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Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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5,508 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,508
Reviews: 1,710
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 897
Gots: 760 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2000

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

68 IBU
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish copper color with a thick tan head. The nose has a big bouquet of fruity and floral hops along with big fruity malts. Taste is also an explosion of citrusy hops over sweet bready malts. A medium body is nicely carbonated and goes down quite well. A very well made brew.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful clear caramel color with a 1 inch head. The thickness allows a few drops of beer to float on the head like a hover-craft, and I like that. Huge lacing stays forever.

S: giant citrus and caramel smells, with some pine and all. Is this an IPA? Smells bitter and earthy from the hops, too.

T: excellent hops taste of citrus. There is some pine and earthiness, then bitterness, followed by caramel malts.

M: first it's smooth and medium bodied, then it's carbonated and crisp, and when that dissipates it leaves the malty smoothness on the tongue again.

O: fantastic beer, not sure of its category though. It's so well put together, I want a thousand of them. Got the 6 pack for $14 at some hell hole in Chicago, so screw them for that, but it's probably worth it.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No one can say quite like Don King. Likewise, no one can do it quite like Three Floyds and Alpha King Pale Ale.

Alpha King Pale Ale is a fantastic example of a hoppy Pale Ale and as Don King might say it's made "Only in America." Alpha King pours a rich clear amber color with good head retention and good lacing. Although dissipates, the white froth remains till the end. Picked up a 6 pack in Cincinnati at Jungle Jim's which I would say is as wild as Don Kings hair style. But still glad they had it.

First smell is wow, cascade hopes. Almost over powerful with floral and pine, but has a sweet smell that boxes you in the nose. Pale Ales can vary, but wow. Then your mouth take a dip for your froth-tastical tasteable delight and is overcome with hop-happiness. Per the smell one would think this would knock you out faster than a young Mike Tyson. But really it has a sweet kick at first and quickly blends with a superb malt and floral arrangement which then follows with a grapefruit finish. A very impressive taste.

This is a wonderful example of an excellent "mouthful" for a beer. There are a ton of ton of different things going on from the sweetness, to the combo malt and bitter kick and of course the grapefruit lasting flavor.

I feel lucky to have 6 of these beers and not surprised that it is ranked so high in BA. Three Floyds should be a who's who in breweries and be just as well known as Don King himself.

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,508 ratings.