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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Ratings: 362 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelfonatree
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apparently bottled 7/17/2015 enjoyed 8/22/2015 in a Hopslam tulip/snifter.

Look - Finger of off white head. Settles to a ring and leaves blotchy lacing. Fine, medium, and large bubbles. Bright but translucent dark orange body.

Smell - Ginger. Biscuit. Booze. Floral. Nose deep in it picks up dank hop and grapefruit. Banana. It smells chewy.

Taste - Ginger overpowers everything else. Caramel. Biscuit. Floral. Booze.

Feel - Heavy. Juice up front, dries up quickly. Spice and alcohol burn.

Overall - I drank this earlier than planned because figured was hop forward like most Floyds. Hops on nose. Ginger beer. I wish Alpha Kong and Alpha Klaus would switch names.

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Photo of ystazi
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sabitu
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrismattlin
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mmahanna41
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

So many flavors it's unreal.... Unfortunately not a beer I would usually choose for sunny summer day... I can see myself really enjoying this beer in December around Christmas drinking it by the fireplace as dessert.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 1 ppt 6 fl oz bottle on August 15, 2015. Look is cloudy deep orange, thick initial head and nice lingering lacing. Smell is cardamom, with hints of orange blossom, some citrus fruit, caramel and cake. Taste is cardamom, with hints of citrus and tropical fruit, and caramelized banana. Feel is medium to full bodied with a dry finish.

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Photo of Austin32
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty disappointed with this one. Too boozy and ridiculous cardamom....that's basically all I could taste. For the price point of a bottle If you have a chance to get it on tap or a pour from a bottle share go for it and see for yourself but definite pass on purchasing.

It would be worth seeing what some aging does to this.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rossracing
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HumanParaquat
3.14/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

At the intersection where Belgian-style quadruple ale meets American barleywine, this kitchen sink of a beer does it all- sweet, bitter, spicy, fruit and hot are all on the table and in equal display. While some will say "balanced" others will cry "messy".

Burnish blood orange with a strong tinge of rust, the ale's fruit juice appearance is hazy and visually dense. A creamy and thick blanket of foam carries a complicated scent- cherry, fig, date, dried apricot, bruised peach, spiced pear, rose wine and apple cider are just the start of the show while its cakey malts slather on the sweetness with caramel, brown sugar and buckwheat honey.

A kaleidoscope of flavors explode on the tongue. Rich malt flavors are persistent and robust while the boisterous orchard, tropical and melon fruits resists any fade to dryness or lightened fatigue. Its spicy rebuttal evokes Christmas-type of flavors: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, peppercorn and spruce equal the fruit and score the late palate with its peppery potpourri.

Long, sweet and spicy, the beer never quivers or waivers as those layers of flavor keep building and complicating the taste the deeper the taste transpires. Its massively full body is weighted and desert-like and never allows any dryness to develope to lessen any fatigue on the palate. With an aftertaste of christmas candles and cough drops on the finish, the ale is simply begging for a decade of age. Must cellar with care.

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

Photo of ALC82
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csustar001
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I think I would have like it more if the booziness was a little more tame. Once I got past that I thought it had a goo d hop flavor and the cardamon was not over powering. It is not one I would seek out to try again.

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Photo of jakea
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CPAles
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dleigh
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A super cloudy pale ale-like appearance. Spicy hops and the characteristic Belgian "banana" smell in the nose. Taste carries through with the spicy hops and Belgian banana taste with an added hint of citrusy hops. Quite nice overall. Bomber dated 7/17/2015.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
2.86/5  rDev -28.3%
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 bigbluebeerguy
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Stevem68
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has pours a nice golden color. Has a fruity aroma with a presence of Belgian Yeats. Flavor is nice, fruity, a touch of hops and a nice cardamom finish. A very interesting and good beer

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