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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

4,697 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,697
Reviews: 1,664
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 822
Gots: 409 | 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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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is copper, with a foamy white head. The smell is a strong citrus hop. The taste is fairly hoppy, but at over 7% the malt shows up quite a bit as well, and a lingering bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, I could have a few of these.

Ahh, a not bad pale ale at all, and I appreciated the chance to give it a try, and I might well have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 03:56:04 | More by beergeek279
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Drew966

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alpha King Pale Ale pours a hazy orange with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is citrusy hops. The flavor is also dominated by citrusy hops, and the malt is up to the job of balancing this beer nicely, but stays in the background. This is a hoppy beer, but it's not a as strong as a DIPA type beer, I think I could session this beer all night. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 23:03:39 | More by Drew966
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A copper/amber colored beer with a slight haze. Small creamy beige head, with a good lace. There is a strong hop boquet with both spicey notes and citrusy notes. The hops in the flavor are quite assertive but not overpowering. There also seems to be a hint of smokey malt in the background.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 21:15:21 | More by ybnorml
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GabrielM

New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by SuperNova777 in '10 Secret Santa BIF. Thanks again, Josh! Poured into a tulip.

A - really nice deep caramel brown with plenty of off-white head on top.

S - Hops, a little bit of malt sweetness, spice, caramel.

T - hops right up front with a nice bite, which are quickly smoothed over by some malt action. A little hop bitterness on the finish, which is welcomed.

M - feels good. That's it!

D - I wish I had more of this so I could (try to) session it.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 23:17:29 | More by GabrielM
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form bottle into my favorite tulip glass. A: Poured a nice reddish brown color with offwhite tan head. About a finger of head.
S: Hops right off the bat with some sweet undertones
T: smooth upfront transitioning to the bitter hops afterward. Not as balanced as I would have thought.
M: Good mouthfeel
D: A very drinkable APA that goes well on a nice warm day...or any day for that matter!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 22:58:57 | More by kbutler1
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lampkins

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Three Floyds Alpha King a perfect example of a pale ale that is not dominated by a overwhelming presence of alcohol in a beer. The beer pours a copper color that reminds me of a amber ale with a nice head. Beer smells like grape fruit and whole wheat bread. Tast of this beer is something spectacular, the taste of the hops do not dominate this beer and blends smoothly with the malty finish of this beer. It is easy to drink a lot of these beers, but they do catch up with you given the modest ABV. Give this beer a try, you will not be dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2004 01:43:17 | More by lampkins
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OakedCanuck

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

This beer pours a dark orange with hints of brown in the middle. Quick head leaving decent lacing. It has a musty orange bitterness smell with lemon citrus. Taste is very bitter, a very good hop bomb. Powerful orange and grapefruit with grassy undertones. This beer leaves a tackiness in your mouth with some malty sugar stick. A good beer and I would definitely like more!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 19:24:16 | More by OakedCanuck
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TinusTime

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an copper colour with a fairly standard white head.. the head doesnt last too long but the beer laces well. Smell is of piney hops and a little citrus in the hops. Taste is actually a bit of sweet malt at first then the hops over take that without being overly bitter or hoppy.. Nice carbonation makes for an easy drinking beer. It would be a great session beer.. Over all the beer is good, but It didnt blow me away as much as I thought it would.. I guess i thought it would be hoppier. Still a good solid beer that I would drink again

EDIT-- maybe my first review was with an older bottle or maybe i was in a bad mood, but on second glance this was better than i thought.. The nose on this one was pure piney hops.. Hell my wife even noted that the room smelled like evergreens. Taste was still as good but the Hops much more pronounced. Still goes down smooth .. Glad I gave it a second glance

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2004 16:07:28 | More by TinusTime
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jcartamdg

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a ccb pint glass. Pours reddish brown with a thin head, not a bad lookin beer at all. Aroma of crazy hops with some malts. Is this an ipa? Taste follows the nose but with a little more balance Of hops and malts. Finishes with tangy hops on the tongue. The is a really good beer, it's one of those pales like dales pale ale that borders on an ipa.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 12:35:01 | More by jcartamdg
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12oz bottle. It's been a while since I tried this, I forgot how hoppy it is. Smells and tastes like citrucy hops. I don't know what an APA is supposed to be, but it must be close to an IPA. Whichever type this is, it's an easy-drinking session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 16:31:41 | More by TurdFurgison
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jjayjaye

New York

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber orange with a small light tan head that fades fairly quickly. A film of lace when agitated, fades to a lingering washed pattern. A dominant citrus hop aroma with an underlying earthiness. Creamy while hopped, with a nice amount of carbonation that adds to a very satisfying complexity. Tastes somewhere between an IPA and a Pale Ale. Enjoyed it. Thanks JH!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 22:40:21 | More by jjayjaye
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calcio360jrd

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First 3F brew i have had, got a bunch of different ones from a recent trade to try.

Alpha King Pale Ale was a very enjoyable beer, especially seeing that i don't usually drink pale ale. But upon pouring this one wiht its off brown color and massive white head, the smell really drew me into this beer. Seemed to have more hop smell and flavor than most pale ales i have had in the past, and i am guessing that is why i liked it so much. Very lingering taste on the pallate, and the abv was a lot higher than i thought it was, hidden very well in this one.

I have 6 other 3F beers to try in the next couple of weeks in the fridge, gonna do 1 a day to really enjoy them, i'm guessing this is just the tip of the iceberg for me and this brewery!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 17:08:16 | More by calcio360jrd
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the last beers I have left from my Three Floyds haul via a trade with another beer lover out in Indiana. I'm looking forward to it as I've heard nothing but good things!

Alpha King pours like a beaut! A deep, dark amber golden color with a nice inch or so of sticky head. Lots of happy little bubbles shooting upwards make for a nice visual treat.

Smell is strong lemon and orange citrus. Some sweet pineapple followed by what I can only describe as a Lemonade/Iced Tea combination. The aroma is certainly making the first sip most appealing.

Wow! A pale ale? I've had IPAs that have done much less for my hop cravings! Alpha King is a very balanced beer, yes, but its also got a nice dose of hop bitterness, lots of sweet juicy citrus and more than one has come to expect from the good ol' American Pale Ale. Love it.

I'm imagining this flowing directly from the tap at the brewhouse in Munster into my 20 oz. imperial glass on a hot day. One day...one day.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 13:02:13 | More by indiapaleale
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/12/2011

A: citrus hops and sweet malts, hard to decipher anything else

Ap: copper-red, 2 finger off white head, nice lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, crisp, smooth

Af: slightly dry, sweet malts, and citrusy hops

O: not a go-to beer, but one I'd be willing to have again.

Cheers!
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 23:57:22 | More by THECPJ
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BierReise

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle fresh from the brewery. Beautiful copper colored ale with a thick frothy head. Big piney citrusy hoppy aroma which smells like a good amount of Cascade but I could be wrong. None the less, fantasticly hopped. Smooth body with a bitter slightly dry finish. Terrific flavor with nice blend of malts and hops. A bitter pale but fantastic and nearly an IPA in my opinion. Delicate lacing. Wish I had more of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 22:43:24 | More by BierReise
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its nice to try this beer, so big thanks to Bryan for sending it my way.

A hazy orange pour with a light tan head that laced well and stayed the course. Great appearance, and with the aroma to match. Very fresh, leafy and resiny with lots of citrus. Tastes like an IPA, which probably explains why its ranked as the top APA. Lots of citrus and pine, but with enogh sweet malt to reel it back in. Chewy medium body.

Its not to style, but its a damn fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 14:27:55 | More by bobsy
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brewpaab

California

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having read about 3 Floyds and not finding it where I live, I was very happy to have finally tried this. Alpha King Pale Ale is the first of this brewery's beers I am trying.

Great copper color, and capped with a nice 1 finger head that quickly subsided.

Wonderful floral aroma, inviting me to take a drink.

Full flavor, great mouthfeel. The malty sweetness is there for just a second before the hops lets you know what this beer is all about -but in a balanced way.

This beer is really good...I wish I had another...

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 05:44:13 | More by brewpaab
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bold, bronze in color with a small, cream-colored head. A slight haze caused by bottle conditioning (atleast thats what the bottle told me).

A boldly citrusy aroma. Hops, hops, and hops.

Similar to the smell, the flavor is huge on citrus hops. A bit piney. Really an outstanding flavor. Good stuff, real good stuff.

Excellent, ok heck, perfect mouthfeel for this beer. Just a touch over medium-bodied with superb carbonation. Hoppy, clean, and refreshing.

Great drinkability here, but like most pale ales in my diet these days, a couple in a row may be the max.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 20:39:47 | More by jasonpeckins32
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arboristfish

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep copper color, with a white head. This beer has a great citrus hop aroma to it. The flavor is fairly strong with citrus hops, there is a bit of a lingering citrus hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium light. Overall its a drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2010 00:03:28 | More by arboristfish
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PerzentRizen

Mississippi

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass straight from the fridge and allowed to warm for 15 minutes in the glass. This beer is a very dark pale ale. I was expecting something, well, a little paler. I still like the look. Huge swirling bubbles almost like fresh brewed tea are at the top.

The aroma is strong and hoppy. There is a tea like aroma (this could be sight imposed). I can also detect earthy tones, cut grass, and dried fruit.

The taste is light and there is a great balance between hops and malt. Carbonation is a little light but it's in line with the style. This is the first pale ale I've had that actually leaned more toward malt than hops. There is a residual sweetness in the finish with a playful hop bite.

The mouthfeel is a bit too light for my liking. I would prefer a little more body. I do like this beer but between body and appearance I can't give it an "A".

I would drink this for the rest of the day if 1)it wasn't so expensive 2)I still lived in Indiana 3)I didn't like the variety I now enjoy. This is a fine beer and one I wouldn't mind having again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 19:52:39 | More by PerzentRizen
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SQNfan

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper to amber in color the beer poured a 1/2" tight head that dissipated slowly. The nose was filled with piney hops followed by a bit of grapefruit, spice and caramel. These flavors cointinue into the mouth which was concentrated and had good weight though remained light on its feet. The midpalate had richness and sweetness to it which gradually turned dry toward the finish. This is a really well made beer that I could drink all of the time.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 20:32:26 | More by SQNfan
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LarryKemp

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark clear reddish copper with a thick long lasting head that leaves a nice head. This is what an Americn IPA is supposed to look like.

The citrusy hop aroma is quite prevalent with little malt in the nose.

The taste started with a hint of malt sweetness that lingered throughout and tempered the hops in the finish. I could not detect any caramel or roasted malt. The hops bitterness did indeed linger into the finish and approached harshness.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly medium-bodied. Because of the malt sweetness, it was not as dry finishing as I had expected. I did not detect much carbonation.

Overall I find this is a very good American IPA and is at the upper limits for style in IBU's and ABV but does not go over the top in any aspect.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2004 03:47:22 | More by LarryKemp
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KBomb

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rich bronze color, two fingers of frothy head. Good lacing.

As you lift the glass towards your face you experience the sensation of walking into a pine forest and falling face first into a pile of sap. Big pine hop aroma wafts off of Alpha King.

Taste is dominated by bold hop flavor, well to the bitter side of average. A variety of citrus and pine flavors accent the bitterness. A solid malt backbone gives the flavor shape and contrast-- a pleasant touch of sweetness. Taste has a surprisingly clean finish.

Mouthfeel is a little slick. Its a bit of a heavy brew, and even thought the AVB isn't too high-- the extreme flavor and moderately heavy weight makes me hesitate to open a second bottle.

A very impressive pale ale (or IPA or DIPA, whatever you want to classify it). Elite in class and execution.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 14:08:02 | More by KBomb
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output01x

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Dan3279 for this phenomenal trade!

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1 1/2-finger creamy tan head that falls apart after a few minutes to a thin but clumpy dusting with a thin foam ring around the edge of the glass. The body is a slightly hazy brilliant orange amber with very few carbonation bubbles. Some light lacing can be seen clinging to the glass throughout consumption.

A quick sniff discovers a strong pine hop presence along with some decent citrus peel. Diving deeper, I find the citrus aroma to be composed of orange peel and grapefruit juice. A good toasted malt backbone is also seen in the background, lending a little extra structure to the nose.

Interestingly, the first sip gives a creamy, almost muted caramelized malt flavor. Biscuit, toffee, and caramel are all present as the beer is held in the mouth. Some sharp floral and citrus hops can also be noticed struggling to break through the malt barricade. As soon as the beer is swallowed, pine and citrus hops explode across the palate with a great bitterness that rests on the middle of the tongue. A lingering floral bitter aftertaste persists long after the other flavors dissipate but never becomes very drying.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer is deceptively drinkable. The body is rather full and somewhat coating for the style but never becomes sticky. The carbonation has no noticeable fizz at all but seems to give the beer a great creaminess.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 23:04:02 | More by output01x
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into one my standard curved-rim pint glass. No freshness date available on the bottle. Once again, thanks to Matt for bring this 3F offering back for me to try.

A: Pours a translucent orange with a thick frothy off-white head on top, 2-fingers worth to be exact. 3F beers always have such great head retention.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, and pine collide here. It's that "bright", hoppy smell that I've come to expect from Three Floyds. And I love it.

T: Taste follows the nose. A wave a grapefruit rushes in and holds all the way through the finish. In the process, notes of pine and citrus also make an appearance. A pale-malt backbone underneath is surprisingly most prominent on the finish, but is certainly not "showcased" here. Something resiny seems to linger on the finish.

The hops are showcased. And I love that. My only complaint would be that for all the floral, citrus and flavorfull hops as are here, they really could have used a bit more bittering hops to help really drive the point home for me. As it is, this beer runs just a shade to sweet for my liking.

M: Carbonation is a bit light for my liking. As such, it sits in the mouth with a bit of *heft*. Loads of flavorful hops and sugars are left behind on the finish. Lots of tongue coating.

D/O: I love hoppy beer. This was enjoyable, and I will repeat it again soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 00:18:35 | More by psuKinger
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 4,697 ratings.