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Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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5,508 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,508
Reviews: 1,710
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 897
Gots: 760 | FT: 28
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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

Had Alpha King before, but a buddy of mine picked this particular bottle up from his recent trip to Indiana. Thanks, sean0505!

Poured into a tulip pint: Reddish-brown with some golden-orange highlights under two fingers of very light tan head, thick, sticky, lumpy. Drops to an island, but retains well.

Very fresh smell of slightly cooked orange & grapefruit, some tea leaves, a little burnt sugar, & some biscuity malt in the background. Resinous & "close," fresh. Just great.
Not quite as "hoppy" as I remember it -- like, I remember it smelling like a bag of pellets before -- but still pretty awesome.

Taste is citrus up front, the orange & grapefruit again, that cooked sugar followed by a tea-like dryness, moving into a sort of woody, even toasty malt profile. Finishes moderately bitter, piny, with a little booze presence. Goes through motions after the swallow, malty, biscuity, woody, sugary, piney again. Good stuff.

Medium-bodied, smooth with a little bit around the edges, slightly sticky in the aftertaste.

Great stuff, a slightly different animal from what I remember -- the green & resinous character is overshadowed by citrus & pine this time around, falling a little more in traditional American IPA territory. Still damn fine, & easily quaffable -- I could drink this all evening.

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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks beautiful, feels beautiful. Deep amber, almost brown, with plenty of head and sticky lace, the likes of which are unexpected outside of the draft world. Creamy, smooth, medium low carbonation and medium high body gives it a big smooth, and very soft, mouthfeel. Decently balanced, leans toward the dry side, and like Zobie Dust, low acidity. Piney, slightly catty, and at 6.6 ABV, a nice in-between all days and DIPAs. Wouldn't call it intense aroma, though. More understated and consistent with the flavor.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a medium copper, forming a 1/2 inch white head. Light lacing on the glass.

S - Intense hop aroma. Very floral. Not much else is detectible due to the high hop profile.

T - Strong citrusy hop taste coats the palate. A hint of light malt in the middle, before ending with a sharp hop finish.

M - Medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation.

D - This is a great example of a pale ale! It really doesnt get any better than this. Outstanding flavor and high drinkability. If this wasnt such a rarity for Texas, I would easily drink the entire six pack in one night. Highly recommended!!!!

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

Pours from the bottle a deep amber color with a thin head that has little to no retention. There is some lacing but it is also very thin.

Smell is of malts and some citrus, mixed with a little piney notes. There are also some soft floral notes that combine with the maltiness to produce an interesting nose. It makes me want to take a sip.

The taste does not disappoint. It is the epitome of an American Pale Ale. It has a lovely subtle malt taste that transitions to a nice clean hoppy bitterness. No buttery mouthfeel to hint towards the English style.

A tasty beverage! Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. This one can be consumed all night.

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

seems like enough has been said, but i have to shout out to this nice, hoppy, citrusy and slightly piney pale ale. great pale ale for the hop head, and nice malt backbone as well. seems this brewery has developed somewhat of a cult following, and they deserve it. never had anything below par by them. please keep 'em coming three floyds. cheers.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,508 ratings.