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Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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1,733 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,733
Hads: 5,889
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.96%
Wants: 922
Gots: 965 | FT: 24
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: 1,733 | Hads: 5,889
Photo of bjoyce12
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good solid APA. Maybe not the best I've tried(Stoudt's and Flying Dog come to mind), but not a bad choice. In fact, I'd say a definite solid choice. Pours cloudy golden. Nice hoppy aroma, not too strong. Hoppy without being bitter in taste, nice and clean and crisp. Its best quality may be that it is very drinkable. Smoothness is its second best. (350 characters)

Photo of willjschmidt
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: A dark amber hue with some orangish undertones.

S: Lots of glorious floral and piney hops!

T: A damn good IPA (this really is an IPA, don't let the name on the bottle fool you), one of the better ones that I've had. This brew if bursting with delicious hops and has probably the most juicy fruit that I've ever encountered in an IPA. Orange, grapefruit, mango, you name it, it's in here. It's all balanced very well with a solid malt backbone and is finished off with just the right amount of bitterness.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, and goes down easy.

D: An excellent beer, eminently drinkable and thoroughly enjoyable. This would quite possibly be my go to beer if I happened to live in Three Floyds distribution area. (774 characters)

Photo of JamesS
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is excellent! Three Floyds has done a great job with their flagship beer. Comes out a nice copper color and has very good head and nice lacing. It has a wonderful scent, very hoppy without being overly bitter. The same for the taste, along with a great caramel taste as well that serves to sweeten it a bit. Went down very easy. It was so good I got a growler of it to take home. (384 characters)

Photo of sleazo
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Monsone, been looking for this one for a while.

A-Pours a beautiful slightly cloudy brown. The two finger head is as fluffy as can be with long lasting staying power. Sheets of lace cling to the sides of the glass. Beautiful to behold.

S-A wonderful aroma of pine and citrus wafts at me from across the table. The aroma is both powerful and lovely. Slight hints of caramel sweetness round it out.

T-Strong pine hop oils hit the tongue at first sip, this is followed up by a slight acidity and a vague sweetness. The overall character is dry however. There are hints of caramel as well though less than in the smell. Overall it is very well balanced. The hops have a way of lingering through the mouth leaving a great aftertaste. as it warms hints of cocoa and melon peek through

M-Slightly thick and creamy with a bit of oil presence. Mild carbonation.

D-This is one of if not the best APA I have had. Very hoppy yet balanced with a great mouthfeel. I wish this were available in NYC

T- (999 characters)

Photo of dbalsock
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks franksnbeans!

App: Pours clear orange copper with a huge head. Looks bottle conditioned, and on further inspection... it is! Sticks to the glass well with thick lacing, and the head never drops below 1/2 inch of foam.

Smell: Wonderful hops, very complex. A canteloupe sweetness comes out of the malts, reminding me of a hoppy maibock. I can easily pick up berries and roses in there as well.

Taste: As is expected the hops hit first with a floral taste, followed immediately by grapefruit. next comes biscuity malts and caramel malts followed by an aftertaste so bitter I can't find an actual taste in there.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light bodied with a tingling carbonation from bottle conditioning. The bitterness lasts for days it seems.

Drinkability: Wonderful for the style and much more complex than the average apa, the hop combination is great and the malt profile provides a nice backdrop to the excitement. (925 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Hero27 for this bottle.

Pours a cloudy, dark amber with some lighter orange hues around the edge. Big, dense head of dirty off-white bubbles. Nice sticky, chunk lacing rings the glass.

Aroma is of citrus, pine, and light grassy hops. The citrus is big. There is a caramel backbone to help even it out some. Smells yummy.

Wow...this is good. Nice bitter grapefruit and pine hops with a touch of sweetness in the middle. This is hoppier than many IPAs out there.

Nice creamy medium body with good carbonation. Very drinkable. It's been a long time since I had one of these. I really wish 3F would come back to MD soon. Damn good beer. This would easily become my go to beer if I could get it regularly. Thanks, Eric! (728 characters)

Photo of waldoiverson
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours orangeish red .

S - Pine and citrus take center stage.

T - Pine and grapefruit with some bitterness but not overwhelming

M - Not too carbonated and with a medium body

D - It is a potent Pale Ale, maybe leaning towards an IPA. Still, this beer is exceptionally drinkable. Recommended. (297 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

UPDATE 05-30-2008 - 4.5/4/4.5/4/4
Got a sixer of these recently to refresh my memory on the deliciousness. Nose is mild, but again the flavor is huge. Strong on floral hops mixing in nicely with a toffee malt...not necessarily as sweet as some APAs - much more focused on a complex bitterness than the general fruity "fun" of most APA. Incredibly lemony, given that lack of sweetness. Nonetheless, it's a unique and interesting brew.

ORIGINAL - 4.5/4/4.5/4/4.5
Finally got my hands on one of these after a friend went down to Indiana to grab a slew of Three Floyds stuff. Appearance is a deep orange color with a nice bit of white head on top that disappears nice and slowly. Nose is strong on crazy fruity hops, strong caramel hops. A good dose of spiciness in there too. Taste is likewise, only stronger. Powerful from both ends, with a nice balance to the hops and malt. How an APA should taste. Feel is solid, well carbonated. I loved this one. I'd drink about a hundred of these at a time if I had the opportunity (and the tolerance). (1,040 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light copper with a thin off white head and sticky lacing.

S - Pine and citrus hops with a little caramel toffee in the background.

T - Pine, citrus and grapefruit hops with caramel in the background. Slightly on the bitter side throughout.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry hoppy finish. Slightly creamy.

D - It tastes and drinks more like an IPA but I am not complaining. A bold hoppy pale ale. (432 characters)

Photo of TheBierBand
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the brown 12 oz bottle to form a 1-1/2" head of beige foam over the top of a cloudy deep copper. The head stuck around for a long time, but as it diminished, it left huge clumps of lacing behind.

The aroma was quite good. Lots of citrusy hops to the smell, along with a carmel sweetness.

Taste: A nice APA! Nice bold taste of citrus mixed well with the sweetness of the malt. Nicely balanced. A bit of a sour finish is the only detraction. I think that the sour aftertaste prevents it from getting a 4.5 for taste. I prefer the nice balance of another APA: Christian Moerlein OTR Ale has better flavor in my humble opinion. Although Alpha King has it in appearance.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. Nice and bold and "chewey".

Drinkability: I have had better APA's, in my opinion (try Christian Moerlein OTR (Over The Rhine) Ale). But this is right up there. I would recommend this to any discerning beer drinker. (962 characters)

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Sudsdog for the send,had this beer many times but not since i've been a BA. Just finished a case before i joined and haven't found it since. Not readdily avalible in my area. Hope that changes soon.
served in a nonic glass from a 12 brown long neck bottle with crimped cap.

poured a cloudy,coppery color with a 1'' thick,creamy off white head,good retention,leaving some spotty lacing. Had a few tiny staggered bubbles constiantly rising.

Popped the cap on this bottle at an arms length and immediatly smelled citrusy/grapefruity hops,had piney and grassiness after the pour. Has a strong malty aroma, as well with a sweet,honey like carmelled goodness with a toasty and bisquityness with some burnt notes

Strong malty tastes immediatly with honeyied carmell with a toasty/nuttyness and a burnt edge followed by a strong hoppy bite,citrus/grapefruit/pine with some grassiness intertwine perfectly to create an amazing balance and taste. A juicy,cloying maltiness with oily/leafy hoppiness.

So smooth and creamy,yet full and well-rounded. The drinkability? Simple,don't want to stop drinking it. Been a while since i had this beer almost forget excatly how great this beer was.One of my all-time favorite beers. A beer that everybody must try at least once. I know you'll want it again though. (1,307 characters)

Photo of edbeered
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kingpin for the bottle. This pours a hazy reddish amber color, with a minimal whitish head and a scant amount of fine white lacing on the glass. The smell is citrussy. The taste is of intense citrussy hops(primarily grapefruit, as well as a slightly floral flavor)along with a sweet bready malty finish. The mouthfeel is rich and full and the flavors blend smoothly. This is a terrific drinker and may be the definitive APA. I only wish it was available in Minnesota. (477 characters)

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper-orange color with a serious off-white head. Many fingers worth and lovely lacing taboot.

Aroma is big on citrusy hops. Some malt in the background, but that's ok. That's not why I bought this beer. Taste is also big on the citrus, mostly grapefruit. I get some malt to balance this out, but the finish is full of hop bitterness and a slight alcohol burn that surprises me based on the 6% ABV.

The body on this APA is pretty thick and heavy, with noticeable viscosity. I could see it filling me pretty quickly, but I bet I could drink another without much trouble.

All in all a pretty nice beer. This is one of my favorite styles, so I do have plenty on my list I'd rate above this one though. (707 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for the sixer; I’ve had these for a while but haven’t gotten around to review one, and this is my last one and it’s a hot one today.

Alpha King pours an amber color with a good inch of head. A few tiny bubble rise from the bottom of the glass and continues to keep a good layer of foam. The aroma is of pine and citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon and biscuit malt—really pushing it to an ipa standard. The taste is pleasantly bitter and refreshing, one of my favorites to drink on a hot day. Caramel and a touch of alcohol are present as the beer warms up a bit. This is one of the best pale ales out there, but not sure if I could drink a six pack of this without the hops and alcohol affecting my taste buds. (735 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice slightly hazy orange with a thin off-white head. Aroma is some citrus hops and sweet malts with a hint of caramel. The taste is a delightful blend of mild citrus and a hint of pine hops well balanced with sweet malts with just a hint of caramel. The beer is light bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer and would make for a decent session had I picked up more than one bottle. (430 characters)

Photo of kellyst
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep orange-copper hue. Slight haze. Medium, off-white head.

S: Spicy and citrusy american hops.

T: Delicious. Well rounded. Bitter, but not quite ipa bitter, but more bitter than a pale ale. Plenty of flavoring hops present. Lots of citrus. Good malt balance to back it all up, with a slight carmel.

D: Very high. (320 characters)

Photo of errantnight
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The best APA in America? Probably, but only if you call it one...

Pours with a lovely, creamy finger and a half of head, rich amber in color... could almost be an amber ale by appearance, definitely cheating towards IPA territory here by the looks of it. But then, that's pretty much the story of this beer.

Malt is nearly absent here in flavor, just barely some biscuity sweetness to help balance things (although it sticks around a bit too much on the palate for my liking) and hop flavor is pronounced, but there's something very straightforward, particularly in the bitterness. Very astringent, and the bitterness predominates. Reminds me of a Brutal Bitter, but just rounded a bit around the edges.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth without being heavy, carbonation is definitely medium to mild.

Drinkability is... limited for me. I love searching this beer out, and there's sometimes where it just explodes in wonderfulness for me... but bitterness is so high here, I don't find it terribly sessionable, and although delightfully hoppy (and let me once again reiterate, what a lovely nose to this beer!) it's not as balanced as some of my favorite IPAs.

Still, seek this beer out. It's fantastic. (1,212 characters)

Photo of katan
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date

A - Poured a nice dark amber color. looks very clear. Had a centimeter high head.

S - No wonder this is called alpha king. I smell cascade hops like crazy. This thing has to be hoppy.

T - First taste is hops, and it hits with a bitter flavor. It finishes with a nice malt hit from the roasted malt.

M - Very smooth - even with the apparent carbonation, it is a easy drinker.

D - I think this is a solid beer if I want to get my hit of alpha acids. I like the flavor, but i wouldn't drink a bunch of these.

All and all, another good 3F offering. This is a very good beer, but as I consider a "5" ranking as the best ever, my ranking is probably lower than most others. (707 characters)

Photo of giblet
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

no real reason to not give this a 4.5 over all cept it should be near impossible to reach near perfection...this is very good beer. good pour into my glass, a little less head than expected. good lace and carbonation. wonderful hop aroma and excellent hop and malt balance. this is one fine tasting beer.

i highly recomend. a top 5 American Pale ale for me!!!

suckem up and movem out!

giblet (400 characters)

Photo of franksnbeans
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burned orange with a nice sized off white head that laces. Smells of citrus rind, floral, hops and a malt. Lots of yummy bitter hops with an awesome malt balance. Nice bite and dryness but doesnt linger on the tongue. This reminds me of Nugget Nectar. Feels smooth, crisp and delicious in the mouth. Drinkability goes on and on. A session beer classic. Cheers 3 F's. (374 characters)

Photo of sirk0rebreg
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received in a trade from tpd975 and poured from a bottle into my samuel adams glass...

great copper color with a thin fluffy white head...smelled of floral hops, slightly piney...great mouthfeel, slightly oily with perfect carbonation...taste was great as well, with the underlying floral hop taste with a slight bite at the end...wonderful beer (348 characters)

Photo of kaimcm
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: nice hazy orange honeyed body with a bubble dusting on top. soapy white ring around the edge.

S: buried, but dank herbal hop profile, dry grass, plenty of orange/grapefruit and citrus. a dense nose of hops that smells wet and fresh.

T/M: dry and grassy up front, followed by a medium body and a touch of sugar. grapefruit, citrus, soft and stinky cheese. more husky grain and bread. finishes with a lingering dryness and grainy mouthfeel. coating but coarse. carbonation is crisp and lively.

D: very enjoyable. very very enjoyable. 6% is a bit high for such a drinkable and flavorful brew. wish i could get all the time, would be happy to purchase repeatedly. cheers.

thanks jamie. (737 characters)

Photo of nullforge
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy orange-tinted deep amber color. Pours with a one finger orange-tinted head that shortly collapses to a collar. Leaves a fairly sticky lace on the glass. The nose contains piney and citrusy hops, delicately sweetened by malt. A hint of mango can also be found. The taste offers caramel and pale malt sweetness that balances the bitterness while it lasts. The piney and citrusy hops detected in the nose dominate the taste with a strong hop bite. A hint of peach in the background. Bitterness builds into the finish with the hops becoming crisp and herbal. Body is medium. Beer feels slick on the tongue. Malt could be a bit more chewy though. Overall, it's a delicious beer that left me wanting more. (704 characters)

Photo of baos
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Two fingers in my favorite Trappist glass, poured it from a bottle. A very nice dark caramel color.

S: Hops hit you hard. An awesome floral aroma that perks up your ears and make you smile. Citrusy, juniper bush, catnip.

T: Awesome hoppy bang. Key lime peels, Spicewood leaves, and lemon balm leaves. I love this beer. I remember tasting it at a beer tasting in Bloomington, Indiana, and I ended up walking around with their pitcher drinking from it and throwing a handful of change in the the tuba of the German brass band that was playing there.

M: Very nice to roll around your mouth leaves the mouth a bit oily.

D: A bit potent, but i could drink this beer all night. Gets better setting in your glass and getting warmer, but is really good super chilled as well. (782 characters)

Photo of MCDuhamel
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle at fridge temperature into a Sam Adams branded special pub glass.

A: Poured moderately aggressively, it formed a brief head that dissipated to a mere ring very quickly, leaving very light lacing on the glass. Dark copper, almost light brown in appearance, vaguely murky, Moderate carbonation visible.

S: Strong note of American hops, probably Cascade, with some malt underlying the nose as well. Hoppy, but not out of balance

T: Hop flavors predominate at first, with a definite grapefruit note. This yields into a toffee-like sweetness then a lingering dry and citrusy finish. Throughout, noticeable but not heavy-handed carbonation provides excellent balance.

M: Medium mouthfeel. The beer has some weight on the tongue, but the carbonation prevents it from being too much.

D: Very drinkable; I could easily drink several without growing tired of it.

Overall: This is an excellent American pale ale, marred only by poor head retention. (985 characters)

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,733 ratings.