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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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BA SCORE
95
world-class

4,692 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,692
Reviews: 1,664
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 821
Gots: 408 | 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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Ratings: 4,692 | Reviews: 1,664 | Display Reviews Only:
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bob727

Florida

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-22-2011 05:03:14 | More by bob727
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wesley14

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.3%

12-30-2012 04:03:51 | More by wesley14
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kguard

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-21-2013 05:04:39 | More by kguard
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bmoney

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.3%

08-23-2013 23:12:40 | More by bmoney
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BEERschlitz

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-24-2013 19:56:54 | More by BEERschlitz
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PeakedInHighSchool

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-28-2014 16:14:40 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
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Quaffer

Nevada

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Dirty John's in Iowa City. Not available in Wichita.

Appearance. Poured a dark amber, slightly burnished copper color. An average height head caused by a relatively rough pour. It was thick and dense and left plenty of lace in its wake.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops assaulted the nose first, but was balanced well with a backbone of roasted malt. For the amount of hops present, the aroma was warm and well rounded.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth.

Taste: The citrus and pine hops of the aroma carried on into the flavor. They were nice and clean tasting. Wonderful balance was provided by a strong malt presence. Malt was a combination of sweet and roasted. The bitterness was very apparent, but I found it to be relatively low compared to the amount of hop flavor that this beer had.

This was a great beer. Very hoppy but very well balanced. I wish that it was available locally.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 14:32:21 | More by Quaffer
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pmoney

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-07-2013 17:24:58 | More by pmoney
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Eastside151

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-11-2013 12:22:45 | More by Eastside151
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theghost3

Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to XaulZan11 for this extra/want.

Pours a cloudy, deep copper with a 2-finger light head. Medium lacing.

Smell is orange & grapefruit hops. Slightly piney with some caramel malts. The smell is very subtle. Flavor is juicy, sweet oranges, slightly bitter grapefruit, caramel and biscuity malts. Slight taste of butterscotch. Taste is much more apparent than the smell. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. Carbonation is a little low but this isn't flat by any means; just right.

This is a very drinkable APA. The flavor and smell aren't in your face, but that's OK for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 02:22:23 | More by theghost3
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instinct2

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

09-17-2013 02:22:10 | More by instinct2
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AKuehn47

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

07-31-2013 17:22:56 | More by AKuehn47
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Franchise

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice dark amber, with a nice white lace that sticks to the side of the glass. The smell is citrus, hops, and lemons and flavored with a sweetness of honey and the faintest hint of vanilla. The taste is great, it has a nice bitter kick from the hops as well as some great lemon flavor that is brought out by the honey. The mouthfeel on the palate is very clean. Great beer overall glad I was able to get my hands on this beer, I will def go back to it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 23:15:46 | More by Franchise
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Westuh

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

12-04-2012 05:07:45 | More by Westuh
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Matthew607

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-16-2012 21:56:35 | More by Matthew607
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jman005

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +17.1%

02-11-2013 22:28:08 | More by jman005
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malty

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark bronzy amber with a loose 1/2" off white head.

Mmmm...the nose...fresh cone of the hop in a sweet, syrupy malt glaze. Fruity notes galore, compliments of the generous amount of hops. Brown sugar in there as well.3

Bountiful flavors of fresh hops all right - very vinous. An interesting tea flavor sits boldly behind the hops. Not too much malt presence (unlike the nose). Slightly sweetened iced tea flavor with a nice offsetting bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly bitter, dry finish.

Drinkability is good. Very versatile and flavorful.

A hearty pale ale no doubt. I've had plenty of IPAs that can't hold their weight against this surly boy. Balsy & bold. What else would you expect from 3Fs?

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 22:21:53 | More by malty
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The head has dissipated leaving behind lacing and a good strong lacing with a slight amount of head, but the lacing is thick...maybe 2mm thick at it's weakest point. Color is dark brown to ruby red.

Smell is overwhelmingly hoppy and slightly fruity. The hops are slightly grassy. It has some lemon and raspberry to it.

The taste is primarily hops, but it also has some fruityness that ranges from lemon to strawberry/ raspberry.

Mouthfeel is excellent, it is carbonated quite well which leaves a foamy smooth feel on the tongue.

This will be a regular drink for me, it's great.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 04:58:35 | More by Erdinger2003
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Three Floyds branded imperial pint glass

Pours a jewel-like amber with a two and a half finger pillowy off-white head with great retention. Significant lacing as the head recedes. An inviting blast of grapefruit rind and pine greet the nose. Opens with bitter grapefruit and understated floral notes sweet malt joins in fairly early and adds balance, finishes with a bit of bite and citrus. Incredible mouthfeel, medium bodied, but silky smooth with just the right amount of creaminess. A standard-setter for APA's. You'll be hard pressed to find one that is better.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 04:22:27 | More by chanokokoro
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-01-2013 17:06:03 | More by ChicagoNick
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lilsmizzul1225

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-17-2013 06:08:17 | More by lilsmizzul1225
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1fastz28

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer that i could have sworn that i have tried before, but i guess i was wrong. pours a great looking cloudy light amber color with a decent amount of sediment floating around. looks really really good, smell is great too, has a full nose of hops to it and is a real treat to the nose. taste is very good, the only thing keeping this one from a 5 is that it is a bit watery, just a tiny but, but enought to be noticeable. other than that, this beer is nearly flawless and a textbook pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 01:39:22 | More by 1fastz28
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WJVII

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the sample 6 pack from Jdostal... poured into a pint glass this brew has a wonderful hazy orange color with a 2 finger pure white head that settles into a nice cap leaving sticky lacing down the glass. The aroma is strong and full of citrus and pine, some nuttiness and burnt caramel. The taste hits you with pine hops up front but then cools off with some malt balance in the middle and finishes with a great bitter bite. The strong carbonation and medium body give an astringent feel that intensifies the hop flavors. Very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 02:03:14 | More by WJVII
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a snifter, full fingers worth of head, warm chesnut coloring, nice lacing.

s- ample citric hops in the nose, smooth malt backing it up, a bit more hop forward here for an apa though.

t- hops hit big, earthy, citric, and bitter, caramel malt opens the way. this tastes like many a mediocre ipa that i've had - compliment.

m- medium.

d- this is a really nice apa, nice and hop forward like i like them. i'd drink this again for sure, not sure if it's something i'd trade for again but would be more than happy to knock back a few more.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 01:41:21 | More by thecarster1
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inspektor

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-30-2014 21:23:18 | More by inspektor
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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