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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

5,123 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,123
Reviews: 1,675
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 867
Gots: 558 | FT: 26
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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5/5  rDev +17.4%

SIUMorty, Mar 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The King and I:
I've had this beer a million times. At nineteen, it was my introduction to micros. Why I'm just reviewing it now, at 26, is beyond me.

A- Clear, red-orange with a nice white head atoo

S- American hop dankity-dank, a senses slap, deep citrus and pine backed up by malt sweetness. Divine. The hops, oh, the hops.

T- Initial bitterness is sharp, forward and appropriate. It fades into slight caramel and dark fruit sweetness and comes back bitter, hoppy and with a faint,but necessary alcohol indication. If you want to talk about balance, this is it. This is a perfect beer. It has everything you could ever want in a beer. AK exemplifies how to have huge hops in a beer backed up by malt that is not a sweet mess.

M-Carbonation is the money shot here...and it's spot on. Very full bodied without being heavy.

O- I'd say this is the quintessential American Pale Ale, but it's more of an IPA by style. I don't care what it is; it's good. In a sea of breweries with hype surrounding them, FFF is truly not a pretender. This is their flagship beer, and boy, does it ever represent what they stand for...big hops, big malt, big beers and shattering of style guidelines. FFF always does what they want to, and other breweries try to emulate or jealously choose to ignore what they're doing. Bow Down!

cpz28, Jun 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

BuckettOfBeer, Dec 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

raoulduke512, Apr 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Orchids, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

KHM, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Kevin79, Nov 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

graemebrown, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

jman005, Feb 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Pellinore1, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

danyalc, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

aliving1, Jan 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

DocDownUnder, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

GardenWaters, Sep 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

randomdanger, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

dcall384, Aug 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

shillzor, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Goddamn, this is one of the best beers I've ever had. It pulls down my pants and taunts me. Thanks to Louisdog for the trade. Pours a deep orange color, lots and lots of white foam that leaves an opaque layer on the glass. Smells strongly of citrus. Tastes of citrus, some malt, and a solid amount of bitterness. Outstanding balance of flavor. Close to IPA territory, and in fact I've had IPAs that were less intense. Strong but not too much carbonation, and I was done with it before I realized what had happened. Jesus, how do those Floyd guys do it? And by the way, which one's Pink?

PhxHorn, Feb 23, 2008
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Mlondergan, Aug 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

sideshowe, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

an outstanding brew from Three Floyds.
Pours a vibrant burnt copper orange with a nice 2 finger head thats creamy and sticks around leaving nice lacing
aroma of pine and grass with big aromas of citrus. Grapefruit and orange with very faint hints of caramel like malt in the backdrop
taste is a huge citrus hit with big flavors of grapefruit and orange with those caramel malts making an appearance in the middle. It has a great creamy mouthfeel to it yet finishes crisp and slightly dry leaving a slight hop bitterness but not overwhelming at all. This brew is masterfully blended with great flavors.

kegerator, Aug 15, 2005
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

fattire513, Nov 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

detroithopluv, Feb 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

fire34fighter, Feb 22, 2014
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 5,123 ratings.