grapefruit and a little tropical fruit. Basically everything good hops might smell like are showcased here.

TASTE: Apparently there is a lot of grass on the Space Station, cause it’s all over this one. A little orange, pine and tropical fruit provide just enough sweetness to balance out all that bitter grass, grapefruit and lemon.

MOUTHFEEL: Given the complexity of this beer I expected something much more balanced, but this has just barely enough sweetness to keep it from tipping over the edge. It remains dry and almost puckeringly bitter through and through. Medium to slightly bigger in body, this drinks a lot bigger than it is.

OVERALL: Like I just said, this drinks like a much bigger beer than it actually is. I would be very happy if every 6%, hoppy beer felt and tasted like this.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a crystal clear copper body with a thick beige creamy head that last and last. There is a full herbal unripe citrus aroma even during the pour. The taste has more spicy hop flavor with some nice big green herbal flavor and a green citrus pith finish, although it is not bitter or even pungent for the most part. There is some tropical fruit notes as it opens and a lime hop flavor in the finish. The creamy mouthfeel has a hop boosting crisp fizz. This has nice full hops that are big but not punishing. Very easy to drink many of these. delicious.

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Space Station: Middle Finger from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,502 ratings.
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