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Alpha King - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,358 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,358
Reviews: 1,689
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 878
Gots: 643 | 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:
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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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 yeaprolly
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of TheRuss9585
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Fantastic hoppy pale ale!

Photo of Rastacouere
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy amber body and despite being poured straight, it doesn't make such a big head. What is there is there to stay though and never leaves until the last sip. The smell is deep hops, especially citrus cascade, a great sniff for sure. In mouth, you receive the same treatment, tasty malt balanced with loads of hops bring you to a piney bitter aftertaste, but not before passing through a flower field where grapefruits fall from the sky. In my opinion, this would have won a lot from a thicker body, it was thin to medium and a little lacking to support such intensity (or I had too full-bodied beers recently). On the other hand, while it was one of the most tasty, it was also one of the most drinkable APAs I've had. Thanks Egajdzis!

Photo of hero27
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy golden/orange color with a billowing, fluffy white head. Sticky lacing residue on the glass that is there to stay.

Smell: This is a PA?? Am I not seeing the word "India" somewhere on the bottle?..I had to look at it a few times just to make sure. Definitely an IPA in style, but what the hell, no complaints here. This bad boy is loaded with gorgeous floral hops..

Taste: Metaphorically speaking, the dominant grapefruit hops have the malts handcuffed to the bed here. Being somewhat of a self-proclaimed hophead, this was indeed heaven on earth for me. This thing should have an American flag on the label, because it is the pinnacle of the great American hop flavor. Very lively in the mouth, stinging hops jump back and forth on the tongue..the bitterness running it's due course. This is why I drink beer...

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and refreshing for such a complex and strong taste. Clean finish and lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: Easy to drink is the understatement of the year. This can be found in my fridge year round, and is perfect on a hot summer day or just when you need a quick hop fix. One to be respected and definitely a treat for any beer lover. If you haven't tried it yet, track it down and do so ASAP. Still one my my all-time favs..

Photo of mscudder
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.

Photo of ahbithwabm
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of comfortablynirm
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of PappyVans
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of JakeDebus
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of johnyb
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of rdooley
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of udubdawg
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Pours a light amber color with a white frothy head. The points I detracted for the fleeting nature of the head (although the initial lacing was pretty good) were easily made up by the vibrant color and excellent clarity.

Kinda, sorta, slightly hoppy aroma here! Dominated by grapefruit hop varieties, with each sip demanding a requisite sniff first. (almost) distrating from the flavor. Excellent, and I can't bring myself to downgrade it for not being very "Pale Ale-ish"

This is a great tasting beer, whatever it is. The hop assault fails to quite match that projected by the aroma, but only just. Also, where I only got hops in the nose, there is a solid pale sweet malt backbone easily noted here behind the citric hops attack. Quite crisp, obviously refreshing, and nothing "off" in the lingering bitterness of the finish.

At times I find myself thinking the beer is a bit thin, but the body seems to suit it. Carbonation is slightly on the low side, and as such I have trouble not draining the glass in one motion. Wish this was available locally, but then so do BA's in about 43 other states!

Photo of amishbooze
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of kirok1999
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hop heaven!! I once described this as grapefruit and beer mixed together to a friend, and he was startled to agree. The citrus hop note is unmistakable. The perfect malt note to balance the citrus. If you can find this fresh, it's spectacular. I can't seem to find a fresh 6 pack anywhere. Grapefruit and pine dominate. Mouthfeel is wonderful; smooth and creamy. Three Floyds can't make a bad beer. Buy anything they make, you can't go wrong.

Photo of djre4orm
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Giantspace
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of williamherbert
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cleary and glassy amber/orange color. Nice but brief foamy white head. Looks like triaminic.

Serious pine-oil hop aroma. Bitter but also flowery sweet. Really perfect. West Coast hops are sweet smelling and inviting. Perfect sweet-bitter balance.

Major blast of bitter, woody hops and a splash of alcohol. A little burn on the way down. Very strong. Hop flavor is sweet at first, then bitter. Slaps with the bitter, but mellows out at the end.

Remains on the tongue after the swallow. Thick and a tiny bit fizzy but goes down smooth. It's a superior beer.

Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Mikexw
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of juicebox
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of weonfire
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Booner818
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz amber bottle. Bottle features a rather portly man? looking like a cross between Mr. Yuck and a grown-up, steroid-raging version of the little kid in the Jolly Green Giant commercials.

Appearance: Dark, almost "burned" orange in appearance, complemented by a fairly decent head that struggled to maintain its dignity and be seen. Patchy lacing of the glass.

Smell: Lovely mixture of citrus, spice, and floral bouquets. You can just picture all of the hops figthing amongst themselves to make it out of the bottle.

Taste: Whatver the ugly dude on the label was sprinkling over this beer really worked. A tantalisingly smooth flavor is detected at first, followed by an avalanche of hops. The bitterness isn't too over-powering, and is very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: A moderate amount of body. Finished crisp and clean...leaving you ready for another sip.

Drinkability: Very, very easy to drink. The blend of the flavors, coupled with the dryness on the tongue make for an excellent beer.

Alpha King from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 5,358 ratings.