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Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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1,735 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,735
Hads: 5,895
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.96%
Wants: 922
Gots: 967 | FT: 24
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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Reviews: 1,735 | Hads: 5,895
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark copper color topped by a creamy off-white head that laces. The nose is aromatic, earthy/piney hops, but not smashing in your face - quite a reserved hop profile that mixes well into the malty sweetness. The beer drink with a malt sweetness upfront, which quickly transitions into modestly bitter and flavorful hops that linger. It's well carbonated, has balanced malt-hop character, a pleasant aftertaste, minimal alcohol, and a hint of bready yeast. This is a pretty crush-able beer, balanced and with good availability - I'd definitely recommend. (568 characters)

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
3.29/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

way to hoppy for my taste..seems overly bitter ..tried on a number of occasions in a bomber poured into a pint glass also sampled on tap..just not my thing this more a matter of personal taste (193 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass

A - 3.75 - Poured a decent golden honey color. Formed a finger of lightly tanned head. Medium/low head retention, whispy lacing left on the walls of the glass.
S - 4 - Nice and piney, hops, smells of rain and grapefruit rinds. Not too sweet or savory, just right.
T - 4.5 - Balance is the theme here. Theres a decent amount of piney, hoppy citrus sweetness up front that is perfectly balanced by a decently bitter and slightly malt finish.
F - 4.25 - Good mouthfeel, medium bodied brew.
O - 4.5 - A really solid and sessionable go-to pale ale. Truly remind me of a not quite so strong variant of their Zombie Dust. This is the type of beer that drinks easy enough for me to go through a six pack, but packs enough flavor to keep it interesting to the last sip. Highly recommended. (817 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to MilesM123, bottled 12/18/2014.

Nice amberish body, 3 fingers of foam firmly attached to the glass, even forming thick layers on the sides. Papaya in flavor as well as oranges on the fringes. Smooth with average bitterness in aftertaste and hints of dryness. Full bodied pale ale. (290 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.87/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this one up on a trade as a toss in. I appreciate it bro!

Appearance: Nice bronze ale in color. Like that of a shiny new penny! Actually it is a solid looking Pale Ale, although its not all that pale. Head retention is pretty solid, nothing overly carbonated but it sits nicely on top of the beer throughout the entire pour.

Smell: Damn! This beer has tons of citrus, grapefruit, tangerines, tropical fruits like mangos and some peach notes. It has a nice aromas, one of the best I have ever ran across.

Taste: The nose pretty much leads you to where the taste is. Its very tropical fruit driven with the aforementioned fruits dominant. Some grassy malts going on as well. Decent body and my only complaint is that it is a bit thick on the mouthfeel. I wish it finished a little cleaner, but that is a mild complaint really.

Overall: Solid brew. I would love to get my hands on more of this one! (907 characters)

Photo of KATCanada
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy Carmel with an off white foam. That 3 Floyds nose hits, this is a great smelling beer, hops fruity with some pine, not a lot of malt for me. Smooth body light/medium. Lemon acidity on sides of tounge right away, then the hit of bitterness, then piney resony after taste with the bitterness fading. Really drinkable. Not as bitter or fruit as Zombie but smoother. Excellent brew. (389 characters)

Photo of hail_seitan
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft in Milwaukee

A - a copper body and very thin white head.

S - Grapefruit, grass, floral notes, and spice.

T - A very unique hop flavor - grapefruit, earth, resin, and spice. Malt is biscuity and fairly hearty. A sustained bitterness on the finish.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated.

O - A great pale ale. Like Sierra Nevada on steroids. (360 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 Treyliff
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler, poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear deep amber color with some reddish hue, small fizzy and creamy white head, eventually reduces completely, leaving a few patches of lace behind

S- fresh citrusy hop aroma up front with an emphasis on grapefruit & orange zest. Fresh grassy & leafy hop notes as well. Caramel malt aroma rounds it out with just a hint of bready notes at the end

T- citrus hoppy notes come through first with lots of orange peel and grapefruit juice, followed by fresh leafy & resinous hop flavors. Slight caramel melt sweetness kicks in mid-palate before finishing slightly bready with more citrusy hop linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp and foamy finish

O- one of the best pale ales out there. The citrus hops and caramel malt are so well balanced, that it remains incredibly drinkable, while still being packed with flavor (903 characters)

Photo of Guas11
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Neck and neck with Zombie Dust as my favorite pale ale. Wonderful hop aroma and delicious hop bite. Beautiful amber color is very inviting in the glass. Personally find Aloha King equally enjoyable from a bottle or on draft.....yes please. Salute (249 characters)

Photo of Roadking1979
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

After reading several reviews about how this beer can be difficult to find, I suppose I should be grateful that it is so plentiful in my town north of Indy. I have this a few times a month on draft, and it is always excellent- perhaps the best balanced APA I've had. Aggressively hopped with fantastic citrus and caramel at the same time. One of so many great Three Floyd's offerings. Believe it or not, this one can be had for $3 a pint or less year-round at two bars in my town. (480 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed 9/10/14.

Amber color, large white head, lots of lacing. Smells nice - sugar-coated grapefruit. Flavor is pretty balances. Lots of citrus hops, but nicely balanced by the caramel malts. Finish is crisp and bitter-sweet. Body is medium with moderate carbonation.

Very tasty APA. Definitely worthy of its ratings. More juicy than dry. (393 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours a hazy, copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of resin, pine, strong hops, sweet malt, alcohol, and strong tea/hop essence. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of resin, pine, hops, sweet malt, and alcohol. Overall, great appearance, strong pine/resin/hop aroma and body, and decent blend. (392 characters)

Photo of Jonoesh5
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

[Ph]attest eggshell, 3 inch head I've ever seen! Hung around unto the last sip. A beautiful, copper-bodied pale ale with refreshing citrus hops and a subtle malt combo. Poured into 12oz glass, slightly translucent, and absolutely ZERO floaties. Most refreshing beer I've had in a long time! (290 characters)

Photo of pagriley
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Fresh 12oz into a pint

A - Poured golden copper color with a relatively thick 2 finger head that hung around for a few minutes - not a ton of lacing
S - Not a lot really - some hints of malt and a bit of piney hops but a bit uninspiring actually
T - Some malt sweetness but then a thwack of piney hops that overwhelms with a very bitter finish
M - lighter body, easy drinking but with a bit of substance - exactly what I want in a pale ale

O - Overall underwhelmed a little - very nice, but I am glad I didn't seek this out - it was just in the fridge at my local whole foods. Given the $2 or $3 premium compared to similar pale ales I don't think this is worth it, but if I ever saw it on tap I would have again (716 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a burnt orange-amber color with a bit of redishness and a nice three finger head of pure white foam. The head has an amazing level of retention, very slowly fading to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest bready smell mixed with a lighter level of a grapefruit hop. Along with these aromas comes some grass and pine as well as little bit of caramel to produce a rather nice aroma overall.

Taste- The taste begins with a great bready and slightly doughy taste. Along with these flavors comes some hop notes of a mainly grapefruit hop taste along with a little bit of a caramel and some light toast. The toast and caramel remain rather light throughout the taste, with the bready and doughy tastes fading just a bit. Other hop flavors of a grassy and pine flavor join the now slightly stronger grapefruit to leave a rather bready and nicely hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average to slightly thicker than average with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The feel is very good for the hop and bready flavors of the brew and makes for a nice more mouth coating medium, but is not overly thick to kill the more refreshing pale ale characteristics of the beer.

Overall – A very nice pale ale overall with tons of great flavors and a nice hop blend. This is renowned for a reason… it is very good. (1,503 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks beautiful, feels beautiful. Deep amber, almost brown, with plenty of head and sticky lace, the likes of which are unexpected outside of the draft world. Creamy, smooth, medium low carbonation and medium high body gives it a big smooth, and very soft, mouthfeel. Decently balanced, leans toward the dry side, and like Zobie Dust, low acidity. Piney, slightly catty, and at 6.6 ABV, a nice in-between all days and DIPAs. Wouldn't call it intense aroma, though. More understated and consistent with the flavor. (513 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

October 14, 2014

12 oz bottle; nonick pint glass

A – Dark amber to light brown, very bubbly, looks dense and malty, a lot like a scotch ale or a lighter barley wine. A couple centimeters of off-white head that disappears quickly, leaving light, lacy bubbles on top.

S – A lot of caramel / crystal malt, mildly sweet toffee, juicy, warm bread. Hops come in second, somewhat piney and resiny, citrus tones, moderate intensity.

T – Sweet and malty, again very reminiscent of some English barley wines, with some bright citrus and tropical hop flavors. Very well balanced. Caramel is quite present here as well.

M – Medium body, very juicy. Bitterness is fairly restrained until the finish, where it lingers in the aftertaste. Maltiness is prominent.

O – I love that this is a fairly high-hop flavor/bitterness beer that also really accentuates the malt, which is very flavorful without being overly sweet. I think it’s equally fit for summer BBQs and late fall campfires. Really excellent. (1,010 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

From notes on 5/20/14

I’ve had this beer many times. A good solid go-to beer since it is easily available year round in Wisconsin. Pours a light amber color. Good floral smell. Taste is a nice balance of bitter hops and sweet malt. (234 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Dated 8/27/2014. Poured into a Three Floyds red pint glass 9/22/2014.

A- Dark caramel-brown body, hazy with a thick three finger offwhite head with quite a lot of hang time. A bit too much hang time actually. Lots and lots of lacing which I haven't seen in a while. [4]

S- Pine, caramel, citrus, bread, floral resins, grass. Even a little bit of orange marmalade, like an English Special Bitter. [4.25]

F- Smooth caramel, a little bit of grapefruit, floral notes, orange marmalade, bread, slight mineral flavours on the backend accentuated by a nice pine resin bitterness. This is nice and complex, but easy drinking, even more so as it warms- the pine seems to fade a little bit and there's more of the floral, grassy hops that come out. In some ways, this is quite complex. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, a bit peppy with a nice crisp pine and floral bitterness that is refreshing. Leaves a resinous, sticky bitterness on the finish that nevertheless does not last for long, keeping you ready for the next sip. [4.25]

O- Now that I've had 2 years to get over the Three Floyds hype, try many different other pale ales from across the country, revisiting their flagship beer on a whim was a great decision. This is a very complex but balanced pale ale with quite a bit of great fruity flavours. Slightly expensive at $12/6-pack, but then again the quality of this beer is just as good as the ones you'd have to buy in bombers and is still a better deal. [4.25] (1,472 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%

I had this one many times. Its about time I reviewed it.

Appearance- The beer was a deep copper color with the head to match.

Aroma- Thus is the pretty standard fff hoppy aroma. You know who brewed this.

Taste- The hops do not overwhelm, but leave there mark. Notes of cinnamon, apple, and lime come to mind. The sweetness gives a peculiar profile to the hops. The aftertaste is dry with the hops fading.

Mouthfeel- The carbonation is mellow which allows the hops to linger. Nice!

Overalll- Three Floyds makes a lot of great beers. People forget about this one. (571 characters)

Photo of Kasabear
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

A. Golden with a head that hangs on to glass . Thick creamy head.

S. This is going to be goooood. Citrus hops trying to escape.

T. Delicious , just like the smell. Very drinkable.

M. Creamy soft.

O. One of my favorites and you can get it just by asking. (258 characters)

Photo of Whiteweasel
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from a bottle, drank from a seidel.

A: A rusty red colour. Clear, but with plenty of carbonation flowing upwards. Aggressive white head, with sticky intricate lacing down the side of the glass. 4.3

S: Powerful citrus primarily, rich rich hops, sweet but very clean smelling. Quite flowery and delicious. Pure hop deliciousness abounds, and not much else. Which is okay with me; it smells amazing. 4.65

T: Alright, I get that it's a mega-hop beer, but this is a bit overboard. If you've ever eaten a hop flower, this is a toned down version of that. With that said, the hop overload is nicely complimented by a sweet caramel aspect. Not bad. 4

M: I'm burping flowery hops, this is so awesome. A tiny bit astringent, but an excellent mouthfeel. 4.9

Overall: Fantastic, super hoppy, it does what it set out to do fantastically. 4.4 (840 characters)

Photo of cecilIPA
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

I know this is not an IPA but you sure would think it was when you first put it to your lips. very bold and has a very distinctive . One of my new favorites and look forward to trying more from this brewery. (211 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown color with a fair amount of haziness. There's a good inch thick tightly knit layer of khaki colored head. Brussels lacing. The aroma is a blend of cereal grains. The flavor is a bold burst of cereal grains and subtle hops that blend to give it almost a copper like bitterness. There's a slightly chalky note in the mouth. (333 characters)

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,735 ratings.