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Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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5,449 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,449
Reviews: 1,707
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 889
Gots: 707 | FT: 24
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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Expections were very high given its reputation. I dig the label art. 12 fl oz bottle acquire for $6 at Hopleaf in Chicago and served into a pilsner glass. Reviewed from notes taken in March 2013.

A: Pours a one finger beige soft head of good cream and thickness, and very good retention. Body colour is a clear vibrant amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Translucent. Well executed for the style.

Sm: Timid floral hops, light nectary hop character, and light hop oil. Pale malts. Very fresh; I pick up a hop nugget just smelling it. A mild strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Tropical bright fruit esters, floral hop character, light nectary character, and hop oil. Balanced, but the tropical fruit (banana, mango, perhaps passionfruit) doesn't suit the style or the build as well as it could. Evocative and tasty, but there isn't impressive depth of flavour here. Well executed and refreshing. Good pale malt body.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit oily. Good carbonation, if slightly overdone. Good presence on the palate.

Dr: Highly drinkable for the style. Hides its ABV well. I'd get it again. I can see why it's coveted; it's pretty good stuff. Mostly lives up to its reputation, but I wouldn't say I'm blown away by it. Solid for a pale ale. Another impressive beer from Three Floyds. I'd definitely get it again.


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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this beer several times over the years but I finally just started reviewing beer (because I regret not having notes for the past few years) so why not review this one?

I've always liked the label art. No freshness date but my store just got it in so I'll assume its fresh. I love the look of this beer poured into a pint glass, darker then your average pale ale (or ipa) amber, with some caramel color, hazy, nice head and lacing. Don’t get me wrong it has plenty of hops up front but this thing is well balanced and the very last taste in the back of my mouth is toasty malts. This is damn good beer, I love how the citrus hop flavor up front is balanced and nearly taken over by malt. Hate to use the "malt backbone" cliché but it's really appropriate here. It takes a hell of a malt backbone to even out these hops. Times change fast, this used to be seen as a real hop bomb of a pale ale/IPA but now that job is left up to it’s brother Zombie Dust, meanwhile this one is becoming a classic.

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,449 ratings.