Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,717
Hads: 5,818
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.73%
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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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Photo of blindpiglet
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, opaque honey color. A short head, but it sticks to the glass all the way down to the bottom. Citrus aroma is equal in strenth to the hops. Perfect carbonation, almost creamy on the palate with tiny bubbles just a swirl away from a fresh head. A late, but short lived finish with a light aftertaste. Good hops balance, not overwhelming, but clear and intentional. (368 characters)

Photo of Seumas
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

That massive whack of hops is what gets you. Yeah the body is really good: heck, 7.3 percent alcohol and alcohol never shows up in the taste profile. It's bitter, but not massively so, and while others have noted some sweetness, I never noticed it. Give me this over Arrogant Bastard any day. (292 characters)

Photo of pikemark
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the foodery, again.

A murky dark amber color with thin head and lacing. A little darker than most of the IPAs Ive had and it really defines this rather different IPA.

The smell was sweet right a way. It definitely had the usual citrus but also a toasted or caramelnotes.

The taste was a pleasant surprise. I tasted the darkness and toastiness I had predicted and it was sweet to start and mildly bitter at the end.

I could surely drink this one again and it is defintely up there in my top IPAs. If you like IPAs try this one. (560 characters)

Photo of RyanC84
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Rich cooper color. Small white head that leaves minimal lacing.

S: Citrus and piney hop aroma backed up by nice caramel malt.

T: Taste, just like the smell, is a wonderful citrus hop blend. It's balanced out nicely by the caramel malt.

M & D: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Wonderful mouthfeel on this one making it extremely drinkable. Will satisfy your hop fix but backs it up with the smooth malt to turn this one into a great session beer. Wish this was readily accessible. (490 characters)

Photo of mayor55
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have had this many times and it's time for a review. Dark color with foamy head. Color is a little darker than what I would expect for a APA. Citrus/Malt smell that is a little confusing. Feels very good in the mouth. Nice aftertaste.

Very good beer. Not my favorite style and the hoppy/malty split is somewhat confusing. Beer hides its alcohol level. (354 characters)

Photo of mattgert
4.87/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy amber into a pint glass, smells of citrus like many others have stated. Man does this stuff taste great. A nice slap of hops, floral aromas and malts. The hoppy aftertaste comes back for another round. Wow! There is no point in rambling any further. If you like APAs - GET SOME! Simply delicious. This is the best beer I have ever had. (349 characters)

Photo of Rainne
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brown that glows orange in the light, clear. 1 finger head stays around for a minute or two. Leaves a little lacing.

S- Hops right away, floral and citrus.

T- IPA, that's what the taste is. Straight up hops with the grapefruit and floral tastes all in there. A little toasty malt doesn't even convince me it's not an IPA. Dry finish with hops bitterness.

M- A little fizzy, body is medium. Smooth and crisp.

D- Uh, yeah. Definitely drinkable. (449 characters)

Photo of southsider
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

A-Poured an orangy,coppery hazy gold into my glass. The head was a frothy off white with sticky lacing.

S-Strong aroma of piney,citrusy,piney hops with a toasty malt background. Big IPA type smell for an APA.

T-Spicy,slightly alcoholic beginning with more carbonation than expected. Lots of piney and citrusy hops more in overall presentation than bittering which is restrained enough to let the toasted biscuity malt backbone shine through.Finish is dry and a little bitter.

M-Combination of high carbonation,initial bitterness and alcohol create a buzzing sensation like a swarm of bees in my mouth. "It's not normal" is the mantra of Three Floyds and it certainly applies to Alpha King. Medium mouthfeel due to a big malt backbone clothed in generous aromatic hops.

D-A damn fine Midwest APA masquerading as a West coast IPA. My favorite American Pale Ale so far. (911 characters)

Photo of Keithstone44
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. I would love to know the bottle date, but o well.. damn you Three Floyds..

A: Pours a dark copper color, with a stable 1-finger head. Nice lacing

S: wow, much more pungent than I was expecting. Strong citrus and floral notes.

T: Incredible taste. The citrus and hop bitterness blend together perfectly. I can detect some malt in the aftertaste

M: Medium bodied, this beer has the perfect level of carbonation for the style.

O: One the best APA's out there. Great taste, perfect balance, no wonder its Three Floyd's flagship beer. (560 characters)

Photo of theveganbrewer
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Much darker than I expected, dark even for a DIPA.

Aroma: Citrus hops, caramel malts, some combo of cascade, centennial, maybe columbus.

Taste: Citrus hops and toffee. Bitterness from start to finish, not too strong, not too weak, uniform.

Mouthfeel: Median bodied. The high carbonation keeps the sweetness down but it does seem really carbonated.

Overall: This is just as hoppy as a lot of IPAs so I really enjoyed it. It's a bit sweeter than something I normally drink, but the intense hop aroma and great balance make this a winner. (554 characters)

Photo of jfunkk79
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a Three Floyd's tasting with a fellow ba. Thanks twelvsies!

Pours a dark amber with nice lacing on the head. Very nice hop on this one and really well balanced. Def on the hoppy side for a pale but very tasty and easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel with some maltiness to balance it out. (288 characters)

Photo of HopsHops
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


To me this is just about as good as it gets...

I'm on my second one and i just got home about 20 minutes ago

i poured it into my big sticks to it great, thin but nice head,

not too strong not too weak, hoppy bitterness is there which i absolutely isnt sticky but this stuff is great i could drink it all night....3 floyds is the stuff is probably the best pale ale ive ever tried... there was sediment in the bottom of my mug for f**k sake....i apologize for my language on this one i just want people to know i am serious about this review...the color is beautiful....this will be my main from now on i reckon ....I love it ..its too good i will drink too much of it tonight im sure...GREAT JOB FFF (762 characters)

Photo of ajayma
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Translucent brown--like maple syrup but clearer.

Only a light whiff of malt when it's cold. But as it warms, a hops-in-hand aroma makes it self apparent.

An oily full body perked up by a moderate small-bubbled carb. An assertive wash of citrusy hop flavors right up front. The swallow brings exapnds the flavor specturum with whispers of malt and molasses, and more hoppiness. The citrus favors fade in the finish to leave a tingling bitterness that drips pleasantly down the through. The finish is long and includes a subtle essence of peanuts, if you believe it.

Hoppy? Oh yes. Citrusy hop stands forefront but without overloading the senses. One for drinking on its own. Though if you want to eat something a robust cheese might play well with it. (796 characters)

Photo of casemw
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the trade beereality!

Pours a deep amber color with quarter inch head and slight lacing which lasts till the end. This one doesn't appear to be filtered, at least not very tight.

As expected, strong hop aroma of citrus and pine. Much like your typical west-coast style pale.

A nicely balanced pale from Three Floyds. Not nearly as bitter as I expected from the aroma.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, and the carbonation is just right...natural for sure. I could drink a few of these and be just fine.

This being my first beer from 3F I am very impressed and am anxious to try their others. If you ever have a chance to try this beer I highly recommend it. (669 characters)

Photo of LikaThaHops
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pint glass.

A- Poured a deep copper color with a rich creamy head about 2 fingers tall-leaves nice lace along the glass, then the bubblies settle to a few millimeters thick through the duration.

S- Strong floral aromas accompanied by a slight hop smell. Not too big on aromas here, but thats not a problem.

T- Very balanced is the best words. Everything works correctly with this brew in my mouth. Very crisp, a little mouth pucker, a little bitter. I like it.

M- Light, sticky, pucker.

D- A little too much bite. Kinda got heart burn after 2 or 3. so, that would kill this being a 'drink a sixer'. All in all, a good beer though; Very tasty. (659 characters)

Photo of newyawker
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The first time I ever had it. At Brewtopia beer festival in New York. Nice, full whiteness for a head. Big, hoppy, flower like fragrance and a brisk carbonation. Cloudy, orange-banana color. Smooth, easy drinking and yet big and hop infected neverthless. One of the best beers I have ever tasted. (296 characters)

Photo of alyankus
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden orange with a solid head that fades into some nice lacing.

The nose exhibits very primary hop characteristics of grassy herbal notes and citrus and tropical fruits.

On the palate there is more of the citrus qualities especially a notable tangerine quality.

This is very smooth and well balanced except for a slight astringency on the finish. All in all a very good pale ale. (408 characters)

Photo of henryd30
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber with slightly orange/red tint. 1 thumb off-white heat of fine bubbles that leaves a nice sticky lacing.

S: Outstandingly fresh. Oranges, grapfruit, and xmas trees.

T: Strong flavored hops out of the gate, slight malt backup, then quite a bitter finish. The first few drinks, the bitter is a little too much, but by the 4th or 5th, it starts to mellow out a bit.

M: Lively carbonation.

D: Not as drinkable as I'd hoped. (436 characters)

Photo of thebeerisgood
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus and big floral hops. A great first impression for this brew.

Appearance: Copper/Amber with an off-white head that leaves rows of lace clinging to the glass.

Taste: Lots of citrus and hops flavor balanced well with pale malt sweetness. As with most 3 Floyds brews, Alpha King has huge flavor and is very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and a medium body, finishing dry and clean.

Overall: This is a very smooth, delicious brew and has easily become one of my favorite pale ales. With a ton of flavor, Alpha King leaves the bodies of most other pale ales in its wake. Over the course of two evenings, I killed a sixer without destroying my taste buds and keeping most of my wits about me.

Notes: Alpha King is brewed with Centennial, Cascade and Warrior hops and is one of 3 Floyds flagship brews. I've seen a sixer of this at pretty much every Citywide and Belmont in the area, as well as Martin's Supermarket. (964 characters)

Photo of perryw
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle in to a pint glass. Pours a nice amber-y copper-y color. Lacing sticks to the side of the glass all the way down and lives on when the beer is gone. There's a nice citrus smack to the scent that carries on to the taste. There's a bitter / sour grapefruit taste that hits me pretty hard as well. That seems to make the alcohol feel a littler higher to my mouth than rated. That bitter bite kept going thru the whole glass and one or two would be enough for me in an evening. (494 characters)

Photo of wofat
2.87/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Call me crazy... or maybe the bottle I had was past its expiration date, but I had been searching for this beer for some time and am quite dissapointed now that I have found it.

This is a dark copper ale with immediate aromas of citrus hops, carmel and grain. My mouth begins to water...

The flavor is quite good to start... mild malt character, with notes of grain and carmel and a nice, consistent bitterness and citrus hop flavor... until... pow! Is that steel wool? A bizzarre metalic aftertaste that I have only experienced before in my first batch of homebrew. Very strange indeed. This brew began quite tasty, but the lingering aftertaste of metal will keep me from enjoying it.

I will be finding another of these and revisiting this beer. (757 characters)

Photo of jerskine
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: opaque, copper hue with about an inch of creamy microbubble foam

S: very enticing; smells very hoppy for a pale ale, hints of other floral aromas

T: exceptional citrus taste with an immense quantity of hops hitting your taste buds; I'm not the one to go for pale ales, but this exceeded my expectations in taste

M: very smooth, very drinkable, very crisp

O: excellent pale ale; thought it wouldn't be hoppy enough for my liking, but it definitely hit the spot (466 characters)

Photo of WeimtimeBier
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man do I love Three Floyds beer.

A- Light amber gold tint with a puffy soft half inch head that held.

S- Smelled of soft citrus and grapefruit and some pine. No mango tropical flavors like the IPA dreadnaught. Not to aromatic and in your face but still a good hop presence. Sweet malt behind that.

T- Tasted some piney citrus. Nothing dominated the hop base. There was also some earthy tones to it. Good malt backbone with caramel straw flavors. thick malt profile is enjoyable.

M- Medium body and a good malt to hop ratio. Heavier malt mixes with the acidic hop well. Good steady carbonation keeps it crisp.

D- Drinkable and enjoyable. Nothing overpowering but no more then two. (689 characters)

Photo of NealVsBeer
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Golden brown with a tiny bit of tan head.

S - Floral and citrus hops dominate the smell.

T - Very smooth, citrus and piney hops. Well-balanced.

M - Nice and smooth. Medium-bodied.

D - One of the best APAs I've had so far. I'll drink this any day. (254 characters)

Photo of Hamsteroceros
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: That special reddish-amber color that is elusive even to many IPA's. Long-lasting lacing all the way up the glass.

S: Very hoppy. I guess that's sort of the point. Very "West Coastish." Lots of citrus..

T: Teeny bit of malt, but really all hops. Crisp and tasty.

M: In spite of a hint of resinousness, this is a very crisp, light beer.

O: I've had IPA's that don't deliver what this beer does. Really a spectacular example of what is possible in an APA. (461 characters)

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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