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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
Ranking:
#755
Reviews:
1,857
Ratings:
6,530
pDev:
8.94%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
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Photo of danielocean03
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a red-hued clear amber color with a half-finger white head that slowly fell to light sticky lacing that slightly clings to the glass as I drink. Aroma is fresh citrus and floral hops, along with hints of sweet maltiness present, smells very fresh and clean. Taste is exceptionally balanced between the citrusy hops and the caramelly sweet hops that stand out in this brew, just enough fresh hop oils/ hop resins to create a nice appreciative bitterness that is kept in check by the sweet malt. Tastes great overall, very refreshing and drinkable. Mouthfeel is slick with a moderate body. Perfect level of carbonation, would definitely seek out again.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - Six pack with typically ridiculous looking 3 floyds labels on the bottles. No label on the back or neck, just the front. Into my pint glass with the handle painted 'republic of liberia'

Appearance - Shit is brown nearly. A lovely orangey brown, when held to the light it glows amber, tinged with tangerine and gold around the edges. Head retreats rapidly into foam, likely just my sedate pour. I have seen this stuff foam before at my friends. Against the light there's some floaty bits and constant bubbles nucleating and rising to sustain the foam in the middle of my glass. Don't mind the floaty bits, they're good for you.

Smell - Floral, citrus, and light light hints of malt. Can't really comment here more than that, other than to say it smells straight up like an IPA, not no APA.

Taste - Massive hops. This ain't an APA folks, this is a improvised explosive device full of hops. Comin in under the radar like, fooling me into expecting something akin to an SNPA. This has very similar hop flavors to two hearted ale by bell, and has the bitterness in the aftertaste of GL commodore perry IPA. There's a light malt backbone, it's definitely there, enough to distinguish itself from the aforementioned brews. Bready perhaps, or toast, or biscuit-like. Then the orange and grapefruit and flowery notes.

Mouthfeel - Light, crisp, refreshing, effervescent. Medium body resting on those few malt notes.

Drinkability - Other than a bit of a bitter citrus aftertaste this stuff is plenty refreshing. If you like hops, this will be right up your alley. If not, approach with caution.

The only problem here is that the malt isn't there enough for this style. While objectively I like this beer tons, it is not an APA. So I gotta go with all 4.5s here. It's three floyds, sure, but its no dark lord or behemoth, something that dominates the playing field in its respective field.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing deep copper with a dense, eggshell colored head. It soon settles, leaving a "cling-ring" and a lot of intricate lace.
Piney, citrusy hop aroma. Juicy. Caramel malts with a slight biscuity note too.
The flavor starts with a full, sharp, grapefruit bitterness. A bit of warming brings the crystal maltiness up a couple of notches, but the hops maintain their dominance until the very end. More of an IPA than Pale ale in my mind, but a fantastic beer no matter what you call it.
Medium body, soft mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. I could (and have) drink this beer all night.

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 6,530 ratings
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