Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Alpha KingAlpha King
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2000

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Reviews: 1,774 | Ratings: 6,170
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of dschuster at the 5/1/08 BA Gathering at Catskellar.

Appearance - pours a caramel orange color, a big fluffy head with a smooth creamy top sets up. It hangs around a while, leaving a nice layer of lace as it sowly fades.

Aroma - great burst of floral and pine.

Taste - caramel malt, biscuity start. A slight sweetness is quickly replaced by the pungent, spicy hops. Slightly citrus to start, they quickly turn bitter, pushing a bit into the medicinal range. Resiny, piny aftertaste, gets better as the palate gets accustomed. Finishes resiny, dry and bitter, even a touch warm.

Mouthfeel - some slickness, crisp carbonation, somewhat weighty.

Drinkability - wire-to-wire goodness. A great beer to get a quick hop fix but really not something I could session at length.

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Photo of mpcrump
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A: Nice unique amber color with an off white head. Fair amount of carbonation.

S: Grapefruit and other citrus.

T: Strong taste of grapefruit and other citrus. Some caramel. Some bitterness from the hops.

M: Medium bodied with some slight sweetness from the fruits. Good lively carbonation.

D: Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a blood red color with a creamy white head. The aroma is strong and citrusy. Utterly mouth watering. The taste is very hoppy for an APA, not good, none the less. It starts out sweet and finishes hoppy. The aftertaste of this beer is excellent. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, a very good over the top APA.

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Photo of Cmack15
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! 3F does a great job with all their beers and this is no exception. The beer looks good but then you take a sniff and get intoxicated by the piney citrusy hop aroma. The taste does not dissapoint at all either with the hops carrying through very nicely and a solid malt backbone to help sweeten it up. This is a damn good beer and I wish either 3F ditributed in MA or I lived closer.

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Photo of Strix
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange, good head.

Obviously hop notes in the smell, but the maltiness surprised me.

Fresh grapefruit in the taste, accented by a roasted note that is quite like coffee.

Crisp mouthfeel.

A well balanced beer - as much roasted maltiness as I've ever seen in an APA, but it works to good effect.

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Photo of ramrod666
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearence of this pale ale is a medium amber with a small head that retained rather well. visable sediment floating throughout. ahh, unfiltered.

smell is not very telling of the taste. huge caramel nose with a slight hop wiff in the finish.

taste is a beautiful floral hoppiness that overwhelms the palate with aslight alcohol note in the finish. delicious.

mouthfeel is nice and even. not too syrupy or light....just right

drinkability is great. i could drink many of these before realizing the 7.35abv. extre
mly enjoyable.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a dark orange color with off-white frothy head that left chunky lace.

S- Citrusy, piney, sweet caramel, grapefruit, and floral notes.

T- Citrusy, piney, sweet caramel, sweet cracker malt, grapefruit, and floral notes.

M- Incredibly smooth and creamy, dry, soft carbonation, medium body, and refreshing.

O- An incredibly balanced and smooth pale ale. I was shocked by how impressive and strong the malt character was on this beer, it laid a great foundation for all the hop character.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale bronze color with a light cream colored head. Good lacing. Piney, hoppy nose. What do you expect from a beer named "Alpha King"? As hoppy as any IPA, and packs the same kind of punch. A bit of honey-like maltiness comes through, but the hops are more powerful and a dryness ensues in the finish. Some lingering grapefruit astringency in the aftertaste. A fine ale brewed for serious, hardcore hopheads. I had it on-tap a year ago, and it has been too long since I revisited...

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Photo of BeRanger
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear, orange / amber color. A of finger head forms, white in color. Retention is pretty good.

S: Hop aromas with grapefruit, orange, lemon notes followed by roasted malts.

T: Tastes like the smell, no real surprises. Everything melds together quite nicely. The grapefruit/orange/lemon comes out toward the end, the finish is clean without a hop bite.

M: Medium bodied with a relatively dry finish.

O: Very satisfied with my first three floyds beer thanks to a friend who recently moved to Indiana. I'm glad I have five more to enjoy and that this beer is available year-round.

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Photo of ksbeernuts
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color. Tan head with a lot of lacing.

Sweet, citrus smell with some caramel.
Very good flavor. A ton of citrus up front with plenty of malt character after. Bitter and sweet...I like the combination.

Very drinkable with a thicker mouth feel. A like it.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deep copper color with respectable head. Smell is very hoppy, also noted is citrus with lemon domibating. Taste is hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. There is also found some sweet malty notes that mox well with the hops. Finish is dry and bitter, but moderated some by the malt. An excellent all around beer.

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Photo of Talisker
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from grynder33 in a great trade.

Pours an almost-clear copperish orange - no visible yeast, despite label's claim of bottle-conditioning. Beautifully fresh aroma of beautiful grapefruit hops - very little else comes through in the nose. Taste is beautifully integrated - certainly an American hops showcase. There's just enough malt to take this into IPA territory, but the dry, just slightly thin texture might just keep it at the boundary of an APA. Finishes clean, sweet tangerine lingering with a faint, pleasant edge of bitterness.

This beer lives up to the hype. I would be happy to have this one as a regular drinker.

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Photo of bierenutz
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice almost clear amber color with a 1+ finger head and nice lacing about the glass.
S-Piney hops, malt and citrus fruits principally grapefruit and lemon with hints of honey.
T-Malty richness but not heavy with a nice blend of bitterness of the hops. The afternotes have some mild citrus flavor but definitely a hops finish.
M-Creamy up front with some bite at the end and mild to moderate carbonation.
D-This is a really nice APA. Definitely a good session beer. I will be looking forward to the rest of this 6'r I picked up after DLD.

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Photo of MayLattimore
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay there is not much I can add to the reviews already given. This is a great APA. I give it 4s to 4.5s across the board. It's an A beer. If you can find it, drink it. Watch dating however. I really liked it and wish I had picked up more than one bottle from the store.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delightfully well balanced and easy to drink American Pale Ale.

Cloudy amber pour, subtly hopped aroma followed by a well balanced, malty sweetness. The finish is pleasantly bitter, but not "over the top". Unfortunately there's not a brew date on the bottle, so I can't tell whether the sweetness is a result of design or of age. The bottle was recently purchased from a reputable shop, but I expected more hops on the finish from such a flagship APA...

Look forward to trying it again at the earliest possible opportunity!

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Photo of mltobin
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A visiting friend from the midwest brought a couple bottles of this.
The appearance is an amber tone with a larger one finger head. Alpha King has a smell that contains bread malts, some citrus hops, and flora. Upon tasting from my pint glass and I taste more citrus, some spice, also an appropriate amount of hops for the style. MF is medium with similar carbonation levels. All in all, a very nice APA, which I am glad that I finally got to try.

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Photo of BigB415
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark golden color with medium head. Heavy lacing.

S: Smells of oranges and hops

T: More oranges and hops which is now more fitting since the side of the bottle says this is a citrus hop character kind of beer or something to that effect.

MF: leaves a sour kick which is from the citrus like flavor. That's what oranges do to you when you eat them. Unfortunately citrus and hop profiles is all I get which is fine by me but I would like more than just 2 flavors present but it's still good.

O: My first beer from FFF and I really like it. I hope to try more in the near future and eventually make it out to the brewery. I'll get there when I go to Chicago.

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great APA/IPA beer. Poured a nice bubbly amber color out of the bottle into a logo'ed pint glass. A fair amount of frothy head, which didn't last too long.

Smell was alive with hops. Rather bitter aroma.

Taste was fairly complex and had some real depth to it. Definately a brew that lives up to its label. Maltheads would probably not like this brew much at all.

Good mouthfeel, lots of zest and zing to it. The reasonalble levels of carbonation give it some good pop.

A very easy to drink beer. A really good "stock" beer to have in the fridge.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Dirty John's in Iowa City. Not available in Wichita.

Appearance. Poured a dark amber, slightly burnished copper color. An average height head caused by a relatively rough pour. It was thick and dense and left plenty of lace in its wake.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops assaulted the nose first, but was balanced well with a backbone of roasted malt. For the amount of hops present, the aroma was warm and well rounded.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth.

Taste: The citrus and pine hops of the aroma carried on into the flavor. They were nice and clean tasting. Wonderful balance was provided by a strong malt presence. Malt was a combination of sweet and roasted. The bitterness was very apparent, but I found it to be relatively low compared to the amount of hop flavor that this beer had.

This was a great beer. Very hoppy but very well balanced. I wish that it was available locally.

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Photo of Thedaver4220
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into my Maudite tulip

Alpha King pours a deep red/amber color with nice creamy, fluffy head. The nose is pungent hops with a touch of sweetness. It's got a nice medium body with just enough malt to keep the hops in check, but the hops really do want kick your ass. It's got nice zippy bit bite on the back end. Alpha king is a personal favorite of mine and a for sure go to.

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Photo of smanders
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer whilst tailgating prior to a DMB concert in Noblesville, Indiana. It was a beautiful evening for a concert and a great night to sample really fresh beer.

If you were blind taste-testing this ale you'd think it were a DIPA; it's THAT flavorful. You'll smell the hops from a good 3 feet away and then you'll be pleasantly surprised that 3 Floyds balanced everything well with a copious amount of sweet malt. This is another example of a hopheads dream ale that just might win over some sweet beer lovers as well.

Enjoy!

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Photo of loganmule
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nicely, with an opaque amber color topped by a thick resistant head.

Mouthfeel is good also, satisfyingly thick and smooth. The nose is way citrus, a promise of things to come.

This is a big beer, very flavorful...grapefruit is strong, nicely offsetting good hops and balanced malt. Great finish, as citrus and hops balance nicely.

All in all, more of an IPA than a pale, which (for me) is a good thing.

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Photo of Agold
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a medium amber with a fluffy head which leaves nice lacing down the glass. Good color and head. The pour releases a great citrus and pine hop aroma there is a little bit of caramel under it, but not too much. This beer showcases the hops. This is also definitely true in the taste. There is a bit of bitterness which is very smooth, and a piney citrus. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with light carbonation. Very good drinkability, i could put away 2 or 3 of these in a night easily.

Side note, definitely drink this one fresh. Had them fresh and with about a month on it, and while it is still great, its a different beer fresh.

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Photo of Greencoat
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours to a clear orange color with a persistent one finger beige head.

S: (I fear I may have gotten an older bottle) Nose is a fine balance of caramel malt and citrusy hops.

T: This is delicious citrus hop juice. Labeled an APA, drinks more like an IPA. I mean, this *is* an IPA. An absolutely fantastic IPA. Balanced enough to not be overbearing, but still hop forward. Medium bodied and everything I want out of a hoppy beer. So good.

M: Medium bodied, nice lively carbonation.

O: Buy this beer. Trade for this beer. /drool

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~ Replacing a deleted review ~

I've heard many a' men speak of this magical brew that can quench the thirst and settle the temper of a dragon...ok, so I've read a lot of good reviews on BA so I just had to get one when I got the chance.

I thought I knew what hops were but this drink has help to redefine my understanding. I could smell them when the glass was just sitting on the table. I admired the golden color and think foam, then I dove in. The hop flavor was very prominent at the tip of my tongue, then did a disappearing act, then came back to haunt the back of my tongue. It was wonderful. It wasn't overbearing and I was a bit sad when I finished my glass. I wish I could get this stuff back in Iowa.

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