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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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4,928 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,928
Reviews: 1,668
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 840
Gots: 498 | FT: 23
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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

05-12-2013 15:47:30 | More by ipas-for-life
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-19-2011 05:05:11 | More by imperialking
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

06-29-2014 19:34:59 | More by GatorLCA
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-06-2014 01:18:46 | More by AndyCowles75
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-03-2014 23:27:51 | More by wils1705
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Served in a pint glass, the Alpha King pours a hazy amber/orange color, with around a half inch or so off-white head. The main aroma I get from this is citrusy hops (grapefruit), with a little spicyness too. It tastes hoppy with citrus being the main flavor, and with a bit of caramel sweetness in there too. There's a bitter finish/aftertaste, but it wasn't as strong as I expected (not that I'm complaining). The mouthfeel is kinda slick, with medium body. It's a pretty drinkable beer. Overall it's pretty good, you can't go wrong with this!

07-30-2006 00:15:07 | More by bluejacket74
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

ALPHA KING! great beer!

app- Hazy dark amber with a nice light cream color head that sticks muy bien.

smell- Amazing! a floral citrus smell hits you hard with a smell of some sweetness to it that seems to be hiding in this hoppy beer.

taste- citrus hop gives it to you first then it is followed by a caramel sweetness and then you get the strongly sought after hop after taste. I love it!

Mouthfeel- a good amount of carbonation to it between medium to heavy in its feel , about average in my opionion

Drinkability-Isn't the best but with conditioning you can become very use to it and then it becomes very appealing.

Just Brilliant.

06-28-2009 02:34:33 | More by bgreg3
Photo of umustdrink


4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

A - Hazy orange yellow color with a good amount of carbonation rising up through the beer. Also a very interesting microscopic sediment cloud suspended perfectly in the center of the beer. Head is offwhite small bubbles, settles at a nice film. Lacing coats everywhere the beer touches.

S - Mostly a bitter orange hop aroma with an interesting spice background, coriander and cayenne pepper.

T - Good hop-malt balance here, a sweet spicy background with both of the spices mentioned above.

M - Consistency is thin and oily that allows for lots of taste to linger long after you swallow.

D - Very fine APA, with interesting herbal/spicy notes in the taste. Not the best I've had but it is very good.

02-21-2007 02:25:52 | More by umustdrink
Photo of wingnutter


4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours a surprising golden amber color. Little to no head, but I pour slowly and tilted to minimize head.

Smells like an IPA. Hops, slight floral notes...

Tastes hoppy but a bit bland upon first sip. Not much more than hops going on. Not much malt to compliment the hops yet.

After letting it warm up for 10 minutes after the first sip, Im now getting some maltiness. I guess it was a bit too cold and that masked the taste a bit. This is a good APA. Sweetness is now backing up the bitter hops. The taste is something I can only describe as "delicate". Strong hops, but balanced nicely, making it a nice and friendly drinking beer. Smooth as hell. After a few more minutes, I taste a twinge of grassiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light but not whimpy. Ive been drinking alot of IPAs and DIPAs lately, so maybe Im just used to heavier beers recently. Its a good mouthfeel, just not very big.

Definately recommended, but not sure if its worthy of its rating at the best APA.

12-31-2005 07:42:42 | More by wingnutter
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

This brew pours amber with hints of orange. The beer is very clear. A white creamy, puffy head foams up easily and dissipates slowly. As it fades leaves very tight latticework on my glass.
Aroma is all hops, dominated by grapefruity scents with some mild pine aromas in there too.
First sip reveals average carbonation and medium body.
The flavor is similar to aroma, slightly bitey hops up front, just a pinch of malt sweetness on the middle, and the finish leaves the same grapefruity hop presence that I found in the nose.
This is a very smooth brew for being very hoppy.
Fairly easy to drink, you gotta try this one even if you dont consider yourself a "hophead".

01-13-2004 03:52:02 | More by sulldaddy
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Bottle fresh from the FFF Brewpub

A - Pours a very deep amber hue with an inch or more of persistent off-white foam. As the glass drains, large swaths of lace cling to the glass, leaving reverse growth-rings.

S - Spicy rye-like malt presence backs a grapefruit-citric hop; the result is a pungent and semi-sweet aromatic.

T - The beer is very full-bodied for an APA. Malt is prominent and is featured nearly as much as the hop. Hop tends to be grassy in flavor, despite being more grapefruit citric in aroma.

M - A bit too sticky and big-boned, I'd prefer it a bit skinnier.

D - Overall, a nice brew, well-made and tasty; I do not believe it is anywhere near as good as a number of other FFF brews. Give me a Gumballhead any day.

07-14-2010 21:59:20 | More by ktrillionaire
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District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

my stop in indiana on the world tour at winking lizard

pours into my glass a rosy amber with some lacing
big shot of NW hops lend a coarse bitterness and some big citrus
not very exciting in my book; seems to lose itself in the c-hop pale ale parade. yeah, it's OK but i've got no real reason to seek this out

01-24-2006 18:41:25 | More by bruachan
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

My first of two 12 ouncers sent by BrewerDan23. Much thanks!

Pours a dark copper orange, excellent fluffy off-white head. At the end the head is about pinky size and lots of lacing is left. Very good looking beer.

Getting mostly caramel malt in the smells, unlike the taste hops seem to be in the background.

Taste is very earthy when it first hits the tongue then switches to loads of citrus and a little bit of grapefruit of tangerine. Nice fruit tastes just like Dreadnaught and Gumballhead. Bread and caramel malt are there too but hops rule on this one. As expected, very hoppy and treading on IPA territory.

Has a solid creaminess, pretty bitter but smooth and notes of tropical fruit on the way down. Carbonation is a little lower than usual for the style I'd say.

Very good but I think it'd be better if the bitterness was a little lower. Paired with some local pizza smothered in hot sauce, yum.

07-24-2010 21:55:19 | More by Chico1985
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Had this brew serveral times over the last year but only getting around to reviewing it now care of a bottle from adamb0719. Thanks Adam! Reviewed on 12/13/10.

Pours a perfectly clear amber color that depending on how you look at it, appears more ruby or orange colored depending on the angle. A yellowish tan head appears and clings around the edges. Patchy lace clings to the glass.

Aroma is fruity with citrus notes and a toasty caramel malt suggestion that is sweet like almost brown sugar through to the back. A little spicy and herbal with grassy notes. Lightly piney with a tingle of alcohol in the nose.

Taste is toasty caramel malt, moderate herbal hoppy bitterness that is clingy and almost grassy. A good ratio of sweet maltiness to hoppy bitterness. A lingering resinous hoppy aftertaste is enjoyable with a light musty character.

Light to medium in the feel with a modest amount of carbonation. Quite a bold, herbal hop character with toasty caramel to offset the bitterness. This is a very solid brew that is easy drinking.

01-03-2011 19:20:44 | More by stakem
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Thanks to Goliath for this one
Bottle poured into my pint glass produced a finger worth of head, then settled to a quick lace. The body on this brew was nice clear amber.

Aromas of sweet malt light citrus lemony hops fill my nose.

Flavors of hops, very bitter for pale, not much malt I think it is more of an IPA than a Pale Ale. Medium mouthfeel ale with great carbonation.

Very drinkable it would be very easy to drink a few of these on a nice summer day.

06-14-2008 15:37:50 | More by joepais
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Well this sure is one great looking beer. The head came up three full fingers and lingered like crazy, creating super sticky lacing down the glass. The body is crystal clear dark amber topped by the ivory head mentioned above. Great nose that gives off plenty of hops aromas and hints of the malt body. The taste is about hops - citrusy and floral in the main, with great rind and grapefruit accents. Plenty of great bitterness it lingers on the palate like some great oily lotion to leave a creamy sense to remind you of the great taste you've just experienced. Full body and ultra creamy feel make this an exceptionally fine flavorfest.

05-18-2003 19:59:02 | More by AtLagerHeads
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

A - Almost a clear copper color with a very nice white foamy head. Lacing left behind looks like art

S - Super Centennial hops and citrus. Lots of grapefruit and orange

T - No bitterness at all. Very palatable and no alcohol taste at all

M - Silky smooth, great carbonation.

D - Leaves you looking for another sip, after sip, after sip, after sip....

Very good brew, definitely would recommend and search for again! Awesome label on the bottle too... Labels should ALWAYS matter, as they're an indication of how much the brewery care about their brew.

Thank you Dave for sharing!


04-01-2011 00:54:01 | More by chugalug06
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

A: Golden-ruby in color with a nice thin layer of off-colored white lacing left on top..

S: Pine + Citrus = Hops delight. Unmistaken sweeter malts seep through.

T: See Smell!

M: Decent. Nothing too exciting.

O: Great on draft. Great out of the bottle.

08-09-2011 23:34:28 | More by vande
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

12 oz bottle obtained from John’s Grocery (Iowa City) in January 2005 and consumed that same evening. Poured a finger-and-a half light cream colored head. Appears light brown-orange while the slightest hint of cloudiness. Smells of *GRAPEFRUIT* on top of a sweet...the strength of the sweet I can't tell because my olfactory sytem is kaput. Goodness, there is a cool sweetness to the grapefruit that's enticing. Tastes of *GRAPEFRUIT* and hop bitter. There is a wet sweet behind the hops, but the dry bitter of the hops wins. Did I just eat an entire field of ragweed? As the beer warms, I get a sweetness just before the potent citrus that has a toffee and melon flavor. Medium-light body and gorgeouos lacing on the inside of my glass. Oh, in case you missed it, my taste buds have been obliterated by the hop bitter. If I were drinking this after a softball game in the summer, the dryness would restore my soul. In the middle of a snowstorm, I'm only loving it.

I once had this beer on tap at the brewery and was not impressed. This bottle is way better. 3F, nice job at exploring the limits of IPA.

01-06-2005 06:46:01 | More by mentor
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Amber-going-on-red beer is very clear. It started with maybe half a finger of just-off-white head that went directly down the rabbit hole. Skimpy ring remains.

Aroma is a great big kick of grapefruit zest. Consider yourself forewarned.

Taste is so much a liquid version of the aroma that worried me briefly, but rolled slowly into a warm and expansive malt and then again into a tart asprin bitterness. The hops are loud enough for IPA territory.

Smooth enough, though all those flaming hops deliver a potent sting.

This one has gone over the wall a la Bitter Woman From Hell, but it's packing more balance. Crazy, but tolerably so. This goes in the pile with the hoppiest beers of which I would not mind having two.

07-15-2006 04:15:41 | More by maundythirsty
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured into my nonic pint, a glass I received courtesy of Rhettroactive. Thank the maker for Crate and Barrel Outlets!

A: A pleasing copper color. Surprising five finger head, Jiminy Christmas this poured heavy. Head is eggshell white, fluffy, and pillowy. This looks great.

S: Piney, citrusy hops. Light grain and moderate biscuity sweetness from the malt build. Very good.

T: Floral hops blend with the malt sweetness. Crisp and refreshing bitter finish. This is excellent.

M: Carbonation is spot on. Hops and malts blend nicely to produce a light, floral APA. Quite enjoyable.

O: Alpha King is a complex and enticing APA. A strong hop presence but excellent balance make this one of the best APA's this reviewer has sampled.

10-09-2011 22:54:37 | More by siege06nd
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

From notes, 4/4/11. Pours a lustrous orange with a shiny white cap. Good lacing. The aroma is dominated by hops with bright orange-tangerine and freshly cut grass notes taking the forefront. However, there’s a nicely doughy caramel malt backbone holding up that hoppiness. This beer definitely straddles the line between APA and IPA. The taste is also much bigger than your average APA. It has marvelous balance, starting with malt sweetness and smoothly transitioning to hop bitterness in the finish. It’s very, very easy to drink. The beer has a round, full feel that never gets too heavy. Flavor fills your mouth with each sip, but it finishes clean, light and in need of another quaff.

01-27-2013 06:55:26 | More by popery
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

A: opaque, copper hue with about an inch of creamy microbubble foam

S: very enticing; smells very hoppy for a pale ale, hints of other floral aromas

T: exceptional citrus taste with an immense quantity of hops hitting your taste buds; I'm not the one to go for pale ales, but this exceeded my expectations in taste

M: very smooth, very drinkable, very crisp

O: excellent pale ale; thought it wouldn't be hoppy enough for my liking, but it definitely hit the spot

04-06-2011 00:57:41 | More by jerskine
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

A- Pours a rather deep golden to amber color. A nice 2 finger frothy head forms, retains, and laces very well. Rather translucent in the glass.

S- All citrus hops and hints of pine notes. Just like SN Pale Ale, except bigger. Not much else here.

T- Starts with a bitter hops bang. Frankly, the flavor isn't as big as in the scent. Lighter malts are barely detectable underneath the hops profile.

M- Somewhat light and very carbonated, but still heavy enough to support the hops flavor profile. Easy to drink.

Overall, a very solid beer. Between this and SN Pale Ale, they are the flagship beers for this style.

04-14-2012 00:42:21 | More by boilermakerbrew
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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