Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,717
Hads: 5,813
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.73%
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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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Photo of dciBA
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with a fingers worth of off white head. Quite a bit of grapefruit hops in the nose. Just a little bready malt mixed in. Taste is similar with the malt coming forward more to balance the hops almost perfectly. Theres a fair amount of bitterness from the hops but it's not overpowering at all. Carbonation is perfect. There's a nice a residual hop resin that coats the palate after every sip. Body may be a bit on the heavy side for the style which keeps drinkability down a bit. (496 characters)

Photo of glazeman
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A: Wow, for a pale ale, I am quite surprised at how dark in color this beer is. The pour yields a dark, dark, amber colored beer with a ½ finger off-white head. The head has moderate retention and some nice lacing.

S: The nose is pretty one-dimensional with pine being the dominant smell. There's also a little bit of apple cider at the start.

T: A nice contrast in the hop profile as compared to the Bell's Two Hearted I just had. This beer is almost all piney hops whereas the prior was almost all citrusy hops. Nice amount of pine and a tad of malty sweetness at the start. Lots of bitterness at the finish.

M: A bit thin for my liking. Also the aftertaste and carbonation weren't quite as high as I would have liked.

D: Pretty good drinkability, although this beer isn't as exciting or interesting as I would like in order to drink several of them...I feel like I would get bored. (933 characters)

Photo of henryd30
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber with slightly orange/red tint. 1 thumb off-white heat of fine bubbles that leaves a nice sticky lacing.

S: Outstandingly fresh. Oranges, grapfruit, and xmas trees.

T: Strong flavored hops out of the gate, slight malt backup, then quite a bitter finish. The first few drinks, the bitter is a little too much, but by the 4th or 5th, it starts to mellow out a bit.

M: Lively carbonation.

D: Not as drinkable as I'd hoped. (436 characters)

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 1/16/14

A - bright orange hue

S - Citrus notes on the nose...

T - Citrus, but not nearly as hoppy as what I'm comparing it too, Zombie Dust

M - Solid, not too sticky, enjoyable

Overall, this is a solid pale ale, but not up there with the top beers I've had. Crisp and enjoyable though. (309 characters)

Photo of Nipitato
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack at Chuck's Wine & Liquors in Chagrin Falls, OH.

A: Dark russet copper. Thin off white head. Brilliant clarity.

S: Strong intense grassy hoppy aroma, which is also slightly citrusy. Sweet malty background notes also come through.

T: Strong hoppy grapefruit flavor with a lingering aftertaste. Sweet malt is detectable towards the back end. Not caramel if anything a little toasty. Bitterness is also clearly present and prominent.

MF: Medium. Soapy, nearly cloying mouthfeel. Overall a smooth finish without astringency.

D: A muscular in your face hoppy pale ale. If I didn't know what I was drinking I would say it was an IPA. That being said it grew on me. I'll get it again when I am back in Ohio - too bad 3F does not get out to Massachusetts. (784 characters)

Photo of seh410
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper colored with a finger's worth of white head that quickly dissipates into a thin layer over the top of the beer. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Pine, grass and citrus mostly with some malts in the back and a hint of strawberries

Taste/Mouthfeel: Well balanced. Citrus and piney hops, and again, that hint of strawberry that I wasn't expecting. There's a bit of bitterness that hits as the aftertaste, and it's nice. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and felt medium bodied in the mouth. Overall, nice.

Notes: Drinkability is good. Overall, it's a good beer. Emphasis on good. It isn't phenomenal, but definitely holds it's own. This beer is out of my distribution range, and for that reason, I probably won't try it again. There's just so much more out in the MidWest that I'd rather drink again/try than this. If I could pick it up at the packey whenever though, that might be a different story. (906 characters)

Photo of MmmIPA
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very murky amber colored body with a white head that stood for a while.There were flooties in the beer,im assuming they where yeast.Citrusy hop smell,Hops,this is a hoppy tasting beer but there is somthing blocking the hops it seems.Like there shielded.Slick mouthful and very easy going down.Good beer but lacing somthing.I thought it would have been more but it just lacks something.Good though.I will have again. (415 characters)

Photo of jucifer1818
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: slightly murky, blond/golden color, with a clear body and a weak head

S: Sweet and fruity, with some sweet hoppy aromas

T: It starts off mild, then hits with a hard hoppy crack. this is odd, and it then quickly goes back to mellow, with minimal hoppy aftertastes
Odd, but intersting

M: offly wattery, but has a ok maltyness

Overall: I give this one a 3.5/5. It not bad, but it is a weird brew and I felt that it needed more definition. (466 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap into nonic pint at the brewery. Deep caramel color with a nice foamy head. Piney hop and sweet caramel aroma. taste is bitter hops with some sweet caramel finish. For me the bitterness is just too much. Its actually way too bitter for my likes; which is the norm for FFF. Huge malt and bitter profile - and lots of people like that, just not me. Good brew for sure, I just don't get the hype on this one. (420 characters)

Photo of BradDurbin89
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, I was lucky enough to trade for this beer.

It is quite dark orange in color and unfiltered with a small head after standard pour.

Great smell of citrus and big hop nose.

This beer has a huge hoppy bitterness and a crazy hop flavor that covers the whole mouth. The bitterness lingers. It is good.

The beer has a nice mouth feel and slightly higher than expected amount of carbonation.

This is a good beer, and I enjoyed it very much. I'd wouldn't have more than one is a session, but I will definitely have another one of these beers! Great beer. (559 characters)

Photo of tykees88
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light amber with one finger head. Minimal to no lacing as she goes down.

S- Piney right off the bat and citrus hops. You can smell the bitters in it as well.

T- Pine is again the starter. The hops finish is surprisingly more bitter than I expected, I don't care for the finish here.

M- Thinner easily a beer for a warmer day with the mouthfeel as light and carbonated as it is.

D- For 6 percent I would say it is very drinkable and hides the booze well. Some beers when you reach this point struggle to hide the booze while maintaining the integrity of the beer. (577 characters)

Photo of Steaks
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

our of a bottle into a nice pint glass of my friend's. the beer pours a nice dark amber. a small thin white head and it goes good with chicken fingers and watching THE WIRE on a cold winter night. pretty dark for a pale ale but it goes down fairly smooth. good beer. (266 characters)

Photo of ChrisA
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfortunately for Alpha King I drank this right after I had my first Bell's Two Hearted. It's very difficult to go from a tremendous IPA like that to a Pale Ale. Since I love the hops, I was disappointed in the taste of Alpha King. In retrospect, It was probably much better than I realized and actually stood up well for being an APA. As far as pale ales go, this should be a solid offering. But why drink Pale Ales when you can drink IPA's? (442 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A. Orangish-Amber in color with a single finger of head that recedes to a foam collar in about two minutes, light lacing left behind.

S. Evenly matched power chords of citrus peel, floral scents and caramel malt. A real stripped down to basics and streamlined aroma which works well mostly because of the balance levels being properly adjusted to hit just the right spot between bitter and sweet. If only it were slightly more complex in aroma I would even rate it higher than just a 4.

T. Taste is more about the grapefruit peel (and large amounts of pith as well, it seems) up front with a lengthy denouement of pine sap dryness.

M. Medium body and carbonation levels. (695 characters)

Photo of BeerRun13
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper tone. A small off white head provides good lacing.
A slight malty hop aroma. Hops seam a little piney. A fruity presence shows as the beer warms.
Flavor is of Piney hops up front of a malty backbone. A quick bittering aspect comes, but doesn't linger. The maltiness grows as the beer warms, and a slight cherry or fruit presence shows. Good beer.
Lighter side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation and a slight dryness.
A fine Pale Ale with good flavor. Take home a 6 pack, it'll be worth it. (526 characters)

Photo of masterbruewer
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper amber color with a thin off-white head that faded quick and left decent lacing.

The smell is hoppy and bitter. Maybe a little pine and citrus.

The flavor is tart and citrusy with a floral taste to boot. There's almost a perfumy candy flavor, for lack of a better description. That flavor pushes the border of off-flavor but is actually kind of nice and distinctive.

The mouthfeel is punchy and assertive. The hops and carbonation let your mouth know this is a real ale. But the punchiness quickly dissolves into a solid shot of distinctive flavor.

If you like the pale, hoppy ales, you'll like this one. It's highly drinkable for the style. (668 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear lighter amber body with just a cop of foam on top.

Lots of sweet maltiness in the nose. Some lemony citrusy hops.

Taste follows smell. Luckily hops are more prominent. Lots of resin and citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Slightly too malt focused for my tastes. (351 characters)

Photo of fisherman34
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled sample from trevorwideman via demcorhip. Medium amber in colour with a bit of haze. Slightly below average carbonation for the style. Dominant pine needle aroma, with some background notes of sweet citrus, both sweet and toasted malts, and even a bit of yeastiness. In the mouth, there is more pine, but more reminiscent of the wood itself as opposed to the fragrant needles. The citrus notes become more distinctive and remind me of tangerine, mandarin orange, and grapefruit. The hop flavors are substantial, but their sharpness is blunted by the equally assertive malt presence. The bitterness is about on par with the style, which is somewhat of a disappointment considering the name of the beer. Overall, this is a very well executed beer, but not the mind blowing, mouth-puckering experience I was hoping for. Something a little dryer and a little more bitter with the same amount of complexity would have garnered a higher rating from me. (953 characters)

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber like color with an off-white one finger head. Great lacing left behind.

Nice citrus grapefruit smell with some floral notes, piney grassy like hops. Faint caramel/honey like malt smell.

Slight hop bitterness comes upfront, with the citrus flavor peeking through giving it a semi-sweet taste, the hops are dominating though and stay throughout the beer, leaving it a slightly dry hop finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light bodied with a refreshing taste.

I had this on tap and that tasted better. I ended up buying a six pack of this and taking it home with me. (583 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle > imperial pint glass

Deep, clear amber color...not at all pale. 1/2" deep crown, dark cream color and very dense.

Amazingly citrus and sweet fruit aroma, oh yeah, pineapple, strawberry and tart green apples. Smooth, buttery scented malt, overall sweet and citric hop scent. Really nice.

This is a clean, hearty and spicey hop bite right off. Big earthy flavor's of dry wheat, corn husks and recently tilled earth. The malt is crispy and clean with an herbal bite. citric acid and dried leaves in the finish. displays a nice subtle lingering bitterness. Medium bodied, nice bite and a mellowing smoothness.

Easily drinkable Pale ale with a solid complexity. (689 characters)

Photo of zdk9
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours out a deep bronze color with two fingers of head that leaves gorgeous lacing.

S- Smells of caramel, slightly dried and crushed pine needles. The aroma could use some more strength to it.

T- There's hints of orange liquor surrounded by pretty intense malt flavors. I had the King on draft about a year ago and remember the hops dominating way more than now. This is good but not as good. I'd like more pine.

M- I could use more carbonation. Besides that it's good- syrupy at just the right level.

D- This is quite a beer, but I wish it was fresher. (560 characters)

Photo of quasimoto
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber/light copper color I seem to have stirred up the yeast in the bottom. Has a light off-white head, that leaves a little lace.

S - Strong aromas of citrusy hops, Grapefruit, lemon-lime, some bubble gum and some grass. The malt just barely peeks out from the back.

T - The aromas transfer to the taste of it. Nice Grapefruit citrus hops are dominate, but then turn to a nice resiny hop flavor. The is the malt in the back ground but its gone out.

M - Actually for a pale ale it seems a little heavy. Normally they tend to be a little lighter.

D - Definitely drinkable, but a little heavy for the style. (628 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ok, well... I had an equation ready, set, and ready to go, but then Raul became distracted. Ok, now Raul is back, and he thinks he digs it. When all you drink is IPA's, a pale ale is a bit unsettling at first, but then you gotta realize what territory you are in. Like, when with a freak (IPA) you know that you have to put the chains on the tires and get ready for a bumpy ride. But then when you get into a Pale Ale, you have to know that you have to wine and dine her first. So, for Alpha King, if this was a lil honey, you know Raul would take her to In-N-Out first before looking for a good time.



Raul was tripping. More than a year later, Raul dipped in again and he is well into this thang. (707 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a one pint tumbler. Received in a trade with rlcnmeyer. Thanks!

A - Poured a crystal clear, dark copper color with a thin, off-white head...lingered briefly and settled into a thin ring around the edge of the glass with some lacing.

S - Rich, caramel malt aroma dominates. Some citrusy hops, but they are subdued, especially compared to what I was expecting from an American pale ale.

T - Good strong bitterness, some citrus hop flavor, and a full malt backbone on this one. Well balanced, if anything, maybe a touch too malty for my tastes, but very good.

M - Full malty mouthfeel. Good carbonation, not too much, not too little - just right.

D - Going down really easily. A little heavier than some of the best in this style...seems to lean towards a hoppy American amber more than a pale ale for me.

A very good beer. (851 characters)

Photo of scifan
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to stubone for this one got it as an extra in a trade. I'm excited to try my first FFF.
Lovely amber color with a small head that fades quickly,its also slightly cloudy.
Lots of sweet caramel malts and some also lovely citrusy, piney hops that blend together nicely.
Taste just like it smells I get alot of sweet maltiness on the front and a blast of hops at the end for a crisp clean finish. It's almost a little too sweet for me, but its still nice a nice brew.
It feels a little slick in the mouth. I guess I was expecting a little more from FFF. (562 characters)

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,717 ratings.