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Alpha King - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,272 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,272
Reviews: 1,683
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 869
Gots: 604 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Hirshi, Nov 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

mani, Nov 25, 2013
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BlackNote, Nov 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

DersOne, Nov 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

wtkphoto, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of RickS95
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's got an extremely dark pour for a pale ale. Think burnt orange with some brown hues. Not quite clear, just a tad murky. The head is gorgeous and resembles an IPA with it's meringue look. Thick sloppy lace.

A citrus bomb in the nose, with plenty of pale malt for support. Orange peel.

Can't think of how you'd improve the taste. I used to think Sierra Nevada made the best pale ale, but this has it beat. Very malty, yet the citrusy hops dominate.

Very smooth and easy to drink. It's really pushing the envelope of pale ales, if it was just a smidge hoppier and more bitter, I'd say it was an IPA with the burst of scent and flavor of the hops and the relatively high ABV. Medium bodied. It's sweet til midsip then the bitterness takes over and lingers.

Arguably the best pale ale in the world, at least of the American variety of pales. This reminds me a LOT of Zombie Dust and with that so hard to get, even with me living in Indiana, this will be my new go to beer.

RickS95, Nov 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

cwelsh55, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

sleuthdog, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

mythaeus, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

sblanton83, Nov 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

s_wit, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

addiwilliams, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Skunkdrool, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

ToddThompson, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of jawlessbody
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a not quite hazy, not quite clear honeycomb color with a 1.5 finger slightly tan head.

Smell: Citrusy, mostly oranges and pineapple but just a hint mango. Bits of malty sweetness and piny hops can be detected as well.

Taste: Very balanced. Aggressive, but not harsh hoppiness washed down with a sharp, citrusy malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Dry, but not sharp. Very smooth going down, with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Holy shit, I'm impressed. This might be the best beer I've ever had.

jawlessbody, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

ScotNH, Nov 22, 2013
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22Blue, Nov 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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fsck, Nov 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

jk3, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Gregafree, Nov 17, 2013
Alpha King from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 5,272 ratings.