Alpha King
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #27
ABV:
6.66%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,042
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 8.92%
Reviews:
1,914
Ratings:
6,838
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
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Year-round
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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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SmashAdams from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3 Floyds is finally in NJ so I'm excited to get to try these beers I've heard about for years. Honestly this is not hat I expected but in a good way. It's nice to get a more traditional (not hazy garbage) pale ale that creates a nice balance on both the hops and malt side. This is a delicious beer that's not afraid to have a (malt) backbone and leave you with a little bitterness. yb

Jul 30, 2020
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ommegangpbr from New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally available in New Jersey! Excited to try after years of hearing about Three Floyd's.
Pours very pretty. Rich copper color, off white head. Smells are punchy citrus hops. Drinks much maltier than the nose would indicate but still on the hop heavy side of the spectrum.
I would be very happy to have a few pints of this at a bar. Hopefully the pandemic will be over soon and relaxed bar drinking can happen again soon.

Jul 25, 2020
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Four-pack copped from Bottle King in Livingston. First-ever brew from purportedly one of the best breweries in America. Pours a copper, ruddy hue with maximum frothing. Thick aroma replete with notes of caramel, citrus, and clove. Assertive, hoppy flavor balanced by a creamy, malt sweetness. Full-bodied mouthfeel. Thirst-quenching with a tangerine finish. Highly recommended. Good stuff.

Jul 16, 2020
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber - a little dark for a pale ale.
Getting tomato soup on the nose…
Taste is some citrus. Mostly grapefruit rind though.
Feel is well carbonated. A little bit of a waxy feel on the aftertaste though.
Not sure what it is, but t3 fFoyds seems to do it for most of you, but not for me. I'll try the Handjee and compare it to FO for another shot. But everything I've had has been average.

Jul 15, 2020
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1961 from Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a six pack from Woodmans in Janesville ,Wi with 4-2-20 born date. I poured it into a seven oz taste glass. Pours a amber color with a citrus smell. The taste was a balanced but still with hoppiness / citrus notes . I'm very impressed with this beer mainly due to its truely a pale ale and not a IPA. Thank you Three Floyds for making a Great Pale Ale !

Jun 19, 2020
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Judgie from Indiana

4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can dated 3/12/20 into a tulip, and looks beautiful with dark amber body & light tan head. Smell is slightly muted from too much cooling and maybe a tad old for my typical 3F purchases. Taste is also slightly off from age & maybe storage. I should probably re-review this beer when I buy a fresher batch. Still, it is far & away one of the best american pales that I have regular access to and a regular in my refrigerator.

May 28, 2020
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NYNorseman from New York

4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Terrific smell coming from my Alpha King poured into a tulip glass-pine and citrus fill the air! The glass glows a rich orange caramel color and the head has dissipated into a fine lacing which coats the glass. It tastes malty but nicely balanced with citrus-very smooth! The 6.6 ABV makes it high enough to count for something but low enough to enjoy a few. Terrific brewery - visit if you have a chance but get ready for their musical onslaught!

Mar 27, 2020
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haines710 from Delaware

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack in Wegmans in Pennsylvania near Delaware line. First time seeing beer from this brewer in the area. Had to get and was not disappointed. Solid pale ale. Very fresh tasting and great taste and feel. Mostly pine versus citrus. Easy to drink. Glad to have it available

Feb 21, 2020
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

15 years after I had my first alpha I’m finally reviewing.
Might have rated higher years ago.
Still really good tho.
Amber with nice white head that lingers.
Smell is pine and grapefruit
Flavor follows with nice malt backbone. Pretty dry finish. With enough sweetness not send you for the water fountain.
Good beer

Feb 02, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber-orange with two fingers of off-white foam. Head retention is great. Light fogginess to the transparency. Aroma is pine, resin, dank and orange hops along with biscuity, bready, nutty, earthy malts. Together it forms a lightly rindy, sticky, earthy smell. Flavor profile is more of the same, offering up sticky resiny, dank, herbal and orange hops that clinge to the tongue long after a sip. Earthy, bready malts add a little depth and balance. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a lightly velvety, gritty grain to it. Consistency makes it easy to drink, but slightly filling. Overall, sticky, balanced pale ale that leans more towards the hoppy side.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

Jan 10, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2019-12-02
5oz pour at the brewery.

Pours an Amber-red, medium head, nice carbonation. Smell is holiday pine. Taste is a little mild. Bitterness primarily. Mouthfeel is thin, almost watery. Overall, kind of a mild beer that really brings out hops west coast style.

Dec 02, 2019
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PaulTomasko

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had Alpha King from a can poured into a pint glass, very thick head, excellent lacing. Hoppy but yet a little sweet. First of 3 Floyd's beers I have and and I am impressed.

Nov 27, 2019
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dagmer from Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The greatest beer of all time, in my opinion. Been drinking it since the late 90's. Back then this was considered pretty over the top with it's grapefruit like bitterness and caramel malt notes. Like a hybrid of an American IPA and a British ESB but with more kick than what was around then. Still great and still blows away most Pale Ales.

Nov 10, 2019
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sjdevel from Colorado

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LOOK - hazy dark gold - 1-2 finger head - decent retention - carbonation is low - nice lacing
SMELL - earthy / piney hops - some sweet caramel and brown sugar - some citrus
TASTE - rush of hops with a moderate hop bitterness - loads of pine and herbal notes - sweet bread and caramel - some citrus and mango/pineapple - trails off with some slightly smokey grains
FEEL - medium bodied but lacks carbonation - would be better if a bit more lively
OVERALL - This one has been on my beer bucketlist for a while - it's labelled as one of the better APAs in the country but I'm not sure I'd agree - it is a good beer and very flavorful - just not up there with my favorites - would buy again if it comes to town again

Nov 01, 2019
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Stevosps from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured from a bottle this pale ale yields a 1/4 inch mild foamy edge. It has a dark amber color with a clean freash light malt aroma. Very smooth to the palet. Mildy creamy texture. Very slight hoppy flavor that mixes just right with a hint of citrus that evens out with a slight carmel sweetness that has the taste buds thirsting for one more. With an ABV at 6.6 it is a good lazy hang out and enjoy the evening ale.
Over all this is a very nice Amaerican Pale Ale !

Oct 20, 2019
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Bayviewguy

4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my faves, though a sweeter backend then I normally like, a really solid fall beer with the pronounced malt edge. Fall? Who am I kidding, drink this all year long.

Oct 17, 2019
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PORK from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange/caramel color with a thick head that yielded nice lacing...very mild fruit aroma at first, but the hops start to appear as it warms...malt/hop balance definitely skews hoppy but with good malt flavor up front...bready, not getting much citrus, mild bitter finish...medium thick mouthfeel

Sep 14, 2019
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle: Dark orange in color with a descent sized head and lacing. Smells of malt and pine, taste along the same lines. More of a tradition pale and not a session ipa. Very good

Sep 04, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, citrus. Taste is identical to the aroma, with the addition of some pine, well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, I was expecting more, but it's a solid beer.

Aug 28, 2019
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LarryMyers from Pennsylvania

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

Just got this at Wegmans in PA. This is my first Three Floyds and I really like it. This beer has a great balance hop-malt balance you can't get in an IPA. Can't wait to have the rest of the 6-pack!

Aug 23, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into a pint glass at hucklebucks in Pottsville pa tonight. Canned 7/8/19, so 6 weeks old.

Slightly Hazy Amber colored body with a decent off white head which leaves very good lacing.

Aromas are muted, but getting a little hops and sweetness.

Very nicely balanced between hops and malt. At times sweet, at times lightly bitter.

Overall, really nice pale ale, abv of 6.66 almost undetectable. Very enjoyable drink.

Mouth between medium and full, finish the sweetness just edges out the bitterness.

Aug 23, 2019
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Pray_For_Mojo from Colorado

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: beautiful and wonderfully bright! Copper-amber colored. A 1-finger head of light tan forms immediately and then retreats to a lacing. Fair to good retention.

Aroma: delicate hops; present but reserved. Very nice. The malt is present, but in concert with the hops. Everything is well balanced.

Flavor: floral hops that are well balanced by sweet malt, which comes through as light caramel. No one flavor dominates. The malt and hop flavors hit at the same time, but each standout yet coincide beautifully.

Mouthfeel: heav(ier)-medium, a bit too heavy for the style. Drinking multiple would be a meal.

Overall: this is a very well executed beer. Well balanced. Very clean. I’m impressed. IMO, Alpha King is among the best in style.

Aug 16, 2019
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE: August 14, 2019... OCCASION: having faced disappointment by not securing a closing date for our new home, the only thing to do is celebrate Endgame on disc with a quality beer and the family... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... this is a beast of a pour: a rich, brown amber body that supports a stout white blanket two fingers thick.... its head smears an equally thick shade around the glass... its aroma is a blessing of toasted caramel malts backing a grapefruit and lime one/two punch, with soft hints of floral elements... the secondary scents are hard fruits and a bit of wood... a strong, medium-bodied first sip, alive and coursing through the teeth, with a smooth finish that resonates long after it is finished... in fact, this is lethal at 6.5%, drinking at a much quicker rate while retaining its heft and character... the grapefruit and lime are sharp and delicious, puckering slightly, with a resinous undertow... caramel and hard fruits also join in the experience, but make no mistake: this is a hop-forward ale that somehow falls under the pale moniker... having had this decades ago, I was thrilled to find this in a trip to Wegman's in Bethlehem... every bit as filling and flavorful as it was in the past, straddling the line between an outsized pale ale and a quaffable IPA...

Aug 15, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

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

(12 oz bottle, bottled 03-27-19; purchased shelf single at Shangy's... poured into a Belhaven pub pint)

L: amber-tawny liquid, mild haze; alarmingly enormous puff of tight, frothy, aged-white foam - great retention, crusting all over the glass... again, left behind lees at first but, once poured in, only increased haze; no floaters

S: lightly-caramel, grapefruit dusted coffee(?) cake (not java, just powdered sugar dusted, lightly-spiced cake)... not terribly sure, but it possibly has a bit of caramel malt oxidation?... little hint of alcohol

T: bit of a caramel approach, but the follow-through is a NW-IPA-style piney, earthy, resinosity, washing away (but maybe also enhancing) any rich malt sweetness, though the beer is fairly lusciously malty, but balanced nonetheless

F: has that dextrinous plump up front, but it slides out the back quiet; little residual evidence... subtle booze warmth; dangerously negligible

O: tasting old? - still tasty... I'll have to pop over to the city to see if any fresher ones are to be found... why is this in APA? - seems like an amber all the way (1429)

Aug 07, 2019
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Chaz from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red-amber in color, with very good clarity. Topped with a pale tan head. Good lacing and duration.

Resiny hop character up front on the nose, this beer is part old school Microbrew tradition of the West Coast style and part new school innovation, with a good mess of different hops used. Not quite “dank”, but flowery and herbal (more on that in the taste). Clean ale character and some biscuit malt on the nose.

On the first sip it’s sweet, smooth, slightly sharp and tangy. Bitterness is restrained but sturdy; This used to be one of the most bitter U.S. ales in the pale ale -to- IPA range, but was eclipsed over the past twentysomething years.

Bitterness lingers and blends with a bittersweet undertone, along with very prominent herbal character. The one herbal note I’m getting now (and bear in mind that I haven’t enjoyed this regularly in close to twenty years) is of damiana, or diviner’s sage. If you’ve never partaken of damiana, it’s a pungent and sweet herb, and though I doubt that FFF would’ve ever brewed with it, maybe they did partake? An interesting note at any rate, and adds depth of flavor to the ale.

Good drinkability, albeit a bit fuller in flavor and character than a good many lower strength examples in the very broad American Pale Ale style.

A very, very good beer overall.


Canned 6/19/19 — less than three weeks ago.

Jul 11, 2019
Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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