Alpha King Pale Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
4.53/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Review #2 - 4/12/09: My roommate was kind enough to pick up a six-pack of this when he went out to Indiana last week. So, it's probably fresh? Poured the 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A: Cloudy blood orange body is topped by a big, cream-colored foam head. After a few minutes the head collapses to a centimeter thick and stays for a while. The foam leaves a decent amount of irregular lacework.
S: Huge citrus hop aroma! Notes of grapefruit, melon, tangerine and honey. There is a very faint doughy malt aroma that sits behind the citrus. Out of the bottle, the smell it potent, but with some time to breathe, the aromas mellow out.
T: Nicely balanced, though it is definitely hop forward. The juicy, citric hop flavor is balanced gently with a very mild biscuity malt flavor. The citric hop bitterness is up front and leaves a bite on the tongue as you swallow the beer. Grassy hops in the aftertaste, slightly nutty characteristics as well. The sweetness resides more towards the finish, and so the facade of this beer remains a hop trellis.
M: The mouthfeel is a medium bodied, juicy and thirst-quenching consistency, with a soft bite of hop bitterness left on the tongue and a faint, mouth-coating of alpha acids. The carbonation is spot-on.
D: Delicious. I still don't like it as much as I like Pride and Joy, but I would definitely have this as a regular in my beer fridge if it was distributed in my area. Very quaffable!
I picked up this beer on my visit to their brewery last week. There is no indication of freshness, except for the fact that I got it from the brewery last week sooo, yeah. It's fresh. I had a taste then of this flagship beer, and it wasn't until today that I got to sit down and review this bad boy.
A: It poured a clear, amber-ruby color with a thick foamy head. It looked very enticing. Also, it laces well.
S: The smell is potent...there is a strong, citrusy hop aroma and a lesser malt smell that is mild but sweet, evoking a fruit. (apple?)
T: At first sip, there is a strong hop presence, which quickly seems to be balanced by a nutty malt character. It remains delicious and very well-balanced throughout. Towards the end of the glass, the beer becomes more bitter.
M: This ale slides over the tongue smoothly. Its light on carbonation and feels light in the mouth.
D: This beer is delicious and I could easily see myself buying a case. This is one drinkable beer!
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2008 04:23:29 | More by MusicaleMike
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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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