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Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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5,551 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,551
Reviews: 1,718
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 901
Gots: 796 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2000

A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness. This is our flagship beer.

68 IBU
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Ratings: 5,551 | Reviews: 1,718
Photo of calicaliente
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color into my glass with a nice white head that lasts a long time and forms very nice lacing on the glass.The aroma is malty sweetness along with a good amount of citrus, pine and grapefruit tang. Hoppiness is present throughout the taste but a bit too sweet for my taste. Overall very nice.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of shoelesstom
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a terrific beer that breaths nicely. It is a close as it gets to being a perfect beer for a pre-pasta meal. While I believe Three Floyds really can't do wrong, this one is head an shoulders above even dark lord 2011. It is my favorite way to start a perfect weekend.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of blindpiglet
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, opaque honey color. A short head, but it sticks to the glass all the way down to the bottom. Citrus aroma is equal in strenth to the hops. Perfect carbonation, almost creamy on the palate with tiny bubbles just a swirl away from a fresh head. A late, but short lived finish with a light aftertaste. Good hops balance, not overwhelming, but clear and intentional.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Efeswasmy1st
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Red, orange hazy appearance with thick, frothy, tan head. Nice lacing throughout.

Aroma is heavy on spruce, citrus and some floral.

Taste has a light sweetness, medium bitterness.

Palate is medium body, slick feel, lively, bitter to the end.

Fun, easy, APA.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thankyou to BDEE for the trade of a few FFF's beers. Poured a crystal clear amber color with almost 3 fingers of off white heading. Insane looking lacing all throughout the tasting as it etched the glass.

When the cap was popped all I smelled were those tremendous C hops. Very instense waves of citrus grapefruit, and pine. Trace of sweet caramel.

For such a huge nose to this, I was a little let down in the taste. Not from the bitterness or the heavy grapefruit but the malt backbone. When I think of pale ale I think of doughy or even sourdough malts, this is very light and crisp very much like an IPA. Either or a damn good beer.

Medium bodied a little thickness to that ass. Awesome carbonation. Finishes clean.

Slightly torn between this IPA and Pale ale style but either or this is a damn good one.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz poured into a pint glass

Cant believe I have tried 12 other three floyds beers before getting around to try this one.

A- Pours clear orange amber. Nice visible carbonation. A dense foamy three finger head of an off white coloration.

S- A very hoppy punch to the nose. Great sugary citrus like pinapple and mango and orange, Smells like fresh fruit. A light but delicious smelling malt backbone. An extremely fresh hop profile that somehow reminds me of candy. Smells slightly like fruity pebbles and Lysol, in a very good way. A marvelous smelling pale.

T- Tastes like it smells. It starts off with a sugary malt rush of light caramel and candy. Its followed up by a ton of fresh citrus flavors. Its all about the pinapple and mango, Lots of lemon and orange as well. The bitterness is relatively low considering the hop profile.

M- This beer is fairly bitter and sweet but also, not too hard to take down more then a few. Good carbonation to match the flavors. A bitter aftertaste but with that comes the glorious citrus flavors.

O- Embarrassed that it took me this long to get around to try this one. This is the best pale ale I know of. Its also priced well, unlike a lot of other 3F brews. If you like a hoppy pale ale and IPA's, this is the bomb.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me two bottles of this for no reason whatsoever

Consumed 3/12/12

Appearance: Unexpectedly dark - amber with copper - hazy, but mostly clear - minimal white head, leaves a little spotty lacing

Smell: Hoppy with some balance - lots of citrus - floral citrus, orange and grapefruit rind, some flesh, some pine as well - definitely interesting, but not IPA-level (which is appropriate) - malt profile is interesting - biscuits, slightly toasted, some sweetness, some earthy notes that just scream APA

Taste: So good and so balanced - I am not sure what stands out more, the malts or the hops - malty, with dry, toasted biscuits, some toasted grains, and some earthiness - hoppy, with lots of citrus - oily, pithy, with some citrus peel, nicely bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, dry

Overall: A well-balanced, great APA

Everything about this beer is great. It is well-rounded. Hoppy, yet not as extreme as something like Three Floyds' Zombie Dust, and nicely malty. But just like Zombie Dust, I wish I could easily acquire this.

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