Alpha King - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 5,374
Reviews: 1,691
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 884
Gots: 652 | 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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Photo of mmmbeerNY
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of freed
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Poured a surprising amber color (wait! doesn't the bottle say pale?) with no head, and leaving no lacing. The color is rather nice though.

The aroma is slightly grassy, slightly citrusy, but not overbearing. The taste is a very satisfying mixture of bucolic malt flavors, very traditional British tasting. Combined with the nice firmness of the hop flavor, it makes for a great beer. Its a tad high in ABV for a pale, but you don't sense this when drinking. And its very drinkable.

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!

Photo of crwills
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved it. An awesome example of the style, although much more IPA-like than I expected.

Bought a single bottle of this from Circle Liquors in Pennington, NJ.

Poured into a standard pint glass, a very nice semi-clear amber with not much head. STRONG hoppy smell, with sinus-clearing pine and citrus.

Flavour is very bitter, but in a good way, and held up by the grapefruit and pine. A bit of soapiness, as well as a nice bitter, peppery aftertaste that is pleasant and not overpowering. Mouthfeel is great -- this is quite a dry beer and doesn't coat unpleasantly at all.

Highly recommended, and I plan to get a bunch of this when I go back.

Photo of mjl21
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired in a trade with alleykatking...thanks Josh!

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling info is given and no abv info is given.

A-Pours a semi-hazy amber that veers toward the darker side of the amber spectrum. When poured a small white head disappears very fast to a small ring. The head dissolves into a cool spotted print in the middle of the glass. Nice spotted lacing is left as this goes down.

S-Not nearly as citrusy as I was expecting. Would say I get more sweet malt and grassy/floral/earthy hops in the nose.

T-Get some citrus hop flavor and grassy hop flavor along with a lot of sweet caramel malt.

M-Light to medium bodied with lighter carbonation. Is very smooth and the hops leave a pleasant level of lingering bitterness.

D-Goes down easily.

All in all I thought this was a pretty good beer. I think I was expecting more hops than were delivered. I would love to try this fresh on tap to use as a comparison. If this were available in CA I would definitely pick it up due to its relatively low abv and the fact it goes down easily and does not fill you up fast.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy off-orange in color. Decent tiny tan head that maintains superior retention. Near sugary lines of patching will retain until the sunlight of tomorrow is upon us. The nose is largely citrus hops, a sinus cleansing dose; pine cones and grapefruit, crossing the IPA side here! Bold and big…are the hops, citrus and piney in flavor. To get technical, my seasoned taste buds can quickly pick up on the centennial and cascade hop offerings; warrior hops, hmm. Massive flavor of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and orange peels. There is a moderate caramel malt backbone, yet it is certainly second fiddle to the three letter h word. Full bodied and loaded with flavor. The best APA on the market, search for it, find it, secure it. World class! A liquid-hops-induced delight!

Photo of mgbickel
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extra from brundo4...thanks!

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a single finger, eggshell white head that stuck around forever! The slow foam dissipation left behind huge chunks of lacey bubbles. The body is a cloudy amber with orange hues toward the center and yellow-ish edges.

Wow...lots of hops on the nose (citrus, orange and lemon zest). The background has a sweet malt/caramel aroma.

The palate is greeted with a hop blast...citrus as the nose would suggest, but some piney resin also present (especially toward the finish). Some of the caramel malts you smell are also present, but not to the levels I expected.

Light-medium mouth feel, slightly oily with lots of carbonation.

Very drinkable! I would say this is more of an imperial amber (think Nugget Nectar) than an APA. In fact, I rank this right there with NN!!

Photo of s1ckboy
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of snansel
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mdlb44
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JEdmund
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous ruby color, clear, and a firm cap of foam. Leaves thick lacing. Head formation is maintaining throughout.

Smell is big for style...could be mistaken for an IPA. Apricot-like fruit notes as well as some doughy malt and maybe a bit of piney hop.

Taste isn't as big as aroma but certainly on par for style. Carbonation yields a full-ish feel but it finishes light enough for an APA. Finish has a nice bitterness that complements those fruity hops in the beginning. Seems like a lot of malt for pale ale, but it's not heavy, and I'm sure they're needed for all those IBUs. Seems right in between a pale and an IPA. The more I drink, the more it seems like an IPA though!

It really is a solid pale ale, and at 6% it is on the heftier end, but I'm not complaining. I'm really enjoying this and happy I have 5 more! Would love to try more from Los Tres Floyds.

Photo of griffeyb
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of dcisco44
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of twelvsies
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hands down my favorite beer out of the Three Floyds haul I just received (thanks Josh, aka alleykatking). Rich amber in color, great head and lacing on the glass. This beer is just perfectly balanced. Some might push this beer into the IPA category, but I believe it's right where it belongs as a pale ale. It's darker than most IPAs, and while yes it is very hoppy, it's not super bitter or dry. It really has an excellent "hop efficiency", yes I just made that up. Basically I mean that the hops used in this beer seem like they go a long way and the utmost flavor is achieved from the ingredient, therefore it's not overloaded with extra hops or clouded by other ingredients trying to balance out the hops. Fruity, ripe, delicious fresh hop taste. A nice malt backdrop. Wish I had more...

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice light amber color. Really nice and surprising in a pale ale. About an inch or so of off-white head. Laces moderately. Good retention on the head.

S- This just blew me away the first time I had it. A blast of citrus hops followed by a light malt sweetness (almost caramel-y). The hops are just out of control (grapefruit, orange zest, floral hops).

T- Good stuff. Again, hoppy and fruity. A little pine that was absent from the nose comes through. Nicely balanced with the malt. Hoppier than most APAs, but just great. This will probably replace SN as my go-to APA. Not the most mind blowing beer I've had (although the nose was probably among the most appealing), but one of the most enjoyable and well put together brews I've had.

M- A little light, smooth, clean. Moderate carbonation. Slight dry finish.

D- Great--I could definitely make a great session out of this.

Totally surprised by this one. I had heard it was good, but I didn't quite understand how good it is. Thought it would be an underwhelming run-of-the-mill APA. Shame on me for doubting FFF.

Photo of Jho3325
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Darker amber color than I was expecting and there was a good two fingers of head that stays the whole way down.

Smell of citrus hops is crisp and clean.

Taste is of citrus and hop forward that is pulled back by the malt backbone before it wrecks your palate. The best part about this beer is the slight hint of pine as the beer finishes. A slight bitterness leaves you wanting more. Overall a smooth mouthfeel considering the bold taste.

This is another quality pale ale from FFFs. Lots of flavor, yet enough balance to allow you to drink a few of them!

Photo of goindownsouth
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good IPA. This is very nice from the pour. A good copper color from the outset. A nice head that fades to a lace after a while. A great aroma of hops and some spice, this beer offers a great flavor from the first sip to the very last. The hops are so well-utilized. This is a solid IPA. Prost!

Photo of damienblack
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of sisuspeed
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the bottle Chris! I'm kind of surprised I hadn't tried this one yet.

Pours a cloudy, burnt orange. About a fingers worth of white, creamy head. Good lacing.

Orange citrus maltiness with some light grassy hops on the nose. Hint of wheat.

Bready caramel, laced with bitter hops, and juicy orange wedge. The flavor has almost a candy sweetness to it up front, but is then washed out by a rush of citrusy, grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with a nice dosage of hops. The body has some good weight to it. Feels great for the style.

Overall, this is a solid APA. Alpha King has it all. Lots of citrus, hops and a great malt backbone. Three Floyds has done a great job crafting this brew. Highly recommended for the style.

Photo of MCain04
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of wellsnb
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of KevChiTown
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of waltonc
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really tasty pale ale. Often I am bored by pales and feel little motivation to drink them. Alpha King is certainly an exception. Serious malt foundation and serious hops. Though the hops are well balanced against the malt flavors and don't drown the flavor. If you told me this was an east coast IPA, I wouldn't question it. Regardless of labels, this is a great one.

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

Alpha King from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 5,374 ratings.