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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

4,938 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,938
Reviews: 1,668
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 842
Gots: 502 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2000)
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AylwinForbes

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%

We have had the Alpha King all over, in bottle and on-tap, at the brewery and other places, but I don't think we had it from the cask before. What a fantastic beer! Nice dark amber with a good froth in the glass. The smell is full, hoppy and floral. On the palate, all the good things of Alpha King are emphasized in this super-smooth and drinkable brew, floral hops, fruit, length. I was reminded of Fuller's London Pride and Brakspears (RIP) in particular as examples of a complex fruity bitter.

01-28-2008 22:51:15 | More by AylwinForbes
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

Balanced hop aroma without residual bitterness. Heads up decently. Nice malt tones combine with hops of the style to make a beer that's scarily drinkable. Very clean mouthfeel. Has always been one of my favorites; for an IPA this drinks waaaayyy too easily.

01-27-2008 15:21:04 | More by IBUnit63
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Finally getting to some of the Three Floyds brews. A golden amber pour is topped off by a one-finger tan head that dissipates in it's own good time leaving a jagged lacing behind. Smells of bold, citrusy hops which are rounded at the edge and present perfectly. I've never experienced this aroma in an APA. It's of a different class. Tastes of grapefruit covered with table sugar. The hop bitterness that follows is actually icing on the cake. I'm so enjoying drinking this one that I find it hard to write. Mouthfeel is smooth and comforting, but it also leaves you feeling like you're drinking a real-mans beer. There's something going on here that sets this one apart from the rest of the pack, and that's a mighty big pack we're speaking of.

01-26-2008 00:05:00 | More by stephens101
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clabaugh

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with garnet hues. The head is a fluffy two fingers, with coloration like that of lightly toasted meringue. The head retains well, while the lacing is hearty.

Smell: The citrusy hops reveal themselves quite clearly, accompanied by roasted barley malts that balance the aroma. Orange peel, ripe apricot, and a subtle zestiness provided a spice that I can't quite identify. Very pleasant.

Taste: The hops infuse the beer with a citric bittersweetness. Flavors of grapefruit and apricot predominate. There is also a very satisfying roasted nuttiness that pulls through to add some heft to the taste. The finish is mostly bitter, but also contains notes of barley malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slick on the tongue. Warming to the palate and throat.

Drinkability: Well balanced, striking a satisfying compromise between refreshment and satiation. An excellent brew that is an exemplar of the style.

01-25-2008 23:18:04 | More by clabaugh
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Scoobydank

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.1%

L: The beer itself is a dark orange amber color. The head is a light off white.
S:I am picking up a combination or apricots and grapefruit. Niehter of which totally stick out.
T:The hops a nice floral on the back. Those are matched up and balanced well with a touch of sweet malt.
M:Like many pale ales, this one is big fat, round and syrupy.
D:This is probably one of the best pale ales I have had.

01-24-2008 17:47:59 | More by Scoobydank
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udubdawg

Kansas

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz bottle

Pours a light amber color with a white frothy head. The points I detracted for the fleeting nature of the head (although the initial lacing was pretty good) were easily made up by the vibrant color and excellent clarity.

Kinda, sorta, slightly hoppy aroma here! Dominated by grapefruit hop varieties, with each sip demanding a requisite sniff first. (almost) distrating from the flavor. Excellent, and I can't bring myself to downgrade it for not being very "Pale Ale-ish"

This is a great tasting beer, whatever it is. The hop assault fails to quite match that projected by the aroma, but only just. Also, where I only got hops in the nose, there is a solid pale sweet malt backbone easily noted here behind the citric hops attack. Quite crisp, obviously refreshing, and nothing "off" in the lingering bitterness of the finish.

At times I find myself thinking the beer is a bit thin, but the body seems to suit it. Carbonation is slightly on the low side, and as such I have trouble not draining the glass in one motion. Wish this was available locally, but then so do BA's in about 43 other states!

01-21-2008 02:20:53 | More by udubdawg
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

Thanks to tpd975 for the chance to try it, it was a bonus beer!

Pours a copper/orange color with plenty of head and a little bit of lace.

Smell is quite floral, plenty of hop aroma with a citrus edge.

Considering how strong the hop smell was, I expect more bitterness from the hops but well pleasantly surprised at how balanced it was with the sweetness of the malt. Though that's not to say there's a lack of it, cause there's plenty of hops going through.

01-14-2008 22:00:36 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%

I've had this a number of times but never had the occasion to review it. This review is based on a some I had on draft at the Map Room. Poured an orange/amber with a thin head that faded to a ring that stuck around. Smells of fruity apricot, cherry, a touch of rhubarb, with citrus as a top note. The taste is beautifully balanced and fruity,similar flavors as those found in the aroma, with cherry, vanilla, and citrus being especially pronounced. Nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, perfectly carbonated, a little rich. My absolute favorite session beer.I would have this around all the time if it were available in my area.

01-13-2008 00:33:44 | More by Georgiabeer
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atrus138

Kentucky

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%

Had this on tap at Sportstime Pizza. Reddish bronze color, with a thin white head that disappeared before too long. Slightly hazy. Moderate lacing. Smell is a wonderful harbinger of what is to come. VERY hoppy, mainly citrus. If I thought that the nose was hoppy, it was nothing compared to how it actually tasted. This bad boy is like a hop bomb. Amazing. The hop flavors actually come at you harder and faster after you swallow, kind of like when a roller coaster goes down the first big hill. Thicker on the mouthfeel than most pale ales, though this is definitely a good thing. With such a low ABV, this is easily sessionable. One of my new favorites, especially when I'm craving hops.

01-11-2008 20:28:59 | More by atrus138
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nanchen

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%

This was a delicious, smooth, go-to beer. Poured a deep, rich amber orange. You can see through it, but only dimly.

I didn't really observe the head too much, but it seemed fairly standard. Had a few centimeters and then disappeared.

Aroma was definitely fruity or hoppy, some floral elements and really a treat to smell. Oranges, slightly caramel or toffee scents lend a more smooth texture to the smell. The hops don't become overpowering because of this.

The taste was similar in that you can definitely taste the hops, but they are not so prominent as to be the star. They mix well with the maltiness and some toffee, creamyness and make for a very easy to drink beer.

01-08-2008 17:38:18 | More by nanchen
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Overlord

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

This is a pale ale? If it was indicative of the style, I might actually try pale ales more often.

Pours a clear, vibrant burnt orange. Nice inch or two head that dissipates to a thin film and good lacing.

Smells of grapefruit and pine. The taste is a bit more balanced, though it has a ridiculous amount of hoppy goodness for a pale ale. Some sweet caramel malt for balance, and even a splash of orange ... or maybe something tropical ... as well.

A good beer, my favorite of this style.

01-07-2008 06:06:10 | More by Overlord
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TheodorHerzl

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

Pours a nice deep orange with a nice frothy white head that dissipates and leaves good lacing on the walls of my pint glass. Fantastic floral hoppy nose with big scents of citrus fruit and some sweet malt lagging behind. The scent is very vibrant and fresh. Great citrus hop bite at the front of the palate with tastes of grapefruit and fresh tangerines with just the right touch of sweet biscuity malt to round everything out. Medium bodied with medium carbonation that is smooth, crisp, and clean. A good session beer that goes well about anytime you could want.

Great beer from the boys in Munster. I award them with having this in my fridge at all times.

01-06-2008 02:16:13 | More by TheodorHerzl
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -14.3%

Thanks go out to SPLITGRIN for this one.

Served from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear, bronze color beer is dispensed and topped with a one finger sized, white head that dissipates rather abruptly into a light film, with large bubbles on top. Looks like a glass of sweet tea.

Aroma is fruity and piney. Orange juice and caramel. A nice malty background on this one. Pretty aromatic. Perhaps more citrusy than anything else. Not bad.

Not quite as hoppy as the aromas would lend. Possibly due in part to some dry hopping. Slightly bitter. Flavors consist of a caramel maltiness as well as some fresh grain and malt flavors. Decent amount of hop flavor as well.

Finishes dry and is light bodied. Certianly nothing wrong with this one but nothing mind blowing either. I would recommend this as a nice, solid, everyday beer.

01-04-2008 19:48:34 | More by SaCkErZ9
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

Yet again, another kick ass offering from these guys... Every one of their beers that I try makes me wish I could get this stuff around here.

Beautiful copper color with a very small head.

Smells faintly hoppy with a solid maltiness as well.

The hops in this one doesnt immediately rush to the forefront. It starts nice and subtle with a nice malts/hop balance and it finishes hoppy and it's almost like the hops linger around in the background with you... for a long time....

If I could get this beer, it would easily, and I mean easily, be my session beer of choice. I'm glad I got to try this one.

EDIT: not nearly as impressive from growler... tapped 3 days ago and this tastes.... older?

01-04-2008 18:10:28 | More by Tilley4
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Eirerate

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured a really nice amber color with a decent head. Wonderful floral, hoppy smell with some citrus aromas. Great taste, not overpowering at all with just a slightly sweet finish. Good balance on the carbonation. Very drinkable, could easily go though one after another after another. Will gladly buy more when I find it.

01-02-2008 20:28:06 | More by Eirerate
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a hazed golden amber. Nose seems to have apricots on it. Flavor is heavy with hops with the apricot present on the palate as well. Just as with other hop happy brews, you get that taste of hops lodged in the back of your mouth and it lingers. Feel is great. I get a silky smooth texture that slides over my tongue. Oh so drinkable. A hop lover and a craft brew lovers dream. Awesome beer.

12-30-2007 15:25:56 | More by RblWthACoz
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Monsone

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

A - Pours a nice copper hue with a big white head. Leaves nice lace.

S - I guess there must be hops in there, cause I can smell 'em. A little bit of sweet carmel malt too.

T - Nice orangy, citrus hop flavors. Good carmel malt backbone.

M - Good carbo with a medium body

D - Pretty drinkable for that much hops.

Overall, my favortie APA so far. Hopefully it will be easier to locate with the upcomming brewery expansion.

12-28-2007 22:08:03 | More by Monsone
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CDBeerDisappear

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Cloudy copper in color with minimal head. Unmistakable aroma of grapefruit over sweet malt that develops into a honey candy smell. The taste is very balanced and smooth with a nice dry finish. There is more carbonation than I would have suspected from the almost non-existent head. This is as drinkable a beer as any I’ve had. It is about to be added to my list of beers to always have on hand.

12-27-2007 00:26:43 | More by CDBeerDisappear
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pwoods

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Big thanks to ahatcher78 for this extra. Off my wants list and everyone.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. I don't see any dating.

A: Pours an IPAish golden oranger. A bit hazy but more of a glow. More than 2 fingers of rocky white head form strong and holds on for quite a bit. Solitary little chunks of lacing form a neat pattern.

S: Very citrus-y, orange, grapefruit, without harsh resins... just a very clean hop freshness. Some sweet malts in the back.

T/M: Nice controlled hop bitterness with plenty of citrus. A surprising pepper spice bite that's nicely controlled as well. Some bread-y malts that are slightly sweet come in the even things out. Body is medium light and lively carbonation maintains this.

D: A simple brew that just does everything right. Probably the best of its style that I've had. Too bad this isn't available in my area. Would make a great session brew and I'd love to bring this to gatherings to try and convert some people.

12-21-2007 01:46:24 | More by pwoods
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jeffmonarch

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Cloudy ice tea brown with a white head that has some good staying power. There is a nice lace when the head does start to fade.

S - Hops, hops, hops and some more wonderful hops.

T - Wow, this is an amazingly good pale ale. Enormous hop flavor with a slightly fitter finish.

M - Full bodied with great bite and a great finish.

D - I generally don't care for pale ales because of the finish. It's usually too bitter but this is great. It has a little bitterness but much less than most pale ales. I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves beer.

12-16-2007 02:30:53 | More by jeffmonarch
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Steaks

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%

our of a bottle into a nice pint glass of my friend's. the beer pours a nice dark amber. a small thin white head and it goes good with chicken fingers and watching THE WIRE on a cold winter night. pretty dark for a pale ale but it goes down fairly smooth. good beer.

12-14-2007 03:41:53 | More by Steaks
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drseamus

New York

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

Nice darker amber fairly reddish body topped with a very nice thick foamy white head. Perhaps a touch dark for a pale ale in general, but a picturesque beer none the less. Good citrusy aroma but it could be stronger. The flavor is wicked smooth and tasty. Good amount of citrus flavor and a bunch of malt with some caramel. I could drink this stuff all day long. This is a great beer to go with the quesadilla I'm eating right now.

12-09-2007 04:47:17 | More by drseamus
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ryantupy

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass
Wow what a great hoppy pale ale!
A - Pours out a nice amber orange color, slightly hazy and boastes a nice off white rocky head.
S - Hops and more hops. Hop aromas are strong with citrus and a mild sweetness. Also present is a nice sweet floral aroma, very fresh. Malt is there but only slightly.
T - Tastes of citrus hops with a nice clean bitterness. Floral hints are present and not to mention a nice sweet caramel malt hint almost masked by the hoppy finish.
D - Very drinkable beer that has such a good flavor you will easily drink more and more.

12-05-2007 01:46:13 | More by ryantupy
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t0rin0

California

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

This came from a 12 oz bottle purchased at lone hill liquor. It pours a very nice reddish copper color that is quite clear. There is an off white foam that builds up and stays in the glass for a while. Nice lacing. The beer smells great. It reminds me of the first barleywine I brewed a year ago. Malty and I'm almost positive that I'm smelling columbus hops in there. Theres a faint hint of alcohol on the nose as well.

The taste was almost as impressive. Very malty and hoppy. Fairly bitter, with a smooth sweet aftertaste. Good body to this beer, nice and heavy. Very drinkable. The heavy body and bitterness is surprising coming from the East Coast.

11-30-2007 05:05:27 | More by t0rin0
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younger35

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%

Received this beer in a trade with ClockworksOrange. Love Three Floyds and have been wanting to suck down this bad boy for quite some time. Drank from my Deschutes Black Butte Porter pint glass while watching the Broncos vs. Titans game.

Appearance- Poured a very nice copper orange with a huge two finger dirty white head. Recedes fairly quickly but leaves a great cap and collar along with a buttload of foamy lacing.
Smell- This thing is loaded with tons of fresh citrus in the form of grapefruit and tangerines. I’d swear this brew had 200% of our daily value of vitamin C. Maybe a tiny bit of sweet bread in the background but not much.
Taste- Terrific citrus bitterness starts on the tongue before it gets a nice sweet fruitiness. Lots of fresh grapefruit and lemon zest that gives way to a nice mellow pineapple/strawberry/orange fruit. Maybe a tiny bit of caramel in the background but I think I might be pushing it. The hop is in charge here as it leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Nice body that is full yet remains light and crisp. Nice carbonation that tickles the tongue.
Drinkability- This brew really reminds me of the “fresh hop” ales that come out around harvest season. What sets it apart is the depth in the flavor. It’s not a one trick hop pony like some of those fresh hopped brews. Big thanks to ClockworksOrange! Awesome brew!

11-20-2007 03:28:01 | More by younger35
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