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:
1,832
Ratings:
6,424
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
Wants:
974
Gots:
1,333
For Trade:
29
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Reviews: 1,832 | Ratings: 6,424
Photo of hoosiersapper27
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to glass.

Looks great...reddish brown ale color. The head of my beer was short, 1/2 finger with minimal lacing. I do believe this beer has some age on it though.

Smells fantastic...Citrus pines like a lime and pinecone crossbreed.

Its a good Hoppy ale. Im still new to the world of IPA's or Big hoppy beers but this one is actually enjoyable to drink unlike some.

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

Pours a dark brown color with tan colored head. Roasted malt, coffee, raw cocoa, and some dark fruit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Interestingly complex. Finishes with roast.

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Photo of in780
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Here we go:

A - Pours a clear copper color with just off-white head and great lacing

S - Lots of citrus, a bit of floral hops, not much else

T - Great hop-forward taste, with just enough malt at the tail end to keep it in great balance.

M - Rich, not creamy but not over-carbonated either, really good.

D - A great beer with enough alcohol to keep it interesting without being overpowering, I could go for a few.

Really nice Pale Ale

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

A-a copper color with two fingers worth of rocky cream colored head that sticks to the glass

S-smell is of citrus and caramel malt

T-caramel malt body with citrus, and a pine bitterness finish

M-medium body, crisp carbonation

Overall easy to drink and very flavorful, very nice

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: nice hazy orange honeyed body with a bubble dusting on top. soapy white ring around the edge.

S: buried, but dank herbal hop profile, dry grass, plenty of orange/grapefruit and citrus. a dense nose of hops that smells wet and fresh.

T/M: dry and grassy up front, followed by a medium body and a touch of sugar. grapefruit, citrus, soft and stinky cheese. more husky grain and bread. finishes with a lingering dryness and grainy mouthfeel. coating but coarse. carbonation is crisp and lively.

D: very enjoyable. very very enjoyable. 6% is a bit high for such a drinkable and flavorful brew. wish i could get all the time, would be happy to purchase repeatedly. cheers.

thanks jamie.

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

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating. Pours dark auburn, cloudy and with a few chunks swirling around. Rich, creamy, tiny bubble head and leaving quality lacing. nose is richly, malty and resiny hop filled. Full bodied nectar. Citrus hops explode on the palate. Deeply flavorful. High quality brew,seek out and enjoy. Cheers!

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a deep amber color with a thin head that has little to no retention. There is some lacing but it is also very thin.

Smell is of malts and some citrus, mixed with a little piney notes. There are also some soft floral notes that combine with the maltiness to produce an interesting nose. It makes me want to take a sip.

The taste does not disappoint. It is the epitome of an American Pale Ale. It has a lovely subtle malt taste that transitions to a nice clean hoppy bitterness. No buttery mouthfeel to hint towards the English style.

A tasty beverage! Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. This one can be consumed all night.

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

This beer is a good reason for me to move back towards the Great Lakes!

Beyond gold but not really brown, a floral and sweet aroma beckons. Of course, it is the snap, crackle, pop of hops that pulls me in. However, there is enough malt to make it work, to make me drink AK all night.

For me, this beverage represents a balanced diet.

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

poured from a growler. floral hop scents up front. slightly malty with bitter hop finish, more towards the citrus. very floral and slightly sweet. smooth in the mouth with light carbonation, probably because i poured it straight into the glass. very drinkable!

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Photo of mscudder
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint.

A - Copper hue with a thick frothy head. Retention and lacing were both superb.

S - Pale malts, citrus, touch of lemon and mild hops.

T - Lots of malt for balance and a ton of citrus hops. Noticed some grapefruit and slightly sweet tones as it closed.

M- Medium body with good carbonation.

O - Really enjoyed this one. Could throw back a few with ease if the time were right! Sadly, I notice I am in GA, and this is outside of their distribution.

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

It had a nice hopped aroma. There seemed to be a hodgepodge of hoppy aromas. Some citrus, pine, grapefruit peel, etc.

The taste fell in line with the smell. This had a dried floral nature. It had a bold flavor for a pale ale. This could easily compete with some IPA's out there.

M/F - D: Dry and smooth with high drinkability.

Conclusion: This is a great "anytime brew." It's perfect for just about any occasion, and a good beer to kick off spring.

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

A pint glass served at the Brewhouse Grille in Camp Hill, PA. The drinkability comments are the same as the original bottle review.

A: The pale ale is a deep amber, almost red color with a small ring of head and no indication of lacing.

S: The aroma is strong on hops, primarily a medicinal spicy element. The hops are bitter but not overwhelming.

T: The ale has a hop flavor that provides a strong citrus kick and are balanced nicely against the grainy malt body. The hops are grapefruity with just a hint of medicinal tartness.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is dominated by hops but not to the extreme of a dreadnaught.

Drinkability: The ale is quite drinkable and, in my mind, a restrained version of Dreadnaught.

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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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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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