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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

4,768 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 4,768
Reviews: 1,664
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 825
Gots: 427 | 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:
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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montageman

Michigan

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

My parents recently took a road trip to Chicago. Living in Michigan, we (for some odd reason) do not have access to Three Floyds, so I had my parents pick up a couple sixers for me - Alpha King and Pride & Joy Mild. What a treat these are! Ok, on to the review...

Pours a cloudy deep amber into a pint glass. Big 2 finger head that is quite luxurious and creamy. The head has staying power, too and leaves some insane lacing. The nose is heavy on pine, some grapefruit, and slight flowery note. Very balanced flavor - hops up front/malt on the back & some definite citrus in between; really nice. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect for this style - well carbonated, refreshing and a little on a creamy side. This is an easy drinkin' all night beer - I could easily have another and another 5 after that. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 04:43:19 | More by montageman
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-19-2012 23:37:56 | More by tdmccarthy
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dmadsen

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-12-2014 18:37:30 | More by dmadsen
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Dennis0130

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

06-16-2014 20:54:04 | More by Dennis0130
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mpayne5

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-27-2013 22:46:35 | More by mpayne5
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laxer8811

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

09-13-2012 21:49:09 | More by laxer8811
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target88

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-05-2013 17:38:08 | More by target88
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ahbithwabm

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

04-30-2013 16:24:18 | More by ahbithwabm
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NewGlarusFan

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

06-03-2014 13:39:56 | More by NewGlarusFan
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JDD419

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-28-2013 20:50:32 | More by JDD419
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Sunn

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

10-18-2013 05:01:41 | More by Sunn
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gio540

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-11-2014 06:26:29 | More by gio540
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doc_logic

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

06-17-2014 22:09:07 | More by doc_logic
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to griffeyb for sending me this one to try.

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A- 1.5 - 2 finger head that steadily dissipates. Deep, rich copper. Almost red in color. Lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- The light fruit aroma hits up front but is immediately followed by the gorgeous hop aroma that is characteristic of an APA. It is very pleasant.

T- Same as the smell. The sweet fruit is up front followed by the bitter hop characteristics. They mesh really well here though.

M- Light to medium carbonation. It coats the tongue for a second after every sip. Even more so ad it warms slightly.

O- Excellent APA. If I could get this around here I would definitely pick this up again. And as a side note, three floyds bottle artwork really jumps out at you. Truly a great beer...

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 02:11:37 | More by tbryan5
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jmaharaj

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic! Of all the three floyds pales this really stands out. Balanced, restrained, yet full and satisfying. Its a little dark for a pale, but that's where any criticism ends. bright tropical and citrus notes on the nose, sweet and sharp on the tongue. light-medium and effervescent mouth feel. its really one of the best pale ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 02:00:13 | More by jmaharaj
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Cory_Brown

Kentucky

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't been disappointed by a three floyds brew yet. Great flagship brew. I love the citrus hops that FFFs uses. The hops are similar to that of zombie dust and gumballhead, but this one has more notes of pine. This one doesn't have quite as crisp of a finish as those two. Still an awesome beer and will drink it anywhere it's available.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 07:22:33 | More by Cory_Brown
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Big American Pale Ale - a hop lover's cult beer and Three Floyds' flagship beer, I understand, is brewed with centennial, cascade, and warrior hops. Pours a reddish amber/dark copper hue. Not much going on with the nose but pick up a little citrus aroma. Taste a bold citrus hop character. Mouthability was the highlight of this beer. Drinks down smooth and dangerously. A close second best Pale Ale I ever had next to Stone Pale Ale. I really wish Three Floyds would start dating their bottles so I would be able to fully vouch the freshness of a 3f beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 23:26:05 | More by CuriousMonk
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JCaweinstein

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber colored with a one finger off white head. Head does not stay long but it had a pleasant creamy character to it. Clear and with a sufficient amount of carbonation.
There is a very strong citrus aroma like grapefruit, I also detect pineapple. The aroma is very strong which is something I greatly appreciate.
This tastes so good, grapefruit, toasted bread, and some honey sweetness that is ever so lite and hardly noticeable but rounds of the sip nicely.
It's crisp and silky smooth up front before the resinous and sticky hops make my lips pucker up.
Everything about this beer is bold, aromas, taste, feel, even the label art. It's a fantastic beer that I seek out every time I'm in the great state of IN, though it's not always easy to find.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 23:46:40 | More by JCaweinstein
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RyanPoff

Tennessee

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in Carmel IN.

A: Very deep amber with about a finger off white head with moderate retention.

S: moderate floral hop aroma with citrus notes, particularly grapefruit and strong orange. Very good.

T: virtually like the smell - floral hop bite with lingering citrus notes without being too piney like an IPA. Hits the right notes.

M: creamy mouthfeel but medium bodied and very fresh.

Not innovative but does everything right in one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2014 23:04:03 | More by RyanPoff
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beeguy for the sample ...

Its been a while since I have had this brew ... its on the high end for APAs with such a bold and flavorful hop presence. IPA?? DPA??? who cares ... this is damn good stuff.

It has gained cult status as being a hop-head's brew, lots of American hop character with a solid base of malt sweetness to hold things together. Biscuity and caramel malt meet a big citrusy juicy hop for a very enjoyable brew.

If you love hops this is a great one to try.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 22:04:01 | More by Jason
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mocktm

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 2nd 3 Floyds brew. Pretty pumped from the bottle logo alone so I hope it's good. Into pint glass...

Pours a dark and murky amber brown with a two finger cap of off white head. Nice, wet and sticky...As with Gumball Head, excellent retention and plenty of decorative lacing. A little darker than I was expecting from an APA, but still appealing.

Aromas of malted caramel and honey sweetness right off the bat. Assertive, but not overpowering citrus fruit and and floral hop presence rounds it out. Exceedingly well balanced beer on the nose.

As with the nose, this is just a incredibly balanced beer, allowing all the flavors to mesh together perfectly. Ripe lemon, grapefruit and pineapple citrus lead the way, escorted by a lasting, although not overtaking, hop bitterness. Well established malt backbone finishes harmoniously sweet. Hell of a beer here.

Medium bodied and well carbonated with a slight creamy texture. Slightly dry, mouth puckering finish. Very very drinkable...

Overall, another solid offering from 3 Floyds that I wish I had regular access to. Their beers just continue to amaze me.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 17:47:24 | More by mocktm
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Brenden

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nearly bronze beer, a thick and opaque sort of orange-brown. An almost white head rises to about one finger and has good retention, and the lacing evidences fantastic stick as this beer makes itself known the entire way down.
I expect a hop-forward APA and it's no disappointment. Lots of citrus juice hops bitterness is rounded out by a solid malts support that doesn't detract. A bit of citrus peel without the bitter rind aspect, more like the zest grated off for desserts and the like, complements the grapefruit aroma further complemented by caramel malts. It all works together here.
The taste follows suit precisely. This is one of the few beers in which I can't taste anything coming out that wasn't in the smell and isn't diminished in anything that was.
The mouth feel starts off silky smooth and is completely balanced by a crispness that doesn't bite but never lets go. Semi-dry, with a medium body and light carbonation, this is as easy-drinking a beer as I've had.
This is great stuff and one of the best out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 16:19:12 | More by Brenden
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into mug.

A: Pours a deep copper haze, a thick body is shown by the appearance. The head retreats to a thick foamy layer. Good lacing is left on the glass.

S: A deep contrast on piney hops and earthy malt aroma.

T/M: A thick cream mouthfeel, shows a blast of hops. Finishing with a malt balance. A hoppy APA, also one that has good complexities. Notes of orange and a distinct hop/malt battle. The brew has a mellow, smoothness as it warms.

D: This is a beer that I could drink everyday, not only does it do justice to the classic APA style, but it pushes the limits of the brew and has you questioning whether it is more of an IPA than APA. Great all around brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 20:05:25 | More by GDBEERMAN
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hammer09

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine gave me a bottle of this to try, and I've been thanking him ever since. This is an excellent beer!

The Alpha King poured a nice, deep amber with very little head. Lacing was minimal with a fine amount adhering to the glass. Not as cloudy as I expected from a bottle conditioned beer. Carbonation was minimal with only a few visible bubbles.

Smell exhibited a very pleasant hop aroma with citrus accents. I was quite surprised at the hoppiness; this is more characteristic of an IPA than a pale ale.

Taste was very bitter, but good, with a strong hop presence in the beer also. Slight citrus flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel was crisp and dry. Amazingly, the Alpha King was well carbonated considering that visual observations indicated otherwise.

This beer is very drinkable and I will definately add this to my "must drink again" list. Depending on its local availability, I will most likely pick up this beer whenever I see it on the shelf at my local retailer.

Overall, a solid, very drinkable, very enjoyable beer. However, I still can't figure out why this is classified as a pale ale and not an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 03:54:54 | More by hammer09
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zoso1967

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TCGoalie for bringing this back from the brewery for me.

Pours a very nice clear copper tinged amber with a parchment head. The head is tightly packed and frothy with great staying power. This beer leaves some of the sickest lace I have ever seen. On some sections of the pint it manifests itself as a sheen of bubbles stuck to the glass, not the lines you usually see with a hoppy beer like this. Insanity I tell you!

The aroma is super hoppy with tons of grapefruity goodness. It also has some marmalade like notes to it and a very nice caramel malt sweetness. Clean, simple and exactly what I want in an APA.

The flavor is even more dominated by hops than the nose. Loads of ruby red grapefruit, some orange zest and a touch of pine. There malt is sugary sweet and not as caramely as in the aroma. I find that there is just enough malt to hold up the hop load. This beer has some ridiculous bitterness, but manages to stay away from being too resinous. Once again, this beer strikes me as having a fairly straight forward profile, but the flavors are amazing. As hoppy as I find this beer, I still would call it balanced.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, and it has a very nice smoothness to it. The finish is dry and laden with hop oils, yet it seems to stay just shy of crossing the line.

This is an amazing session beer if you are a hop head. So much hop flavor and aroma in a nice drinkable package. This is only the third FFF beer I have tried and so far they are three for three. Probably one of the best American Pales that I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 14:17:03 | More by zoso1967
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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