Alpha King - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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5,379 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,379
Reviews: 1,692
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 884
Gots: 656 | 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 frank4sail
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale average appearance. Not alot stands out. There is an above average hop presence, but it seems to fade into thin air as you drink. Slight white head. Overall a slightly above average pale ale.

Photo of Sturmthis
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Sudsdog for the send,had this beer many times but not since i've been a BA. Just finished a case before i joined and haven't found it since. Not readdily avalible in my area. Hope that changes soon.
served in a nonic glass from a 12 brown long neck bottle with crimped cap.

poured a cloudy,coppery color with a 1'' thick,creamy off white head,good retention,leaving some spotty lacing. Had a few tiny staggered bubbles constiantly rising.

Popped the cap on this bottle at an arms length and immediatly smelled citrusy/grapefruity hops,had piney and grassiness after the pour. Has a strong malty aroma, as well with a sweet,honey like carmelled goodness with a toasty and bisquityness with some burnt notes

Strong malty tastes immediatly with honeyied carmell with a toasty/nuttyness and a burnt edge followed by a strong hoppy bite,citrus/grapefruit/pine with some grassiness intertwine perfectly to create an amazing balance and taste. A juicy,cloying maltiness with oily/leafy hoppiness.

So smooth and creamy,yet full and well-rounded. The drinkability? Simple,don't want to stop drinking it. Been a while since i had this beer almost forget excatly how great this beer was.One of my all-time favorite beers. A beer that everybody must try at least once. I know you'll want it again though.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Three Floyds Alpha King

F=6 ?

Poured into pint glass

A: Dark amber to brown in color as carbination slowly rises to the top of glass

S: Meh . . . nothin' really

T: Ok, again . . . Nothin' exciting. Not bad but rather boring

M: Medium-sized feel. Good bitter finish

O: Was kinda excited to try my first 3F offering but Alpha King is a boring beer. Just not fun to me. Not sure what the hype is about. I won't be back.

Photo of Washuffizi98
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Pellinore1
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of allenson21
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of cd34
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Awesome, awesome brew here. Only problem is, it is a little unbalanced. But hoppier than hell. If you are a hophead, this is the brew for you. Decently priced, a little malty on the front end, with a kickass hoppiness at the end. Best APA I've ever had.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really unique black and orange label with the green "Alpha King" dropping hops into a fizzy concoction. Looks tasty without even opening it. No freshness date seen, pry off top.

Appearance- Pour a rich, dark amber/apricot with minial haziness. Pushing the color limit for an APA. No chunks or sediment detected, just a nice offwhite 1/8 inch head which hangs around and keeps you company.

Smell - Orange, grapefruit & sour pine mixed with an array of sweet malts. Smells like it's got a lot of hops going on, for a beer considered to be an American Pale Ale, and not an IPA.

Taste- Heavenly balanced spike of bitter citrus mixed with sweet toasted malts. Hints of caramel and grapefruit, as well. Slight alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Yum,medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Hop wax sticking at the back of my throat for a few minutes after drinking. Super refreshing.

Drinkability - Delightful. If you are ready for a beer that pushes the flavor limit on a traditional American Pale Ale, this is the one.

I can drink this all night long, very enjoyable. No wonder it's Three Floyds flagship beer. Fantastic.

Photo of Rick778
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of sonofliberty2
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of JandJMD
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of DantheMan75
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Greggy
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice 1+ finger light tan head over a slightly hazed amber body. Sticky lacing rings the glass and a thin cap sticks around for quite a while.

S- Definite hop aroma, some nice maltiness as well. The hops are slightly grassy and piney with bits of pineapple present.

T- Starts out with a nice piny hop note well balanced by a nice maltiness. The maltiness is almost biscuitty but has some peachy notes to it (combo of malt and hops). The finish is the beautiful malt with the nice hopiness.

M- Nice light carbonation with very creamy mouthfeel.

D- Quite drinkable pale ale here. Some argue that this is more of an IPA. It's not my call to make but I would say it's somewhere between a pale and an IPA. Overall, I would get this again.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a rather deep golden to amber color. A nice 2 finger frothy head forms, retains, and laces very well. Rather translucent in the glass.

S- All citrus hops and hints of pine notes. Just like SN Pale Ale, except bigger. Not much else here.

T- Starts with a bitter hops bang. Frankly, the flavor isn't as big as in the scent. Lighter malts are barely detectable underneath the hops profile.

M- Somewhat light and very carbonated, but still heavy enough to support the hops flavor profile. Easy to drink.

Overall, a very solid beer. Between this and SN Pale Ale, they are the flagship beers for this style.

Photo of Devi0us
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, rich dark amber topped by a decent head that, once settled, leaves small islands of foam and some nice head retention and spots of lace.

The aroma is dry-hopped perfection which culminates in a nice candied grapefruit flesh, with the notes of pine and grapefruit pith you would expect.

The taste is quite hoppy for a pale ale, a nice bitter c-hop with a mild toffee malt at its spine, with a slight chalkiness that helps accentuate the pine and grapefruit bitterness, which lingers in the aftertaste. This has a long finish as the resinous oils seem to cling for dear life. If this was an IPA it would get top marks but since they're calling it a pale ale probably I'd dock 1/2 a point for being unbalanced. Sorry.

It's smooth and well carbonated, medium bodied, slightly chewy--the mouthfeel really helps deliver the taste here.

Certainly there has to be levels of progression between--or a scale to measure the degrees between--an APA and an AIPA, and this one might just about tip the scales and spill all over the next category up. Tasted blind I would have pegged this as an IPA without a doubt. Not a bad thing. This is a great beer. I'd pick it up all the time if it was available to me. It's just more than a little brash for the style it claims to be is all.

Photo of zbodnar1
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kegger22
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with a respectable head. A good citrus aroma, strong, but not overbearing. The taste was a sweet grapefruit and I had no bitter aftertaste, excellent. Feel is smooth with a nice body for an APA. I could drink a half dozen of them. Everything good about an IPA, but kept none of the bad. My first taste of a 3Floyd's effort, I'm impressed.

Photo of Crimsontider22
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%

I had this one many times. Its about time I reviewed it.

Appearance- The beer was a deep copper color with the head to match.

Aroma- Thus is the pretty standard fff hoppy aroma. You know who brewed this.

Taste- The hops do not overwhelm, but leave there mark. Notes of cinnamon, apple, and lime come to mind. The sweetness gives a peculiar profile to the hops. The aftertaste is dry with the hops fading.

Mouthfeel- The carbonation is mellow which allows the hops to linger. Nice!

Overalll- Three Floyds makes a lot of great beers. People forget about this one.

Photo of jpro
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of KFrank729
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Alpha King from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 5,379 ratings.