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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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4,899 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,899
Reviews: 1,667
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 838
Gots: 484 | 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

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Photo of Mora2000


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Thanks to Pellinore1 for sending me this bottle. I had been wanting to try this for quite some time.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the citrus hops with some bready malt and sugar notes.

The flavor is bread and oranges. The orange is both juicy and pithy and is very well done. Low bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

11-17-2010 05:02:45 | More by Mora2000
Photo of GilGarp


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Big thanks to BuckeyeNation for this one! I'm having it tonight to celebrate OSU over PSU in the big game today!

No date code. Pours a hazy copper orange color with thin white head that settles quickly leaving just a little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet citrusy hops. Hard to tell if it's really fresh but it's nice.

Flavor is sweet up front with big citrus and grass hops coming through. Very bitter and strong for a pale ale but I'm not surprised. I figured the best pale ale on BA would be a hop bomb. Caramel sweetness is just enough to begin to balance things out.

Mouthfeel is smooth other than the bitterness. Medium bodied and medium-low carbonation.

A very good pale ale.

11-08-2009 00:55:29 | More by GilGarp
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a dark clear amber with a short finger of white head with decent retention. Nose is big and hoppy, the bitter floral variety, some citrus, and sweet malts. Taste starts off with a sharp bitter hop bite and transitions nicely into tropical fruits and caramel malts Alcohol is mildly present. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, though a little on the thin side. This is a tasty APA. Didn't wow me, but a solid bitter hopped pale ale.

10-17-2005 02:46:47 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of MiScusi


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

The cap actually took a bit of effort to pry off, it was on there pretty well, and released quite a large hiss when it did come off. It poured a deep orange, almost clear, but ever so slightly hazy. The head picked up quite some steam in the last 1/3 of the pour, forming a couple finger, semi-rocky head, though it did dwindle down into a cap fairly fast. Good lacing was left on the glass as well.

The aroma was of fruity citrus, plain and simple. The hops exert themselves very nicely. The taste is a punch of juicy berry and citrus at the beginning that transitions ever so nicely into pine at the end. No lingering bitterness present here.

The mouthfeel was ok. This bottle was well carbonated but the carbonation only exerts itself on the very tip of the tongue at the start of each sip. Towards the back end it feels a bit too smooth, if that's possible, but still good overall. Just a fantastically flavorful pale ale without being too over-the-top for the style. I was leery about the hype, not having tried anything from Three Floyd's before, but this was superb.
4.5 / 4.5 / 5 / 4 / 4.5

Just had another bottle last night. I'm not as big on this beer now as I was when I originally had it. It's good. It's pretty tasty, but it's more like an interestingly hopped amber ale. Easy to drink though.
Ratings adjusted to:
4 / 4 / 4 / 4 / 4.5

06-19-2007 03:33:21 | More by MiScusi
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

A: Poured a bright coppery-orange with a foamy 1 finger white head that was sticky and left a modest rim lacing.

S: big and citrusy from the cascade, centennial, and warrior hops.

T: The hoppiness was sharp and spicy with grapefruit and a nice floral finish. There was some lemony hints as well on the finish that left your mouth watering for the next sip.

M: medium and dry, with a great sticky grapefruit hop lacing left on the tongue.

D: A great big drinking pale by all means, will leave your mouth watering anxiously awaiting the next sip. Great drinkability, and case worthy by all means.

07-02-2008 00:09:43 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of philbe311


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

A - Pours without a head, only a slight lacing the bubbles up and quickly fades leaving only some small blob lace in the center of the glass and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass... A burnt glowing orange copper color which is slightly lighter at the bottom of the glass and darker at the thop... Loads or medium to fast paced carbonation rise throughout... Some lace clings to the sides of the glass as the session proceeds...

S - A wonderful sweet citrus aroma... Mandarin oranges... Peachy... The hops are present, but are far from overpowering... Pale malts... Weak scent of caramel... The overall aroma leads me to believe that this will be a very well balanced Pale Ale...

T - The taste doesn't disappoint... Wonderful balance... Sweet fruit and caramel are first to arrive on the palette... The citrus hops slowly rise to the forefront without ever overwhelming... Some mild piney notes are noticeable as the aftertaste lingers...

M - Just the slightest carbonated bite on the tongue... Medium bodied and slightly syrupy... Even and smooth sip after sip... A tad chalky with a slight bitterness after ever sip... Loads of character without ever being overpowering...

D - A wonderfully crafted Pale Ale... Many in the style seem to be timid and lacking any discernible character, however that is not the case with Alpha King... This is a Pale Ale this is oozing with character and charm without ever being overpowering or off putting... Excellent in all facets and well balanced...

10-10-2009 01:57:48 | More by philbe311
Photo of nataku00


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. A clear copper color with maybe half a finger of off white soapy head initially. Head dissipates to a collar of small bubbles and some lace along the surface quickly. Light lacing when swirling the beer, but it slides quickly back into the glass. Some nice carbonation visible through the beer, ascending at a decent clip but not overly vigorous.

Nose is orange peel, juicy ripe orange flesh, and caramel malt. Some dank earthy hops come up as the beer warms further. Not strongly aromatic.

Taking a sip, good balance of orange peel, pine needle and earthy hops with a good malt backbone. Short bitter hit on the tongue initially, but is then washed away by malt sweetness and finishes dry and clean.

Pretty easy to drink beer, light bodied and perfectly carbonated with some refreshing bubbles that cleanly remove the bitterness after your taste buds are done with it. A solid example of a well made pale ale.

04-24-2011 03:22:58 | More by nataku00
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

This one was sent to by BigBry in a recent trade.

Color: The beer is copper color and veiled.
Head: Nice head made of different bubbles size. It is a soapy looking head.

Aroma: Intense and hoppy. wow, more like an IPA than Pale Ale. The hops are citrusy with some grapefruits and piny notes.

Taste: Again, it is hoppy and intense. Presence of caramel malts too. The finish is very dry and with a strong bitterness. Again, the taste lingers for a good time in the mouth. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-body with the presence of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good.

A nice Pale Ale from FFF. I wish I could buy this one more often now.

03-28-2010 19:46:39 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of flaminghomer


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

this is a nice clean crisp pale ale that will knock you on your ass if you do not watch yourself. abv is a little over seven percent but doesn't taste over 5. very little alcohol taste. taste is clean crisp and hoppy. from the things that i read i expected some sort of hop freak show but instead had good hop character which is what i like. wait a minute... it is pretty freakin hoppy. i'm looking forward to trying other three floyds brews.

09-12-2004 05:25:51 | More by flaminghomer
Photo of Tyrawlings


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

On tap poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber with orange hues. Fluffy white one fingered head takes it sweet old time dissolving into a nice soft mirco bubble layer on the the top of the serving. Sticky spider web like lacing crawls all over the glass.

S: Aromatic floral and citrus. Pine sap. Yeast and sweet malt. Wet earth.

T: Big citrus and pine hops are followed by a medicine like bitter hop bite and grapefruit. A malt wave kicks in and balances the beer out perfectly. The beer finishes with a clean and leafy or tea like aftertase.

M: Clean and smooth. Medium carbonation. Slick but drying mouthfeel.

D: This is one extremely clean and refreshing brew. Drinkability is off the charts. A session beer for hopheads and a regular in my refrigerator. Highly Recommended.

02-13-2007 01:36:04 | More by Tyrawlings
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Bottle thanks to Vdubb86. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy amber (orangish when held up to light) with a finger of off white foam that settles down to a thin layer.

Smell: Heavy on the hops mixed with lemony citrus and a sweet malt aroma.

Taste: Bitter hops, lemony zest, grapefruit, pine and subtle malty hints as well.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: Very good drinking beer that I would buy the hell out of it were readily available to me. Another good brew from Three Floyds.

02-10-2011 23:52:56 | More by Axic10
Photo of Cresant


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Stone IPA glass. No date. Minimal head faded quickly. Cloudy body was yam colored.

Smelled of candied sweet potatoes & figs.

Hoppy, juicy taste. Pleasant grapefruit flavor. Bittering finish.

Mild carbonation with a alcohol tingle when held in the mouth.

Quite drinkable. I will buy again.

05-27-2006 09:06:41 | More by Cresant
Photo of Zorro


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

12 Oz bottle Sampled through the efforts of SS 05 BIF and Meathookjones.

Pours a chill hazed copper to red colored ale with a good off white head.

Smell is very hoppy with a tart edge to it like a SNPA. Mild citrus and pine aromas with a slight soapy edge to it.

Taste is mild with almost nothing but caramel and slight astringent bitterness in the first taste. Very subtle flavors here, caramel and butter glide like a ghost across your tongue while the herbal bitterness dries out the palette just leaving a slight woody after taste.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite a hoppy brew but it is so smooth that you almost wonder if you really are drinking something milder. Very subtle and easy to drink beer that will satisfy the hophead and the Macro drinker equally well.

01-01-2006 04:51:05 | More by Zorro
Photo of Casey10


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Received by trade a good beer kind of nutty flavored.

A - Copper dark brown

S - malts, biscuty, bread

T - slighty acidic, small amounts of citrus

M - Froth, again slightly acidic okay.

D - Hmm after average ratings this brew has above average drink. Why? Well it doesn't fit the categories that are used but the beer is good!!!

08-30-2009 04:40:05 | More by Casey10
Photo of ridglens


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured into a portsmouth snifter, a little cold so allowed to warm up a little

A: Pretty beer, darker broen with jsut a hint of red glow when held up to light. pours a 2 1/2 finger head that quickly dissapaites to a thin, light brown but smooth looking layer.

S: just a little fresh hoppy small at first, but opens up a little as it warms. soon includes some grapefruity fresh citrus, with maybe the slightest hint of malty richness. hard to pul anything else out (still too cold?) not a ton here, but smells really fresh and good

T: much more than the smell. fresh citrus bitter hops, but also with a balancing sweet profile. lots of a grape-fruity like citrus (do i have grapefruit on the brain or something?) honestly more malty characteristics than i thought at first, makes this a greatly balanced beer.

M: great for the style. i love the level of carbonation. not too thin (but not what i would call "thick"), but really, really smooth. feels great

D: because of the balance and the smoothness make this beer great for drinkability. i could (and have) drank 1 or 12 without any thought of "this is getting rough/old"

a beer i get all the time, but actually under appreciated the balanced qualities. great beer from the Floyds

06-28-2010 02:22:29 | More by ridglens
Photo of Pdiddey3d

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Big thanks to GDBEERMAN for hooking me up with this one.

A - Pours a nice hazy amber, almost orange. About one finger of head that reduces to slim halo after a couple minutes. Very minimal lacing.

S - Very pleasant aroma. Picking up mostly grapefruit but there are some hints of malt and some hops but the citrus prevails.

T - Great balance of citrusy hops and a smooth maltiness. Leaves some bitterness on the tongue int the finish but nothing too overwhelming. It surprises me that this is not an IPA with the nice amount of hops in here.

M/D - Very smooth. great carbonation, perfect balance. This is a bit on the hoppy side for an APA but it goes down easy and I would say this is a sessionable beer. Wish I had more than one to enjoy.

08-10-2010 02:23:03 | More by Pdiddey3d
Photo of vkv822


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.
extra sent by iadler!

Pours a slightly hazy amber orange with quite active rising carbonation and a thick off white head.

The aroma is of strong citric fruits that blend quite nicely with a caramel malt backing.

The taste is sweet, with caramel, biscuit malts, with a pleasant citric hop blend.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with pleasant carbonation, though not nearly as active as the appearance leads to believe.

This reminded me more of an IPA in the nose, though the hops and malts did balance out a bit more in the taste. A very well done APA overall.

05-11-2011 03:38:05 | More by vkv822
Photo of AgentZero


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

A - Dark copper color with a small white head that had some mild lacing.

S - Lot of citrusy hops on this, but light, not heavy grapefruitish like some hop bombs will do. Light malt notes, and some resiny finish.

T - Really nice citrusy sweet profile, not sugary sweet, but sweet. Malt backbone with a nicely bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

D - Really easy and refreshing to drink, could do a few of these.

04-29-2010 05:10:19 | More by AgentZero
Photo of Wisconsinality


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from 12oz bottle into SA Perfect Pint.

A- Where they get the pale ale from beats me. A nice deep amber with hints of orange around the edges. With a little bit of cloudiness, this beer pours a nice finger worth of head that recedes quickly but leaves a little bit of lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A big burst of pine and citrus hops right out of the bottle. A little bit of a sweet scent to go along with some faint grassiness. The alcohol barely makes its self known, but it is there.

T- The taste is a little more toned down than the nose but still is very good nonetheless. A sweet orange with a pine bite make this not your average pale ale. A little bit of a malt backbone compliments a hint of yeast.

M- When they call it a pale ale I am expecting a little more carbonation and maybe even just a tad bit lighter of a body. Medium bodied, it reminds me more of an IPA without the bite.

D- There is a good amount of flavor but it never really affects the palate. Like I have mentioned before, this reminds me more of an IPA than an APA. You can't tell the amount of alcohol in here and I have no problem knocking back a few of these in a sitting.

03-24-2010 02:14:57 | More by Wisconsinality
Photo of Bubba83


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Thanks go out to Kegatron for this bottle in a trade. Great BA and awesome friend.

Pours a dark, hazy amber with 2 finger widths of slightly off-white yet bright head. Very creamy looking 1/8 inch thick ring is there the whole way through. There's some spotty lacing, but it's scraggly.

Aroma is made up of mostly brown sugar, but has some caramel and citrus lurking around too. Some indescript forest smell is here too, I don't want to label it pine though, as it seems a bit more generic than that. A hint of peppery-ness as well.

The malt plays a huge role up front, with lots of thick brown sugar flavor as well as caramel. The hops are well balanced though, and bring a LOT of citrus to the table. It's not that grapefruity type of citrus though, it's more of a soft orange/lemon type. Finishing up we get some sprucey/pine type flavors and a little bit of alcoholic cherry with some faint spice for the swallow.

Mouthfeel can't be improved in my opinion, it's absolutely fantastic. Somewhat creamy feeling with little tiny bubbles, a fair bit of heft in the body makes it a really good chewy consistency.

Overall this is a nice beer. Not the typical Pale Ale by any means, as the beer drinks pretty big. Surprising that it's only 6% with how much malt there is here. Overall this beer reminds me a lot of Drake's Gold Medal IPA, but maltier. Good stuff.

01-31-2010 09:14:08 | More by Bubba83
Photo of mayor55


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

I have had this many times and it's time for a review. Dark color with foamy head. Color is a little darker than what I would expect for a APA. Citrus/Malt smell that is a little confusing. Feels very good in the mouth. Nice aftertaste.

Very good beer. Not my favorite style and the hoppy/malty split is somewhat confusing. Beer hides its alcohol level.

11-27-2010 14:28:42 | More by mayor55
Photo of Ellbert


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance: Orange with brown highlights. A yellowish head crowns this brew. A beautiful sight. What is this... floaties... bits of hops... you can't get much bette.r

Smell: It smells like fresh hops. There is little malt in the smell but the hops just smell so inviting. They over-take the aroma and invite you in. Very citrusy.

Taste: This is not as apealing as the smell but it is good. If you like sharp fresh hops this is great. The hops are upfront... They seem to overpower until halfway into the brew. As it warms up it balances more. The malt decides to play more of a role and steps up to the plate to hand it to the hops. The hops linger and leave an oily coating on your tongue. There is a little caramel in there towards the end. The alcohol is not evident.

Mouthfeel: Rich and dense. The hops impart an oily smoothness that coats your mouth. The malt adds body to the beer and the hop oils strengthen it.

Drinkability: This is not for the faint of heart. It is very blunt with the hops in aroma, flavor, and even appearance with the hop floaties.

04-24-2004 03:17:55 | More by Ellbert
Photo of leakyfaucet12


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

a- a ton of lacing. orangish white head 1 finger. body is orangish brown, not what I have come to know from an IPA

S- tons of hops in the smell. the obvious fruits/citrus and piny notes. just very potent. smells really good.

t-hoppy, but boozie, tastes like alot of IPAs that I have had but stronger hops taste.

m- lots of carbonation when I hold on my tounge almost starts to burn.

d- Really good. I am starting to think that IPAs are all really drinkable but the flavor on this one keeps it apart from the rest. I really enjoy this beer

01-03-2011 04:22:51 | More by leakyfaucet12
Photo of merryjoulton


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a slightly cloudy deep orange hue that has a nice head at first. Then it fades to a prisitne white foam around the edges that laces tightly to the glass. Smell is tight and sticky, very well constructed concoction of piny, sticky, citrusy sweet hops and a binder of nice malt. Taste is a perfect blend of bitter hops and sticky goodness that is balanced by the sweet malt character. Mouthfeel is full with a superb drinkability.

07-25-2010 03:39:03 | More by merryjoulton
Photo of strikertown


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Big thanks to Sean(Sean9689) for sending me the growler. I won his LIF, and it was received in excellent condition.

A-Not so much pale, but more of an light orange coloring with a small head that dissipated quickly to a thin lacing. Looks very enticing.

S-I am not sure if this was a cause of being in a growler for a couple weeks (I didn't drink it right away), but the aroma was faint although pleasant. Floral citrus but just not much of it.

T-This beer tastes more along the lines of an American IPA. Very bitter and citrusy hoppy. Added in was a decent malt backbone that led to some perceived sweetness. It sort of took on a pineapple flavor with the citrus and sweetness mixed together.

M-Has a solid mouthfeel that is not small and not big but rather right in the middle which makes this an easy drinker, IMO.

O-Overall I am still surprised that this is listed as an American Pale because it is similar to other IPAs I've had with decent body and a strong bitterness with citrus hops. This is a beer I could drink a whole lot of and be content.

Thanks again to Sean9689, for an excellent beer. I will definitely be seeking this out when i am in the distro area.

04-24-2011 05:19:58 | More by strikertown
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95 out of 100 based on 4,899 ratings.