Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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5,728 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,728
Reviews: 1,755
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 916
Gots: 894 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2000

A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness. This is our flagship beer.

68 IBU
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Ratings: 5,728 | Reviews: 1,755
Photo of mmahanna41
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As the flagship for 3 Floyds, Alpha King shows us why this brewery has continued to find success... it's hard to top a beer like Alpha King. This beer is continuously in my rotation. Rarely will you find my beer fridge lacking an Alpha King.

Photo of alisadk
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First sip at Three Floyds Brewery Indianapolis Thanksgiving 2013 with Andy, John, mom, dad, Shipp, Andy D.

Photo of Lettsgo3
4.99/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautifully blended beer. Great color and flavor. A number one choice

Photo of chefbigjon
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

To me, it reminds me more of an amber. Very well balanced between hop and malt although a tad maltier to my palette. Very good but can't believe it goes for $20 a sixer.

Photo of do_ob
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours dark amber with lots of carbonation. 1 finger head of sticky white foam sits on top. Very aromatic with strong notes of grapefruit, peaches, oranges, citrus, and malt. Medium weight to the body, and incredibly smooth from start to finish. Taste is identical to smell; good amount of hops and grapefruit initially, and faded into a tart citrus taste. Very balanced with lots of malt on the back end.

Probably one of the best balanced APA's I've had. It reminds me a lot of Little Sumpin' Sumpin' with the strong grapefruit-forward smell and taste. This is a tiny bit more toned down and refined, though. Very good APA. Would probably be one of my go-to's if it were readily available.

Photo of micmismi
2.8/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is bland and boring. Nothing special

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow that's unique for a pale ale. Great look, great smell with a bit of citrus and caramel. Man that's good. Thanks to Brent for sending this to me

Photo of Eric_Edwardson
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness balanced by aggressive citrus Hoppiness, this is the kind of beer you find yourself not Able to put down because the flavors become more complex as you drink the beer! My first beer from 3 floyds, and I can always tell I will now be apart of their cult following!

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Acquired a fresher bottle for my second tasting of this 3 Floyds gem. Bumping my initial rating up by .13 from 4.13 to 4.26.

Photo of Jwburns75
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly the best "flagship" out there

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter from a 12 ounce bottle.

A- Light and fluffy pale oatmeal-colored head. Dark amber body. 4.5

S- Sweet, resinous, floral, dank and reminiscent of fresh cut grass. Not particularly exciting but good. 4

T- Surprisingly sweet, malty and grape-like. Seems dated with an aged citrus flavor. 3.5

M- Nice vibrant spice from the hops, creamy malted medium body. Very light bitterness. 4

Wish I could read the bottled on date. I can see 2015 but could be anywhere from a month to a month and a half old. The beer doesn't hold up that well it seems.

Photo of El_Farto_Magico
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Alpha King is a great beer. It delivers what you would expect from a well crafted APA. The aromas are bananas, and the taste is complex. Enjoy it on tap.

Photo of Rabersutton
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delicious with hints of caramel, hop spices was, and a brown sugar Apple sweetness

Photo of cubs943
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer.

Photo of Chrisarce123
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Love the little bitter sweet caramel taste. Great beer by 3 Floyds

Photo of Bisco42
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a delicious beer!

Presentation - 12 oz brown bottle on 7/24/2014 printed on the base of the neck.

L - Poured vigorously into a snifter with a one inch head that quickly subsided. Lacing continues down as it is consumed. Dark brown/redish with little carbonation apparent. It is opaque and hazy.

S - Sweet, yet subtle aroma with traces of citrus hints of earth.

T - Very smooth, surprisingly easy to drink. The alcohol finish isn't until it's already been swallowed, and even then it's only traces. Leaves the mouth wanting more, and the notes of hops/citrus are there. The malt is also tasty.

F - Thicker than I expected. The carbonation, although nearly invisible to the eye, is there with each sip. Leaves the mouth a bit dry, but very drinkable.

O - Unfortunately I'm in Ohio and this is not available at any of the stores I frequent, or to the best of my knowledge, unavailable outside of bars, but I would but this regularly if it was easily available. A fine experience.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark copper color topped by a creamy off-white head that laces. The nose is aromatic, earthy/piney hops, but not smashing in your face - quite a reserved hop profile that mixes well into the malty sweetness. The beer drink with a malt sweetness upfront, which quickly transitions into modestly bitter and flavorful hops that linger. It's well carbonated, has balanced malt-hop character, a pleasant aftertaste, minimal alcohol, and a hint of bready yeast. This is a pretty crush-able beer, balanced and with good availability - I'd definitely recommend.

Photo of RobbieS
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding pale ale. Bursting with flavor in a somewhat aggressively-hopped fashion.

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
3.29/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

way to hoppy for my taste..seems overly bitter ..tried on a number of occasions in a bomber poured into a pint glass also sampled on tap..just not my thing this more a matter of personal taste

Photo of rphbrew
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Next time I am in Indiana, I will make sure I pick up a case.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass

A - 3.75 - Poured a decent golden honey color. Formed a finger of lightly tanned head. Medium/low head retention, whispy lacing left on the walls of the glass.
S - 4 - Nice and piney, hops, smells of rain and grapefruit rinds. Not too sweet or savory, just right.
T - 4.5 - Balance is the theme here. Theres a decent amount of piney, hoppy citrus sweetness up front that is perfectly balanced by a decently bitter and slightly malt finish.
F - 4.25 - Good mouthfeel, medium bodied brew.
O - 4.5 - A really solid and sessionable go-to pale ale. Truly remind me of a not quite so strong variant of their Zombie Dust. This is the type of beer that drinks easy enough for me to go through a six pack, but packs enough flavor to keep it interesting to the last sip. Highly recommended.

Photo of papat444
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to MilesM123, bottled 12/18/2014.

Nice amberish body, 3 fingers of foam firmly attached to the glass, even forming thick layers on the sides. Papaya in flavor as well as oranges on the fringes. Smooth with average bitterness in aftertaste and hints of dryness. Full bodied pale ale.

Photo of humuloner22
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this one up on a trade as a toss in. I appreciate it bro!

Appearance: Nice bronze ale in color. Like that of a shiny new penny! Actually it is a solid looking Pale Ale, although its not all that pale. Head retention is pretty solid, nothing overly carbonated but it sits nicely on top of the beer throughout the entire pour.

Smell: Damn! This beer has tons of citrus, grapefruit, tangerines, tropical fruits like mangos and some peach notes. It has a nice aromas, one of the best I have ever ran across.

Taste: The nose pretty much leads you to where the taste is. Its very tropical fruit driven with the aforementioned fruits dominant. Some grassy malts going on as well. Decent body and my only complaint is that it is a bit thick on the mouthfeel. I wish it finished a little cleaner, but that is a mild complaint really.

Overall: Solid brew. I would love to get my hands on more of this one!

Photo of KATCanada
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy Carmel with an off white foam. That 3 Floyds nose hits, this is a great smelling beer, hops fruity with some pine, not a lot of malt for me. Smooth body light/medium. Lemon acidity on sides of tounge right away, then the hit of bitterness, then piney resony after taste with the bitterness fading. Really drinkable. Not as bitter or fruit as Zombie but smoother. Excellent brew.

Photo of JGam115
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber, fluffy white foam. Bursting young citrus, pineapple, hop syrup. Lite dank, great bitterness but it's fleeting. Nice

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,728 ratings.