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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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4,802 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,802
Reviews: 1,664
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 828
Gots: 438 | 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:
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-22-2013 02:44:44 | More by StubFaceJoe
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

01-05-2014 01:58:02 | More by dtomes
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet
no date found.

Impressive slightly hazy copper color with a one inch fluffy bubbley white head, thin cloudy lace sticks to the glass right up to that final swig.

Floral and piney hops dominate the nose.

Taste citrusy fruity piney hops backed by subtle caramel malts, one wonderful combo. Nice bitterness on the back end, Very Yummy!

Mouthfeel is the perfect blend of refreshingly crisp beer but with a faint thickness as it slides downward and flushes up the dry hop bitterness that some seek.

A very drinkable apa that will be enjoyed at a soon to be session near you!!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 00:00:27 | More by beerphan
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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper in color and semi transparent. Nice, thick pillowy sheets of lacing and 3/4" of head.

S- Grapefruit and sweet caramel malts.

T- Nice bitter hops blended well with deep caramel backbone.

M- Medium to thick with high carbonation.

D- Very high. Almost a perfect score here.

Overall- This was a quick review while taking a break from brewing. My friend had some in the fridge and I have been dying to try it. Very sweet and a nice offering all the way around. Glad I finally got to give it a go. I would definitely seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 20:00:05 | More by MMAJYK
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4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Two fingers in my favorite Trappist glass, poured it from a bottle. A very nice dark caramel color.

S: Hops hit you hard. An awesome floral aroma that perks up your ears and make you smile. Citrusy, juniper bush, catnip.

T: Awesome hoppy bang. Key lime peels, Spicewood leaves, and lemon balm leaves. I love this beer. I remember tasting it at a beer tasting in Bloomington, Indiana, and I ended up walking around with their pitcher drinking from it and throwing a handful of change in the the tuba of the German brass band that was playing there.

M: Very nice to roll around your mouth leaves the mouth a bit oily.

D: A bit potent, but i could drink this beer all night. Gets better setting in your glass and getting warmer, but is really good super chilled as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 03:40:12 | More by baos
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Live review of a 12 oz bottle purchased from the brewpub. No bottling date, but I'm assuming it is fresh.
A: Poured with a one-finger cream head above a clear copper amber. The head slowly dies.
S: Hops up front, something of that fuggles earthy aroma ahead of the metallic banana caramel. Piney with mild citrus, too, but accompanying a nice musty gin alcohol. Welcoming.
T: Definitely earthy pine needles. An acidity almost like coffee creeps in. A nice dry bitterness fades to a gin linger. Slightly metallic with that banana character that I have to assume is from the hops and the yeast (respectively). The body is caramel with a slight biscuit and a slight wheaty bread.
M: Exactly what it should be. A nice medium body with a slowly increasing frothy creaminess that is shattered by a crisp finish.
D: Very good. Two pints or so would be fine.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 00:58:07 | More by ne0m00re
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-04-2011 01:24:30 | More by pavpav12
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3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

fff alpha king 12oz. no date.

a - pours deep copper with a slight chill haze. forms a pinky of off white head, that calmed to a thin film right away. some spotty lacing.

s - grass, slight citrus, honey.

t - biscuity malt with some tart fruity notes. lemon maybe? a piney bitter twang hits the back of the tongue but fades quickly.

m - feel is medium in body with enough carbonation to help the flavors pop a bit.

o - pretty good and fits the style well. could easily have a few in a night.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 05:32:42 | More by divineaudio
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-21-2013 05:04:39 | More by kguard
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A- 1 ½ inch frothy head, dark bronze body that is pretty clear. Excellent lacing.

S- Malts kick in right away, hops follow. Nice piney aroma, hints of grapefruit.

T- Bready taste to it, malts are evident, hops are there but not overpowering. As it warms up citrus notes come out.

M- Light on the palate, great piney after taste, well carbonated.

D- Very drinkable, well balanced. The malts and bready/woody taste mixed with the hops and the piney taste makes this brew excellent. Highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 01:13:18 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours brilliant ruby amber with a half finger of white head.

Aroma is total fresh ruby red grapefruit domination.

Rounded caramel maltiness and massive citrus flavor. Nice citric acid lingering bitterness. Grapefruit all the way.

Medium bodied and very smooth. Refreshing hoppy and flavor. Just fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 01:37:57 | More by nortmand
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New York

4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-16-2013 11:59:08 | More by Thickfreakness
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-07-2013 17:24:58 | More by pmoney
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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear reddish brown with generous lacing from a slightly off white thick frothy head

S -Grapefruit comes blasting through, followed by a touch of a malty backbone

T - Very much like the nose, but the grapefruit is powerful at first, then muted by the maltiness. Incredibly well balanced.

M - Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Just a touch of film left on the tongue, but otherwise fairly devoid of much aftertaste at all.

O - This is a great representation of an American Pale Ale. Just the right balance of darn near everything. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 23:12:41 | More by gopens44
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-30-2012 04:03:51 | More by wesley14
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

02-11-2013 22:28:08 | More by jman005
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-31-2014 18:44:47 | More by KCBeerNerd
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.1%

07-01-2014 19:02:11 | More by ArtZan
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4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first offering from Three Floyds...should be good...

Poured a beautiful amber dark caramel color. Crystal clear body with a near two finger off white head on top. Lacing clings heavily to the glass in thick lumps. Very nice. There really isn't much else you could ask for.

Aroma is incredibly strong. Cascade laden fumes waft from under the cap as soon as the seal is cracked. Upon closer inspection a good mix of pine hop aromas intermingle with the grapefruit and other strong orange and tangerine citrus from the cascades. A sweet malt character is present as well.

Damn. This hop character in this is on par with many other breweries IPAs and even exceeds some IPAs I have had. This is fairly balanced though. Hops come through with a resin flavor and character which drys the mouth a bit. An equal portion of grapefruit intermingles as well. A bit of bready malt brings the sweetness of the hops in check.

Mouthfeel is good. Fairly full bodied and crisp from the carbonation. Nothing which hasn't been done with other APA/IPAs, but this is on par with the good ones.

Drinkability is great if you like a hoppy ale. At over 7% ABV not too many of these could be had. But the crisp mouthfeel and balanced flavor make this one which could be enjoyed in multiples.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 03:01:25 | More by blitz134
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

06-15-2014 16:26:38 | More by Ohiovania
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-15-2011 04:58:13 | More by LSUPT
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

11-13-2012 10:48:11 | More by Theniz
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-01-2013 15:05:51 | More by Pete27lax
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5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had at pizzeria paradiso in geargetown

A) Toasted honey generous light head.

S) Light pine scent with a hint of wildflower.

T) Deliciously hoppy with pine and sweetness.

M) Light and refreshing.

D) I could drink this until the floor came up and smacked me in the face.

This is an exceptional IPA and well deserves its reputation. My only complaint is that it is not readily available.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 17:18:39 | More by razorsdescent
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-05-2011 14:54:15 | More by bespin15
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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