Alpha King Pale Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Reviews by Avagadro:
4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Special thanks to aasher for hooking me up with this one.
A: Alpha King boasts a deep copper hue, a touch of haze, and minimal lacing. These are all nice, but this brew really needs some froth. A decent head was procured upon pouring, but didn't last more than a few minutes.
S: The bouquet is quite vibrant, with grapefruit and pineapple jumping out of the glass.
T: Off dry, and reminiscent of orange marmalade on toast with a side of grapefruit. Delicious to say the least.
M: Medium body, light carbonation, a touch of astringency, and ever so slightly sticky on the finish.
O: As scores of other reviewers have mentioned, this would be more aptly deemed an IPA, but that's not all too bad. I can definitely see why this brew has earned such acclaim; it is quite enjoyable. My biggest complaint is that it is lacking what every IPA should have; a big, frothy, meringue-like head. Despite this error, Alpha King remains one of the best APAs I've come across.
Serving type: bottle
05-29-2011 20:48:13 | More by Avagadro
More User Reviews:
4.83/5 rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Just got to Indiana (Bloomington) to visit the law school. Was anxious to try Three Floyds since I had heard so much about them. Holy Moly, this beer is damn good. This beer alone makes the trip from Virginia worth it. Here goes:
A: Lovely. Beer pours a dark, cloudy brown that's rather opaque (a lot darker than most pale ales, in fact). However, the head was massive; incredibly fluffy. Drinking the beer left a ton of lacing on the side as well. You can tell that this is a very well-made beer.
S: Beautiful. Unlike most APA's, you can smell both the hops AND malt. They're very well-balanced against each other, with American hops giving way to a rich caramel malt backbone. Both sweet and bitter at the same time. Simply superb balance!
T: Taste follows the nose, which is great. Initial taste is one of sweet caramel and amber malt. The beer would have merely been good had they left it at that, but what happens afterwards makes the beer excellent. The malt gives way to a strong hop backbone consisting of grapefruit, pine and lemon peel. Truly magnificent.
Also of note, while the hop backbone is strong, it doesn't leave a lingering hop aftertaste. It's almost as if this beer has come down from heaven.
M: Again, excellent. Lots of carbonation and very full-bodied for an APA. Glides down the throat smoothly, though, even with the carbonation apparent.
O: Exquisite. Par excellence. Three Floyds, you are king!
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 21:30:01 | More by leantom
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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