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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,169 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,169
Reviews: 1,679
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 864
Gots: 575 | 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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Photo of Metalmonk
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa! Let me jump right to the smell first. This thing drew my nose in immediately. It's got a juicy citrus quality with depth, not like the singular sour mother-pucker grapefruit aroma that many hoppy beers give off (I like that too). This one is pleasant, more like oranges and lemons, and it doesn't forget the malt which shows up right underneath. Can't wait to taste it!

But first: body is a deep-amber/dark-gold. Has a frothy head like on-tap A&W root beer. Didn't retain well, though it kept a skim across the top. Good dabs of lace as the drinking began.

The smells certainly follow through in the flavor, but all are barely overpowered by that typical pine/grapefruit wang you get in a hoppy beer. Would've liked the sweet fruit and malt aspects to emerge bigger and rounder, as in the aroma. Still, there's a fair balance here and I appreciate that it's not all hops all the time.

Slightly thin in the mouth without being watery. Good lighter feel that makes it go down too quickly. Excellent for knocking back a few with friends on a slow summer afternoon.

Superb. A pale ale that doesn't impress with intense sourness or a huge ABV. Nice to experience such a good balance and depth of flavors and especially smells, along with high drinkability. Only bought a single, now wish I would've gotten a sixer (or hell, a whole case).

Metalmonk, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of cameraman
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was incredible. Poured into a pint glass, an amber color with a small head that forms and laces very nicely. Several aromas come through from citrusy, floral, and earthy scents, with a slight scent of malt. The taste is amazing, very well balanced. It starts with some malt and barley flavors, then the hops begin to announce themselves midway to the end of each taste. The mouthfeel has the consistancy of skim milk, watery, but it does have some body to the texture. Overall, this beer is incredibly drinkable, great taste, wonderful aroma. This beer surpasses one of my favorite beers in this style in SNPA.

cameraman, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome, awesome brew here. Only problem is, it is a little unbalanced. But hoppier than hell. If you are a hophead, this is the brew for you. Decently priced, a little malty on the front end, with a kickass hoppiness at the end. Best APA I've ever had.

bigdeuce, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of trep
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber, perfect clarity, huge frothy head after an aggressive pour. Smells of grapefruity hops, flowers, a nice balance of bitter and malt, although the hops definitely are what you continue to sniff this beer for. Mmm - I love it.

Tastes just the way it smells. Hop bitterness is very present but not overwhelming. Smooth as hell. The head fades to a quarter of an inch layer of thin bubbles with nice lacing around the glass as I continue to sip on the King. I can't get over how smooth this beer is. Reminds me alot of Two-Hearted in its smoothness and balance. Finishes smooth, expectedly.

A quality beer, no doubt about it. Three Floyds should be very proud of this beer.

trep, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of badbeer
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color with a nice off-white head leaving lacing all the way down the glass. Starts off citrusy in the nose, but then hits you with a floral bouquet that seems never ending and always changing. I also noticed grapefruit as others have mentioned, there is also a slight maltiness in the nose, but hardly noticeable. On to the taste, the grapefruit taste came in strong, slight caramel for a second, but finishes with a lemon zest, a hint of pine is present throughout entire taste. Medium bodied and average carbonation level, pretty slick. Just a flat out good beer here, one of my favorites to keep around. Use caution with this one, once having one of these, you will not be able to taste much else in a beer until the following day.

badbeer, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes to BeerPanther for the sample. I love the guy on the label.

It pours a copper color with a frothy shortlived cap. Great lace webs cling to the glass. The aroma is full of perfumy, citrusy, coniferous hops flowers. Theres also substantial malt dough in the nose. The first sip took me aback, I have never tried such perfect hop character. Its immensely hoppy, with multiple layers of floral, piney, grapefruity and herbal flavors. Theres even some sea air like Saaz hops. As the beer warms the complexity just increases. Biscuity malt shows in the background, but its meek compared to the hops. The finish is very dry and bitter. Tonnes of pine and grapefruit concentrate clog my tastes and clear my sinuses. There is no sweetness. The mouthfeel is thick with perfect (medium-low) carbonation.

This is the best Pale Ale I have ever tried, by far. Its not as bitter or pungent as some IPAs, but the sheer depth and delicousness of the hop profie make this beer feel huge. One of my favorite beers ever. If only this was readily available in Ontario.

CAMRAhardliner, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Poured from 12 oz.' er with no freshness data. Left a nice two finger head that receded to 1/4 inch that did stick around to the end, and left thick lacing all the way down. Head is lightly biege and the body is a nice orange copper.

Smell - Grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit, oh, and did I mention grapefruit? Slight hint of mild bready, breakfast tea malt which is of course totally subsumed by grapefruit.

Taste - Of course it's grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefuit, right upfront. The malt is just barely there with mild bready, biscuity and a hint of breakfast tea flavor. The focus is emphatically on the hops, with the malt laying way back, but definintely present enough to more than adequately do it's job of providing backbone, because if it was not, then the hops would have thrown this insanely out of balance. Of course the finish is grapefruit, grapefruit, and biscuity tea, more grapefruit, and it all lingers in a pleasant aftertaste ( of the same, grapefruit and bread). Belch, and you get yet more of this great ale's grapefruit hops and bready malts ( gross, I know, but it's true !, and great ! ).

Mouthfeel - full, thick even - kind of chewy, very satisfying with just right amout of moderate carbonation. Pleasingly slick mouth coating from the hop oils.

Drinkability - I could easily sit here and finish a whole six pack myself and savor, and I mean savor each and every sip, in just one sitting, absolutely no problem. Also, I could just sip and chill with this, or serve this with any kind of meal, event, etc. I just plain love this ale !!

ultralarry2006, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of pbr85
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, amber red with an inch high off white head.
S: Oily, piney hops, sweet flower scent with some grapefruit.
T: Pretty hoppy. There is a substantial malt backbone mainly of sourdough and rye. Earthy and piney hops. Very well balanced.
M: Decent carbonation, slick mouthfeel from the hop oils. Goes down smooth.
D: Great beer. Very nicely balanced. A great alternative for someone who is craving hops but also craving balance.

pbr85, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of gbarron
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle, no freshness dating that I can find.

A - light copper, orangey/golden. Head is creamy, off-white, coverage is excellent. Leaves nice lacing.

S - great aroma on this one. Strong hop presence - pine, resin, citrus, grapefruit. Little bit of alcohol. Malt in the nose as well - can smell some malty, bready sugar. Very, very well balanced nose.

T - forceful bitterness, but not overwhelming. Bitterness hits the tip of your tongue and goes all the way to the back of your mouth. Hop flavors of citrus, grapefruit, NW American hop variety. Some malt here - toffee, bread. But hops win out. A little bit of warming alcohol, but very slight.

M - very smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation appears average. If you let this beer sit out and warm up a little bit, carbonation calms down.

D - very, very tasty brew. Very nice on a warm spring day. Refreshing hop content livens up your tastebuds.

gbarron, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of Bitterbill
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz bottle(room temp) a ruby red with a medium sized head of foam that dissipated slowly. Lots of lacing.

The smell is a bit on the light side but I note some citrus tones from the hops.

The first sip is so darn tasty! Hop bitterness is there and it's offset by an ample dose of malty sweetness making for a nicely balanced flavour that is a real delight. Subsequent sips caress my palate even more with the finish being as good as I've ever had in any beer. Man, the drinkability of this APA is oustanding!

Bottom line: Alpha King Pale Ale, in my book, is *the* APA that all others should be judged by. Simply fantastic!

My thanks to Bditty 187!!!

Bitterbill, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer in Toledo. Thank God, I can pick up Three Floyds in Ohio!!!!
No freshness date.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Another fantastic offering from Three Floyds!!!! They're beers rock!!!
Pours a super clear orange color, maybe light amber. About a one finger thick white head forms, and disappears quickly. Tons of sticky lacing around the glass. Beautiful hop aroma, with lots floral, citusy and piney smells too boot. Reminds me of softer version of Dreadnaught. Maybe Dreadnaught "light". Big hop taste up front with some malty backbone, not overly bitter, just right. An medium bodied brew, thats easy too drink. WIth a low abv a definite session brew that can be enjoyed all night long. Another winner from Three Floyds, and once again my only disappointment, is that its not sold here in Michigan. Bring me some Three Floyds dammit!!!

BigDaddyWil, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of gmcfarre
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Sammy Smith oversized pint. I've had this brew at parties before, but finally I got one to ponder and review...

A - Cloudy, dark orange color with off-white, 1 finger head. Lacing good.

S - Strong hop for sure with a biscuity dough scent. A nice floral overlay.

T - Hops indeed, with above biscuity flavor. A helping of malt, which provides a nice counterpoint to the intense hops (but don't expect them to balance out).

M - Sticky dry bitterness with a crisp finish.

D - A nice, somewhat well rounded APA with extra hop intensity for all you hopheads. Alcohol not in taste at all, making this beer a great session choice or a fine meal pairing.

gmcfarre, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of DuqTroops
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark orange in color - as if a little amberish

Smell - very hoppy with a scent of pine and citrus. smells a lot like an IPA than a regular pale ale.

Taste - malts and barley very light - as any PA there is much hop to the taste. one of the better PAs in a long time.

Mouthfeel - little bitterness with a moderate amount of body

Drinkability - very light and airy. I drank 3 during dinner and didn't realize it until the end (when the 6 ABV kicked in).

DuqTroops, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange and garnet color. White lacing but no real head retention. Smells of sweet fruity malts with a touch of alcohol as it warms. Plain bitter taste with rich esters and malts. Bit a of caramel. Just the right carbonation and body here. Pretty tasty and easy drinking. Nicely balanced

I am, however, a little confused with this beer. It tastes very similar to Pride and Joy Mild and I wonder if it wasn't mislabeled. I bought a 6'er of P&J and found 2 Alpha King bottles in it. I figured someone had just pulled a switcharoo with a couple bottles from an Alpha King 6'er. Whatever, this is good beer.

tempest, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of grub
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice golden colour, with a small head of very tiny bubbles that disappears fairly quickly, but leaves lacing down the glass.

great, fresh, floral hop aroma.

the taste is an immediate bitter, hoppy bite, that fades into a nice balance with the slightly malty backbone. no noticeable alcohol presence, which makes it very drinkable.
body on this one is great. it's definitely not a "lite" beer, but it's also not going to fill you up with one bottle.

overall, a great beer. i'm only half way through the bottle and i find myself wishing i had another. definitely recommended.

grub, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of tattooedtolley
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, great label artwork, visually obvious a Three Floyds brew.

Appearance: Orangish amber in color, nice retaining head.

Smell: Hop aroma most obvious with great citrus and floral smell.

Taste: The malts in this beer do a great job balancing out those crazy hops. I had this with friends who typically do not care for over the top hops and they found it very drinkable. I on the other hand was suprised by the hops as I was under the assumption this was an APA. So either way I got my hops and they got their malts, I'd say that speaks to the balance of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: Easy to drink many of these, good thing I was in a sharing mood.

Overall I was not dissappointed. I never know what to expect when trying a new APA. I normally go in with expectations and typically come out dissappointed. This was definitely not the case with this beer.

tattooedtolley, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of jj21
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From BA definition of a Pale Ale:
"...expect a good balance of malt and hops. Fruity esters and diacetyl can vary from none to moderate, and bitterness can range from lightly floral to pungent.

American versions tend to be cleaner and hoppier, while British tend to be more malty, buttery, aromatic and balanced."

This beer nails it. Crisp grapefruit tartness and smoothness are outstanding. Very floral aroma and balanced pallet make this beer the best Pale Ale I've had (yet...)

jj21, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of Higravity
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is not a Alpaha King in my book, while hoppy it is for the malt and mouthfeel that I enojy this beer, a lot. Looks a crazy shade of red with a quickly receding white head that gives little lacing. Smells of a great malty red that has been nicely dosed with low-coho hops, giving a citrus and piney aroma. The mouthfeel is full and it allows the terrific malt profile to outshine the hops that give a nice balance to this beer. This truly rocked for my, so much so that I had two, with a list of 60+ beers in front of me.

Higravity, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of Derek
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At 6% abv and 66 IBU's, isn't it really more of an American IPA?

A: Clear copper in colour, pours with a nice white head, which leaves a little lace.

S: Tons of citrousy American hop aroma (mostly grapefruit) .

T: Lots of American hop flavour (grapefruit with a little pine), it's powerful, but not overwhelming. Certainly balanced to the bitter side, but it's a very pleasant bitterness. There's a little bit of pale malt flavour in the background, with a hint of caramel as well.

M: Light to moderate body is slightly oily. Carbonation is moderate.

D: At 6% alcohol, it could certainly be trouble!

Thanks for picking this one up Dave!

Derek, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Citrusy hop aroma, but it is muted. Copper/tea colored with a finger thick white head. very quaffable. Nothing revolutionary here just a good malt base followed by ample hopping that leaves a mildly sweet malty beer that finishes citrusy and grapefruit bitter. Very solid if you like lots of hops.

Jredner, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of bearrunner44
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Cloudy, brownish-amber color. Bubbly, slightly filmy head, the color of pancake batter. Once the bulk of the head dissipates, a millimeter or two remains perched on top.

Aroma- Sharply acidic hops sting the nose; piney grapefruit aroma all the way. Agitation reveals a sweet, bready hop profile.

Taste & Mouthfeel- Quite a hop bomb! They're brash and assertive, filling the taste buds with citric flavor. The malt is smooth, sweet, and slightly toasty, but it's only in there to help take a little of the edge off the hops. The leftover head and ample carbonation lends the beer a light, slightly airy mouthfeel.

Verdict- The sole purpose of this beer is to serve as a hop delivery system. The strength of the hops might rub some drinkers the wrong way. I appreciated it, though.

bearrunner44, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of Prufrock
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

orange-red amber with a slight haze and 3/4 inch of foamy white head that leaves perfect rings of lace.

nose is peachy, piney, and rindy; all sorts of nice hop aromas.

taste is nice; tons of hop bitterness with a slightly fruity, peachy touch to the overall hoppy aftertaste that lasts forever. nice mouthfeel with some hop oiliness. not overly complex or interesting; mostly just straightforward hop bitterness.

on another note, shouldn't this be under IPA? how does something labeled Alpha King not make it into the IPA category?

Prufrock, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is very reddish copper, lightly hazy, it pours with only a touch of foam. Aroma is strong and inviting, caramel malt balanced nicely with orange scented hops. Taste is mostly dominated by the strong sweet orange flavor from the hops. Malt flavor is less noticible, and in the finish there is a medium bitterness but perhaps not as much as I expected. Mouthfeel is nice, not too thin, although I would have enjoyed it if were a bit creamier. Carbonation is fine. Alcohol was not overpowering.

I really enjoyed the luscious aroma or orange/tropical hops and sweet malt. The flavor couldn't match the same balance but it was drinkable nonetheless. The fruitiness reminded me of Fruity Pebbles cereal, oddly. It's a very unique pale ale, and I was glad to get a chance to try it...

bennetj17, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of vtfan77
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orange/gold color. Pretty thin head that dissipates quickly, but it leaves a nice, sticky lace on the glass.

S- Big pine and citrus hop aromas, but nothing in the malt department. Nice, though.

T- Some sweet malt up front, but hops quickly take over with more pine and citrus. Pine is especially evident, though. Fairly bitter aftertaste, with some lingering biscuity malt flavors.

M- Medium-bodied, goes down smooth. Nothing really notable, but solid.

D- Decent drinkability. I could definitely have more than one in a sitting.

Quite good, quite good. For a regular pale ale, this is ridiculously hoppy. It's hoppier than some IPA's I've tried. I would prefer the hop flavor to be more citrusy than piney, but it was still good. Recommended for hop-lovers.

vtfan77, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of DeaconBluez
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

received via trade from maltygoodness

awesome amber color. there is a great citrus hop to the taste and smell. great fruit esters. built like an american pale should be built. taste is very crisp, not too much carbonation. man i love the citrusy/leafy/piney taste to this. a very sessionable beer from well known american micro brew. wish this beer would make it down south. i could drink this bad boy daily

DeaconBluez, Feb 10, 2006
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 5,169 ratings.