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Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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5,512 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,512
Reviews: 1,711
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 899
Gots: 766 | FT: 28
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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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of blackcompg
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.

Photo of stabzmcgee
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of rangel2
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Photo of osusullins
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of JayQue
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.

Photo of scout
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Sideswipe
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of bwmichaud
3.75/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of Keithstone44
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.

Photo of redblacks75
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of titosupertramp
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking thanks to BaconIsLife.

A: Dark copper with two fingers of white head. There's a lot of lacing around all sides of the glass.

S: Citrus, pine and sweet caramel malts. Man, this is a great smelling beer.

T: Man, this is a great tasting beer. The citrus and pine are pretty well balanced. The bready, caramel malts put up a decent fight, but are soundly outmatched. Love it.

M: Creamy mouthfeel. Bitter and dry.

O: I like Alpha King a lot. If you're after a hopped up pale ale, this has to be high on your list.

Photo of vfgccp
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Deep, beautiful, peach ice-tea with intense orange highlights. White head sits low but what’s there hangs around with nice retention.

S – Caramel layered with soft, citrusy, orange and grapefruit hops notes.

T – Rosewater, honey suckle, and orange play out prominently on a backdrop of dry bitterness. Resiny hops show themselves on the backend with juniper and black pepper.

M – Medium body with nice carbonation and a bitter-dry finish.

O – A stellar pale ale. One of my favorites.

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,512 ratings.