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Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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1,749 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,749
Hads: 5,990
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 935
Gots: 1,072 | FT: 29
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: 1,749 | Hads: 5,990
Photo of tbeckett
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Coppery colour with a haze. Mild carbonation and a nice one finger soapy white head. Spotty lace and no retention.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, sugar.

T - Huge flavours. All intense notes of dankness, citrus, grass, and a lemony finish.

M - Nice bitterness, good carbonation, medium body.

O/D - Really drinkable and enjoyable. Missing a certain special thing to take it above and beyond like the hype says it should be, but I think this is a nice APA.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 9/17/15 at 42 degrees into nonic
Unintended IP trade with Ryan at Consumer Beverage, Lancaster, NY
Aroma weak, slightly flowery, doesn’t last
Head average (Three cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy with a few rocks, diminishing to seven mm ring and broken layer
Lacing poor – few irregular islands of tiny bubbles
Body medium orange, slight chill haze
Flavor weak, somewhat citrusy, ends slightly bitter; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter bottled on 9/10

A: Nice soapy creamy looking head that dissipates to a sticky film amber in color with some haziness

S: nice fruity pineapple with a candy vitamin smell and a decent sweetness

T: nice caramel sweetness mixed into a fruity, kid vitamin taste. pretty sweet and just a nice malty beer with a huge dose of fruity hops.

M: fairly smooth with a bit of syrupiness

O: Excellent pale ale its nice caramel taste with a big dose of fruity hoppiness make it a beer you cant quit drinking. I would grab this any time I saw it.

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Photo of laketang
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours out orange with one finger head reduced to half

good malt sweet scent and hops give off citrus and pine and bready yeast

thick citrus to the scenses, malty pleasure on the nose of bready sweetness

chewy fruit flavor not too bitter,lingers a while

three floyds brews great beer, this is one in my opinion. if your new to three floyds beers try this one because of its availability compared to zombie dust, tho dust is better.

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Photo of jphipps83
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First taste of this beauty, and I walked away impressed. Very solid malt taste that works very well with the hop profile. This APA tasted very much like an IPA, which is fine by me.

Heard good things about Zombie Dust, so I'm excited to give it a try after trying AK.

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Photo of Myotus
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 04Sep15) into a Mikasa ale glass.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of off-white foam that halves itself after 1 minute. Amber in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are hardly there. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Mild aromas of bready malts, caramel, and gummy fruit snacks meet with hints of floral hops.
TASTE: Mild bready malt and caramel flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by mild floral hop flavors. Mild citrus hop flavors and gummy fruit snacks enter lastly as all flavors persist, except for bready malts, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Somewhere between medium-bodied and full-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth and finishes with a mild dryness.
NOTE: A very balanced APA, although you couldn't tell from the aromas. Received in a trade. Could be a possibility as to why my rating was lower than others. Heat along with being bumped around probably did a good number on this guy.

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4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I think I like this more than I do zombie dust. it has a great malt backbone that elevates the great citrusy hops. perfect body and carbonation make me wish this was more available in my area.

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Photo of LAp
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a beautiful russet-amber with a 1 finger tan head. Absolutely beautiful beer to look at. Nose is fruity and hoppy, with just hind of underlying breadiness. The palate leads with hoppy citrus, but doesn't go to the almost juice-like citrus extreme of some more modern pale ales and IPAs. The fruitiness here is anchored to a solid, bitter, hop base. The bitterness carries through in the finish, with a touch of maltiness. Mouthfeel is neither too thin nor too thick. Overall, a beautifully balanced pale ale. The bright, bitter hops, and chewy malt finish make this easily one of my favorites in the style.

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Photo of hopheaddeluxe
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

to me its just ok. It's 3 floyd's flagship beer. look is fine, smell is ok the taste is a weak zombie dust, over all i don't think its special, they have better.

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Photo of MichaelPhiladelphiaBeer
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

L - copper, not super see through, but a pleasant color. white head that seems to clear pretty fast
S - fruity and hops, little must which is a bit unpleasant
T - much better than the smell, sweet malts with a pleasant bitter finish - nothing earth shattering in terms of aggressive flavor but very well done and solid for the style.
F - little watery at first, but a solid effervescence - I could chug it if I wanted to waste its deliciousness - basically a nice balance of bubbles
O - pretty big fan, prob one of the best pale ales I've drank - worth coming away from reviewing beers to come back to note it for my own reference

out of a large wine glass poured out of a bottle

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not as good of an experience as Zombie Dust, but still a highly satisfying pale ale. Not my favorite from FFF, but I would certainly drink again. A refreshing combination of malts and citrus would make me search for this again.

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Photo of M_chav
3.44/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Full head of foam, covers an almost Amber looking beer.
Aroma is dominate with citrus hops and a heavy malt character.
Taste is caramel and orange citrus.
Mouthfeel is nice and bold, good balance, heavier on the malts.
Overall... Been wanting to try this for some time and it's a good beer, just not my style.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tons of floral, spice, herbal notes, sweet caramel malts, a touch of citrus....maybe a little orange. Drinks like an IPA. Quality APA. I've had better though that are much easier to get. I would most definitely drink again....I just wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appears amber in color. Has a relatively strong citrus smell. Taste is well balanced with a nice citrus taste at beginning and end. Has a smooth feel. Overall a great beer would definitely drink again.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours bright coppery amber with slight haze. Head fades into lots of lacing. Big fruity bready aroma. Taste is outstanding balance of malt and citrusy flowery hops. Has a creamy mouthfeel but then ends crisp and dry. Overall a full flavored greatly balanced pale ale. Yum!

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Photo of Savan
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a illustrious amber, the scent of grapefruit and juniper if delightful! Taste is well balanced... well hopped and slightly sweet. Overall, its not a beer I would have many of, it is however one that should be appreciated slowly and down to the last drop and then repeated!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber hue with a respectable foam topping. Lacework going down the glass in an epic way leaving foam rings like clumps of styrofoam on the glass.

Aroma bright and hoppy with some floral, fruity elements, a bit of caramel and ale yeast fruit. Fresh and hoppy smelling this bottle is under a month old.

The taste has fresh hops, with pine, citrus, herb, and melon elements. A bit of fuggles type action perhaps with the tea like and herbal element. Floral, nicely bitter. Tasty. Well carbonated ale, not overly bitter but certainly fooled some blind taste subjects into thinking it was a west coast IPA. It is tasty, and has good bones, which is to say the recipe is quite good. If the price was right and I could get this all day, I would.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Deep amber, pretty two finger head, seemingly quite effervescent
S: the perfect marriage of hops and malt, a very pale ale kinda breadiness
T: malt and a tinge of sunflower seed like bitterness and after tastes, it tastes like wort smells, very sweet in its own way, smells of fresh fruit in a generic sense, a bit of acidity in the aftertaste and some melon juiciness
M: juicy
O: oh how I wish this were as good as zombie dust, it's still quite good but nowhere close in comparison. I wish that I had tasted this first so that I could have been fair to it.

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Photo of Roland7792
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid pale ale that I usually grab a six of whenever I see it (unless gumball head is too). Well balanced and love the crisp look and mouth feel. I prefer more hop foward beers but this is good for pale ale.

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Photo of clager
2.67/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L: Copper, slightly darker than expected. Pretty clear. Great lacy head.

S: Great citrus smell.

T: Strong malt and some undesirable bitterness - I love a bitter beer, but this as too malty/metallic and I didn't enjoy it. Citrus finish is the only saving grace.

F: Appropriately carbonated.

O: Good smell, look, and feel but the taste was not enjoyable for me.

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Photo of sbb32
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - copper like a penny. White head
S - not picking up much of anything. Some malt but no hops. Odd.
T - extremely surprising given smell. Plenty hops. Plenty malt. Working very well together. Hops are overbearing.
F - medium carb and just a slight tingle of hops on the tongue.
O - very well done. My first FFF and I'm excited for others

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Photo of mcrawford
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours copper, dark for a pale ale. Slight citrus hop aroma covered up by sweet malt. Sweet carmel malt flavors up front followed by a fairly good citrus hop bite. Easy drinking and the malt really cuts the perceived bitterness down. A favorite pale ale but I tend to favor pale ales and ipa's with a good malt backbone to balance out the bitterness.

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Photo of Suds_With_Buds
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am surprised by this, I usually love everything by 3 Floyds, especially their Pale ales, unfortunately this one isn't as good

I could drink this, but I thought it was far too bitter for my liking, it was less than 2 weeks old so it wasn't a freshness issue.

Strange, but still a solid beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am drinking this a week after it was bottled from a hotel water glass. It pours brilliant amber with a moderately thick off-white foam cap. It has a spicy hop nose while the palate starts with fruit and a little sweetness to finish dry and grainy with a bitter hop accent. The carbonation is medium low and the body is medium. A very very good pale ale.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper / light amber color. Has a nice aroma of malt and hops. This is an incredibly drinkable beer. Nice notes of hops, malt with a crisp light citrus finish. Overall a very good beer

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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