One of several beers I grabbed during the Foam On The Brian (homebrew club's) annual holiday mixed beer exchange. With the semi-exception of Robert The Bruce, I've never been disappointed with the Three Floyd's stuff.... and this Mild Ale is no exception.
Nice to see an American brewer, known for making some notoriously huge and over-the-top beers, can also make a very nice, purely Sessionable Mild -- a very rare thing in the American brewing world (craft, macro, whatever).
Dark, but not opaque, with a distinct reddish glow to the entire affair. Enough carbonation to make things interesting, but by no means "fizzy". I think I'd prefer even less carbonation than this, to be honest, in order to emulate it's cask ale progeny, but I think as it stands, this still works nicely.
In both the aroma and flavor profiles, subtlety is the name of the game. With 4.8%ABV, there's not a whole lot of room here to hide or obfuscate what this beer has going for it. It's just a credit here that this beer doesn't have anything that it needs to hide from the public. Reminds me of my bud xlperro's excellent homebrewed Mild Ale, in that it stands on it's own two feet, with no trickery or smoke&mirrors. Very nice malt bill, with enough back-end hops to keep things not only balanced, but still quite interesting -- and altogether appealing.
Very drinkable -- down-right poundable, I'd say. I'm bummed that I only have one bottle of this to work with, since I could easily see going through sixers of this with very little prodding -- and a smile on my face, in the meantime!
Mild will never be an American favorite -- it's just not bigger/stronger/faster/hoppier than the norm, and thus something like this is both too dark/bitter/malty for the macro-drinking masses...., and also not big/strong/bitter enough for the craft beer drinkers either. But for folks that fall in-betweenj those two extremes, the likes of this beer are well-kept secret.
Picked up a growler of Pride and Joy at Casanova in Hudson WI. When I think mild, I tend to equate to "light" (not lite adjunct lager but light aroma and flavor). This beer blew my thinking out of the water. Very pleasant citrusy hop aroma. Mildly bitter with citrus notes and malt blending together nicely. This is an easy drinking but full flavored beer that can be enjoyed all night long. (definitely not disappointed I chose this over Dale's Pale Ale)
Review no. 1500, on tap @Three Floyds Brewpub, dedicated to my beautiful wife for putting up with my crazy beer hobby. Nice deep reddish-amber pour with a creamy head, nice lacing. Nice earthy and aggressive hops nose, earthy and slightly tropical, and nice malts to offset. Aggressive hops flavor for an amber too, great bitter linger with again, a nice malty backbone to counter the onslaught. NOT metal music for this one: Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Pride and Joy": "She's my sweet little thing, She's my Pride and Joy..." Thanks Kim, for putting up with me.
Aroma is strong and malty with a rich, fruity overtone that is largely apple with hints of pear and banana. It pours an appealing golden amber with a thick and fluffy, it not too persistent, off-white head. Malty flavor has a firm fruity undertone and a hint of hoppy bitterness. Texture is smooth as almond milk, slightly thick and just a little fizzy. Overall, not too shabby and worth at least a try.
Not to criticize, slowrunner, but this is anything but a "girly beer". I'm not even sure what that means, exactly. But I think you were new to BP at the time, so I'll give you that. Anyway, golden-orange, slightly clouded. Small white head. Florally abundant. Aromas are fresh, and I hate to use the phrase "fresh hops" but damn, it tastes so fresh!! creamy, sweet, but gradually more astringent and bitter. Wow, have evolved or what. Just looking at some of the reviews. I'm going to have to go back to my beginnings. I'm sure I'm just as if not more so ridiculo.
Bottle from Archer. This pours a golden-orange color with a quick fading fizzy head, leaving very little on top. Citrusy-floral hoppy aroma and it's a nice scent for something I thought would be mild. Sweet citrusy orange and lemon flavors and well-hopped for a Mild Ale. Other than the fact that this has practically no head retention and looked like some sort of fruit juice in my glass this was pretty good. Definitely gets the job done as a session beer.
An American mild ale.. hmm, this is nice nice stuff.. simple enjoyable flavour, nice feel and good foam ... i like the bitterness level, spot on... 'i felt a bit of extra power, i think must have been that third chilli dog, i thought it tasted funny'...
From a bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with an enormous, fluffy head. Strong hop aroma. Flavor is subtle up front with an excellent bitterness at the back. Really surprised by this beer. Wasn't expecting much, but it greatly exceeded my expectations. Would be a great session beer.
from a bottle. the aroma was a citrus/piney with a touch of wheat. the taste was decent malt base with a decent hop flavor. I could see myself having these more in the summer during an evening on the deck with some peeps.