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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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4,936 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,936
Reviews: 1,668
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 842
Gots: 501 | FT: 23
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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New York

4/5  rDev -6.1%

06-03-2012 15:24:19 | More by JohnQVD
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New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours out clear amber with a huge, rocky white head. A good deal of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a burst of fruity hops that smells amazing. Extremely fresh hop flavor, and plenty of it. I agree with one of the other reviewers of this beer who wrote that he tasted peach and mango. This is no mere hop bomb without the malt to back it up. There is a nice malty sweetness that complements the hop. No sign of the 7+% abv, as this goes down so easy. This is classified as a pale ale, but it's one the most unique beers I've had in recent memory. Having previously tried the Gumballhead and the Alpha Klaus, Three Floyds is quickly becoming one of my favorite American breweries.

02-27-2005 04:04:16 | More by beveragecaptain
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-09-2013 00:30:38 | More by OldhouseRecs
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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

05-10-2010 23:29:11 | More by Gtreid
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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.

12-06-2011 15:41:02 | More by KAP1356
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-26-2011 22:05:14 | More by rxthree
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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.

06-02-2013 01:44:20 | More by kevanb
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4.63/5  rDev +8.7%

Pulled from a cask at the Map Room and served in an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is an impeccable looking dark copper brown with a thick and creamy one inch head that fades into a cap about halfway though the session and leaves behind a nice amount of lacing.

S: Smell is very subtle and very unlike Alpha King from the bottle, this beer seems like an almost entirely different animal. Mild pine and citrus with a good amount of sweet brown sugary malt greet the nose, you can already tell this beer is going to be something special.

T/MF: First sip is a bit unassuming but all that follow are pure hoppy and malty goodness. Super fresh pine and grassy lemony nuttiness, just about the freshest livest thing that has ever passed my lips. Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy with just the right amount of hop bitterness and carbonation to hold everything together.

D: Insanely drinkable, one of the freshest cleanest tasting "Pale ales" I've had in recent memory. Alpha King is a must try from the cask.

08-14-2008 06:20:16 | More by bluemoonswoon
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

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.

05-20-2012 17:57:16 | More by zac16125
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

02-16-2012 22:09:44 | More by HopsHopenstein
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-29-2012 02:33:07 | More by mikepcarney
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-09-2013 06:42:13 | More by JSchock7
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-19-2012 23:07:00 | More by illini4x4
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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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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-13-2014 01:05:41 | More by Booner818
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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

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!

01-21-2008 02:20:53 | More by udubdawg
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

A -A really deep, very attractive dark color that looks like a mix between orange and cooper. Maybe a color one could call rust. There is a nice creamy slightly dirty looking head as well that sits on top of this one and leaves some nice lacing.

S - A nice hoppy, floral and citrus smell coming of it, rather fragrant as one can smell this one coming from miles away. There are also a few light notes of pine mixed in there as well which just adds even more to the hop dominance of this beer's nose.

T - The taste is just great and the citrus and pine hop aspect of this beer are the first tastes that hit your mouth. I would have to say the citrus seems to lean a bit more towards the orange aspect in my opinion. However, the hops are not at all overpowering and would not call this a hop bomb as all of a sudden there is a nice hit of sweet malts that come in to relieve your tongue from the hoppy onslaught. This is one superbly balanced beer as you are given a nice dose of both hops and malt without being blown away by either. hits you as first but not at all overpowering. Really a great beer that I just love.

MF - The mouthfeel is also great as it is super smooth and the carbonation is just right as there is a light carbonation that comes in and goes well with the hops and the body is there but not too thick or syrupy which makes this one really easy to drink as well. The after feeling is a light tingle that sits in on the mouth and because of the malt, I don't find myself feeling like I want to pucker to combat the hops bitterness.

D - Drinkability is really high on this as I could see myself buying this and just drinking one after another. It could possibly be the beer of choice for those nights when one just wants to drink beer after beer instead of sipping along. I also have to add that if I were ever stuck on a deserted island with only one beer this is the one beer that I would hope is with me since I do not think I could ever tire of this one as it just brings you everything you want in a beer and does it greatly.

03-01-2008 03:26:01 | More by jeonseh
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-05-2013 02:26:34 | More by Ristaccia
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-02-2014 05:20:22 | More by huntermop
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

06-17-2013 06:11:12 | More by schmidtmattsays
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New York

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

Thanks to cfrances33 for this!

A - dark orange almost ruby with half inch of head. Head recedes over time to 2 mm

S - surprisingly not as pleasant as expected. Slightly medicinal.

T - hoppy bitterness from first sip to aftertaste

M - perfect for style, bubbly in mouth, weirdly inviting, can't explain it

O - a hoppy interpretation of a pale ale which is fine by me, but ZD is better

10-06-2012 02:12:18 | More by juliusseizure
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

04-12-2012 01:04:18 | More by JustinMatthew
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4.8/5  rDev +12.7%

Thanks to IrishMike for this awesome rarity in my neck of the woods.
Pours a real nice dark copper w/ a full frothy tan head...the lacing is thin, but holds on nicely.
Smell is a nice, sweet blend of fruits...oranges and tangerines come to mind. Nice detection of malt as well...smells very inviting.
Damn...this stuff is scrumptous!! What a fresh blast of hops, malt, and caramel...the best Pale Ale I've had to date. Of course, it is no surprise I like hops...and this one is more hoppy than some IPA's I've had, but it is blended so magically w/ the malts, that it can call itself an APA.
The mouthfeel is sublime...so refreshing and just the slightest bitter aftertaste, but it is the sweet malt that sticks with you.
I could enjoy this beer for an entire evening...one of the best I've tried to date in this, or any style.

03-01-2005 01:15:50 | More by warriorsoul
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-20-2014 05:16:44 | More by tkdchampxi
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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