Alpha King
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #45
Ranked #2,091
4.24 | pDev: 8.96%
May 16, 2022
Jul 23, 2000
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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
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4.34 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia on May 16, 2022
2 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Mar 03, 2022
3.75 by KT3418 from Colorado on Feb 24, 2022
4.19 by dan_amdg from Illinois on Feb 12, 2022
3.75 by d5001986 from Wisconsin on Feb 11, 2022
4.25 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania on Feb 07, 2022
3.93 by Sulty from Massachusetts on Feb 04, 2022
4 by seakayak from Massachusetts on Dec 30, 2021
4.33 by Grupatre from Michigan on Dec 28, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours copper with an off white head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: There are citrus aromas up front with some caramel. There are some pine notes in support with dried apricot notes.

Taste: It has a definitive malt presence with caramel and citrus. The balance is nearly even with a slight tilt towards the hops. In addition there are pine and dried apricots.

Feel: It has a medium body with strong bitterness in the finish without being harsh.

Overall, a very good pale ale that is slightly balanced towards the hops.

Dec 25, 2021
4.27 by minstrelwb from Indiana on Dec 21, 2021
4.27 by JMScowcroft from Vermont on Nov 27, 2021
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4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by davisdahlberg6 from Tennessee

No canned on date…
Appearance: Pours a dark orange copper, almost red in color. About a finger of white-yellow foam with good head retention and lacing down the glass. Translucent, but I think that is a more due to the color, there isn’t any floating sediment.
Smell: Initial notes of pine and bready caramel malts with a subtle sweetness. Notes of apricot and tangerine are also present. Prevailing sweetness is present from the middle to the back with caramel, rye bread, and slight toffee malts.

Taste: Bitter hops on the front end with pine, grapefruit, and orange rind that adds to the prevailing sweetness. I also get hints of apricot, tangerine, pineapple, and maybe some mango. Caramel and bready malt profile provides a solid back bone with a bit of rye spiciness on the back end.

Feel: Medium carbonation gives the smooth mouth feel and enhances the malt profile and flavors. Thicker than I remember and maybe that is because it is slightly older. Minimal alcohol warmness and overall enjoyable.

Overall: I think this beer is a bit on the older side, but certainly hasn’t gone bad. Malt flavors are a bit more pronounced, and the edge of the hops is taken off slightly but still enjoyable. Classic beer with great hops and beautiful supporting malt backbone. Always happy to enjoy this beer and I will definitely keep buying it.

Nov 14, 2021
4.5 by n2492004 from Michigan on Nov 13, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by MrOH from Malta

Amber with chill haze, dense white head, nice retention, awesome lace
Big pine (verging on aspirin) and grapefruit zest aroma
Flavor starts grapefruit zest, heads toward pine, then u-turns back to grapefruit rind
Medium-light bodied and appropriately carbonated
A well made WCIPA.

Nov 13, 2021
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Nov 04, 2021
4 by slimntubbs from Pennsylvania on Oct 31, 2021
4.24 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 24, 2021
4.15 by miwestcoaster from Michigan on Oct 20, 2021
3.64 by Seshin from California on Oct 19, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

Pours a slightly hazy light brown with a persistent fluffy head and lots of lacing.

Smells of slightly dank piney grassy hops with some citrus.

Tastes of hops and malt first followed by slightly tart citrus with a slightly bitter finish.

Medium light body with light prickly carbonation. Clean dry mouthfeel.

This hoppy ale could be considered to be a slightly lighter West Coast IPA. Very drinkable and well made.

Oct 14, 2021
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4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Profundobaso from New York

Look - poured from a 12 oz bottle. Copper in color, transparent, small but foamy head with decent lacing retention.

Smell - a balance of dried fruits, malts, and some sweet/syrupy notes. some hops also present, mostly pine and a bit of citrus. this is a complex one.

Taste - the taste is as complex as the smell. hop forward, but only moderately so. smoothed out by a wave of malts and syrup like sweetness. the hops come back in the end and leaves behind a long and slightly sweet finish - the kind typical of an exemplary IPA or hoppy ale.

Feel - medium bodied, average carbonation, and moderate in ABV at 6.66%.

Overall - for a flagship beer, this is remarkably complex and pretty damn tasty.

Oct 09, 2021
4.24 by Rainintheface from Massachusetts on Sep 25, 2021
4.61 by Mortarforker from Texas on Sep 25, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by dd53grif from Michigan

Pours a reddish brown color with a foamy head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of roasted malts. Taste starts slightly sweet but finishes with a hoppy bitterness.

Sep 14, 2021
4.04 by chiefz1 from New York on Sep 04, 2021
4.13 by GRFounder from Michigan on Aug 29, 2021
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4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by cindiwindi1025 from Michigan

I pretty much have had the best beers of my life with all of the 3 FLoyds I have had

Aug 23, 2021
4 by BigIronH from Michigan on Aug 21, 2021
3.39 by Gemini6 from Michigan on Aug 18, 2021
2.67 by JustLikeMyDad from Michigan on Aug 17, 2021
4.13 by Beerbellyzombie from Indiana on Aug 17, 2021
4.18 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Aug 15, 2021
4.19 by shreead from Pennsylvania on Aug 15, 2021
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Whyteboar from Michigan

The second beer from Three Floyds that I have had. ZD was very good, just different good. This one with its copper color and manilla head and lacing looks great, but not like a “pale” ale, ya know?
The aroma is subtle and complex, unlike the taste which grabs you for the ride. Piney and hoppy and citrus peels are odd bedfellows but work really well together here.
The feel was excellent, just really enjoyed drinking it.
OA, definitely happy to have this locally available now. Good beer.

Aug 14, 2021
4.34 by eljabak from Michigan on Aug 12, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BJB13 from Maryland

12 ounce can poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

L: Clear copper, one finger of manila colored foam, head is persistent and leaves lace.
S: Hoppy nose, pine and citrus zest.
T: Piney and resinous, moderately bitter with low to medium malt sweetness, citrus peel joins the pine for a bitter finish.
F: Soft and creamy medium body, medium carbonation, drinks clean.
O: Very good APA, traditional not juicy.

Aug 08, 2021
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