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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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4,901 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,901
Reviews: 1,667
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 839
Gots: 485 | 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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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

This has always been a sure bet for me. Alpha King satisfies your no-nonsense hop cravings. The appearance is a nice copper orange with an average head. The lacing just stick to the glass and makes intricate patterns along the sides. The smell is like a fresh bag of hops. It really kicks you like a mule. The taste is just explosive with tartness and smooth bitterness. The alcohol content is well hidden by the hops, but it hits the cranium with no problem. If you were to belly up and drink this all night off the tapper, you would be floating higher than Nick Nolte. This is one kick ass pale ale!

01-05-2005 02:04:42 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-24-2013 18:52:04 | More by DerekQXQX
Photo of BierReise


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

12oz bottle fresh from the brewery. Beautiful copper colored ale with a thick frothy head. Big piney citrusy hoppy aroma which smells like a good amount of Cascade but I could be wrong. None the less, fantasticly hopped. Smooth body with a bitter slightly dry finish. Terrific flavor with nice blend of malts and hops. A bitter pale but fantastic and nearly an IPA in my opinion. Delicate lacing. Wish I had more of this.

10-08-2003 22:43:24 | More by BierReise
Photo of arguemaniac


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a nice chestnut amber with a foamy head that leaves a sticky, sprawling lace. An outstanding aroma featuring floral and citrus hops with some maltiness in the very background. The flavor is dominated by an incredibly tasty citrus hop spice with some sweet, fruity malt notes that balance very nicely. In fact, a toasted, caramel malt flavor comes through very noticeably as well. The mouthfeel is quite smooth with a subtle carbonation tang.

This is easily the best pale ale I’ve tasted since having tried the American pale ale examples produced by Legend and Sierra Nevada. As many other BA’s have observed, it certainly is a lot hoppier than your typical American pale ale, but, as most of those BA’s have also pointed out, who cares, it’s fantastic!! Highly recommended

12-07-2005 09:07:33 | More by arguemaniac
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-14-2011 18:48:50 | More by photomike
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

04-30-2012 18:30:55 | More by JRBecks
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-15-2014 05:20:30 | More by djgustafson
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-17-2011 05:38:54 | More by leprakhan
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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

12oz bottle poured into pint glass, courtesy of arvjunk. Thanks Ankur!

A: Cloudy amber-orange color with less than 1/2 finger of head, which dissipates quickly.

S: Very hoppy for an APA- citrus and pine both very clear, along with caramel, biscuity malts.

T: Malty sweetness dominates- once again there's a heavy amount of caramel and biscuity, bready flavors. Hops provide a bitterness level that would more likely be expected from an IPA, but the balance is great and taste is overall very enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a little bit creamy thanks to the moderate to lively carbonation.

D: This glass went down fast, let's hope FFF starts distributing across Ohio again soon.

01-10-2011 00:33:59 | More by AwYeh
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

06-09-2014 15:09:10 | More by billhelm
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.1%

07-09-2014 17:02:34 | More by jbriggs7
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-14-2011 15:43:39 | More by Kaydogg
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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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-05-2012 16:36:39 | More by WoodburyMN
Photo of ultralarry2006


5/5  rDev +17.4%

Appearance - Poured from 12 oz.' er with no freshness data. Left a nice two finger head that receded to 1/4 inch that did stick around to the end, and left thick lacing all the way down. Head is lightly biege and the body is a nice orange copper.

Smell - Grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit, oh, and did I mention grapefruit? Slight hint of mild bready, breakfast tea malt which is of course totally subsumed by grapefruit.

Taste - Of course it's grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefuit, right upfront. The malt is just barely there with mild bready, biscuity and a hint of breakfast tea flavor. The focus is emphatically on the hops, with the malt laying way back, but definintely present enough to more than adequately do it's job of providing backbone, because if it was not, then the hops would have thrown this insanely out of balance. Of course the finish is grapefruit, grapefruit, and biscuity tea, more grapefruit, and it all lingers in a pleasant aftertaste ( of the same, grapefruit and bread). Belch, and you get yet more of this great ale's grapefruit hops and bready malts ( gross, I know, but it's true !, and great ! ).

Mouthfeel - full, thick even - kind of chewy, very satisfying with just right amout of moderate carbonation. Pleasingly slick mouth coating from the hop oils.

Drinkability - I could easily sit here and finish a whole six pack myself and savor, and I mean savor each and every sip, in just one sitting, absolutely no problem. Also, I could just sip and chill with this, or serve this with any kind of meal, event, etc. I just plain love this ale !!

04-07-2006 20:41:36 | More by ultralarry2006
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New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

Big thanks to d0b for this extra. My first FFF beer other than Dark Lord, and I was not disappointed at all. Poured from a bottle into my smuttynose tulip.

The pour is much, much darker than I was expecting for a pale ale. The beer is a dark amber with a thick three finger foamy head, some solid lacing as the head subsides.

The smell is citrus hops, straight up, nothing else.

The taste is more balanced than the smell, but not much. The hops hit the tongue first, and then there's a little pinch of malty sweetness that just barely comes out, and then its straight to the bitter hop finish.

The beer is nicely carbonated, it's awesomely hoppy and it has a nice dry finish. It tastes a lot stronger than the 6% abv or the Pale Ale title would have suggested, this beer was great.

06-11-2009 21:24:54 | More by rpstevens
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

11-13-2012 10:48:11 | More by Theniz
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

05-13-2013 10:56:37 | More by Travcofarms
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-24-2013 14:23:21 | More by mythaeus
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-19-2013 20:12:52 | More by davet100
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-16-2014 04:57:52 | More by 77apm
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours an orange-copper color with a nice pillow like, off-white head with good retention. On the nose there is a citrus hop aroma mixed with fruity / malt overtones. The same on the palate a lot of citrus flavor, grapefruit, highly hopped, malts, all well balanced with a slight acidic bite. The finish is slightly tart and bitter. I can not detect the 7.3% abv. Overall and enjoyable pale ale… I think this brew leans more to being an IPA then a Pale Ale…

06-17-2002 17:05:36 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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4.95/5  rDev +16.2%

Juicy, grainy, biscuity malts. Citrusy, sweet fruity hops. Nice color, not much head, but not bad at all. Amazing overall. A great session beer. One of my absolute favorites of any style. Can't believe how much flavor this has for an APA. Almost an IPA, but not quite.

11-30-2010 21:03:30 | More by sacrelicio
Photo of razorsdescent


5/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

01-10-2009 17:18:39 | More by razorsdescent
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

This ale poured a nice amber coloured well carbonated, finely bubbled ale. Decent light tan coloured head formed on the pour. Fine lacings remained after the head dissipated.

This ale has a big IPA like nose. Theres lots of resinous hops in here, mostly piney, but grapefruit also present. Malty notes below the hops, with scents of toasted biscuit and caramel.

Also almost tastes like an IPA with the bitter resinous hops. The pine and grapefruit from the hops dominate, but the malts have some backbone tasting of lightly honeyed toasted biscuit, caramel, and just a hint of creamy nuts.

This is a damn fine pale ale, well balanced but definately tilted towards the hops. Tea like astringency on the finish, as well as a slight metallic taste/feel that comes with the bitterness.

This is a very drinkable hoppy beer, and would make a great session brew for a hophead. Would also make a decent introductory brew for those wanting to explore hoppier beers. Ill be drinking this one again.

09-20-2006 13:18:36 | More by demcorhip
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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