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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

4,665 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,665
Reviews: 1,663
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 818
Gots: 395 | 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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Lurkerson

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-15-2013 03:11:12 | More by Lurkerson
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap from Clevelands own Bier Markt- served in a pint glass. Had a one finger head and great retention and lacing. Poured a dark copper color with its foam being a sort of bone-white. Smell makes it immediately apparent that this is a fiendishly hoppy beer- I smell the citrusy notes that I've come to associate with cascade hops. That taste measures up to the smell- hops from beginning to end and rounded out with a nice medium light body. The mouthfeel is wonderful as well- a little oily from the hops and medium carbonation make it very drinkable. I would get this all the time if it was available to me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 01:53:59 | More by Hopdaemon39
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socalbrewlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

09-22-2013 22:43:47 | More by socalbrewlvr
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ngandhi

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

AK is an ultimate pale ale. Hops completely dominate this beer, but the wonderful brewmasters at Three Floyds have managed to create a flavor unlike anything I'd previously encountered. Usually, AK is too much beer for me. It's very busy with strong notes of grapefruit. Some mango on the nose. On tap, I notice an even greater complexity of flavor with mango on the nose and palate. Both tap and bottle have a medium body (a little fuller than most pale ales) that I guess is supported by some (otherwise unnoticeable) presence of malt.

The bottled version is a bit drier than the tap (not that that's a bad thing). In fact, it reminds me of the saison style of beer. I wish I had some Fantome saison to with me so I could be more accurate in my comparison, but Alpha King does call on a lot of that dry saison flavor. Maybe a little Dogfish head too.

The finish is long, especially on the back of the tongue.

If you give it time and try to work your nose and tongue through it, this is a commendable, complex brew. For everyday drinking, I would prefer Gumball Head Wheat or Robert the Bruce Scottish.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2003 04:14:16 | More by ngandhi
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Born on date- who the hell knows? Pours out a cloudy copper with minimal head - some soapy lacing. Smell is nothing to write home about- some fading hops. Taste- quite spritzy which surprised me given the lack of head. Grassy hops with a soapy aftertaste. Malt is solid- tobacco and solid caramel flavours. Its quite tasty, but doesn't blow me away. Maybe its the age- I can't imagine I have a bottle at its peak of freshness. First time trying, so I risked the purchase in my excitement not knowing its age. The hops are there, just in weird muted kind of way. given the rep of FFF, I was expecting more. Truthfully, pass the SNPA, as this pale ale doesn't match the benchmark classic american pale that is Sierra Nevada. I would love a chance to try fresh on tap or bottle. Until they date these suckers, I can't cut any slack.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 00:58:41 | More by oakbluff
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rousee

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BA Beerguy (Frank) for the sample--

Pours differing shades of color throughout the glass-a dark rusty top 2/3 and the bottom third is a lighter peach/apricot shade.

The smell is an extremely balanced pale ale. It is somewhat hoppy but the nutty character of the malt is also noticed. Taste is a standard ipa/apa taste of (I am guessing cascade or centennial) hops. There is some cedar-like woodiness in the taste as well. I love cedar.

The only problem here is this beer is a great example of how this style should be done properly but it doesnt stand out as being the best for the style. Overall, not many knocks on this and I am glad to see that 3 Floyds appears to be all they are cracked up to be.

A little too high on the abv to be considered very drinkable but plenty smooth though. They do a good job of hiding the alcohol actually as this doesnt taste real strong (abv-wise that is).

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2005 16:36:59 | More by rousee
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funkyaudio

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-12-2012 03:47:02 | More by funkyaudio
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brauseboof

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-06-2014 22:49:36 | More by brauseboof
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a rich caramel tinged amber. Lovely fluffy finger of off white head. Good retention with a bit of lacing. Solid.

S- oh yeah there's the hops. This is a hop heads APA. Assertive hop aromas jump out with notes of pine and ruby red grapefruit. Resiny tones wander in and out with a touch of hemp and American high alpha oil goodness. A hint of caramel sweetness and a balancing biscuit malt bring a balance to the nose. Finishes with a leafy hop combo. This is a hop sandwich with the malt being the meat.

T- biscuity malt with a touch of caramel builds a foundation to the generous hops that you experience. Big citrus ruby red grapefruit with notes of pine and orange explode on the palate. Finishes with a leafy hop flavor and a touch of bitter yellow grapefruit peel with a hemp like note lasting into the aftertaste.

MF- smooth and full mouthfeel with a medium body and average carbonation.

D- hop heads rejoice Alpha King is your loving regal savior. Drinkable and full flavored.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 22:32:54 | More by Viciousknishs
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djgustafson

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

02-15-2014 05:20:30 | More by djgustafson
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davesway10

Iowa

4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-22-2013 18:24:16 | More by davesway10
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AlexM

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

06-22-2012 03:37:29 | More by AlexM
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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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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled sample from trevorwideman via demcorhip. Medium amber in colour with a bit of haze. Slightly below average carbonation for the style. Dominant pine needle aroma, with some background notes of sweet citrus, both sweet and toasted malts, and even a bit of yeastiness. In the mouth, there is more pine, but more reminiscent of the wood itself as opposed to the fragrant needles. The citrus notes become more distinctive and remind me of tangerine, mandarin orange, and grapefruit. The hop flavors are substantial, but their sharpness is blunted by the equally assertive malt presence. The bitterness is about on par with the style, which is somewhat of a disappointment considering the name of the beer. Overall, this is a very well executed beer, but not the mind blowing, mouth-puckering experience I was hoping for. Something a little dryer and a little more bitter with the same amount of complexity would have garnered a higher rating from me.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 23:50:00 | More by fisherman34
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inspektor

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-30-2014 21:23:18 | More by inspektor
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yeaprolly

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

06-12-2014 23:44:45 | More by yeaprolly
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CraftEyeDoc

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-24-2013 15:28:44 | More by CraftEyeDoc
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whitenads

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-05-2014 15:35:00 | More by whitenads
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KillaB

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

01-29-2013 04:54:38 | More by KillaB
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Shmeal

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-30-2013 23:21:45 | More by Shmeal
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a beer glass...

Great light brown/ dark golden color, decent 2 finger head....a perfect looking summer ale.

Big nose of hops!!! Slightly piney with caramel notes.

Taste is amazing!!!! Hoppy, sweet and a little bitterness, tastes like the smell with a nice caramel aftertaste.

Light carbination but relatively smooth, an easy drinker.

Overall this pale ale is King and is what got me into trying the more complex IIPA's....another great from 3F's! Try this beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 01:44:37 | More by tyleeis
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Theniz

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-22-2013 16:19:54 | More by ToddThompson
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Hopbully

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.3%

06-11-2013 05:29:19 | More by Hopbully
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mjohnson17

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-23-2013 15:40:28 | More by mjohnson17
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 4,665 ratings.