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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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5,130 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,130
Reviews: 1,675
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 865
Gots: 564 | FT: 26
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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3/5  rDev -29.6%

Dnottus, Aug 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.6%

beercanman, Apr 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.6%

BarrytheBear, Sep 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.6%

Bluecane, Apr 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.6%

steelersnation, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Invictus
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Invictus, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Leiting
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Leiting, Mar 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.6%

Lionhawk, Sep 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.6%

qazeqaz, Jan 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.6%

Tanktizzo, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of DrainBamage
3.1/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy orangish brown with a quarter inch of head that thins to a trace. It smells of hops and citrusy aromas. Taste is very bitter, but has an average citrusy APA taste to it with mild malt flavors. Mouthfeel is a little acidic and is highly carbonated. It leaves a very bitter after taste in your mouth that seems to last forever. I found this brew to be a little to bitter for an APA, but a big hop lover would most likely enjoy this one.

DrainBamage, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of Mrchill27282728
3.12/5  rDev -26.8%

Mrchill27282728, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of PDXHops
3.13/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BitterPachyderm for this 12 oz bottle, poured into an oversized snifter.

An aggressive pour directly into the middle of my snifter coaxes 1/4 inch of head that doesn't stick around for long. Surprisingly dark body- kind of a hazy deep copper/amber/orange combo. Just a hint of lacing. Disappointed in the lack of head and lace.

Smells of (stale?) refrigerated hop pellets, with lots of general bready sweetness. Some caramel and citrus, but mainly sweetness. A bit weird for an APA.

Tastes pretty good, although not as hoppy as I was hoping for. As in the nose, lots of general bready and malty sweetness. Some caramel, some citrus and hints of (faded?) piny bitterness.

Moderate-low carbonation. Could definitely use some more zip to help scrub some of the sweetness away. Medium body.

Overall impression: It's OK, but disappointing as I was expecting a hophead's delight and instead got a very sweet (and flattish) brew. Older bottle, maybe? If I get a chance to try it again and have a different experience, I'll adjust my review/ratings accordingly.

PDXHops, May 09, 2009
Photo of scottfrie
3.13/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks HosP.

A: Pours a dark amber with a large, dense, stiff, tan head that left a sheet of lace around the whole glass as it receded into a pillow-y lumpy film.
S: Notes of malt, pineapple, and olives?
T: Light grapefruity bitter hops peak through a big caramel malt backbone. Body is sweet and the finish is slightly bitter. Very juicy and citrusy.
M: Medium body that feels "wet" in the mouth. Very juicy. Not very crisp, not very carbonated.
D: Not my favorite Pale Ale, but still nothing really wrong with the beer. Fairly hoppy for a PA, but not as crisp as I would have liked.

scottfrie, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of 7ways
3.13/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark copper with small tan head. No lace. It looks thin, and kind of pathetic.

Smells bright and airy, not too pungent. Fresh green hops, flowers, orange peel, and tropical fruit can't quite cover the cereal maltiness. A little meaty, but not rotten.

Tastes about like it smells, creeping into IPA territory. It's balanced on the front, but finishes sharply citric, bitter, and metallic. Not too complex or quaffable.

Decent mouthfeel.

I don't get the hype, is it just because everything from 3Floyds has to be awesome? This is a decent beer, everything about this seems well put together; however, it's pretty lackluster. It would be swell if 3F cared enough to date their bottles.

And calling an IPA a pale ale isn't "pushing the envelope", it's just mislabeling.

7ways, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
3.13/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy orange tinted amber color. Frothy white head. A bit of a pungent hop scent. An oily hop taste present. Quite bitter. More like an IPA though. An average pale ale. Tastes more like a British-style pale ale to me. American styles have more of a floral and herbal aroma reminiscent of the NW hop varieties. To me, this one doesn't possess that characteristic. I see I'm not in agreement with most on this beer, but SN, Summit and Big Sky are a lot better in my opinion.

Bighuge, Mar 24, 2002
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3.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my Black Butte pint glass. I got this in a generous BIF box from sopernicus.

A - Orange/Brown body with a small off white head

S - A light citrus hop aroma but not much. A hint of sweetness. I remember this smelling better when I had it on draft in Chicago.

T - Light hop flavor with a bit malt backbone. I could have sworn this was more hoppy when I had it on draft as well. A bit of a citrus hop bitterness but mostly sweet malt notes.

M - medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation

D - I think this bottle may be old but it isn't dated so I have no clue. A decent pale ale but not nearly as hoppy and delicious as I remember when I had it in the past. Hopefully I'll have a chance to try this again.

jpmclaug, Oct 03, 2010
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3.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty clear copper. Wonderful dense foamy rocky off-white head stays around for a while and leaves nice rings on my nonic. Great aroma of fresh grapefruity hops with enough spicy quality to keep it interesting. Hints of grainy sweetness carry it along to my nose. Low carbonation, thick 'plasticy' body. Very toasty malt with assertive, slightly prickly herbage. A bit of peppermint Altoid in the finish. No yeast characteristics leave it lacking in development and complexity. Thickness makes it way too filling. Decently made, but fails to stand out from the pack. I still do not think that toasty malt flavors go well with big fruity hoppage.

[Mislabeled. With this big body, slightly elavated alcohol, and big hoppage, this is definitely an IPA and should be compared on that level. To have this listed as a pale ale is unfair to the real versions of the style.]

waughbrew, Jul 10, 2005
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3.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper amber with very little head and no lacing. A bit of sweet maltiness in the aroma as well as some tropical fruit and pine. Taste is a nice balance of mildly sweet malts and floral hops. Low carbonation and body. Quite drinkable, but nothing exceptional.

kscaldef, Apr 10, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

obiwan_k3n00bi, Mar 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

tallfellapgh, Feb 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

ShortTermMemory, Dec 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

pariah_peels, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of jwhawkins81
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Pine and citrus hops and a lot of them.

Appearance - Poured reddish yellow with a trickle of residual carbonation

Taste - Surprisingly sweet and not overly bitter at all. Smooth but this must be an older bottle since I'm not getting the hop bite that I would expect from a FFF APA.

jwhawkins81, Apr 18, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

Lewdd, Feb 03, 2013
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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