All the beers from Three Floyds are designed and built to stand out in a crowd, and they usually succeed. The bottled Robert the Bruce Scottish-style ale pours a clear, deep amber color, but is crowned by a meager head. The medium body combines with serious carbonation to bring forth a regal maltiness and hop character in both the aroma and flavor. Surprisingly, hops rule the flavor profile all the way into the dry finish. This one deserves a royal reception. The regal monarch of the Three Floyds brewery is the Alpha King pale ale. Revered by hopheads from kingdoms far flung from the brewery's Midwest home court. The bottled product emanates deep orange hues while simultaneously assaulting the olfactory senses with a bold, hoppy aroma. With fullness of body and the fierceness of hops, the malty sweet flavor is soon dominated and the bitterness reins enduringly. It doesn't take a jester to confirm the labels' self assessment of "It's not normal." Judge for yourself from the six packs now seeing distribution or from the draught product being showcased at the better beer festivals across North America.Three Floyds Brewing Co.
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri -