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Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness. This is our flagship beer.

68 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,811
Ratings:
6,347
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
Wants:
968
Gots:
1,293
For Trade:
29
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Reviews: 1,811 | Ratings: 6,347
Photo of TexIndy
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a care package from my now favorite brother-in-law along with Dreadnaught and Expedition Stout. Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating system. Was a hazy copper color with a few bits of yeast floating in there. Had a decent head that settled to a thin film with good lacing. The smell was very hoppy and citric (either grapefruit or tangering). Really had more of a IPA smell than an APA as mentioned in other reviews. Definitely set the table for what to expect. The taste was also really good and more along an IPA than APA line. Good hops, good citric but had a slightly too bitter finish for me. Overall, an excellent beer and recommend trying. (4, RB, T, Y)

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 12oz bottle and poured into one of my trusty tulip glasses I reserve for first-time beers. Alpha King had a clear rusty color with some random bubbles lazily drifting to the bottom of a large and durable vanilla colored head. Lots of sticky lace coated the walls as the brew egressed the glass.
Whew, this Americanized pale ale packs some hops! The citrusy hops aroma virtually erupted from the head, easily overpowering a toasty malt aroma. The scents of grapefruit rinds and orange peels were quite enticing but seemed more in keeping with a lot of American IPA's I've sampled. A modest dose of alcohol fumes also was detected.
The first thing I noticed was the abundance of grapefruit-inspired flavor that immediately got to work on my palate. Next came a slathering of sprucy, resinous flavor that lingered long after each taste was swallowed. All the while I kept searching for some indications that malts were present. A mild toasted malt flavor and touch of oak briefly played across the tongue as if running for their lives from a horde of rampaging hops. A faint hint of alcohol bit the throat with each swallow. The feel was lighter and thinner than anticipated and quite dry.
Okay, I'm gonna throw this out: Alpha King may be mis-styled. This brew strikes closer to being an American IPA than a pale ale. The hops character is of such a higher order than the malt aspect as to smell and taste more like a U.S.-bred IPA than a pale ale, American or other. Not that I'm complaining; I love this brew. I've just had a number of IPA's that were similar to Alpha King and not very many pale ales. That said, if you can get the King, do so. If not, work your connections for a trade. Big thanks to qarre for the hook-up!

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

Gorgerous copper brown color with a two finger head with good lacing. Huge oily hop notes. Plenty of lemony leafy hops. Very sweet citrus hop oil taste. A little hop balance. This beer is delightfully smooth and creamy. A textbook APA that I've heard lots about and certainly hasn't disappointed. Thanks to hero27 for this one.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to IrishHockey for this awesomeness! Poured into a 3floyds tumbler (also thanks to IrishHockey). No freshness date.

A- Pours a copperish amber color with a 3/4 inch beige head that retains very well before resolving to a thick, solid sheet of surface foam. Jagged spikes of lacing.

S- Light, biscuity malt with some mildly citrusy hop character. A quick dash of caramel plus some trace astringency from the hops/alcohol.

T- Lightly toasted malt flavor with a nice dose of hops to back it up. Clean and slightly fruity with a small amount of lingering bitterness. There's a bitter/sweet balance that tips slightly toward the bitter end of the spectrum. Very drinkable.

M- Solid body with a touch of creaminess and subtle prickle from the hops. Medium carbonation.

O- Obviously not as impressive of a hop profile as Zombie Dust but it's still very satisfying. Definitely wins points for balance and overall smoothness.

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Photo of Jwaks
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12oz bottle

Small, lonely bubbles journey upwards through a translucent amber colored brew to a flat patchy off-white head that forms a ring just below a bit of gaunt white lace.

Loads of citrus, lemon, grapefruit, and lime are on the nose backed-up by a bit of sweet mild malt. The aromas scream "hops!"

Disarming malts join forces with sharp piney hops which easily flow over the palate, each offers no prepareation for the deluge of citrus on the mid palate that launches a continuing onsaught as nutty malts retreat on the finish to reveal refreshing astringent lemon and slowly retreating juicy, citrus flavors. The grip on the slightly dry finish is awesome, much better than another other pale ale I've had the pleasure of tasting.

Mouthfeel is excellent, this beer handily coats the mouth without much fizzy carbonation to alter the flavor. Punishing hops and a slightly dry finish keep drinkability from being exceptional, a bit more malt balance would make this perfectly drinkable.

Whatever this may be, a PA - IPA hybrid, an ESB or a true IPA it doesn't matter, it's one great beer.

Cheers!

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

The best APA in America? Probably, but only if you call it one...

Pours with a lovely, creamy finger and a half of head, rich amber in color... could almost be an amber ale by appearance, definitely cheating towards IPA territory here by the looks of it. But then, that's pretty much the story of this beer.

Malt is nearly absent here in flavor, just barely some biscuity sweetness to help balance things (although it sticks around a bit too much on the palate for my liking) and hop flavor is pronounced, but there's something very straightforward, particularly in the bitterness. Very astringent, and the bitterness predominates. Reminds me of a Brutal Bitter, but just rounded a bit around the edges.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth without being heavy, carbonation is definitely medium to mild.

Drinkability is... limited for me. I love searching this beer out, and there's sometimes where it just explodes in wonderfulness for me... but bitterness is so high here, I don't find it terribly sessionable, and although delightfully hoppy (and let me once again reiterate, what a lovely nose to this beer!) it's not as balanced as some of my favorite IPAs.

Still, seek this beer out. It's fantastic.

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

Thanks to tpd975 for the chance to try it, it was a bonus beer!

Pours a copper/orange color with plenty of head and a little bit of lace.

Smell is quite floral, plenty of hop aroma with a citrus edge.

Considering how strong the hop smell was, I expect more bitterness from the hops but well pleasantly surprised at how balanced it was with the sweetness of the malt. Though that's not to say there's a lack of it, cause there's plenty of hops going through.

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

Given to me by Rich at Bellport Beer (he acquired some through beer trading), the beer poured an orange amber color with a small off-white head. Wonderful and balanced hop aromas emanate off the top of this beer. Wow! This tastes more like an IPA than an APA and it's great. The hop flavor is very rich and not abrasive at all. I even noticed a slight caramel or chocolate note in the hop finish. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Definitely one of the best American Pale Ale's I've had.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a sixer of this in a trade with slater1313. Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Clear orange amber. Two fingers of dense head with good retention and plenty of lacing.

4.5 S: Lots of raw hop aroma. Citrus and floral in nature, the hops block out most of the malt character, but there still is a bit of fruitiness to it.

4.0 T: Lots of hop flavor now. It actually tastes like I'm drinking liquified hops (though not mindblowingly intense). I guess what distinguishes this from an IPA is that, for as much hop content there is, there is relatively little bitterness compared to the total amount of hops used. Anyway, this beer is mildly bitter with citric and mild piney hop flavor. Malt character takes a background seat to the hop flavor. This beer is pretty damn good, but it lacks some complexity from the malt perspective. Malts lend a pinch of fruitiness and there is definitely some crystal malt present.

3.5 M: Medium body and a little lighter than I think it should be. Very smooth, but slightly undercarbonated.

4.5 D: I can deal without the complexity in the malts because the hops taste so damn good. Therefore, this beer is extremely drinkable.

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

Appearance: Crystal-clear light copper in color, with a small white head, thick broken lacing, and faint carbonation.

Aroma: Massive pine tar and grapefruit hops, with sweet caramel malt beneath, and a dazzling array of light fruits, including peach, melon, and orange.

Taste: Strong pine tar hops dominate from start to finish, sweet caramel malt notes struggle to assert themselves, largely failing in the attempt. The pine tar hop notes linger on and on, well past the end of the taste, with a persistent bitter note.

Mouth feel: Very soft and full, almost syrupy, with no carbonation noted.

Drinkability/notes: Superbly well-made, but quite biased toward the hops, hop-heads will surely be delighted, for everyone else, it may be a bit much.

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

Poured into a pint glass a shimmering copper color, forming a substantial cream colored head that is well-retained, leaving trails of sticky lacing throughout.

The aroma is really nice...piney, citric and sweet with a touch of toffee.

Carmel malts wrestle with bitter citric and aggressive hop flavors. Reminds me of brown sugar on grapefruit. The mouthfeel is dry and smooth with some moderate carbonation. Sticky and medium-bodied with a cedary, spicy finish.

Seems like more of an IPA than and APA, but tasty nonetheless. One of my go-to brews for a hop fix.

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

This one pours a nice dark red/amber color with nice sized white head. Has good head retention and leaves some lacing around the glass. Smell is dominated by the hops mainly citrus and there is some malt too it as well. The taste is all about the hops, which dominate the initial flavors. There is some malt to it and it has a nice bitter aftertaste, a very balanced taste. Has a nice think and creamy mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. A great pale ale that is very complex and makes for one of my favorite session beers.

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

Thanks to highclassdrinker for the trade.

This was a clear amber ale with a two finger head. Looked very enticing.

Aroma was of sharp grapefruit hops, and not much else. Incredible.

Taste was moderately bitter grapefruit hops, balanced by well by medium malts (caramel?). Pretty darn good.

An excellent pale ale.

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

Big thanks to d0b for this extra. My first FFF beer other than Dark Lord, and I was not disappointed at all. Poured from a bottle into my smuttynose tulip.

The pour is much, much darker than I was expecting for a pale ale. The beer is a dark amber with a thick three finger foamy head, some solid lacing as the head subsides.

The smell is citrus hops, straight up, nothing else.

The taste is more balanced than the smell, but not much. The hops hit the tongue first, and then there's a little pinch of malty sweetness that just barely comes out, and then its straight to the bitter hop finish.

The beer is nicely carbonated, it's awesomely hoppy and it has a nice dry finish. It tastes a lot stronger than the 6% abv or the Pale Ale title would have suggested, this beer was great.

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

12oz bottle of the classic Three Floyds hoppy brew.

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a creamy bubbly head and nice lace.

Hoppy nose of pine, peach, and grapefruit with a little soft bread, straw, and light malt.

Taste has just enough malt to hold the middle, with a piny resin on top. A little juicy citrus turns to full bitterness at the finish with hints of hay and grains.

Mouthfeel is medium/full for a PA, a little oily and somewhat dry at the finish. Good carbonation.

Very sturdy for a Pale Ale, with strong flavor and big bitterness. Very drinkable.

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

Recieved from Josh (Alleykatking). Thanks buddy. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Unibroue Tulip.

A - Copper red in color as I pour with a very slight tinge of haziness in the glass. Still can see through it but its not crystal clear. Forms a nice 3 finger head as I pour and I have to stop pouring the last ounce or so because the head is coming out of the glass. The head is a tan / light off white color and looks pretty sticky but only some stays as the rest fades.

S - Smells of citrusy hops, pineapple, grapefruit and some orange. This beer has a nice malty smell to it as well which I like to smell in it. I smell some cinnamon or some spice in it as well. Intriguing.

T - Really smooth citrusy hops come through and stay there as the malt comes through after and add a nice smoothness to the beer. A very nice combination of flavors and complexities in this one, I really like the taste of this one. The flavor is so much bigger than the smell.

M - Good carbonation and a very crisp mouthfeel make this one nice and refreshing to go along with the nice flavors.

D - A very drinable beer, not something I'm reaching for first in the fridge but definitely a old standby that I could always rely on. Bummed out that FFF doesn't distribute to Ohio. That needs to happen again.

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

This brilliant little number shows a lovely amber colour. A well mannered head came forth from a delicate pour and crashed into a soapy film. Positive for lace. This beer is so clean. I can see my fingers on the other side with sharp clarity. I can even see the dirt under my fingernails. Just gorgeous. The nose is far from exaggerated. It is a very tasteful and well controlled array of luscious malt sweetness and a mild but nonetheless, dare I say, dazzling hop bouquet. Great citrus notes and nice herbal impressions. The taste shows wonderful synergy betwixt green and grain. The sweetness slides in and swirls into a fruity citrus notion. Everything seems to be lightly expressed with the sum total of flavours leading into complexity. One may find a very subdued grapefruit as a subtle hint, or vague orange inflections, or muted grass and pine. The possibilities are many and intriguing with a refreshingly dry finish that begs the thought of orange peel bitterness and a lemon squeeze. All of these culminating while adrift in the well scaled structure of the malt profile. The body is model. Light but full enough to please the palate and float the myriad flavours. This beer is so graceful and even tempered. Balance exemplified. An abslolute pleasure to imbibe!

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received as an extra from BA stopbarking yet another local trade. I had a chance to sample this once at Rnorgart's house once and my interest was piqued.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A. Amber brew with a fluffy head and decent lacing.

S. Nice citrusy and floral hops. Mild malt and orange smell.

T. Very well balanced. The hops are intense and pleasing without overwhelming the malt.

M. Slightly chewy and crisp mouthfeel. Very clean finish.

D. A great sessionable American Pale Ale. Definitely wish I had more than one!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of dschuster at the 5/1/08 BA Gathering at Catskellar.

Appearance - pours a caramel orange color, a big fluffy head with a smooth creamy top sets up. It hangs around a while, leaving a nice layer of lace as it sowly fades.

Aroma - great burst of floral and pine.

Taste - caramel malt, biscuity start. A slight sweetness is quickly replaced by the pungent, spicy hops. Slightly citrus to start, they quickly turn bitter, pushing a bit into the medicinal range. Resiny, piny aftertaste, gets better as the palate gets accustomed. Finishes resiny, dry and bitter, even a touch warm.

Mouthfeel - some slickness, crisp carbonation, somewhat weighty.

Drinkability - wire-to-wire goodness. A great beer to get a quick hop fix but really not something I could session at length.

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A: Nice unique amber color with an off white head. Fair amount of carbonation.

S: Grapefruit and other citrus.

T: Strong taste of grapefruit and other citrus. Some caramel. Some bitterness from the hops.

M: Medium bodied with some slight sweetness from the fruits. Good lively carbonation.

D: Quite enjoyable.

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

Pours a blood red color with a creamy white head. The aroma is strong and citrusy. Utterly mouth watering. The taste is very hoppy for an APA, not good, none the less. It starts out sweet and finishes hoppy. The aftertaste of this beer is excellent. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, a very good over the top APA.

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Photo of Cmack15
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! 3F does a great job with all their beers and this is no exception. The beer looks good but then you take a sniff and get intoxicated by the piney citrusy hop aroma. The taste does not dissapoint at all either with the hops carrying through very nicely and a solid malt backbone to help sweeten it up. This is a damn good beer and I wish either 3F ditributed in MA or I lived closer.

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

Poured a cloudy orange, good head.

Obviously hop notes in the smell, but the maltiness surprised me.

Fresh grapefruit in the taste, accented by a roasted note that is quite like coffee.

Crisp mouthfeel.

A well balanced beer - as much roasted maltiness as I've ever seen in an APA, but it works to good effect.

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Photo of ramrod666
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearence of this pale ale is a medium amber with a small head that retained rather well. visable sediment floating throughout. ahh, unfiltered.

smell is not very telling of the taste. huge caramel nose with a slight hop wiff in the finish.

taste is a beautiful floral hoppiness that overwhelms the palate with aslight alcohol note in the finish. delicious.

mouthfeel is nice and even. not too syrupy or light....just right

drinkability is great. i could drink many of these before realizing the 7.35abv. extre
mly enjoyable.

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

Served on tap into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a dark orange color with off-white frothy head that left chunky lace.

S- Citrusy, piney, sweet caramel, grapefruit, and floral notes.

T- Citrusy, piney, sweet caramel, sweet cracker malt, grapefruit, and floral notes.

M- Incredibly smooth and creamy, dry, soft carbonation, medium body, and refreshing.

O- An incredibly balanced and smooth pale ale. I was shocked by how impressive and strong the malt character was on this beer, it laid a great foundation for all the hop character.

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