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Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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5,509 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,509
Reviews: 1,710
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 898
Gots: 761 | 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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4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, rich dark amber topped by a decent head that, once settled, leaves small islands of foam and some nice head retention and spots of lace.

The aroma is dry-hopped perfection which culminates in a nice candied grapefruit flesh, with the notes of pine and grapefruit pith you would expect.

The taste is quite hoppy for a pale ale, a nice bitter c-hop with a mild toffee malt at its spine, with a slight chalkiness that helps accentuate the pine and grapefruit bitterness, which lingers in the aftertaste. This has a long finish as the resinous oils seem to cling for dear life. If this was an IPA it would get top marks but since they're calling it a pale ale probably I'd dock 1/2 a point for being unbalanced. Sorry.

It's smooth and well carbonated, medium bodied, slightly chewy--the mouthfeel really helps deliver the taste here.

Certainly there has to be levels of progression between--or a scale to measure the degrees between--an APA and an AIPA, and this one might just about tip the scales and spill all over the next category up. Tasted blind I would have pegged this as an IPA without a doubt. Not a bad thing. This is a great beer. I'd pick it up all the time if it was available to me. It's just more than a little brash for the style it claims to be is all.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours dark amber with a respectable head. A good citrus aroma, strong, but not overbearing. The taste was a sweet grapefruit and I had no bitter aftertaste, excellent. Feel is smooth with a nice body for an APA. I could drink a half dozen of them. Everything good about an IPA, but kept none of the bad. My first taste of a 3Floyd's effort, I'm impressed.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness dating. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours an amber color with some serious orange hues. There is a two finger head with great retention. It lasts for some time and leaves behind a bunch of lacing.

S: Hops are out front with grapefruit and pine cones. As the my nose adjusts to the lupulin haze the malt presence bursts through. Caramel and toasted grain balance out the aroma.

T: It starts of pretty darn hoppy with a flash of grapefruit and pine, but the malt is not lost. Caramel and toasted bread hit mid-palate and follow to the end as it finishes with a bitter hop blast nice and dry.

M: Medium feel with some creamy carbonation. The malts provide some heft as I swish it around in my mouth.

O: Good example of the APA. More hoppy than its predecessors for sure, but just malty enough to hang on.

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4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 5 October 2002. Alpha King has a beautiful citrus hop aroma, along with a nice bitter taste w/ a clean finish. It is a very nice example of an American Pale Ale (APA). In my opinion, it's a very good session beer. I'd rather have Dreadnaught, but if you want to drink a few, this is a better choice.

Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,509 ratings.