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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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5,169 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,169
Reviews: 1,679
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 864
Gots: 575 | 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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Photo of popery
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes, 4/4/11. Pours a lustrous orange with a shiny white cap. Good lacing. The aroma is dominated by hops with bright orange-tangerine and freshly cut grass notes taking the forefront. However, there’s a nicely doughy caramel malt backbone holding up that hoppiness. This beer definitely straddles the line between APA and IPA. The taste is also much bigger than your average APA. It has marvelous balance, starting with malt sweetness and smoothly transitioning to hop bitterness in the finish. It’s very, very easy to drink. The beer has a round, full feel that never gets too heavy. Flavor fills your mouth with each sip, but it finishes clean, light and in need of another quaff.

popery, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Docrock
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on cask at Three Floyd's in an Imperial pint glass

A - deep orange brown in color with a nice thick 1"+ head. The lacing was so sticky it looked like there was masking tape inside the glass. The head dissipated to a nice 1/4" cap that remained there for the entire time.

S - a couple different citrus notes, grapefruit, orange peel, some earthiness and a bit of pine.

T - the pine and earthiness dominates over the citrus. Nice malt balance.

M - the carbonation is nice and the balance of hop and ABV is really spot on.

O - finally reviewed after drinking on - tap previously and in bottle several times. On cask seemed to really accentuate the carbonation, it was really smooth. This beer is always available but when I saw it on cask I had to give it a try, we'll worth it and as Three Floyd's "everyday" beer, its always a good solid option.

Docrock, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

bsuedekum, Jan 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

IpeeA, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Smr7626
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was really excited to try this brew. I am a Hoosier by birth and College but now living "abroad" in Kentucky. I've heard the talk about this cult-like brewery from the "Region". I just missed out on some Zombie Dust but was fortunate to get some Alpha King across the river from Louisville.
So, here goes:

Deep copper color...Not pale in color at all. And while labeled a "pale ale" it is clearly an IPA by all current American comparisons. Foamy at opening it poured clean, and I was left a nice head with consistent lacing throughout the time I drank this brew. By the way I poured it into a Guinness imperial pint sized glass. Very inticing.

The smell was full of hop essence. I did not detect anything overly grapefruit or pine. Very nice, but a nose full of hops. Not as aromatic as others but nice.

This is a damm good brew. Quite hoppy and more so than most. It is definitely hop forward and if you are looking for perfect balance this isn't it. But it's a full bodied hoppy beer...so while hoppy it has malt characteristics as well.

It has a world class mouthfeel. It just stays with you. It makes you praise the beer gods that there are brewers out there this talented. Your entire mouth has a say in the matter and it likes!

All in all....hop forward, not overly sensational from an olfactory perspective... Biting hops taste with a malty finish and great mouthfeel. I was debating with how it compares to others I like. On par with Sculpin, but different. Not as "sessionable" as Dogfish 60 or Lagunitas, but an excellent IPA.

Smr7626, Jan 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

trapper2408, Jan 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

CraftEyeDoc, Jan 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

dman5400, Jan 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

DrJoe82, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Tschnab, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

mjohnson17, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present, but I doubt this was the freshest bottle of Three Floyds Alpha King that was available. Poured into a Boulevard tulip.

A - Poured an obnoxious three and a half fingers of creamy fluffy beige colored head with excellent retention that sits on top with a root beer float like appearance and a very nice looking ruby / burnt sienna orange colored body.

S - Pine needles. Fresh lemon. Oranges. Nice lively array of hop smells going on here.

T - Hoppy. Fruity. Floral. Sweet iced tea kind of taste that I have become accustomed to in pale ales and IPA's. Tastes good, but like I have said before, a lot of Three Floyds beers are way way way too over carbonated, and this beer is no exception. Very overly carbonated to the point where it is distracting.

M - Sticky, piney mouthfeel with the lingering taste of green apple sugars. I love hops, and I think this is a wonderful tasting beer, but like I said it is just too damn carbonated and bloating for my liking.

Overall, a decent tasting American pale ale, but I definitely feel this beer is over-hyped, and there are many much more subtle and complex APA's to be had. I think I would personally rather drink the New Holland Hopivore or the Grand Teton Sweetgrass APA instead. Still a decent year-round beer from Three Floyds, but being their landmark beer, I would probably choose something else of theirs like the Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf.

Three Floyds Alpha King ---3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

rjacobs6, Jan 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

FlussigkeitMut, Jan 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

phishbone23, Jan 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

ejyoung, Jan 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

bobv, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

oregone, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Boilerfood, Jan 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

redbrew60, Jan 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Squidly, Jan 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

PHBoiler, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

badboy7113, Jan 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

hpeli, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured an insignificant head but had a grand coloring and very fine lacing. The scent was malty or biscuity with a following of piney hops. Not too strong and very well weaved it was nicely subtle.

The taste was smooth and slightly sweet with a biscuit, malt backbone and a hoppy finish. Again, not strong or overpowering but well weaved for a clean taste.

This Ale is considered a flagship for one of the best breweries in the nation and it seems to hold true for a non-Imperial style.

KYGunner, Jan 21, 2013
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 5,169 ratings.