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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 SportsandJorts
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a copper orange color. two fingers or so of an off-white head. good retention and a strong lacing left along the sides of the glass. some clarity but hazes up a bit towards the end of the bottle.

Smell: grapefruit, pine, fresh cut grass. papaya. strong crystal to caramel malts base behind the nice hop aroma.

Taste: opens up with a light hop taste. some grapefruit and pine to resin. strong sweet malts come through with notes of toasted grains, and a light caramel. ends with citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel: light, strong lingering bitterness and some stickiness.

Overall: good hop flavor like many of the three floyds hoppy beers, but this one has too sweet and sticky of a malt base. the smell is a lot better than the taste. the taste comes over too sweet and doesn't quite let the hops shine.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Triple Digit Tulip. Fairly clear with a slight haze. There is a solid 3 fingers of very well-sustained dense foam on top. An impressive-looking beer. Very slow dissipation of the head leaves some very heavy, clumpy lacing. The nose has plenty of ripe oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and sticky green pine needles.

Good solid feel, medium body, and a pretty well-balanced flavor that tends just a bit towards sweet. Nice toasted malt up front gets accented by lemony hops, leaving a tea-like flavor. More hops develop across the palate, but this beer never crosses over into IPA territory like Zombie Dust does. This one remains staunchly in the pale ale camp and keeps the hops under control. It does tend to die a bit on the back of the palate though, and the finish is a bit bland.

Just about the time I think this brewery is becoming over-rated and that I should stop trying new beers of theirs, this one hits. Very, very solid pale ale. Drinkable, but plenty of flavor. A nice pale ale, but no more. It's certainly not the Zombie Dust killer some BAs billed it as. Would be a good buy in a ten-buck-six-pack, but this beer is overpriced in a ten-buck-bomber.

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

Space Station Middle Finger started out the "bright, golden pale ale" the label speaks of but with the second pour became about as turbid as deep space itself and had me curse an expletive of my own for not noticing the sediment earlier. Either way, this ain't a bad looking beer; its peach-like colour lights up like a candle and its head is adhesive as duct tape.

Pale ales are about as basic and straightforward as they come. To screw it up would be like causing a traffic jam in a one car parade - I don't know how it would ever happen. Still, some are decidedly better than others. Three Floyds is a proven lord in the lupulin racket - old-timey hopheads like me get nostalgic just thinking of brands like Dreadnaught and Alpha King.

And if you've tried those beers you know that really hoppy American pale ales are like Hendrix's rendition of the Star Spangled Banner: a bold reinvention, flamboyantly showcased with amped-up distortion. You'd might expect a beer named 'Middle Finger' to be something like that, but this is actually more like the conventional national anthem we're accustomed to hearing at sports events.

Hops are apparent in the aroma, to be sure, but it's a very orthodox grapefruit kind of fruitiness with standard undertones of pine and fresh cut grass. There's nothing bombastic about it; it's all very standard-procedure. Ditto for the taste - there's clear mango and lemony citrus notes as well as a biscuity, but otherwise plain and grainy maltiness. It's serviceable but nothing earth-shattering.

Look, I love Three Floyds as much as the next guy and have been a card-carrying member since Day 1. But cult status and cool labels have led to a lot of over-hype. Like any brewery pumping out this volume of different brands, they won't all be winners. Space Station Middle Finger is a good everyday, emblematic American pale ale - nothing less but nothing more.

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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 Rutager
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big fat wet thank you to steasy66 for the porch exploder!! So much hops and county of the bourbon and more.

Appearance. Pours a rich amber-gold with over a finger of thick, sticky looking ivory head that leaves some thick ass lacing behind. Really outstanding looking.

Smell. Papaya, lemons and oranges, a touch of honey and faint caramel malts.

Taste. Sweet oranges and tropical fruits, cedar and caramel malts, a little pine and bitter citrus rind.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. The hops seem familiar but different.

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Photo of joe1510
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bottle
Maria's Package Store - Bridgeport

Bottled; 10/8/14

Space Station Middle Finger shimmers like a freshly minted penny, bright and fairly clear. Carbonation pops from what seems like every surface of the glass. The head is yellowed a bit with honeycombed foam that shows awe worthy sticktoitivness. The lacing will have to be chiseled off the glass.

This here has some of those newfangled, in the scheme of things, hop varietals. White grapes are upfront followed closely by honeydew and dried apricot. Underneath all these unique characteristics is an undercurrent of earthy pine. The malt presence is slim to none but what's there is caramel driven. Remember though, this is a all about the hops.

As juicy and and ripe as the nose presents itself the flavor is even more so. The dried apricot is in the forefront and pushes all the way through. White grapes are on the periphery now along with the honeydew adding depth. Pine you ask? That opens mid palate and grows quickly to the finish, lingering long after each swallow. I can't find much of that malt base and that's just fine with me in this case.

I have, and could, drink this beer for hours on end. The weight is in the middle of the spectrum but the carbonation active enough to create a luxurious frothiness. The bitterness is somewhat mild at first but grows with each sip to the point it reaches moderate + about halfway through a pint. The finish is dry, accentuated the bitterness and the drinkability is sky high.

The first time I came across this beer on draft I finished off a good chunk of the keg, and left a lot more poor. The bottle, while not quite as vibrant as draft, is excellent. It's unique to the core, bitter, delicious, and easy drinking. Space Station is one not to pass up.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Light gold and clear. Active carbonation and a frothy head. Lots of cascading lace.

Lilac and mango aroma. Caramel and bready malts.

It's a little more malty than most Three Floyd pale offerings, but it brings a nice balance. Bready with a slight bitterness. Floral and herbal to go along with the mango.

Medium bodied, sticky mouthfeel.

A very nice pale ale with good balance. The aroma is a little muted but good flavor.

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Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Three months old, was looking for an occasion to share, but no luck. Aroma is tropical fruit heavy, with notes of mango and pineapple accenting resin and a toasted caramel malt base. Flavor is piney and resiny, with tropical fruit and grapefruit underpinnings and a lightly bitter finish. No zombie dust, but a solid offering. Finish falls a bit short.

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Photo of Jnashed
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber via a trade poured into a pint glass. Bottled 8/1/14 so getting a little long in the tooth, but I had it once on tap at the brewery and this compares well to that.

A) golden slightly cloudy. Fair head with a thin layer of retention.

S) wonderful sweet citrus hop notes. Orange and almost lemon instead of grapefruit. But sweetness is there. Slightly breads but really full citrus. Similar to Zombie which I just had actually. Slight pine notes

T) really nice, more bitter than the smell would allude to but really balanced. Hops with melon taste and sweetness that the noise predicted is present but nicely muted. Really solid.

M) again as Three Floyd's seems to always come thru with a good full mouthfeel on all there beers even the lower ETOH ones .

O). One solid beer. Maybe not ZD but it is different, much more tropical and melon favors then grapefruit but just good. I enjoyed this beer greatly.

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Photo of brentk56
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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Photo of joeseppy
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%

Yellow to a golden pour with a generous two inch head that lasts awhile.

Tropical fruit medley. Mild dank hop and sweet malt.

Tropical blend juice rush. Hop leaf lays on the tongue while the sugars fall to the sides. One juicy mother trucker.

Got a creamy side to it. Perfect bitterness hangs around. Abv is damn fine.

I'm about speechless. Outstanding! Tremendously tremendous!

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Photo of BB1313
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 9/17/14. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden with a chunky white head that leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas have that signature Three Floyds hop aroma. It smells good, but smells like many beers I've had from them. Lots of fresh mint along with some grapefruit. Lots of fresh bread along with hints of caramel malts. The flavors are extremely crisp and sharp. Lots of fresh pine. Some watermelon. Some lemon and lime. More grapefruit. Blast of citrus. Lots of grass. Nice clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is wonderful, just like most of their beers. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation; very smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a nice beer, but it doesn't feel like anything different from their other hoppy beers. This can definitely pass for an IPA. It's really the craftsmanship that sells this beer for me. They pack a whole lot into 6%. Nice beer, but I'd personally take ZD or Alpha King over this. But at the end of the day, this is still good.

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

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 09/17/2014 printed on the label. Another new beer to me from Three Floyds, acquired at the local beer store.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a cloudy bright golden orange, with about two fingers of frothy off-white head that leaves behind good thin scattered strands of lacing. Some active carbonation and some sediment visible in the glass. Looks pretty nice. 4

S - An interesting aroma, to be sure - floral, almost lightly musty, fruity in a fuzzy peachy / apricot sort of way. A pleasant and inviting aroma. 4

T - Taste follows the nose - floral, fruity, peaches / apricots, a bit of sweetened maltiness. Nicely balanced and flavorful. 4

M - The feel is good - mildly bitter, piney, and resinous on the finish. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. 4

Overall, a nice pale ale from Three Floyds. Simple in it's approach, but an interesting take on the style.

Three Floyds Space Station Middle Finger -----4/5.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

22 oz bottle poured into a 3 Floyds pint

A - deep orange in color, foamy light orange head that settles to one finger in depth

S - very fruity. citrus fruit and melon. had a bit of dankness to it.

M - very nice. medium with solid carbonation

T - you can really taste the citrus, especially the grapefruit. hint of melon, malt balances nicely.

O - fruit juicy good. another solid beer from 3 Floyds. they never seem to disappoint.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

22 oz bottle poured into snifter.
A: pours a copper orange, one finger white foam head
S: melon, citrus, apple, fruity aroma, malt, hops
M: medium light body, slight creaminess
T: melon, grapefruit, citrus, fruitiness, nice maltiness, bittering hops, some dankness or a grass taste, slight wateriness, smooth finish
O: great offering from 3f, good session brew and somewhat different from zombie dust and alpha king

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light, sweet, mild pale ale with excellent candied-citric notes. Clean, highly-drinkable pale orange-brown brew that barely deteriorates in quality as it warms to room-temperature. Nose has a 3F-typical candied-hop complexity: sweet, sharp, and buoyant. Another great APA that demonstrates Three Floyds may be even better at that style than bigger, bolder IPA and IIPA for which they are so often lauded.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes on 6/18/14

Poured a dark hazy amber color. One Inch white head. Dank earthy smell. Citrus aroma. Taste is light. Little bit of caramel flavor with a bunch of bitterness on the tongue.

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Photo of larryi86
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks bstyle for this!
22 oz bottle dated 9/17/14 poured into a pint glass

A- A clear golden orange with a white finger white head.

S- Fruity, kind of reminds fruity loops, dank, some wet grass, pine, nice malt backbone.

T- Bright, crisp, citrus, some tropical fruits, slightly dank, pine, nicely balanced with the malt backbone.

M- Smooth, crisp, light to medium body, great carbonation

O- Another solid beer from FFF, very happy I was able to try this. Also love the bottle art.

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

Melon rind and lime zest on the nose and the flavor. More like an IPA in terms of balance and mouthfeel to me. ABV backs that up. Pretty dark blonde/amber colored, so there's plenty of malt bill there. Prickly bitterness throughout. Smooth pale ale that is very sessionable.

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Photo of benloho
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

Bomber received in trade. Unable to read the date on the neck of the bottle. Assume it is pretty fresh.
A: Beer pours a light copper color. Clear and bright. Lots of tiny carb bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. 2 fingers of white and tight head. Really good looking in the glass. Gorgeous lacing as the beer is consumed.
S: The nose on this beer is excellent and unique. Definitely different from Zombie Dust and Alpha King. A lot of tropical and light fruit notes. Pineapple, mango, nectarine, melon, cantaloupe, sweet caramel malt, candy orange, and a bit of grassyness. Mouth watering on the nose.
T: Beer starts with bitter citrus. Middle of the mouth I pick up loads of tropical notes with a candied sugar sweetness and the taste of fresh melon. It's like I just took a big bite out of a piece of juicy cantaloupe. Beer finishes with a bit of earthy bitterness that lasts long enough to make my mouth water for more.
MF: Medium mouthfeel that coats my tongue perfectly. Perfect carb. Drinkable with great balance for 6.0% ABV.
O: This beer is freaking awesome. In my opinion it is juicy, but different than all the citra pale ales that are out there. I enjoyed this more than Zombie Dust, but I have yet to drink ZD this fresh. Loved the melon I got in this beer. Delicious!

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Photo of cjohns73
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber; 12 days old. Light gold-yellow with a big head. Retention is like pockets of cotton. Very faint floral smell. Taste is very light. Primarily orange with some bitterness. Bready body. This is my second time, and I always assumed I had a bad bottle the last time given the ratings and comments I have heard. Just not a great offering from 3F.

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Photo of BEERchitect
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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Photo of larryarms847
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light amber orange with a nice bubbly two finger head. Leaves pretty white lacing all the way down the pint glass.

Pineapple, cantaloupe, and citrus are very abundant in the nose.

I really dig the cantaloupe I get in this, I'm a huge fan of cantaloupe, but very nice sticky hop resin and citrus to note as well. And cucumber, delicious cucumber.

Mouthfeel is sticky and resiny hop goodness.

Overall this is a fantastic APA...an imperial version would be lovely though ;)

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Photo of badmotorgrunge
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

22oz. Bomber, poured in Founders snifter.
A: Bright orange amber, one finger head
S: Slight citrus, not very strong, but pleasant.
T: Citrus, lemony, malt balances well, not much bitterness, but it works. I'm really digging this!
M: very creamy and pleasant
O: Not a typical FFF pale ale at all but this is a very enjoyable beer. Highly recommended!

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

grabbed from the brewery < 1 week ago
The beer pours a clear golden amber with a fluffy white head that settles into a thin blanketing while drinking. The nose is ripe with grapefruit and slightly floral, has a great malty sweetness, and negligible booze. This smells similar to ZD, but is less citra-forward. The taste is generously hopped, but not overly bitter, and doesn't seem dominated by a single hop characteristic. The hop profile feel west coasty, but still maintains that perfect malt characteristic that sets 3 floyds APAs apart. It's relatively light-bodied, balanced, well carbonated, clean, and very hop-centric - but still 10/10 in drinkability (the bomber drinks faster than some 12oz bottles). I'd highly recommend this buy if you can grab fresh bottles.

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Space Station: Middle Finger from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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