Alpha Kong | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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362 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A super fruity, dry hopped, Belgian sextuple, with notes of cardamon.

70 IBU

Added by orbitalr0x on 03-13-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
362
Reviews:
136
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
12.03%
 
 
Wants:
175
Gots:
110
For Trade:
7
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of rivertrance420
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my top Three Floyds beers. I have enjoyed in on tap in the past, and finally had to make the trip to Chicago Binny's to buy the last up. Cracked open a 22 oz. and poured it into a snifter. Sweet smell of candy and banana on the nose. No head. Reminds me of a liquore in many ways. Very delicious. The initial taste is sweet and syrupy, and then it goes into yeasty,clove-like flavor followed by a sweet banana finish. Alcohol presence is not hidden at all. Very warming to drink. The banana flavor is out of this world. One of the greatest beers ever made, and definitely an after dinner drink. One bomber will get you buzzed.

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Yogidaddy
4.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of TriGuy20
4.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this bad boy with two other BA's. Poured from bomber into snifters.

A: Golden orange with no head. Slight lace clings to side of the glass. This beer has a beautiful Tawny Port appearance.

S: Apricot/ Carmel/ Toffee/ Burnt Sugar/ Boozy

Taste: The apricot and toffee really come out on the palate with a nice warming alcohol feel on the finish.

MF: Port like. Silky and full body, coats the mouth very nicely.

Drink: For 15% abv this goes down easily. Each sip of this brew begs for another.

Overall:
A fabulous beer and a rare treat to savor with friends. As this beer warms the complexity grows. I could not keep my nose of the glass. For those lucky enough to have a bottle of this, it will continue to age beautifully. Cheers!

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4.84/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.79/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.76/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 Oz bomber. If I were choose a type of beer this is it. Pours a light orange to yellow. Excellent lacing. Smell is lemon, orange, banana, and cereal. Goes down easy. This is more of summer type beer. Pricey for the bomber $18-$22 her in Chicago, but well worth it.

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4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Three Floyds Brewpub...

Listed on the beer menu as a Sextuppel. Artwork on the tapper is very cool (as always from Three Floyds)

Shiny reddish/orange color. Aroma is mostly spices, yeast, sweet malts, and mild fruits. I really did not get my hopes up for this one, as I didn't think an American brewery focusing on hops and extreme American styles could pull this off with much success.. I couldn't be more glad I was wrong. The taste has the Belgian flair that you can easily pin down, but with a great fresh spice taste and a big-time sweetness that I swear has a life of it's own. Rumor has it this beer's huge sweetness comes from rare imported sugar from East Indonesia..at least that's what they told us at the brewpub...but whatever it is, I've never tasted it in a belgian. The alcohol is very well hidden, but can be sensed by the nearly instant intoxication after a few sips. Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is quite low. This baby slides down as easy as a 4% pilsner..absolutely no agressive/harsh tastes..just sweet, spicy, perfection.

Truth be told, American brewers can (and have) beat many Belgians at their own game..this is one clear example. Don't get me wrong..i love a good true Belgian (from there) just as much as the next guy, but I simply cannot think of a beer at 15.5% that can top this killer.

I'll take Alpha Kong over King Kong any day..a couple big glasses of this, and Kong would be passed out in the corner.
Damn, I love when breweries have the balls to come out with insane beers like this, because when they pay off, they're simply incredible...and this one is.

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4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured Dark copper with a good half inch of head that left a nice lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet and fruity. Some toffee in there too.

T- Wow, very complex, but not Complicated. Great bitterness at the end that stays with you. Plus the hop burps for the rest of the night tasted just as good.

M- One word - THICK. Good carbonation.

D- Every part of this beer compliments itself. I don't know how many you could have at one sitting... judging by the ABV maybe 2-3 at most. I will definately be hitting up the brew pub for another very soon.

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4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Alpha Kong from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 362 ratings.
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