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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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5,034 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,034
Reviews: 1,671
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 843
Gots: 525 | 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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

beerhan, Mar 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Mick-e-d, Mar 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

happy5930, Mar 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

guajolote, Mar 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

DSlim71, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me two bottles of this for no reason whatsoever

Consumed 3/12/12

Appearance: Unexpectedly dark - amber with copper - hazy, but mostly clear - minimal white head, leaves a little spotty lacing

Smell: Hoppy with some balance - lots of citrus - floral citrus, orange and grapefruit rind, some flesh, some pine as well - definitely interesting, but not IPA-level (which is appropriate) - malt profile is interesting - biscuits, slightly toasted, some sweetness, some earthy notes that just scream APA

Taste: So good and so balanced - I am not sure what stands out more, the malts or the hops - malty, with dry, toasted biscuits, some toasted grains, and some earthiness - hoppy, with lots of citrus - oily, pithy, with some citrus peel, nicely bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, dry

Overall: A well-balanced, great APA

Everything about this beer is great. It is well-rounded. Hoppy, yet not as extreme as something like Three Floyds' Zombie Dust, and nicely malty. But just like Zombie Dust, I wish I could easily acquire this.

angrybabboon, Mar 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Grinnerman, Mar 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

beerhawk41, Mar 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

ortie, Mar 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

CGMLS3, Mar 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

tourdot, Mar 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

buffs9, Mar 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Slatetank, Mar 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

BeerNDoggerel, Mar 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

dramir6, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of soju6
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Served a rich copper color with a good head and lots of lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus with some caramel and fresh grain.

T: Taste of citrus and caramel with some fresh grain. A nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: medium body, smooth and somewhat creamy. Very nice balance

O: Excellent beer, a very solid pale ale. Definitely good for more than one. Well worth a try.

soju6, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

neckbracesub, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to auracom for this. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden copper color, good clarity, with a half finger of light stone colored head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Grassy hops, mild caramel and bready malt, some orange and tangerine notes as well (more so when warm).

T: Similar, with subtle hop bitterness on finish.

M: Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Carbonation is a tad harsh.

O: Very solid pale ale, an easy drinker which is balanced and packs lots of flavor for the ABV.

pmarlowe, Mar 06, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep amber, nice head retention
S- floral, citrus, hint of malt
T- Citrus hops, hint of malt, bitter finish, would prefer a bit more malty
M- Very undercarbed, probably because this is a taproom growler pour
O- Good beer, worth a try, need to try this from a bottle to really give it a fair shake.

Steasy66, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

mhaugo, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Redglimmer, Mar 04, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a bright and clear amber orange color and a nice foamy off-white head of about one and a half fingers. The lacing is nice and the retention is decent.

Aromas of citrus/oranges and grapfruit, oily and resinous hop juice, honey, floral hops, some lighter biscuity malt and caramel sweetness, and maybe even hints of mint and spicy hops in there.

The taste is of juicy citrus, grapefruit, and maybe even some papaya, floral and estery notes, moderate hop bitterness that isn't too much, mint sprig and spicy hop notes, and a mild but pleasant dry biscuit and caramel malt flavor to support all the assertive hops.

The mouthfeel is higher than expected for an APA, but nice. Solid medium or round carbonation, with almost a creamy consistency, a moderat nearly chewy body (in a good way), and a slightly dryer moderate length finish.

Alright, so I've had Zombie Dust, I've had Daisy Cutter, and now, I've had Alpha King. Three of the top five APAs at the moment. For one, I must say Three Floyds knows how to make an assertive, hoppy brew, be it APA, IPA, or DIPA. Secondly, I have to say that Alpha King is my new favorite APA, without a doubt. There's just something about it that rubs me the right way. The mouthfeel is wonderful, the hops are bordering on IPA territory, and the smell is absolutely great.

matttttYCE, Mar 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

brn9000, Mar 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

theminutemen, Mar 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 5,034 ratings.