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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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4,801 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,801
Reviews: 1,664
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 828
Gots: 438 | 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:
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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Photo of thecarster1


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a snifter, full fingers worth of head, warm chesnut coloring, nice lacing.

s- ample citric hops in the nose, smooth malt backing it up, a bit more hop forward here for an apa though.

t- hops hit big, earthy, citric, and bitter, caramel malt opens the way. this tastes like many a mediocre ipa that i've had - compliment.

m- medium.

d- this is a really nice apa, nice and hop forward like i like them. i'd drink this again for sure, not sure if it's something i'd trade for again but would be more than happy to knock back a few more.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 01:41:21 | More by thecarster1
Photo of cubedbee


4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark reddish amber with a finger of white head and moderate amount of lacing. Nose is a strong burst fresh resinous piney hops, maybe some grapefruit in there as well, wonderful. Taste is a nice juicy grapefruit and ctirus hoppiness, almost hoppy enough to call this an IPA, but definitely more flavor than bitterness from the hops. A smooth creamy malt flavor perfectly balances any hops, leaving this as an immensely drinkable beer, even for non-hopheads. This beer is absolutely delicious, I don't know if you can find a tastier APA out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 21:29:43 | More by cubedbee
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap from Clevelands own Bier Markt- served in a pint glass. Had a one finger head and great retention and lacing. Poured a dark copper color with its foam being a sort of bone-white. Smell makes it immediately apparent that this is a fiendishly hoppy beer- I smell the citrusy notes that I've come to associate with cascade hops. That taste measures up to the smell- hops from beginning to end and rounded out with a nice medium light body. The mouthfeel is wonderful as well- a little oily from the hops and medium carbonation make it very drinkable. I would get this all the time if it was available to me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 01:53:59 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of Jd2391


3.75/5  rDev -12%

04-18-2013 18:51:48 | More by Jd2391
Photo of timoteo833

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-24-2014 03:13:36 | More by timoteo833
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #300.
Maximum respect to czoch75 for throwing this special surprise into our recent trade. 12 ounce bottle, no best before date. Tawny amber-gold with a moderately-sized, creamy, just off-white head and undying sheets of lacing. A lovely hyperactive citrus aroma greets my nose, with tangerine, grapefruit, and bergamot predominating. There is also a distinct scent to the bouquet that is not at all unlike high-grade cannabis, all sticky and resinous. Exceptional aroma for me, if only due to the affective evocations it elicits. Big pine and citrus flavors with a crystal malt sweetness in the very back. Bitterness is the dominant characteristic of the taste, but it's not rough (so I'm guessing no Chinooks in this one). Lip-smacking, but not for the faint of heart, at least as regards hoppiness. Fairly light in body; there's a stickiness to the mouthfeel that borders on syrupy but doesn't quite get there. The floral character of this beer is making me pine for spring and summer. What a treat it must be to have this available year-round to pick up before a summer barbeque. Many thanks, Clint.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 04:49:02 | More by orfeu
Photo of tyleeis


5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a beer glass...

Great light brown/ dark golden color, decent 2 finger head....a perfect looking summer ale.

Big nose of hops!!! Slightly piney with caramel notes.

Taste is amazing!!!! Hoppy, sweet and a little bitterness, tastes like the smell with a nice caramel aftertaste.

Light carbination but relatively smooth, an easy drinker.

Overall this pale ale is King and is what got me into trying the more complex IIPA's....another great from 3F's! Try this beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 01:44:37 | More by tyleeis
Photo of rwilde


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-27-2012 20:14:32 | More by rwilde
Photo of Lurkerson


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

04-15-2013 03:11:12 | More by Lurkerson
Photo of socalbrewlvr


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

09-22-2013 22:43:47 | More by socalbrewlvr
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-12-2014 04:54:41 | More by T_Hass
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 12 oz. bottle from Fire Waters in Hackensack, NJ.

Had the chance to try 3F's flagship brew and I'm glad I took the opportunity to. Pours a reddish-orange color with a medium head. Lots of citrus hops in the aroma. The taste follows suit but really brings this beer together. Lots of flavor. Fruity with a nice malty backbone. A really well-rounded beer! Delicious and drinkable, I could sip this all night long. But honestly, a Pale Ale this is not. Give me a break, this is an IPA.

The beer bar I was at sold 12 oz. bottles of this for $4. Compared to the 22 oz. Gumballhead priced at $16, this was a steal! Seek it out and embrace it.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 20:09:02 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of ngandhi


3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

AK is an ultimate pale ale. Hops completely dominate this beer, but the wonderful brewmasters at Three Floyds have managed to create a flavor unlike anything I'd previously encountered. Usually, AK is too much beer for me. It's very busy with strong notes of grapefruit. Some mango on the nose. On tap, I notice an even greater complexity of flavor with mango on the nose and palate. Both tap and bottle have a medium body (a little fuller than most pale ales) that I guess is supported by some (otherwise unnoticeable) presence of malt.

The bottled version is a bit drier than the tap (not that that's a bad thing). In fact, it reminds me of the saison style of beer. I wish I had some Fantome saison to with me so I could be more accurate in my comparison, but Alpha King does call on a lot of that dry saison flavor. Maybe a little Dogfish head too.

The finish is long, especially on the back of the tongue.

If you give it time and try to work your nose and tongue through it, this is a commendable, complex brew. For everyday drinking, I would prefer Gumball Head Wheat or Robert the Bruce Scottish.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2003 04:14:16 | More by ngandhi
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Born on date- who the hell knows? Pours out a cloudy copper with minimal head - some soapy lacing. Smell is nothing to write home about- some fading hops. Taste- quite spritzy which surprised me given the lack of head. Grassy hops with a soapy aftertaste. Malt is solid- tobacco and solid caramel flavours. Its quite tasty, but doesn't blow me away. Maybe its the age- I can't imagine I have a bottle at its peak of freshness. First time trying, so I risked the purchase in my excitement not knowing its age. The hops are there, just in weird muted kind of way. given the rep of FFF, I was expecting more. Truthfully, pass the SNPA, as this pale ale doesn't match the benchmark classic american pale that is Sierra Nevada. I would love a chance to try fresh on tap or bottle. Until they date these suckers, I can't cut any slack.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 00:58:41 | More by oakbluff
Photo of rousee


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BA Beerguy (Frank) for the sample--

Pours differing shades of color throughout the glass-a dark rusty top 2/3 and the bottom third is a lighter peach/apricot shade.

The smell is an extremely balanced pale ale. It is somewhat hoppy but the nutty character of the malt is also noticed. Taste is a standard ipa/apa taste of (I am guessing cascade or centennial) hops. There is some cedar-like woodiness in the taste as well. I love cedar.

The only problem here is this beer is a great example of how this style should be done properly but it doesnt stand out as being the best for the style. Overall, not many knocks on this and I am glad to see that 3 Floyds appears to be all they are cracked up to be.

A little too high on the abv to be considered very drinkable but plenty smooth though. They do a good job of hiding the alcohol actually as this doesnt taste real strong (abv-wise that is).

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2005 16:36:59 | More by rousee
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

06-12-2014 23:44:45 | More by yeaprolly
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-19-2013 16:30:25 | More by maxcoinage
Photo of Viciousknishs


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a rich caramel tinged amber. Lovely fluffy finger of off white head. Good retention with a bit of lacing. Solid.

S- oh yeah there's the hops. This is a hop heads APA. Assertive hop aromas jump out with notes of pine and ruby red grapefruit. Resiny tones wander in and out with a touch of hemp and American high alpha oil goodness. A hint of caramel sweetness and a balancing biscuit malt bring a balance to the nose. Finishes with a leafy hop combo. This is a hop sandwich with the malt being the meat.

T- biscuity malt with a touch of caramel builds a foundation to the generous hops that you experience. Big citrus ruby red grapefruit with notes of pine and orange explode on the palate. Finishes with a leafy hop flavor and a touch of bitter yellow grapefruit peel with a hemp like note lasting into the aftertaste.

MF- smooth and full mouthfeel with a medium body and average carbonation.

D- hop heads rejoice Alpha King is your loving regal savior. Drinkable and full flavored.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 22:32:54 | More by Viciousknishs
Photo of Cyclone8


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

01-27-2014 21:04:18 | More by Cyclone8
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

07-28-2014 00:32:55 | More by Hardcore
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-04-2014 01:41:47 | More by jemarent
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New York

4/5  rDev -6.1%

03-05-2014 17:47:36 | More by mmmbeerNY
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

05-22-2013 18:24:16 | More by davesway10
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

06-22-2012 03:37:29 | More by AlexM
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-27-2013 15:06:08 | More by bbrown12
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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