Alpha Kong | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Alpha KongAlpha Kong

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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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Photo of SudDog
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a luscious almost pumpkin orange, served it in an oversized Belgian tulip to really accent color

S - Holy baseball cards Batman! The gum and candy scents speak of a huge sweet bomb when it hits the mouth. Can there be that much fruity flavor in a beer?

T - Very sweet with a lot of malty sugars up front followed by some spiciness in the midpalate and then....Bamm!!

M - Can you feel the tingle? Alcohol is right up front from beginning to end. Decent carbonation upon mouth contact. But that tingle remains for the whole experience. Can be overpowering by the end of the bottle.

D - Definitely a sipper. At 16% one of these can finish your evening. Suprisingly drinkable for so strong a brew. Only reason the score is low due to the high alcohol. Definitely not a session beer. Another of 3 Floyd's extreme beers taken up yet another notch.

Addendum to previous:
Aged out the second bottle that I purchased in '07. Surprisingly not so good with time. Poured a fizzy orange, smell of over-ripe bananas hits hard. Taste was sugary sweet, and not so pleasant. Alcohol masked any fine taste differences expressed by oxidation. Thought a 16% beer would hold up better than this. Not so much mellow as turned.

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Photo of westweasel
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer displays an amber/orange color with almost no head at all (probaby due to the high alcohol content). It is very clear. The smell is dominated by a sweet caramel smell mixed with a more subtle orange scent.

The taste is mostly caramel and toffee. Also you can taste alcohol and some Belgian spices including clove. The mouthfeel is pretty full.

This is not the most drinkable beer. Belgians aren't my favorite, and in this one the alcohol is not hidden at all - it's right out there.

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Photo of kajerm
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy reddish-gold-- light on head, big on lacing. From bottom to top, and from center to perimeter, there is a sunburst gradient, transitioning from red to orange to straw-gold with a thin, almost invisible ring of carbonation at the outermost edge. At least in terms of color, this is one of the nicest-looking beers I've seen; it certainly blows all the other "belgian pale ales" out of the water.

The nose is big on esters and candi sugar. I think FFF has managed to out-Belgian the Belgians-- this beer smells like a fruit bowl floating in bananas and bubble yum. Very solid malt backbone. I could definitely stand to smell this one for a while.

Opens up with light, buttery malts, moving quickly into sticky esters and Belgian candi sugar. Mid-palate is all bubblegum, malt, and alcohol. Esters, light malts, and residual sugar hang on through the finish; alcohol is faintly perceptible in the flavor at the end, along with a shred of hops. Most of the alcohol perception comes from the surprising dryness of the finish.

Mouthfeel is sticky and moderately carbonated; the body is medium.

Drinkability is pretty damn good for 15% ABV.

I didn't think FFF could pull off a Belgian, but I guess I thought wrong.

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Photo of mjd83goblue
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber purchased at the brewery for $10. A "sextuple". Poured into a Rogue pint glass (still need to address the glassware issue...)

A: Nice reddish-copper. Not a ton of head.

S: The bubble gum dominates over whatever else might be in there.

T: Again huge bubble gum and candi sugar. I can only assume thats what was intended when you brew a 15% Belgian and market it as a sextuple. A little banana/hefe finish. Not as cloyingly sweet as it seems it would be, which is nice.

M: Scores well here, creamy and smooth. Yeah its a little hot, but c'mon, you know its 15%, what could be expected?

D: Again, better than I thought after the first smell or taste. Very smooth once it warms up a little.

3F's best beer? No. Glad that I snagged a bottle? Yes. A nice sipper for the evening. Really like an imperial tripel, it doesn't get into the darker tastes a quad offers.

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Photo of BigTone
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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Photo of hoppymeal
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped into the pub on the way to the Great Taste and had this (and some others) with lunch. Murky copper in color with an off white head. Aroma is very rich and sugary, some sweet banana and spice as well as some sweet fruit and prune scent, incredibly rich. Taste follows the smell as far as its richness goes with sugary caramel and raisins. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy with a little tingle/spiceyness in the finish. Although it is quite rich it was easy to sip on and went rather quick, the pub had it listed at 16% and although a hint of the alcohol is evident in the taste and in its warmth, it is very well hidden and balanced for its strength. Very dangerous beer for me, I could sip on this all day, as is the case with many of FFF beers.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice copper with a ton of chunky foam that leaves good lacing.

S- Sweet and creamy toffee. Some sweetness comes through from the ample malts.

T- Very nice balance of hops and malt. Lingering aftertaste of toffee and bittering hops. Very nice balance. No watery characteristics at all.

M- Heavy and thick. Slippery and mildly carbonated.

D- Pretty high ABV but very drinkable after a nice meal. Or better yet with a good chocolate dessert.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Sextuppel, now this could get interesting. Pours a deep amber with some golden highlights and a big creamy just off-white head that settles leaving all kinds of tannin alcohol streaks and lace on the chalice.
Aroma candi sugar, aromatic and fruity, estery yeast profile and a hint of melon, banana and some alcoholic cough syrup.
Flavor is very powerfully alcoholic but it settles down after the initial harshness to reveal some banana and clove flavors and a heavy dose of spicy pepper. I think this is the first 3 F's beer that I have had without massive hops. They are there, just subtle.
Mouthfeel is very thick and full but the potent alcohol detracts just a bit as it just burns the plate and throat. I thick fi they dialed it back to say 11-13% range it would even better than it is.
Drinkability was very high given the ABV, I asked about a growler and it was $40. Sorry Pete ! Worth the sample, but overall high ABV makes one enough.

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Photo of hero27
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 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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Photo of HoboAGoGo
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the snifter in the brewpub. A reddish clear color with some gold, a light tan head thinly graced the top. Nose was of alcohol, plums, cherries, bannana, biscuits. The beer can only be taken in small sips, but not so much that it is difficult to drink. The fruits again take over the palate with more of the earthy grains and biscuits, sweet biscuits, with a heavy tongue of alcohol. It was good, and it was also good that I wasn't driving. It was one I'd have again, but be cautious about it.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Alpha Kong Belgian Style Strong Ale, labeled as a Sextupel, sampled on-tap at Three Floyds on 3-12-05. Comes off the tap with a big viscous pour that leaves a nice big dark amber body with a khaki head on top. Aromas of some sweet candi sugar, nice yeasty profile and hints of banana and light fruits.

First sip brings a big blast of maltiness along with banana flavors and hints of fruit. Belgian yeast with a big full flavor that coats the palate. A hint spicy and well balanced overall. The 15% is incredibly well hidden in the flavor. Quite an interesting departure from the big hoppy brews for Three Floyds.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy...big and bold. This was served as a half pint...and rightfully so...the alcohol is deceptive and one could easily go over the edge drinking this. Three Floyds doesn't fail to impress...check this out if you happen to stop by the brewery.

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Alpha Kong from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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