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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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4,892 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,892
Reviews: 1,667
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 838
Gots: 483 | FT: 23
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

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Photo of clayrock81


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured a clear auburn amber body with minimal head but some good lace. A very citric hop smell hit me in the nose first, along with a minor mix of sweet malt. A great pale ale taste - medium-boded with a mix of hops for a dry, citric taste and blended with sweet malts for a balanced beer that lights up the palate as it goes down smooth (almost buttery) and finishes with a nice dry backbite. A solid beer to have anytime.

02-25-2009 14:23:10 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Hophead101


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

had on draft at Brass Rail Beverage on 11.13.08.

Wow - couldn't believe it when I went into Cisco's place and saw 3F Alpha King. I was quite excited as I have never had this one before much less on draft.

Great head in the pour. Immediately was screaming out my name waiting for me to take my first sip. The head was very thick and bubbly and the beer had a nice brownish copper color. balanced hop smell, thought there might have been a little more. it was soft in nature, a bit piney but not overpowering what so ever.

great taste. it definitely lives up to the hype. great feel on the palate, no real aftertaste. initially a bit crisp and carbonated that blends into a wonderfully creamy and smooth mouthfeel. great hop flavor, and an over superbly balanced beer.

02-25-2009 03:12:27 | More by Hophead101
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.33/5  rDev -21.8%

Poured a deep orange color with a small white head that disappeared rather quickly. Nose is sweet, malty, citrus and floral and pretty malty too. Taste is malty, some citrus and hop bite. Mouthfeel is ok. Malty, citrus and kind of blah. Nothing spectacular. Overall an average Pale for me.

02-22-2009 04:18:33 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Arbitrator


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of Hexxed.

A: Pours a hazy, burnt orange with yellow highlights when held to the glass. Head is 2 fingers of fluffiness, which recedes into clumps and finally a film on the top as I wait. Patches of lacing down the glass.

S: An overpowering aroma of grapefruit hops with a hint of pines. A noticeable floral component and a presence of caramel malt. Very pungent and pleasing.

T: The first flavor is grapefruit bitterness and tanginess, which lingers throughout the taste. The middle flavor brings the caramel malt sweetness to the front, with some floral notes. The finish is all grapefruit and pine hops, with a bitter, but not unpleasant, aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied and good carbonation for the style.

D: Very drinkable. Great aroma, taste, and finish. I would definitely have this again.

02-18-2009 21:54:42 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of Jekster


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

In classic Three Floyd's style, this beer sits outside the box of the traditional style the claim. Therefore, I will be rating this beer as if it were an IPA because I feel it much better fits that category.

Appearance: This beer pours a deep copper bronze with a light slightly brown lacing for a head. It is quite clear with only a slight haze showing when the glass is swirled.

Smell: This beer smells freaking amazing! There is a deep floral hop spice along with a rich caramel malt backbone. There is a definite hint of fresh orange and lemon zest to nicely round out the nose. I would describe the aroma of this beer as fantastically full. Meaning, I can take huge, deep breaths of the beer and be extremely pleased and excited to take the next drink.

Taste: There is a nice balance between a bready malt sweetness and a rich floral, grassy, spicy freshness. As the flavor builds there is a definite character of chewy bread crust and bitter lemon peel. As you swallow the beer finishes there is a distinct, but not unpleasant, lingering bitterness along with a mild alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a medium full body that coast the palette without being overly full or viscous. The beer has a medium to low carbonation and a dry finish that make the beer quite refreshing and drinkable.

Drinkability: This beer is drinkable to the point that it could get you in trouble. It's in that danger zone of having an extremely nice aroma, complex flavor, and full body without being exhausting on your palette. There is an alcohol warming letting you know that it's a big beer, but without a shocking enough warning to make you want to stop drinking after quite a few pints. ;)

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I think this is a fantastic representation of an IPA. It has a good hop component without being harsh and a nice malt character to create balance for the strong hop presence. The beer has amazing layers of flavor and aroma. The fact that this beer is also so drinkable makes it a nice addition to any wonderfully packed beer fridge. Alpha King is absolutely delicious and a must buy, in my opinion, for IPA lovers.

02-18-2009 02:58:38 | More by Jekster
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

12oz undated bottle at 52 degrees.

Pours clear dark copper with a one inch head of dense white. Within minutes the froth subsided to a skim coat on the surface of the brew, allowing plenty of torn ropes of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with floral, citrusy hops. Tangerines, grapefruit, and peach skins. A hint of apricot and spruce follows through.

Medium bodied and crisp with a snappy, juicy mouthfeel.

Tangy, zesty hops and light malt start the palate. A decent mix of grapefruit and tropical fruits with a hint of pine. Orange, apricot, and pink grapefruit.
A kiss of malt follows through along with a firm, drying bitterness.

Finishes with lingering fruit and a smooth bitterness.

Easy drinker. I've had several over the years, including a bunch when they were distributed in Mass. way back. Without knowing how old the bottle is I'd have to assume that this is much better fresh.
Pretty tasty as it is although nothing too special.

02-15-2009 21:35:19 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of Lynux


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Another great beer from my favorite brewery.

Nice coppery color with a light head that sticks to the glass.

Nice hoppy aroma and some sweet caramel malt.

Taste is just the way I want my APA's. Big hop bite with some slightly toasty sweet malt flavor.

This is a great sessional APA on the verge of an IPA.

02-15-2009 20:02:35 | More by Lynux
Photo of chuckd123


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Have now had 4 bottles of this beer, and it has to rank near the top of my sessionable beer list. I'm a big IPA/DIPA fan, and this could easily be one instead of a pale. Very fresh hop aroma and taste, and drinkable given the moderate abv%. Mouthfeel is good, nothing special, but a great overall example of the pale ale style. For what it's worth, I generally avoid PA's in favor of an IPA, but this one blows away most other pure PA's (think SNPA) I've had due to the more present hop aromas and flavor. Great beer by FFF.

02-15-2009 17:26:23 | More by chuckd123
Photo of sirpsycho


4/5  rDev -6.1%

Bottle. Poured a nice amber, nice slightly off-white head that left lacing. Aroma was very inviting, nice citrus and pine notes. Flavor is slight hoppy, again nice citrus and pine flavors, very subtle, not over the top. Will be having this one again.

02-14-2009 15:40:55 | More by sirpsycho
Photo of callmemickey


4.43/5  rDev +4%

A: Dark copper, thin off-white head... decent lacing.

S: Grapefruit and citrus hops up front. Some floral notes and some caramel malt sweetness. No alcohol in the nose.

T: Deliciously balance between citrus hop bitterness and caramel malt sweetness. The finish is a blend of caramel lingering and a slightly bitter bite. Up front is mostly citrus hop notes.

M: Smooth, light-medium body. Semi-dry finish. Crisp and clean.

D: Great session brew for sure. Shame this isn't in my neck of the woods.

thanks beergynt for the trade!!! good thing i got a six pack, these will go quickly!

02-13-2009 00:54:12 | More by callmemickey
Photo of mikereaser


4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

A - Pours a murky dark rust color with no foam, just a few bubbles

S - citrus and pine hops abound leaving just enough room to notice some sweet malt

T - citrus and piney hop flavor though not overpowering, not bitter, just nice and tasty

M/D - nice mouthfeel and carbonation as well as a really great taste, definitely one I wish I could still get locally

02-12-2009 16:55:27 | More by mikereaser
Photo of michdmb


4.53/5  rDev +6.3%

A great IPA. All of Three Floyd's beers have a certain sweet/malty characteristic that is not quantifiable. This beer is no exception. I am a fan of IPAs, and this one keeps calling me back.

Hoppiness is sufficient, and sweetness is a definite plus for this beer. Both are balanced to perfection. I have had Alpha King on tap and in bottle, and both are consistently good.

02-12-2009 08:12:27 | More by michdmb
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

Got a sixer of this in a trade with slater1313. Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Clear orange amber. Two fingers of dense head with good retention and plenty of lacing.

4.5 S: Lots of raw hop aroma. Citrus and floral in nature, the hops block out most of the malt character, but there still is a bit of fruitiness to it.

4.0 T: Lots of hop flavor now. It actually tastes like I'm drinking liquified hops (though not mindblowingly intense). I guess what distinguishes this from an IPA is that, for as much hop content there is, there is relatively little bitterness compared to the total amount of hops used. Anyway, this beer is mildly bitter with citric and mild piney hop flavor. Malt character takes a background seat to the hop flavor. This beer is pretty damn good, but it lacks some complexity from the malt perspective. Malts lend a pinch of fruitiness and there is definitely some crystal malt present.

3.5 M: Medium body and a little lighter than I think it should be. Very smooth, but slightly undercarbonated.

4.5 D: I can deal without the complexity in the malts because the hops taste so damn good. Therefore, this beer is extremely drinkable.

02-09-2009 23:30:11 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of beeragent


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a medium copper, forming a 1/2 inch white head. Light lacing on the glass.

S - Intense hop aroma. Very floral. Not much else is detectible due to the high hop profile.

T - Strong citrusy hop taste coats the palate. A hint of light malt in the middle, before ending with a sharp hop finish.

M - Medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation.

D - This is a great example of a pale ale! It really doesnt get any better than this. Outstanding flavor and high drinkability. If this wasnt such a rarity for Texas, I would easily drink the entire six pack in one night. Highly recommended!!!!

02-04-2009 07:39:30 | More by beeragent
Photo of madtowndmb1


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

This is my last one since i picked up 12 of them in Indiana this summer. I will say, that I think the time didn't do it any favors. I think this beer is everything you'd want in a APA in 6-pack form that isn't overly expensive. It has a honey filled hop aroma. piney, citrus hops are very present. The taste is damn good! It has a sweetness that is great to cut the hop bitterness. What a combo. You could drink a good number of these without killing your taste buds for later in the evening!

Cheers to FFF!

02-04-2009 00:06:00 | More by madtowndmb1
Photo of bort11


4.6/5  rDev +8%

12 oz bottle poured into an over sized pint glass. Mild white head that retains foam cap on the surface. Thin lacing. Color is a warm honey amber with good clarity.

Smell is a sweet honeyed bread malt with a floral/pine hops. Extremely balanced aroma. It shifts from honey to hops. Taste exemplifies balance. Honey malts and citrus/pine hops. Finishes with a little bit of black pepper.

Great quaffability. i wish I had grabbed a full six pack.

02-02-2009 01:05:16 | More by bort11
Photo of SteveO1231


4.43/5  rDev +4%

Received a bottle as an extra from a trade with d0b. 12 oz. brown bottle with an interesting label featuring custom metallic lettering and an illustrated ALPHA KIND in the center of the crested label.

The brew pours a solid, dark amber, almost ruby. (much darker than a typical pale ale) A three fingered layer of foamy, off-white head after a vigorous pour and whispy lacing.

Aroma is very hoppy. Full of citrus, pine, and pungent hoppy goodness. I'm guessing that mostly C hops are used. Slight caramel malt aroma in back.

Light-medium bodied with a creamy texture.

The brew starts off with a nice honey/caramel sweetness. The brew is dominated by lush, freshly squeezed hop juice. The hops are well rounded and kept mostly to flavor and aroma. Full citrus, pungent, and a bit of pine. The beer finishes with a caramel sweetness and a fresh grapefruit juice bitterness.

This beer is absolutely delicious, very clean tasting and truely refreshing. It's teetering on IPA territory, but I love hops so fuck it! Awesome beer!


01-30-2009 23:59:17 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of UA8


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

A- Pours a tawny/ dark amber color with a two finger off white head.

S- Huge burst of orange, lemons, and grapefruits explodes from the receding head the citrus hop notes are big on this one. Back notes of clingy caramel malts.

T- Leads with lightly flavored citrus sweetness of tangerines and orange rind, mid plate rolls through with little distinguishable notes. Finishes with a really nice balance of lingering perfect sweet malts and kindly bitter citrus and herbal hops.

M- Semi full and nice amount of refreshment. Carbonation is moderate and fits well.

D- It could sit back and just kill six packs of these any season of the year. However this beer + a cookout= heaven.

01-30-2009 01:32:32 | More by UA8
Photo of biggred1


4.43/5  rDev +4%

Orange amber with lots of tiny suspended yeast particles visible. Very fine whipped tan head that settles into a nice collar of foam that leaves lots of sticky rings of lace on the glass. Smells of floral hops and caramel maltiness. Tastes pretty hoppy for an APA,with lots of grapefruit upfront with a solid malt backbone. I think their mild ale is more an APA and this is more IPA, but who cares? It is outstanding. Medium bodied mouthfeel with a fine carbonation. A hop head's beer for sure.

01-28-2009 00:43:29 | More by biggred1
Photo of sonicdescent


4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Thank you to both ametaj1 and stfun37 for this one, both sent as extras. Thank you both!

Pours a murky red with active carbonation and a nice bubbly head that turns into a frothy crown.

Smells very citrusy, grapefruit mostly. Similar to the smell of the fantastic Nugget Nectar. Other fruity smells are in the background, but there is no doubt the balance is tilted to hops here.

Taste is also similar to Nugget Nectar (heads up to the guy that was looking for a similar beer), but not QUITE as powerful. Grapefruit and other citrus hops out front with a light malt background. Very good.

Mouth is near perfect where it is at, med/high carbonation and thin/med body.

Drinkabiliity: Three Floyd's with another hit. Here's hoping they expand into Western PA.

01-28-2009 00:42:38 | More by sonicdescent
Photo of Buebie


4/5  rDev -6.1%

Thanks to d0b for this bottle.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a turbulator.
2 fingers of foamy white head creat big sticky clumps of lace.
Transparent pale copper in color

Aroma of white bread, citric hops, caramel, and a touch of sweetness.

Well balanced flavor between hops and malt. Its semi sweet up front with a rush of carbonation. A good amount of pine and citris hops that take over the taste through the swallow. Lingering for a good deal of time.

Solid apa.

01-22-2009 20:52:33 | More by Buebie
Photo of CaptainIPA


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

P: Served on-tap @ Nessun Dorma on 1-21-09.

A: Dark, blood-orange amber with an impressive white head and gorgeous lacing that sticks.

S: Citrus fruits, floral hops, and subtle hints of malt.

T: Aggressive hop character with more than enough mellow malt flavor to smooth things out. Juicy citrus hops judiciously balanced with suggestions of caramel, honey and biscuit. Finishes with a genius amount of hop bitterness: biting, but not overwhelmingly assertive.

With a taste profile more akin to an American (West Coast, at that) IPA, Alpha King is one of the hoppier APAs I've had the privilege of experiencing.

M: Medium-bodied with a creamy, yet moderately chewy mouthfeel. Slightly salty on the palate.

D: At 6% ABV, Alpha King is more than accommodating. Drinkability? Ermm...let's just say I had more than three.

01-22-2009 15:05:26 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of HappyBivouac


4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

No date on the bottle. Poured into a chalice because that's what I feel like drinking from.

a- a clear dark red/amber color with a minimal off-white head. The color of this beer is very nice. Lacing amounts to a few speckles here and there.

s- tart and bitter citrus fruits hit the nose pretty strong. Blood orange and grapefruit, with a little bit of biscuit malt and sweetness thrown in to balance out.

t/m- resiny yet extremely crisp and bright grapefruit-like hops and some spice character upfront with biscuits and slight sugar sweetness in the middle. the finish becomes more and more like that of eating fresh grapefuit. A very nice full, balanced hoppy APA taste

m- Nothing extraordinary for the style. Medium-light hop-resinous mouth-coating body with very little carbonation. My least favorite part about hoppy beers overall, but this one does decently well.

d- an addictive APA! Very crisp and refreshing. This could be a great go-to APA and wouldn't be bad as an introduction to hoppier beers, especially if you like cirtus fruits! I can see myself drinking a lot of this in my future.

01-21-2009 00:49:07 | More by HappyBivouac
Photo of tmoneyba


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured dark amber color medium white head that lasted with very good lacing.

Complex aroma of sweet malt and citrus hops.

Flavor was very good bittersweet and moderate to heavy bitter sweet finish that was strong with small alcohol bite.

Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbontion.

Good beer and one of my top rated active bootle beers for the APA style.

01-14-2009 13:55:21 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of ryrust5301


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

On tap at the map room in Chicago

Appearance - A hazy copper color with some orange highlights to it. Head is thin and an off white in color. It sets up camp and sticks around for the long haul with a nice touch of lacing.

Smell - Hoppy but does not get carried away. A honey malt helps to give the hops a little more character, and something to prop themselves up against.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Hops are citrusy and somewhat biting, with a grapefruit flavor to them. Malt is of a sweet caramel honey flavor and once again provides a good anchor. A smooth and wonderful feel to it that doesn't crush the palate.

Drinkability - This beer is legendary and is a staple at the map room at all times. Was excited to try it, and thought it was good enough to have earned it's respect. I wasn't awwed, but would have no problem having this as a fixture in my house.

01-14-2009 06:39:39 | More by ryrust5301
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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