Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Three Floyds Alpha King -- Paige Deckert Guest Post
Your guest reviewer today, Paige Deckert, is a Graduate Psychology Student at Penn State, so I'm pretty sure you should be paying attention. I met Paige online not too long ago and hopefully will get myself back to State College to actually meet her in person and share a beer before she gets her PhD! And check out that glass! WE ARE! PENN STATE!
Three Floyds Alpha King
I remember when the only beer I would willingly drink was Coors Light. The first time I tasted Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, I thought it was terrible, bitter, and that I would never drink anything like that. I’ll stick with my gin and tonics, please. Not too long into working at a bar, I realized the importance of knowing exactly how much alcohol is in your beverage, and began exploring more of the taps. It wasn’t too long before I had to venture to bars that weren’t on my college campus to try more exciting brews—macro attempts didn’t suffice, and I was hooked. A week after I turned 21, I had my first Three Floyds Alpha King. Alpha King weighs in at 6.0%, 66 IBUs, with centennial, cascade, and warrior hops. Alpha King (and Three Floyds) changed my beer ideology and consumption, and thus seemed an appropriate guest review.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass, Alpha King has a nice off-white fluffy head topping the dark amber, but it dissipates rather quickly. The aroma is light and fresh, with a touch of citrus—the hops are apparent, but the malt background is more surprising. There is some lacing, but there are still bubbles on the surface as more is consumed. As an American Pale Ale, the hops are refreshing and complex, and not nearly as floral as some other APAs. There’s just enough carbonation where you can almost feel the hops dancing on your tongue. What I love about Alpha King is that despite the aggressive hopping, it’s backed up by the malt in a way that supports, but doesn’t compete with the hops. There are lingering hop notes, with an earthy sense rather than a bitter one. Overall, it’s a beer that I could sit and drink until I probably fell off the barstool. I mean, not that that ever happens…. What it taught me years ago was: no seriously, beer that tastes like water is not good, and it definitely is not satisfying. When you’re drinking truly good brew, it’s about enjoying the effect that beer has on all of your senses, rather than just inhibiting your neurotransmitters. Seems like an obvious lesson, but hell, I was newly 21. I think I learned it early.
I know that FFF is not available outside of Illinois or Indiana, but if you have the opportunity, you should seek it out. They’re a brewery that cares a lot about the quality of their product, and heck, the labels are awesome. If you’re ever wandering through Pennsylvania, I’m more than willing to share.