I recently picked up a fresh bottle of Alpha Klaus by Three Floyds Brewing Company as the 2011 season is upon us. I was surprised to find that this American craft beer didn’t make it into the 365 beers over the past year. Rich always buys several bottles so something else must have caught my fancy on a particular night.
Alpha Klaus is an American Porter that has a bit of surprise of hops like most Three Floyd beers. The first time I had Alpha Klaus it was the first time I had a porter that was so over hopped that I thought I was having a cascadian dark ale.
Chocolate and roast mingle with citrus hops in the taste while pine hops jump at your nose with the first pour. Quite the interesting brew that is greatly appreciated each season. The hops can mask the underlying porter at times, which I find as a minor distraction. Enjoy!
Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 8.7
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