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Alpha King - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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95
world-class

5,365 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,365
Reviews: 1,691
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 879
Gots: 649 | 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:
A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness. This is our flagship beer.

68 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2000)
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of ChadQuest
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is the top of the echelon for American Pale Ales. Interestingly enough, this could be classified as a IPA and no one would say differant, its 60ibus, which while not a skull crushing IPA is safely in the territory. Its hoppyness is citrus bound and packs a big punch of flavor, retains a somewhat balanced malt side, that puts it in a perfect place overall between the styles, and has a great creamy mouthfeel and neverending drinkability.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: slightly murky, blond/golden color, with a clear body and a weak head
3.75/5

S: Sweet and fruity, with some sweet hoppy aromas
4.5/5

T: It starts off mild, then hits with a hard hoppy crack. this is odd, and it then quickly goes back to mellow, with minimal hoppy aftertastes
Odd, but intersting
3.75/5

M: offly wattery, but has a ok maltyness
3/5

Overall: I give this one a 3.5/5. It not bad, but it is a weird brew and I felt that it needed more definition.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful cascading largish head of light tan on an orangy/brown beer. There's a little haze but good active carbonation and ok lacing.

S: Hoppy, duh. A mild grapefruit scent. Not too strong, but good.

T: Pale Malts and hops mostly. A little heavy on the grapefruit up front. But over all a good pale.

M: Flat, unfortunately.

D: Good, better if it was more carbonated.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of crwills
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved it. An awesome example of the style, although much more IPA-like than I expected.

Bought a single bottle of this from Circle Liquors in Pennington, NJ.

Poured into a standard pint glass, a very nice semi-clear amber with not much head. STRONG hoppy smell, with sinus-clearing pine and citrus.

Flavour is very bitter, but in a good way, and held up by the grapefruit and pine. A bit of soapiness, as well as a nice bitter, peppery aftertaste that is pleasant and not overpowering. Mouthfeel is great -- this is quite a dry beer and doesn't coat unpleasantly at all.

Highly recommended, and I plan to get a bunch of this when I go back.

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

Acquired in a trade with alleykatking...thanks Josh!

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling info is given and no abv info is given.

A-Pours a semi-hazy amber that veers toward the darker side of the amber spectrum. When poured a small white head disappears very fast to a small ring. The head dissolves into a cool spotted print in the middle of the glass. Nice spotted lacing is left as this goes down.

S-Not nearly as citrusy as I was expecting. Would say I get more sweet malt and grassy/floral/earthy hops in the nose.

T-Get some citrus hop flavor and grassy hop flavor along with a lot of sweet caramel malt.

M-Light to medium bodied with lighter carbonation. Is very smooth and the hops leave a pleasant level of lingering bitterness.

D-Goes down easily.

All in all I thought this was a pretty good beer. I think I was expecting more hops than were delivered. I would love to try this fresh on tap to use as a comparison. If this were available in CA I would definitely pick it up due to its relatively low abv and the fact it goes down easily and does not fill you up fast.

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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured into my tulipglass

A: Poured into a fluted glass, pours a bright amber color, crystal clear, with a clumpy 2 finger head. Good retenion and lace. A bit darker than you would expect from a pale.

S: Citrus, a little bready/caramel malt.

Taste- Loads of fresh citrus hops right up front, grapefruit, pineapple, some lemon and orange notes. A little pine is in there too. Smooth and malty toward the finish, well balanced, finishes slightly bitter with a lingering fruity finish.

M: smooth and creamy, very good. Medium body and carbonation.

A bit on the hoppy side overall for an APA, but I absolutely love this beer.

Alpha King from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 5,365 ratings.