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Alpha King - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,278 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,278
Reviews: 1,685
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 868
Gots: 605 | 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:
A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness. This is our flagship beer.

68 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2000)
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Ratings: 5,278 | Reviews: 1,685 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of happygnome
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: kind of a rusty copper color with around a half inch of head that doees not dissapear fast and leaves a ton of lacing
s: defenit piny hop aroma, more hops tham malts, deffinatly very inviting
t: wow there is kind of a hop explosian like a good ipa, very tasty
m: medium bodied beer with average amount of lacing

overall this is a very nice beer that i enjoyed very much

happygnome, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Stoutfan23DJ, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of MCain04
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

MCain04, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Rick778
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Rick778, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of griffeyb
4/5  rDev -6.1%

griffeyb, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of khiasmus
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Alpha King pours a perfectly clear dark golden orange into my glass, with a bit of soapy white head that seems to dissipate all too quickly. certainly looks like a beer I want to drink though.
The smell is a perfect union of sweet, caramel-grain malt and sharp, piney/grapefruity hops that give it an almost spicy character.
The taste is the same... perfectly balanced, but not in a weak manner. You can actually taste each aspect of the beer. The hops and malt compliment one another instead of masking one another. Initially sweet and malty, giving way to an almost husky grain flavor, and then transitioning into a grapefruit-full bitter, hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with medium carbonation and a good bit of astringency in the finish.
This beer is by far the best pale ale I've had. Just like everything FFF does, there's much more flavor here than many of their contemporaries' beers. Delicious. And officially my favorite pale ale.

khiasmus, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of s1ckboy
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

s1ckboy, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of HopsMatt
4/5  rDev -6.1%

HopsMatt, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of MichPaul
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

MichPaul, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of alostplot
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

alostplot, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of razorsdescent
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.

razorsdescent, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of supercolter
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of pochman...
Appearance is good, nice copper hue, slight head and lacing. Smell and taste are identical, some grapefruit and heavy hops right up front. This milds out as it sits on your palate by some sweet malt that provides some balance. Mouthfeel is good as well, medium in body, good carbonation and oily feel. Drinkability is good.

supercolter, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of madtowndmb1
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my last one since i picked up 12 of them in Indiana this summer. I will say, that I think the time didn't do it any favors. I think this beer is everything you'd want in a APA in 6-pack form that isn't overly expensive. It has a honey filled hop aroma. piney, citrus hops are very present. The taste is damn good! It has a sweetness that is great to cut the hop bitterness. What a combo. You could drink a good number of these without killing your taste buds for later in the evening!

Cheers to FFF!

madtowndmb1, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Rimbimhoot, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of jshusc
4/5  rDev -6.1%

jshusc, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of Abbbp
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Abbbp, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of dbc5
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

dbc5, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of n00blar
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

n00blar, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of sonofliberty2
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%

sonofliberty2, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a rich coppery,amber body with just a slight haze and a regal 2 1/2 inches of bone white foam that had great retention and left attractive rings of sudsy lace.

S-Really clean and natural citric hop nose with some musky,tropical fruit(starfruit,mango)and then pale malts that add an almost butter cracker note.A slight touch of weak pine and fresh floral hints as well.

T-Jammy citrus,biscuit malts,summer flowers,caramel,sourdough pretzels,pine and hop oil.

M-Light/medium bodied with a subtle hop bite and slickness.Tastiest Pale ever for me.Great carbonation and ridiculous drinkability.

O-One pale to rule them all!

StlHopHead77, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of ToddThompson
4/5  rDev -6.1%

ToddThompson, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of scoobybrew
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a deep, clear ruby-like amber color with a decent head that is well retained. It has a wonderful hop aroma with notes of malt. The flavor delivers the aroma with a strong, full hop flavor profile backed by sweet, tasty malt. It has hops 'at every level' with a great hop finish that is somewhat bitter, but not over-the-top. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

This is an excellent APA, a contender for my favorite of the style. It seems to have a sweeter malt character than some, and more hop flavor than others. In perspective, I think it's somewhere between a Burning River and a Sierra Nevada, but closer to a Burning River (two beers I enjoy very much).

scoobybrew, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of Lothore
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a deep, sunset orange with a small head.

S- Smell is absolutely perfect. Sweet, floral tones with a huge aromatic pineyness.

T- Taste is milder than expected from the ipaesque nose but good none the less. Starts off with a huge hit of piney hop flavor but mellows quickly into sweet maltiness and very little if any hop bitterness.

M- Creamy with a good amount of carbonation. Theres something different about the three floyds mouthfeel that I can't put my finger on. At first with Dreadnaught I thought it was lack of carbonation but now im thinking it may be to creamy for a pale ale or ipa.

D- This would be an absolutely excellent session beer. One of my favorite pale ales to date. Has all of the hop flavor but none of the bitterness which makes it pretty drinkable.

Lothore, Mar 01, 2008
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

MicroBeerMan1980, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

steamboatbrewer, Feb 25, 2012
Alpha King from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 5,278 ratings.