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Alpha King - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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5,350 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,350
Reviews: 1,687
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 874
Gots: 634 | 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:
A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness. This is our flagship beer.

68 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2000)
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Photo of jaxon53
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved from brandoman63 from the brews-n-tunes summer '07 tour. Served slightly chilled in a pint glass from a twelve ounce bottle. Poured a deep copper orange , almost brown color. A thick, tight, two finger off-white head formed with a rather easy pour. Awesome nose on this one, very bitter hop aroma, grapefruit, pine, pineapple, with a nice balancing malt aroma to it. Taste was more of the same. Piney hops, mild citrus fruit notes, and somewhat grainy. Very well balanced in my opinion, mild carbonation, and some well hidden alcohol. Mouthfeel was full bodied, thick, and pleasant. Drinkability was great. An easy beer to sit down and enjoy.

Photo of TexIndy
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a care package from my now favorite brother-in-law along with Dreadnaught and Expedition Stout. Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating system. Was a hazy copper color with a few bits of yeast floating in there. Had a decent head that settled to a thin film with good lacing. The smell was very hoppy and citric (either grapefruit or tangering). Really had more of a IPA smell than an APA as mentioned in other reviews. Definitely set the table for what to expect. The taste was also really good and more along an IPA than APA line. Good hops, good citric but had a slightly too bitter finish for me. Overall, an excellent beer and recommend trying. (4, RB, T, Y)

Photo of chadspivey
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to malcontent for the opportunity.

A: pours a dark copper orange color with a 1.5 finger beige head. Good lacing. 4

S: citrus notes, and a good hop profile. the malt is quite evident too. 4

T: A very refreshing pale ale. there's a lot of malt to make up for the hoppiness. 4

M: the hops sting quite a bit. medium body. good carbonation. 4

D: I could drink a lot of these. But I wouldn't because they're so hard for me to get that I only drink one at a time.

Personally, I think dreadnaught kicks this one's ass in taste. This is still a very nice and refreshing pale ale though.

Photo of mdm46410
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer poured a hazy, dark amber/copper color with a minimal tan head that faded slowly, leaving a bit of light lace. The aroma is something to behold. It consisted of grapefruit, peach, and roasted malt. Just a beautiful, big citrus/floral hop experience. The flavor is more of the same. Nice hop bitterness, balanced out by the roasted malts and some citrus sweetness. The beer has minimal carbonation with a medium to full-body. It doesn’t get much better than this. A must try from Three Floyds!

Photo of BeerTruth
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nchrist13 and tpd975 for this one!

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a somewhat murky burnt copper with a very generous two fingered off white head that takes a good while to die down to a nice lacing. Stickiness is very good, stays all over. Smell has alot of grapefuit, pine, and floral aromas in the nose. Extremely crisp odor. Flavor is so balanced. Starts off with the grapefruit then the pale malt comes through and blances it out so well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. So clean in the mouth. Drinkability is amazing, this is a pale ale? I'm thinking more like an IPA but who cares about labels, this beer is amazing.

Photo of zeff80
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a burgandy/amber color with a small, short-lived, white head. It left very nice lace.

S - It smelled strongly of citrus. Also, notes of grass, malt and sweetness.

T - It tasted very hoppy (Cascade). Also, a good dose of bitterness. The roasted malt flavor was outstanding, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This truly is an outstanding tasting APA. I was surprised at the lackluster appearance, but maybe that was a fluke.

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

The cap actually took a bit of effort to pry off, it was on there pretty well, and released quite a large hiss when it did come off. It poured a deep orange, almost clear, but ever so slightly hazy. The head picked up quite some steam in the last 1/3 of the pour, forming a couple finger, semi-rocky head, though it did dwindle down into a cap fairly fast. Good lacing was left on the glass as well.

The aroma was of fruity citrus, plain and simple. The hops exert themselves very nicely. The taste is a punch of juicy berry and citrus at the beginning that transitions ever so nicely into pine at the end. No lingering bitterness present here.

The mouthfeel was ok. This bottle was well carbonated but the carbonation only exerts itself on the very tip of the tongue at the start of each sip. Towards the back end it feels a bit too smooth, if that's possible, but still good overall. Just a fantastically flavorful pale ale without being too over-the-top for the style. I was leery about the hype, not having tried anything from Three Floyd's before, but this was superb.
4.5 / 4.5 / 5 / 4 / 4.5

Just had another bottle last night. I'm not as big on this beer now as I was when I originally had it. It's good. It's pretty tasty, but it's more like an interestingly hopped amber ale. Easy to drink though.
Ratings adjusted to:
4 / 4 / 4 / 4 / 4.5

Photo of tpd975
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yet another thanks to my brother for smuggling this baby across state lines and into Florida.

A: A lovely rusty amber color with a nice 2 finger head that disappers to nearly nothing. Left lacing all the way down the glass; Beautiful.

S: Hops are yelling at me from the bottom of this glass. Grass, Pine, and citrus come wafting from this pint.

T: This brew is dominated by hops and pine. It has a slight citrus finish that makes it very refreshing.

M: This baby is pretty hoppy for a regular IPA. The mouthfeel is medium but the finish is oh so refreshing.

D: Yep! This baby goes down like a champ. I get as much as I can via the brother pipeline on his trips to Florida, but not enough to make it regularly sessionable. If it were this would be my session beer.

Overall: Come on its 3 Floyds you know it has to be great. What I like about this beer is it pushes the edge for IPA's. It has enough hops to push it on the verge of a DIPA without going too far. The taste is wonderful and they go down sooo smootly. I proclaim this beer sessionable and great!

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bold, bronze in color with a small, cream-colored head. A slight haze caused by bottle conditioning (atleast thats what the bottle told me).

A boldly citrusy aroma. Hops, hops, and hops.

Similar to the smell, the flavor is huge on citrus hops. A bit piney. Really an outstanding flavor. Good stuff, real good stuff.

Excellent, ok heck, perfect mouthfeel for this beer. Just a touch over medium-bodied with superb carbonation. Hoppy, clean, and refreshing.

Great drinkability here, but like most pale ales in my diet these days, a couple in a row may be the max.

Photo of tapman
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I get that the 3Fs make decent brews, but why the hefty price tag for the big bottles? Oh well, as for their more affordable Alpha King...

Pours rusty-red and orange hues towards the lighter bottom of the glass. Not much head at 1 finger, but the lacing sticks with it pretty well.

The aromas are citrus and grass with hints of pomegranate for that not-too-sweet fruitiness.

I believe the hops I'm getting are cascade, the most abundant American hop unless I am mistaken then please tell me. Earthy/grassy tartness with a bit of an alcohol sting. There is a sea-saltiness that compliments the bread-like malt back.

The carbonation is crispy. Overall the beer is creamy and smooth with a stingy finish.

Quite decent. I could enjoy 2-3 of these before the taste buds need a break from being worked so hard. I look forward to trying the $17 bottles one day, but for now this will do just fine.

Photo of ChrisA
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfortunately for Alpha King I drank this right after I had my first Bell's Two Hearted. It's very difficult to go from a tremendous IPA like that to a Pale Ale. Since I love the hops, I was disappointed in the taste of Alpha King. In retrospect, It was probably much better than I realized and actually stood up well for being an APA. As far as pale ales go, this should be a solid offering. But why drink Pale Ales when you can drink IPA's?

Photo of letsgopens
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pale ale pours a light golden amber with nice pearl head that diminishes relatively quickly with decent lace. Fairly standard, but a bit more textured than many brews of this style.

A nice bite and appetizing hoppiness greets the nostril once the head has receded. Light fruits, citrus, hops, and pine.

Flavor-wise, this ale is clean and refreshing with a nice, very pronounced hoppiness and a bit of alcohol. Some fruit in the finish, lemon and other undistinguished citrus tang and spicy pine.

Bright and refreshing, but retaining some nice body, with natural carbonation. A great pairing with fish or chicken on the grill this summer. Another success from the fine folks at Three Floyd's.

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

Having read about 3 Floyds and not finding it where I live, I was very happy to have finally tried this. Alpha King Pale Ale is the first of this brewery's beers I am trying.

Great copper color, and capped with a nice 1 finger head that quickly subsided.

Wonderful floral aroma, inviting me to take a drink.

Full flavor, great mouthfeel. The malty sweetness is there for just a second before the hops lets you know what this beer is all about -but in a balanced way.

This beer is really good...I wish I had another...

Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: A vigorous pour reveals a creamy, two-finger head that caps a cloudy, copper-colored body. The head gradually recedes to a clumpy skim that provides a decent amount of lace.

S: Piney! Pine forest aroma right off the bat that plays host to the perfect amount of caramel malt and a pinch of sweet, juicy, pineapple.

T: Fresh cut pine boughs mixed with the perfect amount of sweet caramel malt, a toasted bread quality, freshly mown grass, pineapple, and a hint of tangy red apple.

M: Juicy and oily at the very beginning that turns dry and spicy towards the middle and continues on into the finish. There is a delicious lingering bitterness, on the tongue, that sticks around for ages.

D: To me, this is just about as close to perfection as you can get in an APA. Perfectly balance between smell, taste, and mouthfeel. An absolute joy to drink. This is so good it should be illegal.

Photo of crayphish
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The best part of the FFF label is the little map! Alpha King appears rusty copper, a thin cap of foam quickly dwindles to nothing. No lacing. Smell is floral hops and some sugary malts. A very subtle blend. Taste is a spicy hop blast. Some piney ether as well. Just enough sweetness to temper the hops. A touch of full sweetness gets cleaned up by a great full hop blast. Extremely drinkable, refreshing even.

Photo of oakbluff
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Born on date- who the hell knows? Pours out a cloudy copper with minimal head - some soapy lacing. Smell is nothing to write home about- some fading hops. Taste- quite spritzy which surprised me given the lack of head. Grassy hops with a soapy aftertaste. Malt is solid- tobacco and solid caramel flavours. Its quite tasty, but doesn't blow me away. Maybe its the age- I can't imagine I have a bottle at its peak of freshness. First time trying, so I risked the purchase in my excitement not knowing its age. The hops are there, just in weird muted kind of way. given the rep of FFF, I was expecting more. Truthfully, pass the SNPA, as this pale ale doesn't match the benchmark classic american pale that is Sierra Nevada. I would love a chance to try fresh on tap or bottle. Until they date these suckers, I can't cut any slack.

Photo of BlindPig
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin tan head on a pretty clear dark orange/brown body.
S- Pine and grapefruit hops, simcoe hops come through pretty strong (or another type that smells damn close to simcoe). Hints of grapefruit too. Sweet malt body comes through too.
T- Follows the smell. Big hop bite comes out nicely. Pine and light fruity hops blend well together.
M_ Medium/full body with medium/low carbonation.
D- I think it is very tasty. Hops come through very nice but it doesn't totally cut out the malt body.

Photo of shroompod
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured cold into pint glass. Cloudy orange with a smallish head . carbonation is apparent.

Smell is grassy, slight citrus.

This beer has a decent hop bite that doesn't yield to any sweet maltiness. Bitter orange peel lingers.

Mouthfeel is dry , the carbonation and hoppiness keep it light.

Overall a great APA that is almost sessionable.

Photo of gunnerman
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a frosted pint glass, pours a nice pale orange in color with minimal head that leaves no lace on the glass, this could be brought on because the glass was cold as hell. Smell is wonderful citrus smelling with a nice grass and weed in there, reminds me of being in the mountains in spring time. Taste is very amazing with a nice light crip bitterness of weed, citrus fruits, maybe a not ripe honeybelle, simply awesome and a damn fine tasting pale ale. This is one fine offering and it gets better each and every time I drink one of these masterpieces.

Photo of beckje01
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A golden red color with a low white head and a nice amount of activity.

S- Just strong hop kick in the nose. Overall a very pungent nose.

T- Smooth taste with a very nice hop kick at the end but not overwhelming. This beer is nice and balanced with citrus flavors thrown in.

M- Good thickness and nice amount of activity it really helps the flavors.

D- A nice quick session worthy beer. I would recommend this beer ever to non hop heads because I don't like hops for the sake of hops but I enjoyed this beer a lot.

Photo of happygnome
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: kind of a rusty copper color with around a half inch of head that doees not dissapear fast and leaves a ton of lacing
s: defenit piny hop aroma, more hops tham malts, deffinatly very inviting
t: wow there is kind of a hop explosian like a good ipa, very tasty
m: medium bodied beer with average amount of lacing

overall this is a very nice beer that i enjoyed very much

Photo of ncvbc
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't thank jmp30 enough for sending me two bottles of this excellent beer. It easily lived up to my expectations. A nice copper color with a reddish hue that comes with a medium sized head. Moderate carbonation and a small amount of lacing left behind. Smelled excellent with the hops being very evident and a mouth watering sweetness of citrus that lingers. Tastes like heaven in a bottle if that's possible. Perfect combination of hops and malty goodness, with a bitterness that seems to come and go at the right time. Nice, smooth mouthfeel with a great texture that coats the tongue. If I had regular access to this stuff I would always have a few close by. Quite drinkable and enjoyable though for many it would be something you'd have to get used to. Almost an IPA from my experience but a damned good APA if that's what they call it.

Another thanks goes to czoch75 for a sixer that was included in a trade.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

man, i loved this via bottle but on-tap this shit is even better. deep orange amber in color with slightly more clarity than the bottled version, the freshness from drinking it at the 3f pub took this over the top for me. even via bottle this has a thick, creamy off-white head that cannot be denied, leaving globs of lacing even after the beer is gone. citrusy hops dominate the nose with nice, rich, bready malts mixed in. subtle floral and pine notes as well, along with some caramel and honey. nice amount of sweetness at the front and with plenty of hop bitterness clearing it out leading to a long, complex, crisp/bitter finish. medium in body, this beer just leaves you wanting more and more. almost drinks like a dipa but at 6% you can have several of these. this is a must-try beer. if you ever have the misfortune of being in munster go get this stuff fresh. and when you're done, inhale the bouqet left behind-an absolute grapefruit bomb remains in the bottom of the glass.

Photo of MMansfield
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sent to me by democorhip. Thanks a billion for this one!

Appearance: Pours a murky, rusty copper colour with a frothy two finger cap, leaving lots of lace. Good retention.

Aroma: Hops galore! Big pine scents, grass and florals. Grapefruit, some spice from the hops and sweet caramel.

Taste: Hops. Piney and grassy hops with lots and lots of grapefruit. Although the bitterness is very high, its also quite sweet on the front end. Somewhat sour and medicinal in the finish, but not overly cloying.

Mouthfeel - Not too carbonated, I like that. Creamy and lots of body.

Final Statement - This is Hop Bomb!! There should be a warning on the label, not for the faint of heart. It's a delicious APA suitable for hop heads such as myself. I'd love to have regular access to this one.

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

12oz bottle received from grynder33 in a great trade.

Pours an almost-clear copperish orange - no visible yeast, despite label's claim of bottle-conditioning. Beautifully fresh aroma of beautiful grapefruit hops - very little else comes through in the nose. Taste is beautifully integrated - certainly an American hops showcase. There's just enough malt to take this into IPA territory, but the dry, just slightly thin texture might just keep it at the boundary of an APA. Finishes clean, sweet tangerine lingering with a faint, pleasant edge of bitterness.

This beer lives up to the hype. I would be happy to have this one as a regular drinker.

Alpha King from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 5,350 ratings.