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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

5,029 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 5,029
Reviews: 1,671
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 841
Gots: 524 | 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%

Skye1024, Dec 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

metalgdog, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

mhenson42, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

wesley14, Dec 30, 2012
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ackeeper, May 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

kybeerdrinker, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of johnhenryconway
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

johnhenryconway, Dec 13, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

pmoney, May 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

atoulouk, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of jmccullough108
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Aroma: impressive citrus, oranges, slight mango, pineapple

Taste: bitterness up front, citrus undertones that lingers well

Overall: 4.5/5 - fantastic pale ale that actually lives up to the hype. Wish this was available to me regularly.. Cheers!

jmccullough108, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange copper. Thick chunky tannish head. Beautiful frosty laces.

Very hoppy Pale ale. Citrus, resin, and pine hop notes. Toasty caramel.

Big citrus, grapefruit, orange peel. Toasty caramel bread. Great lingering grapefruitty resinous bitterness.

Sticky, well balanced, med body, smooth

Very drinkable, big citrus hopped pale ale that could easily be considered an IPA.

CHILLINDYLAN, Oct 06, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

rwilde, May 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Luk13, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

zachary80, Sep 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

yeaprolly, Jun 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

RandyKemka, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

dataylor21, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Murph
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am definitely happy that I went and bought this beer. Pours a pale orangey/amber color with a nice head on it and a clinging lace. Floral hops and yeast in the nose. This beer starts off all hops. But as I keep sipping it I get more and more malt that really balances this brew very nicely. Lots of bready yeast flavor as well. Creamy and smooth across the palate and very drinkable. This is one kick ass beer. I will definitely be picking up some more of it.

Murph, Apr 06, 2002
Photo of EStreet20
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a nice amber color, almost a dark shade of orange with a one and a half finger head that's slightly off white. A nice looking pale ale.

S - A gorgeous piny hops smell with a little hint of citrus in there.

T - Big hop rush on the initial sip, very nice. Hops mellow slightly and allow for a little malty flavor, then the hops kick back up on the finish/aftertaste. Definitely a good one.

M - A well carbonated beer that feels good on the tongue. Gives you a "punch" from beginning to beyond the end due to all the hoppiness.

D - Goes down nice and easy. Could easily knock this sixer down. Probably a bad idea though since I'm going out later.

EStreet20, Oct 02, 2005
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber bronze with surprisly good clarity given the sediment. One finger of soapy but dense head shows good retention and leaves spotty lacing. The scent of citrus here is collosal; more like fresh squeezed oranges rather than the rind. Some faint pale malt aroma lingers somewhere in obscurity. Toasted crystal malt and vienna upfront. Semi-dry aftertaste, herbal/citrusy cascade does an excellent job of balancing the sweetness. Low carbonation and medium body allow a hint of slickness, but it's really just enough to keep the mouthfeel less than crisp. Cascade and caramel flavors meld perfectly in the finish, which is a nice medium of dry to slick. Highly quaffable.

PBRstreetgang, Jul 15, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

gory4d, Jan 09, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mason (BitterPachyderm) for this delicious 4-pack.

A: Somewhat hazy dark amber with a gorgeous 2+ fingers of white head that's bubbly and frothy. Great retention and sticky lacing.
S: Caramel malts and an inviting piney, floral hop kick. A bit of brown sugary sweetness.
T: Tons of herbals and florals right away. Really delicious hops, but also not out of balance. Caramel and slightly toasted malty sweetness. Residual but only slightly bitter herbal notes. Slightly smoky with warmth. Dark fruit esters and bready malts also pull through later in the session.
M: Lighter to medium body with lower carbonation.
D: This is a tasty pale ale. I wanted another pint of this brew right away!

washburnkid, Jun 13, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

shredder83, Feb 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

jburd19, Aug 27, 2013
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 5,029 ratings.