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Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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5,509 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,509
Reviews: 1,710
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 898
Gots: 762 | 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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Photo of Goliath
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear amber color with a thin white head. Poor retention and no real lace.

Aroma is very nice. A nice citrusy hop profile, with a little maltiness and a touch of alcohol.

The taste is pretty nice. A piney hop bitterness with a little maltiness. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bright tingley carbonation smack.

Drinkability is fairly high. Low alcohol levels and great flavor make the beer easy to consume, bitterness will limit the amount of consumption however.

Photo of marine1975
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of carrollmel7
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of nygannon
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of krl2112
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Knoxrb12
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: pint
From: Big Red Liquor in French Lick IN
Price: $11 a six pack

Appearance: deep orange, slightly coppery. pretty hazy. small off white head that fades slowly and lacing on the sides

Smell: Strong hops, mostly pine, some citrus. a strong graininess that doesn't quite take the backseat to the hops

Taste: Opens up with hops strong pine with some citrus sneaking in. The grains take over in the form of toasted malts. the two tastes are well balance and neither comes out the clear king.

Mouthfeel: a tad to sticky. lingering bitterness. medium body good carbonation

Overall: a pretty tasty hop-strong pale ale. not quite an amazing beer. I'd like a bit more citrus but another solid from a brewery that should expand to Michigan, now that they have added Ohio

Photo of John
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers. Beautiful rocky head, great citrus aroma, unfiltered copper color, awesome hop finish. Nice malt balance.

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of PeakedInHighSchool
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Gosox8787
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Served slightly chilled.

Appearance: Medium brown in color. Nice clear tone. One finger, fizzy beige head with below average retention.

Aroma: Big citrus and pine notes. Very strong hop presense for an APA. Some light caramel and biscuit notes in the background too.

Taste: Orange, grapefruit, and pine notes. The hop pofile here balances fruity and bitter really well. Light caramel sweetness in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with some nice bite from the carbonation. Refreshing.

Drinkability: The hop character is pretty in your face and the flavor is certainly amped up, but I could definitely see myself having a couple of these, even though the ABV is high for this style.

Overall, a really impressive American Pale Ale. Certainly up there with the best of the style. The really strong hop character is definitely the emphasis here and this beer's biggest strength.

Photo of greg4579
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of nataku00
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. A clear copper color with maybe half a finger of off white soapy head initially. Head dissipates to a collar of small bubbles and some lace along the surface quickly. Light lacing when swirling the beer, but it slides quickly back into the glass. Some nice carbonation visible through the beer, ascending at a decent clip but not overly vigorous.

Nose is orange peel, juicy ripe orange flesh, and caramel malt. Some dank earthy hops come up as the beer warms further. Not strongly aromatic.

Taking a sip, good balance of orange peel, pine needle and earthy hops with a good malt backbone. Short bitter hit on the tongue initially, but is then washed away by malt sweetness and finishes dry and clean.

Pretty easy to drink beer, light bodied and perfectly carbonated with some refreshing bubbles that cleanly remove the bitterness after your taste buds are done with it. A solid example of a well made pale ale.

Photo of Alextricity
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*150th Review*

"Alpha King drink this beer all day!"

Well, I would if I had easy access to it. Anyway!

Appearance: A brown/copper color with a nice, bubbly, somewhat tan head. Lacing's patchy, but it has a great, clear appearance overall.

Smell: What do I say? It has a brilliant malty and hop balance. On one sniff it smells of caramel sweetness, and on the next it smells of hoppy deliciousness. Extremely inviting.

Taste/feel: Just an awesome beer. The most dominant flavor that I get is of a quality, caramel malt on the start. The finish is super clean, and offers a burst of fresh hops. Not only is this beer pretty much perfectly balanced, it has an outstanding flavor. There's virtually no aftertaste, which makes me want to keep going back for another sip. Alpha King's a worthy flagship beer at Three Floyds, and one of my absolute favorite beers overall. I can only hope that they ship this stuff to Michigan some day soon.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Served in a pint glass. Red/Orange in color with a creamy tan head. Super fine carbonation bubbles. Smell is a blast of Pacific Northwest hops. Taste is well balanced, caramel malt, piney, citrus hops, and a nice bitter finish. Super creamy mouthfeel, great drinkability. An excellent APA, tastes more like an IPA though, but it doesn't matter what the classification, it's great.

Photo of Devman171
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ramrod666
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

A: Tawney amber; opaque. A white one-finger head that turns to medium sized bubbles. Curtain-y lacing.

S: Piney hops, light malts. Earthy.

T: A fantastic hop/malt mix. Grassy hops meet sweet malts. Spices blend in. Orange peel adds to the citrus effect. Very smooth and balanced. A dry finish. Could drink this one all afternoon.

M: Medium with medium, frothy lacing.

O: An outstanding pale ale. Wish more beers tasted like this.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,509 ratings.