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Alpha King - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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5,269 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,269
Reviews: 1,683
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 869
Gots: 603 | FT: 22
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:
A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness. This is our flagship beer.

68 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2000)
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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

bluejacket74, Jul 30, 2006
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

bgreg3, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of umustdrink
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

umustdrink, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of wingnutter
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

wingnutter, Dec 31, 2005
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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".

sulldaddy, Jan 13, 2004
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

ktrillionaire, Jul 14, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

bruachan, Jan 24, 2006
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Chico1985, Jul 24, 2010
Alpha King from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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