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Alpha King - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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5,271 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,271
Reviews: 1,683
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 869
Gots: 603 | FT: 22
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:
A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness. This is our flagship beer.

68 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2000)
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

ccozzi, May 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

stephensinner, Nov 08, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy dark copper color. a little hard to coax a good head out of this, but i got an adequate one. it quickly dissipates leaving some sticky lacing. ridiculously grapefruity piney hop aroma with a slightly spicy malt character. this taste is as excellent as i could have hoped for. it kicks you in the teeth witha boat load of fruity hops, that are then backed up by a light caramel slightly fruit malt flavor. really achieves a non "hop water" taste that many very hoppy beers have (not that i am not a fan of that sometimes too, but for a beer to achieve greatness it's needs some balance). fizzy medium sticky resinous body that really adds to the experience. a really excellent beer that i'm really glad i had a chance to pick up.

kmo1030, Jan 21, 2005
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

JakeDebus, May 16, 2014
Photo of jk3
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

jk3, Nov 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

gpawned, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of ramrod666
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearence of this pale ale is a medium amber with a small head that retained rather well. visable sediment floating throughout. ahh, unfiltered.

smell is not very telling of the taste. huge caramel nose with a slight hop wiff in the finish.

taste is a beautiful floral hoppiness that overwhelms the palate with aslight alcohol note in the finish. delicious.

mouthfeel is nice and even. not too syrupy or light....just right

drinkability is great. i could drink many of these before realizing the 7.35abv. extre
mly enjoyable.

ramrod666, Nov 08, 2004
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4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this beer from MABZ as part of the 2006 Great Race BIF.

This beer pours a golden brown with a thin very light tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving thick laces.

This beer has a nice hoppy aroma. It smells grapefruit like. It has a piney aroma also. It has a subtle malt aroma. It smells quite floral also.

This beer tastes piney with hints of grapefruit. Behind the hoppy flavors, I detect some sweet caramel malt flavor. This beer tastes more like an IPA than a Pale Ale. The flavor is a plesent surprize.

This beer is very smooth. It leaves a piney aftertaste. It is carbonated to perfection.

I think this beer would make an excelent session beer. It tastes great, and couldnt get old. Also, at 6% ADV, I could put back a few of these. I think this might be one of the best Pale Ales I have ever had.

Thank you MABZ for yet another great beer.

OStrungT, May 13, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

BKBassist, Jun 07, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a fairly piney aroma....quite hoppy for an APA. Smells quite a bit like a west coast IPA.

Pours a very amber color, clear, with a nice fluffy head.

The immediate taste upfront is of pine tree hoppiness, though it isn't all that powerful as I'd have thought compared to the aroma. In the middle, there's a spicy malt character that doesn't quite match the malt but is definitely there. The bitterness definitely comes through in the end though, as a resiny pervasive bitterness that goes through the finish and lingers a while. More bitter than your standard APA...perhaps on the level of certain IPA's.

I enjoyed it quite a bit, as I was in the mood for a hoppier beer and this definitely fit the bill, especially for style. I was also impressed with how thick this beer was for the style.

NODAK, Jun 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

HopsintheSack, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

amishbooze, Aug 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Hallertau, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of Jredner
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Citrusy hop aroma, but it is muted. Copper/tea colored with a finger thick white head. very quaffable. Nothing revolutionary here just a good malt base followed by ample hopping that leaves a mildly sweet malty beer that finishes citrusy and grapefruit bitter. Very solid if you like lots of hops.

Jredner, Feb 27, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

rxthree, Dec 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Fantastic hoppy pale ale!

drdiesel9483, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Skunkdrool, Nov 22, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint.

A - Copper hue with a thick frothy head. Retention and lacing were both superb.

S - Pale malts, citrus, touch of lemon and mild hops.

T - Lots of malt for balance and a ton of citrus hops. Noticed some grapefruit and slightly sweet tones as it closed.

M- Medium body with good carbonation.

O - Really enjoyed this one. Could throw back a few with ease if the time were right! Sadly, I notice I am in GA, and this is outside of their distribution.

mscudder, Apr 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Booner818, Apr 13, 2014
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4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Eye: Color of this brew is amber-orange. Looks a bit like apple juice or cider. The head is creamy in appearance and is off white. Formation and retention of the head could be better. Lacing appears to be good. Larger head would definitely be an improvement.

Nose: Great aroma to this beer. Very full and potent hop aroma. Cascade hops give this brew a citrus aroma. Under the hops there is a strong sweet malt aroma providing a backbone for the brew. Potent aroma of this brew literally makes my mouth water.

Tongue: Great balance of hops and malt sweetness in this brew. Right upfront there is a sweet malt flavor, followed by the citrus character of the cascade hops. This brew finishes with hop flavor. It is quite unique, most unlike any APA I've had before.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Silky smooth on the palate this beer easily flows down the throat. Alpha King is medium bodied and feels great on the palate. This beer is something I would most definitely buy again, that is if I can ever find it again. One of the best and most unique APAs I've ever had.

becktone, Apr 02, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

MattSharpless, Jul 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

danthehopslamman, Aug 13, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale Ale? Seems more in line with an IPA if you ask me! Pours nicely into the glass with a thick, tightly laced head. Excellent deep gold/reddish color. Nose is of fresh hops, citrusy & spicy with a little malt sweetness. Taste is at first malty and sweet again, changing to a tremendous but not palate-numbing hoppiness...citrusy and long lasting. A very satisfying beer to the hophead and non-hophead, I would hope. Very good without being heavy-bodied, well made.

beerluvr, May 25, 2002
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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a modest foamy head. Moderate lacing.

S: Big hoppy smell with aromas of pine, grapefruit, and bubblegum.

T: Like the smell, except with a strong vegetal taste.

M: Quite a bit of heft for a 6% ABV pale ale. Light carbonation allows for a smooth texture. Crisp, bitter finish.

D: Tasty and easy drinking. I think that i prefer this on draft, but either way, this makes a great session brew.

klewis, Mar 15, 2007
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three Floyds Alpha King Pale Ale is a very nice pale ale. It smells amazing and tastes good too.

A: Orange colour and a good 5 mm head that lasts pretty well. 4

S: Intensely hoppy. Grapefruit citrus. So good. 5

T: Grapefruit citrus flavour with pretty strong bitterness. Very strong. 4.5

M: Some carbonation but a little watery. 3.5

O: 4

vandemonian, Oct 06, 2011
Alpha King from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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