Alpha King
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #27
Ranked #1,130
4.26 | pDev: 8.92%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
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Notes: A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness. This is our flagship beer.

68 IBU
Reviews: 1,955 | Ratings: 6,947 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review 1548
I am happy to write this review, Alpha King from Three Floyds. The beer is 46 degrees and served in a pint glass. The pour created a massive three-fingered light tan head. The head is creamy and foamy with excellent retention. The slow dissipation left gobs of lacing on the glass. The color is SRM 8, amber yellow with a light mahogany tint. The clarity of the beer is perfect with a few carbonation bubbles popping up and floating to the surface. An elegant representation of a pale ale.

The initial aromas in the beer are pine, grapefruit, and resin. Nosing further, I detect caramel, floral esters, oranges, malty sweetness, a touch of herbal, and a subtle dankness.

The flavors in the beer are caramel, toasted malts, bay leaves, dewy mornings, floral esters, biscuit, oranges, a hint of herbal, leather, pine, grapefruit, and resin.

The mouthfeel of the beer is tannic and astringent.

The body of the beer is medium, medium carbonation, and full finish.

Absolutely an amazing pale ale. The malty backbone holds the hops too well. I think this beer is eclipsing on an IPA. I would drink this beer regularly if I could get it. Something I did not like is the heavy-handed malt profile.

Jun 18, 2021
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber with an off white head that leaves trails of lace.

Pine resin floral and bitter herb backed by malt biscuit in the nose.

Resinous pine sweet biscuit malt with floral and bitter herb notes and a touch of orange.

May 31, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark & clear copper color; nice head retention and legs
S: Subtle floral hop aroma
T: Initial bitterness, which follows with malt & hop flavor. Bitterness lingers
F: Appropriate. The malt presence makes it thicker than a pure West Coast IPA
O: Very enjoyable. Nice 3F IPA option, completely different from Zombie Dust

May 21, 2021
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jockstrappy from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, canned 3/22/21. Pours a slightly murky copper color, creamy white head.

Nose includes orange peel, citrus and mild spruce.

Hop profile of citrus and spruce notes are prevalent, the toasty malt behind it all rounds everything out. Hops come through in the finish, lingering a bit in the aftertaste in a pleasing way.

Toes the line of IPA maybe? Call it what you want, it’s very good.

May 17, 2021
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled 3/9/21

Pours dark orange copper in color, slightly cloudy, cream colored head. Good head retention. Nice citrusy hop aroma. Taste is balanced, starts with a little malt sweetness, finishes more bitter. Medium to fuller bodied.

Apr 26, 2021
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Mdez from Virginia

4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this and Zombie Dust recently and, based on a can of each, I'd take the Alpha King every time. This beer surprised me while the can of Zombie Dust was a letdown.

Apr 22, 2021
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thoss from Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

All-around solid with full flavor like 60 min. IPA. Plenty bitter; I'd like more hop, but this is a Pale Ale. Given its price point, I can see myself purchasing again.

Apr 12, 2021
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Brad007 from Vermont

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 3/3/21. Pours a reddish-gold hue with a huge frothy head into my glass. Sweet and doughy in the nose with some citrus hidden behind it. Nice and bitter upfront and this time, it reminds me more of pine than citrus. Drinks like an old school pale ale without any of the gimmicks that usually mar today's pale ales. Quaffable and finishes clean. Well worth the rating.

Apr 03, 2021
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Old school. Smells of pine and orange and peach. Taste follows the nose. Caramel. Slick. Low carbonation but pine and peach dominate. Silky. A little bit sticky. Wont revisit but glad to finally try.

Apr 02, 2021
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours deep orange red with a fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and some fruit, tropical notes. Tastes of tropical fruit and citrus, with nice grain notes. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Mar 30, 2021
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Jaasoares from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark amber with a whitish head which lingers. Hops and tropical fruit on the nose. Taste is very solid with citrus, pine, resin from hops. I’ve yet to have a 3 floyds brew that isn’t excellent!

Mar 29, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear deep amber appearance with a large off white head and good lacing. Aroma leans to the hoppier spectrum. Citrus, yes, but herbal and spicy as well. Flavor develops a solid malt backbone, and a touch of sweetness, to support the devilish (6.66%) abv. Still, those hops are not going anywhere and become even more evident in the aftertaste. Really fine overall.

Mar 21, 2021
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cdpowers from Vermont

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

Bit a dark lookin' pale, I'd say. Dim light of the midwest winter I guess...Nice and bitter, nice and smooth. Didn't realize I could get this in VT until my boss brought some in at the end of a work day. Proper stuff

Mar 19, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen. ABV is not mentioned on the label. Cloudy orange-brown colour, large off-white head. Lovely aroma of American hops, notes of citrus and tropical fruits, hints of pine forest. The hoppy flavour has notes of pine and grapefruit, and is fairly dry. Bitter aftertaste. Quite good.

Mar 19, 2021
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Similar to Zombie Dust, this APA seems to me (not alone) as an IPA. This comes to me as more bitter, especially in a piney sense, than ZD. It’s a darker beer with a more interesting malt profile, closer to many PNW IPAs I’ve had.

For that reason (determined in a side-by-side comparison), I find this more IPA than the ZD that toes the line evocatively. Being more out of balance has my scores couched in style, but I really do quite enjoy this beer as a toasty malt, pine with some grapefruit pith solid IPA.

Mar 10, 2021
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

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

L: Clear amber with a tall off white head and modest lacing.

S: Pine needles and resin, grapefruit, and spiced peach hop notes intermingle with toasty caramel malt.

T: Firm bitterness, much more IPA than Pale Ale, big pine, citrus, and spiced peach hop character. Robust malt flavor for the style, very toasty and biscuity.

F: Medium bodied, crisp finish.

Overall: A great hoppy ale. Not really a pale ale, more of an amber IPA, but still very delicious. Highly recommended.

Mar 09, 2021
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teromous from Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottom of the can: "PKGD ON 02/17/21 Q0274"

Appearance: The body is slightly hazy and a dark bronze color. It is much darker than the standard pale ale. The head is very large, wite-tan colored, and creamy textured across the surface. It leaves creamy webs of lacing on the glass. It has excellent retention and lacing.

Aroma: It has a light lemon aroma. The aroma comes in more when moving the glass under the nose but there isn't a lot of aroma while hovering directly over the glass. A light bit of pine comes through when deeply inhaling.

Taste: Up front there is a lime flavor with a hint of pine. Towards the middle of the mouth that lime comes through even stronger with the addition of light mint character. It finishes with a refreshing pine and lime character.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice refreshing character with a light body. Bitterness is very good. It's very easy to drink and it's enjoyable. The finish is somewhat wet with a light raspy finish.

Overall: It doesn't push out a lot of aroma but the beer is refreshing and has a nice mixture of lime, a little lemon and mint, and pine. It would go well with some grilled fish and a salad or a lightly seasoned grilled chicken. I could drink it again, especially given that it was in a can. The mixture of citrus and pine would make this a good beer to bring to the beach or the woods. I'd buy it again and I'd recommend it.

Mar 05, 2021
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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pkgd on 2/17/21.
L - poured dark amber with 2-finger, thick, off-white head. Really good lacing.
S - citrusy with some Carmel notes.
T - bready/biscuity malt. Fairly bitter for a pale ale.
F - medium mouthfeel with semi -dry finish. A bit sticky.
O - another good beer from 3F. Glad they’re in RI now!

Mar 01, 2021
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 fl. oz. can sampledf on Feb 27. 2021.

Very attractive looking copper-amber pour underneath a moderate off-white head. Lacing.

Aroma of breaded malts, floral esters, and a cleanliness.

Medium mouthfeel.

The taste is at first sweet and then bitter, This epitomizes a balanced pale ale. Right on!.

Feb 27, 2021
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Gmann from New York

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with light brown hues. Nice fluffy egg shell colored head that slowly dissipated into a thick ring. Looks like a beer.

The aroma is of juicy grapefruit hops. Fresh and slightly peppery.

The taste is more savory. Some onion and herbal hop notes. Pepper. The malt base is of brown bread and honey.

The feel is moderate on the palate. Soft carbonation. Good balance. Nice transition between sweet and bitter.

A very nice pale ale. Significant body and good balance. Prefer a more fresh hop flavor.

Jan 03, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/6/20

Now we're finally getting back around to 3 Floyds reviews. I've been drinking a steady supply of Zombie Dust since they started distro in Mass, but now it's time to review a new one. This is likely a step down from ZD, but I'm sure it'll be good

Pours a hazy red copper with 3 fingers of soapy white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves tons of lacing. Really dark for an APA but it looks awesome, as does the can art

The nose presents a nice balance, I get lots of citrusy hops, lightly spicy yeast, crisp bread, and caramel malt, offering up more subtle notes of orange and honey

This might as well just be an IPA. A very balanced one, but still. The front end of the sip is loaded with prickly piney hops and some pale malt and orange to balance it out. The swallow increases the malt and turns sweet, offering more of a honey note, along with toasted bread, pepper, and general citrus

This has a medium body and almost no carbonation, but still goes down very easy. The abv feels about right, and this finishes in the middle of dry and sticky, coats the mouth

This was really good, almost as good as Zombie Dust. I'll continue to try the new offerings I see from these guys, they do great work

Nov 17, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from tap into a 16 oz (473 ml) conical pint glass at Growlers Beer Bistro in Tuckahoe, NY.
A: Pours a cloudy, copper color with a one to finger, white head, cap retention and hanging curtains of lacing.
S: Very subtle lemon citrus and pine overlay with caramel maltiness.
T: More semisweet than semidry. Elements of palate follow nose, but caramel malt backbone predominates. Bitterness nicely subdued, but contributes to complexity and crisp finish.
M: Light to medium bodied. Solid carbonation and smooth drinking.
O: On a par with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Wonderful complement to food.

Oct 29, 2020
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my first experience with Alpha King, hot off the heels of my first can of Zombie Dust last night, and I'm pretty excited to give it a shot. This beer is a strong APA (one might call it an "Extra Pale Ale" if one is so inclined) featuring Centennial, Cascade, and Warrior hops, and I am close to the two-thousandth person to write a review for it, so I'll just dispense with the introductions and get right into the write-up.

The pour here is a hazy dark-ish amber (for an APA, anyway) with a huge head of slightly-off-white foam that leaves behind some superb lace and great legs. Excellent surface coverage, which, when combined with the semi-hazy body, gives off this "intense" appearance that strikes a chord with me. It doesn't much like many APAs I've ever had, but I think I appreciate that.

The nose here is pretty damn aggressive with some candied grapefruit, strong pine resin, and spicy notes all vying for attention alongside a deep maltiness that feels like it'll come across very balanced. I pick up a slight hit of ethanol, too, and I think I enjoy that this doesn't seem super dry-hopped or "juicy" or anything. It's just coming across to me as an immediately-satisfying, "extra" hoppy ale. Some spruce, caramel, biscuity malts, and light hints of mango/pineapple tropicalness.

First sip is strong maltiness backed up by a wash of resinous hops lingering like a sticky veneer on the palate, bringing out some surprising flavors of overripe mango to match the citrusy bent of the Cascade. Light floral flavors and a bit of subtle spice layer in as the beer opens up, and this complexity really starts to get nice once this exits fridge temperatures and gets closer to room temp. Like a lot of "darker" hoppy pales (looking at you, Furious and Nugget Nectar), this one exists in a weird space between "hoppy" and "malty" as we currently think of them with regards to American ales. It's like a miniature barleywine in a lot of ways, I guess, and that brings with it some interesting implications. Would this be "better" with some more dry-hopping, maybe with some "newer" hop varietals? What about tweaking the recipe so there's less dark-leaning malt? Who knows? I think I like this more than Zombie Dust, though, even though they're completely different beers in the "same style." Yikes. Anyway, the feel here is nice and slick, comfortingly warming and rather soft, all things considered. The carbonation isn't aggressive, the hop combo feels nice and balanced, and everything about it seems high quality to me. Maybe a bit underrated here, or maybe I just prefer this kinda thing.

Oct 28, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the can, it pours a somewhat clear amber color. A large foam head retains well. Nice look, however, it looks more like an amber ale rather than pale ale.

Lots of sweetness in the nose, including notes of caramel, toffee, toasted and biscuity malt. Yet, the hops soon make their presence felt with aromas of pine and citrus fruit.

Opens sweet with soft and chewy malt flavors. Notes of caramel, biscuit and toasted malt. As with the nose, the hops flavors emerge. There are bright notes of grapefruit rind and orange, as well as a generous amount of pine resin. The bitterness increases, yet, the balance is held firmly in check. The finish is malty and dry with a long lingering resiny bitterness.

Medium bodied with a moderate to gentle carbonation. The mouthfeel is very smooth.

Very well balanced and easy to drink. Stylistically it seems to straddle the lines between a balanced IPA, a hoppy pale ale, with amber ale colors. Regardless, it’s really good.

Oct 21, 2020
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mickyge from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can dated 10/5 into a can glass
Aggressive pour results in a fluffy off white head and a deep amber color
aroma is sweet and citrus and slightly earthy
Taste is caramel sweet and citrus rind tart, nice combo. There is a slight lingering earthy ness
There is a lot happening with mouthfeel. Medium carbonation, sticky, chewy and a lingering astringent citrus that goes from the roof of your mouth to a tingle on the tongue
Overall it’s a well balanced beer, one thing doesn’t over shadow another, it’s well layered

Oct 18, 2020
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