Alpha King Pale Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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3.89/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a hazy caramel copper color with a dense quarter inch tan head that quickly dissipates.
Aroma is heavily pine and citrus pith, with caramel malt sweetness and floral hop notes.
Bready, toasted malt forms the backbone of the beer, with underlying grapefruit pith and spruce flavors adding intrigue. Mint surfaces at the finish, with grassy and herbal tones. Bitterness is slightly dominant.
Body is moderate, with slightly high carbonation and a somewhat dry, crisp finish.
Overall, a fairly complex pale ale. Balanced to the extremes. But it's a little too bitter for my tastes. Just not my style.
Serving type: on-tap
09-26-2012 21:56:50 | More by barczar
4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Not sure how I haven't reviewed this one yet, but here we go. Bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Pour: Deep , mostly clear amber orange with two fingers of bread colored head. Super sticky lacing, and head hang around for most of the glass.
Smell: Caramel malts hit first, followed by some breadyness. Very malt forward nose. Some pine and light citrus hangs around in the back, but not much.
Taste: Follows the nose with a heavy caramel, followed by a resinous bitterness. To be honest, the hop profile only lends bitterness rather than flavor. Caramel breadyness hangs around on the palate.
Mouthfeel: Kind of light, but the bitterness and heavy malt backbone make this beer feel bigger than it is. Normally, I would rate lower for this attribute in this style, but the heavy caramel in the taste make the heavier body of this beer a plus.
Overall: Good, but not great. It tickles my fancy every now and then, and I would definitely stress that I enjoy this beer. However, I view it more as an amber ale than a pale ale.
Serving type: bottle
09-24-2012 21:13:24 | More by cfrances33
3.9/5 rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]
The pour was a clear copper brown with an average (1-2 finger) beige fluffy head that had great retention and possessed really good sheets of streaky lacing.
The aroma was of a sweet biscuit malt, spruce and cascade hops and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of citrus (orange), caramel and a pronounced dark fruit (plum) presence.
The taste was lightly sweet and malty with a note of caramel and a strong fruity presence in the beginning, and then became somewhat hoppy with a nice creamy bitter citrus peel ending. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow with a wonderful sweet hoppiness left lying on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was a bit beyond light in body with a creamy dry texture and a medium carbonation.
Overall this was a very well balanced Pale Ale, with just the right amount of bitterness to go along with the mild fruity sweetness...
Serving type: bottle
09-18-2012 14:18:50 | More by KajII
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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