Alpha King Pale Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
4.43/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a snifter on 4/6/10
Alpha King is a rather dark shade of copper, nearly to the point of ruby depending on how the light catches it. Highlights of rust & burnt brownish-orange are apparent around the edges. The poured resulted in a one finger cap of foam that has since receded to a thin layer of bubbles - swirling fleshes it out a bit, though retention is pretty thin. Lacing is ok despite being spotty & hit-or-miss.
Upon opening the bottle I was greeted with a burst of potent citric hoppiness. The citrus aroma is in fine form once in the glass with notes of grapefruit, lemon zest & orange rind. This is rounded out by complementary wisps of floral hops & pine. While the hops are undoubtedly the feature there is also a reasonably support malt bill with a touch of caramel sweetness, sugar cookies & a hint of fresh, toasted bread.
The nose sets a high bar & Alpha King doesn't disappoint. While it's tilted in the direction of hoppiness, there is still a prominent malt profile, though the latter seems intended to stay in a supportive role. Citrus hops are apparent from the start - grapefruit rind & lemon zest mostly. Piney bitterness is more appreciable to taste. Caramel & toasted bread make up the discernable aspects of the malt profile. Overall, it's well integrated & darn tasty.
Medium body with a decent bit of resin stickiness & grit. Moderate carbonation seems appropriate & accentuates the grittiness; fine by me. Residual notes of bitterness & toasted caramel linger well after the finish.
This beer is an impressive effort to blend high amounts of alpha hops into the APA style. I have no hesitations about buying more next time I am within the Three Floyds distribution area; in fact, if I lived in said area this would occupy space in my fridge on a regular basis. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2010 16:29:58 | More by Ryan011235
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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