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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

4,764 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 4,764
Reviews: 1,664
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 824
Gots: 426 | FT: 24
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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Ratings: 4,764 | Reviews: 1,664 | Display Reviews Only:
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Slopes44


3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

06-21-2014 17:49:11 | More by Slopes44
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

04-20-2014 20:15:34 | More by facesnorth
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beerme626

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

09-01-2013 21:23:30 | More by beerme626
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BarrelBrother

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'll qualify this by saying Pale Ales aren't my favorite type of brew, but I tried this one after alot of encouraging from my IPA friends and was pleasantly surprised! The taste was very interesting and hoppiness didn't overwhelm the fruit overtones. The aroma caught my interest immeadiately. The bitter finish was quite strong which I know is typical, but not to my liking. If I had to choose a Pale Ale of those I've tasted, I found Alpha King to be quite unusual and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2004 02:43:21 | More by BarrelBrother
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BMos

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

03-13-2014 22:13:07 | More by BMos
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bcerv-ca

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

10-04-2013 23:35:55 | More by bcerv-ca
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foretheloveofbeer

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

03-23-2014 21:58:20 | More by foretheloveofbeer
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nineworldseries

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

09-18-2013 22:24:06 | More by nineworldseries
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jeffkissel

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

09-05-2013 13:41:26 | More by jeffkissel
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Nichols33

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

07-20-2014 13:04:25 | More by Nichols33
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

04-12-2012 01:04:18 | More by JustinMatthew
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Dawgboned37

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

06-10-2014 05:12:19 | More by Dawgboned37
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Jakep2021

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

02-22-2014 21:52:11 | More by Jakep2021
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Benjiehorn

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

07-07-2013 22:12:33 | More by Benjiehorn
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Guzzle_McBrew

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

05-05-2014 14:06:39 | More by Guzzle_McBrew
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adamjthompson00

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

09-21-2012 01:30:17 | More by adamjthompson00
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Jpepe08

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

05-03-2014 17:31:59 | More by Jpepe08
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FlussigkeitMut

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

01-23-2013 02:49:14 | More by FlussigkeitMut
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MCMASTERSANCHEZ

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

10-15-2013 20:16:21 | More by MCMASTERSANCHEZ
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bulletrain76

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draught at The Red in Santa Cruz. Black with a dense tan head. The aroma is super chocolate powered; leaning a little toward the dark side, but still milky and creamy. The flavor takes that and adds in a roasted bitterness that doesn't completely blend, but works out alright. The body is a little thin, but pretty smooth. This is a really nice smelling beer, with a pretty good flavor to back it up, but the chocolate and roasted malt don't seem to gel as well as they could

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 23:30:20 | More by bulletrain76
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Northsider

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely not my style of beer, but I wanted to try something different.

Pour deep yellow, with white head. Smell was that of grapefruits and other citruses.

Taste wasn't doing it for me. I'm not sure what a "good" pale ale or IPA is supposed to taste like, but this tasted like Pine Sol to me. Not very pleasant at all.

Seems like this is a hit for certain beer drinkers, but for those with my tastes it's best to avoid. Overall it's just a wacky, piney taste that somehow seems shouldn't be in any drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 21:18:29 | More by Northsider
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YankChef

Louisiana

3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into uk size sam smith pint glass

appearance: very slightly hazy amber/reddish with an initial 1/2 inch head that drifts down to a wisp that just covers the top of the beer and leaving some attractive lacing.

Smell: At first i get some nice grainy malty aromas of barley and then of course there are the hops which are predominant. Little bit of citrus and floral notes here as swell a little bit subdued actually, maybe its too cold.

Taste: There is a slight upfront flavor of the malt and then it is all hops, pretty intense for the style actually. Even tastes a little boozy? citrus punch from the hops, very dry beer with not too much sweetness.

Overall: this is the 6th ive had of this 6-pack that i had imported from indiana (not all at one time) and i can honestly say that this one didnt do it for me. I would take a dales pale, snpa, or a anchor liberty ale over this any day of the week and all of those beers are cheaper and easier to get. A let down

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 21:23:49 | More by YankChef
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep orange color with a small white head that disappeared rather quickly. Nose is sweet, malty, citrus and floral and pretty malty too. Taste is malty, some citrus and hop bite. Mouthfeel is ok. Malty, citrus and kind of blah. Nothing spectacular. Overall an average Pale for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 04:18:33 | More by barleywinefiend
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sm0key

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was actually a little disappointed based on the hype. Don't get me wrong, it's pretty good, but i do not think it is the class act of its style.
Poured into a pint glass, has a nice head for a bit, gives pretty lacing like you would expect. It looks really good. The taste is where it loses me a little. It's good, but I think there are others that are better. Pretty drinkable, could easily sip at it all day...

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 00:30:06 | More by sm0key
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eclipse54

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a robust copper color with about a finger’s breadth of off-white, almost ivory colored head comprised of medium-sized bubbles. Respectable retention and lacing. The aroma is of spicy and earthen hop cones, a bit of pine sap, some wet earth, and orange citrus. It tastes similar, but with a greater emphasis on the orange citrus. A bit of lemon rind and grapefruit come through as well. Earthen notes, including grass and pine, are more predominant than the spicy character that was notable on the nose. Hint of caramel malt on the end. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but rich in carbonation with a nearly effervescent quality. Finish is wet and refreshing, but doesn’t linger longer than wanted. Overall, this is a very drinkable and enjoyable pale ale. While commendable, it lacks a certain depth that some other top-tier examples may provide, seeming somewhat one-dimensional. Still, this only adds to the drinkability, as it prevents it from becoming too filling or overwhelming; in that regard, great success here.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 21:13:34 | More by eclipse54
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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