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Alpha King Pale Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Alpha King Pale AleAlpha King Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

4,894 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,894
Reviews: 1,667
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 838
Gots: 484 | FT: 23
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:
3 Floyd’s flagship beer, Alpha King is a big American pale ale that pours a deep amber with a creamy head. This ale is brewed with Centennial, Cascade, and Warrior hops giving it an intense citrus aroma and a crisp hoppy finish.

68 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2000)
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solo103

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

04-22-2014 16:18:00 | More by solo103
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dblinkhorn

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with an off-white head that is about a finger thick and party soapy and creamy. It retains for a decent amount of time, and settles at the usual thin layer of lace on top of the beer. Decent lacing all the way down. The beer's color is a crystal clear orange/honey amber with just a few carbonation columns here and there.

Smell - Strong, crisp, and bitter hops right on the nose, smells like a full-blown IPA. Slight fruity sweetness and citrus rind are also present. Clean mellow malt character is in the background. The alcohol is evident, and of moderate strength. A very complex and refreshing aroma from this beer.

Taste - Small oily bitterness from the hops mixed with a rich bready malt character right away. The malt quickly dies down, and for a moment a moderate fruity sweetness comes through. Taking the place of the malt's retreat, is a very stong and dry citrusy and crisp bitter hops flavor. The finish begins to balance out again as the malts make yet another appearance. The aftertaste is commanded by dry hops at first, and as the flavors die down an oilyness comes through. A very slight earthiness is detectable. The alcohol is medium, and its warming effects can be felt through the whole taste. A very complex and eventful flavor from this beer.

Mouthfeel - A slight carbonation bite can be felt in the beginning, but this mellows to a massaging tickle that lasts for the rest of the taste. The body is fairly light and the liquid is surprisingly smooth for the style.

Drinkability - Quite a bitter pale ale, but the hops are superb in flavor. Its bitterness, I think, is the only attribute that takes from its overall drinkability.

A masterful pale ale. Seems more like an IPA to me since the hops are quite more powerful than the malt character. An excellent interpretation of the style, though. A must have pale ale, especially for hops lovers!

10-02-2006 01:36:46 | More by dblinkhorn
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GarrettFM

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-21-2014 23:46:58 | More by GarrettFM
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theblackpint

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-09-2014 16:28:43 | More by theblackpint
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451beer

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-21-2012 18:40:23 | More by 451beer
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asparkoflife

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-28-2012 19:22:25 | More by asparkoflife
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drewfull

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-08-2013 14:12:25 | More by drewfull
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thufflife

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

06-19-2014 17:01:05 | More by thufflife
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RichH55

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

06-05-2012 14:21:02 | More by RichH55
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pezmaker

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-02-2014 19:08:14 | More by pezmaker
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bikesnbeerFtc

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-14-2014 04:53:04 | More by bikesnbeerFtc
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a nice 1+ finger head. Good retention. Solid lacing. Nice copper orange color.

S. Smell is sweet delicous hops. Smells better than a lot of IPAs. Citrusy and piney hops. Some caramel malt lying beneath the hops.

T. Taste is very smooth. The citrus piney hops are balance agains a swee malt backbone. I would say this one of the best APAs out there. Nice showcase of hops balanced well with malt.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Nice mouthfeel. Lingering bitterness.

D. Reviewing this beer after a 3 year void of Alpha King from Iowa. This bottle brought from Wisconsin. This is a damn good beer. I think this is pretty much the style guideline for an APA.

10-03-2010 20:10:56 | More by siradmiralnelson
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FreshZ

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

04-09-2013 16:00:44 | More by FreshZ
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bigpoppa67

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-31-2014 18:39:36 | More by bigpoppa67
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-31-2011 14:48:33 | More by plumcrazyfx
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bbrown12

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-27-2013 15:06:08 | More by bbrown12
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Shoo65

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-27-2012 02:09:20 | More by Shoo65
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BWCampbell

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-28-2014 03:09:08 | More by BWCampbell
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n2pux

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-05-2014 17:37:21 | More by n2pux
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Lee45102

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-24-2013 20:35:03 | More by Lee45102
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Gunch52

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

04-15-2014 02:06:48 | More by Gunch52
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Cheezus

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-16-2012 07:01:07 | More by Cheezus
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jjwisenheimer

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-19-2014 01:20:16 | More by jjwisenheimer
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AlMarzo

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-05-2014 00:36:00 | More by AlMarzo
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-09-2013 15:33:39 | More by ChrisMon02
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 4,894 ratings.