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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

5,014 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,014
Reviews: 1,671
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 841
Gots: 520 | FT: 25
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 server222
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

server222, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of weatherdog
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

It pours a amber reddish color with a small off white head, medium lacing and low retention.

The nose is a nice fairly balanced blend of orange, grassy hop aromas and some sweet toffee like malt aromas

The taste is much less balanced and more hop forward as I expect. Grassy hops dominate with just enough orange citrus to make me feel like I'm not chewing on the lawn. The bitterness is fairly harsh and resiny which I do not always appreciate. On the backend some vegetal flavors emerge which isn't so great and not what I usually remember. I know this is a fresh bottle as well.

Mouthfell is ok, some dryness because of the lasting bitterness. Drinkability is good for an APA. Overall I have always enjoyed this beer as something that is sometimes available in places that have a bad selection, and that's about where I'll keep it.

weatherdog, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of snowking44
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

snowking44, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of devilben02
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%

Each of the past two times I visited the Midwest, I made a point to seek out this beer based primarily on its reputation as a great pale ale. The reputation is certainly warranted, as this beer is so hop-forward that it blurs the line between american pale ale and IPA.

It pours a deep, surprisingly dark, hazy amber color with a dense, fluffy, cream-colored head. The aroma is bright, bold, and fragrant. Fruity, citrusy hops dominate, with notes of grapefruit and pineapple catching the most attention. The big hop character is present in the flavor as well, but the citrus is less pronounced, giving way to more of an earthy and spicy hop presence. Unfortunately, although the light, fine carbonation is pleasant enough for the style, the texture doesn't stand up to the resinous, coating hop profile.

Overall, this is certainly one of the boldest, most flavorful pale ales I have tried, and I can understand why a hop lover would enjoy this beer. Its boldness borders on abrasive, however, which keeps it from being the kind of easy-drinking pale ale I often crave.

devilben02, Jan 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

alwaysanswerb, Jan 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

jdhende, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

postnothing, Jan 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

JWRitchie76, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

GrindFatherBob, Jan 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

mtbdonn, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

eorwar, Jan 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

486Danny, Jan 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

seeswo, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

boyler, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

freduardo, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of bishopdc0
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%

Got this as a trade extra.

Poured into my new Belgium tulip. The beer is pretty dark almost brown. with a decent size head. the head is thick creamy and hugs the glass.

The nose is hops first with a solid malt back. The hops are pungent earthy and piny. I don't get citrus.

The taste matches the nose. Hops first earthy and pungent. After the initial hop flavor the carbonation comes in and pale and lightly roasted malts mix in. As the carbonation subsides the hops present themselves again as a earthy bitterness.

bishopdc0, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

alpenglocken, Jan 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

KAF, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

drummermattie02, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of BasementBer
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

This is an enjoyable pale ale. I had heard alot of references to it and had high hopes, it did not disappoint.

A: Pours a solid cream white head with substantial resin and lacing. Orange to amber in color.

S: Citrus, grapefruit and lemons.

T: The malt comes through more than I expected from this pale ale. It is a malt forward pale with substantial bittering that follows all the way to the end.

M: Pockets start to tingle and the wash is zingy from the carbonation.

O: I stand behind, my favorite IPA is brewed by Surly out of Minnesota, and I think they styled on this beer. Still take the surly first, but this is a close second.

BasementBer, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

jacewg, Jan 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

tripledbrew, Jan 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Kahlerbock, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

nmeiborg, Jan 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

hilgart1, Jan 17, 2012
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 5,014 ratings.