Alpha King Pale Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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3.9/5 rDev -8.5%
A pale slant to an IPA which makes it a great pale. Excellently hopped, beautiful hoppy appearance and a good meal accompanyment. Grapefruit hops, green tea, some malts, some peachy melon and dark fruit taste in finish. Fresh medium clean mouthfeel. Thanks Joey Capps.
On tap at Cole's 3.5 years later, a very good pale but not the best, aroma missing from bleached glass.
12-08-2004 00:06:28 | More by Sammy
4.13/5 rDev -3.1%
This came from a 12 oz bottle purchased at lone hill liquor. It pours a very nice reddish copper color that is quite clear. There is an off white foam that builds up and stays in the glass for a while. Nice lacing. The beer smells great. It reminds me of the first barleywine I brewed a year ago. Malty and I'm almost positive that I'm smelling columbus hops in there. Theres a faint hint of alcohol on the nose as well.
The taste was almost as impressive. Very malty and hoppy. Fairly bitter, with a smooth sweet aftertaste. Good body to this beer, nice and heavy. Very drinkable. The heavy body and bitterness is surprising coming from the East Coast.
11-30-2007 05:05:27 | More by t0rin0
4/5 rDev -6.1%
Thanks to Pellinore1 for sending me this one!
Pours a clear honey orange with a 1 inch puffy tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin sticky rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of tons of herbal and citrus zest. Taste is of sweet malt up front with a mainly citrus zest hop finish. Mild bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pale ale with a nice kick of hops in the smell and taste.
10-09-2011 08:36:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.47/5 rDev +4.9%
Pours a dark color for its style, color is somewhat of a caramel amber. The scent is initially some clear hops followed up by a pretty decent malt backbone. The taste increases on both of these, with quite a bit of hops coming through for the style. The mouthfeel is that of a medium body and moderate carbonation--fairly full-bodied for the style. Drinkability is supreme--my go to all-night beer back when I lived in Chicago.
09-24-2009 22:37:34 | More by Thorpe429
4.24/5 rDev -0.5%
A: The beer is very hazy and caramel amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving lacy webbing of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose underscored by notes of citrusy hops. The citrus becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of caramel malts and transitions of flavors of citrusy hops that linger through the finish and contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very good balance between the malts and hops—you get a lot of the citrusy aromas and flavors with only a slight amount of bitterness.
05-16-2014 17:07:09 | More by metter98
4.6/5 rDev +8%
Slightly hazy orange-gold, almost copper, with a pale toffee-colored cap that is somewhat stiff and resembles softly beaten egg whites. The crown has good staying power and deposits quite a bit of lace in thick rings and sheets.
The nose is citrusy hoppy. Not overpowering, not the 'olfactory bomb' that is Stone IPA. The flavor has a citrusy hop bite, but there's also plenty of malt to balance things out. Flavors include grapefruit and orange peel primarily. Delicious. The mouthfeel is plenty smooth, no complaints here. Drinkability is high... nice and smooth, very well-balanced.
Alpha King does seem more like an IPA than a true pale ale. I could definitely make this a regular in my rotation if it was more available. I plan to pick up a couple of fresh sixers (at the brewery) next week.
12-10-2003 20:45:51 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice fluffy head that leaves lacing all over the place
Smell: Candyish treacle, with plenty of ruby red grapefruit
Taste: At the outset, the treacle flavor arrives and makes a statement that this is going to be a different kind of pale ale; not too long thereafter, the citrusy hops take a whack at your taste buds but there is a wonderful blending with the malt; after the swallow, the flavors are incredibly well-balanced so that the bitterness never overwhelms the malt
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a healthy dose of carbonation
Drinkability: Very interesting beer with a big malt bill and plenty of hops, this is not for the faint-hearted
04-28-2005 21:12:05 | More by brentk56
3.88/5 rDev -8.9%
Poured a cloudy burnt amber, with no real large head. What was there faded quickly but left a film of gooey, drippy lace skimming on the top, lots of eddys and swirls rounding about on it. Deep dripping lace down the glass, and a bit of a bubble stream coming up from the bottom. Smell was big and strong. Big citrus players here, lots of orange and grapefruit. Very sweet smell, like orange sherbert or candy. Very nice and plesing to the nose, smells like it will be a winner. Taste struck me as odd, after all the sugary itrus in the smell, none really came through in the taste. There was a strong bitter hop presence, providing lots of IBU's however it was more of a pine,resiney type of hops, rather then the sweet candy orange that came through at first. Nice and crisp, clean, very dry and long lingering finish, leaving a taste of burntor raosted pine for several minutes after a sip. Goes down very smooth and clean, not overally carbonated, and not syrupy either. A nice IPA, and a good call from Three Floyds.
02-24-2007 17:40:47 | More by mikesgroove
4.21/5 rDev -1.2%
It's a game of maneuver- to threaten with the strength and hops of IPA but to balance like American Pale Ale, Three Floyds knows this game all too well. With the allure of citrusy hops to captivate the senses, yet the sweeter balance to balance the bite; this full-bodied pale ale doesn't know what it wants to be, but I know exactly where to put it!
While its near-toffee sweetness coaxes the tastebuds, its creamy body wraps around the tongue with sultry effect. While nutty like peanut brittle, an overcast of grapefruit captures the nose for a balanced sensory perception is every bit what its heady amber shades suggest.
Balancing exceptionally well across the middle, an even-keep taste of deeply caramelized malt slowly gives way to the rise of citrusy grapefruit pith, peel and pulp. While its body drifts from fuller pale to drier IPA, a resinous tone transpires in the form of wintergreen and sap.
Its closing taste is dedicated to the grapefruit rinds and resinous pine bittering that's been foreshadowed in the taste thus far. Dissipating sweetness leads to a snappy toasty-dry finish with a mild crusty bite with a drift of citrus underneath.
So, is it a balanced IPA that makes the perfect ale or is it a hop forward pale ale? Regardless, this could be the epitome of American ale period.
06-19-2014 05:46:47 | More by BEERchitect
3.5/5 rDev -17.8%
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a small white foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of strong bitter hops with some floral malt. Taste is mostly overpowered by hops with some caramel malt. Im not sure I get what is suppose to be so great about this beer, seems to me that it lack balance. Will give this another try though.
10-24-2005 17:02:10 | More by Phyl21ca
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
Thanks to cvaypai for sending me a bottle of this. I've had it before but never reviewed, so now I can do so!
A: A 12 oz bottle poured into my Firestone Walker pint glass. The beer is a hazy, amber color with little to no head.
S: A great citrus (grapefruit and orange) aroma fills the nose and a mild pine is present as well. There is also a bit of sweet, caramel malt smell coming through.
T: Exceptional flavor for a pale ale! Wonderful bitterness up front and on the finish. There is also quite a bit of citrus in there, but not much in the way of the malt.
M: A fairly light beer on the tongue, but certainly not a bad thing. Good carbonation and a bit of a lingering bitterness.
D: Pale ales are known for their high level of drinkability, and this one is no exception. A very nice beer by Three Floyds.
12-23-2009 20:41:29 | More by womencantsail
4.45/5 rDev +4.5%
Review from notes over Thanksgiving 2011. Ordered this as my fish and chips arrived at the brewery.
A: two finger off white head on a copper and crimson body with nice lacing
S: grass, citrus and floral which comes across as very fresh with some caramel malts in the background.
T: Follows the nose well with grassy and pine hop bitterness with citrus (mostly pineapple) hops flavors on a bready and caramel malt body.
M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Fairly standard for the style.
Overall: Its fairly clear that FFF has this genre locked up however this is may actually be an IPA or one in disguise.
04-25-2012 00:34:06 | More by kylehay2004
4.28/5 rDev +0.5%
My parents had taken a trip to Indiana last year and I had asked them to swing by the brewery since I was unable to get these in PA. The main reason why I wanted them to go there was for this beer. I have a friends who said he used to drink this when 3 Floyd's used to distribute their stuff here. They brought me back a 6 pack of this along with the other year round releases.
The Alpha King pours out as a lightly hazy golden color. The head was thick and white. It's leaves a trail of lacing down the glass with each sip. This beer smells very hoppy with a good amount of malt too. The taste of the beer has a good amount of pine like flavors and some sweet malts in the mix. The mouthfeel tingles the taste buds. Overall it's a really good Pale Ale. Well worth the wait and look forward to having more one day.
07-08-2011 17:21:59 | More by Knapp85
3.93/5 rDev -7.7%
The labeling on the six-pack caught my with the crazy looking king on it to begin with,poured a hazy-yellow color with extreme hoppy mown grass smell.Taste was a little piney,with definent hop overtones.Alittle malty in the background but in my opinion not quite balanced enough,a decent beer but maybe a bit overated.
02-13-2003 07:12:44 | More by oberon
4.28/5 rDev +0.5%
Served in an Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade shaker pint glass.
I Am - Alpha King - Bun Dee. Tee-hee. This Hoosier icon pours a clear auburn-amber topped by a finger of light-ish ecru foam. The nose comprises sticky pine, Squirt-style grapefruit, a tiny bit o' honeydew, flowers, and a decidedly understated undercurrent of caramel. The taste brings the caramel forward, but doesn't forget about the pine and the grapefruit (which itself leans a bit toward the white grape area). The body is a nice medium, with a very-light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very good brew, more than worthy of its reputation. Get some!
11-03-2010 20:09:15 | More by TMoney2591
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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