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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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BA SCORE
95
world-class

4,804 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,804
Reviews: 1,664
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 829
Gots: 437 | 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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adamant1912

Michigan

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-05-2011 04:46:12 | More by adamant1912
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stevecooks

California

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-05-2011 04:18:16 | More by stevecooks
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BeerBaron

Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-05-2011 03:58:52 | More by BeerBaron
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PlinytheFarter

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-05-2011 01:39:44 | More by PlinytheFarter
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

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

Bottle poured into one my standard curved-rim pint glass. No freshness date available on the bottle. Once again, thanks to Matt for bring this 3F offering back for me to try.

A: Pours a translucent orange with a thick frothy off-white head on top, 2-fingers worth to be exact. 3F beers always have such great head retention.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, and pine collide here. It's that "bright", hoppy smell that I've come to expect from Three Floyds. And I love it.

T: Taste follows the nose. A wave a grapefruit rushes in and holds all the way through the finish. In the process, notes of pine and citrus also make an appearance. A pale-malt backbone underneath is surprisingly most prominent on the finish, but is certainly not "showcased" here. Something resiny seems to linger on the finish.

The hops are showcased. And I love that. My only complaint would be that for all the floral, citrus and flavorfull hops as are here, they really could have used a bit more bittering hops to help really drive the point home for me. As it is, this beer runs just a shade to sweet for my liking.

M: Carbonation is a bit light for my liking. As such, it sits in the mouth with a bit of *heft*. Loads of flavorful hops and sugars are left behind on the finish. Lots of tongue coating.

D/O: I love hoppy beer. This was enjoyable, and I will repeat it again soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 00:18:35 | More by psuKinger
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meich75

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-04-2011 04:42:22 | More by meich75
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pavpav12

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-04-2011 01:24:30 | More by pavpav12
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1Adam12

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-03-2011 22:58:08 | More by 1Adam12
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Koufax21

New Mexico

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at 3 Floyd's Brewpub. Pours a dark amber color with 1" of an off white colored head. Smells of big grapefruit and pine. Tastes of big citrus and fruit flavors. Big grapefruit here. This has got to be a borderline IPA. I've had many IPA's that couldn't hold up to this one. Great beer. I wish I could get it where I'm at.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 20:58:34 | More by Koufax21
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kramerjt

Michigan

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-03-2011 12:41:29 | More by kramerjt
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charladam

Colorado

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-03-2011 06:04:28 | More by charladam
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33nickadams

Michigan

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-03-2011 03:10:30 | More by 33nickadams
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escapegoat

Georgia

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-03-2011 00:58:15 | More by escapegoat
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notchucknorris

California

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

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: Beautiful reddish amber color with a nice one finger tan foamy head.

S: Big citrus hop notes with some hints of tropical fruit underneath. Definitely some mango there.

T: Great juicy citrus hops upfront tempered by some slightly bready malts and finished off with a nice peppery hop resin bite. A bomb pale ale. I would love to get more of this stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 23:15:57 | More by notchucknorris
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Nitrogenx

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-02-2011 08:10:40 | More by Nitrogenx
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pschul4

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-02-2011 06:33:19 | More by pschul4
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-02-2011 04:07:07 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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Schlais

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -12%

12-02-2011 03:40:41 | More by Schlais
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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-01-2011 19:36:24 | More by Bmoyer0301
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-01-2011 18:16:45 | More by kjkinsey
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jwelsh

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-01-2011 13:08:11 | More by jwelsh
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HopsMatt

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-01-2011 10:00:48 | More by HopsMatt
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danyalc

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-01-2011 01:14:45 | More by danyalc
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

11-30-2011 18:51:22 | More by Jspriest
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-30-2011 05:13:49 | More by Texasfan549
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 4,804 ratings.