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Alpha King Pale Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Alpha King Pale AleAlpha King Pale Ale

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4,246 Ratings

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Ratings: 4246
Reviews: 1646
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%

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 avylover


4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Should be noted I love hops. Seemed a bit less citrousy and mellower than in the bottle. I actually prefered the bottled version to this. Not quite as grapefruity & tasty as the bottled version.

see review for bottle here


Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2003 23:52:54 | More by avylover
Photo of brakspear


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alpha King moves near the top of my favorite pale ales, which was surprising because I did not really enjoy Three Floyd's Dreadnaught IPA.

The ale poured a perfect orange body with a lingering head. It looked beautiful in the glass. The aroma is citrus, pine and grapefruit tang, but a malty sweetness is also present.

The taste is bracing, but well-balanced. The NW hops are loaded into the flavor, but not at the expense of a very enjoyable, almost session-beer like smoothness. Wow, a very, very good beer.

Perhaps, my experience with this pale ale was the result of perfect lining up of the planets, but I can't remember drinking a better tasting pale ale in a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2003 17:19:14 | More by brakspear
Photo of jcalabre


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

Originally sampled on 5 October 2002. Alpha King has a beautiful citrus hop aroma, along with a nice bitter taste w/ a clean finish. It is a very nice example of an American Pale Ale (APA). In my opinion, it's a very good session beer. I'd rather have Dreadnaught, but if you want to drink a few, this is a better choice.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2003 15:35:26 | More by jcalabre
Photo of daledeee


4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, you have to like hops. This is a great American pale ale. It pours a nice rusty reddish brown. Head thick enough to draw your finger through it. Good flowery bouquet on the nose. Lots of malt but way lots of hops. The finish is again hoppy. Plenty of alcohol. The web site says 5.8%. I have drank a lot of this and never get tired of it. There have been some supply issues lately.

Update: I believe Three Floyd's has given up having Schell bottle their beer. I like the new batch better. The head is stronger and the flavor is a little more balanced. I wish they would send their strong beers to Iowa. A top shelf brewer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2003 13:54:00 | More by daledeee
Photo of AtLagerHeads


4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this sure is one great looking beer. The head came up three full fingers and lingered like crazy, creating super sticky lacing down the glass. The body is crystal clear dark amber topped by the ivory head mentioned above. Great nose that gives off plenty of hops aromas and hints of the malt body. The taste is about hops - citrusy and floral in the main, with great rind and grapefruit accents. Plenty of great bitterness it lingers on the palate like some great oily lotion to leave a creamy sense to remind you of the great taste you've just experienced. Full body and ultra creamy feel make this an exceptionally fine flavorfest.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2003 19:59:02 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of wofat


2.75/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Call me crazy... or maybe the bottle I had was past its expiration date, but I had been searching for this beer for some time and am quite dissapointed now that I have found it.

This is a dark copper ale with immediate aromas of citrus hops, carmel and grain. My mouth begins to water...

The flavor is quite good to start... mild malt character, with notes of grain and carmel and a nice, consistent bitterness and citrus hop flavor... until... pow! Is that steel wool? A bizzarre metalic aftertaste that I have only experienced before in my first batch of homebrew. Very strange indeed. This brew began quite tasty, but the lingering aftertaste of metal will keep me from enjoying it.

I will be finding another of these and revisiting this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2003 06:43:43 | More by wofat
Photo of tar


3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark coppery color, nice foamy white head. Lacing on glass as head dissipates. Lacing persists as beer is consumed as does a very thin head. A very attractive beer. Smells of citrus and hops, not overpowering but very pleasant. Decent taste, hoppy with a citrus overtone. A nice feel, not very heavy. Readily drunk, a good overall beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 09:16:14 | More by tar
Photo of jaz


4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This bees is defiantly the "King" of Pale Ales in my book. The wonderful golden copper color and thick creamy head delighted me at the start. The smell was rich and floral from perfect dry hopping. The taste was excellent. A complex blend of grains balanced with hoppy floral esters and bitterness balanced this beer beautifully. Starts out smooth and sweet, becoming bitter and piney, with a citrus middle and a tart, floral finish. Hail the King!!

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2003 07:24:15 | More by jaz
Photo of dwarbi

New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice head, but it goes away rather quickly. Beautiful color: a rich caramel/amber. The smell? surprise! hops! Also, a little bit like apples. I can taste the apples, too. Very smooth and refreshing.
(Tasted this beer at the Blind Tiger's Three Floyds event)

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2003 20:10:42 | More by dwarbi
Photo of StevieW


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a crazy looking guru depicted on the label. Full copper bronze color. Shiny. Medium beige head. Full, bubbly head. Great hop infused aromas. Thick hop bitterness punches you right in the nose. Rich, creamy full bodied hop bitterness dominates the taste. Snappy, citrus, and tangy florals. Some crisp lemon snap flavors zip by. Dry, puckering finish. Sticky hop bitterness. Yum. Medium bodied, medium charged. I would swear this was an IPA. Well worth the wait.

Cheers to MJR for the blockbuster.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2003 18:38:30 | More by StevieW
Photo of dmarch


4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an amber color. Grapefruit comes through in the aroma and in the taste as well. It's labeled a pale ale, but I might go as far as to call it an IPA. It's a wonderful beer with a wonderful hop character. I hope I find more of it around here.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2003 11:05:21 | More by dmarch
Photo of goindownsouth


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good IPA. This is very nice from the pour. A good copper color from the outset. A nice head that fades to a lace after a while. A great aroma of hops and some spice, this beer offers a great flavor from the first sip to the very last. The hops are so well-utilized. This is a solid IPA. Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2003 09:25:26 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of Scooter77


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I ordered this beer at restaurant a couple nights ago, already knowing that it received high ratings, but I had no clue that it was going to be this dang good. Pours a dark copper color with a thick rocky white head. The head retains itself for the entire duration leaving a thin lace splattered on the sides of the glass. The aroma is all about hops, lots and lots of hops. Light citrus aromas where also detected. The taste…nuthin’ but hops, it seemed as though I tasted a different type of hops each time I took a drink. But, where’s the 7.3% alcohol? It’s hidden exceptionally well. There was an intense amount of bitterness left in my mouth, but I didn’t mind, I was in love with the taste of this beer. Will I buy this one again? Hell Yeah!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 05:36:30 | More by Scooter77
Photo of fattyre


4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a moderate tan head. The mouthfeel is moderate. The smell is sweet maltiness with citrus notes. The taste has a malty start finishing with grapefruit hops. Overall a nice hoppy pale ale that seems to hide its relatively hight alcohol percentage well.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2003 19:25:17 | More by fattyre
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz amber bottle. Bottle features a rather portly man? looking like a cross between Mr. Yuck and a grown-up, steroid-raging version of the little kid in the Jolly Green Giant commercials.

Appearance: Dark, almost "burned" orange in appearance, complemented by a fairly decent head that struggled to maintain its dignity and be seen. Patchy lacing of the glass.

Smell: Lovely mixture of citrus, spice, and floral bouquets. You can just picture all of the hops figthing amongst themselves to make it out of the bottle.

Taste: Whatver the ugly dude on the label was sprinkling over this beer really worked. A tantalisingly smooth flavor is detected at first, followed by an avalanche of hops. The bitterness isn't too over-powering, and is very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: A moderate amount of body. Finished crisp and clean...leaving you ready for another sip.

Drinkability: Very, very easy to drink. The blend of the flavors, coupled with the dryness on the tongue make for an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2003 19:36:55 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of FirkinDave


4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Where to begin!?! Pours a beautiful amber hue with a strong head 1in. to bring the flavors flying up to the surface. The nose is of a perfect brightly green fresh picked hop. Taste is amazingly big. Citrus and hops abound to beat the living crap out of my tongue. A tiny touch of grapefruit does appear midway through, but not enough to overpower the floral hops. Great finish leaves my mouth a bit dry, but understandably so because I immediatly need to order another. Sneakily designed!!
The bottle version is pretty tasty also, but no comparison to the experience of a tap Alpha King. This beer lives far up to and over it's name, and is definitely one worth picking up!

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2003 00:04:18 | More by FirkinDave
Photo of purplehops


4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alpha King pours an amber-orange with a white head that has staying power and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma is floral and citrus hops with some fruit notes. The taste starts with a creamy maltness that gives way to hop bitterness quickly. Along the way there are flavors of apricot, caramel, and pear intermixed until the hops take over all flavors. The finish is slightly dry with citrus hop bitterness being the dominant flavor. The aftertaste has a sleight resurgence of malt flavors followed by a tidal wave of hop bitterness that lingers for some time. Mouthfeel is medium to medium heavy with a nice balance of carbonation.
Overall this is a wonderful ale. They call this an IPA? Can't wait to try Three Floyds IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 04:46:24 | More by purplehops
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

During a recent Beer tasting held in my Apartment I was not too impressed with this offering. In the slightly less noisy and more laid back surroundings of my own company tonight, and another 355ml Bottle all to myself – I have changed my opinion somewhat.

The 12 fl.oz. bottle label is quite intriguing, a big fat green dude with green hop-vine hair and a gold crown with the letter ‘A’ on it, appears to sprinkling his own hoppy dandruff into a pint glass full of beer. Looks like a cross between Don King, a Buddha and the ‘Green Man’ of Southern English legend.

It pours with a reasonable head at first but it almost immediately subsided to a thin white halo head that was stretched over the top of the beer with only a handful of bubbles floating on the surface. The body of the beer is a gorgeous deep clear amber color that shines with a deep copper orange brilliance when back-lit.

Aromas are slightly acidic, citric, lemony and very hoppy. Fresh hops abound in the back of the nose, whilst the tantalizing pull of hummulus lupulus will certainly tease and entice hop-heads.

The tastes are quite superb, fresh green acerbic hoppy skid-marks are laid on the tongue, and it will take more than Billy Mays and his bloody annoying super-sized OxyClean, or miracle Orange spray, to get rid of these stains. The hop-bitterness is beautifully balanced amidst the multi-layered citric floral strata’s. Talking of Billy Mays, this beer did appear to have a slight fruity end, I got an orangey taste set amidst a feint malt finish, which I enjoyed. Bitterness still lingers in the long finish. My hoppy belches are quite tasty after this offering. How impolite, yet incredibly self-rewarding it is to burp aloud and taste ones own belches? – My Mother would slap me hard for these bad manners if she was here. LOL, Awesome.

If this is the Pale Ale from Alpha King – I would dearly love to try their I.P.A!!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 22:41:33 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of AudioGilz


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first cask-conditioned beer....the head was large and fluffy and the aroma was strong of citrus and fruits. The balance was amazing, a sweet malty mouthfeel among the strong citrus hoppy domination. The hop flavor sticks around past the very dry and crisp finish. What a refreshing and enjoyable beer. I've never had a beer with such a dry and crisp finish. Is that a trait of cask-conditioned? Not the slightest hint of the 7.3% ABV at all. This beer just came damn close to Two Hearted Ale as my favorite pale ale.

Serving type: cask

02-14-2003 11:36:27 | More by AudioGilz
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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

The labeling on the six-pack caught my with the crazy looking king on it to begin with,poured a hazy-yellow color with extreme hoppy mown grass smell.Taste was a little piney,with definent hop overtones.Alittle malty in the background but in my opinion not quite balanced enough,a decent beer but maybe a bit overated.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2003 07:12:44 | More by oberon
Photo of Bunnyhop


3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy, orange colored Pale Ale with a moderate tan head. The smell is most definitely hoppy, along with malt. The taste is malty, followed by a hoppy grapefruit flavor, with a bitter finish. It has a moderate body in my mouth. I was quite surprised and liked this more than I thought I would.

(source: Habersham Discount Beverage; Savannah, GA)

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2003 16:30:21 | More by Bunnyhop
Photo of PhantomVodoo


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good APA. Pours a coppery golden color with an off-white head. Good citrusy hop aroma. Aggressively hopped. Very good citrus hop flavor that seems to overlay a solid malt backbone. Spice notes are also detectable. Maintains good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2002 13:46:40 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of ethosx19


4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark red amber color, citrus hop smell, and a really cool label. The taste is a little grapefruit and a whole lot of hops. The hop flavor stays on long after the beer is gone. I like hoppy beer and the 7.3% alcohol is a nice bonus.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2002 17:05:54 | More by ethosx19
Photo of RBorsato


3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold, bronze-ish color with a low tan head and good lace. Hoppy, piney, tar(?) aroma with light malt aroma detected. Piney, sprucey hop flavor with a good malt balance. Medium bodied with a bitter finish.

One of the coolest bottle labels I've seen around.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 09:35:14 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Lupe

New York

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

While being poured the citrus hop aroma hits you and your mouth starts watering. This is the start of something good.

Pours a hazy copper color with a tight, creamy, off-white head that leaves some lace. Citrus aroma greets you with some grapefruit, pineapple, and hints of sweet malt. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Starts with a short blast of hop bitterness that smoothes out into a citrus flavor, all the while sweet malt flavors dance about your tounge. Amazingly well balanced, nothing dominates but all the flavors come out nicely. Finishes dry with some sweetness.

7.3% abv?? You have to be kidding me. Not even the least bit noticable in taste. Highly drinkable but watch out or this will hit you like a hammer to the head. A great Pale Ale!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2002 17:48:31 | More by Lupe
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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