Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

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:
1,801
Ratings:
6,303
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
16.9%
 
 
Wants:
969
Gots:
1,272
For Trade:
31
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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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Photo of crookedhalo
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale bronze color with a light cream colored head. Good lacing. Piney, hoppy nose. What do you expect from a beer named "Alpha King"? As hoppy as any IPA, and packs the same kind of punch. A bit of honey-like maltiness comes through, but the hops are more powerful and a dryness ensues in the finish. Some lingering grapefruit astringency in the aftertaste. A fine ale brewed for serious, hardcore hopheads. I had it on-tap a year ago, and it has been too long since I revisited...

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

Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear, orange / amber color. A of finger head forms, white in color. Retention is pretty good.

S: Hop aromas with grapefruit, orange, lemon notes followed by roasted malts.

T: Tastes like the smell, no real surprises. Everything melds together quite nicely. The grapefruit/orange/lemon comes out toward the end, the finish is clean without a hop bite.

M: Medium bodied with a relatively dry finish.

O: Very satisfied with my first three floyds beer thanks to a friend who recently moved to Indiana. I'm glad I have five more to enjoy and that this beer is available year-round.

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

Hazy amber color. Tan head with a lot of lacing.

Sweet, citrus smell with some caramel.
Very good flavor. A ton of citrus up front with plenty of malt character after. Bitter and sweet...I like the combination.

Very drinkable with a thicker mouth feel. A like it.

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

poured a deep copper color with respectable head. Smell is very hoppy, also noted is citrus with lemon domibating. Taste is hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. There is also found some sweet malty notes that mox well with the hops. Finish is dry and bitter, but moderated some by the malt. An excellent all around beer.

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

12oz bottle received from grynder33 in a great trade.

Pours an almost-clear copperish orange - no visible yeast, despite label's claim of bottle-conditioning. Beautifully fresh aroma of beautiful grapefruit hops - very little else comes through in the nose. Taste is beautifully integrated - certainly an American hops showcase. There's just enough malt to take this into IPA territory, but the dry, just slightly thin texture might just keep it at the boundary of an APA. Finishes clean, sweet tangerine lingering with a faint, pleasant edge of bitterness.

This beer lives up to the hype. I would be happy to have this one as a regular drinker.

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

A-Pours a nice almost clear amber color with a 1+ finger head and nice lacing about the glass.
S-Piney hops, malt and citrus fruits principally grapefruit and lemon with hints of honey.
T-Malty richness but not heavy with a nice blend of bitterness of the hops. The afternotes have some mild citrus flavor but definitely a hops finish.
M-Creamy up front with some bite at the end and mild to moderate carbonation.
D-This is a really nice APA. Definitely a good session beer. I will be looking forward to the rest of this 6'r I picked up after DLD.

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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