Alpha King | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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95
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6,490 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
6,490
Reviews:
1,843
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
Wants:
974
Gots:
1,366
For Trade:
30
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of esullivan880
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of dcf5ve
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wogreen
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of sjanowiak
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of YalovaIA
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of cretemixer
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of mfield14
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of bizzy54
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of millelacsmark
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of HopLuva
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of kkdowning
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Geegar
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of MagicJeff
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Rado
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of lpayette
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of OGunner77
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Mhendricks
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of NickThePyro
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of BlindPig
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin tan head on a pretty clear dark orange/brown body.
S- Pine and grapefruit hops, simcoe hops come through pretty strong (or another type that smells damn close to simcoe). Hints of grapefruit too. Sweet malt body comes through too.
T- Follows the smell. Big hop bite comes out nicely. Pine and light fruity hops blend well together.
M_ Medium/full body with medium/low carbonation.
D- I think it is very tasty. Hops come through very nice but it doesn't totally cut out the malt body.

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Photo of jsher1112
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of KingStephenR
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of earljones199
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of joefuzz
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours cloudy amber with a decent sized head...great lacing.

Smell is a hop bomb for a APA, awesome sense of grapefruit, pineapple and fresh apples

Taste is great piney hops upfront that mellows out as you sip leads into a very bready malt profile

Mouthfeel and carbonation are session beer all the way, light and easy drinking with a lower than normal carbonation

Overall this beer is amazing....a hop heads session beer. I really wish I could get this regularly

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 6,490 ratings.
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