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Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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1,732 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,732
Hads: 5,886
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.96%
Wants: 922
Gots: 961 | FT: 24
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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Reviews: 1,732 | Hads: 5,886
Photo of nsmartell
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with a small head that does not last long at all.

Smell: Citrusy hop aroma with a hint of malt.

Taste: Muted hops here and nicely balanced. Just as the smell suggests, this beer tastes citrusy and is then balanced out by the malt.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium-bodied. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down smooth. Nice, solid APA. Would definitely recommend and drink again. (527 characters)

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three Floyds Alpha King
12oz. brown bottle

Poured into a snifter. Alpha King pours a reddish amber color, with an off-white head that drops quickly. Really nice lacing. Great hop aroma..very floral, citrusy and piney. Taste starts with an iced tea, malty background, with a very nice hoppy twang that reminds me of centennial and cascade. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little dry. Light mouthfeel as well. I could drink a ton of these if only Three Floyds was in Florida. Very nice American Pale Ale. (497 characters)

Photo of ibbjamin
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $9.49 for a 6pack of 12oz bottles from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured the last bottle of the pack into a pint glass to review.

Off white head of about an inch after a standard pour. Light, pillowey head that retains well. Transparent copper color with minimal carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Superb lacing.

Deep grapefruit tones and some tropical fruitiness dominate the nose, yet there is still an apparent maltiness. A well balanced beer appropriate to style.

Certainly well balanced with a strong malt backbone. Quite a fruity hop bouquet; I'd imagine many different hop strains went into this brew.

Medium body and nicely carbonated. A nice fruity hop finish. Nice drinkability. (726 characters)

Photo of Brunite
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden orange color with a 2 finger slightly off-white head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Reminds me of an IPA: nice citrus hop character and mild yet slightly sweet malt character.

T - The taste is just like the aroma. Very good medium bitterness with strong citrus hop character. Not as intense as a west coast IPA, though well balanced and delicious.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated.

O - Good beer. Pushes the line between styles but very drinkable. (477 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's no wonder that many beeradvocaters, if that's a word, admire this beer. It has a nice appearance--typical pale ale color but with very nice lacing and head retention. It's got the hop presence of an IPA but is labeled as an APA. The smell is not outstanding at all, and while the hop profile really is quite nice, the one-dimensional malt character (oversweet caramel) contributes an odd and unappreciated balance to all of the hops. The mouthfeel is the strong suit here--despite all of the super-sweet caramel flavors, it's not sticky and the thickness and carbonation are near spot-on. While I very much enjoyed this brew, I can't say it quite lives up to its hype. (673 characters)

Photo of mabermud
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first time drinking a Three Floyds beer. I am a West Coast/NW IPA type of guy, so this is a first. My first impression was, it's alright. After have a few more drinks I began to appreciate the beer. I will be receiving some other Three Floyds in a couple of trades and am looking forward to tasting some of their other higher rated beers. The difference between the brewing is noticeable. SoCal IPAs are hoppy and NW IPAs are more subdued, but more complex...This APA can fit the mold.

This is a solid beer. (519 characters)

Photo of juliusseizure
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cfrances33 for this!

A - dark orange almost ruby with half inch of head. Head recedes over time to 2 mm

S - surprisingly not as pleasant as expected. Slightly medicinal.

T - hoppy bitterness from first sip to aftertaste

M - perfect for style, bubbly in mouth, weirdly inviting, can't explain it

O - a hoppy interpretation of a pale ale which is fine by me, but ZD is better (388 characters)

Photo of Stubbie1
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rust orange is the color of this beer. It is topped off with an OK head that left to spotty lacing.

Aroma is sweet pine. Hints of sticky grapefruit are present and yes and hops are present. There is very little malt to notice in the aroma.

The taste is a touch of malt then the pine twang of the hops joins in to the end. I thought I was drinking an IPA for a moment. There is a hint of alcohol mixed in on the taste. I didn’t think it was too overpowering but I did get a strong hint. There is a bit of dryness on the finish.

I enjoyed this beer, it didn’t kick me out of my shoes but it is good. It has a nice flavor and (IMHO) with a decent punch to it. (667 characters)

Photo of magnj
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From my mental notes.

A - Deep amber body, 1 finger head.

S - Mildly hoppy aroma of the more earthy variety, classic pale and caramel malts detectable.

T - Well hopped for an APA but still appropriate, earthy hops, well balanced. Not real sweet but rather a bit bready malt-wise.

M/D - Medium to full body, easy to drink, but I can find similar examples of the style locally. (379 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled a the recent 3 Floyd's event at the Brick.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is an interesting melange of hoppy citrus (naturally and sweet malt, except this beer has a very perfumy, sweet and spicy hop aroma. Flavors replicate the nose.... hmmmm.... while undenialbly tasty, this beer is definitely on the sweet side for a pale ale, and has a light alcoholic bite in the finish. The considerable hoppy bitterness tames the sweetness somewhat, but this beer is still dominated by sweet malt. Otherwise, the beer is medium bodied, with smooth, bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good, but the sweetness and slight alcoholic bite in the finish detracts just a bit from the beer's drinkability.

This is a solid beer, no doubt, but I can't say it's one of my favorite pale ales or beers from 3 Floyds. (859 characters)

Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

after reading washburnkid's review, i felt that i needed to revisit an old favorite...

12 oz. bottle (no freshness) into THE sn pint glass...

A-two fingers of tan bubbles with decent lacing. deep auburn body with glistening ruby hues abounding...

S-loads of spicy hops with a nice citrus punch...some spices are also prominent (cinammon, nutmeg,), and a minute dilution of caramel.

T-spices come through immediately making it nice and peppery with a bitter finish. lots of grapefruit and mild hops...

M-creamy with a good kick of carbonation...good on the mouth

D-who couldn't drink boatloads of this nectar? this is without a doubt, one of the top 100 session beers, and an even better get-together beer

the taste always seems to let me down, but it's still a great beer. sometimes i need a reminder of why it's great living in Indiana! (844 characters)

Photo of semihobo
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After hearing so much about Three Floyds, I picked some up on a road trip to Chicago and brought it home with me.

Odd looking label, I guess "alpha" probably refers to alpha acids. Good name. Pours with a slightly off white, large, dense head. Color is a beautiful ruby / amber. The color is entrancing, and bubbles rising slowly to the top round out the appearance.

Smell is hoppy for an APA, as citrusy as they say on the label. Fruity and lemony, very inviting. The fruit scent is enhanced by some sweet malt notes that take a backseat to the hops.

The taste is certainly not that of a "classic" APA. It's all hops, potent and citrusy with a pleasant bitter finish. There is a subtle malt background, but this is quite the hophead take on an APA. Interesting, and the hops are tasty, but the imbalance is a bit extreme. Points for creativity, though. Alcohol is well masked in the taste, although there's no denying its effect.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, although the carbonation is pleasant. About average. Very dry finish, in a good way.

This brew suffers on the drinkability. Not so much the high alcohol, but the one-dimensional taste. An interesting take on an American Pale Ale, not the classic advertised on the bottle but quite tasty. Still, more like an IPA or DIPA, and after one I'm ready for something else. (1,338 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange color with a small white head.

Scent of citrus and hops with a hint of caramel. A good, simple scent with a good hop presence.

Taste of citrus, bitter flowery hops, and a hint of caramel. Finishes fairly hoppy and lasts for a decent amount of time.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and fairly smooth with good carbonation. (339 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a clear copper brown with an average (1-2 finger) beige fluffy head that had great retention and possessed really good sheets of streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a sweet biscuit malt, spruce and cascade hops and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of citrus (orange), caramel and a pronounced dark fruit (plum) presence.

The taste was lightly sweet and malty with a note of caramel and a strong fruity presence in the beginning, and then became somewhat hoppy with a nice creamy bitter citrus peel ending. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow with a wonderful sweet hoppiness left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a bit beyond light in body with a creamy dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a very well balanced Pale Ale, with just the right amount of bitterness to go along with the mild fruity sweetness...

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps more of an IPA than a pale ale, but what can you expect from Three Floyds?

A - Pours an dark amber, with a creme colored head that persists and slowly fades leaving significant lacing.

S - Citrusy hop nose, even a bit tart.

T - Very hoppy for a pale ale, to the point that its a bit one dimensional but still a fine example of the style.

M - Light, perhaps a bit watery for my taste.

D - Very sessionable (421 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

orange with a thin head. hops! hops! fresh hops with orange and grapefruit very pronounced. this beer covered my cheeks and tongue with severe hop oil. some pine flavor detectable and a strong clover honey aftertaste. complex but lacking something.. density perhaps?

good beer, but a pain in the ass beer if you have to go through trading and shipping for it. bring on the gumballhead and dark lord por favor si vous plait. (426 characters)

Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice copper, cloudy brew with a white foam head. Good lacing occurs.

S - Pineapple, caramel citrus with a touch of hops. Almost smells like a caramelized apple. A nice blend of scents.

T - A solid apple hoppy bite to it with some caramelized sugar taste as well. Not as much as I expected but still good.

M - Very good feel and a little sticky on the tongue. Nice finish.

O - A good IPA. Can I have another please? (426 characters)

Photo of babyhobbes
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber/orange color with a small cream colored head...lots of lacing after a few minutes. This smells hoppy and citrus-y. Taste is sweet and smoothat first but is followed by a hoppy bite. This tastes good and not overly hoppy for the style. I wouldn't want too many at once though. This is certainly something to try. (335 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale slant to an IPA which makes it a great pale. Excellently hopped, beautiful hoppy appearance and a good meal accompanyment. Grapefruit hops, green tea, some malts, some peachy melon and dark fruit taste in finish. Fresh medium clean mouthfeel. Thanks Joey Capps.
On tap at Cole's 3.5 years later, a very good pale but not the best, aroma missing from bleached glass. (372 characters)

Photo of BrewIndy
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with about a fingers worth of head that went away pretty quickly. Has an amazing dark orange color to it. It actually looks just like a cup of properly steeped Lipton tea. Except for the head of course.

S: It smells pretty good. It's very sweet and inviting and all that. I haven't tasted it yet but you can almost taste the bitterness to it just by smelling.

T: It's actually doesn't have as much bite as I thought it would. The bite definitely waits until the end to hit you though but up front you have nice smooth citrusy flavors. That goes into some malty balance leaving with a bit of bitterness. It's fairly sweet... almost too sweet, but nicely balanced.

M: It feels smooth in my mouth. A great feel. It leaves the back of my tongue feeling strange though, not sure if I like that. Kind of makes me want to take another drink to get rid of that sensation.

D: I could drink a couple of these and be content. Not sure if this is one I'd pick up a sixer of but I'd grab a pint when I'm out to dinner or out with friends anytime. (1,048 characters)

Photo of DrewZ926
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Rich amber and copper pour, an inch of off-white head and only a bit of lacing

S- far more sweet and spicy malt than I had expected, perhaps this bottle is a bit older? lots of toffee and caramel with ample supporting hop character. that being said, I would've liked more citrus as advertised.

T- very refreshing hop bitterness, nice complement to the sweet malt backbone, slightly floral and earthy, a touch of orange citrus

M- full bodied and well carbonated

O- a very solid APA with fantastic flavors and superb balance. citric and malty at the same time. would have liked a lighter, less malt forward profile, though would certainly seek this beer out again. drinks big for the style. (696 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy but lively bronze body, with a milky finger of well-retaining and lacing head.

Mellow pineapple and mango, orange juice, bitter pine qualities, sweet bread, balanced but straight forward.

Sweet malts are the first thing I notice on the tongue... some citrus peel or lemon zest beneath that. Dries up pretty quickly on the finish. Not as pungent a hop profile as I was anticipating. Definitely makes for an easy drinking beer though.

Big thanks to brew33 for giving me the chance to try this out! (511 characters)

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8-5-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Pours with one finger of foam, cloudy amber color, nice lacing ring with a decent amount of carbonation present

S - Hops, orange peel and roasted malts

T /M - Smooth at first but finishes with a piney bitter taste along with noticeable citrus taste to it

D - Pretty drinkable APA, and easily have more than one in a sitting. I would for sure get this brew again and I would recommend it (452 characters)

Photo of PartyHatjo
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy Orange/Copper hued beer with a sticky tan-white head.

Aroma: Orange/grapefruit hoppiness with some biscuit hints.

Taste: Citrus hops are the first thing you notice. But a good malt backbone is present. Light caramel and a breadiness define the malt. Doesn't seem to be an overly complex malt bill, but the simplicity is what makes it delicious.

Mouthfeel: Well-balanced brew. Bitterness hits early and late, but the medium bodied light sweetness balances it well.

Drinkability: Couldn't drink it all night, but wouldn't mind having a couple in a session. (583 characters)

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a decent all around pale ale. Deep copper color with an off-white head and a decent amount of lacing. Smell was judiciously garnished with piney hops as if the brewers merely dropped dripping hop cones into the boil. To me it was a somewhat raw unrefined smell that was not balanced exceptionally well by any malts. Taste was very true to style with more hops although a tad on the citrus side in the taste with a cracker like malt taste and a fair bit of alcohol punch. Much more alcoholic than expected for a pale ale so this is not what you would call a session beer, but a nice way to mix things up and kick your taste buds around a bit. The unrefined hops make it something to drink towards the end of the night when you are ready to not taste anything else. (768 characters)

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,732 ratings.