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

Alpha King Pale AleAlpha King Pale Ale

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4,231 Ratings

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Ratings: 4231
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 budgood1


4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

can't believe this is brewed and bottled at schell in new ulm. what a serious and bold beer...cloudy, hazy burnt orange color. nice off white head that sticks. hops explosion in the nose...a citric dynamite blast. tastes awesome. bitter alpha hop madness in the mouth is meakly balanced by a caramel malt body. it IS slightly thin in mouthfeel but the hop party doesn't let you worry about that. hits the spot after a hot day in the sun! a hop-head delite.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2002 16:18:17 | More by budgood1
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

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)


Serving type: bottle

07-05-2002 16:26:13 | More by Bierman9
Photo of Wildman


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a nice dark amber orange color to it. It formed a nice light tan head that left some nice lace. A slight hop and malt aroma to it. The flavor had hops and malt with a sweet, but not too sweet, citrus and caramel taste. It has a medium body and finish. Not as dry of a finish as their Pride and Joy, but a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2002 14:17:20 | More by Wildman
Photo of jtw5877


4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange with thick white head, strong hop taste hits you all the way down your throat, Citrus flavors abound. Along with a respectable abv this is an ass kicking pale ale. A personal favorite of mine!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2002 10:16:57 | More by jtw5877
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-copper color with a nice pillow like, off-white head with good retention. On the nose there is a citrus hop aroma mixed with fruity / malt overtones. The same on the palate a lot of citrus flavor, grapefruit, highly hopped, malts, all well balanced with a slight acidic bite. The finish is slightly tart and bitter. I can not detect the 7.3% abv. Overall and enjoyable pale ale… I think this brew leans more to being an IPA then a Pale Ale…

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2002 17:05:36 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of sprinkle


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Even more beautiful than I remember,deep,clear coppery amber in color.Nice lace about a half an inch head that stays.Deep fruity hop nose.Awesome drinker,nice balance of sweetness with lingering hops.A little citrusy.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2002 21:43:47 | More by sprinkle
Photo of garymuchow


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

This is one terrific beer. Copper-orange color with thick full head. Hop aroma with mild citrus noted. Full hop flavor with mild bitterness from start to finish and lingers nicely. Mouthfeel very nice medium body and noticable carbonation. Additionally, it possesses a nice creaminess. One of the best examples of this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2002 19:14:50 | More by garymuchow
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pale Ale? Seems more in line with an IPA if you ask me! Pours nicely into the glass with a thick, tightly laced head. Excellent deep gold/reddish color. Nose is of fresh hops, citrusy & spicy with a little malt sweetness. Taste is at first malty and sweet again, changing to a tremendous but not palate-numbing hoppiness...citrusy and long lasting. A very satisfying beer to the hophead and non-hophead, I would hope. Very good without being heavy-bodied, well made.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2002 20:15:28 | More by beerluvr
Photo of jackndan


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Three Floyds Alpha King: Pale Ale, with the “creepy looking label” according to one South Sider. Deep amber/copper: with a one inch over the rim head, with a Mount Etna Volcano Cone (copyright pending). Sweet honey aroma, with a rolling, complex mix of flowers/fruit/malt. Initial sweet malt stimulates the tip and sides of the tongue and then a big hit of hops takes big pleasant bite. Hops/oranges/some kind of flowers battle it out in the end. Very, very nice beer, and highly recommended.

N.B.: WOW, according to other reviews, this is big in alcohol, but you’d not know it.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2002 19:34:13 | More by jackndan
Photo of proc


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

Man, what a good beer. A nicely hopped APA (not an IPA) that pours out to a reddish-copper color with a slight head. Initial taste of citrus and caramel with a big dose of hops on the finish. This reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Pale with a heavier dose of hops. This is an excellent beer and does the American Pale Ale style proud.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2002 15:40:30 | More by proc
Photo of Murph


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

I am definitely happy that I went and bought this beer. Pours a pale orangey/amber color with a nice head on it and a clinging lace. Floral hops and yeast in the nose. This beer starts off all hops. But as I keep sipping it I get more and more malt that really balances this brew very nicely. Lots of bready yeast flavor as well. Creamy and smooth across the palate and very drinkable. This is one kick ass beer. I will definitely be picking up some more of it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2002 15:38:27 | More by Murph
Photo of Viking


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was checking out some of my old reviews to see if I needed to update anything when I found that I had never reviewed Alpha King...what the hell's up with that! It's one of my favorites. So, I had to go get a sixer for a fresh viewpoint...

Anyhoo, on with the review:
Nice amber color, good head that left some lace on the glass. Too much yeast floating around. The yeast didn't bother me while drinking, but it wasn't a very appetising (sp?) sight. Grapefruit and floral hops dominate the oh-so-wonderful aroma. Pretty damn hoppy for an APA (really closer to IPA). Wonderful bitterness in this beer. It's a must for hopheads. Nice thick mouthfeel. This ale, truly, is "meat, drink, and cloth" - it's all one needs in life. At 7+ abv, this is a pretty damn drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2002 23:43:01 | More by Viking
Photo of Bighuge


3.13/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy orange tinted amber color. Frothy white head. A bit of a pungent hop scent. An oily hop taste present. Quite bitter. More like an IPA though. An average pale ale. Tastes more like a British-style pale ale to me. American styles have more of a floral and herbal aroma reminiscent of the NW hop varieties. To me, this one doesn't possess that characteristic. I see I'm not in agreement with most on this beer, but SN, Summit and Big Sky are a lot better in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2002 22:24:04 | More by Bighuge
Photo of mophie


4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, now this is what an APA is supposed to be. Golden orange color with a thick white head that lasts throughout. Floral aroma and knock-you-on-your-ass grapefruity hoppiness. Delightful. Now I am a huge Sierra Nevada fan, but this definitely tops their pale ale. Nicely done!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2002 18:06:19 | More by mophie
Photo of ADR


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As someone who loves American hop flavor but thinks that lemon tones in wheat beers are sour, I was a little worried that the label was in tropical colors and promised citrus. One short sip later, my fears were allayed, we're talking grapefruit hops...this is a truly good American Pale, and I can echo the grapefruit comments of VENOM and others...yes, better than Sierra Nevada, to me...only the similar but even more hopped Summit Extra Pale is a better example of this style, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2002 11:41:04 | More by ADR
Photo of cokes


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the elite American Pale Ales (IPAs). Pours and amberish pale orange with a nice head. Hazy profile, which I enjoy greatly. The yeast adds immeasurable to the beer and smooths out the mix. Big time citrus hops profile, all full of grapefruit oil and resin. Caramelized, biscuity malt balances the brew out nicely, but not completely. This is absolutely a hop bomb. Alcohol content is there, but blended well with the massive hop flavors. Mouthfeel is full, but a bit greasy and oily.
A great refreshing brew, but one that I could drink whenever, wherever.
Certainly smokes more well-known APA examples like Sierra Nevada. Pick some up...you will not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2002 01:37:04 | More by cokes
Photo of bcm119


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

Nice herbal nose and fruity malt palate, especially towards the back where some real juicy flavors come through. Hop flavor is mellow but the bitterness is solid. Not the cleanest pale ale, but its really well rounded and has a deliciously plush mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2001 21:45:08 | More by bcm119
Photo of Todd


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

A damn fine beer. They use this as the base for the Alpha King Challenge, held annually during the Great American Beer Festival at Falling Rock.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2001 14:45:16 | More by Todd
Photo of John

New York

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers. Beautiful rocky head, great citrus aroma, unfiltered copper color, awesome hop finish. Nice malt balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2001 13:37:32 | More by John
Photo of Brent


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hops had a great citrus aroma, but I was a little disappointed that the citrus did show up in the finish, which seemed a little on the harsh, quinine-like side.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2001 09:21:52 | More by Brent
Photo of BeerAdvocate


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

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Dark amberish orange with an awesome off white head ... rocky, dense and sticky all over.

Smell: Lots of citrius and a sweet floral aroma. Clean in the nose with hints of malt and fruity esters also.

Taste: Medium bodied with a slightly chewy and textured mouth feel, nice mellow malt flavour holds up to a huge pile of juicy citric hop. Hop bitterness is great ... not too much though enough bite to be assertive. Mild fruity esters and a faint caramel malt are in the backround. Lots more hop flavour in the finish, slowly fading and letting a lightly toasted malt taste through.

Notes: Well built and one of the best ales in the US. Hop character is above the rest ... a must buy.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2000 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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