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Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Alpha KingAlpha King
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:
6,349
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
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971
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1,293
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,811 | Ratings: 6,349
Photo of camp0474
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice copper amber color with a frothy tan head.

S: Citrus and pine hops covering some faint but detectable sweet malt.

T: Solid balance of hops and malt. Citrus notes and the sweet malt blend well. Well balanced even with the upfront hops.

M/D: Medium body which is very drinkable. Good amount of fine carbonation. Bitterness from hops at the end.

Overall this well balanced beer is very drinkable.

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Photo of ratedz
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with about a half inch of off-white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves behind a lot of lacing on the glass.

The nose is full of sweet malts and citrus hops.

The taste starts with the sweet malts, but quickly fades to the refreshing citrus hops. Finishes slightly bitter.

Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Fairly drinkable, but I've had other APAs that I enjoy more.

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Photo of sleepingsoundly
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Usually I drink IPAs/ double pales, but this was a nice change! Cool look, the only thing was a weird feel, but I think I feel that for most Three Floyds Beers. Good stuff!

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Photo of barczar
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy caramel copper color with a dense quarter inch tan head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma is heavily pine and citrus pith, with caramel malt sweetness and floral hop notes.

Bready, toasted malt forms the backbone of the beer, with underlying grapefruit pith and spruce flavors adding intrigue. Mint surfaces at the finish, with grassy and herbal tones. Bitterness is slightly dominant.

Body is moderate, with slightly high carbonation and a somewhat dry, crisp finish.

Overall, a fairly complex pale ale. Balanced to the extremes. But it's a little too bitter for my tastes. Just not my style.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no bottle date
New Belgium globe

A: Cloudy deep orange leading to amber. Good full finger of off white head. Sticky lacing sheeting left on the glass.

S: Earthy hops. Sweet malts. Pine. Smells bready but still fresh. Getting more earthy hops than the citrus and grapefruit.

T: Nice punch of pine hops. More middle of the road than I remembered, but its been a while. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of DRyan
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a crappy little hotel tumbler glass from a too-cold bottle.

A: pours a ruddy orange with a decent white head that doesn't stick around too long but leaves decent lacing

S: great hop aroma, with a good malty backbone. This glass is really not codusive to this!

T: love. It's hoppy but not overly, malty sweet but not overly, just a great balance.

M: what I expect from a pale ale. Thin mouthfeel with light, zesty carbonation. Smooth.

D: very. Wish I had more right now!

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Photo of beer1018
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass with a two finger tan head that quickly goes away. Copper collored with small groupings of bubbles. Smells of grassy citrus hops. Taste is mostly bitter hops with a slight malt flavor towards the end. Mothfeel is wattery with a light resin coating the mouth, nothing too thick. One thing i notice is the bitter hops taste stays in my mouth awhile after drinking it like when you eat garlic. Not a world beater but this is still one of the better apa's i have had. Recommended

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Photo of tectactoe
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper color with a small, off-white head that settles pretty quickly and doesn't leave too much lacing behind. Aroma is pretty strong and pungent right from the start; peppery, earthy, and raw, dirty hops come up and smack your nostrils hard. Heavy, heavy malt backdrop on this one, almost so much that it's hard to refer to it as just a "backdrop" - it's nearly as strong as the hops. Just front the nose, this one smells a little stronger than 6.66% ABV, I'm picking up some slightly warm alcohol notes behind everything else.

Alpha King hits the palate and seemingly evaporates in my mouth. Slick and medium bodied with a boat-load of carbonation that starts to fizzle away as soon as it touches my tongue. Pungent grapefruit rind is the first flavor to pop into my head - raw, bittersweet, and certainly unadulterated. Some spicy, herbal, and leafy hops dance around the thick malt underlaying, full of ever-so-slightly toasted caramel malts. White pepper crowds the aftertaste, finishing alongside a light bitterness. A sweet, bready flavor sits heavy on all edges of the mouth - noticeable even minutes after having taken a sip. As strong as the hop punch is, the malt is nearly as dominant in this beer.

A nice tasty concoction of malt and hops, heavy on both and not holding back from much. Doesn't taste much like an APA, rather I think this one is more deserving of a malty IPA title. Either way, it's pretty drinkable and goes down easily. Maybe a tad overrated in my opinion, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of beenitty
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours Orange/Red, with great lacing and quickly dissipates. Looks like olde school IPA.

S: Bitter hops, not as strong it looks, wheat.

T: Spice, hops, wheat. Slight bite. Tastes like an IPA with the resiny feel.

M: Decent, smooth.

D: Good session beer. Definitely could throw alot of these back.

Im not sure if the hop character worked for me. Its a great beer but I feel like some hybrids like OSCAR, were more of a mix as opposed to being for hopheads. I liked it but, I feel like if youre looking for the feel of an APA with the mouthfeel of IPA, its not for you. FFF has a signature hop in most of their beers which is great, just something about this beer its not an A beer to me.

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Photo of collk22
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Sum > the parts

Look: Cloudy amber, fluffy head that was more tan than ivory

Smell: Sweet, fruity

Taste: malt forward / caramel, fruit, citrus, mild bitterness

Feel: light

Overall: Very good beer. I really like the malt forward profile I get in this beer. Well balanced. Hope to find more soon.

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Photo of Topher78
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this brew and received a warm amber colored body with about a 1/2 fingers worth of an off white head that left decent lacing. The aroma was earthy (tell-tale of Warrior hops) mixed with hints of citrus. The flavor punched your palate immediately with a solid blast of bitterness followed by some earthy hop flavors and toasted malt. The body was light to medium and left your mouth dry afterwards.

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Photo of rabidawg
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal-clear glowing orange with a medium white head. Decent sticky and irregular lacing, with moderate carbonation. Obviously filtered.

Smell: For a beer that's dry hopped, I'm not altogether impressed with the aroma. Slightly spicy hops with a decent backbone of sweet malts.

Taste: Initial bittersweet mix of spicy hops and complex malts. Creamy in the mouth, with nice balance. Don't get me wrong, it is a bitter beer, with massive high-alpha bittering hops for a pale ale. But balance is the name of the game here. Relatively high alcohol is barely noticeable except for a warming of the face. Nice finish, with juicy citrus flavor.

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Photo of willyc
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an APA I could enjoy every day for a couple of years or so. If I could get it every day it might replace sierra nevada as my every day beer or every other day beer. A ruby/amber color with good ivory lace this beer looks good, smells good, and taste like citrus and fresh hops. Good day.

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Photo of jhu1995
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and had a nice copper-reddish color. Was amazed at the head retention. Actually thought I saw it getting thicker in the glass. Superb appearance. Had a flowery, grassy smell too it, very earthy. As expected, the hops dominate the taste, but it is very well balanced. Thgouth the flavor changed somewhat as the beer breathed in the glass. A very refreshing beer.

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Photo of WJVII
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the sample 6 pack from Jdostal... poured into a pint glass this brew has a wonderful hazy orange color with a 2 finger pure white head that settles into a nice cap leaving sticky lacing down the glass. The aroma is strong and full of citrus and pine, some nuttiness and burnt caramel. The taste hits you with pine hops up front but then cools off with some malt balance in the middle and finishes with a great bitter bite. The strong carbonation and medium body give an astringent feel that intensifies the hop flavors. Very good brew.

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Photo of ajayma
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

LOOK.
Translucent brown--like maple syrup but clearer.

AROMA.
Only a light whiff of malt when it's cold. But as it warms, a hops-in-hand aroma makes it self apparent.

BODY AND TASTE.
An oily full body perked up by a moderate small-bubbled carb. An assertive wash of citrusy hop flavors right up front. The swallow brings exapnds the flavor specturum with whispers of malt and molasses, and more hoppiness. The citrus favors fade in the finish to leave a tingling bitterness that drips pleasantly down the through. The finish is long and includes a subtle essence of peanuts, if you believe it.

AFTERMATH.
Hoppy? Oh yes. Citrusy hop stands forefront but without overloading the senses. One for drinking on its own. Though if you want to eat something a robust cheese might play well with it.

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Photo of RJay
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Amber color with a fairly thick off white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a beautiful lacing.

Aroma - Citrus and grapefruit with a touch of caramel.

Taste - Lots of hops with a lingering bitterness that is well balanced with the caramel malt.

Mouth Feel - Smooth with a decent amount of carbonization, finishes a little dry.

Drinkability - MMMM Hops! Probably not a beer I would session but it sure is a great beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The labeling on the six-pack caught my with the crazy looking king on it to begin with,poured a hazy-yellow color with extreme hoppy mown grass smell.Taste was a little piney,with definent hop overtones.A little malty in the background but in my opinion not quite balanced enough,a decent beer but maybe a bit overrated.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy burnt amber, with no real large head. What was there faded quickly but left a film of gooey, drippy lace skimming on the top, lots of eddys and swirls rounding about on it. Deep dripping lace down the glass, and a bit of a bubble stream coming up from the bottom. Smell was big and strong. Big citrus players here, lots of orange and grapefruit. Very sweet smell, like orange sherbert or candy. Very nice and plesing to the nose, smells like it will be a winner. Taste struck me as odd, after all the sugary itrus in the smell, none really came through in the taste. There was a strong bitter hop presence, providing lots of IBU's however it was more of a pine,resiney type of hops, rather then the sweet candy orange that came through at first. Nice and crisp, clean, very dry and long lingering finish, leaving a taste of burntor raosted pine for several minutes after a sip. Goes down very smooth and clean, not overally carbonated, and not syrupy either. A nice IPA, and a good call from Three Floyds.

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Photo of devilben02
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Each of the past two times I visited the Midwest, I made a point to seek out this beer based primarily on its reputation as a great pale ale. The reputation is certainly warranted, as this beer is so hop-forward that it blurs the line between american pale ale and IPA.

It pours a deep, surprisingly dark, hazy amber color with a dense, fluffy, cream-colored head. The aroma is bright, bold, and fragrant. Fruity, citrusy hops dominate, with notes of grapefruit and pineapple catching the most attention. The big hop character is present in the flavor as well, but the citrus is less pronounced, giving way to more of an earthy and spicy hop presence. Unfortunately, although the light, fine carbonation is pleasant enough for the style, the texture doesn't stand up to the resinous, coating hop profile.

Overall, this is certainly one of the boldest, most flavorful pale ales I have tried, and I can understand why a hop lover would enjoy this beer. Its boldness borders on abrasive, however, which keeps it from being the kind of easy-drinking pale ale I often crave.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 5 October 2002. Alpha King has a beautiful citrus hop aroma, along with a nice bitter taste w/ a clean finish. It is a very nice example of an American Pale Ale (APA). In my opinion, it's a very good session beer. I'd rather have Dreadnaught, but if you want to drink a few, this is a better choice.

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Photo of DonFrap
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle into a Funky Buddha snifter. I love the smell of this beer, it's super hoppy, but with a bit of balance to it. It's very dark for a pale. Nice 2-3 finger head, great retention and lacing. Very citrusy taste, but doesn't live up to the smell. A very good pale, not in my top 10, but still very good.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly murky orange copper with the standard, average-lasting whitish head. Little lacing.

S - Piny citrusy hop aroma. Slight caramelly malt sweetness. Otherwise clean.

F/M - Piny/citrusy hops, slight malty sweetness, caramelly and bready. Medium-high bitterness, clean, dry finish. Slightly oily with a slight astringency in the finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

D - Good, clean, dry finish. Refreshing and easy drinking, but the astringency is a little distracting.

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Photo of Koufax21
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at 3 Floyd's Brewpub. Pours a dark amber color with 1" of an off white colored head. Smells of big grapefruit and pine. Tastes of big citrus and fruit flavors. Big grapefruit here. This has got to be a borderline IPA. I've had many IPA's that couldn't hold up to this one. Great beer. I wish I could get it where I'm at.

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Photo of alyankus
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden orange with a solid head that fades into some nice lacing.

The nose exhibits very primary hop characteristics of grassy herbal notes and citrus and tropical fruits.

On the palate there is more of the citrus qualities especially a notable tangerine quality.

This is very smooth and well balanced except for a slight astringency on the finish. All in all a very good pale ale.

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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