As you know, the name of our blog is ‘Craft Beer Social’, and the ‘social’ part is an important component. Sometimes, it even results in some unexpected surprises. Like a few weeks ago when a friend and fellow craft beer fan I met through social media, Melissa Soltis, sent me a care package out of the blue containing a few of Three Floyds Brewing Company’s flagship offering, Alpha King Pale Ale.
She’d raved about their beers when I met her back in October, and I’m very fortunate she thought of me on a recent trip to the midwest as Three Floyds is not currently available in the northeast. The contents of the package did not disappoint.
Alpha King pours a nice amber color with a nice head which left some lovely lacing on the glass. It smells very inviting indeed with lots of grapefruit and even some orange along with caramel. I’d assumed it was an IPA, but it is in fact an American Pale Ale. Now many people who like craft beer kind of blow on past pale ales on their way to the big bold hoppy IPA’s which are sort of the flagship of the craft beer pantheon, but there are some very good ones out there and this is most definitely one of them.
It’s a medium-bodied beer with the right amount of carbonation. The first thing that hits your palate is the malts, paving the way for the tart citrus flavors of the hops that follow close behind. It’s got a nice finish to it, slightly dry and bitter but in just the right amount leaving you wanting more.
This would be in regular rotation if it were available here. Thanks very much to Melissa for sharing this great beer with me. In addition to being a craft beer fan, she’s also a very talented filmmaker. Check out her blog, Bleary Eyed Brooklyn where she documents the best bands that come through New York City.
Taste: A- Loved the malty characteristics as the overture to that symphony of hops. Great hops fix without the attendant bitterness you’ll get in other hop-forward beers.
Drinkability: A- Easy to drink and the lower ABV means it doesn’t pack the wallop of some beers with this much hop character.
Packaging: B Solid, but not remarkable. Nice illustration on the label but the brewer’s ‘message’ is packed into a tiny box on the side of the label. This is a beer worthy of more than a tweet’s worth of text.
Vitals: 6.0% ABV. Served at about 40F from a 12 oz bottle.