My brother, who lives in Bloomington, Indiana, was fortunate enough to bring me a special treat when he recently visited Minneapolis: a Three Floyds sixpack! I had asked for Heady Topper, but apparently that’s difficult to get even if you live in Indiana—though Munster, IN is practically a suburb of Chicago.
The beer is a surprise: for a “pale ale”, I was expecting an envelope-pushing hop bomb. Instead Alpha King has a restrained, nicely-blended bitterness well-braced with a rich malty presence. It finishes neither too-dry nor too-sweet, but in a very-refreshing middle ground with a rich, lingering aftertaste. It strongly reminds me of a less-bitter version of Fulton’s Sweet Child of Vine.