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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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5,015 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,015
Reviews: 1,671
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 842
Gots: 521 | FT: 25
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 MiScusi
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

The cap actually took a bit of effort to pry off, it was on there pretty well, and released quite a large hiss when it did come off. It poured a deep orange, almost clear, but ever so slightly hazy. The head picked up quite some steam in the last 1/3 of the pour, forming a couple finger, semi-rocky head, though it did dwindle down into a cap fairly fast. Good lacing was left on the glass as well.

The aroma was of fruity citrus, plain and simple. The hops exert themselves very nicely. The taste is a punch of juicy berry and citrus at the beginning that transitions ever so nicely into pine at the end. No lingering bitterness present here.

The mouthfeel was ok. This bottle was well carbonated but the carbonation only exerts itself on the very tip of the tongue at the start of each sip. Towards the back end it feels a bit too smooth, if that's possible, but still good overall. Just a fantastically flavorful pale ale without being too over-the-top for the style. I was leery about the hype, not having tried anything from Three Floyd's before, but this was superb.
4.5 / 4.5 / 5 / 4 / 4.5

Just had another bottle last night. I'm not as big on this beer now as I was when I originally had it. It's good. It's pretty tasty, but it's more like an interestingly hopped amber ale. Easy to drink though.
Ratings adjusted to:
4 / 4 / 4 / 4 / 4.5

MiScusi, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

A - Lovely amber body, medium light tan head with exceptional retention.

S - Light grapefruit hops, and a moderately complex profile of bitterness which is hard to place, but it's subtle and really great.

T - Hop forward for sure, bitter grapefruit and the rest, but there is a nice biscuity malt profile along with it. Very good.

M - Very smooth, medium-full body, moderately drying. Great feel, perhaps a bit drier than I'd prefer

O (D) - Excellent beer. It lives up to its reputation.

ColdPoncho, May 21, 2011
Photo of TCgoalie
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

The pour is quite dark for a pale ale showing a dark copper-amber color. Off white head crowns the brew and recedes to a film covering the liquid. Some lines of lacing glide down the glass, but not a lot sticks to the sides.

I was expecting more out of the smell, especially after having Gumballhead and Dreadnaught. The smell is an understated malty-pine. It is tough to get more out of the smell, but there is a bit of citrus aroma.

Ah, the taste is excellent. A very nice balance of hops and caramel malts with a good mix of complexity. The hop bite shows pine, orange, peach, and lemon which develop over 5 to 10 seconds.

The combination of malts, hops, and carbonation really hit the spot with this medium bodied pale. The aftertaste is a pleasant bitter leaving the mouth a clean and dry.

This is a great pale ale, maybe not the most drinkable due to its bitterness...but it is a great drinker for hop heads. It has the taste like an IPA making it my favorite Pale to date.

TCgoalie, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of mrmanning
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%

Pours a dark orange body, almost a reddish colour. Head is a foamy white, and thick. Aromas are hops like crazy, pine, citrus, malt. taste is lots of hops, but not overpowering, subtle citrus and some mild malt that balances it out nicely. FInish is smooth, crisp, and the 6.5% is not noticable. I wish I could get more.

mrmanning, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of johnyb
3.75/5  rDev -12%

johnyb, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Bwagner1122
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Bwagner1122, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Booner818
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Booner818, Apr 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

BColton1, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of billshmeinke
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear lighter amber body with just a cop of foam on top.

Lots of sweet maltiness in the nose. Some lemony citrusy hops.

Taste follows smell. Luckily hops are more prominent. Lots of resin and citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Slightly too malt focused for my tastes.

billshmeinke, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of zac16125
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
No born on date but I was told this was picked up from the brewery on May 5th

A big thanks to tsauce2 for sending this one over in a trade.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with 2 fingers of dense light khaki colored head, that takes a while to dissipate down to a thick film which remains throughout the drink. Leaves lots of nice cobweb lacing all the way down the glass. About as pretty as you can get for the style.

S: Big citrusy hops in the form of lemon, orange, grapefruit,and mango. Some sweet caramel malt aromas, a touch of pine, and a hint of booze. Really nice.

T: Taste is more malt forward than the nose, although the hops are certainly there as well. Some citrus, lots of bitterness, and some hop spice. It's earthy, citrusy, and resiny all at once. Pineapple, lemon zest, orange and pine. A solid malt backbone is present to keep it balanced. Really good.

M/D: Relatively smooth for the style, carbonation high but not overly so, medium bodied with a drying finish. Drinkability is good, I could certainly have multiples.

O: Overall, this is just a great beer. I have no trouble seeing why it's been considered the standard of the style for a while now. It's definitely the best APA I've ever had. If I lived within the FFF distribution area this would probably be my go to session beer. I intentionally sought this out before Zombie Dust, and will have to try that one next to compare.

zac16125, May 20, 2012
Photo of Walkerjgt
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Walkerjgt, Apr 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

dsauter, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of StevieW
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12 oz bottle with a crazy looking guru depicted on the label. Full copper bronze color. Shiny. Medium beige head. Full, bubbly head. Great hop infused aromas. Thick hop bitterness punches you right in the nose. Rich, creamy full bodied hop bitterness dominates the taste. Snappy, citrus, and tangy florals. Some crisp lemon snap flavors zip by. Dry, puckering finish. Sticky hop bitterness. Yum. Medium bodied, medium charged. I would swear this was an IPA. Well worth the wait.

Cheers to MJR for the blockbuster.

StevieW, Apr 12, 2003
Photo of mikepcarney
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

mikepcarney, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Retail1LO
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Thanks to whitemomba for including this awesome extra in our trade.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

This one pours a beautiful amber color with about a half an inch thick head. The nose is a beautiful hoppy one. It's a nice smooth hoppy inhale. It's not beastly strong. The taste is sublime. It's got a sublime hoppy draw that's so smooth it's criminal. This isn't a taste bud scorcher at all. The hops are just perfect. Considering this is an APA versus an IPA, the hops are really forward all the way around. I'm not complaining. Over all this is a crazy solid beer. I've now been fortunate enough to have had Zombie Dust, Gumballhead, and now this. I have Dreadnaught, Arctic Panzer Wolf, and Apocalypse Cow out in the fridge. Can't wait to see how they stack up against this. Another winner from FFF. These guys are good.

Retail1LO, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

I must say that I really enjoyed this beer. It pours to an amber-orangish color, with an off-white, creamy head. It also has a slight hazy appearance to it. Alpha King has a very hoppy, citrusy nose, probably from the possible use of Cascade hops. The citrus aroma reminds me of lemon zest. The beer has a nice hoppy, citrus flavor as well, and finishes dry. Overall I would definitely drink this beer again when I want a nice hoppy beer. I would love to try this one on tap.

BeerBuilder, Oct 24, 2002
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

rxthree, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

JellyJacket, May 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

rdooley, Jun 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

stephensinner, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of kevanb
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%

12oz bottle poured into a White Three Floyds/Intelligentsia Mini Snifter.

The beer pours a true copper color, slight chill haze with a good finger of foamy white head that has good retention and leaves some spotted lace behind. The aroma rather light but showcases bitter piney hops with some crisp spice, light grapefruit with quite a bit of malt backbone. The flavors are more impactful, lots of bitter piney hops, light citrus character, some spiciness from the hops and a smooth, malt backbone at the finish. The body is great, moderate to high carbonation but it has a nice creaminess to it with a nice dry finish.

Verdict: A pretty standard APA from Three Floyds and it's no wonder why they've been making this for over 16 years. It's crisp, it's refreshing, it's hoppy without being abrasive and most of all, it's clean and balanced.

kevanb, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of OldhouseRecs
4/5  rDev -6.1%

OldhouseRecs, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Inglewood
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Inglewood, Dec 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

schmidtmattsays, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of KAP1356
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

KAP1356, Dec 06, 2011
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 5,015 ratings.