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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

4,815 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,815
Reviews: 1,664
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 828
Gots: 443 | 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: 4,815 | Reviews: 1,664 | Display Reviews Only:
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Miamilice

Vermont

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-14-2011 14:30:16 | More by Miamilice
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-14-2011 14:21:58 | More by bpfrush
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claaark13

Indiana

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-14-2011 14:19:45 | More by claaark13
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-14-2011 13:50:03 | More by s1ckboy
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evoljetta

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-14-2011 13:17:15 | More by evoljetta
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bbadger

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-14-2011 13:10:23 | More by bbadger
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mater

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-14-2011 11:56:51 | More by mater
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DocDownUnder

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-14-2011 10:16:31 | More by DocDownUnder
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avaldivia

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-14-2011 10:00:37 | More by avaldivia
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bombadil

California

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-14-2011 08:25:55 | More by bombadil
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dannyfrost

Indiana

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-14-2011 08:14:40 | More by dannyfrost
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nogidrew86

Nevada

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-14-2011 08:03:01 | More by nogidrew86
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klipper

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-14-2011 07:45:14 | More by klipper
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blackcompg

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle into my 12oz beer glass...

Appearance - Poured nearly 2 fingers of lite orange head, small tite bubbles. Color is a gorgeous copper amber. Great lacing in my glass.

Smell - Mmmmm, semi-sweet grapefruit and a touch of pine.

Taste - Taste is ripe yellow grapefruit, which transitions nicely to grapefruit rind and pine. There is some slight sweetness, about as much as you'd have eating a yellow grapefruit wedge, and maybe just the slightest touch of under-ripe pineapple. No carmel, honey, or hard candy here. Light pine flavors assert themselves long into the finish, along with dry grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel - A very smooth ale, medium barb adds nice crispness, dries a bit in the finish.

Overall - This is a very well balanced ipa, and a hop lovers dream. I personally prefer a little more complexity and a little more sweetness, but this still does not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 01:41:23 | More by blackcompg
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stabzmcgee

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is translucent golden amber with a healthy white head. The smell is of citrus and grassy hops, with a sweet hint of candy. Taste is pine, grapefruit, and sweetness. mouthfell is dryness from hops. Overall this beer tastes like a combination between avery ipa and pliney the elder. YUM! thanks to gcurlow!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 01:26:05 | More by stabzmcgee
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superspak

Michigan

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

12 ounce bottle, no bottle date but I bought a 6 pack last week. Pours hazy red orange color with a nice 2-3 finger off white head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap that lasts. Some decent lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big orange zest, pine, lemon zest, caramel, light grapefruit, bread, and a bit of spiciness. Some fantastic aromas here with great balance and strength. Taste of big orange, pine, spiciness, caramel, bread, and a bit of toasted malt. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, spiciness, caramel, and bread on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic drinkability with no alcohol noticed at all except for a slight warming on the finish. Fantastic balance of flavor and bitterness. Overall an incredible pale ale with tons of flavor, hoppiness, and balance. I will be picking up more when I am in Indiana again.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 04:55:52 | More by superspak
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rangel2

Indiana

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass, nearly one and half fingers off-white head.

Aroma is orange zest, piney, grapefruit, hints of lemon peel.

Taste is warming alcohol up front with smooth bitterness, followed by lemon notes and decent malt background. Some pepper spiciness, but very little. Lingering bitterness I expect from a good APA, with citrus notes aplenty: orange, lemon, grapefruit. Longer it sits more sweet malt comes through, giving it an extreme balance rarely ever achieved in this style. Hops win out, obviously, but you get such a pleasant amount of perfect caramel malt. It's ridiculous. Definite honey there as it warms up.

Mouthfeel isn't prickly, somewhat drying, makes me ready for another sip. This one goes down so smooth and so fast.

Overall, a damn good brew. Dreadnaught's more balanced little brother, really.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 00:59:06 | More by rangel2
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MaxSpang

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE

This is a typical APA, albiet it's a bit hazier than other I have seen. It's an yellowish-orange color, and had a nice two-finger khaki head that stuck around for awhile, and left a great amount of lacing. A very gorgeous beer.

SMELL

Big amount of hops. Tons of grapefruit and orange, as well as some pinnapple. This is the american citrusy hop, and it's plain old delicious. Believe it or not, there's a smidge of alcohol but only the slightest bit. This isn't as hoppy as an IPA, but it has a lot of hop character.

TASTE

Just like the nose, this has tons of American hop flavor. It's overly bitter, but there is a nice slight crisp bitterness in here. Most of the flavor is hop flavor - orange, citrus, grapefruit, and sweet mango. This is a typical FFF overly hopped beer, and I dig it.

MOUTHFEEL

If this was any more drinkable, I'd drink this instead of water. It goes down easily, and is dry and crisp. It's got a bit of body In the middle.

OVERALL

Incredible APA! This has the typical FFF hop flavor that only seems present in their beers. They must do some crazy stuff with hops to make it taste like that, but good lord I crave it. This is one of the beers that makes American beers great. Get this, and get a lot of it.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 23:18:19 | More by MaxSpang
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osusullins

Illinois

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

This is my go-to beer. I can't express how much I love this one. Whether you want to call this an APA or an IPA it suits either label. Just pure hoppy brilliance.

The beer pours a beautiful deep orange with a nice white head.

The nose is almost all hops. Lots of pine with some subtle grapefruit. As a hop-head, the smell just makes me want to dive right in, and I usually do just that.

The taste does not disappoint the nose. Hops is what you smell, and that is exactly what you taste. Tons of pine and citrus bitterness. Some malt shows up on the back end, but the palate is pretty hop fried by that point. lol.

This is the flag ship beer of my favorite brewery. I love this beer. Top 10 favorite of mine definitly. Thanks, FFF.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 04:03:14 | More by osusullins
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JayQue

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great APA. Of course it would be a great IPA also. A citrusy hoppy delight. Thanks to woodchopper who supplied this one in a recent trade. As I work my way through the top 100 beers of fame, I find myself really enjoying the trip.

This one pours a clear reddish amber with a medium size off white head. Head retention is pretty good. There is thick lacing on the glass.

Smell is awesome. A strong blast of citrus hops, you don't even have to put your nose near the top of the glass.

Taste is as robust as the best IPAs. This beer reminds me of a slightly more subdued version of Celebration Ale, one of my all time favorites. There is a balance of caramel malts here as well, but hops are in the forefront.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. The level of bitterness is just right.

A great APA, I would love to have this readily available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 23:28:41 | More by JayQue
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scout

District of Columbia

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

Very cool artwork on the bottle. Behold, the green tribal chief-looking Alpha King. I've always liked the presentation of Three Floyds.

Pours a deep orange with a generous head. Aroma is mostly hops (citrus and pine) with some malts coming through too. Taste is the same floral hops with a little bit more of a malt backbone than I expected/remembered -- it is an APA after all. Still, it's a pleasant surprise because the smell had me expecting IPA all the way. The malty backbone really mellows and balances the spiciness of the hops. Great use of hops to balance out the flavors here. Plus, it's nice to find a beer where the hoppy flavor blends so well and doesn't overwhelm. Good, balanced mouthfeel with a crisp, hoppy finish. Drinkable and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 02:14:33 | More by scout
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Sideswipe

California

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle which arrived in an incredible box from AleWatcher. Thanks Jeff!

Alpha King pours a deep orange/amber color with a finger of off-white head. Decent lacing. The nose is citrus hops and pale malt. Taste opens with bitter orange rind. Malt lends notes of sugar cookies and caramel mid palate. Bitterness reasserts itself in the finish and there is a nice lingering bitter aftertaste. Feel is medium bodied. Carbonation is spot on and lends a creamy texture to the beer. Alpha King is an excellent example of the style. Ridiculously drinkable and insanely tasty. This would be a regular in my fridge if it was local to me. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 05:40:27 | More by Sideswipe
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bwmichaud

Vermont

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

The beer was a little bit darker than I expected. It tasted like a true old school IPA. I'm not sure that it can compete with the newer IPA's out there but 5 or 10 years ago I would have wet myself for this beer. It'll be a nice brew to go back to from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 15:04:12 | More by bwmichaud
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Keithstone44

Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. I would love to know the bottle date, but o well.. damn you Three Floyds..

A: Pours a dark copper color, with a stable 1-finger head. Nice lacing

S: wow, much more pungent than I was expecting. Strong citrus and floral notes.

T: Incredible taste. The citrus and hop bitterness blend together perfectly. I can detect some malt in the aftertaste

M: Medium bodied, this beer has the perfect level of carbonation for the style.

O: One the best APA's out there. Great taste, perfect balance, no wonder its Three Floyd's flagship beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 00:24:58 | More by Keithstone44
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redblacks75

Iowa

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Apearance: A hazy amber, copper combination with a two-finger head that quickly dissipates, but leaves nice lacing as this one goes down.

Smell: Hops all the way, pine, citrus.

Taste: You get a nice citrus blast right away. Stronger than most pale ales I've had before.

Mouthfeel: It's a fizzy, refreshing feel in the mouth, with dry a finish.

Overall: If this was available in my area it would be my go to pale ale. This is my favorite pale ale to date. It is surely the most hop forward pale ale I have had, that might be just due to the freshness. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a quality pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 18:42:05 | More by redblacks75
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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