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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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5,029 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,029
Reviews: 1,671
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 841
Gots: 524 | 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%

AustyEllis, Feb 07, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottling date of 1/16 puts this at almost three weeks old.

A: Darker amber-red color. Mild haze. Creamy off white head holds out at an eighth of an inch.mthin, delicate rings of lacing.

S: Fragrant pine, honeydew melon, mandarin orange. Doughy and bready malt base with undertones of caramel.

T: Pine and resin. Raw and oily. A bit more abrupt and aggressive at the beginning as it shows a lot of centennial character. Lemony and almost catty. Melon and tangerine start to pull through. Some bubblegum fruitiness too. Dough and caramel from the malt. Drier grainy tastes start to come of toward the end. Sweet finish of dough and raw hop power with a lingering catty bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Slick and creamy with a bit of a chewy feel. Lots of lifting and scrubbing carbonation add a great crip and refreshing bite and help to take the edge off of the hop astringency.

O: Somewhat rough and abrupt in the hops department at times, but the body and mouthfeel go a long way to promote drinkability. In the end it's a crushable pale capable of delivering quite a hop fix, and it really makes you want to come back for more.

ryan1788a5, Feb 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

tallfellapgh, Feb 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

sphyrn, Feb 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

lanciloti, Feb 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

AnitaBrewski, Feb 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Scooch, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Beautifully crafted brew of copper, mostly clear, with an substantial head that fades but does not disappear. Lacing is extensive.

S - Strong pine and lemon, combined with some shades of grass and other vegetal notes.

T - Hop hop hop. The smells of lemon and pine come through in the front, with a sudden and bitter bite that starts out mirrored with certain sweet notes of honey and malt coupled with subtle minerality but ends with a ferocious bitter blast of grapefruit pith and a sour lemon note that lingers.

M - This is a beer that lingers. Carbonation does help keep some of the resins off, the oils do coat the tongue and tingle there long after the beer itself has been swallowed.

O - I find this beer a pleasure, but not always an easy one. Though other Three Floyds might represent a finer example of what beer can be, this is a pretty clear statement of what a Three Floyds beer is. Strong, almost brutish, an explosion of flavor. I enjoy the contrasts, and think the beer represents a very successful statement of how big and robust a beer can be below 7% ABV.

Tsar_Riga, Feb 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

kushMan89, Feb 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

GraduatedCashew, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

wogreen, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

JKV96, Feb 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

carmike813, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Jho3325
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Darker amber color than I was expecting and there was a good two fingers of head that stays the whole way down.

Smell of citrus hops is crisp and clean.

Taste is of citrus and hop forward that is pulled back by the malt backbone before it wrecks your palate. The best part about this beer is the slight hint of pine as the beer finishes. A slight bitterness leaves you wanting more. Overall a smooth mouthfeel considering the bold taste.

This is another quality pale ale from FFFs. Lots of flavor, yet enough balance to allow you to drink a few of them!

Jho3325, Feb 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

elkinbrown, Feb 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

jjdc, Feb 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Warlocks-Passage, Feb 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

CSO, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Joecaddie, Jan 31, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

bradner, Jan 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

kristougher, Jan 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

dasmusik, Jan 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

hombrepalo, Jan 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

chefduff2, Jan 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

kybeerdrinker, Jan 29, 2014
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 5,029 ratings.