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Alpha King - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,366 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,366
Reviews: 1,691
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 879
Gots: 649 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance:
The color is copper with an orange shift to it. There's quite a bit more haze than I remember there being but I'm drinking this beer awfully cold. The head is tan in color and about a quarter inch in size, with mediocre retention and lacing.

Smell:
The scent is strong and pleasing with big notes of apricot, caramel, and pineapple.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
For an American pale ale this beer falls on to the malty side of the spectrum. The strong scents don't really translate to strong flavors as the malts dominate the hops in this beer. Not to say the hops aren't present because there is a minor note of apricot. The body is malty and smooth with some bitter orange rind sting in the fore. The finish is moderately clean leaving a pure aftertaste.

Drinkability:
It's not quite as refreshing as other American pale ales but it's a very savory beer. It's a good balance of flavor versus substance.

Bottom Line:
This is my favorite beer of all time possibly but this is certainly not my favorite bottle of this beer I've ever had. The hops didn't present themselves as much as they usually do and the beer drank a little flat, possibly an old bottle.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter (thanks Urbancaver!)

A: Pours a very nice hazy resin color with a small one finger beige head that slowly settles to a ring with great lacing.

S: Lots of hops up front, with citrus (mostly grapefruit) and caramel. A bit of pine and grass emerge as it warms slightly. Absolutely fantastic aroma.

T: Much like the smell, hops in the fore, with a sweet maltiness to balance it out almost perfectly. Citrusy and earthy, again as it warms, making this quite complex and very, very well balanced. I'm impressed with this one for sure.

M: Medium bodied, slightly sticky, and fairly low carbonation ... overall, it's creamy. Nice lingering bitterness and slightly drying.

D: Although this is an excellent APA, I wouldn't say that it's especially easy to drink. It's a big APA, with more body than most, which makes it a sipper, but I'd say sipping is very easy to do. I only had one bottle of this, but was perfectly satisfied with it and may had ended it there if another one was in the fridge. Lower drinkability doesn't take away from its quality, however, and I'd love to get a few more of these.

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Man, what a good beer. A nicely hopped APA (not an IPA) that pours out to a reddish-copper color with a slight head. Initial taste of citrus and caramel with a big dose of hops on the finish. This reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Pale with a heavier dose of hops. This is an excellent beer and does the American Pale Ale style proud.

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Alpha King from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 5,366 ratings.