Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,717
Hads: 5,804
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 917
Gots: 924 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2000

A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness. This is our flagship beer.

68 IBU
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Photo of FirstBrewsoon
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Dogfish Head pint glass for this live review.

A - Two fingers of thick foam with medium retention, the result of a hard pour into the pint glass. Colour is a beautiful, lustrous ruby-amber with barely a hint of cloudiness.

S - Incredible. A bold and complex hop aroma, perhaps with an inkling of sweetness from malt. Floral and citrus-zesty.

T - After being spoiled by the looks and smell of this beer, I find the taste to be a bit of a let down. Nice hop bitterness, with an interesting, complex flavour up front, but the body is light and the aftertaste is a bit bland. Not to suggest this isn't enjoyable, but plenty of pale ales taste similar.

M - Thick and chewy for the style, nice amount of carbonation.

O - Certainly a well-made beer, refreshing and enjoyable. I could sit around smelling this all day; perhaps future experiments with a snifter in order? (896 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Nova Wine Bar in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Clear medium amber with really dense 1-finger yellowish tan head. Good retention, great lacing. A bit of visible bubbling.

Smell is excellent. Crisp grassy hops with some solid grapefruit and pine character. Has a really nice snap to it that is quite refreshing. Light bready malt fills in the gaps. This is the kind of beer that I sniff and can't help but say "Mmmm".

Taste is much more bitter than anything else. A bit disappointing given the smell. Malt support is there, slightly bready but mostly providing a base. I don't get much from the hops other than the bitter kick. Hopped up, more like an IPA than an APA in my opinion. Finishes bitter and crisp, fading slowly. The smoothness of the finish is what saves it for me. I want more variety in the flavor.

Medium-light body, carbonation is average. Body works just fine with the beer.

I find this to be a good, hoppy pale ale. I wish the taste had more than the heavy dose of hop bitterness. But I could smell it all day, and I definitely don't mind drinking it. (1,076 characters)

Photo of bristol2120
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, with a solid, lasting, off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Beer is a very deep copper red. Aroma has strong citrus/pine notes, with some evidence of herbal tea in the background. Taste also has floral hoppy notes, with an understated burnt caramel presence as well. Mouthfeel is just a bit thin. Overall, a very enjoyable take on the style; another winner from FFF. (411 characters)

Photo of xgrigorix
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle. No dates.

Deep auburn colour, topped by a dense beige head. Plenty of sticky lace is left clinging to the glass.

Big grapefruity citrus aromas wrapped around resinous pine notes. Dive in!

Hopheads delight! Big juicy orange / grapefruit flavous, along with intense pine. Fortunately theres enough sweetness / malt to hold this thing together. Medium bodied, slightly creamy, gentle carbonation. (429 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle was incredibly full. When it was opened it barely hissed carbonation at all. The head was not very big and fell back pretty quick, but left lacing on the glass. The aroma is citrus and malt. The flavor is malty and not as bitter as I had remembered on past tastings. The mouthfeel is just as expected and the drinkability of this beer is very high.

I have no idea why the bottle was so full and the carbonation so low, but Alpha King is an old favorite and highly recommended. (490 characters)

Photo of malty
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark bronzy amber with a loose 1/2" off white head.

Mmmm...the nose...fresh cone of the hop in a sweet, syrupy malt glaze. Fruity notes galore, compliments of the generous amount of hops. Brown sugar in there as well.3

Bountiful flavors of fresh hops all right - very vinous. An interesting tea flavor sits boldly behind the hops. Not too much malt presence (unlike the nose). Slightly sweetened iced tea flavor with a nice offsetting bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly bitter, dry finish.

Drinkability is good. Very versatile and flavorful.

A hearty pale ale no doubt. I've had plenty of IPAs that can't hold their weight against this surly boy. Balsy & bold. What else would you expect from 3Fs? (738 characters)

Photo of hellcatsjg
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber with a slight tan head. Head disappears almost completely after the first couple of sips.

Smell: Sweet citrusy hops along with a nice floral scent dominate the nose. There is a bit of a malty smell in the background as well.

Taste: Citrusy hops up front with a slight bitter finish. As with the nose, there is a bit of malt in the middle of the sip between the hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth beer. Medium body and not much in the way of carbonation. Nice hop flavor lasts for while in the aftertaste but is not too strong.

Drinkability: Pretty good beer. Very drinkable for a beer that focuses on hops. One of the better Pale Ales out there and definitely easy to drink. (704 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle review of 19JUL02....
Tried on draft before....now it's the bottles turn. Decent copper color, with a good, frothy white head and good lacework. Floral, hoppy nose, a bit more pronounced than the draft version. Found the body a tad thin, but still fairly smooth. Came across with a lot of hoppy flavor, both a combo of citrus and some bitter notes. The bitterness carries more-so into the finish. Thanks for the sample, Murph!

overall: 3.95
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

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On-tap review of 05JUL02...
Enjoyed at Richmond's Commercial Taphouse, with Artied2, Drew and friends! A medium-dark copper colored brew, it had a thin, lasting head, and some lace. Looked appealing! Nose was a floral, hoppy version, but mild. Body and smoothness did nothing to detract from the quaffing experience. The leadoff batter was a mildly sweet malt hitter, but the clean-up man was the hops! Smooth, floral, and some fruity hop notes brought everybody home. Good company, good bier! (4.0/3.5/4.0/4.0/4.0 - 3.90)
Prosit!

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Photo of Florida9
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear caramel brown in color with just a touch of red. Forms a thick tan head which leaves a good bit of lacing on the way down.

S: A rather fresh scented and aromatic blend of grapefruit, citrus, and, to a lesser extent, pine.

T: Medium caramel malt base with a strong grapefruit bitterness. Short finish.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Maybe a bit cloying.

D: A good Pale Ale that is really much more of an IPA, but still good none the less. (471 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to auracom for this. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden copper color, good clarity, with a half finger of light stone colored head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Grassy hops, mild caramel and bready malt, some orange and tangerine notes as well (more so when warm).

T: Similar, with subtle hop bitterness on finish.

M: Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Carbonation is a tad harsh.

O: Very solid pale ale, an easy drinker which is balanced and packs lots of flavor for the ABV. (493 characters)

Photo of SirSketch
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, off-white head with very dense bubbles. Much of the head dissipates after a minute, leaving a nice ring. Light amber color to this beer, and it is very clear as well.

S - The two scents that caught my nostrils was the smell of floral hops and the spicy smell of alcohol. Maybe a hint of apple?

T - The hops are undeniable. Little to no malt present. As with most APAs, it left a dry, tart aftertaste in my mouth. The taste of alcohol was a little strong for a beer of this type (in my opinion).

M - Medium bodied with little carbonation

First of all, I really enjoyed the beer. My only concern is that it seems more along the lines of an IPA than APA to me. Otherwise, a great beer! (705 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ben for sharing! Poured into a pint glass. There is a white fluffy head on a copper colored slightly hazy body.

The aroma has nice melon and a bit of hoppy spice.

The tast starts nice dry and with some cucumber and pine. The finish is nice and crisp. There is only a bit of light malt sweetness.

This is very nice and drinkable with good crisp carbonation. (369 characters)

Photo of camp0474
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice copper amber color with a frothy tan head.

S: Citrus and pine hops covering some faint but detectable sweet malt.

T: Solid balance of hops and malt. Citrus notes and the sweet malt blend well. Well balanced even with the upfront hops.

M/D: Medium body which is very drinkable. Good amount of fine carbonation. Bitterness from hops at the end.

Overall this well balanced beer is very drinkable. (413 characters)

Photo of ratedz
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with about a half inch of off-white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves behind a lot of lacing on the glass.

The nose is full of sweet malts and citrus hops.

The taste starts with the sweet malts, but quickly fades to the refreshing citrus hops. Finishes slightly bitter.

Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Fairly drinkable, but I've had other APAs that I enjoy more. (423 characters)

Photo of sleepingsoundly
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Usually I drink IPAs/ double pales, but this was a nice change! Cool look, the only thing was a weird feel, but I think I feel that for most Three Floyds Beers. Good stuff! (172 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no bottle date
New Belgium globe

A: Cloudy deep orange leading to amber. Good full finger of off white head. Sticky lacing sheeting left on the glass.

S: Earthy hops. Sweet malts. Pine. Smells bready but still fresh. Getting more earthy hops than the citrus and grapefruit.

T: Nice punch of pine hops. More middle of the road than I remembered, but its been a while. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. (413 characters)

Photo of DRyan
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a crappy little hotel tumbler glass from a too-cold bottle.

A: pours a ruddy orange with a decent white head that doesn't stick around too long but leaves decent lacing

S: great hop aroma, with a good malty backbone. This glass is really not codusive to this!

T: love. It's hoppy but not overly, malty sweet but not overly, just a great balance.

M: what I expect from a pale ale. Thin mouthfeel with light, zesty carbonation. Smooth.

D: very. Wish I had more right now! (489 characters)

Photo of beer1018
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass with a two finger tan head that quickly goes away. Copper collored with small groupings of bubbles. Smells of grassy citrus hops. Taste is mostly bitter hops with a slight malt flavor towards the end. Mothfeel is wattery with a light resin coating the mouth, nothing too thick. One thing i notice is the bitter hops taste stays in my mouth awhile after drinking it like when you eat garlic. Not a world beater but this is still one of the better apa's i have had. Recommended (500 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper color with a small, off-white head that settles pretty quickly and doesn't leave too much lacing behind. Aroma is pretty strong and pungent right from the start; peppery, earthy, and raw, dirty hops come up and smack your nostrils hard. Heavy, heavy malt backdrop on this one, almost so much that it's hard to refer to it as just a "backdrop" - it's nearly as strong as the hops. Just front the nose, this one smells a little stronger than 6.66% ABV, I'm picking up some slightly warm alcohol notes behind everything else.

Alpha King hits the palate and seemingly evaporates in my mouth. Slick and medium bodied with a boat-load of carbonation that starts to fizzle away as soon as it touches my tongue. Pungent grapefruit rind is the first flavor to pop into my head - raw, bittersweet, and certainly unadulterated. Some spicy, herbal, and leafy hops dance around the thick malt underlaying, full of ever-so-slightly toasted caramel malts. White pepper crowds the aftertaste, finishing alongside a light bitterness. A sweet, bready flavor sits heavy on all edges of the mouth - noticeable even minutes after having taken a sip. As strong as the hop punch is, the malt is nearly as dominant in this beer.

A nice tasty concoction of malt and hops, heavy on both and not holding back from much. Doesn't taste much like an APA, rather I think this one is more deserving of a malty IPA title. Either way, it's pretty drinkable and goes down easily. Maybe a tad overrated in my opinion, but good nonetheless. (1,528 characters)

Photo of beenitty
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours Orange/Red, with great lacing and quickly dissipates. Looks like olde school IPA.

S: Bitter hops, not as strong it looks, wheat.

T: Spice, hops, wheat. Slight bite. Tastes like an IPA with the resiny feel.

M: Decent, smooth.

D: Good session beer. Definitely could throw alot of these back.

Im not sure if the hop character worked for me. Its a great beer but I feel like some hybrids like OSCAR, were more of a mix as opposed to being for hopheads. I liked it but, I feel like if youre looking for the feel of an APA with the mouthfeel of IPA, its not for you. FFF has a signature hop in most of their beers which is great, just something about this beer its not an A beer to me. (694 characters)

Photo of collk22
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Sum > the parts

Look: Cloudy amber, fluffy head that was more tan than ivory

Smell: Sweet, fruity

Taste: malt forward / caramel, fruit, citrus, mild bitterness

Feel: light

Overall: Very good beer. I really like the malt forward profile I get in this beer. Well balanced. Hope to find more soon. (299 characters)

Photo of Topher78
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this brew and received a warm amber colored body with about a 1/2 fingers worth of an off white head that left decent lacing. The aroma was earthy (tell-tale of Warrior hops) mixed with hints of citrus. The flavor punched your palate immediately with a solid blast of bitterness followed by some earthy hop flavors and toasted malt. The body was light to medium and left your mouth dry afterwards. (406 characters)

Photo of rabidawg
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal-clear glowing orange with a medium white head. Decent sticky and irregular lacing, with moderate carbonation. Obviously filtered.

Smell: For a beer that's dry hopped, I'm not altogether impressed with the aroma. Slightly spicy hops with a decent backbone of sweet malts.

Taste: Initial bittersweet mix of spicy hops and complex malts. Creamy in the mouth, with nice balance. Don't get me wrong, it is a bitter beer, with massive high-alpha bittering hops for a pale ale. But balance is the name of the game here. Relatively high alcohol is barely noticeable except for a warming of the face. Nice finish, with juicy citrus flavor. (656 characters)

Photo of willyc
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an APA I could enjoy every day for a couple of years or so. If I could get it every day it might replace sierra nevada as my every day beer or every other day beer. A ruby/amber color with good ivory lace this beer looks good, smells good, and taste like citrus and fresh hops. Good day. (295 characters)

Photo of jhu1995
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and had a nice copper-reddish color. Was amazed at the head retention. Actually thought I saw it getting thicker in the glass. Superb appearance. Had a flowery, grassy smell too it, very earthy. As expected, the hops dominate the taste, but it is very well balanced. Thgouth the flavor changed somewhat as the beer breathed in the glass. A very refreshing beer. (386 characters)

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,717 ratings.