980: Alpha King

Name: Alpha King
Brewery: Three Floyds
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Hammond, Indiana
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
Alcohol Content (ABV): 6%
First Brewed: 1996

Tasting Notes
Alpha King has a very complex, malty-hoppy nose, with hints of marmalade and pine sap. Flavor is very rich and malty up front, with a big bitterness building into the mid-taste. The beer has a bitter, herby finish with thyme and burned-sugar notes.

Ricky’s Thoughts
I have actually had this beer at the Three Floyds brewery. Doesn’t get much closer to the source than that! As a matter of fact, when we were leaving they were bottling beer that would literally be sold inside the brewpub. So yeah, it was fresh! I like this beer a LOT too, so I am stoked this is on the list.

The brewery is located in Indiana. It’s just south of Chicago, so if you are ever in the windy city stop by the brewery. It’s actually funny; it’s located in an industrial park. It doesn’t fit at all. And when you walk in, the place does not look like a place for beer but rather narcotics and marijuana. (I say that in the nicest way possible. If you have ever been there, you know what I am talking about.)

The beer smells incredible! There is so much going on. It’s the epitome of complex. For a beer that is often referred to as a blond, it’s not very… blond in the glass. It’s almost red, but once you take a sip it doesn’t matter what color it is.

The beer hits your palate and does somersaults down your throat. There is SO much going on, it’s hard to keep up. Perhaps I shall have another drink and try to explain what you experience here. At first, it’s a bit carbonated but that is quickly replaced with a sweet, almost dry mouthfeel. Then you are hit with sheer utter bitterness. But that’s okay… that is what makes this beer so darn good.

The beer itself is pretty low in alcohol content, which makes this a dangerous beer to fall in love with. But it’s got such a good aftertaste, I will drink until I can’t drink no more! Plus, the logo is sick. Sick and creepy! This is a great beer, and not what you expect from a beer made right here in the Hoosier state. Funny thing is, their Dark Lord is oftentimes voted as the best beer in the world. It’s also nearly impossible to get.

Bottoms up people!

Rating: 4/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
This one is a familiar beer – Alpha King from Three Floyds.  Three Floyds is a very popular brewery around here, and it’s local.  Well, it’s an Indiana brewery anyway – up north close to Chicago.  In fact, Ricky and I got to visit Three Floyds not long ago when coming back from Chicago.  Although in a weird location, it’s actually a very cool place.  Check it out sometime when you are up around that area.

This beer doesn’t really have a lot of smell to it, but what it does have is good.  It pours out into the class in kind of a flat, orangey color.  It’s not too carbonated, and while not a dark beer, it is kind of hazy in the glass, which makes it look like a wheat beer only about a shade darker.

Taking a taste of it, it’s definitely an ale.  But wait, what’s that aftertaste?  Is this an IPA?  Nope, apparently it’s an APA, an American Pale Ale.  Hmm… I’m not entirely sure what the difference is, but it’s definitely got that hoppy aftertaste like an IPA in my book.  It’s actually a great taste.  It goes down smooth, and if you’re an IPA fan, you should like this one.  It’s one of the better local Indiana beers, I think… I have a hard time finding a lot of Indiana beers I really like, but this one is a winner.

Rating: 3/5 

979 bottles of beer on the wall…

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