Thursday, October 3, 2013

Three Floyds Alpha King

type: American pale ale
origin: Munster, IN
price: $12/6-pack (in Chicago)
ABV: 6.66%
NSP: 11.8

Three Floyds has quite the reputation around these parts.  They clearly know how to make extremely good IPA, and people are willing to climb over their own mother for their IRS, Dark Lord.

Alpha King is their flagship ale, and I managed to find it basically everywhere in Chicago during my recent visit.  (And that's pretty awesome, especially after the Wild Onion disaster.)  It's a "pale ale" that's essentially better than most breweries' IPA-without a doubt.  It's got classic citrusy hop flavors and moderately high bitterness that's anchored by a fairly deep malt backbone.  So, it's simultaneously complex-but-not-overwhelming, delicious, and refreshing.  Pale 31 is still my favorite hoppy APA, but this is one mighty fine beer full of complex flavors and beery goodness.

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