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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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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,060 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,060
Reviews: 1,673
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 850
Gots: 534 | FT: 26
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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Ratings: 5,060 | Reviews: 1,673 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kguard
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

kguard, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

mythaeus, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

ttylicki, Apr 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Keananmichael5, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of rhinos00
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Dark golden brown color. Slight amount of white fluffy head that dissipated through consumption.

S- Smell of west coast hops and citrus galore.

T- Taste is in the same category as Pliny and Dreadnaught. Hops are very present, but not overly powering. Citrus flavor adds a nice balance to even out the strong hop flavor.

D- Medium bodied beer with little carbonation.

Wow! Three Floyds has impressed me again. This is a quality beer that can easily be mistaken for an IPA and still hang with the best of them.

rhinos00, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of jman005
5/5  rDev +17.4%

jman005, Feb 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Canti4341, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Citadel82
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was not sure I would like this brew. I had envisioned it as being undrinkable due to being excessively hoppy. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. It pours a beautiful clear copper with a long lasting rocky off-white-head that left lots of clumpy lace. Aroma is in your face citrus, iodine and notes of pine with some faint swet caramel out there fighting to be noticed. Taste is desert dry with strong grapefruit and juniper obliterating the palate in an agressive but not unpleasing manner. Mouthfeel was just right with a hefty grain bill to match the dryness of this agressively hopped brew. Definitely an exceptional APA and well worth seeking out.

Citadel82, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of jackorain
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this 12 ounce bottle into my Stone Levitation Stemmed glass. Pours a dark amber with an ever so slight chill haze. An inch tall head forms after a standard pour. The head fell to a nice splotchy coat with a 3/8ths inch tall collar and nice lace effect.

Smell of awesomely complex hop aromas, floral, herbal, citrus, green and more. Some caramel and biscuit round out this really great aroma.

Big hop flavor. There is a great citrus flavor here tangerine, ruby red grapefruit. The floral hops hit next followed by some green and herbal notes. The caramel and biscuit come through and work as a nice backbone to the hops. The finish has a nice hops bitterness that linger a bit. Bitterness is quite high for an APA

The body of this beer is medium, quite firm for an APA. Carbonation is extremely lively with a tingle that carried the bitterness and flavor throughout the pallet. There is also a oily and sticky quality the coats the mouth.

Overall, this beer is very very good, and easily quaffable. I could make this a nice session.

Thanks For Reading

jackorain, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of Anthony1
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a crystal clear golden copper with a gentle carbonation and a nice cream tan thin head. The aroma is pure green floral hops. A bit of pine resin with more citrus but very fresh hops. A hint of sweet malt is hidden in the background. This beer has a very fresh hops taste with some grapefruit and citrus flavors that is bold but not overpowering with bitterness. It is gentle enough that you can taste the creamy sweet malt that is mostly pale malt. It the softness of a slight bit of wheat. This has a medium full mouth feel with some creaminess. There is no alcohol warmth or astringency.

Anthony1, Aug 09, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

rcjennings, Mar 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Theniz, Nov 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

ChicagoNick, Nov 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

JandJMD, Aug 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

lpayette, Apr 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

heysuz, Feb 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

YalovaIA, May 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

timoteo833, May 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Iamjeff6, Sep 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

BEERschlitz, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Rick778, Apr 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

WesMantooth, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of shbobdb
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sometimes, living in Indiana rocks. For example, I can find this beautiful offering at the freakin' grocery store right next to the venerable Two-Hearted Ale.

Ahhh. Now this beer is a masterwork from FFF. It pours a slightly hazy amber with a rock-solid dishwater head. Mmmm, that head really released a lot of wonderful aromas. Pine and citrus predominate and, man, it smells good. Very 'Merry Christmas', but not in the tinsel-and-cookies kinda way, but the 'I'm some crank wandering around in a pine forest and I'm giving presents to strangers' kinda way.

It definately ain't normal, but it sure is delicious. The only reason why this beer isn't an IPA is because it isn't bitter. The malt covers up and bitterness from the hops, and they mostly hang out at the fore of the beer anyway. You get a wonderful blast of hops followed by a nice light caramel which preps you for the next blast.

I can (and do) drink this beer all day.

shbobdb, Apr 19, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

yeaprolly, Jun 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

davet100, Aug 19, 2013
Alpha King Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 5,060 ratings.