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Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,761
Hads: 6,071
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 942
Gots: 1,113 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

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 revolt914
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

With everything the Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald has to offer but just lacks a little on the finish. Great drink and one of my more favorite beers.

A: Pours a dark brown color nearly black. Creamy brown colored head shows decent head retention. Little bit of lacing but not as much as I'd like to see from FFF.

S: MMMmm so very delicious smell of dark chocolate and a bit of nutmeg maybe? I know I can smell some earthy spices in there and it's a good thing!

T: It's a little harsh on the hop taste for a porter but it's not unwelcome. Again you get a chocolate to add to this cause it's very strong with this and the nutmeg does remind me of christmas.

M: Very smooth the alcohol and hops come through a bit but not to much, very nice and creamy coat to this beer.

D: Three Floyds is yet to disappoint me and I must say all of there beers are damn near all A+ on drink-ability.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: This beer is a very nice dark amber. The head was a towering whiteness very fluffy it had major staying power.

Smell: This beer is massively juicy with citrus and hop maddness.

Taste: This is a great tasting beer. There is a fantastic citrus base. This base explodes into hoppy madness. Just fantastically spicy. The beer does have a small malty assist.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is full bodied. Nice carbonation helps the brew slide down. This is one of my favorites.

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Photo of Slynger
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Strangely enough, I've had this great beer many times and never officially reviewed it. It is time.

Clear orange-gold under a slim off-white lid that settles quickly.
So sweet fresh orangey-apricot smell with a nicely toasted and caramel malt backbone, then some piney hops.
Sweet caramel and orangey-pineapplicot flavor with toasted grains and a good amount citrus rind and piney hop bitterness on the back end. Medium bodied with an oily smoothness and a fuzzily sharp carbonation.

This one is simply damn good. IPA? APA? Who cares? A mainstay in my fridge that everyone should get to enjoy regularly.

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Photo of jackorain
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this 12 ounce bottle into my Stone Levitation Stemmed glass. Pours a dark amber with an ever so slight chill haze. An inch tall head forms after a standard pour. The head fell to a nice splotchy coat with a 3/8ths inch tall collar and nice lace effect.

Smell of awesomely complex hop aromas, floral, herbal, citrus, green and more. Some caramel and biscuit round out this really great aroma.

Big hop flavor. There is a great citrus flavor here tangerine, ruby red grapefruit. The floral hops hit next followed by some green and herbal notes. The caramel and biscuit come through and work as a nice backbone to the hops. The finish has a nice hops bitterness that linger a bit. Bitterness is quite high for an APA

The body of this beer is medium, quite firm for an APA. Carbonation is extremely lively with a tingle that carried the bitterness and flavor throughout the pallet. There is also a oily and sticky quality the coats the mouth.

Overall, this beer is very very good, and easily quaffable. I could make this a nice session.

Thanks For Reading

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Photo of roan22
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've heard wonderful and amazing things about this beer and I was so excited to try it. When I poured it out, the appearance of the famed Three Floyd's Alpha King was not so pale, it was sort of a hazy, reddish-brown. But it was frothy and lacey on the glass. The carbonation appeared appropriate.

Not sure exactly how fresh this bottle was because the label fell off at some point between the cold case and my kitchen, and I couldn't find it (picked it up at the foodery). The smell is rich, intense, wonderful cascade hops, just right.

The taste was truly exceptional, and got even better as the beer warmed a tad. It tasted lovely; pine and citrus hops yet balanced perfectly by malts. It tasted surprisingly pale, the darker color is truly deceiving. The freshness and drinkability was ultimately the crown jewel of this beer. Its so rich, balanced and flavorful; truly is as good as everyone says it is on BA.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on-tap at The Map Room in Chicago
(from notes)

Appeared a reddish amber, rather clear with a white head. Had nice staying power and left some good lacing.

Nose is of citrus and floral hops. Hints of tangerines and flowers. A nice burst right off the bat makes this one a winner already.

The hops really come through in the flavor. A giant punch of floral hops hits the tongue and then a perfectly sized toasted malt backbone takes over. A really bitter hop presence.

Smooth and velvety with a medium body.

The drinkability on this guy is right about where it should be for the style.

This is a great go-to...pale ale? Really? Could have fooled me. Anywho, consider yourself lucky if you can grab these on a regular basis.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a chilled bottle, it pours an amber or maybe even a rust color with a nice white surface layer (nice clingage to the glass) along with a slight haze when peering through the glass.

Aroma is mainly of cascade hops with a slight sweet citrus aroma. Mostly a pine smell coming from this ale. Nothing very outstanding or different, but just a nice blend of hops and sweetness the way that pale ales should be.

Taking a sip, I notice a lot of pine flavor from the cascade or centenniel hops. A very slight grapefruit flavor also pokes through on the body, but the finish ends up a little smooth and maybe a bit dry due to the abv. However, this is what a pale ale SHOULD BE!

High amount of carbonation up front on the sip, but the smoothness comes through throughout the tasting (sip) as it spends more than a second or so in my mouth. The ending may be a slight reminder that the avb. is over 7%. However, wonderfully done!

Overall, I could drink this all day long! Refreshing, tasty, and just enough alcohol that helps make this ale truly special. I now know what all the hype was about!

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Photo of aforbes10
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dispholidus brought a six pack of this to work for our friday beer drinkin' time, and im glad he did. mmm. this is a good beer. Butterscotch colored beer with a little head but good lacing. Smells like oily hops and sweet malts. Tastes fan-frickin-tastic. Very, almost overthetop hoppy on the first sip but for the duration just a nice powerful hop flavor that is a great treat to drink. Some sweet malt and pine flavors, but its pretty much all about the hops. A fantastic bottle of beer.

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Photo of southsider
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

A-Poured an orangy,coppery hazy gold into my glass. The head was a frothy off white with sticky lacing.

S-Strong aroma of piney,citrusy,piney hops with a toasty malt background. Big IPA type smell for an APA.

T-Spicy,slightly alcoholic beginning with more carbonation than expected. Lots of piney and citrusy hops more in overall presentation than bittering which is restrained enough to let the toasted biscuity malt backbone shine through.Finish is dry and a little bitter.

M-Combination of high carbonation,initial bitterness and alcohol create a buzzing sensation like a swarm of bees in my mouth. "It's not normal" is the mantra of Three Floyds and it certainly applies to Alpha King. Medium mouthfeel due to a big malt backbone clothed in generous aromatic hops.

D-A damn fine Midwest APA masquerading as a West coast IPA. My favorite American Pale Ale so far.

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Photo of Gritsak
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- dark orange with a lingering off-white head.

S- strong hop aroma. citrus and pine come out the most.

T- lots of depth here with grapefruit and pine being the most prevelant.

M- faily thick for the style, but not overly. almost perfect in my book.

D- this is the only part that suffers a bit because the strong hop presence, i wouldnt want to drink more then a couple at a time.

overall- great beer here. When i read the reviews out how hoppy this was, i knew i would enjoy it. Even with the knowlage of this it still struck me suprised as to how much hop flavor and bitterness this beer has. Great beer for those of us who enjoy hops. If you dont, its still worth a try.

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Photo of unclederby
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i've had this both in the bottle and on tap. currently i am drinking from the 12 oz.bottle... poured into my Bell's pint glass.

makes for a nice pour. copper color with a foamy, soapy one inch head with some active carbonation. after a few sips and a little swirling the head disappears but sticky lacing is left behind.

smell is sweet, citrusy with plenty of pine. the nose is big and full of hops.

alot of citrus fruit and hops too in the flavor. piney hop extract... this must be close to the taste of pine sap with orange peel added. 6% isn't too high, and the alcohol is well disguised.

this brew has body. thick and a bit resiny. good carbonation and viscocity, but still creamy.

ummmm... if you like IPA's then this beer is for you. no shortage of hops. an extreme APA that deliver's.

delicious, but moderation is advised.

this is the mother *** of all pale ales.

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Photo of Higravity
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is not a Alpaha King in my book, while hoppy it is for the malt and mouthfeel that I enojy this beer, a lot. Looks a crazy shade of red with a quickly receding white head that gives little lacing. Smells of a great malty red that has been nicely dosed with low-coho hops, giving a citrus and piney aroma. The mouthfeel is full and it allows the terrific malt profile to outshine the hops that give a nice balance to this beer. This truly rocked for my, so much so that I had two, with a list of 60+ beers in front of me.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a strong golden wonderful color with a hearty topping of bleached head.
Smell is full of fresh flowers and earthy hops.
It's hoppy flavor is amazing, very flowery with notes of some grains.
Finish is dry and clean leaving a great flowering taste on my mouth.
Drinks very smooth, highly refreshing as a wake up to the festival beer.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Michelob celebrate tulip. Thanks to trep for the share!

Pours with a brilliant, coppery amber hue that displays crystal clarity. The khaki head slowly drops to a globular patch of bubbles that leave behind lots of sticky lace on the tulip. Holy God, this is a fresh-hop beer...resinous, piny hops dazzle the nose with gobs of pungent Amarillo & Simcoe greenery. Pale Ales just don't smell better than this. I'd give the aroma a 6.0 if I could.

Alpha King brings a solid maltiness to the palate, but it tastes a bit hollow beneath the massive hop presence. A bitter blast of resinous hop oils coats the tongue and lingers well into the finish--a bit woody. The medium-thin body is nicely carbonated, with a sticky finish and lots of hops. Alpha King could use a bit more of a malt backing, but when all's said & done it's still an incredible beer. A must-try for any hop-head.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to czoch for the trade!

This pours a nice burgundy caramel color. Head is minimal and I wish it was more assertive. nose is candied grapefruit and caramel and it smells great. Almost too hoppy for a pale but dear lord I love it.

Taste starts off with hop bitterness, rind of orange, lemon, caramel, and finishes with grapefruit. This would definitely be a respected IPA. I'm conflicted here. I know a pale shouldn't be this hoppy but it tastes so damn good. Honestly I don't buy many pales becauseI just don't find them interesting. This on the other hand is wonderful, the malt is upfront but the hops still conquer them. I really am enjoying this beer.

Bottom line, this pale rocks if you love hops. I think it's more of an IPA than a pale but I love it in spite of that. I know for a fact I would buy this alll the time if I could.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to alemechanic from The Brewing Network's forum for hand delivering this beer to California.

The BJCP classifies this beer in the American IPA category and I evaluated it against those guidelines.

Appearance was a light amber, slightly hazy. Formed a white head that thinned out but hung around. Should have been more prominent.

Lots of resiny/grassy hop character with some citrus-kicking in at lower intensity. Hop bitterness was medium and lingered on into a dry finish. Clean malt component felt balanced. Missing out on the mid-high to high bitterness level. Varied hop character was very pleasing on the palate.

Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated. Smooth. No hop-derived astringency.

This is a fairly well-balanced American IPA with a variety of hop flavors - fruity, resiny, piney, all balanced by a clean malt backbone. Only points for improvement are a bit more head retention and increased bitterness. Despite this, I could drink it all night long. Delicious.

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Photo of LongBeachHopHead
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Alpha King - Pale Ale @ 6.0%

Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber color. Darker than I expected from a pale ale. Great head with sufficient lacing throughout the entire glass. The cap almost broke my opener so this was sealed with love!

Smell: Citrusy large presence of hops. More of an IPA type smell to it than a Pale Ale. A nice sweet malt hint that I can't wait to taste.

Taste: Wow, not any typical Pale ale for sure! A huge concentration of hops. I'm getting a toffee-like hint along with big hops, piney, grapefruit undertones. A well balanced pale ale? Didn't know that this could exist. For a Pale Ale, this is superb, hell if you told me this was an IPA, I wouldn't argue. It blows many IPA's I've had, away.

Mouthfeel: The brew has a creamy feel which covers the palate with flavor from first swig. I don't know if this is a pale ale. I would classify it closer to an IPA.

Drinkability: This beer puts SNPA to shame. It is an APA on steriods and holds a very solid complex hoppy, malty, bitter-sweet masterpiece together. I could drink this all night. Too bad its not readily available in SoCal. I got this in a trade from Northertimber.

In all, this beer would rate as one of the best Pale Ales that I've ever tried. The folks at 3 Floyds are amazing and I can't wait to try Dreadnaught someday. Thanks Chris for this one!

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Photo of Austin32
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the most drinkable pale ales I have ever enjoyed. Full of citrus hop flavor but smooth enough you can keep drinking them without bitterness. Excellent offering.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a sampler 4 oz. taster at Pizza Paradiso Dupont. Way overdue for reviewing this one.

A good basic amber copper, with light light tan to off white color and leaving a solid collar. Good lacing on this drink while finishing, and fairly crystal clear very nice.

Aroma jumps out. Wonderful juicy orange with a nice sweetness. No hop bitterness noticeable, with a little white grass. It's very pleasant and inviting.

Palate is rich and full on first sip. Wonderful mix of mild wood hop and orange and tangerine citrus. Light hints of grapefruit with a spritzy hop feel and character. Palate is juicy matching the hinted bouquet.

Juicy. Full. Stupid easy to drink, and full of flavor. A great touch of juice and spicy finish quality. This is either way better on tap, or I had an old bottle cause this is nothing like I remember it.

Old review - bottle (4)(4)(3.5)(4)(3) ---

Poured into a pint glass resembling a really nice golden/brown color body that is clear. Cream off/white head with fairly tight bubbles and some minor visible carbonation. Real good head retention.

Standard bouquet but a good one. Simple citrus grapefruit with a sweetness and hop aroma. Very nice.

Upon drinking first comes a very hoppy front more in the standard of an American IPA, with a good finish. I keep forgetting this is suppose to be a pale ale but it sure doesn't feel like one. This is quite an okay drink but nothing here I would desperately want to have for an APA.

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Photo of jdhchi
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I typically prefer IPA's with higher IBU but this APA is outstanding! Rich flavor with enough hops to let you know they're there. Great amber color with a antique white full two fingers head and great lacing. I have yet to find another APA to match this one. This is a quality beer that any beer lover would enjoy! Cheers!

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Photo of litheum94
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottling dates. 12 oz bottle. Reviewed 2/2/11.

Bright red-brown body, leaning more to the red side of the spectrum. Not much of a head; dirty white in color, and it fades fast.

Tons of cascade hops, citrusy, oily and piney. Robust caramel and malts. Slightly flowery. A hop showcase.

Hops kick in the door right away with citric tartness. Bitter pine leads into a robust malt profile that is caramel in flavor. Some breadiness. Leads into more citrus hops, tasting of tangerines. Dry and long lasting bitterness.

An amazing pale ale. Excellent.

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Photo of Birdsong73
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alpha king is the flag ship beer for Three Floyd's. As a result, it needs to be a solid tasting beer and it is. It is a bit cloudy, but it has a very hoppy taste that is common in many of the Three Floyd's beers. If I was at a party and that was among a variety of other beers, I would grab it first (followed by a Zombie Dust). The only problems with the beer are the price, around $12 a six pack, and availability.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz amber bottle. Bottle features a rather portly man? looking like a cross between Mr. Yuck and a grown-up, steroid-raging version of the little kid in the Jolly Green Giant commercials.

Appearance: Dark, almost "burned" orange in appearance, complemented by a fairly decent head that struggled to maintain its dignity and be seen. Patchy lacing of the glass.

Smell: Lovely mixture of citrus, spice, and floral bouquets. You can just picture all of the hops figthing amongst themselves to make it out of the bottle.

Taste: Whatver the ugly dude on the label was sprinkling over this beer really worked. A tantalisingly smooth flavor is detected at first, followed by an avalanche of hops. The bitterness isn't too over-powering, and is very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: A moderate amount of body. Finished crisp and clean...leaving you ready for another sip.

Drinkability: Very, very easy to drink. The blend of the flavors, coupled with the dryness on the tongue make for an excellent beer.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date, but there is a map guiding one to the brewery in Munster, Indiana upon the label. It pours a clean amber color, the off-white head standing creamy and froth, about two fingers tall--a slight cap forms in the center as it shows outstanding retention and leaves behind beau coup sticky lace.

The nose is dominated by citrus and spicy hops, resulting in an overall fragrant, floral aroma. Its smell is quinessentially IPA--though it's not categorized as such .

The flavor is dominated, yet certaintly not overwhelmed by, hops. Some citrus, various spicey notes, and slightly sweet malt play into the complex, yet well-rounded and balanced taste.

The mouth begins somewhat velvety, then moves into the dry hoppy bitterness undercut by lemony notes and peppery spices. I could drink this all night, by itself or with almost any entree. A damn fine ale fo sho.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy light amber color with a foamy off-white head.
Decent retention and lacing.

Smell - Nice hop presence. Some sweet caramel malts as well.

Taste - Starts sweet from the caramel malts then the citrus hops take hold and dont let go. The caramel comes back into the mix later. It's a nice combination.

Mouthfeel - Medium/Thick body. Slides nicely accross the palate.

Drinkability - I wish this was more plentiful in my area.

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,761 ratings.