Alpha Naught (2008) | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by roadhouse on 10-05-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by silenius:
Photo of silenius
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I bought this growler on my birthday and I am enjoying it 5 days later. The beer is still fresh and possesses adequate carbonation.

Pours a thick orange red that is not clear, but not hazy either. It is like looking through maple syrup. Head is adequate with some nice lacing.

I guess I expected such a heavily hopped beer to have a bigger smell. I detect some roasty caramel and resinous piney hops, but only a little. Odd.

Taste is quite huge! I get caramel, maple syrup, and then the hops hit. And then they hit harder. A minute later I can feel the maple draped hops coating my tongue. Much later on I get a vanilla character as well. Nice, but not overly impressive.

The beer is quite thick and could substitute for maple syrup in a pinch. Darklord sediment pancakes with Alphanaught syrup. Now there is a thought! Carbonation is right on. I've never met a FFF beer that had a bad mouthfeel. The finish leaves my tongue feeling dry, but my mouth watering around it.

Half a pint is all I can do with this one. Drinkability suffers. I think FFF is a great brewery, but this one pushes the limits. Too much of a good thing can be bad.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at FFF on tap on 8/9/08. This is a re-release but this is definitely a different beer since this is a 6% IPA more than a 10% barley wine. Served as a half pint

A - light pale golden color with a small white head. Actually left a good bit of lacing for the size of the initial head. Rather clean as one could easily see right through it

S - get a whiff of a few variety of hops. Smell sweet mango and pineapple with hints of pine wafting up as well

T - At first, notice sweet mango and a bit of caramel malt. After thatt comes a strong, almost puckering pine hops flavors. The hops are strong near the end of the drink but not on the finish as the caramel malt flavors come back. The aftertaste is pine and bitter hops. This actually reminds me a bit of Surly Furious except it is a bit sweeter and less hoppy

MF - Thick and chew. Also a slight stickiness sits in there as well. Leaves a nice hoppy resin sitting on the tongue.

D - overall a beer with a ton of flavor for the 6% of alcohol. It brings on strong hops and has a very nice MF to it. I would drink this often if I could get ahold of it. It would be nice if FFF produced this more often as it would be an interesting contrast to Alpha King as it is still an IPA but one that focuses more on piney than on floral hops

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Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -49%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A decent mash up flavors blend OK worth a try if you enjoy both these beers

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Photo of Cresant
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 20 oz. pour at the New Albanian Brewing Co. it was a featured beer at the Lupulin Land Festival. No head or lacing. The color was a rich golden with amber highlights.

Smell was difficult to discern in the bar. Organic. Floral.

Taste was a nice battle between the bright, leafy hops and the grainy malts. Of course the hops win, but elements of both earthy, sweet grains and the husky hops are accounted for in this very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel was zesty without being over-carbonated. Medium body. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Deuane
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Golden hued copper with a thin white head leaving a nice ring of lace.

S-Citrus spice with a healthy underlying caramel malt sweetness.

T-Mmmmm....Alpha King on 'roids! This is one mean mutha of a hop machine! Great, spicy kissed citrus hops shine through with an underlying sweetnes to balance things. Hops so juicy I can almost chew them!

M-Medium-light bodied with a great crispness and long lingering hop bite.

D-This is a hop whores Alpha King (not like that isn't hoppy enough!). Super nice, a west coast IPA made in the American heartland. Leave it to FFF to resurrect this beast into a completely different animal!

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

recently re-released and on-tap at the brewpub, this was golden orange in color with nice clarity and white head and lacing. big aromas of resiny pine dominate, with some citrus, fresh bread, and floral notes underneath. sweet doughy malt start is quickly overtaken by a smooth, yet almost tongue-scraping hop bitterness. medium-bodied with a looong, dry, bitter finish. alcohol is well-hidden in the aroma and taste but i was feeling it after one of these.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glowing auburn, leaning towards red with a dense frothy head. It receeds leaving a solid lace.
Sticky sweet aroma of carmelized hop cones dripping in a bourbon based vanilla. Freshly cut pine boughs.
Green & raw bitterness coats the mouth and bites the inside of my cheeks. Totally mouth numbing. I feel like I just licked a tabletop at the old Studio 54 in its heydey. Warming. The oak aging comes out towards glass'-end, but mainly in the aroma. Finishes drier that Death Valley.
Full bodied, sticky and creamy at the same time. Gentle, but prickly carbonation.
Drinkability suffers a bit, but hell, almost 200 IBU's will do that to a beer. Overall, another boundary pusher from 3 Floyds that leaves you wondering what they will come up with next.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this one tap 7/23 at Three Floyds. This is apparently a "re-release" but I do not think it's the same beer at all.

It appeared a slightly cloudy golden color with a one finger white head that left minimal lacing.

Aroma was bursting with tropical fruits like mango and some peach, along with citrusy grapefruit tones. A bit of piney hops were in there as well. Not much going on with the malt here, this one is all hops.

The taste was just as good as the aroma had me hoping for. Starts with a blast of citrusy hops then follows up with a short sweetness that quickly gets knocked off it's feet by the citrusy and piney hops. On the finish the tropical fruit made a return in a subtle way as the bitterness from the hops lingered on.

Mouthfeel was medium-light, about what it should be for an IPA.

Now this is an IPA I could put back a few of. I wish they would release it regularly. I would be all over this stuff. Great beer from FFF.

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Alpha Naught (2008) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 8 ratings