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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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4,937 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,937
Reviews: 1,668
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 842
Gots: 502 | 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

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-19-2012 23:52:52 | More by metalgdog
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-01-2013 17:06:03 | More by ChicagoNick
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

02-11-2013 22:28:08 | More by jman005


4.43/5  rDev +4%

Clear orange copper. Thick chunky tannish head. Beautiful frosty laces.

Very hoppy Pale ale. Citrus, resin, and pine hop notes. Toasty caramel.

Big citrus, grapefruit, orange peel. Toasty caramel bread. Great lingering grapefruitty resinous bitterness.

Sticky, well balanced, med body, smooth

Very drinkable, big citrus hopped pale ale that could easily be considered an IPA.

10-05-2009 23:26:03 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

12-13-2011 06:17:10 | More by johnhenryconway
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

07-13-2014 03:12:52 | More by mhenson42
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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Aroma: impressive citrus, oranges, slight mango, pineapple

Taste: bitterness up front, citrus undertones that lingers well

Overall: 4.5/5 - fantastic pale ale that actually lives up to the hype. Wish this was available to me regularly.. Cheers!

11-09-2013 22:41:56 | More by jmccullough108
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-09-2013 21:01:53 | More by atoulouk
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-27-2012 20:14:32 | More by rwilde
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-24-2013 19:56:54 | More by BEERschlitz
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-16-2014 04:57:52 | More by 77apm
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Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-20-2013 20:33:01 | More by Luk13
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-17-2013 16:32:01 | More by RandyKemka
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

11-13-2012 10:48:11 | More by Theniz
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

I am definitely happy that I went and bought this beer. Pours a pale orangey/amber color with a nice head on it and a clinging lace. Floral hops and yeast in the nose. This beer starts off all hops. But as I keep sipping it I get more and more malt that really balances this brew very nicely. Lots of bready yeast flavor as well. Creamy and smooth across the palate and very drinkable. This is one kick ass beer. I will definitely be picking up some more of it.

04-06-2002 15:38:27 | More by Murph
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New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%

12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a nice amber color, almost a dark shade of orange with a one and a half finger head that's slightly off white. A nice looking pale ale.

S - A gorgeous piny hops smell with a little hint of citrus in there.

T - Big hop rush on the initial sip, very nice. Hops mellow slightly and allow for a little malty flavor, then the hops kick back up on the finish/aftertaste. Definitely a good one.

M - A well carbonated beer that feels good on the tongue. Gives you a "punch" from beginning to beyond the end due to all the hoppiness.

D - Goes down nice and easy. Could easily knock this sixer down. Probably a bad idea though since I'm going out later.

10-01-2005 23:02:45 | More by EStreet20
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4.43/5  rDev +4%

Pours a deep amber bronze with surprisly good clarity given the sediment. One finger of soapy but dense head shows good retention and leaves spotty lacing. The scent of citrus here is collosal; more like fresh squeezed oranges rather than the rind. Some faint pale malt aroma lingers somewhere in obscurity. Toasted crystal malt and vienna upfront. Semi-dry aftertaste, herbal/citrusy cascade does an excellent job of balancing the sweetness. Low carbonation and medium body allow a hint of slickness, but it's really just enough to keep the mouthfeel less than crisp. Cascade and caramel flavors meld perfectly in the finish, which is a nice medium of dry to slick. Highly quaffable.

07-15-2006 04:14:08 | More by PBRstreetgang
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

Thanks to Mason (BitterPachyderm) for this delicious 4-pack.

A: Somewhat hazy dark amber with a gorgeous 2+ fingers of white head that's bubbly and frothy. Great retention and sticky lacing.
S: Caramel malts and an inviting piney, floral hop kick. A bit of brown sugary sweetness.
T: Tons of herbals and florals right away. Really delicious hops, but also not out of balance. Caramel and slightly toasted malty sweetness. Residual but only slightly bitter herbal notes. Slightly smoky with warmth. Dark fruit esters and bready malts also pull through later in the session.
M: Lighter to medium body with lower carbonation.
D: This is a tasty pale ale. I wanted another pint of this brew right away!

06-13-2009 05:28:48 | More by washburnkid
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

09-27-2012 23:22:29 | More by zachary80
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-30-2012 04:03:51 | More by wesley14
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-15-2011 13:51:40 | More by ej285701
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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

My first Three Floyds Beer! Alpha King Pale Ale does not quite live up to the tremendous hype out there for this beer, for the top rated American Pale Ale. I feel like I have made better (maltier and hoppier) APA's than this--but that's another story.

When I poured this into a glass, I was struck by how dark this beer was. It is a dark amber that is more red than orange, and should probably be re-categorized. The beer smelled really good. Like walking through a deep pine forest still damp with morning due. There was a hint of orange rind and dankness that perfumes the beer.

The beer tastes solidly bitter with a resinous, sticky hoppiness. There is a little malt sweetness, caramel, and biscuit as the beer warms that was absent at first. The carbonation was good, and there was really good body and a medium chewiness. Highly drinkable, but I could've used more hop aroma and flavor, as well as a better malt character.

11-01-2010 03:39:38 | More by Soonami
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

01-22-2014 16:38:38 | More by unclejazz
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-27-2013 14:29:59 | More by jburd19
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-15-2014 05:20:30 | More by djgustafson
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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