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Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,734
Hads: 5,892
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.96%
Wants: 922
Gots: 967 | FT: 24
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 Birdsong73
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of Osiris9588
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (906 characters)

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of haddon
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this on draft at Pazzo's in Lexington, KY. out of all the beers we tried, this was by far the best of the lineup. if you saw all of the offerings this joint has on tap, you would know this is saying something.

orange and gold, with a pale colored cap. lots of lacing all the way down the pint glass

The nose is citrusy hoppy. Not overpowering but just a good mix of orange peel, grapefruit and all things citrus

The flavor has a citrusy hop bite that is more characteristic of IPA's than APA's. plenty of malt to balance things out. Flavors include grapefruit and orange peel primarily.

The mouthfeel is plenty smooth, medium body with just the right carbonation. no complaints here.

Drinkability is high... nice and smooth, very well-balanced.

Alpha King does seem more like an IPA than a true APA. I ain't complaining because that's just my game! I will be looking for a clone to brew and if you know me, you know that is the ultimate compliment. well done, FFF. (976 characters)

Photo of Southernbrew
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark bronze color, small bubbly head. Darker than most pale ales i've seen.

Big citrusy hop aroma. Really bordering on IPA territory.

Medium body, big hoppy citrus flavor, some piney flavors blend in halfway through as well and finish up with a light bitterness in the finish along with a slight dryness.

A very exceptional pale ale, one of the hoppiest i've had. This gets me even more excited about the Dreadnaught I have waiting. (441 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass, very cold directly from the refrigerator. Very little head and just a bit of lacing as I take a good hard swallow after the initial sips. Dark orangish-amber, almost copper in color.

The aroma is fresh and clean --- flower and citrus hop character dominate the nose. Some bready malt in there.

The initial taste very much follows the nose, in this order: sharp bit of orange rind and grapefruit, bready and biscuity malt in the middle, finished off with a spicy, flowery bitterness in the back. Very tasty. Quite bitter in the aftertaste.

Not a ton of carbonation but just enough to hold up the hops and keep it from being too dry.

If this were readily available to me, I would have this on an almost regular basis. What might keep me from having this in my regular rotation is the price.

NOTE: This strandles the fence on becoming an IPA. But I'm certainly not one to shy away from an overly hopped pale ale. Keep them coming. (988 characters)

Photo of heebes
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whitelightheat for the bottle.

Pours a clear, dark golden with a finger and a half of off white fluffy foam head. Nose is all citrus, grapefruit, an abundance of floral hops. Taste follows suit, lots of hoppy goodness, sweet citrus flavors, with a caramel malt underneath and a bitter pine like taste afterwards. A distinct white grapefruit rind flavour going on. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, ends dry and chewy.
Overall, a highly enjoyable American Pale Ale that makes great use of major hop auromas and flavours. (526 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to aasher for this as an extra in a past in-person trade. Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a two and a half finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty excellent brew. Very well balanced and complex. Not too much missing on this one. If you haven't tried this before, get off your ass or trade for it. You won't be disappointed. (679 characters)

Photo of Franchise
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice dark amber, with a nice white lace that sticks to the side of the glass. The smell is citrus, hops, and lemons and flavored with a sweetness of honey and the faintest hint of vanilla. The taste is great, it has a nice bitter kick from the hops as well as some great lemon flavor that is brought out by the honey. The mouthfeel on the palate is very clean. Great beer overall glad I was able to get my hands on this beer, I will def go back to it again. (475 characters)

4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange copper. Thick chunky tannish head. Beautiful frosty laces.

Very hoppy Pale ale. Citrus, resin, and pine hop notes. Toasty caramel.

Big citrus, grapefruit, orange peel. Toasty caramel bread. Great lingering grapefruitty resinous bitterness.

Sticky, well balanced, med body, smooth

Very drinkable, big citrus hopped pale ale that could easily be considered an IPA. (379 characters)

Photo of spark3148857
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Three Floyds:

AP: Amber with mahogany tones, creamy off white head.

AR: Pungent hops, some citrus with a heavy dose of earthy and piney aromas.

TS: Slight citrus hops but most bitterness comes from earthy and piney flavors, dry.

MF: Great smooth mouthfeel that coats the mouth.

OV: A well crafted APA verging on IPA that brings lots of great hop bitterness to the table. (386 characters)

Photo of hustlemuscle
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good looking amber, slight carbonation, with a head that disappeared quickly. Great citrusy hops greet the nose, stong and intruiging. Boy, what a fine APA. Citrusy hops with just the slightest touch of smokyness. Very smooth, medium bodied with typical hop oiliness. As you put it to your mouth, you get a nice whif of what you are about to get; hops. Easy drinking, good stuff. Not overly comlex, but good stuff. One to keep an eye out for. (444 characters)

Photo of thebeerisgood
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus and big floral hops. A great first impression for this brew.

Appearance: Copper/Amber with an off-white head that leaves rows of lace clinging to the glass.

Taste: Lots of citrus and hops flavor balanced well with pale malt sweetness. As with most 3 Floyds brews, Alpha King has huge flavor and is very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and a medium body, finishing dry and clean.

Overall: This is a very smooth, delicious brew and has easily become one of my favorite pale ales. With a ton of flavor, Alpha King leaves the bodies of most other pale ales in its wake. Over the course of two evenings, I killed a sixer without destroying my taste buds and keeping most of my wits about me.

Notes: Alpha King is brewed with Centennial, Cascade and Warrior hops and is one of 3 Floyds flagship brews. I've seen a sixer of this at pretty much every Citywide and Belmont in the area, as well as Martin's Supermarket. (964 characters)

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber color with little head and almost no lacing.

S: Mostly grapefruit, but I also pick up tropical fruits and pineapple. Terrific aroma!

T:Tastes almost exactly replicates the smell which is really nice.

M: Smedium body, good carbonation, with a refreshing mouthfeel.

D: Its got a great taste, the ABV isn't too high, and its quite a refreshing beer. Its a great summer type beer that I would consider highly drinkable.

I was unimpressed when I had this from a bottle but in a growler it was GREAT!! (513 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me two bottles of this for no reason whatsoever

Consumed 3/12/12

Appearance: Unexpectedly dark - amber with copper - hazy, but mostly clear - minimal white head, leaves a little spotty lacing

Smell: Hoppy with some balance - lots of citrus - floral citrus, orange and grapefruit rind, some flesh, some pine as well - definitely interesting, but not IPA-level (which is appropriate) - malt profile is interesting - biscuits, slightly toasted, some sweetness, some earthy notes that just scream APA

Taste: So good and so balanced - I am not sure what stands out more, the malts or the hops - malty, with dry, toasted biscuits, some toasted grains, and some earthiness - hoppy, with lots of citrus - oily, pithy, with some citrus peel, nicely bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, dry

Overall: A well-balanced, great APA

Everything about this beer is great. It is well-rounded. Hoppy, yet not as extreme as something like Three Floyds' Zombie Dust, and nicely malty. But just like Zombie Dust, I wish I could easily acquire this. (1,079 characters)

Photo of CBlack85
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JAYBLACK for this one.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a hazy deep golden color with a huge fluffy off white head that recedes slowly leaving behind thick sheets of sticky lacing.

The aroma is of citrus and tropical fruits. Lots of orange and grapefruit with some pineapple and mango notes as well.

The taste is orange and grapefruit, with a nice malt presence to balance it out. Really this seems to be flirting with the IPA/APA border with the amount of hops this beer is packing. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated, very smooth and easy to drink. I could see myself enjoying several of these in a sitting.

All in all this is another great beer from the guys at FFF. (718 characters)

Photo of biggred1
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber with lots of tiny suspended yeast particles visible. Very fine whipped tan head that settles into a nice collar of foam that leaves lots of sticky rings of lace on the glass. Smells of floral hops and caramel maltiness. Tastes pretty hoppy for an APA,with lots of grapefruit upfront with a solid malt backbone. I think their mild ale is more an APA and this is more IPA, but who cares? It is outstanding. Medium bodied mouthfeel with a fine carbonation. A hop head's beer for sure. (494 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with David Eddie.

Nice head that has good retention. I poured this beer into a pint glass.

Smell of glorious hops. MMM. Hoppier than most pale ales. Hoppier than certain IPAs. Very nice hoppy taste, but not one dimensional at all. Pale malts come into balance. A little bit of caramel, but not as much as other pale ales. Brewed more like an ipa, but it's not. It's just a stronger pa. Tastes like centennial hops rather than cascade, however different than westcoast brewers like stone and alesmith's cascades.

Decent mouthfeel. A nice sessionable beer. MMM. (583 characters)

Photo of Yesac
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on trade from jwinship83 - thanks!

A - Pours a hazy copper/orange. Small off-white head that stays throughout the glass.

S - Floral aroma with strong citrus hops. Very crisp smelling.

T - Where the malts at? Hop dominance up front, but without the typical bitterness, they are sweet and crisp. Subtle malt finish.

M - Medium body, slightly sticky sweet hop aftertaste.

D - So crisp and fresh tasting, easy drinker here. Excellent APA. (452 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

alpha king pours a nice dark orange color with nice carbonation/head... the smell is great.. sweet malts,hops ,citrus,pine, and other floral/fruity smells..superb it smells and taste more like an IPA to me it starts with a malt sweetness followed by a citrus hop flavor all in perfect balance..it fills the mouth with all of the before mentioned and is so very drinkable..this is my favorite PALE ALE but not my favorite IPA.. its easy to down 3 of these quickly in fact i got to go get another. buy/try this one for sure (521 characters)

Photo of BringusKilkenney
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer i loved it alot and was well worth the trip to chicago for it.
Apperance-light brown in color and light in the head when served slightly foamy not to much to distract you from this good beer.
Smell- Smells of well most brown and light IPA's citrusy and inviing.
Taste- This is where you really get into the good beer. It tasted amazing and really brought you to want more and more. citrus and malty hints at the same tame quite a unique beer and i can understand the cult following. (509 characters)

Photo of djhowell
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Has a copper colored body with two fingers of fluffy tan head. Leaves some lacing. This beer was darker than I expected.
S: More hops than anticipated. Grapefruit, caramel, some grass and a little pine. Smells more like an IPA than an APA.
T: Lots of citrus and some pine first, backed up by some more floral hops with caramel sweetness in the middle, pine hops and sweet malt finish.
M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation makes for a smooth mouthfeel.
D: Great. I could drink this all afternoon.

Sure seems more like an IPA than an APA, but it is delicious either way. (615 characters)

Photo of hamilton23
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice amber color with a thick, creamy beige head.

S: Some citrus hops with some caramel and malt.

T: The sweetness is well balanced with the bitterness of the citrus hops. Notes of caramel malts.

M: Smooth, drinkable, clean finish.

O: For a style I usually do not enjoy, this was one of the better beers I have had in this style. A great summer beer. I could see myself drinking a few of these at a session. (423 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had Alpha King before, but a buddy of mine picked this particular bottle up from his recent trip to Indiana. Thanks, sean0505!

Poured into a tulip pint: Reddish-brown with some golden-orange highlights under two fingers of very light tan head, thick, sticky, lumpy. Drops to an island, but retains well.

Very fresh smell of slightly cooked orange & grapefruit, some tea leaves, a little burnt sugar, & some biscuity malt in the background. Resinous & "close," fresh. Just great.
Not quite as "hoppy" as I remember it -- like, I remember it smelling like a bag of pellets before -- but still pretty awesome.

Taste is citrus up front, the orange & grapefruit again, that cooked sugar followed by a tea-like dryness, moving into a sort of woody, even toasty malt profile. Finishes moderately bitter, piny, with a little booze presence. Goes through motions after the swallow, malty, biscuity, woody, sugary, piney again. Good stuff.

Medium-bodied, smooth with a little bit around the edges, slightly sticky in the aftertaste.

Great stuff, a slightly different animal from what I remember -- the green & resinous character is overshadowed by citrus & pine this time around, falling a little more in traditional American IPA territory. Still damn fine, & easily quaffable -- I could drink this all evening. (1,306 characters)

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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