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Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness. This is our flagship beer.

68 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2000

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Reviews: 1,779 | Ratings: 6,196
Photo of jbphoto88
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a deep amber color with a thin head that has little to no retention. There is some lacing but it is also very thin.

Smell is of malts and some citrus, mixed with a little piney notes. There are also some soft floral notes that combine with the maltiness to produce an interesting nose. It makes me want to take a sip.

The taste does not disappoint. It is the epitome of an American Pale Ale. It has a lovely subtle malt taste that transitions to a nice clean hoppy bitterness. No buttery mouthfeel to hint towards the English style.

A tasty beverage! Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. This one can be consumed all night.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sephiroth for this one, also. Poured from bottle into a snifter- pours a deep amber color with good sized creamy white head. Tons of lacing. Tons of piney hop aromas, without even taking a good whiff of this one! It comes right out. Great bite right off the bat. Grainy, piney bitterness. A hophead's delight. medium body with a lingering bitter flavor keeps this beer on the palate for a while. More bite and flavor that any PA I have had in a while. Kind of like a Sierra on steroids. I Like it a-l-o-t...

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Photo of abankovich
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheodorHerzl for helping me get my hands on this.

Poured into a snifter a very nice, deep amber color. A thin head was present upon pouring but dissipated very quickly. Nice lacing is present though that is definitely clinging to the sides of my glass.

Smell, I love the smell of Pale Ales and this one doesn't disappoint Definitely bitter with some floral notes and a little citrus. Also noticed a little caramel after it warmed up for a few minutes. Some toasted notes are also present.

The first taste that hit my tongue was definitely very bitter, but refreshing. The bitterness seems to stay throughout each sip actually, with hints of that caramel and some citrus. Some taste of alcohol is also present.

Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied. Leaves my mouth feeling a little dry afterwards.

Drinkability is fantastic, especially after this one warms up a bit. At first it was a little overpowering compared to what I was expecting. 5 minutes after the first sip though, things mellowed out and are very smooth going down.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three Floyds Alpha King
12oz. brown bottle

Poured into a snifter. Alpha King pours a reddish amber color, with an off-white head that drops quickly. Really nice lacing. Great hop aroma..very floral, citrusy and piney. Taste starts with an iced tea, malty background, with a very nice hoppy twang that reminds me of centennial and cascade. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little dry. Light mouthfeel as well. I could drink a ton of these if only Three Floyds was in Florida. Very nice American Pale Ale.

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

seems like enough has been said, but i have to shout out to this nice, hoppy, citrusy and slightly piney pale ale. great pale ale for the hop head, and nice malt backbone as well. seems this brewery has developed somewhat of a cult following, and they deserve it. never had anything below par by them. please keep 'em coming three floyds. cheers.

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

701 reviews as of this writing. I'll leave the usual review behind and note some of my impressions. Wow, that's one piney / grassy hoppy beer. Smells stronger regarding the piney note than the taste, taste lends more of a grassy note. Nice that they decided to stay a lower ABV APA than a DIPA.

I can see why hopheads would love this beer! Not my cup of alpha.

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

12oz bottle of the classic Three Floyds hoppy brew.

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a creamy bubbly head and nice lace.

Hoppy nose of pine, peach, and grapefruit with a little soft bread, straw, and light malt.

Taste has just enough malt to hold the middle, with a piny resin on top. A little juicy citrus turns to full bitterness at the finish with hints of hay and grains.

Mouthfeel is medium/full for a PA, a little oily and somewhat dry at the finish. Good carbonation.

Very sturdy for a Pale Ale, with strong flavor and big bitterness. Very drinkable.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A -A really deep, very attractive dark color that looks like a mix between orange and cooper. Maybe a color one could call rust. There is a nice creamy slightly dirty looking head as well that sits on top of this one and leaves some nice lacing.

S - A nice hoppy, floral and citrus smell coming of it, rather fragrant as one can smell this one coming from miles away. There are also a few light notes of pine mixed in there as well which just adds even more to the hop dominance of this beer's nose.

T - The taste is just great and the citrus and pine hop aspect of this beer are the first tastes that hit your mouth. I would have to say the citrus seems to lean a bit more towards the orange aspect in my opinion. However, the hops are not at all overpowering and would not call this a hop bomb as all of a sudden there is a nice hit of sweet malts that come in to relieve your tongue from the hoppy onslaught. This is one superbly balanced beer as you are given a nice dose of both hops and malt without being blown away by either. hits you as first but not at all overpowering. Really a great beer that I just love.

MF - The mouthfeel is also great as it is super smooth and the carbonation is just right as there is a light carbonation that comes in and goes well with the hops and the body is there but not too thick or syrupy which makes this one really easy to drink as well. The after feeling is a light tingle that sits in on the mouth and because of the malt, I don't find myself feeling like I want to pucker to combat the hops bitterness.

D - Drinkability is really high on this as I could see myself buying this and just drinking one after another. It could possibly be the beer of choice for those nights when one just wants to drink beer after beer instead of sipping along. I also have to add that if I were ever stuck on a deserted island with only one beer this is the one beer that I would hope is with me since I do not think I could ever tire of this one as it just brings you everything you want in a beer and does it greatly.

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Photo of Lothore
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a deep, sunset orange with a small head.

S- Smell is absolutely perfect. Sweet, floral tones with a huge aromatic pineyness.

T- Taste is milder than expected from the ipaesque nose but good none the less. Starts off with a huge hit of piney hop flavor but mellows quickly into sweet maltiness and very little if any hop bitterness.

M- Creamy with a good amount of carbonation. Theres something different about the three floyds mouthfeel that I can't put my finger on. At first with Dreadnaught I thought it was lack of carbonation but now im thinking it may be to creamy for a pale ale or ipa.

D- This would be an absolutely excellent session beer. One of my favorite pale ales to date. Has all of the hop flavor but none of the bitterness which makes it pretty drinkable.

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Photo of JDV
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DrBayern for this amazing pale!

Pours a rich, cloudy honey/amber color, with a big lasting, and lasting, and lasting beige head. Never seen anything less than a rich stout hold onto a head the way this did. Smell is huge bold hops, citrusy, and fruity sweet caramel and is just mouthwatering. Taste is very nicely hopped, but not overdone at all. A great flavorful sweetness really rounds this beer out, and a nice satisfying bitterness, and full mouthfeel make this one of my all time favorites. A must try if you like American Pales.

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Photo of PhxHorn
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Goddamn, this is one of the best beers I've ever had. It pulls down my pants and taunts me. Thanks to Louisdog for the trade. Pours a deep orange color, lots and lots of white foam that leaves an opaque layer on the glass. Smells strongly of citrus. Tastes of citrus, some malt, and a solid amount of bitterness. Outstanding balance of flavor. Close to IPA territory, and in fact I've had IPAs that were less intense. Strong but not too much carbonation, and I was done with it before I realized what had happened. Jesus, how do those Floyd guys do it? And by the way, which one's Pink?

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Photo of rbowser
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing that hits you is the fresh and pungent citrus hops. This, as the title implies, is a Northwest hop festival in a glass or bottle.

It pours with a small but firm head that dissipates quickly and has a amber hue. Take the time to smell the hops before you drink this one, it really has a beautiful aroma that seems like it came right from some grassy field.

It also has a subtle taste not from the base malts, hops, or the crystal malt that gives it its amber hue. My guess is 3 Floyds uses a small amount of a speciality malt that provides a bit more depth and background flavor without overwhelming the simplicity of this IPA.

As the name suggests, this is a bitter beer, but it has the smoothness of my guess, Centennial hops, which is firm but very drinkable. It is also very clean, in the West Coast tradition, with no noticeable esters or yeast flavors that would be typical of an English IPA.

This is a very clean, super example of a West Coast style IPA that is highly drinkable. If I could get this locally, I would be stocking it up.

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

Thanks to TheodorHerzl for the chance to try this.

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours amber with yellow highlights. Little to no head, some light lacing on top.

S- A sweet nose lots of hops. Notes of grapefruit and orange. I actually get an almost hard candy smell.

T- I get a good malt backbone w/ some nice hops character. I nice caramel with citrus notes. This is a really tasty beer. I am not getting blown away w/ hops like I thought I would. This is a very balanced beer.

M- This is a pretty thick pale ale but it is nice on the palate. Lower carbonation than I would expect though.

D- I could definitely have a couple of these. I think I should road trip to Munster, IN!

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Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alpha King Pale Ale pours a hazy orange with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is citrusy hops. The flavor is also dominated by citrusy hops, and the malt is up to the job of balancing this beer nicely, but stays in the background. This is a hoppy beer, but it's not a as strong as a DIPA type beer, I think I could session this beer all night. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper in color and semi transparent. Nice, thick pillowy sheets of lacing and 3/4" of head.

S- Grapefruit and sweet caramel malts.

T- Nice bitter hops blended well with deep caramel backbone.

M- Medium to thick with high carbonation.

D- Very high. Almost a perfect score here.

Overall- This was a quick review while taking a break from brewing. My friend had some in the fridge and I have been dying to try it. Very sweet and a nice offering all the way around. Glad I finally got to give it a go. I would definitely seek this one out.

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Photo of spointon
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was my third or fourth occasion to sample this fine brew and thought it was time for a review.

I poured it aggressively from a bottle into a pint glass, yet it only produced about a 1/4 inch tan head that was gone in under 2 minutes. The color is a brilliant clear orange amber with barely noticable carbonation release. Decent lacing down the glass.

The smell is of course hops over the top, but there are also fruity esters and possibly a bit of not-unpleasant coppery scent.

The taste of this beer is very good. It is pleasantly bitter at first, but a hint of malt creeps in midway before a dry finish. Altogether a great taste sensation with this beer.

Mouthfeel is fine and good with low carbonation.

Drinkability is excellent. A classic example of american hoppiness. Too hoppy to compare to most other american pale ales, this one holds its own next to the best american IPAs such as Mad Hatter.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Acquired in a trade with vj2slow

Appearance is a clear amber-dark orange hue, head is a thick off-white layer of sudsy foam that dissipates to a thin ring, spotty lacing on the glass

Smell is mild-to-moderate hops, mostly light citrus, pine resin, and floral/grass, nice backbone of bread/biscuit malts, touches of fruit zest and spices

Taste is floral and earthy hops held in check with pale bread malts, great balance, some bitter citrus and roast malts creep in, finish dominated by bitter hops, very delicious

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery yet slick texture, mild carbonation

Drinkability is very high, I really like the balance between hops and malts, this is a very hop-forward pale ale in the session range with very little alcohol presence, i'm glad i was able to get a 6-pack of this tasty ale!

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Photo of Floydster
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle purchased from Walnut Liquorette for three dollars

A-Golden brown color with an orange tint, 3/4 inch soapy white head, great retention, phenomenonal lacing

S-Various types of hoppiness, lots of citrus, some nice bready malt aromas, pine scents, straw, barley

T-Lots of citrus at the beginning, grapefruit and lemon mostly, some chewy biscuit-like malt balances it out beautifully, dry and chewy finish, got a little sweeter when it warmed, amazingly smooth

M-Chewy mouthfeel, medium size body, lots of carbonation, fairly bitter and creamy at the same time

D-Could drink these all night, would make a great session beer, low in alcohol, super light on the stomach, great diversified taste keeps you coming back

Have heard this beer is cream of the crop of Three Floyds releases other than Dark Lord, did not disappoint, best pale ale I have ever had, will buy a six pack next time I make it to this store even though it is fifteen dollars

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

Appearance: Dark amber with a slight tan head. Head disappears almost completely after the first couple of sips.

Smell: Sweet citrusy hops along with a nice floral scent dominate the nose. There is a bit of a malty smell in the background as well.

Taste: Citrusy hops up front with a slight bitter finish. As with the nose, there is a bit of malt in the middle of the sip between the hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth beer. Medium body and not much in the way of carbonation. Nice hop flavor lasts for while in the aftertaste but is not too strong.

Drinkability: Pretty good beer. Very drinkable for a beer that focuses on hops. One of the better Pale Ales out there and definitely easy to drink.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We have had the Alpha King all over, in bottle and on-tap, at the brewery and other places, but I don't think we had it from the cask before. What a fantastic beer! Nice dark amber with a good froth in the glass. The smell is full, hoppy and floral. On the palate, all the good things of Alpha King are emphasized in this super-smooth and drinkable brew, floral hops, fruit, length. I was reminded of Fuller's London Pride and Brakspears (RIP) in particular as examples of a complex fruity bitter.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Balanced hop aroma without residual bitterness. Heads up decently. Nice malt tones combine with hops of the style to make a beer that's scarily drinkable. Very clean mouthfeel. Has always been one of my favorites; for an IPA this drinks waaaayyy too easily.

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Photo of stephens101
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to some of the Three Floyds brews. A golden amber pour is topped off by a one-finger tan head that dissipates in it's own good time leaving a jagged lacing behind. Smells of bold, citrusy hops which are rounded at the edge and present perfectly. I've never experienced this aroma in an APA. It's of a different class. Tastes of grapefruit covered with table sugar. The hop bitterness that follows is actually icing on the cake. I'm so enjoying drinking this one that I find it hard to write. Mouthfeel is smooth and comforting, but it also leaves you feeling like you're drinking a real-mans beer. There's something going on here that sets this one apart from the rest of the pack, and that's a mighty big pack we're speaking of.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with garnet hues. The head is a fluffy two fingers, with coloration like that of lightly toasted meringue. The head retains well, while the lacing is hearty.

Smell: The citrusy hops reveal themselves quite clearly, accompanied by roasted barley malts that balance the aroma. Orange peel, ripe apricot, and a subtle zestiness provided a spice that I can't quite identify. Very pleasant.

Taste: The hops infuse the beer with a citric bittersweetness. Flavors of grapefruit and apricot predominate. There is also a very satisfying roasted nuttiness that pulls through to add some heft to the taste. The finish is mostly bitter, but also contains notes of barley malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slick on the tongue. Warming to the palate and throat.

Drinkability: Well balanced, striking a satisfying compromise between refreshment and satiation. An excellent brew that is an exemplar of the style.

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

L: The beer itself is a dark orange amber color. The head is a light off white.
S:I am picking up a combination or apricots and grapefruit. Niehter of which totally stick out.
T:The hops a nice floral on the back. Those are matched up and balanced well with a touch of sweet malt.
M:Like many pale ales, this one is big fat, round and syrupy.
D:This is probably one of the best pale ales I have had.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Pours a light amber color with a white frothy head. The points I detracted for the fleeting nature of the head (although the initial lacing was pretty good) were easily made up by the vibrant color and excellent clarity.

Kinda, sorta, slightly hoppy aroma here! Dominated by grapefruit hop varieties, with each sip demanding a requisite sniff first. (almost) distrating from the flavor. Excellent, and I can't bring myself to downgrade it for not being very "Pale Ale-ish"

This is a great tasting beer, whatever it is. The hop assault fails to quite match that projected by the aroma, but only just. Also, where I only got hops in the nose, there is a solid pale sweet malt backbone easily noted here behind the citric hops attack. Quite crisp, obviously refreshing, and nothing "off" in the lingering bitterness of the finish.

At times I find myself thinking the beer is a bit thin, but the body seems to suit it. Carbonation is slightly on the low side, and as such I have trouble not draining the glass in one motion. Wish this was available locally, but then so do BA's in about 43 other states!

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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