Alpha King Pale Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.28/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
We pour a rich dark copper brew. It boasts it a two and a half finger tall tan head of spidery bubbles and microbubbles, showing phenomenal retention. As it eventually goes it leaves impenetrable lacing around the glass. There is a thick haze to the beer, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears active. The nose is huge with citric hops of grapefruit. These hold a fruity tartness, and mix nicely with the pale malts, steely bite, and spicy phenols. There is a stickiness of sweet honey nectar, and a more soapy hop with warmth. Our first impression is that this is a great, nicely hopped beer. As we sip, pale muddy malts and mineral start up front. There is a biting bittering from the citrus which crashes in, only to be cut nicely by a sweeter honey flavoring. The middle peaks with sweet pear and lightly toasted pale malts. These mix with a sour wheatiness, and a grapefruit juice flavoring, separate from the hops, which adds bitterness and sugars. We finish with notes of chalky malts, light booze, black pepper, and a continuation of those citric hops and bitter lemon rind. The aftertaste breathes of bittering grassy hops, spicy booze, sour wheat, and wet pale malts. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is left icy cool, with an astringent chalkiness. There is creamy slurp, froth, and glug to each sip. The abv is appropriate, and the beer is very easy drinking, but you find yourself drinking slowly so as to make it last.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the dark and beautiful coloring, and the freshness throughout. The hop presence is phenomenal, and again, so fresh and gritty. The malts become a bit muddy in the nose, and almost overpowering with warmth from those great hops right at the start. Throughout the taste, however, the blend of the malts and the hops is supreme, and this is one of the best in the style for sure. Drink on the colder side, as excess warmth throws the balance to the more sour grain side of things.
Serving type: bottle
08-07-2012 16:59:01 | More by TheBrewo
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