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Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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1,749 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,749
Hads: 5,988
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 935
Gots: 1,070 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2000

A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness. This is our flagship beer.

68 IBU
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Reviews: 1,749 | Hads: 5,988
Photo of BuccoFan
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Caramel and malty, as advertised. Slight bitterness on the finish as well. Pine pretty subtle. Clearly a solid, quality pale ale. I prefer piney crispness to malty sweetness, but again, this is a quality ale.

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Photo of Nickholland
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A real solid pale. The hoppy bitterness is well balanced by a heavy dose of malty/carmel sweetness. The smell is mostly carmel with a little herbal grassy/ hops, the taste follows suit. Has a medium body, but great for a pale ale. I did get a really fresh bottle so take that into consideration. (Bottled on 7/21/15). Do I dare say a baby Pliny the Elder?

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A hazy copper color with an light tan head. A big fruity aroma with good citrus, peach, and some tropical fruits. Also a nice malt sweetness in the aroma as well. Flavor follows closely with big fruit and a nice balanced maltiness. A moderate pine bitterness in the middle which blends well and finishes clean. A very flavorful beer for an APA.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark copper with a creamy white head that leaves lasting lacing.
Great aroma full of fruity goodness. Citrus, peach and apple jelly.
The taste is as big and bold as the aroma. Lots of citrus pith bitter right up front, a very juicy middle that's almost puckering, a resinous and drying finish.
Mouthfeel seems about medium.
Just an outstanding pale ale with more flavor than most IPA's.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No noticible bottle date. This seems to be happening a lot with FFF brews over the last few months. Pours a fiery amber-orange with perfect clarity. The head rises aggressively to the top of the glass and holds strong before fading slowly. The nose feels like it's trying to hide a spicy hop behind some sweet malts. First sip and "BINGO!" The hops are really balanced out well with a nice sweet malt presence. Great all around beer for all times of the year.

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

Three Floyds Alpha King has an off-white, medium, head, a sort of amber, moderately bubbly appearance, with some lacing left on the glass. The aroma is fruity, rich, malty, bready, and sweet. Taste is of all that, with bright fruits, like dates, apricots, and even tart cherry skin. Bitterness is present, but not in the least bit harsh. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Three Floyds Alpha King finishes on the dry side and it is fairly rich. Wonderful.


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Photo of jooler
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look is malty. Smell is malty and somewhat unappealing. The taste is pretty damn good for a pale ale. It's like lagunitas sucks without the hoppieness

Btw, bottle date is may 8, 2015

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Photo of HeadyHopHead
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really great beer that's readily available. I could drink it all day. Among FFF beers, would still take Zombie Dust over it, and maybe even Gumballhead just because it's lighter and unique for a wheat beer.

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Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish-amber brew, translucent, and topped with a massive fluffy cream-colored head. Fantastic retention and nice lacing.

Pine and grapefruit peel hop notes meet you immediately, balanced against some caramel malt.

Flavor follows, with a focus on grainy and biscuity caramel and a sweet brown sugar kiss on the back half. Hops present much the same as in the aroma, carrying a nicely balanced bitterness throughout.

Lively and smooth feel, albeit a touch watery. Fairly dry finish.

This is a very good beer, but I personally feel as though something is just missing.

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Photo of Brackh
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 days old. Pours a dark amber. Piney and great smell. Taste has some fruit to it as well. Tastes better than lots of IPAs that I have had. Dry and bitter on the back end. Awesome brew.

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Photo of Tilly
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typical of a APA, pour if a hazy and copper with a beige head that leaves a lacy trace on the glass.
Pine, lemon, bread notes and malt.
Taste is very similar to the aroma with subtal grapefruit at the back. Delicious.
Feel is dry with great carbonation and bitterness!
Another great beer from 3F!!!

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Photo of MisSigsFan
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a thick white head. Smell is quite malty. I'm thinking this isn't too fresh. Date on bottle looks rubbed off. Slight citrus and pine. Taste follows the nose. Pretty malty, with a good amount of citrus. Quite bitter for an APA. Mouthfeel is a little thick but very sessionable and crisp. Overall a decent APA. A little sweet for my taste. ZD is much much much better.

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Photo of SWOhio-aquifer
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this at Jungle Jims about 15 years ago. Well, I actually bought a six pack. You could buy three f. in OH back then.
It was something that was a magical tasting experience with beer. Amazing. I'm not to far from the IN border and have bought a few times since then. With all of the other great beers flooding the market it got pushed aside.
If you get fresh, my bottle read late march/early april about two ish months. Doing some rounding, but it is definitely fresh enough to instill in me that the brewer has not cheapened ingredients.
One of the best. A classic that is still way above par. Seek it out if your within a few hours of a distributor.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into my sweet new Notre Dame bulbed pint glass (from the university). Nice Amber, close to copper color in the liquid and has excellent clarity. Orange/vanilla colored head with some pretty nice lacing to it.

Smells pretty good. This is an aggressively hoppy pale ale but you can tell it's well balanced and actually sweet smelling as well like fresh baked crusty bread with honey and butter then smacked with some citrus type hops.

Taste is on par with the smell Maybe a little better I'd grade it like a 4.15/5 if I could. Same sweet malty tones providing the same bread/honey flavors I mentioned before in the aroma. Good citrus and sea bit of sappy pine; well balanced.

Mouthfeel is probably the best part. Medium body with an ad adequate carbonation level. Balance of sweetness and bitterness is really good balance is the key word here. Great drinkability, really smooth with a slightly bitter finish. Great anytime beer. A little expensive for my liking but worth a try.

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Photo of collk22
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Sum > the parts

Look: Cloudy amber, fluffy head that was more tan than ivory

Smell: Sweet, fruity

Taste: malt forward / caramel, fruit, citrus, mild bitterness

Feel: light

Overall: Very good beer. I really like the malt forward profile I get in this beer. Well balanced. Hope to find more soon.

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Photo of BradfordStuckey
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Very good Pale. Definitely heavier on the malt side than what I had expected but in a good way. I got notes of biscuit, toffee and carmel that i would usually get from an Amber.

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Photo of Big_V
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the first sip I knew this was a well crafted beer. Lemon and citrus notes. Very creamy and smooth. Easily the best pale ale I've had. Had ZD but I don't think it was fresh.Wish this was available in my area.

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Photo of Gunna20
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Most well balanced pale ale on the market...it is made to go with food! Pair it with stake, burgers or pizza and you will love it...not as good as a standalone, but that is kind of the idea.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Darker than a typical Pale Ale. Head has more of a ten color to it than ivory. Head is medium and lacing is there. Medium carbonation size.

Smell - Subtle dankness. Lemon/lime. Is there very faint bubble gum?

Taste - Bready. Caramel. Not too bitter. Citrus finish.

Feel - Smooth. Doesn't sting. Doesn't explode but not flat.

Overall - Why do you need to be blown away with bitterness? This is drinkable beer with a hint of what you want in an IPA. I liked it more out of a bottle.

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Photo of MattJ85
3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smells of fruit, and tropical hops. The smell might be hops and malt but the Deep malt backbone comes through in a crisp malt finish/taste. The hops are up front and quickly fade into a really nice dry finish. I prefer my pales a touch hoppier, and less malt. This beer was very enjoyable, however since I cannot get on the regular did not live up to the Three Floyds hype.

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Photo of JLeineke
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep red-orange with an off-white head that dissipates quickly. Very clear with little to no yeast residue. The colour is surprising, expecting something lighter. Very hop intensive smell! Lots of citrus, and floral notes. Some alcohol in the nose as well.
Tastes fantastic! The citrusy hops really shine through. A lot of grapefruit and pineapple flavours. Carameley malts a dry finish leave you wanting more. I wish they had a larger distribution network so I could drink this more.

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Photo of Austin32
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the most drinkable pale ales I have ever enjoyed. Full of citrus hop flavor but smooth enough you can keep drinking them without bitterness. Excellent offering.

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Photo of Clockwork420
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Amber bronze pour with slight off white creamy head. Retention was good (cold) with semi aggressive pour.

S - Smell is citrus. Sugary. Slightly hoppy bitterness. A bit of a smell of jelly beans. Fresh opened bag of candies. Mixture of different fruit smells. Tart and sour notes.

T - Taste is upfront in the hops region. No hiding it. Slightly bitter but had a hint of grapefruit and citrus. Leaves slightly tart taste in the end and last long after.

M - Mouth feel is pleasurable, carbonation on par. Carbonation is right in the middle of the spectrum. A bit thin but fits style. Could spend a long time sipping on this one.

Overall very solid. Quality wise it is one to strive to replicated and duplicate. Very good. High drink ability. I hate saying it, but if I wanted an IPA I would get a Alpha King without thinking. Its perfectly balanced.

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

On tap at Pies & Pints, Worthington, OH. Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper with 1.5 fingers foamy white head. Little visible carbonation. EPIC lacing, but not much retention [and that says a lot, because I don't think the glasses were as clean as I would clean them at home].

Aroma: Lovely. Centennial? Hoppy goodness. Tart citrus, tropical - Mango? Lime. slight hint of Simcoe; the sample glass reeked of Simcoe/gasoline.

Taste: Slightly malty, tart arrival; fruity, malty mid-palate; hops throughout; slow burn, lingering bitterness, slightly medicinal. I found this improved tremendously as it warmed.

Mouthfeel: Solidly mid-weight. Decent carbonation, pretty astringent.

Overall: Better as it warms. Unbalanced, at 68 IBUs it drinks much hoppier. Not really refreshing, and not balanced, but notable.

Mouthfeel: Solidly midweight, decent carbonation.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Bottled on 1/20 and consumed on 1/30.
Look = 4.25 Pours a clear rich, deep gold color with red and orange highlights and 2 fingers of off white head. Thick lace and great retention.
Aroma = 4.5 Hops everywhere. Big citrus and tropical fruit notes, juicy smelling; a little candied sugar notes form the malt backbone.
Taste = 4.0 Hop forward with citrus notes and grapefruit and hint of pine balanced a little with a sweet malty backbone of bready notes. Significant bitter finish.
Feel = 4.25 Syrupy with a medium to full body and medium carbonation. A substantial feel for a pale ale.
Drinkability = 4.0 Easy drinking hop forward pale ale.
Overall = 4.2 Great, well rounded, easy to obtain and drink, pale ale.

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,749 ratings.