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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

4,767 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,767
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: 4,767 | Reviews: 1,664 | Display Reviews Only:
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

11-20-2011 02:42:04 | More by mmcnaughton
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captainbearcat

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-20-2011 02:29:57 | More by captainbearcat
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FievelGoesWest

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-19-2011 23:32:19 | More by FievelGoesWest
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Beerdregs

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a growler the night before the XV party last weekend.

A: amber color with a orange hue. Carbonation was muted after a week in the growler but still grew a 1 finger head after an aggressive pour. As I am drinking it leaves a modest lacing down the glass.

S: Smells of piney grapefruit. Don't pick up any malt but don't fault them on this based on their hop forward reputation.

T: resinous citrus hop flavor with a modest but good balance of malt sweetness backing it up. Does not have an overly aggressive back of the tongue bitter.

M: This is a growler so again the carbonation is somewhat muted. I enjoy this though as it makes a somewhat dry beer a bit more slick.

O: This is my favorite pale ale style. This is the brewery that started the midwest craft revolution and for good reason. This is a wonderfully balanced beer and hopefully someday will be a session beer that I can enjoy at my local watering hole here in Minnesota!

Serving type: growler

11-19-2011 21:20:49 | More by Beerdregs
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lloyd83

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-19-2011 20:00:49 | More by lloyd83
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-19-2011 18:36:40 | More by Exiled
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sigtau200ws

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-19-2011 16:52:08 | More by sigtau200ws
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mdbailey00

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-19-2011 12:59:26 | More by mdbailey00
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10MoBeers

Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-19-2011 01:13:50 | More by 10MoBeers
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-19-2011 00:56:13 | More by Gatordaddy
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dlello2

Illinois

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

A - Copper copper. Cloudier than I would have thought. Especially next to Lagunitas Sucks and Zombie Dust, it is much darker. Also has a good amount of head and carbonation. Lacing sticks around awhile.

S - Citrus. Less hops than I would thought. Oranges. Sweet clementine smell. This has a more full and cooked sweetness to it... almost molasses.

T - First thought is yum. A cold brew with lemon zest up front, almost nothing (in a good way) in the middle and a citrus aftertaste. Lingering aftertaste is quite good. Still getting oranges (if you like oranges... who doesn't... you will like this). Burnt orange and cinnamon (and other fall spices) are hinted at. Almost seems like it has been aging a bit. More malts comes through as it warms up a bit.

O - Really really good. Simpler at first than others but maybe leaves you with something quite nice on the tongue and in the throat that others don't!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 00:43:22 | More by dlello2
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-18-2011 21:52:30 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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adamk1978

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-18-2011 21:11:34 | More by adamk1978
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Scrumtralecent

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-18-2011 21:01:23 | More by Scrumtralecent
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Orchids

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-18-2011 20:32:42 | More by Orchids
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Brew33

Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-18-2011 20:08:55 | More by Brew33
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jtrockchalk

Missouri

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-18-2011 19:24:16 | More by jtrockchalk
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Desaparecido

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-18-2011 19:12:50 | More by Desaparecido
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orangish-amber with off-white head and light lacing.

Smell: Centennial and Cascade goodness – grapefruit, orange and a sharp spiciness over some light toasted malt.

Taste: Grapefruit comes through even more strongly in the taste, and is borderline tart. Orange and toasted malt round out the flavor profile, with a lingering spicy and bitter finish. Somewhat of a Lagunitas-type profile. And yes, Lagunitas is almost a style unto itself.

Feel: Fairly full-bodied for a Pale Ale, with moderate carbonation and a very dry finish. Pretty oily and sticky.

Overall: Big, sticky Pale Ale that is firing on all cylinders. Maybe could use a titch more balance, but this is a great example of a beer pushing against the boundaries of its style.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 18:48:13 | More by bsp77
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I2uss

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-18-2011 17:53:56 | More by I2uss
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darklord2011

Indiana

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-18-2011 15:43:50 | More by darklord2011
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IPx

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-18-2011 14:50:03 | More by IPx
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tony223366

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jzmaxson27 for sending me this beer!

A: Dark copper amber color. Nice off white fluffy head. Only about one finger. Gorgeous beer... would have been a 5 with a bigger head. Nice lacing.

S: Big time citrus hops hit me up front. Getting a nice presence from the caramel malts. Can definitely tell cascade hops are present! Slight orange zest too.

T: Whoa! This is great! Huge hop presence in this "APA". Big citrus hop presence. This is followed by a nice chewy caramel malt. Some fruitiness is present in the middle with a bitter/sweet finish. There's a nice interplay on the finish between the sweet malts and bitter hops.

M: Nice medium body. Definite chewy malt presence. Great carbonation.

O: This is absolutely a unique beer. There's a definite battle between sweet and bitter going on at the finish that I enjoyed. Being a hop head I totally dig the huge citrus hop presence. Worth the accolades it receives.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 07:23:29 | More by tony223366
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-18-2011 04:30:58 | More by jjheinrichs
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Pjev11

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

11-18-2011 02:48:08 | More by Pjev11
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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