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Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,761 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,761
Hads: 6,075
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 944
Gots: 1,114 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

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 LloydDobler
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No noticible bottle date. This seems to be happening a lot with FFF brews over the last few months. Pours a fiery amber-orange with perfect clarity. The head rises aggressively to the top of the glass and holds strong before fading slowly. The nose feels like it's trying to hide a spicy hop behind some sweet malts. First sip and "BINGO!" The hops are really balanced out well with a nice sweet malt presence. Great all around beer for all times of the year.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This tremendous beer pours a golden-red hazy color with a minimal head. The smell is huge and almost hits you in the face. Not over is it loaded with hops, buy there are many sweet notes almost like bubble gum in there. The taste is also huge. Very chewy with the amount of hops, but also little special additions of sweetness along with the hops. When its swallowed, the first 3 seconds have mostly a malty taste, then the hops take over and command the rest. These two tastes are surprisingly well balanced for such a big beer. A great beer that’s worthy of every bit of praise given to it on this site.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pours a dark, hazy burnt orange with a nice one finger off white head. thick lacing coats the glass

S: great piny hops are strong mixed with lemon zest, citrus and some caramel malts.

T: like the smell, hops are dominate (which I love) but there is a perfect balance with the caramel malts and slight biscuit undertones.

M: perfect medium carbonation with a dry, slightly bitter finish

D: perfect drinkability @ 6% abv IMO. goes down super smooth with great bitter finish. a great APA with a wonderful hop forward touch

Overall, this just might be one of my top 3 favorite session beers. I could easily drink this beer all night long. Wish I had this beer available to me all the time in KC.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a nice hazy golden color with a thick sticky off white head that hangs to the sides of the glass. the smell is piney and floral, and it sticks in your nose, this beer smells more like an ipa than a pale ale. the taste follows the smell with a wonderful pine flavor up front followed by some nice hop bitterness and a well rounded malt finish. the mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a resinous well carbonated feel. overall this is the best pale ale i have ever had.

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Photo of tpd975
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yet another thanks to my brother for smuggling this baby across state lines and into Florida.

A: A lovely rusty amber color with a nice 2 finger head that disappers to nearly nothing. Left lacing all the way down the glass; Beautiful.

S: Hops are yelling at me from the bottom of this glass. Grass, Pine, and citrus come wafting from this pint.

T: This brew is dominated by hops and pine. It has a slight citrus finish that makes it very refreshing.

M: This baby is pretty hoppy for a regular IPA. The mouthfeel is medium but the finish is oh so refreshing.

D: Yep! This baby goes down like a champ. I get as much as I can via the brother pipeline on his trips to Florida, but not enough to make it regularly sessionable. If it were this would be my session beer.

Overall: Come on its 3 Floyds you know it has to be great. What I like about this beer is it pushes the edge for IPA's. It has enough hops to push it on the verge of a DIPA without going too far. The taste is wonderful and they go down sooo smootly. I proclaim this beer sessionable and great!

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Photo of MickeyBeer
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a slightly cloudy deep amber color. About one finger of creamy white head that sticks around. Leaves some beautiful lacing.

S- A very aromatic piney smell from the hops is dominant. I love the smell of the this beer.

T- The bitter hop flavor is plentiful and hits the palate first. This beer has a complexity of other flavors such as citrus and toasted malts.

M- Very crisp mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O- Excellent APA that I could drink everyday. If this is something that you have never had, it is a must try. It is the standard for the style.

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Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have had a number of FFF before, but never the Alpha King- it was time.

Pours a dark red-orange color- almost looks like maple syrup. Small white bubbles throughout that disappear quickly after pouring.

Aroma is heavy on citrus and malt.

Taste is balanced between caramel malt and lemon. Really, really, really smooth. A little after taste of nut. Lingering flavor is awesome. Can't put my finger on why, but this pale ale is just a little different than other pale ales- but I like it!

This is a beautiful brew.

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Photo of BeerNuggets
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured an amber color with a cream color head

S- Malty smell with a hint of hops. citrus notes

T- Malty upfront with a surge of good hops on the backend. Very smooth and balanced. Not overbearing on either end.

M-lays a bit on the tongue. A tinge of a sharp aftertaste involving the citrus flavor.

D- I could drink this everyday for the rest of my life!

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Photo of NealVsBeer
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Golden brown with a tiny bit of tan head.

S - Floral and citrus hops dominate the smell.

T - Very smooth, citrus and piney hops. Well-balanced.

M - Nice and smooth. Medium-bodied.

D - One of the best APAs I've had so far. I'll drink this any day.

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Photo of younger35
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received this beer in a trade with ClockworksOrange. Love Three Floyds and have been wanting to suck down this bad boy for quite some time. Drank from my Deschutes Black Butte Porter pint glass while watching the Broncos vs. Titans game.

Appearance- Poured a very nice copper orange with a huge two finger dirty white head. Recedes fairly quickly but leaves a great cap and collar along with a buttload of foamy lacing.
Smell- This thing is loaded with tons of fresh citrus in the form of grapefruit and tangerines. I’d swear this brew had 200% of our daily value of vitamin C. Maybe a tiny bit of sweet bread in the background but not much.
Taste- Terrific citrus bitterness starts on the tongue before it gets a nice sweet fruitiness. Lots of fresh grapefruit and lemon zest that gives way to a nice mellow pineapple/strawberry/orange fruit. Maybe a tiny bit of caramel in the background but I think I might be pushing it. The hop is in charge here as it leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Nice body that is full yet remains light and crisp. Nice carbonation that tickles the tongue.
Drinkability- This brew really reminds me of the “fresh hop” ales that come out around harvest season. What sets it apart is the depth in the flavor. It’s not a one trick hop pony like some of those fresh hopped brews. Big thanks to ClockworksOrange! Awesome brew!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Secret Santa 2004 #9

Bottle conditioned.

Orange body, with a touch of haze. Thick, level but dentable oatmeal head. Nice lacing.

Citrusy aroma. Grapefruit, a bit of pineapple, maybe some mango.

The malt slides in, around, and down, leaving a sweet base for the following tidal wave of hops to grap onto and sweep the sweetness along with a crisp, sharp snap of bitterness, which rides slowly into the sunset. Along the way there's a cornacopia of fruit: grapefruit, mango, orange, pineapple.

Good medium mouthfeel. Good drinking despite it's agressive nature.

Never really understood why this is an APA and not an IPA, and my taste buds quake in fear of the day they encounter big brother Dreadnaught.

Nice to revisit an old friend. Nicer still to learn that it has returned to NJ. Heartily recommended. Hail to the King.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

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Photo of BradfordStuckey
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Very good Pale. Definitely heavier on the malt side than what I had expected but in a good way. I got notes of biscuit, toffee and carmel that i would usually get from an Amber.

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Photo of far333
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark honey colored with a thick and lumpy off-white head that rises up a full inch, and then slowly recedes, leaving thick oily lace around the top of the glass. Aroma is very inviting - citrusy hops and some light malt, some cinnamon and pear. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, very full. Taste is immediately hoppy upfront, citrusy and flowery at the same time, a little sweet, not overpowering. A solid malt backbone and some candy and toffee highlights ride along evenly with the hops. It all works together, nothing overpowers each other. This is great stuff, I could drink it for days. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for sharing.

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Photo of schinebd
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A cloudy brown with a thin white head that stays with the beer.

S - Citrusy hops all the way, with some breadiness underneath.

T - Follows the smell quite well. Definitely a hop-forward beer with just enough caramel malt and breadiness to keep it in balance. The citrus/grapefruit hops are introduced up front, and the finish is all bitterness.

M - As mentioned above, balanced nicely. Well carbonated and light/medium bodied.

D - Great flavor with a dry finish that makes me want more, and an ABV that allows more than one or two at a time.

Wish this was distributed to MA, as this would be a go-to. A solid "A" beer all the way.

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Photo of RickS95
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to the one and only Beerpanther - purveyor of beer extraordinare. And a helluva good guy.

I will start of by saying that I've had this beer before, and from what I remembered I kept thinking it was misclassified, and that it was really more of an IPA. Well, it isnt. This here, folks, is just one damn fine pale ale.

A: Pours a reddish amber with a small white head, which dissipates quickly leaving a ring of lacing around my pint glass. It's a very earthy looking beer - i feel it is what a good homebrew should look like.

S: Whoa hops gallore! Maybe the smell is why I thought it was an IPA. Some definite spiciness and alcohol presence in there. Some kind of fruit, maybe pomegranite in there as well.

T: Oh, so good. So good. Hops hit immediately, but they receede quickly and the sweet apple flavors dominate. Also some pear and nectarine in there. It's quite a fruity beer, but it is definitely the sweetness of the fruit that overshadows any other flavors.

M: Silky smooth. I can't really image a Pale Ale feeling better than this.

D: So easy. The sweetness really makes this an easy to drink pale ale. It is just perfect. The hope are prevelent, but not overwhelming to the point where I only want one or two.

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Photo of Erish
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a large wine glass.

A: a whisper of cloudiness, deep orange-amber color, 1-finger orange-beige head quickly falls into a lovely, sticky cap with good, persistent lacing.

S: tropical/citrus fruit; including pineapple, tangerine, blood orange, grapefruit, underneath the abundant fruit aromas there is a rich, sweet malt core, reminiscent of panettone, also there is juniper, caramel, and orange zest. Wonderful balance and depth; I could sniff this beer forever!

T: all of the aforementioned fruits make a grand entrance at the front, including a bit of apple, quickly followed by the sweet, malty backbone, the middle showcases juniper, pine, and floral notes, as well as honey and caramel, and the long, long finish is tongue-squeezingly bitter with plenty of grass, pine, and white pepper.

M: medium-bodied, creamy/silky start, mineral/oily finish, low to moderate carbonation.

D: This is one wicked Pale Ale. Drinking it again after so many months I am reminded why I love this beer so.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark reddish amber with a finger of white head and moderate amount of lacing. Nose is a strong burst fresh resinous piney hops, maybe some grapefruit in there as well, wonderful. Taste is a nice juicy grapefruit and ctirus hoppiness, almost hoppy enough to call this an IPA, but definitely more flavor than bitterness from the hops. A smooth creamy malt flavor perfectly balances any hops, leaving this as an immensely drinkable beer, even for non-hopheads. This beer is absolutely delicious, I don't know if you can find a tastier APA out there.

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Photo of toolbrew
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with the most difficult cap to take off that I've ever had to do - I was using a lighter though. Poured a slightly hazy deep copper color with a nice off-white head. Decent head retention and some lacing on the glass.

Hoppy aroma - I can detect maybe some citrus (lemon) and some grassy notes.

Sweet and crisp taste with a nice hop finish.

Goes down very well. Get a sharp attack on the roof of the mouth that dissipates quickly, but then comes back slightly as an aftertaste.

A very drinkable beer. I have enjoyed this one many times and only wish they distributed to Michigan.

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Photo of BigPapiBrewingCo
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber/orange with a beauitful white pillow one finger head. Lots of citrus and pine hops, with a malt sweetness supporting it the whole way. Taste is very balanced between a solid malt profile and some great hops. We could drink this bad boy all day.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Balanced hop aroma without residual bitterness. Heads up decently. Nice malt tones combine with hops of the style to make a beer that's scarily drinkable. Very clean mouthfeel. Has always been one of my favorites; for an IPA this drinks waaaayyy too easily.

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Photo of Gasp100
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this really took me by surprise. I was picking up a barrel of Brooklyn Lager for Thanksgiving and I decided to get something for myself to cover the few days before. I grabbed an expensive 6 of Victory Storm King and this because I remembered the Three Floyd's name. Damn, this is great beer. Pale Ale my ass --- maybe because most others Pale in comparison. The appearance was a burnt amber color with a nice deep tan head. lacing throughout the entire pint all the way down. The smell was floral and hoppy with a nice sweetness with a hint of good things to come. Bam, the taste just smacked me in the face. Flowers, a little grassy but very bright with a serious bite. I'm writing this after my second bottle; if I start the review the same sitting (or day) I can tell it's a winner. The mouthfeel was extremely crisp with a slight citrus twang, but definitely not that syrupy taste that sometimes lingers. This lingered on for a good long while, some of the maltiness crept back in on the tale end. I believe this is very drinkable because I've already decided to start my 2 beer a weekday limit tomorrow... This is right up there with Hop Devil (I know, IPA category but similar in character). I will A-B these one of these days.

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Photo of shoelesstom
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a terrific beer that breaths nicely. It is a close as it gets to being a perfect beer for a pre-pasta meal. While I believe Three Floyds really can't do wrong, this one is head an shoulders above even dark lord 2011. It is my favorite way to start a perfect weekend.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A hazy copper color with an light tan head. A big fruity aroma with good citrus, peach, and some tropical fruits. Also a nice malt sweetness in the aroma as well. Flavor follows closely with big fruit and a nice balanced maltiness. A moderate pine bitterness in the middle which blends well and finishes clean. A very flavorful beer for an APA.

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,761 ratings.