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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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4,805 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,805
Reviews: 1,664
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 829
Gots: 437 | FT: 24
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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Photo of Piddmeista


4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-24-2013 04:10:57 | More by Piddmeista
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-24-2014 01:47:40 | More by Lucnifter
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-19-2013 01:35:06 | More by lonewolfcry
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

07-05-2013 22:32:38 | More by speedvagen
Photo of WYVYRN527


4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange in color, slightly hazy, with a fine white head. Nice lacing, and carbonation is mellow.

S: Very floral hop aroma, but well balanced with hints of caramel and dried fruits.

T: Malty notes with flavors of caramel, toffee, and bread. Hops balance this beer out with fruity, floral character. There is a hint of citrus on the finish, but not overwhelming. One of the most balanced APAs I have ever tried.

M: Medium bodied and has a very silky mouthfeel. Extremely smooth and rounded.

D: Drinkability? Hell yeah! I wish I didn't have to cross the border to get ahold of this fine specimen...

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 21:14:58 | More by WYVYRN527
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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle thanks to TMoney2591. Poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Much darker than expected. Hazy, copper color. The pour dropped a big 2 finger off white head, that retained well and some some sticky lace.

A: Hop forward for sure. Big notes of grapefruit and orange. But the citrus is balanced quite nicely with the sweet malt.

T: Again very nice balance between the citrus and the sticky sweet malt. A little caramel and honey, with orange, grapefruit, and a little pine sap.

M: Actually a little heavier than the traditional APA here. Medium body and average carbonation.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is really nice, I would have no problem having a few of these. Overall, I think this is a really nice brew. I do not think it is a APA though, much more of a well balanced midwest IPA. But who really cares, a very nice beer. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 23:29:11 | More by Gtreid
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-23-2013 18:28:22 | More by Rado
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3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of the last of my wonderful haul from my rather one-sided trade with BigStein88. I got so much more than he did. But Im working on evening that out a little.

Funny metallic multi-colored label of a crazy-eyed, naked Alpha King dropping hops into a glass of beer.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass. Clear amber with a two inch tall white head which receded slowly to rocky surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

s: Citrus so strong it made me cough. But then so did the FW Velvet Merlin I had earlier, so maybe it's just me. Vinegar later, which always makes me cough. So maybe it's the beer after all. Fortunately after awhile that fades away.

t: A sort of bubble gummy initial flavor was quickly overshadowed by a wave of piney hop bite. Became slightly vinegary, but not enough to be bothersome. Later a pleasing malt/hop balance is achieved with piney hops prominent.

m: Medium with good body and very smooth.

o; It looked and at first smelled so good, the taste was a bit odd but ok. Perhaps an old bottle, no date info anywhere I could find, and Dating Beer does not list any info on how to find it if it IS there somewhere. None of the fruitiness a pale ale ought to at least hint at.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 05:30:22 | More by scotorum
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4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Hero27 for this bottle.

Pours a cloudy, dark amber with some lighter orange hues around the edge. Big, dense head of dirty off-white bubbles. Nice sticky, chunk lacing rings the glass.

Aroma is of citrus, pine, and light grassy hops. The citrus is big. There is a caramel backbone to help even it out some. Smells yummy.

Wow...this is good. Nice bitter grapefruit and pine hops with a touch of sweetness in the middle. This is hoppier than many IPAs out there.

Nice creamy medium body with good carbonation. Very drinkable. It's been a long time since I had one of these. I really wish 3F would come back to MD soon. Damn good beer. This would easily become my go to beer if I could get it regularly. Thanks, Eric!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 16:34:05 | More by Imstillthegman
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Purchased online from a store that guaranteed this was fresh. 12 oz bottle poured into a Leinenkugel's pint glass...

A - Pours a clear, dark-orange, amber color. A 2 finger head forms, eggshell white in color. Retention is quite good here.

S - Really bright, slightly juicy hop aromas come out front. Citrus, grapefruit, orange and some lemon zest mix with fresh pine. Toasted malts linger in the background, but ths nose is all about the hops.

T - Taste fllows the nose although the juiciness is less prominent. Grapefruit and orange mix with pine and provide a great hop profile. The toasted malts are stronger here and struggle to battle the hops. There's a slight spiciness in the finish.

M - Pretty heavy bodied for an APA. Full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish on this one.

O - I was super surprised by how good this was. I know it had high marks here, but I needed to experience it to believe it. Really enjoyable beer and I hope to track down a 6-pack in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 15:41:02 | More by KAP1356
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

02-16-2012 00:32:03 | More by birdsellam
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber with a huge white head which leaves trails all along the glass. A nice chewy almost toasty malt attempts to hold it's own against citrus hop attack. Hop profile is wonderful. The flavors make mouth happy! This is an incredible beer which I wish were available in Vermont, or even New England at large.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 00:03:31 | More by scottum
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came from the bottle a deep copper color. Very clear with a thick rich creamy head and bands of clingy lace down the side of the glass. Deep hop flower aroma, backed by pine and a delicate caramel malt aroma. The taste has all of the hop character, the flower, the pine along with a bright bitterness and a caramel malt backing. The bitterness lingers long after the drink. It has a good rich mouth feel slightly slick. Very drinkable. This competes well with the great west coast APAs. I wish this were available in Boston. I’d order it above a Red Seal, or Speakeasy.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2004 17:32:12 | More by carln26
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful burnt orange color poured into my Sam Adams Lager glass. Big off white to tan color head. Sticky in appearance. Lace stays around like the neighborhood bum. "I ain't going anywhere!!"

If this was brewed by any other brewery it would probably be called an IPA. But because we are talking about the three floyd's it is only classified a Pale. The smell is candied citrus, orange? Sweet malts. Booze.

The taste is great. Alot like the nose it is sweet malty, Mild citrus hopped. I think a blood orange.

The mouth is exactly what it should be for this style (if it were an IPA). because it's not, it gets a better score

What a great surprise this was. Thanks to claaark13 for sending this extra my way. He was the second mid westerner to send this to me as an extra. Must be rough having this one cluttering the shelves at the local bottle shop.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 15:30:49 | More by azdback
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-16-2014 11:15:44 | More by HoppyBastard2
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

06-19-2014 17:01:05 | More by thufflife
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-28-2013 00:14:09 | More by Mersh
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-13-2014 01:05:41 | More by Booner818
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Three Floyds Alpha King: Pale Ale, with the “creepy looking label” according to one South Sider. Deep amber/copper: with a one inch over the rim head, with a Mount Etna Volcano Cone (copyright pending). Sweet honey aroma, with a rolling, complex mix of flowers/fruit/malt. Initial sweet malt stimulates the tip and sides of the tongue and then a big hit of hops takes big pleasant bite. Hops/oranges/some kind of flowers battle it out in the end. Very, very nice beer, and highly recommended.

N.B.: WOW, according to other reviews, this is big in alcohol, but you’d not know it.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2002 19:34:13 | More by jackndan
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with a thick 1.5 inch head with a lot of good lacing.

Great grapefruit and hop smell to it.

Fruity citrus and hop flavor with just the right amount of malt. This is one damn good beer.

Wish that this was sold this in my area. I had to order it from John's Grocery In Iowa City. I have a feeling that I will be ordering more of this in the future. The more I sip it, the better it gets. Wish I could get other Three Floyds brews after this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 05:05:03 | More by RedHaze
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

04-26-2013 02:22:05 | More by Kenai4
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-16-2014 01:20:40 | More by fehrminator
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-27-2013 19:38:57 | More by polopaul20
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-12-2014 02:39:57 | More by jroberts8811
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-02-2014 05:20:22 | More by huntermop
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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