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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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5,016 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,016
Reviews: 1,671
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 841
Gots: 521 | FT: 25
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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5/5  rDev +17.4%

dcall384, Aug 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Turney, Aug 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Sesmu, Aug 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

polopaul20, Aug 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

astebelton, Aug 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

jburd19, Aug 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

jasrockstar, Aug 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

MikeCactusGordon, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Kaveman, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

drinkinmiles, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

sitarist, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Burnt orange almost amber. Creamy white head of about 1/2in.

Aroma- I'm getting a nice malt aroma. PIne and resin comes through with a touch of tropical and citrus notes.

Flavor- A nice bitterness takes front stage. Resin and pine flavor float on top of the bitterness. My palate could have been off but I was getting that onion type hop flavor instead of any big citrus. The malt flavors were sweet and biscuity.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, mid to high carbonation. Smooth, not much for malt sweetness on the tongue. Bitterness carries through and lingers. SSticky as it warms.

Overall- Good beer, big bitterness for a pale. Good display of hops, its loaded up. It gets rather one dimensional as it warms behind the bitterness, I thought at least. Would have it again for sure though.

Whiskeydeez, Aug 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

JJH79, Aug 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Flashyspoons, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

waston, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of dar482
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a deep amber color with a large three finger head.

The aroma is extremely hoppy. There's sweet caramel malt along with citrus and floral notes and pine. Very distinct of Cascade hops.

The flavor has lots of bittering of pine and grapefruit on the back. The pine and woody notes stand out more than grapefruit or citrus.

It's a simple and elegant pale ale with loads of hops in the flavor with a good amount of bittering. It's a very well balanced brew with the caramel and biscuit malt. The beer did not blow my socks off, but is quite good.

dar482, Aug 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Piddmeista, Aug 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

CoolEthan, Aug 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Resuin, Aug 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

RobertMarquez, Aug 24, 2013
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4.96/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

a. Nice amber color, hints of red. Nic lacing, and a nice small head which dissipates quite quickly.

s. amazing smell of hops.

t. the taste of hops is amazing. When the glass warms a little it even brings out a little more.

m. this is really good.

o. this is a perfect beer. There is really nothing to improve other then to use different styles of hops to give a different pallet. I wish I could get this all the time in ohio, because it would be my go to bee.

Farewell_Transmission, Aug 24, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy dark copper with a dense off white head, nice lacing on the upper portion of the glass.

S - Vibrant citrus hop aroma, caramel malts, hints of pine mixed in.

T - Candy citrus, lemon and bright orange flavors, green hops, a solid background of toasted barley and caramel, bitterness starts in the middle with and pairs with the carbonation for a peppery bite. Citrus peel and oils start coming out toward the end along with apricots and general stone fruit flavors. Finishes bitter with some orange oils left on the tongue.

M - Medium/heavy body, lively/stingy carbonation.

I've been waiting a long time to try this beer and it did not disappoint. Fresh bright aroma, zesty citrus hop flavor with a spicy bitterness on the back end. Malt bill was perfect for the amount of hops used. Well crafted and highly enjoyed.

StaveHooks, Aug 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Lipsntoes, Aug 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

tpaetow, Aug 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

bmoney, Aug 23, 2013
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 5,016 ratings.