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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

4,770 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,770
Reviews: 1,664
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 825
Gots: 427 | 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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Ratings: 4,770 | Reviews: 1,664 | Display Reviews Only:
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tbeq00

California

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-28-2011 04:13:34 | More by tbeq00
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spkissane

Indiana

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-28-2011 03:22:22 | More by spkissane
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anyhoodle

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-28-2011 02:27:07 | More by anyhoodle
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BrewinHeadBanger

New York

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-27-2011 23:16:18 | More by BrewinHeadBanger
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RTrain12

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-27-2011 16:20:53 | More by RTrain12
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girllovesbier

California

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-27-2011 08:34:32 | More by girllovesbier
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rsdaugherty

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-27-2011 04:45:30 | More by rsdaugherty
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russwbeck

Virginia

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

A: On the clear side of hazy brown in color, the pour was quite active out of the bottle. Lots of bubbly head rises up and billows over my tulip as perhaps I poured a bit too vigorously. The head is sticky, creamy, and leaves wonderful lacing down the side of the glass.

S: The amount of hops and malts on this is phenomenal. The caramel and breadiness of the malts honestly take over the hops a little bit. Not to be deterred, the hops bring out grapefruit and some slight pine that is very nice.

T: The taste follows the smell famously. Caramel malts create a delicious backbone for citrusy hops and a dry hop finish. Balanced very well and deliciously dry throughout.

MF: Light, crisp, dry finish, and no hint of alcohol.

O: This beer is one I like to call dangerously drinkable. The balance of the malts and hops, the dryness of the beer throughout, really just everything make this a beer you absolutely have to try.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 04:28:22 | More by russwbeck
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assman79

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-27-2011 04:23:56 | More by assman79
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smithers123

Indiana

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-27-2011 04:16:06 | More by smithers123
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bkonk10

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

11-27-2011 01:15:59 | More by bkonk10
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Lozanoa11

Michigan

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-26-2011 12:35:44 | More by Lozanoa11
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jegross2

Illinois

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

Reviewing a cask-conditioned Alpha King from Three Floyds.
Score: 95

Drinking a fresh, cask-conditioned pint of one of my absolute favorite brews of all time.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark reddish-brown amber with three fingers of foamy cream-colored head that sticks around quite some time. Falls somewhere between opaque and translucent, but closer to opaque. Excellent lacing. 5/5

Smell: Roses. Floral, grapefruit and citrus hops. A little honey. Lots of malty, hoppy sweetness in the aroma. 4.5/5

Taste: Huge grapefruit citrus bitterness. Malty-sweet backbone. Hints of berry flavors too. Absolutely refreshing. Finishes with sweet oranges and hops bitterness. Yum! 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Finish is surprisingly dry for such a malty mid-palate beverage. 4.5/5

Overall: Alpha King is one of my favorite beers of all time. The cask-conditioned version of this brew is much maltier and less hops-aggressive than the bottled version that I have had a thousand times over. How do I know? I had a side-by-side taste test at the bar. This is one to seek out!

Recommendation: If you have not had a six pack of this stuff, go buy one already. For those who have had Alpha King before, I absolutely recommend seeking out the cask-conditioned version. I am about as big of a hop-head as they come -- I have a well-known soft spot for IIPA's -- but cask-conditioned Alpha King's creamy malt-for-hops tradeoff is absolutely divine. Alpha King is the best year-round American Pale Ale (sorry Sierra Nevada!).

Pairings: Medium-cooked hamburgers. Particularly the ones they serve at Kuma's Corner in Chicago. Also probably pairs well with an earthy salad with feta and walnuts. Could really add some kick to spicy foods.

Cost: $9.99 for a six pack, or $7 for a cask-conditioned 16 oz pour.

Serving type: cask

11-26-2011 05:47:07 | More by jegross2
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jdhchi

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I typically prefer IPA's with higher IBU but this APA is outstanding! Rich flavor with enough hops to let you know they're there. Great amber color with a antique white full two fingers head and great lacing. I have yet to find another APA to match this one. This is a quality beer that any beer lover would enjoy! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 01:41:07 | More by jdhchi
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -12%

11-25-2011 23:34:24 | More by JAHMUR
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ryancorn

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-25-2011 22:50:19 | More by ryancorn
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-25-2011 16:38:54 | More by deapokid
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thedoer

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-25-2011 13:37:22 | More by thedoer
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-25-2011 12:55:49 | More by nh2032
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-25-2011 03:44:28 | More by nmann08
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-24-2011 19:52:57 | More by mdillon86
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dwaz

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-24-2011 16:35:09 | More by dwaz
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bchlr4lfe

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-24-2011 03:58:07 | More by bchlr4lfe
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amstelcat

Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-24-2011 03:39:49 | More by amstelcat
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Rick0685

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-23-2011 17:53:17 | More by Rick0685
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 4,770 ratings.