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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

5,122 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,122
Reviews: 1,675
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 867
Gots: 558 | FT: 26
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 dill
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a bottle into a pint glass, looking forward to this hoppy pale ale at the end of the day. There wasn't a lot on the nose initially, but it had a nice white head on top of the golden beer. I was surprised by how creamy it was in the mouth. I was also expecting something a bit more hoppy, but what I got was just a nice American pale ale that I'd happily enjoy again.

dill, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of avaulteriam
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge hop presence in the nose, with much to offer in the malt department. Taste is quite sweet with huge hops to make it nice and bitter. I actually used to prefer this from the bottle slightly more, as it is less sweet, but now tap is where it's at. At any rate, an amazing session ale.

avaulteriam, May 29, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear amber color with a thin white head. Poor retention and no real lace.

Aroma is very nice. A nice citrusy hop profile, with a little maltiness and a touch of alcohol.

The taste is pretty nice. A piney hop bitterness with a little maltiness. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bright tingley carbonation smack.

Drinkability is fairly high. Low alcohol levels and great flavor make the beer easy to consume, bitterness will limit the amount of consumption however.

Goliath, May 29, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice clear amber/copper color with a off white colored head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S- Sweet malts, floral notes and some citrusy hops.

T- Very nice. Starts out with a nice citrus hop taste and then is balanced out by a malt flavour.

M- Medium in body and good carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink. Very refreshing.

nrbw23, May 25, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really unique black and orange label with the green "Alpha King" dropping hops into a fizzy concoction. Looks tasty without even opening it. No freshness date seen, pry off top.

Appearance- Pour a rich, dark amber/apricot with minial haziness. Pushing the color limit for an APA. No chunks or sediment detected, just a nice offwhite 1/8 inch head which hangs around and keeps you company.

Smell - Orange, grapefruit & sour pine mixed with an array of sweet malts. Smells like it's got a lot of hops going on, for a beer considered to be an American Pale Ale, and not an IPA.

Taste- Heavenly balanced spike of bitter citrus mixed with sweet toasted malts. Hints of caramel and grapefruit, as well. Slight alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Yum,medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Hop wax sticking at the back of my throat for a few minutes after drinking. Super refreshing.

Drinkability - Delightful. If you are ready for a beer that pushes the flavor limit on a traditional American Pale Ale, this is the one.

I can drink this all night long, very enjoyable. No wonder it's Three Floyds flagship beer. Fantastic.

beachbum1975, May 24, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours murky caramel honey, spongy off white head about .5 inches. Reduces to ring. Persistent lacing.

S - Deep sweetness and citrus hops.

T - For me, many beers start sweet and balance to bitter. This one starts sweet, quickly goes hop bitter and the sweet malt core comes up the back and mellows it out. I like the transitions.
A little sour note was noticed that I didn't think really went with the flavor profile.

M - Good carb, medium body, good coating.

D - Not cloying, fun beer. Easy to drink. The sour note is my only dent in this tasty beer.

srandycarter, May 23, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cheers to joe1510 for this beauty!

Poured an orangey caramel with 3+ fingers of rocky sand colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: resiny pine & breadyness, fades a bit as it warms

T: Resiny pine, doughy malt, & orange & leafy hops up front. Toffee, dryness & grapefruit as this warms along with caramel & a hint of booze. Finishes fruitty with nice toffee & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation & great balance

Drinkability was great, a very well put together APA

russpowell, May 19, 2008
Photo of lehows
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given to me by Rich at Bellport Beer (he acquired some through beer trading), the beer poured an orange amber color with a small off-white head. Wonderful and balanced hop aromas emanate off the top of this beer. Wow! This tastes more like an IPA than an APA and it's great. The hop flavor is very rich and not abrasive at all. I even noticed a slight caramel or chocolate note in the hop finish. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Definitely one of the best American Pale Ale's I've had.

lehows, May 19, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of dschuster at the 5/1/08 BA Gathering at Catskellar.

Appearance - pours a caramel orange color, a big fluffy head with a smooth creamy top sets up. It hangs around a while, leaving a nice layer of lace as it sowly fades.

Aroma - great burst of floral and pine.

Taste - caramel malt, biscuity start. A slight sweetness is quickly replaced by the pungent, spicy hops. Slightly citrus to start, they quickly turn bitter, pushing a bit into the medicinal range. Resiny, piny aftertaste, gets better as the palate gets accustomed. Finishes resiny, dry and bitter, even a touch warm.

Mouthfeel - some slickness, crisp carbonation, somewhat weighty.

Drinkability - wire-to-wire goodness. A great beer to get a quick hop fix but really not something I could session at length.

brewdlyhooked13, May 18, 2008
Photo of iconoklaztor
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a sixer of this great brew. This beer is a gift from FFF that I'm happy to get. It's hoppy and balanced. It has hints of grapefruit and a little, subtle, carmel taste as well.

This is a great brew!

Overall, its a great session or go to beer. I really enjoy it.

iconoklaztor, May 13, 2008
Photo of brdc
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at their location, on tap.

Dark golden with ruby overtones, and a white sticky head, just like from the bottle.
Nose is hoppy, fruity as expected, but the malts are quite noticeable as well, adding some sweetness, earthy/grainy features to balance it out. It feels very fresh, with a more pronounced fuitiness when compared to the bottle, which is an improvement.
Taste is very well-balanced just like the bottle; hoppy and, fruity but also at times malty and even somewhat sweet. Dry finish, but here, compared to the bottle, the fruitiness and bitterness feel a bit more noticeable, and it lingers for a bit longer.
Medium, creamy on the palate, it is very flavorful and well-hopped, but the malts are not ignored and maintain a very flavorful balance, although comparing to the bottle, the hops are a lit bit more upfront.
Impressive, even better than the bottle version.

brdc, May 12, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Getting an opportunity to try this bit of a cult classic... shame Three Floyds don't service Virginia anymore.

A: A nice, deeper golden pour... the slightest bit of a fogginess. About a finger tall, rather creamy head with some spots of lacing.

S: Grapefruit citrus in front... a little bit of a floral aroma in there. Some mild malts bring a bit of balance (at least enough to be expected for the style)

T + M: This is amazingly clean and refreshing... something I did not expect in the least. Citrus hops, with an underlying piney flavour to the hops. A bit of a creamy malt profile in there to keep things in check... but it's a pretty relaxed enforcer, in that sense!

D: A nice job from this brewery, and a pleasure to have tried. It makes me wish it were still here even more, as it would make for a great, easy-going - though perhaps a little high to be sessionable - drink to enjoy in casual conversation on the patio.

Proteus93, May 08, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brilliantly clear amber with a dense head of white that leaves behind thick sheets of lace.

Smell: Loaded with citrus and pine, a hint of fresh herbs and the slightest bready malt foundation linger beneath.

Taste & mouthfeel: This is a pale ale? Dry and ultra-hoppy, this drinks more like an American IPA. Oily hops present flavors of grapefruit and lemon peel that segue into a resiny bitter finish. Malts are subdued and provide little more than a foundation for the hops - I wouldn't call this balanced, but it's delicious.

largadeer, May 07, 2008
Photo of genog
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to sample this on tap at the Map Room.

Poured a light ruby red amber color with a great sparkling body and sudsy light colored hear. Smell was very grainy with spicy citrusy hops that jump through. Taste is a balanced IPA with plenty of hops present as well as a strong grain bill. Some lemongrass comes through as well making this a really smooth mouth feeling. Drinkability is really high and this is one of my favorite sessionable beers if only it was more available in Ohio.

genog, May 02, 2008
Photo of tiger88
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on draft the night before DLD and on DLD as well. Liked it and bought a 6 pack to bring home. I initially ordered this one to come down off my Alpha Kong high. It was a very pleasant APA. It was a clear, golden-orange with a nice, fluffy white head. It left a little lacing as the beer disappeared from my glass. A strong hop aroma did not translate into an overwhelming hoppy taste, which I was glad of since the Kong almost destroyed my tastebuds. It was a clean, crisp tasting pale ale. Light in the mouth with minimal aftertaste, this beer would be a great addition to my regular rotation....if I didn't live in Alabama.

tiger88, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 04/25/08/.

Pours a hazy medium gold with a two finger, white (light yellow?) head.

Aroma is soapy.

Flavor is restrained but interesting. Some caramel maltiness and strong but smoothly bitter. Juicy, whistle-whetting brew.

Well balanced, very drinkable.

charlzm, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of unholy2
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

once again three floyds doesnt not let me down this pale ale was hoppier then i thought it was going to be it poured a nice amber color with nice lacing around the glass.This truely is one of the best pale ale i have had.I would recommend getting a hold of this best to have a good session to. It saddens me that I only had one

unholy2, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of sativen poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear deep copper with a small bubbly head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing. A few bubbles sit out on the top for the duration of the session.

S: A big floral, citrus hoppy aroma dominated by grapefruit and pine. Nice sweet malty aroma in the background to balance this out.

T: Just as in the smell, the taste is dominated by the huge floral and citrus hops - orange, grapefruit, pine, etc. Despite the big hop profile, the balance in the taste is provide by the subtle sweet malts that take over after the initial hop blast.

M: Medium bodied, creamy with a perfect moderate carbonation that just tickled the tongue. Not too sticky but definitely syrupy sweet with the perfect hop bitterness contrast.

D: This would be a staple in my fridge if I had access to it. It is an extremely drinkable APA and I could drink a few of these in a sitting. Highly recommended!

gford217, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of SQNfan
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper to amber in color the beer poured a 1/2" tight head that dissipated slowly. The nose was filled with piney hops followed by a bit of grapefruit, spice and caramel. These flavors cointinue into the mouth which was concentrated and had good weight though remained light on its feet. The midpalate had richness and sweetness to it which gradually turned dry toward the finish. This is a really well made beer that I could drink all of the time.

SQNfan, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of YonderWanderer
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a nice clear copper with a finger's worth of foam. Smell if of citrus, a hint of pine, some resin, and a nice malt backbone. Taste follows suit - incredible balance in this brew. Hops lead the way, with a nice citrus and pine flavors, followed by a caramel and toasted malt flavor. Great balance in this once. Drinks smooth with a nice crisp finish. This is a great pale ale, and if it were available, I'd likely drink it on a regular basis. Another great brew from Three Floyds.

YonderWanderer, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty pint glass

A -Hazy dark amber/copper-colored body with massive two-finger foamy off-white head that left tons of thick lacing around the glass. Mild amount of carbonation present.

S - Big, bold citrus aroma with a hefty amount of piney notes, as well as sweet caramel and toasted malts. Very aromatic and well-balanced aroma.

T - Blend of citrus and piney hops balanced by a sweet caramel malt backbone. Finishes with a moderate citrus bitterness and a nice toasted malt aspect.

M - Medium body with a pretty creamy texture and a touch of oily hop residue. Carbonation is spot-on, producing a mild tingly sensation on the tongue. Finish is moderately bitter and dry, and lasts well into the aftertaste. There's also the slightest bit of heat from the alcohol content.

D - Drinks almost like an IPA. This is quite the hopped up pale ale, certainly worthy of being Three Floyd's flagship beer. This brew is highly drinkable and extremely flavorful.

ffejherb, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of kdmorse
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer. After moving to California, I started to miss the classic beers of the Midwest. The West Coast is known for hops, but Three Floyds does this Pale Ale just right.

Fruity, beautiful and complex all-around. One of the best Pale Ales I've had. Hits the spot and is easy to drink.

kdmorse, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cleary and glassy amber/orange color. Nice but brief foamy white head. Looks like triaminic.

Serious pine-oil hop aroma. Bitter but also flowery sweet. Really perfect. West Coast hops are sweet smelling and inviting. Perfect sweet-bitter balance.

Major blast of bitter, woody hops and a splash of alcohol. A little burn on the way down. Very strong. Hop flavor is sweet at first, then bitter. Slaps with the bitter, but mellows out at the end.

Remains on the tongue after the swallow. Thick and a tiny bit fizzy but goes down smooth. It's a superior beer.

williamherbert, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of bgramer
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass with a copper head that has orange highlights. The white head was about a finger thick - nice lacing on the glass. There's a strong orange grapefruit aroma with a roast malt and caramels. There's definitely a hops presence, but this is very balanced and clean with a crisp finish.

This is a great session beer. I'd like to always have a 6-pack handy in my fridge.

bgramer, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Strangely enough, I've had this great beer many times and never officially reviewed it. It is time.

Clear orange-gold under a slim off-white lid that settles quickly.
So sweet fresh orangey-apricot smell with a nicely toasted and caramel malt backbone, then some piney hops.
Sweet caramel and orangey-pineapplicot flavor with toasted grains and a good amount citrus rind and piney hop bitterness on the back end. Medium bodied with an oily smoothness and a fuzzily sharp carbonation.

This one is simply damn good. IPA? APA? Who cares? A mainstay in my fridge that everyone should get to enjoy regularly.

Slynger, Apr 08, 2008
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 5,122 ratings.