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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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4,767 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,767
Reviews: 1,664
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 825
Gots: 426 | FT: 24
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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Photo of zachary80


4/5  rDev -6.1%

09-27-2012 23:22:29 | More by zachary80
Photo of dbc5


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

06-20-2013 02:25:08 | More by dbc5
Photo of leprakhan


4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-17-2011 05:38:54 | More by leprakhan
Photo of AwYeh


4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass, courtesy of arvjunk. Thanks Ankur!

A: Cloudy amber-orange color with less than 1/2 finger of head, which dissipates quickly.

S: Very hoppy for an APA- citrus and pine both very clear, along with caramel, biscuity malts.

T: Malty sweetness dominates- once again there's a heavy amount of caramel and biscuity, bready flavors. Hops provide a bitterness level that would more likely be expected from an IPA, but the balance is great and taste is overall very enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a little bit creamy thanks to the moderate to lively carbonation.

D: This glass went down fast, let's hope FFF starts distributing across Ohio again soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 00:33:59 | More by AwYeh
Photo of billhelm


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

06-09-2014 15:09:10 | More by billhelm
Photo of JRBecks


4/5  rDev -6.1%

04-30-2012 18:30:55 | More by JRBecks
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-20-2014 05:16:44 | More by tkdchampxi
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-14-2011 15:43:39 | More by Kaydogg
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-09-2013 01:13:16 | More by clay23
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-05-2012 16:36:39 | More by WoodburyMN
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

06-22-2014 19:58:24 | More by mrcraft
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5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Poured from 12 oz.' er with no freshness data. Left a nice two finger head that receded to 1/4 inch that did stick around to the end, and left thick lacing all the way down. Head is lightly biege and the body is a nice orange copper.

Smell - Grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit, oh, and did I mention grapefruit? Slight hint of mild bready, breakfast tea malt which is of course totally subsumed by grapefruit.

Taste - Of course it's grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefuit, right upfront. The malt is just barely there with mild bready, biscuity and a hint of breakfast tea flavor. The focus is emphatically on the hops, with the malt laying way back, but definintely present enough to more than adequately do it's job of providing backbone, because if it was not, then the hops would have thrown this insanely out of balance. Of course the finish is grapefruit, grapefruit, and biscuity tea, more grapefruit, and it all lingers in a pleasant aftertaste ( of the same, grapefruit and bread). Belch, and you get yet more of this great ale's grapefruit hops and bready malts ( gross, I know, but it's true !, and great ! ).

Mouthfeel - full, thick even - kind of chewy, very satisfying with just right amout of moderate carbonation. Pleasingly slick mouth coating from the hop oils.

Drinkability - I could easily sit here and finish a whole six pack myself and savor, and I mean savor each and every sip, in just one sitting, absolutely no problem. Also, I could just sip and chill with this, or serve this with any kind of meal, event, etc. I just plain love this ale !!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 20:41:36 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of rpstevens

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to d0b for this extra. My first FFF beer other than Dark Lord, and I was not disappointed at all. Poured from a bottle into my smuttynose tulip.

The pour is much, much darker than I was expecting for a pale ale. The beer is a dark amber with a thick three finger foamy head, some solid lacing as the head subsides.

The smell is citrus hops, straight up, nothing else.

The taste is more balanced than the smell, but not much. The hops hit the tongue first, and then there's a little pinch of malty sweetness that just barely comes out, and then its straight to the bitter hop finish.

The beer is nicely carbonated, it's awesomely hoppy and it has a nice dry finish. It tastes a lot stronger than the 6% abv or the Pale Ale title would have suggested, this beer was great.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 21:24:54 | More by rpstevens
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-17-2012 12:36:53 | More by Tracker83
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

05-13-2013 10:56:37 | More by Travcofarms
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-11-2013 02:54:49 | More by srgj88
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-copper color with a nice pillow like, off-white head with good retention. On the nose there is a citrus hop aroma mixed with fruity / malt overtones. The same on the palate a lot of citrus flavor, grapefruit, highly hopped, malts, all well balanced with a slight acidic bite. The finish is slightly tart and bitter. I can not detect the 7.3% abv. Overall and enjoyable pale ale… I think this brew leans more to being an IPA then a Pale Ale…

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2002 17:05:36 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of sacrelicio


4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Juicy, grainy, biscuity malts. Citrusy, sweet fruity hops. Nice color, not much head, but not bad at all. Amazing overall. A great session beer. One of my absolute favorites of any style. Can't believe how much flavor this has for an APA. Almost an IPA, but not quite.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 21:03:30 | More by sacrelicio
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Ontario (Canada)

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

This ale poured a nice amber coloured well carbonated, finely bubbled ale. Decent light tan coloured head formed on the pour. Fine lacings remained after the head dissipated.

This ale has a big IPA like nose. Theres lots of resinous hops in here, mostly piney, but grapefruit also present. Malty notes below the hops, with scents of toasted biscuit and caramel.

Also almost tastes like an IPA with the bitter resinous hops. The pine and grapefruit from the hops dominate, but the malts have some backbone tasting of lightly honeyed toasted biscuit, caramel, and just a hint of creamy nuts.

This is a damn fine pale ale, well balanced but definately tilted towards the hops. Tea like astringency on the finish, as well as a slight metallic taste/feel that comes with the bitterness.

This is a very drinkable hoppy beer, and would make a great session brew for a hophead. Would also make a decent introductory brew for those wanting to explore hoppier beers. Ill be drinking this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 13:18:36 | More by demcorhip
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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bluejacket74 for hooking this up!

A- Poured from the bottle with a 3/4" light-tan-colored head, which was nicely retained and produced some very nice lacing. The body was almost completely opaque, and a dark amber color.

S- Rich vienna (and crystal?) toasty malts in near-perfect balance with some earthy and piney hop aromas. Simple yet rich and elegant!

T- The toasty malts are up front, and quickly met with a wave of those piney hops. Crackerlike throughout. The finish is slightly dry and features a mild hop bitterness that lingers wonderfully. Absolutely delicious.

M- A medium body accented by a creamy carbonation, that fills out the mouth wonderfully. No astringency.

D- A quaffable brew that presents a bucketload of hops in balance with a bucketload of malt... yet somehow maintains a low 6% ABV!? Thanks again Brian for hooking this up- I need to get a couple cases of this stuff!!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 01:40:59 | More by jgasparine
Photo of GOBLIN


3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Three Floyds Alpha King

F=6 ?

Poured into pint glass

A: Dark amber to brown in color as carbination slowly rises to the top of glass

S: Meh . . . nothin' really

T: Ok, again . . . Nothin' exciting. Not bad but rather boring

M: Medium-sized feel. Good bitter finish

O: Was kinda excited to try my first 3F offering but Alpha King is a boring beer. Just not fun to me. Not sure what the hype is about. I won't be back.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 00:27:05 | More by GOBLIN
Photo of ThirstyBird


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a clear bright orange brown color with a half inch of off-white head that falls to a skim. Mild lacing.

S - Smell is malty, citrus, caramel, pine too.

T - The taste is sweet malt with hops joining in. Piney hops, a little toffee on the back end. Nice balance.

M/F - Medium body. Nice subtle carbonation.

D - Yeah it's an easy drinking pale ale. A lot going on for a 6% brew

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 21:58:21 | More by ThirstyBird
Photo of afinepilsner


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

12oz brown bottle

Alpha King Pale Ale was an orange-amber in color with a nice off-white head. The head had good retention and left quite a bit lacing behind. The aroma was all about the hops, fresh and fruity citrus hops just begging to be tasted. The taste was also very hoppy and delicious with a good malt base to keep some balance. The bitterness was not as intense as you would expect with all of the hops. The finish was dry and bitter. It was medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was excellent. It's one of the best pale ales that I've tried and I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 02:03:45 | More by afinepilsner
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-25-2013 23:41:53 | More by sitarist
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

05-24-2013 21:07:59 | More by firstlighthiker
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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