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Alpha King - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,283 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,283
Reviews: 1,686
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 870
Gots: 609 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness. This is our flagship beer.

68 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2000)
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ptx2718, Oct 04, 2013
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Hefewiseman, Jun 28, 2013
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Photo of beerhobo22
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very aromatic take on the APA. Lots of citrus hop aroma, but still had some caramel malt character. A light amber appearance with good head retention. Good, clean, hop flavor with a good balance with the malt. Tasted as part of a sampler, so it was less hoppy than the IPA, but still had a good amount of hop bitterness. The bitterness didn't linger and finished clean. Had a good mouthfeel, carbonation was just right. Even with the hops (68 IBUs) it was not overly astringent and was very refreshing. A very well balanced beer and definitely their "flagship" beer.

beerhobo22, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle says pale ale, but there is nothing pale about what is inside.

Pours a lovely copper tinted orange with only a faint cap of white bubbles, diminishes quickly into a small ring and splotch in the middle. Leaves some sticky lacing. First whiff is an attack of hops. Pungent notes of grapefruit and orange backed by notes of pine and a little apple cider to boot. Malt backbone is quite strong, husky kiln dried malts with the faintest touch of roast. Taste begins bitter, much stronger then any pale I have knows. Hops flavor is big on citrus (bitter grapefruit and orange rind) and the malt does more then just provide the backbone. The malt presence is high, but the sweetness is quite low. Medium bodied, smooth, creamy and very dry on the palate. This beer was quite a revalation... unexpected boldness throughout with the pale moniker as notes of IPAs and Barleywines danced on the tongue - and at 6.5% too.

rfgetz, Jul 26, 2011
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Luk13, Jan 20, 2013
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dusting871, Jan 12, 2013
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threedaggers, Jan 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is quite dark for a pale ale showing a dark copper-amber color. Off white head crowns the brew and recedes to a film covering the liquid. Some lines of lacing glide down the glass, but not a lot sticks to the sides.

I was expecting more out of the smell, especially after having Gumballhead and Dreadnaught. The smell is an understated malty-pine. It is tough to get more out of the smell, but there is a bit of citrus aroma.

Ah, the taste is excellent. A very nice balance of hops and caramel malts with a good mix of complexity. The hop bite shows pine, orange, peach, and lemon which develop over 5 to 10 seconds.

The combination of malts, hops, and carbonation really hit the spot with this medium bodied pale. The aftertaste is a pleasant bitter leaving the mouth a clean and dry.

This is a great pale ale, maybe not the most drinkable due to its bitterness...but it is a great drinker for hop heads. It has the taste like an IPA making it my favorite Pale to date.

TCgoalie, Oct 02, 2010
Alpha King from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 5,283 ratings.