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Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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1,752 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,752
Hads: 5,998
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 934
Gots: 1,074 | 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: 1,752 | Hads: 5,998
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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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

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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!!!

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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.

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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!


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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.

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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!

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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.

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

A dark clear reddish copper with a thick long lasting head that leaves a nice head. This is what an Americn IPA is supposed to look like.

The citrusy hop aroma is quite prevalent with little malt in the nose.

The taste started with a hint of malt sweetness that lingered throughout and tempered the hops in the finish. I could not detect any caramel or roasted malt. The hops bitterness did indeed linger into the finish and approached harshness.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly medium-bodied. Because of the malt sweetness, it was not as dry finishing as I had expected. I did not detect much carbonation.

Overall I find this is a very good American IPA and is at the upper limits for style in IBU's and ABV but does not go over the top in any aspect.

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Photo of 99bottles
2.96/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light amber-copper color. Clear body, filtered, average carbonation. Inch head of white retains better than average.

Smell: Some piney hops, some floral qualities, but not in the skillfully dry-hopped sense of delicacy. This doesn't have a real strong nose. Some sweet carmelized sugar scents from the malts. Oranges.

Taste: Some light citrus notes, orange and piney hop flavors. Not a real substantial malt base, some dry biscuit and carmel flavors. Not very different than the masses of pale ales out there. This tries to breach the PA - IPA boundary, but doesn't really commit to either. Only the slightest bitterness in the finish. I can't reccommend this beer because it doesn't have any direction.

Mouthfeel: Medium to low carbonation. The body is light and easy to quaff, but doesn't really offer any substance.

Drinkability: Not difficult to drink, but not interesting enough to make me want another. Just because this brewery makes some real gems, doesn't mean that everything it makes is good, or even competent.

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Photo of ejquin
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, but mildly transparent with white head that dissapates quickly, but leaves lacing during the entire glass.

Smell: Grapefruit citrus type smell definitive of a pale ale. You can tell the beer is very hoppy but not blow you away strong.

Taste: Very good pale ale type flavor. Well balanced, and not too strong on the hops. Still very present though Dry aftertaste. Can taste a bit of the alcohol but hides it pretty well.

Mouthfeel: Good. A little more corbonated than I'd like.

Drinkibility: Does a decent job of hiding the alcohol.

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Photo of KroMagnon
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, with a nice amber-gold color with orange highlights. The head is bubbly, large bubbles, but spawns a lot of Belgian lace and is very rocky (and off-white in color). The aroma is totally hops - wonderful - piney, floral, and a dash of citrus. The flavor is also dominated by hops, with a spicy bitterness reminescent of cinnamon, but a malty backbone exists to keep the beer from being terribly overbearing. However, it would be nice if there were more "depth" from the maltiness. (I can't think of a better way to describe it.) Overall nice mouthfeel and drinkability. This is great.

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Photo of ramrod666
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearence of this pale ale is a medium amber with a small head that retained rather well. visable sediment floating throughout. ahh, unfiltered.

smell is not very telling of the taste. huge caramel nose with a slight hop wiff in the finish.

taste is a beautiful floral hoppiness that overwhelms the palate with aslight alcohol note in the finish. delicious.

mouthfeel is nice and even. not too syrupy or light....just right

drinkability is great. i could drink many of these before realizing the 7.35abv. extre
mly enjoyable.

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Photo of alexgash
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Isn’t “alpha king” redundant? Whatever.
Pours a tantalizing orange-copper with a sticky, off-white head. Good lacing.
Aromas of toffee and fruit malt mix with juicy, citrus, resiny hop fumes. Very nice! I can tell I’m going to like this.
Big, chewy malts up front; toffee, fruit, light brandy. Nicely balanced by equally big (if not bigger) hops. They enter midway through and swell into the finish with intense citrus (grapefruit) and pine sap flavors. Bitter and oily, with an almost cannabis resiny character. Big-bodied, chewy malts, and an appetizing, oily finish. A great pale ale, that’s big enough to be most breweries’ IPA. Very drinkable as well.

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Photo of keilerdunkel
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance is slightly hazy with a orange/brown coppery color topped off with a 1" head which subsided to 1/4" after a couple of minutes. It left nice lacing to the end of the glass.

It has a slightly sweet smell, with a definite citrus overtones (grapefruit/tangerine cross for lack of a better comparison)

Taste: mmm, this is how I expect an APA to taste. Almost as bitter as an americal IPA but not quite. On the first sip, the bitterness hits you first, not overpowering but there, and then is followed by a malty middle and then finishes with the bitterness. Again that nice citrus American hop taste is upfront. Towards the end of the glass, the malt becomes more pronounced, but never loses the hop bite.

mouthfeel smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation.

I could drink these all night, I am surprised at the ABV, because it was not noticible at all. I now see the comparisons mentioned with Pride & Joy mild.

The Three Floyd's beers are fast converting me to being a hop head.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap @ McGradys! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Ahem....Dark red with a small white head that dies quickly (old keg?). Aromas are of piney hops, hops, hops, hops, a bit of bready malts, and some alcohol. The taste is hoppy up front with a lovely malt flavor in the middle and a dry, piney, after taste. The mouthfeel is thick for an IPA and the drinkability is awesome. At 7.35%ABV this one is a true killer! Wow, what an awesome brew from FFF!

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Photo of donnebaby
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mostly opaque, dark copper color body, covered by flakey snowflake lacing and a frost haze. Solid hop aroma, with a bunch of oils and esters popping about, but nothing too special. Some alcohol whiffs.

Taste is tangy and full of fruits in the mouth. Very sweet in the mouth, loaded with ruby red grapefruit juiciness--and followed by a grapefruit drying of the mouth. Medium and totally smooth body. Not the biggest IPA around (oh wait...it's NOT an IPA ;), but very much balanced with an intense, yet drinkable, flavor.

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

This beer is a nice amber hue with a creamy tan head which clings to the side of the glass still even an hour later.

The scent is very powerful with scents of citrusy hops and fresh pine cones.

Taste is very good, malty caramel sweetness with some toastiness, quickly consumed by very strong hop flavors combined with a grapefruity cirtus taste.

Moutfeel and Drinkability are both great, and overall great Pale Ale.

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

Wow. It's been too long since I've had this fantastic American Pale Ale. As I poured this beer into a straight-sided pint glass, the huge, piney hop aroma and wonderfully sustaining, lacy foam was the first thing I noticed about this beer. The first sip was full of juicy, sugary and caramel malt flavors laced with heaps of spicy, citrusy hops. The body is fairly thick, but doesn't keep me from taking larger sips. The alcohol does slow me down. I don't recall this beer being so strong. The lasting bitterness stay with you for a long time. The finish is not only quite bitter, but much drier than I remember. (I really like a dry finish.) All the complexities of this beer, the sugary, almost tropical fruit flavors that seem to meld with the citrusy hops and caramel malt are truly wonderful. When this beer is fresh the hops really shine through and almost steal the show. The remarkable complex hoppiness and maltiness of this beer make it really stand out on its own.

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,752 ratings.