Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 5,724
Reviews: 1,755
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 917
Gots: 894 | FT: 28
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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Ratings: 5,724 | Reviews: 1,755
Photo of swamiswamu
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I remember the first time I has this beer. Instead of a case of Rhinelander, I started buying a bunch of craft and import singles. One booze fueled night, fate led me to 3F Alpha King. The only thing I remember from the actual taste is thinking they'd infused it with grapefruit. Thus was the beginning of my addiction to hops. At this point hopmarred beers are a dime a dozen, it is the rare one that actually balances it that rates high. This is not an extreme beer. It is just a really great IPA. Seek it out.

Photo of santoslhalper
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a wonderful golden copper with a enormous creamy tan head that clings to the glass the whole way down.

Smell: The citrus hop smell is out of this world! Smells like fresh clementines or something.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The hops are brilliantly placed and incrdibly well balanced. The 7.35% alcohol does not hinder the incredible balance this beer produces. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: The best APA I've had. No question about it. Many thanks to Patyoda for fiving me the chance to try this delicious brew.

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

OK, so this isn't your typical Pale Ale. At over 7% with a big hop and malt profile that would make many IPA's look like a wee small beer, it's not what you see every day in this category. This puppy is balanced! Dark amber colored with a thin, bubbly head and a nice balance of juicy, citrusy hops and sweet malt in the nose. Flavor comes at you in layers, which makes this baby so interesting and complex. Starts rich and malty, with darker notes of fruit and dare I say, a bit of sweet chocolate? Then come the piney, grapefruit hop flavors, giving way to a dry, sweet malty finish. Wowzers. Balanced. Not a hop bomb, not the "best tasting" beer ever, but wow. An awesome beer. One I want to drink all night. This is there with HopDevil on drinkability, and I think due to the balance, actually surpasses it. Great stuff.

Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange, lighly tan head, nice lacing anda few floaties. Fresh, and very fresh, fruity/hoppy aroma. Big hop flavors roll over some nice malts with a big hop bitter finish. The hops linger nicely. Very creamy mouth feel. Very drinkable and quenching. THis is a great session brew, and a welcome addition to my cellar!

Photo of Dogbrick
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley's Smokehouse. Definitely a nice surprise to find this on draught considering how much of a fan I am of the bottled version. Pours a dark amber color with thin chunks of a light beige head that disappeared quickly. Thin and quick lacing. The aroma has a nice bouquet of floral hops, grapefruit and malt. Medium-bodied with a mouthfeel that really cannot be improved upon. Robust hops flavor with citrus and a great malt balance. The finish is long and nicely bitter. I would never tire of this beer.

Photo of hero27
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy golden/orange color with a billowing, fluffy white head. Sticky lacing residue on the glass that is there to stay.

Smell: This is a PA?? Am I not seeing the word "India" somewhere on the bottle?..I had to look at it a few times just to make sure. Definitely an IPA in style, but what the hell, no complaints here. This bad boy is loaded with gorgeous floral hops..

Taste: Metaphorically speaking, the dominant grapefruit hops have the malts handcuffed to the bed here. Being somewhat of a self-proclaimed hophead, this was indeed heaven on earth for me. This thing should have an American flag on the label, because it is the pinnacle of the great American hop flavor. Very lively in the mouth, stinging hops jump back and forth on the tongue..the bitterness running it's due course. This is why I drink beer...

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and refreshing for such a complex and strong taste. Clean finish and lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: Easy to drink is the understatement of the year. This can be found in my fridge year round, and is perfect on a hot summer day or just when you need a quick hop fix. One to be respected and definitely a treat for any beer lover. If you haven't tried it yet, track it down and do so ASAP. Still one my my all-time favs..

Photo of ZAP
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-review....the old review noted shit floating around in it..this is fresher...and better...

One of the better Pale Ale's I've had...great citrus nose...grapefruit, oranges, mangos, pineapples...taste has that juicy fruit cocktail hoppiness but also a great sweet malt balance....caramel...full bodied for a pale ale and smooth..

Easy driinking top notch pale ale that lives up to its reputation....

Photo of neonbrown82
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting a pale ale, but this seemed to be more of an IPA. Nonetheless, it was a pleasant surprise. The beer poured to an amber color with a gorgeous head composed of thick off-white bubbles. The head retention was great, keeping at at least a half inch through the entire glass. The aroma was a bouquet of hops and caramelized malts.

The taste was great, leaving a trace of hops bitterness eventually fading into a malty sweetness that beckons you back for more. I will definately buy more in the near future.

Photo of whartontallboy
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a very deep coppery amber with a decent sized head of big bubbles that left a fair amount of lacing in my glass. Very hoppy aroma offset with some citrus notes. Hoppy flavor with a certain orange rind twang, although there's also some nice spice and grapefruit in there, too. Medium-bodied smoothness that goes down with the faintest malt notes before a hop aftertaste and bitterness kicks through. A very nice pale ale that I'm glad made an appearance on my living room tour of top American micro hop juices.

Photo of kmo1030
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy dark copper color. a little hard to coax a good head out of this, but i got an adequate one. it quickly dissipates leaving some sticky lacing. ridiculously grapefruity piney hop aroma with a slightly spicy malt character. this taste is as excellent as i could have hoped for. it kicks you in the teeth witha boat load of fruity hops, that are then backed up by a light caramel slightly fruit malt flavor. really achieves a non "hop water" taste that many very hoppy beers have (not that i am not a fan of that sometimes too, but for a beer to achieve greatness it's needs some balance). fizzy medium sticky resinous body that really adds to the experience. a really excellent beer that i'm really glad i had a chance to pick up.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale bronze color with a light cream colored head. Good lacing. Piney, hoppy nose. What do you expect from a beer named "Alpha King"? As hoppy as any IPA, and packs the same kind of punch. A bit of honey-like maltiness comes through, but the hops are more powerful and a dryness ensues in the finish. Some lingering grapefruit astringency in the aftertaste. A fine ale brewed for serious, hardcore hopheads. I had it on-tap a year ago, and it has been too long since I revisited...

Photo of gimmehead
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: bronze with minimal white head

Smell: piney and very floral

Taste: HOP BOMB! Bitter citrus with a nice malty finish for balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a little oilyness

Drinkability: Excellent for 2 or 3 beers. More than that the palate needs a good cleansing.

I heard great things about this beer and was not disappointed. Probably an IPA rather than APA, but whatever the title this a great beer.

Photo of mentor
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle obtained from John’s Grocery (Iowa City) in January 2005 and consumed that same evening. Poured a finger-and-a half light cream colored head. Appears light brown-orange while the slightest hint of cloudiness. Smells of *GRAPEFRUIT* on top of a sweet...the strength of the sweet I can't tell because my olfactory sytem is kaput. Goodness, there is a cool sweetness to the grapefruit that's enticing. Tastes of *GRAPEFRUIT* and hop bitter. There is a wet sweet behind the hops, but the dry bitter of the hops wins. Did I just eat an entire field of ragweed? As the beer warms, I get a sweetness just before the potent citrus that has a toffee and melon flavor. Medium-light body and gorgeouos lacing on the inside of my glass. Oh, in case you missed it, my taste buds have been obliterated by the hop bitter. If I were drinking this after a softball game in the summer, the dryness would restore my soul. In the middle of a snowstorm, I'm only loving it.

I once had this beer on tap at the brewery and was not impressed. This bottle is way better. 3F, nice job at exploring the limits of IPA.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has always been a sure bet for me. Alpha King satisfies your no-nonsense hop cravings. The appearance is a nice copper orange with an average head. The lacing just stick to the glass and makes intricate patterns along the sides. The smell is like a fresh bag of hops. It really kicks you like a mule. The taste is just explosive with tartness and smooth bitterness. The alcohol content is well hidden by the hops, but it hits the cranium with no problem. If you were to belly up and drink this all night off the tapper, you would be floating higher than Nick Nolte. This is one kick ass pale ale!

Photo of hustlemuscle
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good looking amber, slight carbonation, with a head that disappeared quickly. Great citrusy hops greet the nose, stong and intruiging. Boy, what a fine APA. Citrusy hops with just the slightest touch of smokyness. Very smooth, medium bodied with typical hop oiliness. As you put it to your mouth, you get a nice whif of what you are about to get; hops. Easy drinking, good stuff. Not overly comlex, but good stuff. One to keep an eye out for.

Photo of carln26
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came from the bottle a deep copper color. Very clear with a thick rich creamy head and bands of clingy lace down the side of the glass. Deep hop flower aroma, backed by pine and a delicate caramel malt aroma. The taste has all of the hop character, the flower, the pine along with a bright bitterness and a caramel malt backing. The bitterness lingers long after the drink. It has a good rich mouth feel slightly slick. Very drinkable. This competes well with the great west coast APAs. I wish this were available in Boston. I’d order it above a Red Seal, or Speakeasy.

Photo of heidelbeerg
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a copper orange color with a thick, rocky off white head. The smell is moslty sweet malt with a floral hop aroma. The taste is very hoppy. A little too hoppy to say it is balanced but it does taste good. Citrous hop bite is really noticeable in the finish. A nice malt flavor is detectible through the strong hop flavor but barely. The mouthfeel is very thick and chewy. Quite nice. Very good tasting pale ale although probably just a touch too heavy on the hops for this style. Highly reccomended for IPA lovers.

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.

Photo of bnuttz
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, talk about one hopped up pale ale. This one does the trick. Very hoppy, yet still balanced with by the sweetness of the malts. For having a higher ABV this one could easily be a session brew for me. I believe I will be returning to the store to get some more of this asap

Photo of AlexJ
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

All I can say is Mmmm, I want another. Draft pour yeilds appropriate level of dense, white head with superior lacing throughout the beer. Mouthwatering aromas of sweet grapefruit hops with bright sprucey notes followed by light bready malts and apricot/nectarine sweetness. Taste is sublime...dominated by those grapefruit and resinous pine hops up front, and perfectly balanced by a pleasantly sweet, but very subtle malt back . Perfectly balanced with a medium body and perfect level of fizz. Alcohol level not evident till you have more than 1 or 2, which is very easy to do. This is an extraordinary beer, go find some, NOW!!!

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale slant to an IPA which makes it a great pale. Excellently hopped, beautiful hoppy appearance and a good meal accompanyment. Grapefruit hops, green tea, some malts, some peachy melon and dark fruit taste in finish. Fresh medium clean mouthfeel. Thanks Joey Capps.
On tap at Cole's 3.5 years later, a very good pale but not the best, aroma missing from bleached glass.

Photo of twilight
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To say this beer is delicious would be an understatement. Pours a red orange with little head but really nice lacing on the glass. It sticks like there's no to-morow. The nose is grapefruit citrus, but not overwhelmingly so, perhaps a woodsy pine undernote, but it's difficult to tell. Taste is citrus and hoppy like an IPA with a nice sweet malt backbone that isn't too strong. It's like they stopped short of making it a malt monster and bringing that to the forefront. Seriously, though, I would have thought this was an IPA. It does retain it's pale ale leanings, though as it doesn't make itself overly showy. A nice, drinkable one. Too bad I've only one more bottle of this bad boy left... A trip to FFF is in order!

*daniel

Photo of abcsofbeer
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange color, clear, with ample carbonation. The head is very nice, off white and bubbly. There is lots of sticky lace all over the glass. Aroma is abundantly citrus with
a great deal of hops throughout. The taste is grapefruit and nicely bitter in the aftertaste. A fine APA, I must say. Very refreshing and good for quenching the thirst.

Photo of granger10
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been to the tops of the pale ale mountain after drinking this beer! Looks nice and dark auburn with a creamy head. Good carbonation. Smell is hoppy and earthy with an acidic burn in the nose. Taste brings me those juicy citrus centennial hops. There must be cascade hops in here as well. But there's a sharp acidic bitterness in the finish which makes this beer nearly perfect. Alcohol is wonderful in its bite. Malt is not the strength here but definitely goes well with the hops. There a floral element in the flavor and maybe, just maybe a bit of nuttyness in the bottom. Great, great beer, I need to go get more!

Photo of kmpitz2
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a golden amber color with head that just coats the beer. The nose is awesome. There is lots of grapefruit hops overlaying some mellow caramel tones and some orange peel tones. Nice nice and nice. The flavor is so nice. There is a great grapefruit hop, deliscious sweet orange caramel malt and a peppery and mellow hop finish. I really like this beer a lot. I like the Pride and Joy, but this is more my style. Sweet beer. The feel is moderate to thick...maybe a touch thin. Drinability is awesome on this one. I dig this beer a lot.

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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