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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 GreenWBush
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amazingly dark ruby beer that pulls up a bleached white head. Sticky lacing on the glass, none inside of the pitcher.

This beer doesn't have the rich maltiness found in the bottle. The nose and taste is not the citrusy grapefruit bouquet of the bottle, its a rich cherry-like blend of large up-front hops.

The mouthfeel was not as pleasant as the bottle, but a damned good experience nonetheless. (406 characters)

Photo of wailingwench
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I initially have a problem with anything from Indiana. Syracuse vs. Indiana, 1987, Keith Smart, need I say more? This beer almost made up for those last 3.4 seconds. Randomly tried at The Raven, Oswego, NY.

Foam Factor: Cloudy yellow with some orange highlights. Thick yellow tinted head present throughout.Mesmerized by the dry hops that were floating in it. They captivated me and commanded me to drink more. Of course I complied. A beer that talks to me is a beer worth drinking.

Skunk Factor: Bold and complex. Hops initially overpower. As Alpha warms, floral, citrus, and a hint of something pine chime in.

Tongueland: Tongue was happy. Blunt and bold hop offering at first, but like the aroma, taste became more complex. Finished rich, dense, and well balanced at the end.

Bender: At 7%, whoo hoo. I had the intention of just trying one of these before going with Black Forest for the night. Well, I never made it to the Forest as I detoured staright into Hopland. In addition, I was on my way home to Buffalo. This beer convinced me to get a hotel room and stay over so we could become better friends. (1,121 characters)

Photo of Ellbert
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange with brown highlights. A yellowish head crowns this brew. A beautiful sight. What is this... floaties... bits of hops... you can't get much bette.r

Smell: It smells like fresh hops. There is little malt in the smell but the hops just smell so inviting. They over-take the aroma and invite you in. Very citrusy.

Taste: This is not as apealing as the smell but it is good. If you like sharp fresh hops this is great. The hops are upfront... They seem to overpower until halfway into the brew. As it warms up it balances more. The malt decides to play more of a role and steps up to the plate to hand it to the hops. The hops linger and leave an oily coating on your tongue. There is a little caramel in there towards the end. The alcohol is not evident.

Mouthfeel: Rich and dense. The hops impart an oily smoothness that coats your mouth. The malt adds body to the beer and the hop oils strengthen it.

Drinkability: This is not for the faint of heart. It is very blunt with the hops in aroma, flavor, and even appearance with the hop floaties. (1,072 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is copper, with a foamy white head. The smell is a strong citrus hop. The taste is fairly hoppy, but at over 7% the malt shows up quite a bit as well, and a lingering bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, I could have a few of these.

Ahh, a not bad pale ale at all, and I appreciated the chance to give it a try, and I might well have it again. (428 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep hazy copper with a creamy dense tan head. Lacy.

Smell: Citrusy hops, floral and sweet

Taste: Bitter and tart citrus. Smooth lightly sweet malt. Floral.

Mouth: Long hoppy finish, medium bodied.

Drink: Tasty and quite drinkable.

Overall: A bit unbalanced for a pale ale but it does have character. The malt profile could be more steadfast and while it is nicely hopped it doesn't have much to complement it. All in all though a good brew. (468 characters)

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

Picked up at Dirty John's in Iowa City. Not available in Wichita.

Appearance. Poured a dark amber, slightly burnished copper color. An average height head caused by a relatively rough pour. It was thick and dense and left plenty of lace in its wake.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops assaulted the nose first, but was balanced well with a backbone of roasted malt. For the amount of hops present, the aroma was warm and well rounded.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth.

Taste: The citrus and pine hops of the aroma carried on into the flavor. They were nice and clean tasting. Wonderful balance was provided by a strong malt presence. Malt was a combination of sweet and roasted. The bitterness was very apparent, but I found it to be relatively low compared to the amount of hop flavor that this beer had.

This was a great beer. Very hoppy but very well balanced. I wish that it was available locally. (912 characters)

Photo of soper2000
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle with green hop god?

This beer makes me proud to be a Hoosier. It pours a gorgeous copper color with a cream head protecting it's hoppy citric body. Smell is wonderfully full of citrus notes backed by some bitter hop scents. First taste makes me question why this is called a pale ale, i guess an IPA by any other name... This beer is massively hopped but it's balanced well by fruity esters. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This beer suffers a tad in the drinkability department as the high alcohol content takes it's toll. I also love being able to get this beer at almost ever liquor store in Indiana (627 characters)

Photo of mjohn27603
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Looks copper in the glass with a dense foamy and biscuit like head. Smell is simply wonderful. Lots of green hops smell. I want to take in deep breaths of this beer. Taste is great. So much hops it leaves the end of my tongue numb. Lots of hops taste without being very bitter. Piney notes seem most present. I've had more citrus notes in IPA's. Maybe even a slight peppery taste on the initial sip. Ends very pleasantly with a nice lingering hops aftertaste. How many times can you write the word hops in a review? As much hops as is here it doesn't make you gag with bitterness. Very assertive but not too unbalanced. A very unique and well done pale ale. (671 characters)

Photo of masterbruewer
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper amber color with a thin off-white head that faded quick and left decent lacing.

The smell is hoppy and bitter. Maybe a little pine and citrus.

The flavor is tart and citrusy with a floral taste to boot. There's almost a perfumy candy flavor, for lack of a better description. That flavor pushes the border of off-flavor but is actually kind of nice and distinctive.

The mouthfeel is punchy and assertive. The hops and carbonation let your mouth know this is a real ale. But the punchiness quickly dissolves into a solid shot of distinctive flavor.

If you like the pale, hoppy ales, you'll like this one. It's highly drinkable for the style. (668 characters)

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

Pours an copper colour with a fairly standard white head.. the head doesnt last too long but the beer laces well. Smell is of piney hops and a little citrus in the hops. Taste is actually a bit of sweet malt at first then the hops over take that without being overly bitter or hoppy.. Nice carbonation makes for an easy drinking beer. It would be a great session beer.. Over all the beer is good, but It didnt blow me away as much as I thought it would.. I guess i thought it would be hoppier. Still a good solid beer that I would drink again

EDIT-- maybe my first review was with an older bottle or maybe i was in a bad mood, but on second glance this was better than i thought.. The nose on this one was pure piney hops.. Hell my wife even noted that the room smelled like evergreens. Taste was still as good but the Hops much more pronounced. Still goes down smooth .. Glad I gave it a second glance (905 characters)

Photo of pio
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

it's a ruddy orange beer with golden highlights. a meager white head dies unexpectantly (everytime too) to a halo or 3/4 moon head. less than medium activity in the volume and satisfactory lace, no more.
a blended hop scent abounding with subtlety. floral, cheesier stinky, musty notes, candied citrus like nectorene and naval oranges. evergreen and candy too. a nice hop balancing act with a not too sweet, scanty malt akin to orange marmalade.
a really nice sweet orange kicks off the flavor and then it pines up and the drying hops start to play on the tongue. it dries up and then a balanced long long finish begins. piney, floral of rose type and softly bitter sweet lingering. intriguing and inviting.
the mouthfeel is not very extraordinary but sturdy and supportive. crisp effervescance and easy going body, pretty smooth.
this beer is attractive, just plain attractive. easy to drink while not being "ordinary", it's got nothing bad but wishing i had bought a sixer if i hadn't. if i had i wish i got a sevener. HA! (1,028 characters)

Photo of babyhobbes
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber/orange color with a small cream colored head...lots of lacing after a few minutes. This smells hoppy and citrus-y. Taste is sweet and smoothat first but is followed by a hoppy bite. This tastes good and not overly hoppy for the style. I wouldn't want too many at once though. This is certainly something to try. (335 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color with a white foamy head. There was a great amount of lace present on the glass throughout. Smells somewhat grassy and herbal, along with citrusy. Taste is sweet upfront, then with an intense bitterness. Citrusy bitterness, very sticky. Wonderful! Good mouthfeel. This may not be the most drinkable beer for a session, but it sure did hit the spot. When I am looking for some hops, this is a good beer to have. To me, it almost seems more like an IPA than a plae, but whatever it is, don't pass this one up. (532 characters)

Photo of silenius
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a chunky off white head that diminishes slowly and reappears with a swirl to the glass. The color is a reddish amber. A very handsome beer.

Smell is a light piney hop, but then again my nose is stuffed up right now.

Taste is first rate crisp hopness, but not overbearing. This is a great session beer. Smooth and integrated. Nothing awkward about this one at all.

The mouthfeel is solid. Not thick, solid. A slight prickle from the carbonation and and a smooth swallow. Nice.

This is a very drinkable beer. I would have one after another easily. An easy choice when it is served in a bar.

The thing is, I remember this being even better on tap. The freshness was overwhelming to me at the time. I will have to re-review once I get this on tap again. (770 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a little lingering head and nice lacing. Very aromatic smell of hops and floral hints. Taste is a delicious blend of hops and malts. Notes of citrus. Bitter hoppiness that doesn't take over the beer but works very well. Sweet clean taste that leaves a crisp aftertaste of citrus hops. This is a very good pale ale and a must try for anyone who adores hops. (373 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dirty cedar with a white head that quickly fell.

Smells wonderfully hoppy. Citrus scents and loads of leather.

Tastes mainly of grapefruit hops with other tropical flavors. Well balanced and well hopped. The finish is full of lemons.

Excellent Pale Ale. (271 characters)

Photo of yankeeheel
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with quite a bit of particulate matter that isn't yeast. Kind of disconcerting. Nice light off white head.

Smells deliciously floral with a bit of citrus. Perhaps little grass like.

The taste is outstanding. Lots of sweetness up front followed by some well balanced hop twang and sweetness in the back. Grapefruit, lemon, grass. It has a lot going on. A really good PA/IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium with just enough carbonation to get by.

Drinkability is high. Alcohol gets know fast though it isn't really detectable.

Thanks to JahNoth for the trade. (582 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured a murky auburn orange color, with an offwhite head that hung around quite a while. Ring lacing was there until the last dram. Mouthfeel is a bit surprising, as that's where I sense the first inkling of the nice malt going on here. The nose is all about grapefruit, tangerine, and spruce. Halfway through, it still looks like southern iced tea in an oldtimey pitcher. The taste is memorable. I've forgotten how long it's been since I've had such a perfect blend of subdued sweet caramel taste teased by such a wonderful sour grapefruit and bitter Mandarin orange hop balance. This one seems like a happy marriage of an excellent North American ESB with a westcoast Double IPA. Extraordinary! (702 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color, quite clear except for a few large floaties. Forms a thin beige head that does not stick around too long. An immediate aroma of American hops wafts from my glass. Notes of lychee, grapefruit & other citrus fruits are in the nose, it smells slightly sweet & nectar like, there is a hint of caramel malt here as well. Ooh, quite bitter; this beer finishes with a drying intense bitterness. Overall this beer is only slightly sweet, it has a light body & is focused entirely on the hop component. The hops are over the top, but perhaps it is missing some hop flavor. There is lots of bitterness, but it feels like it is missing some balancing hop nectar flavor. Underlying the hop attack there seems to be some nuttiness, as well as some caramel notes. This beer is all about the hop attack, not much malt here, so if you don't like hops stay away. Luckily I do like hops so this beer is just fine. Perhaps a bit too unbalanced for an everyday drinking beer, but every once in a while is nice. (1,012 characters)

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

I was extremely impressed with this pale ale. I like the idea of dropping the "India" moniker. The nose is great. Lots of citrus and pine, coupled with a sweet malt profile. The head is white and thin, but leaves a decent lacing. The color is orange with lots of red highlights. The taste is extremely balanced. The hops are quite present, but they seem to be just right. This isn't an Imperial IPA, just a well-hopped pale ale. There are some grapefruit notes alongside some hints of pine. These are balanced by a taste of toast or a biscuit flavor that balances the hops very well. The ABV is warming as you move through the beer. The finish is very clean and keeps you coming back for more. Wow! This is a great beer. (720 characters)

Photo of freed
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Poured a surprising amber color (wait! doesn't the bottle say pale?) with no head, and leaving no lacing. The color is rather nice though.

The aroma is slightly grassy, slightly citrusy, but not overbearing. The taste is a very satisfying mixture of bucolic malt flavors, very traditional British tasting. Combined with the nice firmness of the hop flavor, it makes for a great beer. Its a tad high in ABV for a pale, but you don't sense this when drinking. And its very drinkable. (513 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours amber with hints of orange. The beer is very clear. A white creamy, puffy head foams up easily and dissipates slowly. As it fades leaves very tight latticework on my glass.
Aroma is all hops, dominated by grapefruity scents with some mild pine aromas in there too.
First sip reveals average carbonation and medium body.
The flavor is similar to aroma, slightly bitey hops up front, just a pinch of malt sweetness on the middle, and the finish leaves the same grapefruity hop presence that I found in the nose.
This is a very smooth brew for being very hoppy.
Fairly easy to drink, you gotta try this one even if you dont consider yourself a "hophead". (675 characters)

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

Clear copper-amber in color with a good, frothy head that dissipates very slowly. Huge grapefuity aroma that I think has some pine notes (I have a hard time distinguishing pine notes). Medium bodied with a good carbonation. The ever-present malt backbone, which is most noticeable at the start, is pretty overshadowed by hops after mid-swallow. The finish is citrusy and grapefuity with an aftertaste that lasts for a long while. As a pale ale, I think I’ve had some IPAs with less hops than Alpha King. Nonetheless, it’s a great brew that is very drinkable and very well balanced. This one would make for a nice session brew. Alpha King almost reminds me of a VERY mild Dreadnaught. (685 characters)

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

Glowing deep copper with a dense, eggshell colored head. It soon settles, leaving a "cling-ring" and a lot of intricate lace.
Piney, citrusy hop aroma. Juicy. Caramel malts with a slight biscuity note too.
The flavor starts with a full, sharp, grapefruit bitterness. A bit of warming brings the crystal maltiness up a couple of notches, but the hops maintain their dominance until the very end. More of an IPA than Pale ale in my mind, but a fantastic beer no matter what you call it.
Medium body, soft mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. I could (and have) drink this beer all night. (586 characters)

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

Poured from the 12oz bottle with psychadelic green and pink cap which indicates it was brewed and bottled at the actual Three Floyd's Brewery in Munster, IN.

Smells beautiful of hop fruity juiciness.

Big hops up front with citrus flavors, very floral, and is also backed up with some nice balancing malt. Very sweet, fruity, but the finish is dry and bitter and clean.

One awesome American Pale Ale, the flavors are great the smell is intoxicating on its own, and the body is full and heavy enough without being too heavy.

I highly recommend this one, I've had it bottled as well as on tap. If you're ever out one night and see this on tap, yeah, order it up. (674 characters)

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