Alpha King Pale Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.05/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This is the last of a 6-pack I purchased somewhere between 6 and 9 months ago, but the first bottle I've actually reviewed. I remember thinking this beer was good but highly overrated initially, but maybe I'll appreciate it more now.
Glassware: Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip glass.
A: A bit of foam oozed out of my bottle when I first opened it, so I quickly poured the contents into my glass before I lost anything significant. The off-white head began at about a finger and a half width, then quickly settled to a swirly lace encircled by a thin off-white halo. Beneath this is a translucent copper liquid full of tiny bubbles.
S: Even with a slightly congested nose, the aroma from this beer is fantastic: bitter pine and grapefruit mixed with sweet tangerine and slightly burnt toffee. I'm immediately reminded of 3F Dreadnaught, which also smelled amazing.
T: One sip and all of the odors I encountered hit my palate at once: pine, grapefruit, tangerine, and burnt toffee. Unlike in other beers where the flavors seem to evolve from one to the next from the time the liquid hits my palate to the time it escapes down my throat, the balance of flavors here is incredibly even throughout. I'm not sure if the beer's changed or if I have in the several months since I had the rest of this batch, but whatever it is, the change is for the better.
Over time, the bitter grapefruit flavor begins to become slightly more prevalent, but it's never overbearing.
M: Upon entry, there's a burn of alcohol and grapefruit. This is followed by...an absence of the burn of alcohol and grapefruit. Not much else going on here...and it makes what's left feel almost watery. Slight bitter aftertaste.
D: This is beer is very easy to drink. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has been my go-to beer for yaers, but this one is less bitter and has a much more complex and soothing flavor. Too bad I'll probably never see this beer on tap in California, let alone matching the overwhelming availability of SNPA.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2007 04:14:55 | More by instrumentality
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4.56/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Branchline tumbler. Bottle dated 1/16/14. Right at two months.
Gold brown put with thick white head. Liners and left a lot of lacing. Dark for a pale.
Pine and bread in the aroma. Like a bakery in a forest.
Smooth and balanced. The second best balance I've ever had with a hoppy beer (after Pliny). Herbal, grassy up front with a pine after-taste.
Smashing pale ale. I think the best I've tried. Thanks to BeerJesus for this throw in!
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 19:52:09 | More by 3sheets2wind
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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