Tasting: June 4, 2014
Style: Pale Ale
Beer #: 546
With a freshly printed copy of Beer Advocate’s “Top 100 Beers in America” I walk into my local beer store and confidently ask if they have any Dreadnaught or Dark Lord from this brewery called Three Floyds. After receiving a quick smirk and a short chuckle from the clerk, I received an education on the limitations of beer distribution. There are a multitude of breweries like Three Floyds that may never expand to a point where their critically acclaimed beers are sold on New Jersey shelves. Right or wrong these limitations have led to beer communities that use these limited brews as currency to trade for other limited beer. In this case, Perpetual from Troegs and Limbo from Long Trail was a good exchange for Alpha King to someone from Illinois.
Fast Forward to 2014 and I finally have a beer from Three Floyds in front of me. Not Dreadnaught or Dark Lord (someday) but their flagship American Pale Ale – Alpha King. One note – reported ABV of 6.66%.
Alpha King Pour a rich reddish-brown and is certainly a darker than I expected. Right out of the gate, I’ll call Alpha King a harmonious balance of malt and hop. The sweet base is of caramel and hops are a strong black tea and herb combination. I read a lot of reviews that talk about citrus hops and frankly, I don’t detect any citrus. Alpha King is a deceptively rich ale with a full flavor with an assertive bitterness. I’ve had a number of American pale ale and Alpha King is totally unique and a solid 92 in my book.