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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

4,780 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,780
Reviews: 1,664
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 825
Gots: 429 | 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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cpec9


1/5  rDev -76.5%

12-31-2012 14:15:46 | More by cpec9
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BrewCityJeff

Wisconsin

1/5  rDev -76.5%

01-27-2012 05:56:44 | More by BrewCityJeff
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NickRowe

North Carolina

1/5  rDev -76.5%

10-17-2012 05:17:49 | More by NickRowe
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ryandelaney

Indiana

1.5/5  rDev -64.8%

02-02-2012 17:35:30 | More by ryandelaney
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ChainChompsky

Illinois

2/5  rDev -53.1%

01-15-2014 06:28:30 | More by ChainChompsky
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harrylee773

Illinois

2/5  rDev -53.1%

02-27-2012 02:19:10 | More by harrylee773
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consumerjim

Illinois

2/5  rDev -53.1%

05-15-2012 18:10:18 | More by consumerjim
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TheLostGringo

Connecticut

2.26/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a bottle into my Hill Farmstead chalice.

A: Pours a hazy copper color with an inch of head, just a touch of lace.

S: Aroma is sickly sweet, unpleasant to me.

T: Very malty, unbalanced.

M: Sticky, tough to drink..

O: Really disappointing!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 00:58:22 | More by TheLostGringo
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Whiteley75

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

06-17-2014 18:56:43 | More by Whiteley75
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Klif

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

01-31-2012 02:58:06 | More by Klif
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alexk307

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

05-11-2014 03:56:06 | More by alexk307
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bigdonniebrasco

Kansas

2.63/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Light amber-copper color. Clear body, filtered, average carbonation. Inch head of white retains better than average.

Smell: Some piney hops, some floral qualities, but not in the skillfully dry-hopped sense of delicacy. This doesn't have a real strong nose. Some sweet carmelized sugar scents from the malts. Oranges.

Taste: Some light citrus notes, orange and piney hop flavors. Not a real substantial malt base, some dry biscuit and carmel flavors. Not very different than the masses of pale ales out there. This tries to breach the PA - IPA boundary, but doesn't really commit to either. Only the slightest bitterness in the finish. I can't reccommend this beer because it doesn't have any direction.

Mouthfeel: Medium to low carbonation. The body is light and easy to quaff, but doesn't really offer any substance.

Drinkability: Not difficult to drink, but not interesting enough to make me want another. Just because this brewery makes some real gems, doesn't mean that everything it makes is good, or even competent.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 01:16:12 | More by bigdonniebrasco
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

04-14-2014 23:08:17 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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ryandesign1

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

06-21-2014 18:19:15 | More by ryandesign1
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Dreynolds1808

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

06-25-2014 00:33:24 | More by Dreynolds1808
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Rihup

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

06-04-2013 01:55:10 | More by Rihup
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Joeyuwp

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

06-24-2012 21:04:07 | More by Joeyuwp
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wofat

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Call me crazy... or maybe the bottle I had was past its expiration date, but I had been searching for this beer for some time and am quite dissapointed now that I have found it.

This is a dark copper ale with immediate aromas of citrus hops, carmel and grain. My mouth begins to water...

The flavor is quite good to start... mild malt character, with notes of grain and carmel and a nice, consistent bitterness and citrus hop flavor... until... pow! Is that steel wool? A bizzarre metalic aftertaste that I have only experienced before in my first batch of homebrew. Very strange indeed. This brew began quite tasty, but the lingering aftertaste of metal will keep me from enjoying it.

I will be finding another of these and revisiting this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2003 06:43:43 | More by wofat
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cproioi

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The body is an almost caramel color, or reddish brown, with a white head that dissipates to create a cover just slightly over the top of the beer leaving decent lacing. The aroma is full of citrus hops and a rather large malt sweetness which is basically a non-descript fruity flavor. The taste follows the aroma nicely. Big citrus hops flavor with a fruity malt backbone. The beer had a medium body that gives way to a long dry finish. Very nice beer to drink could be a little thinner for the style giving it a more refreshing hot day beer character.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 16:12:58 | More by cproioi
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hopsbreath

Oregon

2.9/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to sweemzander for a bottle of this. Thanks to steamhead for the twelve ounce Alpha King glass I poured this thing into.

A: Good clarity, caramel-orange, two finger white head that dissipates but still maintains a full cap, moderate lacing. 3/5

S: Sweet and caramel/malty with some stone fruit. Classic signature Three Floyds citrus hops here. 4/5

T: Nice and bitter with a solid sweet sugary malt back bone is the core of this beer. Grapefruit meat and pith add some character. 3/5

M: I wish this were drier. It's big, full, and sticky with moderate creamy carbonation. SNPA kills in the mouthfeel category for me and in comparison, this APA is lacking. 2/5

O: I prefer my Pale Ales to be a little more stripped down and simplistic with subtle nuances (again with the SNPA). This is trying a little too hard to be great and forgets to be good first. 2/5

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 03:55:59 | More by hopsbreath
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Landfill21

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A friend left this in my fridge so I endulged today.

Poured into a pint glass. Poured into a dark amber/copper color with a finger head that laces down the glass as you drink.

Has a piny smell, not too strong.

Has a balance taste of hops and some fruits.

Has a medium mouthfeel with perfect amount of carbonation.

I personally don't like IPA's so I marked it as a low drinkablity.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 19:05:04 | More by Landfill21
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clvand0

Kentucky

2.9/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark amber color with a medium head and little lacing on the glass. Tons of floaty stuff in the glass - almost scary how much there is. Lots of hops in the aroma as well as a grassy and citrus smell. The flavor was mostly hops with some grass and citrus tastes thrown in, just like in the aroma. The finish is ... you guessed it, hops. Not a bad beer. Not the easiest drink, but I may have another sometime down the road.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2003 14:46:05 | More by clvand0
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sponberg

New York

2.93/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright golden amber, reasonable head.

Nose of citrus and spruce over a hint of malt. The flavor... It starts out OK, but about a third of the way through a medicinal, herbal note kicks in that I can't get my tastebuds around. I found it slightly off-putting, but can appreicate that it makes it different from other APAs out there. Decent balance otherwise. Good, bit it wouldn't be my first or second choice.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2002 19:34:56 | More by sponberg
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light amber-copper color. Clear body, filtered, average carbonation. Inch head of white retains better than average.

Smell: Some piney hops, some floral qualities, but not in the skillfully dry-hopped sense of delicacy. This doesn't have a real strong nose. Some sweet carmelized sugar scents from the malts. Oranges.

Taste: Some light citrus notes, orange and piney hop flavors. Not a real substantial malt base, some dry biscuit and carmel flavors. Not very different than the masses of pale ales out there. This tries to breach the PA - IPA boundary, but doesn't really commit to either. Only the slightest bitterness in the finish. I can't reccommend this beer because it doesn't have any direction.

Mouthfeel: Medium to low carbonation. The body is light and easy to quaff, but doesn't really offer any substance.

Drinkability: Not difficult to drink, but not interesting enough to make me want another. Just because this brewery makes some real gems, doesn't mean that everything it makes is good, or even competent.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2004 21:55:44 | More by 99bottles
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TheDudeAbides88


3/5  rDev -29.6%

07-13-2014 05:01:53 | More by TheDudeAbides88
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Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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