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Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,742
Hads: 5,934
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 931
Gots: 996 | 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: 1,742 | Hads: 5,934
Photo of yankeeheel
4.26/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Maestro
4.6/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of freed
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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".

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Photo of byrd
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Jables
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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

Pours nicely, with an opaque amber color topped by a thick resistant head.

Mouthfeel is good also, satisfyingly thick and smooth. The nose is way citrus, a promise of things to come.

This is a big beer, very flavorful...grapefruit is strong, nicely offsetting good hops and balanced malt. Great finish, as citrus and hops balance nicely.

All in all, more of an IPA than a pale, which (for me) is a good thing.

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

Pours a hazy amber with a huge white head which leaves trails all along the glass. A nice chewy almost toasty malt attempts to hold it's own against citrus hop attack. Hop profile is wonderful. The flavors make mouth happy! This is an incredible beer which I wish were available in Vermont, or even New England at large.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy orange-gold, almost copper, with a pale toffee-colored cap that is somewhat stiff and resembles softly beaten egg whites. The crown has good staying power and deposits quite a bit of lace in thick rings and sheets.

The nose is citrusy hoppy. Not overpowering, not the 'olfactory bomb' that is Stone IPA. The flavor has a citrusy hop bite, but there's also plenty of malt to balance things out. Flavors include grapefruit and orange peel primarily. Delicious. The mouthfeel is plenty smooth, no complaints here. Drinkability is high... nice and smooth, very well-balanced.

Alpha King does seem more like an IPA than a true pale ale. I could definitely make this a regular in my rotation if it was more available. I plan to pick up a couple of fresh sixers (at the brewery) next week.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orangey/copper color with a thick pure white head. Very strong hop/citrus profile standard in so many Three Floyds beers. Very smooth in the mouth. Medium malts blend right into the very strong hop profile that is bitter but somehow just right. I could drink this for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

IMHO, Alpha King sets the standard for American Pale Ales.

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

burnt copper with a foamy white head, which recedes yet remains ever present. spectacular lacing. pungent grapefruit aroma. carbonation is a perfect level. silky smooth. lightly sweet fruity malts hold up to a powerful hoppiness that is never too bitter. highly drinkable. this was the beer that got me started years back, and i will always have a special place for it in my heart. love it.

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Photo of mikeys01
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle from a 6 pack I picked up in Indy a few weeks ago. I've been dying to try some of the 3 Floyds beers and I have not been disappointed in the least. The alpha king pours out a subdued orange/light copper color, topped with a healthy head that's just a bit off white. The carbonation in my Alpha King was very present, not lacking at all as I have heard some say in the past. Aroma is a curious blend of grapefruit citrus and pine resiny hops, with just a bit of sweetness and malt creeping in. Taste is very boldly hoppy, but surprisingly malty as well. Much more balanced than I expected, the bitterness of the hops blends well into a caramely malt sweetness and a bit of piney hop flavor is left of the back of your tongue with the nice crisp finish. Very drinkable IPA, well crafted.

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Photo of Gasp100
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this really took me by surprise. I was picking up a barrel of Brooklyn Lager for Thanksgiving and I decided to get something for myself to cover the few days before. I grabbed an expensive 6 of Victory Storm King and this because I remembered the Three Floyd's name. Damn, this is great beer. Pale Ale my ass --- maybe because most others Pale in comparison. The appearance was a burnt amber color with a nice deep tan head. lacing throughout the entire pint all the way down. The smell was floral and hoppy with a nice sweetness with a hint of good things to come. Bam, the taste just smacked me in the face. Flowers, a little grassy but very bright with a serious bite. I'm writing this after my second bottle; if I start the review the same sitting (or day) I can tell it's a winner. The mouthfeel was extremely crisp with a slight citrus twang, but definitely not that syrupy taste that sometimes lingers. This lingered on for a good long while, some of the maltiness crept back in on the tale end. I believe this is very drinkable because I've already decided to start my 2 beer a weekday limit tomorrow... This is right up there with Hop Devil (I know, IPA category but similar in character). I will A-B these one of these days.

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Photo of winomark
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice deep amber with a substantial light tan head. Crystal clear.

Aroma: Wonderful hop bitterness and citrus. Malt makes a tiny appearance.

Taste: Hoppiness is present throughout with some malty richness filling in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Coating, flavorful and nicely bitter. Lingering, dry finish.

Drinkability: A great beer. Hoppier than most Pale Ale's, but who cares! A staple in my fridge. Seek this one out.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rust orange is the color of this beer. It is topped off with an OK head that left to spotty lacing.

Aroma is sweet pine. Hints of sticky grapefruit are present and yes and hops are present. There is very little malt to notice in the aroma.

The taste is a touch of malt then the pine twang of the hops joins in to the end. I thought I was drinking an IPA for a moment. There is a hint of alcohol mixed in on the taste. I didn’t think it was too overpowering but I did get a strong hint. There is a bit of dryness on the finish.

I enjoyed this beer, it didn’t kick me out of my shoes but it is good. It has a nice flavor and (IMHO) with a decent punch to it.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Three Floyd's brewery.

Ah, the firstborn child of Nick & Co's "Not Normal" brewing philosophy. It's almost damning with faint praise not to call it an IPA (in which case, it'd rate second to 3F's own Dreadnaught. At our homebrew club meeting at the brewery, it felt as though we were swimming on the US's entire hop production for the year. Tangy citrus hop flavor will give you a buzz long before the alcohol can work its magic. An inspiration to every amateur or pro brewer to "go BIG, or go home!"

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

The bottle was incredibly full. When it was opened it barely hissed carbonation at all. The head was not very big and fell back pretty quick, but left lacing on the glass. The aroma is citrus and malt. The flavor is malty and not as bitter as I had remembered on past tastings. The mouthfeel is just as expected and the drinkability of this beer is very high.

I have no idea why the bottle was so full and the carbonation so low, but Alpha King is an old favorite and highly recommended.

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Photo of nomad
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Funny I follow your review, John-boy...

Poured a very murky and very ruddy amber-tan. Showed miniscule carbonation fighting to support a very thin head, some bits of stain, and some sloppy lace.

Smelled of sweet grapefruit and a little pine, but in a big, sticky, and sweet way, as caramel notes tickled about. Tasted of sweet grapefruit and prickly pine with hearty bitter tones, yet was also quite juicy. Had some thin caramelly flavors washing about, but I couldn't help but return to those highly tasty hops of that succulent 3 Floyds style. Simple and tasty, it had creamy notes in the finish and was not as drying as you’d think.

Very thin mouthfeel, and very easy to drink by flavor, alcohol content, and mouthfeel, I could throw this down easy, yet it is good enough to be slowly savored. A toned down little cousin of the vaunted Dreadnaught.

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

Just a decent all around pale ale. Deep copper color with an off-white head and a decent amount of lacing. Smell was judiciously garnished with piney hops as if the brewers merely dropped dripping hop cones into the boil. To me it was a somewhat raw unrefined smell that was not balanced exceptionally well by any malts. Taste was very true to style with more hops although a tad on the citrus side in the taste with a cracker like malt taste and a fair bit of alcohol punch. Much more alcoholic than expected for a pale ale so this is not what you would call a session beer, but a nice way to mix things up and kick your taste buds around a bit. The unrefined hops make it something to drink towards the end of the night when you are ready to not taste anything else.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep bronze color with one finger of head. There is a good amount of lacing left down the sides of the glass. The smell hints at pineapple and grapefruit, with a good dose of hops as well. A very full smell. The taste starts a little sweet and malty, but ends with a fury of hops. This brew reminds me of Burning River, because both are pale ales that have lots of IPA characteristics. The body is fairly thick and strong for a pale ale. The drinkability is really good for a 7.25% brew. A fantastic pale that works anytime!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a copper amber tone with a nice sized off white cream hued head leaves nice appeasing rings of lacing, not bad at all. Aroma: First thing that hits me is the grapefruit like citrus hop tone with a rich malty barley presence this beer is a big pale ale at about 7%abv I think this one smells absolutely wonderful. Taste: Rich balance between the full hop bitterness some pine cone like and earthy tones available to the palate the juicy robust malt backbone also is here teasing the taste buds just so good. Mouthfeel: Medium body not sticky but texture just enough to let the sweet maltiness and hop oils run across the palate with some consistency. Drinkability: Freaking amazin' so damn drinkable perfect with a sixer and a ball game on the tube just one of those beers, I personally love the Dreadnaught but this is so damn good and palatable for a flagship beer they better never touch the recipe.

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Photo of bditty187
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tawny-golden brown hue, slightly off-white head, about a finger in size. The head lasted for a moment, faded to a tight cap that lasted throughout consumption. Laced very well. Damn lovely nose, hoppy(!)… acidic, bold grapefruit, hints of pine… very distant caramel malt. Powerful. This is the Alpha King of all Pale Ales, the bitterness is not as assertive as the bouquet would indicate; it is might tasty though. Oh, don’t get me wrong, it is bitter. The maltiness plays more that a secondary roll, I’d say the relationship of malt and hops is 40/60. Yes, the hops steal the show, grapefruit rinds, acidic, zesty, vaguely piney. Flowery too. Savor this one, it’s hoppy enjoyment and complexities only seem to grow… better! Medium body with light carbonation helps produce a silky smooth mouthfeel. So easy to drink, you’d never realize how high the abv is. I snagged a six-pack in Des Moines, now I wish I bought more. Recommended.

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,742 ratings.