Alpha King Pale Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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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
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