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

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Alpha King Pale AleAlpha King Pale Ale

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5,033 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,033
Reviews: 1,671
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 842
Gots: 525 | FT: 26
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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

ZPB, Jan 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

richeddi, Jan 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ckobes, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From: Three Floyd's Brewery, Munster, IN
Date: None on bottle, but a few weeks old from brewery
Glass: Standard US pint glass

There's no denying that Alpha King is a top-quality ale for those who appreciate hops. The beer's variety of fruit flavors and its fairly intense bitterness are heavily appealing, and are an enjoyable reminder of summer during the winter, or a suitable hop-forward quencher during the summer. This beer blurs the line (if there is any) between American pale ale and India pale ale, weakening the idea of styles and suggesting descriptors may be the better way of describing beers.

Pours a tall (3cm) head of light tan bubbles, which are small in size, creating a very frothy effect. Retention is above average, lasting over two minutes as it declines to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. The lacing the head leaves is fairly substantial and in a variety of shapes and patterns that hang across the glass' interior. The body is a copper orange color, with light bringing out reddish-orange hues. Quite hazy (50% opacity?), but carbonation is still visible, though not terribly numerous or vigorous.

Aroma of fairly pure hop pellets, mostly cascade and centennial, probably others as well. The scents are fruity, juicy citrus (orange, grapefruit), tropical (guava, mango), slightly peppery, and very expressive. This would be even better if it had a slight malt aspect to add some further dimension.

Front of palate picks up slight malt sweetness, but is already starting to notice the bitterness and hop-influenced flavors of grapefruit and bitter orange. Mid-palate finds increased hop character in grapefruit and orange flavors, with lesser quantities of mango, all atop a faintly discernible base of caramel malts. Bitterness is noticeable, but moderate to me. Flash of bitterness occurs as the beer hits the back of the palate, gradually fading to reveal more grapefruit and orange, with even a bit of mango and guava. Aftertaste is of medium-high bitterness and residual hop-influenced fruit flavors.

Beer is medium-bodied with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is at first slightly fizzy, then softly foamy as it moves across the palate. Closes quite dry, with modest stickiness lingering across the palate.

falloutsnow, Jan 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

KillaB, Jan 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

NW2285, Jan 29, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the appearance is a dark copper color. the smell is fruity with hops. the usual fff hoppy smell. it has a fruity taste at first then followed by a hoppy bitterness. the bitterness then dissipates and you want more. slight carmel. overall it is one of my favorite beers.

JakeMorgan13, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

TorsHammer, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Roger85, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

TCJosh, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Petevocals, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Hopsiam14, Jan 27, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes, 4/4/11. Pours a lustrous orange with a shiny white cap. Good lacing. The aroma is dominated by hops with bright orange-tangerine and freshly cut grass notes taking the forefront. However, there’s a nicely doughy caramel malt backbone holding up that hoppiness. This beer definitely straddles the line between APA and IPA. The taste is also much bigger than your average APA. It has marvelous balance, starting with malt sweetness and smoothly transitioning to hop bitterness in the finish. It’s very, very easy to drink. The beer has a round, full feel that never gets too heavy. Flavor fills your mouth with each sip, but it finishes clean, light and in need of another quaff.

popery, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Docrock
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on cask at Three Floyd's in an Imperial pint glass

A - deep orange brown in color with a nice thick 1"+ head. The lacing was so sticky it looked like there was masking tape inside the glass. The head dissipated to a nice 1/4" cap that remained there for the entire time.

S - a couple different citrus notes, grapefruit, orange peel, some earthiness and a bit of pine.

T - the pine and earthiness dominates over the citrus. Nice malt balance.

M - the carbonation is nice and the balance of hop and ABV is really spot on.

O - finally reviewed after drinking on - tap previously and in bottle several times. On cask seemed to really accentuate the carbonation, it was really smooth. This beer is always available but when I saw it on cask I had to give it a try, we'll worth it and as Three Floyd's "everyday" beer, its always a good solid option.

Docrock, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

bsuedekum, Jan 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

IpeeA, Jan 26, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was really excited to try this brew. I am a Hoosier by birth and College but now living "abroad" in Kentucky. I've heard the talk about this cult-like brewery from the "Region". I just missed out on some Zombie Dust but was fortunate to get some Alpha King across the river from Louisville.
So, here goes:

Deep copper color...Not pale in color at all. And while labeled a "pale ale" it is clearly an IPA by all current American comparisons. Foamy at opening it poured clean, and I was left a nice head with consistent lacing throughout the time I drank this brew. By the way I poured it into a Guinness imperial pint sized glass. Very inticing.

The smell was full of hop essence. I did not detect anything overly grapefruit or pine. Very nice, but a nose full of hops. Not as aromatic as others but nice.

This is a damm good brew. Quite hoppy and more so than most. It is definitely hop forward and if you are looking for perfect balance this isn't it. But it's a full bodied hoppy beer...so while hoppy it has malt characteristics as well.

It has a world class mouthfeel. It just stays with you. It makes you praise the beer gods that there are brewers out there this talented. Your entire mouth has a say in the matter and it likes!

All in all....hop forward, not overly sensational from an olfactory perspective... Biting hops taste with a malty finish and great mouthfeel. I was debating with how it compares to others I like. On par with Sculpin, but different. Not as "sessionable" as Dogfish 60 or Lagunitas, but an excellent IPA.

Smr7626, Jan 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

trapper2408, Jan 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

CraftEyeDoc, Jan 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

dman5400, Jan 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

DrJoe82, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Tschnab, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

mjohnson17, Jan 23, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present, but I doubt this was the freshest bottle of Three Floyds Alpha King that was available. Poured into a Boulevard tulip.

A - Poured an obnoxious three and a half fingers of creamy fluffy beige colored head with excellent retention that sits on top with a root beer float like appearance and a very nice looking ruby / burnt sienna orange colored body.

S - Pine needles. Fresh lemon. Oranges. Nice lively array of hop smells going on here.

T - Hoppy. Fruity. Floral. Sweet iced tea kind of taste that I have become accustomed to in pale ales and IPA's. Tastes good, but like I have said before, a lot of Three Floyds beers are way way way too over carbonated, and this beer is no exception. Very overly carbonated to the point where it is distracting.

M - Sticky, piney mouthfeel with the lingering taste of green apple sugars. I love hops, and I think this is a wonderful tasting beer, but like I said it is just too damn carbonated and bloating for my liking.

Overall, a decent tasting American pale ale, but I definitely feel this beer is over-hyped, and there are many much more subtle and complex APA's to be had. I think I would personally rather drink the New Holland Hopivore or the Grand Teton Sweetgrass APA instead. Still a decent year-round beer from Three Floyds, but being their landmark beer, I would probably choose something else of theirs like the Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf.

Three Floyds Alpha King ---3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

rjacobs6, Jan 23, 2013
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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