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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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4,770 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,770
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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Photo of oelergud


4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful translucent brown/golden/red body. Plenty of carbonation.
Off white creamy head with a hint of orange. Decent lace and retention.
Flowery tempting hop scent. Orange pekoe and abit of grain.
Deliciously hoppy but well balance. Soft malts and spiked hops mingled perfectly. Aftertaste of honey coated hop flavors that never seems to quit.
Medium body, good hop coating and not too dry finish.
Highly drinkable and so delicious restraint is required not to quaff this brew in a moment.


Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 00:19:23 | More by oelergud
Photo of IntriqKen


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

Pretty reddish amber that is crystal clear fills the glass.
It's topped with a nice solid single finger white head that melts slowly to nice sticky lacing.
Aroma is immediately fresh and clean with the smell of fresh citrus and pine hops (Centenial?).
Taste is subtle balance of sweet pale malt and bright citrus malts. A little orange peel then definate grapefruit.
Ah...this is an INCREDIBLY balance APA...but I can't help but feel it is more IPA than APA...I'm not complaining...I love it. They have made a really nice 'in your face' type of beer here.
This will go down nicely all day long.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 02:21:16 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

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

This ale poured a nice amber coloured well carbonated, finely bubbled ale. Decent light tan coloured head formed on the pour. Fine lacings remained after the head dissipated.

This ale has a big IPA like nose. Theres lots of resinous hops in here, mostly piney, but grapefruit also present. Malty notes below the hops, with scents of toasted biscuit and caramel.

Also almost tastes like an IPA with the bitter resinous hops. The pine and grapefruit from the hops dominate, but the malts have some backbone tasting of lightly honeyed toasted biscuit, caramel, and just a hint of creamy nuts.

This is a damn fine pale ale, well balanced but definately tilted towards the hops. Tea like astringency on the finish, as well as a slight metallic taste/feel that comes with the bitterness.

This is a very drinkable hoppy beer, and would make a great session brew for a hophead. Would also make a decent introductory brew for those wanting to explore hoppier beers. Ill be drinking this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 13:18:36 | More by demcorhip
Photo of SwillinBrew


4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a sixer of this from Lone Hill liquor in Glendora... my initial thoughts, hot damn, this is a pale ale... halelujah.

A - A rich ambery grenadine strong color with a stucco white head that clung to my glass nicely.
S - a dose of citrus orchards with floral in the mix pleasure my olefactory senses.
T - Husky citrus flavors bordering on grassy meadows on a underlying sublte sweet malt carry this delicous brew. Just a symphony of harmonious flavor in this pale ale... it's definitely more than meets the eye.
M&Dr - nicely carbonated and medium bodied with a crisp and clean finish. I could drink this all day and just wish more pale ales were like this. Heck, this beats out many IPA's!!! Get some if you can. This is the best pale ale i've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 07:32:42 | More by SwillinBrew
Photo of blsfreak


4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Being a hophead, I love this one. I would not recommend this to the average Bud or Corona drinker, they would not be happy. I do recommend this awesome beer to my friends, I love this one. I have yet to find anything Three Floyd's brews I don't like. They and I seem to share the love of hops and this is by far a great hoppy beer. Highly recommended for the hophead

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2006 03:54:23 | More by blsfreak
Photo of BlackAngus


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

THis is one of my favorite beers.

Appearance is amber, with a persistent head.

Smell is huge hoppiness, floral, some fruitiness. I would buy an air freshener that smells like this.

Taste is extremely well balanced, malty, but the hops presence is still felt here, as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, nicely carbed, clean finish.

Highly drinkable, this is one of my "go-to" beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 18:09:11 | More by BlackAngus
Photo of Deconstructionis

West Virginia

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Three Floyds likes hops and alcohol. Personally, I'd call its Dreadknought IPA a double IPA and ths an IPA.. Fortunately, the penchant for "bigness" is counterbalanced with a lot of skill and taste, unlike, say, Dogfish Head which is in my opinion devoted to extremism for extremism's sake. This is a good and very drinkable beer.
The color is a medium/dark amber with a slight haze and nice dry, stiff head that persists and laces nicely. The aroma is overwhelmingly hops, floral and grassy.

The taste is much more balanced than the aroma suggests.Surprisingly rich and malty and up front, the hops are there for sure but more tangy and citrusy than the aroma and it finishes with a brisk bitterness and surprisingly clean aftertaste.

It's medium bodied with medium/high carbonation and very drinkable. I guess it's labeled an American Pale Ale because it uses American grown barley and hops but it's very similar in character to a traditional IPA and a very good one.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 13:18:36 | More by Deconstructionis
Photo of malthead


3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color, off-white head that fades quickly. Smells of pine and citrus hops, maybe a vegetal aroma... some bitterness, like dark leafy greens. Big hop taste, spruce, lemons, nice kick to it. Mouthfeel is thicker than I expected it to me, cloying and sticky. (which is nice in some respects, but I was looking for a medium pale ale, this strikes me as a lot bigger than I was looking for.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 22:45:10 | More by malthead
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Pizza Port commemorative pint glass. Pours deep orange amber with minimal white head.
Smells citrusy and grassy.
Tastes hoppy and smooth. Hops are present but not overwhelming.
Mouthfeel nice as well. I drank this straight, but I'd love to pair it with a good pizza. Very drinkable as well. The more I drank this beer, the smoother it got.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 19:50:06 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
Photo of TechMyst


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml. bottle. Hazy orange. Upon first sense of aroma I thought this was an India Pale Ale. This is highly hopped. If I’m not wrong the Warror hop has high amounts of alpha acids and the Centennial is lower. But this is where is must get part of its name, yes? Bottle conditioned. Finely crafted. More on the grassy side than citrusy side for me. Nice long lasting bittering finish. No sweetness here. I thought pale ales would try more of a balance between sweet and bitter...this is all hops...I’m not complaining, but why is this not in an (American) India Pale Ale style? Very good beer though.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 05:27:51 | More by TechMyst
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - deep amber color, hazy, large off-white head with good retention and exceptional lacing

s - lots and lots of floral hops, very citrusy aroma as well

t - up front there is a moment of sweet maltiness, then the hops hits, lots of citrusy hoppy bitterness, wonderfully long bitter finish, no hint of alcohol

m - medium-bodied, hop oil coats the mouth, moderate carbonation, dry finish

d - very, very drinkable, I could drink AK all night, and I certainly have many times

I just recently noticed I hadn't reviewed AK yet. I drank it all summer and it was love at first sip. One of my favorite beers. Straddles the line between a Pale Ale and an IPA, which is just fine for me. FFF's trademark beer is certainly a great one.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 01:51:42 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of spaced


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. Pours a slightly dark reddish brown with a short head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Smell is a lot of piney and citrusy hops (not surprising). The taste is similar to the smell at first, with a delicious burst of citrusy hops, but it is soon followed by a little bit of malt sweetness. I can't discern much else from the malt except for the sweetness, but it really balances things out nicely. The mouthfeel has a bit of oiliness from the hops, which I like. The taste finishes out with more pleasantly bitter hops.

This beer tastes more like an IPA than an APA to me, but who cares, it tastes great and that's what counts, right? Whatever style this beer is, it manages to be balanced and (very) drinkable without skimping at all on the hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 05:54:39 | More by spaced
Photo of mmcave


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

Color: nice deep amber.
Head: Not thick or aggressive, it dissipates moderately fast.
Smell: like most Three Floyd's it has a strong bitter hops presence, which to me is pleasingly aromatic. No strong fruit notes on this one, maybe a hint of apple or carmel, but only if you feel imaginative.
Taste: Strong bitter hops, mild spices, fresh and clean. The finish is slightly dry, it absolutely leaves you wanting more, which I attribute to the bitter hops. This is an excellent beer, the taste lingers in your mouth and demands more.
Drinkability: This beer is great for a session, how ever the strength of the bitterness might get to you after some time, but not me. Like most Three Floyd's I find that I really enjoy the taste of my burps when drinking this beer.
Over all: this is a good beer from a great brewery not my favorite of their brews, but a damn good one.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 04:52:03 | More by mmcave
Photo of neelyjr1


3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A nice dark amber, pours with a very nice light rusty head.

S: Hoppy, citrusy, very little to no malt smell.

T: Sweet at first, although not a malt sweetness. The hops seem to come in towards the middle of the taste and really come through at the end, leaving a bitterness in the back and top of the mouth. You can taste notes of grapefruit, other citrus flavors.

M: Very nice mouthfeel, not too heavy that you can't get rid of it but not light enough to make you forget you ever drank any.

D: Excellent, I could drink these all night.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 00:19:22 | More by neelyjr1
Photo of DaveFL1976


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark honey body, crystal clear, with a long-lasting, sturdy head. A pretty beer. The smell is grapefruit with a strong malty bakground. Taste is intense on the aroma hops. Loads of citrus, but well balanced with sweet malt. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than I expected. Drinkability is really good. A well-balanced beer, but a bit chewier than I expected.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2006 14:45:39 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of mjc410


4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a case of this in my new-found quest for rare and exciting beers, and made a rather expensive discovery: potent hops do not suit me. So, a large portion of this beer sat in the basement for over a year, which has wildly improved it...

The pour into my La Moneuse tulip raises a dense one finger-plus head, which settles slowly to a still thick glass ring, with a few foam islands floating about. The light tan lacing is exceptionally thick and sudsy.

The bouquet is quite complex: grapefruit, orange cream (yes, that includes vanilla!), caramel, a little pine, and some hard-to-pinpoint floral scents.

Taste begins with a floral, fruity mix, then hits solid orange grapefruit territory, touches a little bitter, and ends with juicy caramel. This is a joy to drink, although not as intense as the nose. Perhaps a bit spicy from the alcohol, which manages to linger pleasantly in the aftertaste.

Has a fairly thick mouthfeel, and mild carbonation. Very smooth. Has an Englsih feel here.

Worlds of difference from the fresh version. Although I probably won't be buying this again, I am happy with my inadvertant experiment, and look forward to the rest of the bottles.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 20:55:36 | More by mjc410
Photo of PartyHatjo


3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy Orange/Copper hued beer with a sticky tan-white head.

Aroma: Orange/grapefruit hoppiness with some biscuit hints.

Taste: Citrus hops are the first thing you notice. But a good malt backbone is present. Light caramel and a breadiness define the malt. Doesn't seem to be an overly complex malt bill, but the simplicity is what makes it delicious.

Mouthfeel: Well-balanced brew. Bitterness hits early and late, but the medium bodied light sweetness balances it well.

Drinkability: Couldn't drink it all night, but wouldn't mind having a couple in a session.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 20:58:58 | More by PartyHatjo
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This tremendous beer pours a golden-red hazy color with a minimal head. The smell is huge and almost hits you in the face. Not over is it loaded with hops, buy there are many sweet notes almost like bubble gum in there. The taste is also huge. Very chewy with the amount of hops, but also little special additions of sweetness along with the hops. When its swallowed, the first 3 seconds have mostly a malty taste, then the hops take over and command the rest. These two tastes are surprisingly well balanced for such a big beer. A great beer that’s worthy of every bit of praise given to it on this site.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 23:32:19 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of BitteBier


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bold copper color and complete clarity stand out on the pour. An average amount of tight, off-white foam that falls away quickly but retains a bit of lace. The first note in the nose is a hoppy bite, but it rests atop a caramely malt base. Even more strongly hopped in the taste, though again the malt base waits patiently underneath and asserts itself more noticeably as your palate adjusts to the hops. A nice mouthfeel that balances between clean and oily. While this more resembles an IPA than a pale, I'm not complaining.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 21:43:30 | More by BitteBier
Photo of BretSikkink


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass. Beige head poured about two fingers (the first of my six pack may be a little too warm - the fridge was broken at the store). Very sticky lacing, I'll need to thoroughly rinse between beers.

All manner of hop character. With the high temperature, it becomes estery toward the end, and hints of caramel emerge. Mostly just those good old Three Floyds hops.

Awesome beer - I drank three the first night properly and slammed three on the golf course and I think they would be just as tasty and satisfying in any situation.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 03:42:09 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of beerphan


4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet
no date found.

Impressive slightly hazy copper color with a one inch fluffy bubbley white head, thin cloudy lace sticks to the glass right up to that final swig.

Floral and piney hops dominate the nose.

Taste citrusy fruity piney hops backed by subtle caramel malts, one wonderful combo. Nice bitterness on the back end, Very Yummy!

Mouthfeel is the perfect blend of refreshingly crisp beer but with a faint thickness as it slides downward and flushes up the dry hop bitterness that some seek.

A very drinkable apa that will be enjoyed at a soon to be session near you!!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 00:00:27 | More by beerphan
Photo of Redrover


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap from the home kegerator, served in an Imperial Pint glass, the beer is a dark bronze with a dense light copper head. Very good lacing.

The beer has a big aroma of hops (citrus & pine) back with sweet caramel.

The taste is bracing and attention getting. Nice bitterness with pine undertones. The beer is balanced by some semi-sweet malts that add a slightly sweet counterpoint. This is a hopped up APA and could easily fall into the IPA camp. Beer is complex with some slight molasses and citrus notes.

The mouth is pleasantly oily and a bit thick. Drinkabity is very nice. Session beer all the way. My favorite of the 3F’s regulars.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2006 00:56:41 | More by Redrover
Photo of mattgert


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

Poured a hazy amber into a pint glass, smells of citrus like many others have stated. Man does this stuff taste great. A nice slap of hops, floral aromas and malts. The hoppy aftertaste comes back for another round. Wow! There is no point in rambling any further. If you like APAs - GET SOME! Simply delicious. This is the best beer I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 20:39:12 | More by mattgert
Photo of PorterLambic


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, coppery-orange. A light tan head nearly 2" high leaves nice lace.
Smell is malt, yeast, fruit(citrus, green apple & raisin), hops and floral.
Taste is malt, hops,fruit, floral with an alcohol note and yeast.
Smooth-ish, kind of dry with a hoppy/yeasty aftertaste and a hint of malt. Decent hop note with out overpowering this medium bodied offering. A very good beer, too bad they don't sell in FL, I had to drive this home. Well, what else was I gonna do on vacation?

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 18:29:27 | More by PorterLambic
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the Alpha King pours a hazy amber/orange color, with around a half inch or so off-white head. The main aroma I get from this is citrusy hops (grapefruit), with a little spicyness too. It tastes hoppy with citrus being the main flavor, and with a bit of caramel sweetness in there too. There's a bitter finish/aftertaste, but it wasn't as strong as I expected (not that I'm complaining). The mouthfeel is kinda slick, with medium body. It's a pretty drinkable beer. Overall it's pretty good, you can't go wrong with this!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 00:15:07 | More by bluejacket74
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 4,770 ratings.