Alpha Kong - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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2.93/5 rDev -28.5%
Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with hardly any foam; after a minute, it settles down and looks like a liqueur rather than a beer
Smell: Bubblegum, banana, fig and candi sugar on the plus side; on the negative side, lots of alcohol and a hint of acetone
Taste: Candi sugar dominates the front end of this beer, with a developing bubblegum and fig flavor; by mid-palate, the alcohol starts to dominate; after the swallow, the fusel alcohol overwhelms the rest of the flavors
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky; no carbonation but a lot of warmth
Drinkability: With this beer the Floyds have ventured into terra icognita; they should have stayed at home
07-07-2008 01:26:18 | More by brentk56
2.53/5 rDev -38.3%
Bottle courtesy of iconoklaztor: Poured a deep copper color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is totally dominating. Taste is also dominated by sweet malt with some candi sugar notes. I couldn't detect any fruity ester or dry fruits elements or even some toffee notes. The whole taste spectrum is dominated by sweet malt. Medium body with low carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I thought this was really one-dimensional and would have expected some complexity- I don't get why this is arte so high.
03-06-2008 19:18:38 | More by Phyl21ca
4.53/5 rDev +10.5%
I received this one a good wile back and had really been looking forward to giving it a try, but had not found the right time to really get into something this big. Well this past Saturday I decided it was as good a time as any and decided to dive right into , well as best I could. A 2007 bottle that I let warm up and served in a goblet over the course of a couple hours.
Appearance - This one poured out an odd orange and pink colored liquid. Weird color to be honest, with a nice one inch high head of off white colored foam across the top. It faded somewhat slowly, but left behind a nice little bit of a crown across the top and some decent side glass rings, but nothing really to write home about in that department. Good overall haze to it, and it had the look of something that was going to hurt in the end.
Smell - The aroma was huge, but not obnoxious, just really very big. A lot of sweet tones were rumbling all through here. Lots of candied apple, bubble gum, and the unmistakable smell of banana were all clearly evident here and really quite nice. Some light sugary alcohol in the back but I was surprised there was not more to it. It really smelled like candy to me, and in a very good way.
Taste - The flavor was just right along the same path. I was expecting something that was this big to really come off rather strong, but instead it was really quite mellow, relatively speaking. It was enormously sweet with candied sugars, almost unbearably so at times, but really just insanely good. Lots of bubble gum, cotton candy, and candy apple flavors here 9can you catch my drift) with a huge bounce of banana and maybe a touch of apricot. Light alcohol in there, it was remarkable how well it was covered up, though it did start to warm you from the inside out after a while. Finish was nice, smooth with a lingering banana and grain like flavor, super sweet.
Mouthfeel - One of the thickest and most syrup like liquids I have ever come in contact with. It reminded me of strawberry syrup in its consistency. There was some carbonation in it, though not a lot, but enough to make it sickingly sweet, still though it was a thick one to put down.
Drinkability - I am going to have to score this one a five here and I will tell you why. For something that is 15%ABV, I could not tell at all by drinking it. It was insanely smooth and drinkable. In fact I sipped and finished this bottle in about two hours and loved every minute of it. It was just perfect for sipping on and one of the best of the really big beers I have seen.
Overall this was outstanding, and easily one of my favorite three Floyds brews to date. A remarkable example of the style and really just totally solid all around. I would love to get another bottle of this one someday, it was just that good.
05-03-2008 00:35:19 | More by mikesgroove
4.3/5 rDev +4.9%
Got this from joe1510, cheers Joe!
Pours an orange-hued caramel with a pinky of sand colored head. Makes some great noises, Fred Eckhardt (sic) would be pleased! A bit of lacing & zero head retention
S: Bubble gum, dark candi sugar, apricots. Bubble gum faded after the initial rush,
T: Figs, apricot, bananas, dryness & booze up front. Booze warmth tones down as this warms, more candi sugar, a bit of caramel, some green apple & some red wine qualities, some cinnamon, & some dryness. Finishes with tangerine, bananas, sweetness, a touch of Amaretto, dryness, oakyness, & some caramel. Works for me!
MF: Medium bodied with stickyness & syruppy notes, skews fruitty
Drinks very easy for the ABV & style, another winner from FFF! Love the complexity
06-19-2008 06:42:53 | More by russpowell
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
Bottle courtesy of Dave (dschuster03). I think I traded this to Dave a few years ago. Served in a Russian River tulip.
A - A hard pour yields a small amount of white foam that dissipates to a thin ring of bubble and the faintest wispy patches on top, leaving no lacework. Dark ruby body.
S - The beer has a definite aged aroma to it, but the mild oxidation is complementary. There's some super fruity Belgian yeast, spicy esters, treacle, milled grains, red licorice, and mild nostril-singing alcohol still present. That being said, I wouldn't have guessed this was 15%.
T - Taste is quite similar, but with more caramel and bready malts rounding out the flavor profile, mingling with the estery Belgian yeast. I don't get the banana a lot of people are throwing out there, but perhaps these a touch of banana bread of Bananas Foster. Some mild alcohol flavor in the finish.
M - Smooth texture, full bodied, slightly syrupy, with low carbonation, and a very mild amount of alcohol warmth.
D - This is much more enjoyable than it was when I attempted to drink a bomber in the fall of 2007. The alcohol has mellowed out significantly and there are plenty of enjoyable flavors coming out. That being said, it'd still be a challenge to drink more than 8-10oz of this.
10-24-2011 00:27:06 | More by MasterSki
4.43/5 rDev +8%
Bottle generously shared by Matt at a recent tasting. BTW, I am ISO this beer. If you have it and want to trade, send me a message. This beer was bottled in 2006 and advertised on the label as a Belgian sextuple, I think we get the point, its big.
Beer is brown and has no head, carbonation is low and there is no lacing. Beer is mostly clear. I swirl it around the snifter to see what's happening and the beer leaves mild legs on the walls of the glass.
The aroma is strong but its not super sweet or boozy, it actually smells a little like bananas. OK, strongly like bananas. I wonder if this is intended, there is a giant monkey on the label. I personally found this quite funny and proceeded to the drinking portion with high hopes.
Beer is sweet and really smooth. There is very little heat for such a big beer and its surprisingly drinkable. It was my general understanding that this beer was quite hot but this is kind of a dream, especially for a 15% beer. It leads off with this maltiness to it, and follows that with this complex, mildly alcoholic fruit center and finishes a little dry. Its interesting. Surprisingly drinkable for such a huge endeavor. I'd definitely have it again.
08-11-2010 18:41:20 | More by drabmuh
3.33/5 rDev -18.8%
Courtesy of axilla at the after Kennett dinner...
Appears a hazy orange with a small with a small white head that quickly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of peach, bananas, lots of brown sugar, and caramel all over the place.
Taste mimics the aromas but it's just too darn sweet to enjoy. It's cloying up front and in desperate need of aging like a fresh wine.
Mouthfeel is estery, super hot of alcohol burn, med-full bodied, with evident abv from the get-go, and some hot spices in there as well. I think this one just needs time...lots of it.
11-08-2007 16:37:58 | More by weeare138
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
Thanks very much to Shivtim for sharing this with a few of us at the Brick Store Pub. I'dlooked for this on a couple of occasions in the past and it has always eluded me. Poured a shining amber- this beer is so viscous that it fairly shimmers in the glass. The first glass out of the bottle had no head at all. The rest had a slow to form head that then quickly faded. The bubbling from the carbonation oozed up through the thick liquid like lava lamp bubbles. The smell starts with heavy notes of bubblegum as well as a lot of sweetness, enough alcohol to stun you, and quite a bit of fruit including banana, pear, apple,cherry, and some plum on the finish. There are also notes of white pepper. This is a huge, thick, sweet beer- its a monster, and I like it,but I sure wouldn't want to drink it all the time. Still, a pleasure to while away an hour sipping on a glass or two.
01-28-2008 02:34:15 | More by Georgiabeer
3.98/5 rDev -2.9%
A 650 mL bomber courtesy of Autumnaldave. Long may he reign!
A: The ale is a ruddy brown color, hazy with a port cclor. Little head arose on pour and it now little more than a white band at the edges of the glass. The beer is much darker than paler.
S: The aroma is loaded with candi sugars and spices, including cinnamin and nutmeg. I was expecting an absolute malt bomb (it is labelled as a sextupel ale), so the restraint and spice profile are quite welcome.
T: The ale reminds me of a biere de Noel, strong on both candi sugars and spices. The first sip reveals a yeasty dryness that I'd normally mistake for St. Bernardus 12 or Rochefort 10. The delicious depth of raisins, candi sugars and plums is intoxicatingly good, both flavorwise and strengthwise. The trademark amarillo hops of FFF are gone, which is fairly surprising when even the Irish stout is a hop bomb. Their absence is not missed and the depth is quite impressive without them. This is a true grand cru offering.
M: Spicy with a great Belgian yeast finish. This beer would taste awesome on a cold wintery, snowy day.
D: Hot damn, 15%? You'd never know it while sipping it but this one is gonna hurt in the morning. One bottle, shared with another would be perfect.
07-04-2008 02:33:08 | More by akorsak
3.43/5 rDev -16.3%
1year old 2007 brew
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a crystal clear golden-reddish body with a slow carbonation of tiny bubbles and butter cream colored head that last for a bit.
S- Smell is circus peanuts, ether,dried apricots with faint notes of pears and caramel apples as it warms finish has a hint of cheese.
T- taste of soft fruit hints with a bigger sweetness that increase as the beer warms. There is a big boozy flavor that has a hint of red wine that lead to a bigger alcohol bite in the finish.
M- This beer has a light crisp fizz to the medium mouthfeel and a big alcohol burn.
D- The aroma has improved a bit but this beer is still a hot alcohol bomb with a big sweetness. There was no sediment in the bottom so I don't think this beer has any hope of aging out any of the heat.
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a reddish-brown body with a big carbonation of big bubbles in a crystal clear body. There is a thin off-white film that soon fades to a few bubbles around the rim.
S- The big smell of banana is followed by a big fusel smell of fingernail polish remover. There is a soft note of circus peanuts and a laffy-taffy quality to the bananas.
T- The big taste of bananas has a bit of clove spice and caramel malt to follow. There is a big fusel alcohol flavor that covers all other flavors. There is a soft caramel note and white sugar hint along with the circus peanuts hint.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a big fusel alcohol heat that burns down the throat after each sip. There is a thin texture to the mouthfell also.
D- This beer has a big, huge hot fusel quality to every aspect of this beer. I like a big boozy beer but this is to much. The flavors buried underneath are quite nice and I will give this beer another shot in a year and two.
10-23-2007 02:20:57 | More by rhoadsrage
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
22oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity.
Poured into a large glass chalice, formed a 1/8" eggshell head over the cloudy reddish amber brew. Head is gone in a flash, just swirl and rim bubbles left, with lasting delicate lace. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and alcoholic. Taste is malty upfront, fruity in the middle, and then the alcohol warmth comes on strong. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good for the style and what they were apoparently aiming at. For 15%abv, this brew is remarkably drinkable. But don't be fooled, lest morning hit you hard upside the head.
08-10-2008 00:49:21 | More by ppoitras
District of Columbia
3.9/5 rDev -4.9%
Just found my notes on this guy! I, in my infinite wisdom, decided to crack this beast open well into the night at a tasting I hosted last summer.
Scrawled in my notebook, my notes are exactly as follows:
Strong abv throughout
In retrospect, that about sums up this beer. Huge, gargantuan, palate attacking (see the label), sweet, strong, bold flavor.
"They were who we thought they were." - Dennis Green
12-22-2010 03:09:41 | More by Huhzubendah
4.28/5 rDev +4.4%
Biergotter Brewclub brewday tasting extravaganza, I purchased this one at Whole Foods in Chicago.
Pours a clear orange/amber, thin white head forms, settles down to a thin ring, leaves a few lace spots behind, and some nice legs on the glass. Smell is sweet, tons of caramel, bubblegum, alcohol, honey, floral, bananas, spice, big aroma. Taste is similar, tons of caramel, bubblegum, bananas, alcohol, bread, candi sugar, some floral, spices, kind of cinnamon and nutmeg, very big flavour. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, not to be trifled with. I think its a cool concept and is a pretty kickass beer, and surprisingly drinkable for 16%.
01-25-2008 04:48:18 | More by Viggo
3.8/5 rDev -7.3%
Viggo shared this one at the Biergotter club brewday/tasting. Thanks Eric!
This one was pretty much clear and a deep orange colour. The head was super fine, though thin, and settled into a longlasting ring and fine skim on the beer's surface. Aroma was all over - bubblegum, orange, bready yeast, mellow alcohol, banana, cloves, and (unfortunately) a bit of hot solvent. Same in the flavour, except the cloves and banana were less noticeable. Medium bitterness with a lot of sweetness. Warm, nearly hot alcohol towards the end. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation and a bit of stickiness. Pretty good overall. About what I expect from 3F and fairly drinkable, but it needs to sit for a while until the hot edge is tempered.
01-22-2008 03:37:20 | More by DrJay
Alpha Kong from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.