Alpha King Pale Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Ratings: 4,767 | Reviews: 1,664 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by PhillyStyle:
4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A: The beer poured a hazy dark amber color with a white to slightly off white head that was very thick and dissipated slowly. The beer was a lot darker than expected for an APA.
S: Strong hop aroma with grapefruit and pine.
T: The hops were the dominate flavor, but the grapefruit was very noticeable, but balanced very well. There were also hints of the malt and pine.
M/D: Probably the best APA I have tried to date. The beer was smooth, very easy to drink, medium body and good carbonation level. Very well done beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2008 12:59:39 | More by PhillyStyle
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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