Alpha King Pale Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Package: 12 oz. longneck, crowned brown bottle (and draught). No date information or ABV indicated. Typical 3F mascot, much like Alpha Klaus. Blurb describes this as a classic American Pale Ale and as bottle-conditioned.
Cost: $8.99 per 6-pack at Shop-Rite
Presentation: Poured into a Shaker pint glass at ~45º
Appearance: Pours a typical amber, with a slight haze and some particulates in the body. The head is barely off-white, sticky, and medium-loose in texture, resolving down to an opaque skim with little lacing.
Smell: A vibrant, citrus hoppiness erupts from this cascade powerhouse. Definitely has the aroma of an IPA, as it lacks any real malt or biscuit in the nose. Promises a no-holds-barred hop-attack.
Taste: Assaults the palate with a phalanx of hop-warriors marching across the tongue. The hops lean more toward the grapefruit side of the spectrum rather than the piney; but there are some Pine-like notes. As it warms, the malts begin to peek out just a bit, likely scared by the hoppy centurions. Not very complex, but pretty good. Not much else to describe, as this all about the hops. I do seem to remember preferring the draught for its better balance. Finishes crisply and short.
Mouthfeel: A bit heavy on the carbonation and a bit thin on the palate. The limited number of draught samples Ive had were much better in this respect.
Drinkability: Nice but not amongst the best of its kind. Maybe Im not enough of a hop-head, but I prefer a little balance, especially in something called a pale ale. Still, Ill be buying this on occasion, especially since Brutal Bitter has become so expensive.
Backwash: I was amazed and thrilled when this showed up in my very average local store. I didnt even know it was coming to NJ. Im also hoping that this appears in draught at my local watering holes. Its been some time since Ive had this (I bought a case about 18 months ago at Shangys). Somehow, I remember those examples as being more pleasantly drinkable, with better balance, and a fuller flavor. Perhaps these are very fresh. Also, although the Bros. dont like this, I have to review this as an IPA rather than a Pale Ale. If I were honest, Id have to rate this low as a Pale Ale, as it really doesnt deliver those flavors. I noted at the time of my Ithaca Pale Ale review that it couldnt possibly compare to SNs Harvest and 3Fs Alpha King and I think that still stands. Still, this is fine beer that Im happy to have in NJ.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2005 20:40:54 | More by Dantes
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