Alpha Kong | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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

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

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Ratings: 367 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of AndyEdgar
2.07/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

This beer is one of the worst things that three floyds has produced

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Photo of Arstowe
2.27/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of rolltide
2.34/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of deadkat99
2.43/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

It smells good but the smell was overwhelming and the taste followed suit. It delivers an overly sweet assault on the tongue.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of iconoklaztor: Poured a deep copper color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is totally dominating. Taste is also dominated by sweet malt with some candi sugar notes. I couldn't detect any fruity ester or dry fruits elements or even some toffee notes. The whole taste spectrum is dominated by sweet malt. Medium body with low carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I thought this was really one-dimensional and would have expected some complexity- I don't get why this is arte so high.

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Photo of Colevert
2.63/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of spacecake9
2.71/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A - This beer looks great. Dark golden color, big pillowy head, looks so creamy.
S - Aroma is a bit different. After reading figured it must be the cardamon.
T - This is where they lost me. I've never tasted a beer like this and I assume it must be the cardamon. Way too much cardamon, overpowers everything.
M - It is nice and creamy, great feel.
O - I'm a big fan of 3 Floyds and Belgian strong ales but this one did not work for me.

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Photo of masterofsparks
2.73/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of billab914
2.76/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of shbobdb
2.81/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is certainly a technical accomplishment, but like a lot of technically difficult beers (such as: Bud/Miller/Coors Light, Triple Bock, 120 Minute Ale, ect.) it isn't terribly interesting to drink.

The beer pours a deep red-gold, with almost no head. What little head there is, manages to form a nice right around my chalice, but I can't say I'm terribly impressed.

The beer's smell is awkward. It is as though it can't decide whether it wants to be a Tripel or a weizen, so it splits the difference. Lots of clove, candy-corn, banana, and a hefty dose of booze.

The beer's taste maintains the awkward medley found in the nose, but a deep honey is added to it. That's it. Just honey. A blast of alcohol prevents the beer from beng cloyingly thick, but it is still quite sweet.

The mouthfeel is neither thin nor thick. That strange Belgian neither-nor. I don't much care for it myself, but I can't penalize it for being vaguely in-style. But it is "in-style" in the way a lot of American Belgians are, that is to say, a vaguely offensive mockery of the real thing.

Drinkability. Well, overall this beer tastes like a lot of sub-par American tripels. You know, they have a strong yeast presence, are overly sweet, and don't really come together. It isn't a terrible beer, but at around $20 a pop, I really wouldn't recommend it except for the most die-hard Tripel fan.

I mean, I get it. We have massively malty beers like British Barleywines. Those have been pushed to the extreme, right? We also have massively hoppy beers. Those have also been pushed to extremes, right? We also have yeasty beers that have been pushed to extremes, Tripels and Quads are those beers. But FFF decided that they were less of an "extreme" form of brewing and more the norm, so they would supersize them. Why? It is like an Octoplebock. Why?

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Photo of 4thFloyd
2.86/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A cloudy deep golden orange color with a thin off-white to tan head. The aroma was subtle with little hops detected and slightly sweet with a little more of the cardamon. The flavor was dominated by the cardamon. I found it difficult to pick up much fruitiness or hoppy bitterness. Just too much spice that overwhelmed the other flavors. Heavy body with little alcohol and good smoothness. Minimal bitterness and no aftertaste. I was excited to get a bomber but was disappointed in this one.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.88/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle, bottled on date is smeared but appears to read 07/13/2015. Acquired a bottle of this stuff from the local bottle shop for $17.99 - not exactly a steal at that price.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a very murky cloudy orange body. A finger or so of frothy quickly fading white head that leaves good thin spindly strands of lace behind. Looks very nice.

S - This is where the beer starts to lose me: a syrupy, malty sweetness meets a very overpowering spice rack note that resembles rosemary or thyme (it's the cardamom, I've learned after reading). Subtle notes of brown sugar. Lots of hot boozy alcohol fumes.

T - Oh wow, what the hell am I drinking? Extremely hot & boozy alcohol fumes. Sweet indistinct maltiness. Overpowering herbal spice rack notes (cardamom). The hot booze fumes seem to dominate. This is pretty awful.

M - Thick & syrupy. Hot & boozy. Full-bodied, with thick carb. Hard to drink at all, much less enjoy.

Overall, this was awful. It became more tolerable as it warmed, but the flavor profile was just all around messy and unenjoyable.. Extremely disappointing; probably the worst beer I've had from Three Floyds. Not worth $9.99 a bomber, much less the near 20 dollars I spent on this. It will be a chore to finish this glass, and I sure as hell won't finish this bottle alone. I'd seriously like my money back on this one. Avoid avoid avoid.

Three Floyds Alpha Kong -----2.5/5

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Photo of ncvbc
2.91/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Ruby amber, clear in color. Slowly rising carbonation somewhat thin head that falls to a ring. Looks nice. Smell is strong of spice and candi sugar. Not too bad but a bit sweet overall. Taste has a good variety of flavors but is somewhat hot and again, sweet. Clove, coriander, orange, pear, apple, honey, caramel, some brown sugar, and lightly toasted bread. A lot going on but just out of balance and overwhelming. Not one of my favorites within the style, though it is quite unique. Lightly creamy in the mouth with a bit of heat and slight dryness. Not so drinkable. Huge monster of a beer, which isn't really necessary here. A struggle to even drink half a bottle of this, compared to others that I could drink a 750ml bottle of because they're more approachable. An interesting beer, for sure. Overall, not one I think I'll return to.

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Photo of LFinCO
2.91/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of brentk56
2.94/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with hardly any foam; after a minute, it settles down and looks like a liqueur rather than a beer

Smell: Bubblegum, banana, fig and candi sugar on the plus side; on the negative side, lots of alcohol and a hint of acetone

Taste: Candi sugar dominates the front end of this beer, with a developing bubblegum and fig flavor; by mid-palate, the alcohol starts to dominate; after the swallow, the fusel alcohol overwhelms the rest of the flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky; no carbonation but a lot of warmth

Drinkability: With this beer the Floyds have ventured into terra icognita; they should have stayed at home

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of srletend
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear blonde, moderate head
S: spicy, no hint of Belgian yeast
T: light, spicy from the cardamon, not too much Belgian flavor
O: good, but average

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Photo of merlin48
3.07/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber pours a radiant pumpkin orange body that almost looks like iodine. Small almond head quickly falls to a cap with a few flecks of lace. Aroma is bubble gum, creamed bananas, and airplane glue. Very phenolic. Medium body, restrained carbonation, and an intense alcohol burn. Whoa! This is hot. Taste is a bit fusel. Candy sugar, green pears, faint bananas, and dominant alcohol. This is remarkable for being the first Three Floyds brew I don't like. This one is an alcohol bomb.

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Photo of C2H5
3.09/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RustyDiamond
3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an Ommegang stem, with no best-by date on bottle. Pretty reddish-brown with 1 finger of off-white head. Aromas of hot alcohol and mucho banana. I could taste all of the 15% waves of alcohol blended sharply with a lot of banana flavor. I guess this IS Alpha Kong...not impressed.

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Photo of HumanParaquat
3.14/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the super huge trade I did with ThomasHardy.

Pour orange with a small white head.

Smell: Bananas, Alcohol, Brown Sugar

Taste: Bananas, Maple Syrup, warming alcohol finish. Not bad but not amazing. Finishes sweet, carbonation is very low.

The label is probably the best thing about this beer.

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Photo of hoody711
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - into a FFF tulip. Great-looking beer. Beautiful blood orange, great head, sticky lacing. Very nice.

S - is that the cardamon? Some sugary sweetness. I don't know. Smells very different. Boozy at the end.

T - malty sweetness and spice overpower. I'm not a huge fan. That phrase in a 3 Floyd's review makes me :(.

F - creamy and full, really nice. Alcohol astringency at the end.

O - It's okay. Great-looking beer that just doesn't deliver for me on the nose or the tongue. Definitely a sharer.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Alpha Kong from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 367 ratings