Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,719 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,719
Reviews: 1,754
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 916
Gots: 895 | 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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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We need this stuff in Tejas!!

What can I say? This beer is money. Dark amber color with a peak-filled off white head. Citrus nose with a nice malty balance. Could easily be confused for an IPA...until the clean crisp finish hits you after taking a drink. Perfectly balanced, has a grassy taste and a perfect finish.

I really want to taste more of their offerings.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to beereality for the beer.

Pours out to a transparent bronze. Nice offwhite head with good lacing. Smell is interesting, I don't know how to describe it.

Initial taste is nutty. Then the sweet malts hit your palate. Ends with a very fruity hops taste to stay in your mouth. Bitterness doesn't come around until well after your sip.

Texture seems a little thick, compaired to water.

All in All, this is a very fine well built beer. It's a damn shame that it's not available in Texas.

Photo of BeenJammin
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a cloudy amber hue. Medium sized head with minimal retention.

S - I can mainly pick out a floral hop aroma but there is definitely some sweet malts coming out of there as well.

T - This is a very well built beer. Some very good tasting spicy hops to go along with a sweet carmelly malts. This beer leaves you with a tangy feeling after you keep sipping it.

M - This is a medium bodied ale. It does down pretty smoothly and is quite refreshing.

D - It is a very enjoyable beer to drink.

Photo of SirSketch
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, off-white head with very dense bubbles. Much of the head dissipates after a minute, leaving a nice ring. Light amber color to this beer, and it is very clear as well.

S - The two scents that caught my nostrils was the smell of floral hops and the spicy smell of alcohol. Maybe a hint of apple?

T - The hops are undeniable. Little to no malt present. As with most APAs, it left a dry, tart aftertaste in my mouth. The taste of alcohol was a little strong for a beer of this type (in my opinion).

M - Medium bodied with little carbonation

First of all, I really enjoyed the beer. My only concern is that it seems more along the lines of an IPA than APA to me. Otherwise, a great beer!

Photo of joepais
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Goliath for this one
Bottle poured into my pint glass produced a finger worth of head, then settled to a quick lace. The body on this brew was nice clear amber.

Aromas of sweet malt light citrus lemony hops fill my nose.

Flavors of hops, very bitter for pale, not much malt I think it is more of an IPA than a Pale Ale. Medium mouthfeel ale with great carbonation.

Very drinkable it would be very easy to drink a few of these on a nice summer day.

Photo of roadhouse
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep orange-amber with a two finger head that dissipates into a nice coating on the top of the beer. Very fine particulate matter noticeable when held up to the light. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is very fruity and citrusy with grapefruit dominating. There is also a light orange aroma that I detect. Below that is some sweet malt aroma as well as floral and piney aromatics from the hops. Not an extremely strong aroma, but certainly very mouthwatering.

The taste of this brew is outstanding. Not only are the citrusy and piney hops abundant, but there is also a fairly complex malt backing that contains flavors of caramel and toasted malt.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, but closer to medium. This is one drinkable beer. Probably the most sessionable beer out there for hopheads, in my opinion.

Wow, what a beer. It's a bit on the bitter side but it's remarkably balanced with those sweet malt flavors. I used to think that SNPA was the benchmark for APAs, but now I think Alpha King takes the crown, no pun intended.

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

A - A little darker than a standard pale ale, so it obviously has more malt. Almost an amber, at least in terms of color. Slightly off white, 1/2 finger head sits on the top... into a shaker pint.

S - Flowery hops, piney hops, clementine oranges.

T - A well-balanced and well rounded brew. Hoppier than most APA's but keeps a nice malt backbone to hold everything in place. The finish is very slight bitter dryness. Overall a really nice brew.

M - Could stand to be a bit lighter to up the drinkability. Otherwise good.

D - Not the most supremely drinkable brew on the planet, but a good offering from a good brewery. There's a reason it's on the top 100.

Notes: I had my buddy pick me up 2 sixxers of this when he went to Chicago for a couple weeks. He couldn't believe how much he was spending on twelve beers. I couldn't believe that he was around the block from a Binny's. I guess it's all perception.

Photo of throwitallaway
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from thickerfreakness. Thanks dude! Decanted from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours an amber color with a one-finger head that fizzles away quickly. Aroma of resiny hops, citrus hops, and big, sweet caramel malt. Taste starts with a pleasant resiny bitterness, then the citrus kicks in, and finally it finishes with caramel and bready malts. Nice medium body, with a quite high drinkability. Honestly this tastes more like an IPA to me, but I'm a hophead, so I'm quite into this beer.

Photo of mhewes
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A : Pours a good amber color with a thin white head that leaves good lacing behind

S : Some malt but mainly citrus hops.

T : Hop bomb. Loads of hop flavor, a little too much. Mainly citrus flavors. There's a little bit of malt but not enough of a balance.

M : Medium bodied, good carbonation

D : A little too much on the hop side for me. I prefer a more balanced beer.

Photo of dill
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a bottle into a pint glass, looking forward to this hoppy pale ale at the end of the day. There wasn't a lot on the nose initially, but it had a nice white head on top of the golden beer. I was surprised by how creamy it was in the mouth. I was also expecting something a bit more hoppy, but what I got was just a nice American pale ale that I'd happily enjoy again.

Photo of avaulteriam
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge hop presence in the nose, with much to offer in the malt department. Taste is quite sweet with huge hops to make it nice and bitter. I actually used to prefer this from the bottle slightly more, as it is less sweet, but now tap is where it's at. At any rate, an amazing session ale.

Photo of Goliath
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear amber color with a thin white head. Poor retention and no real lace.

Aroma is very nice. A nice citrusy hop profile, with a little maltiness and a touch of alcohol.

The taste is pretty nice. A piney hop bitterness with a little maltiness. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bright tingley carbonation smack.

Drinkability is fairly high. Low alcohol levels and great flavor make the beer easy to consume, bitterness will limit the amount of consumption however.

Photo of nrbw23
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice clear amber/copper color with a off white colored head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S- Sweet malts, floral notes and some citrusy hops.

T- Very nice. Starts out with a nice citrus hop taste and then is balanced out by a malt flavour.

M- Medium in body and good carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink. Very refreshing.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really unique black and orange label with the green "Alpha King" dropping hops into a fizzy concoction. Looks tasty without even opening it. No freshness date seen, pry off top.

Appearance- Pour a rich, dark amber/apricot with minial haziness. Pushing the color limit for an APA. No chunks or sediment detected, just a nice offwhite 1/8 inch head which hangs around and keeps you company.

Smell - Orange, grapefruit & sour pine mixed with an array of sweet malts. Smells like it's got a lot of hops going on, for a beer considered to be an American Pale Ale, and not an IPA.

Taste- Heavenly balanced spike of bitter citrus mixed with sweet toasted malts. Hints of caramel and grapefruit, as well. Slight alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Yum,medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Hop wax sticking at the back of my throat for a few minutes after drinking. Super refreshing.

Drinkability - Delightful. If you are ready for a beer that pushes the flavor limit on a traditional American Pale Ale, this is the one.

I can drink this all night long, very enjoyable. No wonder it's Three Floyds flagship beer. Fantastic.

Photo of srandycarter
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours murky caramel honey, spongy off white head about .5 inches. Reduces to ring. Persistent lacing.

S - Deep sweetness and citrus hops.

T - For me, many beers start sweet and balance to bitter. This one starts sweet, quickly goes hop bitter and the sweet malt core comes up the back and mellows it out. I like the transitions.
A little sour note was noticed that I didn't think really went with the flavor profile.

M - Good carb, medium body, good coating.

D - Not cloying, fun beer. Easy to drink. The sour note is my only dent in this tasty beer.

Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cheers to joe1510 for this beauty!

Poured an orangey caramel with 3+ fingers of rocky sand colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: resiny pine & breadyness, fades a bit as it warms

T: Resiny pine, doughy malt, & orange & leafy hops up front. Toffee, dryness & grapefruit as this warms along with caramel & a hint of booze. Finishes fruitty with nice toffee & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation & great balance

Drinkability was great, a very well put together APA

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

Given to me by Rich at Bellport Beer (he acquired some through beer trading), the beer poured an orange amber color with a small off-white head. Wonderful and balanced hop aromas emanate off the top of this beer. Wow! This tastes more like an IPA than an APA and it's great. The hop flavor is very rich and not abrasive at all. I even noticed a slight caramel or chocolate note in the hop finish. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Definitely one of the best American Pale Ale's I've had.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of dschuster at the 5/1/08 BA Gathering at Catskellar.

Appearance - pours a caramel orange color, a big fluffy head with a smooth creamy top sets up. It hangs around a while, leaving a nice layer of lace as it sowly fades.

Aroma - great burst of floral and pine.

Taste - caramel malt, biscuity start. A slight sweetness is quickly replaced by the pungent, spicy hops. Slightly citrus to start, they quickly turn bitter, pushing a bit into the medicinal range. Resiny, piny aftertaste, gets better as the palate gets accustomed. Finishes resiny, dry and bitter, even a touch warm.

Mouthfeel - some slickness, crisp carbonation, somewhat weighty.

Drinkability - wire-to-wire goodness. A great beer to get a quick hop fix but really not something I could session at length.

Photo of iconoklaztor
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a sixer of this great brew. This beer is a gift from FFF that I'm happy to get. It's hoppy and balanced. It has hints of grapefruit and a little, subtle, carmel taste as well.

This is a great brew!

Overall, its a great session or go to beer. I really enjoy it.

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

Had this at their location, on tap.

Dark golden with ruby overtones, and a white sticky head, just like from the bottle.
Nose is hoppy, fruity as expected, but the malts are quite noticeable as well, adding some sweetness, earthy/grainy features to balance it out. It feels very fresh, with a more pronounced fuitiness when compared to the bottle, which is an improvement.
Taste is very well-balanced just like the bottle; hoppy and, fruity but also at times malty and even somewhat sweet. Dry finish, but here, compared to the bottle, the fruitiness and bitterness feel a bit more noticeable, and it lingers for a bit longer.
Medium, creamy on the palate, it is very flavorful and well-hopped, but the malts are not ignored and maintain a very flavorful balance, although comparing to the bottle, the hops are a lit bit more upfront.
Impressive, even better than the bottle version.

Photo of Proteus93
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Getting an opportunity to try this bit of a cult classic... shame Three Floyds don't service Virginia anymore.

A: A nice, deeper golden pour... the slightest bit of a fogginess. About a finger tall, rather creamy head with some spots of lacing.

S: Grapefruit citrus in front... a little bit of a floral aroma in there. Some mild malts bring a bit of balance (at least enough to be expected for the style)

T + M: This is amazingly clean and refreshing... something I did not expect in the least. Citrus hops, with an underlying piney flavour to the hops. A bit of a creamy malt profile in there to keep things in check... but it's a pretty relaxed enforcer, in that sense!

D: A nice job from this brewery, and a pleasure to have tried. It makes me wish it were still here even more, as it would make for a great, easy-going - though perhaps a little high to be sessionable - drink to enjoy in casual conversation on the patio.

Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brilliantly clear amber with a dense head of white that leaves behind thick sheets of lace.

Smell: Loaded with citrus and pine, a hint of fresh herbs and the slightest bready malt foundation linger beneath.

Taste & mouthfeel: This is a pale ale? Dry and ultra-hoppy, this drinks more like an American IPA. Oily hops present flavors of grapefruit and lemon peel that segue into a resiny bitter finish. Malts are subdued and provide little more than a foundation for the hops - I wouldn't call this balanced, but it's delicious.

Photo of genog
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to sample this on tap at the Map Room.

Poured a light ruby red amber color with a great sparkling body and sudsy light colored hear. Smell was very grainy with spicy citrusy hops that jump through. Taste is a balanced IPA with plenty of hops present as well as a strong grain bill. Some lemongrass comes through as well making this a really smooth mouth feeling. Drinkability is really high and this is one of my favorite sessionable beers if only it was more available in Ohio.

Photo of tiger88
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on draft the night before DLD and on DLD as well. Liked it and bought a 6 pack to bring home. I initially ordered this one to come down off my Alpha Kong high. It was a very pleasant APA. It was a clear, golden-orange with a nice, fluffy white head. It left a little lacing as the beer disappeared from my glass. A strong hop aroma did not translate into an overwhelming hoppy taste, which I was glad of since the Kong almost destroyed my tastebuds. It was a clean, crisp tasting pale ale. Light in the mouth with minimal aftertaste, this beer would be a great addition to my regular rotation....if I didn't live in Alabama.

Photo of charlzm
3.49/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 04/25/08/.

Pours a hazy medium gold with a two finger, white (light yellow?) head.

Aroma is soapy.

Flavor is restrained but interesting. Some caramel maltiness and strong but smoothly bitter. Juicy, whistle-whetting brew.

Well balanced, very drinkable.

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,719 ratings.