Alpha King Pale Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Reviews by Scotchboy:
3.63/5 rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12oz bottle from brew3crew, not sure on the age. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.
A: Dark orange bordering on copper, with lots of carbonation and some good off-white head lacing.
S: Ok smell, hop forward with some hints of fruit and floral notes. Grain and malt underneath, not too sweet but its there.
T: Again, not loving it but its above average, especially on the hop side. The floral hops are up front with some juicy fruitiness, and there is some bitterness on the front as well but overall it mixes well and the malt backbone mellows it out.
MF: Average mf but good carbonation. Besides that, its light and more wet than dry on the finish.
O: Pretty good pale ale, but I'm underwhelmed (though I had high expectations). Not something I'd search out again but nice to try once. Hope my bottle was fresh and an accurate representation of this beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2011 18:01:58 | More by Scotchboy
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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