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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

4,902 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,902
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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rpstevens

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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Theniz

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

11-13-2012 10:48:11 | More by Theniz
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

05-13-2013 10:56:37 | More by Travcofarms
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mythaeus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-24-2013 14:23:21 | More by mythaeus
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davet100

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-19-2013 20:12:52 | More by davet100
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77apm

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-16-2014 04:57:52 | More by 77apm
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

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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sacrelicio

Minnesota

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
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razorsdescent

Pennsylvania

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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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Appearance
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.

Aroma
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.

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
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.

Drinkability
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
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jgasparine

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

Thanks to Bluejacket74 for hooking this up!

A- Poured from the bottle with a 3/4" light-tan-colored head, which was nicely retained and produced some very nice lacing. The body was almost completely opaque, and a dark amber color.

S- Rich vienna (and crystal?) toasty malts in near-perfect balance with some earthy and piney hop aromas. Simple yet rich and elegant!

T- The toasty malts are up front, and quickly met with a wave of those piney hops. Crackerlike throughout. The finish is slightly dry and features a mild hop bitterness that lingers wonderfully. Absolutely delicious.

M- A medium body accented by a creamy carbonation, that fills out the mouth wonderfully. No astringency.

D- A quaffable brew that presents a bucketload of hops in balance with a bucketload of malt... yet somehow maintains a low 6% ABV!? Thanks again Brian for hooking this up- I need to get a couple cases of this stuff!!

07-09-2010 01:40:59 | More by jgasparine
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Ohiovania

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -12%

06-15-2014 16:26:38 | More by Ohiovania
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Jd2391

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12%

04-18-2013 18:51:48 | More by Jd2391
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ThirstyBird

Germany

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a clear bright orange brown color with a half inch of off-white head that falls to a skim. Mild lacing.

S - Smell is malty, citrus, caramel, pine too.

T - The taste is sweet malt with hops joining in. Piney hops, a little toffee on the back end. Nice balance.

M/F - Medium body. Nice subtle carbonation.

D - Yeah it's an easy drinking pale ale. A lot going on for a 6% brew

06-07-2009 21:58:21 | More by ThirstyBird
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pmoney

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-07-2013 17:24:58 | More by pmoney
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Pete27lax

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-01-2013 15:05:51 | More by Pete27lax
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gopens44

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

08-26-2011 23:12:41 | More by gopens44
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afinepilsner

Iowa

4.6/5  rDev +8%

12oz brown bottle

Alpha King Pale Ale was an orange-amber in color with a nice off-white head. The head had good retention and left quite a bit lacing behind. The aroma was all about the hops, fresh and fruity citrus hops just begging to be tasted. The taste was also very hoppy and delicious with a good malt base to keep some balance. The bitterness was not as intense as you would expect with all of the hops. The finish was dry and bitter. It was medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was excellent. It's one of the best pale ales that I've tried and I highly recommend it.

04-09-2007 02:03:45 | More by afinepilsner
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sitarist

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-25-2013 23:41:53 | More by sitarist
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Chuffbomb

Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.4%

06-24-2014 15:24:19 | More by Chuffbomb
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slowdaddy

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-10-2012 18:12:38 | More by slowdaddy
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maxcoinage

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-19-2013 16:30:25 | More by maxcoinage
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badbeer

Iowa

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%

Pours a dark copper color with a nice off-white head leaving lacing all the way down the glass. Starts off citrusy in the nose, but then hits you with a floral bouquet that seems never ending and always changing. I also noticed grapefruit as others have mentioned, there is also a slight maltiness in the nose, but hardly noticeable. On to the taste, the grapefruit taste came in strong, slight caramel for a second, but finishes with a lemon zest, a hint of pine is present throughout entire taste. Medium bodied and average carbonation level, pretty slick. Just a flat out good beer here, one of my favorites to keep around. Use caution with this one, once having one of these, you will not be able to taste much else in a beer until the following day.

04-11-2006 02:56:07 | More by badbeer
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

12oz bottle purchased from the brewery in Munster, IN. Enjoyed at cellar temperature.

Pours a dark amber hue, basically copper, with one finger of beige froth and sheets of webbed lacing on the pint glass. Good clarity and head retention.

Smell is pine sap, spruce needle, burnt caramel, bubblegum, thyme, honey, pineapple, mango, complex hop oils, passion fruit, ethanol, orange rind, lemon, marmalade, highly crystallized weed, perfume, and cake batter. Very citric, herbaceous, and piney nose.

Taste mimics the aromas with juicy and citrusy navel orange, unripened peach, nectarine, smooth caramel and taffy flavours, floral, herbal, and resinous hops, sugary malts, spicy and astringent bitterness to end.

Mouthfeel is silky-soft, medium bodied, clean and oily juiciness mid-palate, bitter spiciness lingers in the long, drying finish. IBUs make themselves known, yet this is more balanced than your typical hop bomb.

Probably the most complex APA that I've sampled. Just a masterpiece of a beer. If you can get your hands on some Alpha King, don't hesitate to try this raw, unadulterated nectar.

08-20-2011 07:14:13 | More by cratez
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tapman

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -16%

I get that the 3Fs make decent brews, but why the hefty price tag for the big bottles? Oh well, as for their more affordable Alpha King...

Pours rusty-red and orange hues towards the lighter bottom of the glass. Not much head at 1 finger, but the lacing sticks with it pretty well.

The aromas are citrus and grass with hints of pomegranate for that not-too-sweet fruitiness.

I believe the hops I'm getting are cascade, the most abundant American hop unless I am mistaken then please tell me. Earthy/grassy tartness with a bit of an alcohol sting. There is a sea-saltiness that compliments the bread-like malt back.

The carbonation is crispy. Overall the beer is creamy and smooth with a stingy finish.

Quite decent. I could enjoy 2-3 of these before the taste buds need a break from being worked so hard. I look forward to trying the $17 bottles one day, but for now this will do just fine.

06-13-2007 19:16:31 | More by tapman
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 4,902 ratings.