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Alpha King - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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5,286 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,286
Reviews: 1,686
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 871
Gots: 610 | FT: 24
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Tracker83, Aug 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

ToddThompson, Nov 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

JandJMD, Aug 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

CorgiDad, Sep 18, 2014
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3.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty clear copper. Wonderful dense foamy rocky off-white head stays around for a while and leaves nice rings on my nonic. Great aroma of fresh grapefruity hops with enough spicy quality to keep it interesting. Hints of grainy sweetness carry it along to my nose. Low carbonation, thick 'plasticy' body. Very toasty malt with assertive, slightly prickly herbage. A bit of peppermint Altoid in the finish. No yeast characteristics leave it lacking in development and complexity. Thickness makes it way too filling. Decently made, but fails to stand out from the pack. I still do not think that toasty malt flavors go well with big fruity hoppage.

[Mislabeled. With this big body, slightly elavated alcohol, and big hoppage, this is definitely an IPA and should be compared on that level. To have this listed as a pale ale is unfair to the real versions of the style.]

waughbrew, Jul 10, 2005
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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
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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
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

HookemHoos, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

DantheMan75, Mar 09, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three Floyds Alpha King
12oz. brown bottle

Poured into a snifter. Alpha King pours a reddish amber color, with an off-white head that drops quickly. Really nice lacing. Great hop aroma..very floral, citrusy and piney. Taste starts with an iced tea, malty background, with a very nice hoppy twang that reminds me of centennial and cascade. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little dry. Light mouthfeel as well. I could drink a ton of these if only Three Floyds was in Florida. Very nice American Pale Ale.

paulthebeerguru, Mar 03, 2008
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4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: A dark amber hue with some orangish undertones.

S: Lots of glorious floral and piney hops!

T: A damn good IPA (this really is an IPA, don't let the name on the bottle fool you), one of the better ones that I've had. This brew if bursting with delicious hops and has probably the most juicy fruit that I've ever encountered in an IPA. Orange, grapefruit, mango, you name it, it's in here. It's all balanced very well with a solid malt backbone and is finished off with just the right amount of bitterness.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, and goes down easy.

D: An excellent beer, eminently drinkable and thoroughly enjoyable. This would quite possibly be my go to beer if I happened to live in Three Floyds distribution area.

willjschmidt, Oct 22, 2007
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4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Hopleaf, poured into American pint glass.

This should be labeled a high quality, highest of quality IPA. Maybe Magic hat could learn something because it seems their IPAs are more Pales to me. This was a great beer.

A: Light amber with great clarity and pillowy head.

S: Wasnt expecting the grassiness and citrus hops that pounded my nose. wow.

T: No, no no... this my friends, is a well balanced IPA in every sense. The malt was there and gave a hello but the hops are tremendously strong and delectable. Grapefruit as well as some lemongrass were terrific.

M: As clean as can be. Spiciness is substantial but leaves you the hop burps.

D: I love the ABV given the taste that represents the balanced hops of a stronger IPA. I compare this one closely to 60 minute, I can absolutely not wait to get a load more of this one.

This was a true treat and 2nd FFF experience after being let down by Baru. This was remarkable and I need to trade for some more and Im happy to say I packed plenty in my luggage to bring home with me along with some GBhead.

Updated review (June - 2008)
Wanted to revisit with a bottle that was sent via trade. The hops are just as present and pleasant. Truly a damn fine beer, even more IPA like than I had remembered. delicious.

marcpal, Apr 02, 2008
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into mug.

A: Pours a deep copper haze, a thick body is shown by the appearance. The head retreats to a thick foamy layer. Good lacing is left on the glass.

S: A deep contrast on piney hops and earthy malt aroma.

T/M: A thick cream mouthfeel, shows a blast of hops. Finishing with a malt balance. A hoppy APA, also one that has good complexities. Notes of orange and a distinct hop/malt battle. The brew has a mellow, smoothness as it warms.

D: This is a beer that I could drink everyday, not only does it do justice to the classic APA style, but it pushes the limits of the brew and has you questioning whether it is more of an IPA than APA. Great all around brew.

GDBEERMAN, Jul 16, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

olafphysics, Apr 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Lukafer, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

KFrank729, Oct 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

C2H5, Jan 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

zbodnar1, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jac5084 for bringing this out a few months ago. Reviews are from March notes. Poured from the 12oz bottle into my tulip glass...

A: Pours a glowing orange copper with a half finger off-white head. Pretty hazy as I was expecting it to be much clearer. Pretty still looking as well with not much carbonation at all in the look.

S: Smell is very sweet with a lot of caramel, toffee and citrus. The hop presence that I was expecting was not there as much as I would have thought. Rather, it smelled a tad aged with some sweet caramel balanced by some faded cascade hops.

T: Taste is fairly nice and sweet with some nice C hops that are on the verge fading. Some sweet caramel and toffee also comes into play.

Overall, for a pale ale I was expecting a more hop profile, as this was more a light barleywine.

treyrab, May 05, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Farnswurth, Sep 28, 2013
Alpha King from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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