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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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5,144 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,144
Reviews: 1,677
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 864
Gots: 566 | FT: 26
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%

IAmHollywood13, Apr 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

cd34, May 19, 2014
Photo of Franziskaner
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown color with a fair amount of haziness. There's a good inch thick tightly knit layer of khaki colored head. Brussels lacing. The aroma is a blend of cereal grains. The flavor is a bold burst of cereal grains and subtle hops that blend to give it almost a copper like bitterness. There's a slightly chalky note in the mouth.

Franziskaner, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Hopbully, Jun 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ackeeper, May 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

dbc5, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of Fish113d
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a chilled bottle, it pours an amber or maybe even a rust color with a nice white surface layer (nice clingage to the glass) along with a slight haze when peering through the glass.

Aroma is mainly of cascade hops with a slight sweet citrus aroma. Mostly a pine smell coming from this ale. Nothing very outstanding or different, but just a nice blend of hops and sweetness the way that pale ales should be.

Taking a sip, I notice a lot of pine flavor from the cascade or centenniel hops. A very slight grapefruit flavor also pokes through on the body, but the finish ends up a little smooth and maybe a bit dry due to the abv. However, this is what a pale ale SHOULD BE!

High amount of carbonation up front on the sip, but the smoothness comes through throughout the tasting (sip) as it spends more than a second or so in my mouth. The ending may be a slight reminder that the avb. is over 7%. However, wonderfully done!

Overall, I could drink this all day long! Refreshing, tasty, and just enough alcohol that helps make this ale truly special. I now know what all the hype was about!

Fish113d, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a wonderful golden copper with a enormous creamy tan head that clings to the glass the whole way down.

Smell: The citrus hop smell is out of this world! Smells like fresh clementines or something.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The hops are brilliantly placed and incrdibly well balanced. The 7.35% alcohol does not hinder the incredible balance this beer produces. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: The best APA I've had. No question about it. Many thanks to Patyoda for fiving me the chance to try this delicious brew.

santoslhalper, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a nice 1+ finger head. Good retention. Solid lacing. Nice copper orange color.

S. Smell is sweet delicous hops. Smells better than a lot of IPAs. Citrusy and piney hops. Some caramel malt lying beneath the hops.

T. Taste is very smooth. The citrus piney hops are balance agains a swee malt backbone. I would say this one of the best APAs out there. Nice showcase of hops balanced well with malt.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Nice mouthfeel. Lingering bitterness.

D. Reviewing this beer after a 3 year void of Alpha King from Iowa. This bottle brought from Wisconsin. This is a damn good beer. I think this is pretty much the style guideline for an APA.

siradmiralnelson, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Higravity
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is not a Alpaha King in my book, while hoppy it is for the malt and mouthfeel that I enojy this beer, a lot. Looks a crazy shade of red with a quickly receding white head that gives little lacing. Smells of a great malty red that has been nicely dosed with low-coho hops, giving a citrus and piney aroma. The mouthfeel is full and it allows the terrific malt profile to outshine the hops that give a nice balance to this beer. This truly rocked for my, so much so that I had two, with a list of 60+ beers in front of me.

Higravity, Mar 06, 2006
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Rick778, Apr 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

PG2G, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of JamesMN
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Translucent amber. Three finger soapy off-white head.

Aroma: Lots of orange citrus and some caramel malt.

Taste: Nice mix of orange and grapefruit with a decent amount of maltiness. I wouldn't call it a "malt bomb" but I'd definitely call it an IPA (it's missing the biscuit malt flavor that would make it an APA). Smooth finish and a little on the dry side.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied. Good level of carbonation and above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I like this one as an IPA. Good hop character and a balanced malt flavor. Would I drink it again? Yes, got to finish the six-pack at least.

JamesMN, Oct 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

BEERschlitz, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

griffeyb, Mar 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

dhbiker0889, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Nuggetz, Oct 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

kguard, Dec 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

RummyRedbeard, Mar 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

dleiner, May 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

RWNay, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Three Floyd's brewery.

Ah, the firstborn child of Nick & Co's "Not Normal" brewing philosophy. It's almost damning with faint praise not to call it an IPA (in which case, it'd rate second to 3F's own Dreadnaught. At our homebrew club meeting at the brewery, it felt as though we were swimming on the US's entire hop production for the year. Tangy citrus hop flavor will give you a buzz long before the alcohol can work its magic. An inspiration to every amateur or pro brewer to "go BIG, or go home!"

DrunkMcDermott, Nov 17, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

prdstmnky, Apr 06, 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
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

beerhast, Aug 22, 2013
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 5,144 ratings.